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News Around the Kingdom: CHALK TALKS, CHARACTER SKETCHES AND CARTOON CLICHES

Hello, Royal Readers,

This week, SNUFFY SMITH cartoonist John Rose did another Snuffy Smith Chalk Talk, this time in Covington, Va., at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library (pictured below). In his chalk talks, Rose shows samples of his work, talks about the rich history of the comic strip, and draws the strip’s most popular characters on a large easel for the audience. He also talks about his career as a cartoonist and opens the floor for Q and A. If you’re ever in his neighborhood, be sure to check it out! 

SNUFFY SMITH cartoonist John Rose speaks at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library in Covington, Va.
SNUFFY SMITH cartoonist John Rose speaks at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library in Covington, Va.

In other news,

Some familiar faces make an appearance in a recent page from INTELLIGENT LIFE cartoonist David Reddick’s sketchbook…

From INTELLIGENT LIFE cartoonist David Reddick's sketchbook
From INTELLIGENT LIFE cartoonist David Reddick's sketchbook

Brian Walker continues his look at BEETLE BAILEY with the final episode in his Timeline 1962 series.  Part 4 takes a peek at some really cool artwork and spotlights the nuances in the relationship between the two main characters, Beetle and Sarge. Click here to check out this beautiful Sunday page!

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 10, 1962.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 10, 1962.

 In Part 4 of his HI AND LOIS series, Brian focuses on a similar theme as he shows how Mort Walker made a conscious decision to depict a loving, nuclear family united against the world rather than each other.   Read all about it here!

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, December 30, 1962.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, December 30, 1962.

In this week’s Bizarro blog, Dan Piraro provides some insights into the competitiveness inherent in cartooning in discussing “cartoon clichés.”  Oh, and of course, he offers a host of hilarious comics to make his point…

Bizarro
Bizarro

And finally, for those who have been celebrating this week, we wish you a very Happy Passover and for those whose holiday is coming up, a very Happy Easter!

Thanks for catching up on this week’s News Around the Kingdom.

Have a great week and see you again next Friday!

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