Ask A Cartoonist: Happy Graduation!

Category: Comics

It's that very special time of year when all that hard work pays off-- congratulations graduates on getting your degrees! Whether you're finishing high school, college, or a postgrad program, you deserve to be proud of yourself! This week, I asked our cartoonists to celebrate graduation-- and to impart a little advice or well-wishes, if they had them! Keep Reading

Feature Spotlight: Baby Blues

Category: Comics

Just as schools across the country begin to let out, we're feeling really into Baby Blues, by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott.

Baby Blues is a look at life with the MacPherson clan-- Darryl, Wanda, Zoe, Hamish ("Hammie") and Wren. When Baby Blues began in 1990, Wanda and Darryl were just on the precipice of having their first child: a daughter, Zoe. The family has gotten larger over the years, and now, Baby Blues catches all the frustration and humor of many stages of parenthood. Keep Reading

Feature Spotlight: Todd the Dinosaur

Category: Comics

We learn, as adults, that families come in all shapes and sizes. In spite of the more traditional idea that a family should be a married couple with children, we all know people who make families that look very different, and are just as happy and functional as the traditional nuclear family. More and more adults are choosing to remain single, or to move in with a girlfriend or boyfriend without marrying, or even to live with a group of adults. Some people choose to have children, while others decide to remain childless, or dedicate themselves to fostering older kids. And some choose to keep cats or dogs, lizards or hamsters or exotic chickens.

Then there's Trent Footbridge.

Trent is raising a seven-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex named Todd. Keep Reading

Feature Spotlight: Pros & Cons

Category: Comics

When Kieran Meehan's Pros & Cons launched in 2005, it was originally entitled "A Lawyer, A Doctor, & A Cop", which was a reference not only to the tried-and-true legacy of "walked into a bar" jokes, but also referred to the main characters of the strip: criminal defense attorney Sam Rhodes, detective Stan Defoe, and psychiatrist Lyndon Peel. It was renamed in 2008 to its shorter, punnier title. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Words to Live By

We spend a lot of the time focusing on the *pictures* in comics, so today, I thought it would be fun to focus on the writing-- which is often just as important, and sometimes moreso, than the images that accompany it. I asked our cartoonists to talk a little bit about some of their favorite words and the way they use words in their cartooning! Keep Reading

Feature Spotlight: Dennis the Menace

Category: Comics

Dennis the Menace has been causing trouble since 1951, when Hank Ketcham's beloved "five anna half year old" debuted in newspapers.

Ketcham was already know for his panel cartoons and illustrations when Dennis became a household name, and in this 1949 Ladies' Home Journal comic, you can see the seeds of what might become Dennis just two short years later. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: On Location

Though it may seem like a rarity, sometimes cartoonists *do* get out from behind their desks to see the world-- and when they do, the sights they see often become inspiration for new locations in their comics. This week, I asked our cartoonists to share real-world locations that have found their way into their work. Keep Reading

Feature Spotlight: Retail

Category: Comics

This week, we're reading Retail, by Norm Feuti.

Retail is the story of the overworked staff of Grumbel's department store, one of the anchor stores in an average American shopping mall. It follows Marla, now the store manager, her regional manager Stuart, their employees, and all of their agitations and anxieties as they deal with customers, lives at home, and the ever-looming threat of their arch-nemesis, the competing department store Delman's.
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Ask A Cartoonist: Those other Cartoons!

Cartoons, cartoons, cartoons!

We love cartoons here at KFS-- and with good reason. From the early days of animation and pioneers like Winsor McCay, comic strips and animated cartoons have flourished side by side, and often featured the same characters! Many animated movies were inspired by characters who got their start in the funny pages, and many comic strips allowed us to explore the further adventures of our animated favorites! Keep Reading

Feature Spotlight: Sally Forth

Category: Comics

This week, we're reading Sally Forth, the classic comic strip about the irrepressible working woman, Sally, her husband Ted, their daughter, Hillary, and their friends, family, and coworkers. Written by Francesco Marciuliano and Jim Keefe, Sally Forth is a powerhouse of nerdery and the realities of being an adult in a world that never quite lets you feel like you've completely grown up.  Sally Forth was created by Greg Howard in 1982.  In 1999, Greg left the strip, and Francesco Marciuliano began writing Sally and her family.  Jim Keefe has been drawing the strip since 2013, when he took over for Craig Macintosh. Under their stewardship, Sally Forth continues to be one of the best representatives of genuine modern-life on the comics pages. Sally is a hypercompetent, successful businesswoman who also has a fantastic, loving family-- fictional proof that a woman could do both at a time when many still challenged that idea.  But that doesn't mean she doesn't have her own foibles and quirks-- from getting lost in corn mazes to eating the ears of Hillary's chocolate Easter bunny every year, Sally is lovably odd in a way that feels authentic and that leave us laughing.  Ted, too, is the quintessential nerd-- he's never quite "grown up," even though, like Sally, he's had a successful career, coaches Little League, and is an altogether great dad and husband. But in spite of the veneer of respectability, Ted is very much a child at heart, who has big dreams about robot monkey armies.   And Hillary is just your typical kid-- but her close relationships with her friends, Faye and Nona, are the heart of Sally Forth.  Seeing the way she learns to communicate, empathize, and interact as she grows up leaves us remembering our own school days-- there's so much resonance in her friends' love for each other and in their quarrels.     Jim Keefe's also keeps the characters real, with a great deal of expression in fairly simple character designs. We love the way Sally Forth mixes topical, current humor with emotions and character relationships that feel true to life, and the way it balances really well just between story strip, with ongoing plots, and the kind of gag humor that doesn't require a ton of backstory to dive right into.Read Sally Forth on Comics KingdomRead Sally Forth on  Keep Reading

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