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- Hi, all! I hope you are recovering from your Thanksgiving feasts if you celebrate! Today, Saturday, November 26, is a very important day for comics history: the 100th birthday of Charles “Sparky” Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, one of the most beloved comic strips of all time. Usually, we only post about birthdays related to King Features comics, but Mr. Schulz was such an inspiration and good friend to so many of our cartoonists and had so much influence on the direction of not just comics but pop culture in the 20th century that we wanted to celebrate his legacy. Patrick McDonnell, the creator of MUTTS, spearheaded this project in collaboration with the Charles M. Schulz Museum to celebrate this special birthday! As you look around Comics Kingdom today, you will see many of cartoonists have contributed to this celebration by honoring Mr. Schulz in their comic strips. Here is a collection where you can see them all together! Todd the Dinoaur by Patrick Roberts Crankshaft by Tom Batiuk and Dan Davis Rhymes With Orange by Hilary Price & Rina PIccolo The Lockhorns by Bunny Hoest and John Reiner Daddy […]
- Jeremy Duncan is a 16-year old high school student from Ohio who aspires to be a musician. Along with his friends Pierce and Hector, he formed a band called “Goat Cheese Pizza” and hopes to tour the country in his dad’s minivan. Warped Tour may be no more, but “Goat Cheese Pizza” will ensure the spirit of the festival lives on in their shows! That is, of course, if they can get some allowance from their parents first. Besides being musically talented, Jeremy is very intelligent and is always excelling in his exams. Yet, being a teenager comes with its share of mood swings, as his parents informs us. “He truly is a bright kid,” says his father Walt Duncan, “but I just wish he could just put that phone down and make some sense when he talks. I mean, does he not know that I’m actually a Gen X and not a Boomer??.” In this current day and age of COVID-19, Jeremy’s plans for touring the country have been put on hold (though his parents insist that is a lie and it was never gonna happen anyway) […]
- Come for a peek behind the scenes here at Zits world headquarters by following zitsguys on Instagram. We promise one of the more random experiences you’ve had since emptying your teenager’s backpack.
- The questions we’re most frequently asked is, “One time, like maybe three years ago, or possibly ten, you did this strip where the kid is wearing big shoes, and he says something to somebody, and it was really funny. Could you find the date for me?” You might be surprised to learn that we here at Zits World Headquarters have no more idea how to find it than you do. After we finish a strip we toss it out our 97th floor window and hit Happy Hour at the Make It Go Away Bar & Grill downstairs. But — surprise! — you can find that strip yourself without breaking a sweat. To the right of this blog there’s a search window called “Search Blog.” Enter a few key words and you’ll probably find what you’re looking for. You can also try: http://www.comicstriparchive.com/Zits/ or http://cartoonistgroup.com Happy hunting! Jim and Jerry
- Ahh, February– full of snow, cold, runny noses, and CHOCOLATE. I’m excited for Valentine’s Day; are you? I’m also excited to announce that YASLA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has selected our second ZITS illustrated novel, SHREDDED as one of their 2015 Quick Picks. Read more about SHREDDED: a ZITS illustrated novel, now a YASLA 2015 Quick Pick. The member librarians select a limited number of books for children and young adults each year that they recommend for reluctant readers. Buy SHREDDED: a ZITS illustrated novel on Amazon! It’s a great gift for reluctant Valentines, too!
- Zits has a new comic book in Denmark. Issues #1 and 2 are out and they look quite handsome. Here’s the cover of issue #1. You’ll want to keep it hermetically sealed in the wrapper for eventual auction.
- Just received the advance copies of our newest Zits collection. It should be available for purchase very soon. The cover was a design challenge, but I think we came up with a really cool treatment. The photo can’t quite do it justice… you gotta see it in person at your local bookstore!
- When three tiny panels just aren’t enough, follow Jeremy on Twitter @TheRealZits
- You’d be forgiven for thinking that we here at Zits World Headquarters have a sophisticated and well-guarded database for locating old strips when readers search for certain oldies. With a fan base of 450 billion readers, you’d think SOMEONE would have stepped up and indexed these things according to topic or keywords, right? Well, don’t look at us! Truth is, we’d have as much trouble finding old strips as you do. When a request comes in from a publisher who would like to reprint a certain older Zits strip, our thought process goes something like this: “Mom is wearing a turtleneck sweater in the strip, so it’s probably autumn or winter, and Hector still has his old haircut, which puts it before 2010. I remember hearing Nightwatchman on the radio while I inked it — what year did Tom Petty’s live album come out?” Usually the search ends with one of us fanning through our book treasuries until we find the strip in an entirely unexpected decade. This new Zits website now allows you to waste your own day looking through our whole archive, but who’s got the time to […]
- Saturday marked the 15th anniversary of Zits. We wanted to take a minute to send our warmest wishes to creators Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman. Jeremy Duncan walked into our lives with all his teenage angst and humor on July 7, 1997 and we’ve been smitten ever since. Creator Jerry Scott said “Jeremy is finally as old as he was when we started the strip. I’ll bake a cake.” We won’t be baking anything, but in celebration we’re posting the very first week of Zits comics. Here’s to 15 more years of Duncan family antics!