Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas aftermath

All in all, the Christmas was a bit disappointing this year. For one thing, we had a VERY un-Christmas like weather. Hell, it wasn't even COLD outside! To me, it just felt like another day...except that there were alot of Christmas specials on TV.

The gifts were interesting, though. Because my birthday and X-mas are only one month apart, I got gifts that are meant for both days (with the falling economy, I can understand).

I got plenty of DVDs this year, including the first two seasons of the underappreciated Duckman (from the people that made Rugrats, no less), Chowder, Vol. 1 (in case you can't tell by now, I LOVE that cat/bear/rabbit thing), the Giant 600 Cartoon Collection, AND a complete collection of the original George of the Jungle
series produced by Jay Ward (thanks to the Amazon gift card I got).

The books did not disappoint, too. I got the new Pearls Before Swine book, the first Cul de Sac collection, and a Big Top collection "Sawdust and Greasepaint"

All in all, I think I'm set for a while...until they put out more Duckman and Chowder on DVD.

See you in 2009!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Looney Tunes...oh yeah!


On New Years Day (January 1st, for the .000001% of you who didn't know that) Cartoon Network is planning to air "Looney Tunes" for 14 hours straight, starting 6 AM e/p.

This is a one-time only stunt, however. If it gets good ratings then they will (probably) bring the cartoons back in their lineup.

Sooo...if you have a Nielson box or know someone who does, keep this in mind. Even if you don't have a Nielson box, just watch it anyway.

Picture shamelessly stolen from Dave Mackey.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Scrooge: The Untold Tale!


Wow, it seems that I've been focusing way too much on animation lately. I realize that alot of you probably don't care about Calvin and the Colonel, or were aware of the show's existance in the first place.

So I'd figure I'd take the opportunity to plug Lucas Turnbloom's hilarious take on what REALLY went on during Scrooge's life. The story starts here.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all that rubbish.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Calvin and the Colonel


While interviewing Eddie Fitzgerald I began looking through his blog archives. Even though he covers other stuff, including movies, music, and even theater play, I'm mostly interested in his thoughts on cartooning, both comics and animation.

Eddie have written about on writing in animation, both through his experience and also those of his colleagues. One of the debates going on in the animation industry is whether scripts should be used in animation or not. Many animation artists argue that since animation is a visual medium it should be "written" by storyboarding, which involves drawing rough sketch of where the characters are, how they're reacting, etc.

Fair enough. Animation with strong visual presence is more fun to watch and those that do not. Admittingly I do watch some animated sitcoms written by someone who would rather work in live-action, but I prefer cartoons written by someone who at least REALLY loves animation.

And with that here's a topic about one of the earliest animated sitcoms, written by live-action writers.



Calvin and the Colonel aired prime-time on ABC for one season (1961-1962). Initially the show aired on Tuesday nights at 8:30 e/p. Due to low ratings the show was put on hiatus after 6 episodes. Eventually the timeslot was moved to Saturday evenings (NOT Saturday mornings as many sources say), where it completed its run.

Calvin and the Colonel was created by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, and most episodes were written by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher. All four men worked primarily in live-action sitcoms and had very little, if any, involvement in animation.

Calvin and the Colonel was essentially the first live-action sitcom disguised as an animation series.

In fact, that was the sole purpose of this show. Gosden and Correll made names for themselves in radio with their Amos & Andy series, which was about a pair of stereotypical black men. It was later adapted into a popular TV series, featuring black actors playing the role.



However, the show ran into trouble. By the late fifties Amos & Andy was deemed racist and was forced to be taken off the air. Gosden and Correll, however, was not willing to back down and tried to figure out a way to bring the concept back. The result? Replace all the black stereotypes with talking, cartoon animals.



So in short Calvin and the Colonel was basically an attempt to revive "Amos & Andy" by replacing the characters with animals in order to get the show run under the raders of civil rights activists.

Most episodes of "Calvin" reused old Amos scripts with little changes. There were some original materials made, with Disney artist T. Hee writing at least one episode.



The show was produced by Kayro Productions, which also produced "Leave it to Beaver" and "The Munsters." However, the animation was done by Creston Studios, a studio that mostly stuck exclusively to animated commercials. Creston also did some animation work for Jay Ward Productions. As a result many people erroneously believe that this is a Ward output.

Animation wise the show was okay. The character designs are appealing and while the animation is primitive (this is a 47-year old made-for-TV animation) it's not as jarring as an average Hanna-Barbera show at the time. Unfortunately I only have black and white copies to go through (the show was made in color) so I can't judge the visual aspect properly unless someone can loan me color prints.



There are occasional visual humor in this show, even though its minor. One cartoony example is seen in one episode where Calvin uses one of the potted plants as an ashtray and as the ashes fell into the pot the plant weakened and died. I have no idea if these visual gags were in the original script, or whether it was added by the storyboard artist and it somehow got through to the final animation. Prime-time animation at the time worked differently than by the time Simpsons got greenlit, so who knows.

I think Calvin and the Colonel should be out on DVD. Unfortunately the closest it ever got to DVD release are the "Giant 600 Cartoon Collection" set. 8 episodes are featured there with varying quality. They're pretty cheap, though, so it might be worth looking into.

One episode of the series is on YouTube. Here's part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Interview with Eddie Fitzgerald

Eddie Fitzgerald have worked in animation for over 30 years on series such as The Ren & Stimpy Show, Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, Tiny Toons, and countless others. Currently he writes on a popular blog Uncle Eddie's Theory Corner.



I've conducted an email interview with him. My questions are in bold.

You worked on many different shows during your career, which spans over 30 years. Of all the cartoons you've worked on, which did you enjoy working on the most? The least?
Gee, I have a bunch of favorites! Ren & Stimpy was fun because working on it gave us all an insight into the mind of John K, a true genius if there ever was one. It was also fun to work with a talented crew. I'd get up to stretch and when I looked around there were museum quality drawings on every lightboard around me! it was exhilarating! I also have great memories of working at Filmation. The shows were absolutely terrible, and the hours were grueling, but it was my first industry job and there wasn't a moment when I didn't feel surrounded by magic. Actually, I still feel that way. Warners and Bakshi were fun, and I actually had a job as gag man at Disney's. Maybe I had the most fun doing my own cartoon for Cartoon Network: "Tales of Worm Paranoia." Believe me, there's no greater experience than directing a cartoon that you've written yourself. Every day was an education! I felt truly alive and awake, and when the film was done and I had to return to the workaday world, I felt like I had been forcibly put to sleep.



How did the staff react when the news of Nickelodeon firing Spumco from Ren and Stimpy came?

Interesting question! I didn't see it coming at all; it was a complete surprise! Out of the blue the production people told us to put our pencils down and pack everything carefully so it could be shipped to a new studio. I was stunned! John was out of town, so there was no talking to him about it. All the artists gathered in the middle of the main room. A couple were crying. Mike Fontanelli looked like he'd seen a ghost.



What happened next was the ugliest experience of my adult life. I said, "Wait a minute! This show uses a unique drawing style that takes a while to learn. Draw it any other way and it just won't look like Ren & Stimpy. We're irreplaceable! If we hang together and refuse to work on the show without John, then Nick will be forced to give it back to him! Let's all sign a letter to that effect and deliver it to Nickelodeon!" Half the room thought that was a great idea but the other half just looked at the floor, avoiding my gaze. Finally someone said, "Well, I wouldn't sign that. It sounds like a loyalty oath to me. That's McCarthyism."

McCarthyism!? Being loyal to a friend and a generous employer is McCarthyism? I didn't think that made any sense at all, but it seemed to satisfy half the room, and we broke up. Later, as new information came in, it became apparent that half the studio had already secretly negotiated contracts with the new place, for big raises in pay. They knew the split was coming.

Still later, I talked to the artist who was leading the split, and implored him not take John's characters away. I offered to do free work on a presentation that would help him to sell a show of his own, with his own characters, but it was no go. It was an ugly, ugly experience!

Are there any animation introduced in recent years that you like? Or hate the least?
There's been several funny animated shows since Ren & Stimpy, but none that relied on solid cartooning and the unique thing that funny acting and animation bring to the table. Cartooning caricatures the way people look; animation caricatures the way people move. I don't understand why current cartoonists show so little interest in moving things funny.

Have you ever pitched any series ideas to networks? Thinking about pitching more in the future?
I do pitch to networks, and I have absolutely fantastic ideas that would break new ground and work great on the screen! Unfortunately I'm one of those people who are shattered by rejection. You need a thick skin to prevail in this business.



What are your thoughts on the now-common practice of outsourcing animation to an overseas studio?
I would never outsource anything if I could help it. There was a job waiting for me when I needed it, and now it's my responsibility to be sure that one is waiting for the next guy. But it's more than that. American animation benefits from a hundred year-old tradition that includes comic strips, magazine illustration, pulp fiction, movies, funny cereal boxes and toys. It was influenced by immigrant humor, vaudville, jazz, swing, rock and roll, hip-hop and the unique flavor of the american streets. I don't see the sense in turning our backs on all that and sending everything to Shanghai.

Would I take a job overseas? Sure, if there was nothing going on here, and I'd do my best with it, but I do want to see a healthy industry here.

Interview © Charles Brubaker
Tales of Worm Paranoia © Cartoon Network, A Time-Warner Company
Other Artwork © Eddie Fitzgerald

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cinderella...updated

Anyone remember watching reruns of "Garfield and Friends"? If so you'd probably remember that the middle segment was dedicated to another creation of Jim Davis, the U.S. Acres.

And let's face it, most of the early US Acres shorts were cheesy, what with the music and all. Well, later in the run the musical shtick was dropped and became more story oriented. In another words, it became good.

As proof here's an episode from the middle of Garfield's run: Bedtime Story Blues, where they update the story of Cinderella.

Eat your heart out, Disney.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The last one

Many of you are familiar with Looney Tunes. Who couldn't forget the antics of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, that coyote and the road runner. Combine that with the wacky animation thanks to the direction of the likes of Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, and others.

However, how many of you have seen their later works? If you watched these on Nickelodeon, the chances are you've seen those Daffy and Speedy cartoons a jillion times. But let's go further, to the late '60s. Warner Bros. shut down their animation department around 1962, but decided to have new cartoons made for their theatrical schedule by contracting DePatie-Freleng (run by David DePatie and Friz Freleng) to make more cartoons. Warners vetern Robert McKimson directed a bulk of them (with Rudy Larriva directing Road Runner cartoons over at Format Films, where DFE subcontracted to).

Eventually Warners decided to reopen their animation department. William L. Hendricks was put in charge and Alex Lovy, fresh out of Hanna-Barbera, was initially hired to direct these new cartoons. They continued to make more Daffy/Speedy cartoons but NEW Looney Tunes characters were being created. They ended up creating two recurring characters: Merlin the Magic Mouse and Cool Cat.

Here's one of the Merlin shorts:



Even though this was released through theaters first it's pretty clear that WB just wanted to expand their archives for television distribution and so they had these made. The limited animation also helps this case.

Alex Lovy left Warners and was replaced by Robert McKimson, who left DFE and returned to his old "home". He only got to direct seven cartoons; after only 2 years Warners decided to close their animation studio for good.

McKimson continued to direct Merlin and Cool Cat (two for each), as well as making cartoons starring Bunny and Clyde.

Here's one of McKimson's Cool Cat cartoons, Bugged by a Bee (1969). This is actually the last cartoon to be released under the Looney Tunes banner (the last WB cartoon ever, Injun Trouble, was a Merrie Melodies)



McKimson returned to DePatie-Freleng, where he remained until his death.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Adventure!


I've praised Chowder on my blog before (see my review here), so let me give a shout out to another Cartoon Network show, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Like Chowder, Flapjack began after CN made a big overhaul to their comedy lineup.

It's hard to describe the show, since it's one of those cartoons where you have to actually see to believe, but I'll give it a shot. It's about a little boy (Flapjack) adopted by a motherly, talking whale (Bubbie) who aspires to be a great adventurer. He befriends Capt'n K'Nuckles (The "K" in the name is pronounced), who frequently tells tall tales. K'Nuckles, despite being lazy, does have a goal: To get to candy island.

Anything goes beyond that, including taking a whale out in a flying machine, giving everyone the plague that seriously deforms their face, and having a joke-off. One note of interest is that candy is valued in the world the show takes place. Characters often drink candies like beer (K'Nuckles in particular keeps a jar of maple syrup, drinking it like it's whiskey).



I'll admit that Flapjack takes time to get used to. The show's animation can be really gruesome and creepy. In fact, I think they managed to out-gross "Ren and Stimpy," which began 17 years ago (wow, that long?). But I eventually started appreciating the style. The design of Bubbie the Whale in particular is interesting, since the show's artists seem to just change the way she looks depending on her mood. It's hard to decide which of her many faces is the "correct" one.



The show's creator is Thurop Van Orman. He was previously a writer for "Billy and Mandy" and "Camp Lazlo" and before that was an intern on "The Powerpuff Girls." He has a Deviant Art profile, where he has development arts for the show as well as behind the scene peek at all the crazy stuff that happens during production.

The show airs on Cartoon Network at 8:30PM e/p Thursday. There's a new episode debuting next week, as matter of fact.

The Dumplings

The Dumplings was a strip by former Disney animator Fred Lucky. Ran in the '70s (can't be bothered to look up the actual dates at this time), distributed by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.

There was a live-action TV series based on this strip, developed by Norman Lear. It was short-lived, lasting only one season.




Sunday, November 30, 2008

Editorial cartoons are fun!


A Tom the Dancing Bug strip from 2000, before making fun of editorial cartoons was the norm.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pud'n

This is a scene from an episode of the Cartoon Network series The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. It's probably the most...WRONG scene from the show...ever.



If it was more graphic, this would've been an Adult Swim material.

Anyone know which episode the clip came from?

Gamin and Patches

Gamin and Patches was the last of the 9 or so comic strips created (or co-created) by Mort "Addison" Walker during his career. "Gamin" was also the only one that wasn't syndicated by King Features; it was syndicated by United Features instead. It only ran from 1987-1988.





Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.

I'll update this more often eventually. I swear!

Let the Black Friday commence!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Some links




Okay, just to post something on my blog, here are some links, all animation related.

Superjail: Dream Machine
Warden spies on the dreams of his inmates, and eventually his staff's, dreams in order to prevent a riot. However this ends up starting one instead.

Drinky Crow Show: Beer Goggles
The premier episode of a series based on an alt-weekly comic strip.

Chowder: Panini for President
This aired right after the election. Panini runs for president, wanting to make it legal for Chowder to be, um, her "property." Gorgonzola runs against her, using Chowder as his puppet. If only the real election was this funny.

The links will be dead within a week (the Chowder video will be gone on the 25th, though its available on iTunes for $1.99) so better watch it now.

EDIT: Links all expired, so it has been removed.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Norm Feuti's Gill

Some of you may be familiar with Retail, a comic strip that pokes fun at the retail business. Of course your's truly had the honor of appearing in the strip back in June.

Well, creator Norm Feuti is doing another strip. He recently launched a webcomic Gill. Check it out here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Interview with Neil Swaab

Neil Swaab, 30, is a New York-based cartoonist known for his weekly comic strip Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles, which runs in papers such as Rochester City Newspaper, Real Detroit Weekly, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, among others. In addition, he served as a character artist for Adult Swim series Superjail!, which began its run in September.



I recently conducted an email interview with him. My questions are in bold.

What were your duties on Superjail? How did you get involved in the show?
I was a Character Layout Artist. Along with four other guys, I drew all the key poses and created a lot of secondary characters and inmates for the show. I got involved through Aaron Augenblick whose studio was producing the show. Aaron and I are fans of each other’s work and have mutual friends in common and had discussed possibly working together at some point throughout the years when we’d run into each other. When Superjail! came up, he thought my style and sensibility would be perfect for the show and got in touch with me to work on it.

Is this the first time you worked in animation?
Yes.

What are the staff on the show like?
Awesome! They’re a great group of people, extremely talented, and incredibly hard working. Everyone in the studio put their life and sweat into the show from people as high as the creators to people as low as the interns. It was a real labor of love.


Do you know if Superjail will get picked up for second season?
I’m afraid I don’t know.

Superjail is one of the very few US animated series that's not outsourced to an overseas studio. What is your view on outsourcing? Should more series be animated in-house in America, even if it will lead to Filmation-like quality?
Well, outsourcing is a big deal. Obviously, we want to keep more jobs in America and Augenblick Studios proved they could do it and produce high quality work at the same time. In order to compete with outsourcing we need to give them something that can’t be replicated in India or China. I believe what was done on Superjail! is a good example of that.


Do you have any favorite cartoons currently on TV?
Not really. I actually don’t watch too many cartoons. I don’t have cable and, lately, I can’t say I’ve even watched a lot of TV. I’ve never even seen Adult Swim, which Superjail! airs on.



You do a comic called Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles for alt-newspapers. How's the strip doing?
Pretty well. It’s in a bunch of papers and seems to be doing particularly well in Italy, where I’ve built up a large fan base due to my inclusion in the magazine, Internazionale.

Any thoughts about creating a show for television? Maybe an animated Mr. Wiggles, perhaps?
I’d love to. After taking a long break, I’m finally back to work on writing a pilot for a Mr. Wiggles TV show. Once it’s completed, I hope to start shopping it around and trying to get a studio interested in working with me on it.

Interview © Charles Brubaker
Mr. Wiggles © Neil Swaab
Superjail! Created by Christy Karacas, Stephen Warbrick and Ben Gruber © Cartoon Network

That one wins

In a related news, the rest of the world sighs in relief.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Remember...

If you don't vote, God kills a kitten.

Please, think of the kittens.

VOTE!

Monday, November 3, 2008

SpongeBob reimagined

This is awesome. SpongeBob SquarePants reimagined as some of the old-timey comics.

In an unrelated news, don't forget to vote tomorrow. Vote vote vote. Did I mention that you should vote tomorrow?

Vote

In what seemed like an election that lasted forever, you'll be happy to know that it's all coming to an end tomorrow (until the NEXT election).

In the meantime, don't forget to vote.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Interview with Kevin McCormick

Kevin McCormick, 56, was a cartoonist behind Arnold, which ran in newspapers from 1982 to 1988. Afterwards he became a Paws Inc. (Garfield) staffer. He is currently a pastor and principal of Bread of Life Christian Academy in Rochester.

I recently conducted an email interview with him. My questions are in bold.



When and where were you born? What are your cartooning background?

I was born in 1952 in Jamestown NY. The only cartooning background I ever had was consuming every strip or comic book I could get my hands on. I also carved Woody Woodpecker into my mothers coffee table once.

How many strips did you submit before coming up with Arnold?

There were three strips before Arnold. The first one was an animal strip. The second was a deranged youth with a Mohawk (this was before deranged youths were wearing mohawks).

How did the editors react to your strip?

Whenever a paper would run a readers poll on comic strips, Arnold would always be on the “most hated list” and the “most loved” list. There didn’t seem to be any middle ground. Most editors hated the strip. One reason they gave me was that the strip “didn’t show the best of human nature” if there is such a thing.



How did you come up with Arnold? Was he or any of the characters based on somebody you know?

I needed a vehicle to fit my humor and the one that was finally accepted by the syndicate was Arnold. This was after a lot of tries and gradual toning down of the humor.

Ultimately, how many papers ran the strip? Which one was the biggest?

I think it was in fifty six papers at one time. LA Times was one of the big ones.



What did you do after Arnold ended?

I did some ghost writing for some strips for a while. I became a Christian and now am a pastor and administrator at our church’s school.

What are your favorite comics, past and present?

Too many to name in the past. I’m not really up on what is out there today although it’s really sad to see what the comic pages have become.

With you being a principal now, do you know any students that act like Arnold?

Yes but they have been executed.

Do you still come across people that remembers your strip?

It’s weird but every once in a while someone will track me down and send me an email. The local paper where I live never ran the strip so I’m safe here.



Are your students impressed that you used to have a nationally syndicated comic strip?

Some of the older kids have found old Arnolds on the internet. They really liked it.

Do you still draw cartoons? Any thoughts about coming back with a new strip?

I teach Bible class in our school. So I make up these little stories to convey the spiritual concept we’re covering. I draw them out and it’s been fun in that it really keeps the kids attention. I have a lot of ideas for new strips and I’ve drawn some up for some handouts for the kids at school. The latest was a sociopathic cow but I don’t have the time and I guess I don’t really have the desire any more. I ‘m happy doing what I’m doing.



Interview © Charles Brubaker
Arnold © King Features Syndicate

Special thanks to John Kovaleski for getting me in touch with Kevin.

Chowder


I'll admit that I've been out of loop in animation for quite a while. Alot of the shows don't interest me and quite frankly I didn't see much improvement coming. There are some animations I watch but they're few.

Lately I've been hearing about Chowder, a comedy series from Cartoon Network that began about a year ago. I decided to check it out, and after several iTunes downloads, I think I'm officially hooked.

The show is about a little chubby boy named Chowder (Nicky Jones) who wants to be a great chef one day, so he becomes an apprentice for a catering company run by an elderly chef named Mung Daal (Dwight Schultz) and his overbearing wife, Truffles (Tara Strong). The kitchen also employes Shnitzel, a rock monster who can only speak in "radda" (voiced by John DiMaggio, who also did the voice of Bender in Futurama).

Unfortunately Chowder has flaws: He has an incredibly short attention span and a BIG appetite. Throughout the show's year-old run, Chowder have eaten a giant bowl of grease, an entire marching band, all the junk being sold at Mung's garage sale, and well, just about anything, whether its edible or not. I wouldn't be surprised if he commits cannibalism in future episodes.

Supporting characters include Gazpacho (Dana Snyder, using his Master Shake voice), a wooly mammoth who runs a fruit stand Chowder and Mung frequently get their goodies from; Panini (Liliana Mumy), a girl with a huge crush on Chowder. She is an apprentice to a rival catering company run by Ms. Endive (Mindy Sterling). Newer episodes feature Gorgonzola (Will Shadley), a green mouse who apprentices for a candle holder. He's the complete opposite of Chowder: he hates being an apprentice, is unfriendly toward others (especially Chowder and Panini), and just plain hates his life.



The humor in Chowder is light-hearted and rarely cynical. Not a bad thing, personally. Most of the jokes in the show are bizarre non-sequiturs (almost everything Chowder says is just that), puns, and fourth walls. It's doubtful that they ever rebuilt it after they broke it the first time in the very first episode.

The show's humor can be compared to Rocko's Modern Life in that it sometimes features double entendre. In one episode, Mung announced dramatically to his wife that he needs more spice (for the recipe). Truffles responds "Well at least one of us acknowledged it."

The real heart of the series are the visuals. The character designs are fun and loose, especially in newer episodes where most of the characters were redesigned. The Dr. Seuss inspired backgrounds are very colorful and often times beautiful to look at. And of course let's not forget the patterns. The show's full of them. The characters move around alot but if you look at the patterns on their clothing (or in Shnitzel's case, their skin), you'll notice that they never move at all. Some people have complained that this is unsettling but if you watch enough episodes you'll eventually get used to it and forget that it's there.



In short, the show is fun and corny. Hopefully it'll stick around for a while.

The creator of the series is C.H. Greenblatt and he has a blog.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dirty Fuck

A clip from Bosko's Picture Show.

So, what the fuck do you think he's fucking saying?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Spooner


Spooner was a daily comic strip created by Ted Dawson that ran from 2000 to 2002 in a "modest number" of newspapers. It started under Los Angeles Times Syndicate, which was bought out by Tribune Media Services. Spooner moved to United Media, but after few months it switched to self-syndication before coming to an end. Spooner was unique in that it was the only syndicated strip to be part of the Keenspot lineup.

Recently, all the dailies were put out in a 200+ page book collection. You can buy it from Lulu here.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Just a reminder...

...that I have an Amazon.com store. Lots of comic strip goodies here. And, might I add, a certain blogger who provides you good times will get a referral fee for every items sold (hint hint). Here are some of my recommendations

Pearls Before Swine: The Crass Menagerie
The Complete K Chronicles
Asay Doodles Goes to Town
The Best of Mutts
Dog eat Doug: It's a Good Thing They're Cute
Greetings from Prickly City
Cul de Sac

There are more on that link, but these are just my recommendations.

I also have this store, if you'd like to check it out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Kitties!


Just to have something to post today, here's a picture of my cats.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bo Nanas


I've enjoyed reading a comic strip called Bo Nanas, which ran for several years in only a small number of newspapers. It ended about a year ago.

Recently, the creator, John Kovaleski, put together a new book called APPEELING: The Best of Bo Nanas, which collects the best of the strip from its run. Get it from the cartoonist here.

Get the other book, Monkey Meets World, while you're at it. I hear John's place is stacked with hundreds of pounds of paper that he's willing to get rid of for a fee.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Let's Vote for John McCain!


This cartoon was drawn back in late August, but it wasn't published until the 14th of this month (explaining why there's a joke on John McCain's houses two months after it became an issue). I left to Pittsburgh last weekend, leaving my deadline short, so I went through the pile and figured this was relevent enough, so I sent it to the Press.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sydney

I've posted Sydney before, a short-lived comic strip created by Scott Stantis that ran for a year in the '80s. Here are more samples.