Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dog eat Doug

My latest addition to my originals collection: "Dog eat Doug" by Brian Anderson.

Mr. Anderson frequently does a contest on his website where a winner recieves an original of his strip. I was one of them, and it just came today.

Top: original drawing
Bottom: printout of the published version.

With my list of originals growing, I decided that now would be a great time to update the list I posted here.

More Sundays

More scans of Sunday comics.

Ralph was a comic by Wayne Stayskal, an editorial cartoonist syndicated through Tribune Media Services (he was on staff at Tampa Tribune until his retirement).

Ralph was syndicated by King Features until early in the new millenium. You can see more samples here.

Here's an example of Nancy done by Jerry Scott, better known for Baby Blues and Zits. This is as good as the strip got (sorry, Bushmiller fans).

Walnut Cove was created by Mark Cullum, who was an editorial cartoonist for the Birmingham News until he quit (Scott Stantis is their current cartoonist). The strip ran 6/3/1991-1/2/2000.

Cullum initially drew the strip himself, but in 1994 he brought in John Marshall (the same one signing the Blondie strip) to do the artwork.

The Far Side by Gary Larson. Don't need to tell you much about this comic.

For the most part, the Sundays were basically reruns of two daily panels with color added. Once in a while, though, Larson would draw one big panel cartoon for Sunday release.

King Features syndicates Donald Duck Sunday comic strip to a very small number of newspapers (my paper, Commercial Appeal, was one of them until they dropped it years ago). KFS still distributes it, but because they don't post it online (probably due to Disney's strict copyright policy), it's very hard to find.

They also distribute a Mickey Mouse daily and Sunday strip, but that one is in even smaller number of papers.

If you don't know this strip, you need to come out of that rock.

If you want to see more strips, please say so in the comments section.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Knight Life by Keith Knight

I'm a big fan of Keith Knight's weekly strip, The K Chronicles, so let me just say that I'm looking forward to his new comic strip, The Knight Life, now offering to daily papers from the good folks at United Media.

You can read about it here.

Here's a press release from United (in pdf format).

You can learn more about Keef here.

Spread the word, to anyone who actually reads this site.

Sunday comics

Yesterday, I recieved a box of old Sunday comics sections from early-to-mid 1990s from various (mostly east-coast) papers. Seeing that these are only about 10-15 years old, there aren't that many differences (ie Garfield and Beetle Bailey are pretty much the same as they are today). However, many of them have strips that's no longer in syndication (including Calvin and Hobbes, printed LARGE).

Here are two of those discontinued strips.

I've wrote about Thatch in the past, which you can read here. Here's another Sunday sample.

Dave by Dave Miller has what you'd call a cult status among comic strip readers. It was about a working man and his girlfriend. Tribune Media syndicated it from 9/14/1992 to 4/18/1999.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Terrytoons and Gene Deitch

I love animation. Not as much as comics, but I have favorites, too.

Let me get into Terrytoons. They are generally considered the worst of the "golden age" animation studios. I can see that. Dull characters, boring storylines, and generic animation.

There were, however, few highlights, including Jim Tyer's wacky animation, Heckle and Jeckle (which generally had better storylines), to name a few. Otherwise, they were the least progressive animation studios; their early '50s animation can be easily mistaken for their early '40s work.

However this all changed in the mid-1950s. Paul Terry sold the studio to CBS and they decided to change things up, so they hired Gene Deitch to re-imagine the studio.

Boy did he bring changes. He got rid of Mighty Mouse, Heckle & Jeckle, et al and brought in new characters, including Clint Clobber, Gaston Le Crayon, Sidney the Elephant, and, the most well-known of them all, Tom Terrific. The design work were more "modern," similar to UPA's style (Deitch was with UPA when CBS offered him a job at Terrytoons). He brought in new talents, including the then-unknown Jules Feiffer (he recieved credit as a designer in Foofle's Train Ride)

Deitch's Terrytoons work are hard to find, but here are some I found on YouTube:

Clobber's Ballet Ache

Gaston's Easel Life

The Flamboyant Arms

It's a Living

Gene Deitch writes about his Terrytoons days on his autobiography. You can read them here.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gunston Street

Above is a drawing sent to me by Basil Zaviski, whose comic strip Gunston Street runs in Stars and Stripes every Sunday. You can read samples on its website here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New Baitu

This week's "Baitu" is up. This one may be too local for online readers, tho...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Michael Ramirez

Let me just say congratulations to Michael Ramirez, who won his second Pulitzer Prize today.

I thought now would be a good time to plug his work.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New "Baitu"

I just uploaded this week's "Baitu."

I'll try to make a bigger image posted someday. I love how this one came out.