Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pineapples

I haven't posted my own cartoons here in a while, so here's the latest.



Inspired by a rant from one of the co-workers at the camp I worked at.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More Kelly & Duke.

I finally found them on my computer. Here are some (poor quality) scans of Kelly & Duke. And as I wrote in the edit of the original post, more can be found here.

I've purchased some Sunday samples, which I will post when they arrive.



Monday, July 28, 2008

Finished!

Well, it took me all day, but I finally finished going through every one of the Sunday sections in my collection. All together, I have 518 sections, from 58 different newspapers, spreading throughout the country. I have 138 editions of the Stars & Stripes comics, spreading from 2002 to early 2008.

And this will grow every week, when I get the Sunday paper. Oh well. At least I finally have the spreadsheet made.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Going through the pile

Over the years, I've been saving comics sections from various newspapers I've encountered. I've often traveled, so I came across papers from places such as Tennessee, California, Texas, and Michigan.

I've been doing this at least since the early 2000s, but I've started getting serious with them around 2006, when I really kept track of the papers.

Thanks to the local University library, I can get Sunday comics sections from 5 or 6 newspapers from various south-western states. And combined with older newspapers I've recieved in mail, I now have countless numbers of sections.

Anyway, today, I decided to write down ALL the papers I have; the name of the paper, the dates, the contents. I've never realized how much I've saved. You can get the idea from this photograph of my computer room.



The majority of the comics sections came from the Stars and Stripes newspaper; living in Japan, it was the only remotely "American" newspaper that I can get. The second greatest is probably Memphis Commercial Appeal and Jackson (TN) Sun, since that's where I live now.

I'm in the process of counting. I'll let you know how many sections I have.

Oh, and if you have any Sunday comics sections you want to get rid of, email me at cbrubaker@gmail.com and maybe we can work this out. Specifically interested in Sunday sections from 1970 and beyond that has obscure strips that's no longer around.

Kelly & Duke

This is one of those strips that I know next-to-nothing about, but I'll give it a shot, anyway.

Kelly & Duke was one of the first strips picked up by the newly established Universal Press Syndicate. It ran from 1972 to 1980. The strip's title was originally just Kelly, but the title changed in 1974. The cartoonist was Jack Moore.



The strip was about a boy (Kelly), and his dog. Duke was a big, talking dog who always walked on his two legs and had a southern accent, evident by how he talks. Once in a while, a beatnik cat named Roscoe showed up.

Beyond that, I don't know much about the strip. I have no idea what happened to Jack Moore, and what his cartooning history are (assuming he has any besides Kelly)

The only reason I've heard of this is because the strip is often mentioned in comics forums and newsgroups. The strip had fans, at least.

I've found few samples of the strip. The strip was pretty unusual at the time. The artwork caught my eye. It was sorta inbetween the cartoonish style and the "serious" style seen in soap strips. Maybe that's why it had fans.

Universal Press seemed to had a goal in what comics they were looking for, judging by this and two other comics they picked up at the time, Doonesbury and, some may argue, Ziggy.

If anyone has more information about Kelly & Duke and the creator Jack Moore (including more samples, articles, etc...) please email me at cbrubaker@gmail.com

EDIT (7/27) - Well, that was fast. I've found more samples at this site. I've also ordered some Sunday samples from eBay. I'll post some when I get them.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Books Worth Buying

I bought a lot of books during my stay in Minnesota, so I felt I should recommend some.

THE BEST OF MUTTS
By Patrick McDonnell



I've always been a fan of Mutts. Lot to love about it: the simple, old-fashioned artwork, poetic writing, and, best of all, it offers social commentary without hitting you on the head with a shovel, a rarity indeed.

This is a hardback book collecting strips Patrick himself has selected from the first decade of the strip's run. It's apparent that this was intended to come out when Mutts celebrated its 10th anniversary; however, it wasn't published until last year (no strips from 2005 to present are included).

I think the best part about the book is that the Sunday strips are reprinted from newspaper tearsheets, so the 'old fashioned' feel is increased because of that. It makes this book even better.

Comments from Patrick are included in the start of every year.

Buy from Amazon.com

THE CRASS MENAGERIE
By Stephan Pastis



Now let's flip the coin. In contrast to the "sweet" nature of Mutts, Pearls Before Swine is very cynical, frequently featuring discussions of death, and also the stupidity of people in general. Not that it's a bad thing.

This is the third treasury of Pastis' strip. As with the first two, many of the strips feature commentary from the cartoonist and the Sundays are printed in color. As a bonus, the last few pages of the book is dedicated to never-before-published Pearls strips. All comes with commentary explaining why it wasn't published.

If you love to read comic strips featuring a cynical rat who likes to scam people, this book is right for you.

Buy from Amazon.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Retail

Since I'm back now, I can finally show you this. Here's the original to the Retail strip that featured my appearance from a month and a half ago.



And here's the published version, from Baltimore Sun (the newspaper squished it, not me).

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Whoa...it's been a while....

Sorry about that. Yeah, I'm still alive. I've been working at a camp in Minnesota since June 1, which is why I've been sparodic at updating.

Anyway, the camp's done and I'll be home soon, so I should be able to post again soon.