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Another New Comic Strip

Posted by on November 25th, 2010 at 12:57 PM
Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick and Mason Mastroianni

As Our National Comedians Reconvene…

Posted by on November 22nd, 2010 at 4:12 PM
...we take a break from all serious considerations

Freshly Squeezed

Posted by on November 19th, 2010 at 9:18 AM
By Ed Stein

Going Underground

Posted by on November 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
A tour of the various history books on the underground-comix movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Dustin: A New Beginning

Posted by on November 17th, 2010 at 9:11 AM
By Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker

Shelton’s Freaks, One More Compendium

Posted by on November 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

In the watershed winter of 1967-68 in Austin, Texas, Gilbert Shelton witnessed two movies, one about the Marx Brothers and the other about the Three Stooges, playing a fated double-bill at the Vulcan Gas Company, a theater for which he drew posters. Stunned by the Marx-Stooges experience, Shelton decided that he, too, could make movies. Enlisting the help of a friend in the film department of the University of Texas, he produced a five-minute movie, The Texas Hippies March on the Capitol. Shelton had been, in the early sixties, editor of Texas Ranger, the campus humor magazine at UT, wherein Shelton published, in the December 1961 issue, an early installment of Wonder Wart-Hog, featuring a protagonist he'd been fooling around with since high school; but that's another story for another time. This time, the winter of 1967-68, Shelton was a moviemaker. And a cartoonist. As a cartoonist, Shelton decided the best way to promote his new film was to publish a flyer featuring a comic strip about three potheads. "Everyone liked the comic strip better than the film," Shelton said, "so I abandoned my film-directing career and devoted my subsequent efforts to cartooning."

SEARCHING FOR CATHY’S SUCCESSOR

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 12:04 PM
Cathy left a hole on the funnies page just aching to be filled

Something for the Old Folks

Posted by on November 12th, 2010 at 4:29 PM
A Gaffer of a Comic Strip

Word Play (Or, Playing with Words)

Posted by on November 10th, 2010 at 8:55 AM
The Joke’s in the Verbiage

Milt Gross: Banana Oil and the First Graphic Novel?

Posted by on November 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

With his characters' ludicrously bug-eyed bulb-nosed physiognomy, sausage-fingered hands and flat feet, Milt Gross may be said in his drawing style to epitomize "cartooning."

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