Strips posts

Just Foolin’ Around (non-sexually)

Posted by on January 25th, 2010 at 10:28 AM

I correspond frequently with Jim Ivey, a political cartooner who is, inexplicably, slightly older than I am and therefore retired. My last letter went on a letterhead I’d devised from the latent logo for this blog. The logo, you’ll remember—if

Kent Worcester reviews Fortune Cookies by Sue Rice and Nick Thorkelson

Posted by on January 24th, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Fortune Cookies: New Comics about Journeys and Transformations. Sue Rice and Nick Thorkelson, eds. Forty-eight b&w pages; saddlestitch binding; $4.50. No ISBN. To order copies visit

This self-published anthology features eleven graphic stories, most of which are autobiographical

SUNDAY FUNNIES: Dolly Dimples and Bobby Bounce

Posted by on January 24th, 2010 at 7:56 AM

At the guttergeek blog we’ve started a new Sunday Funnies feature last week where we dig into the boxes of old strips scattered around the office and share some of our faves. This week’s entry is two 1929 adventures from

We’ve Arrived

Posted by on January 22nd, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Comic strips are at the opposite end of the cultural cutting edge. As I’ve mentioned before, to attract and keep readership in a popular medium, comic strips never initiate fads or movements: they follow trends, appealing to readers with material

R. C. Harvey on Mallard Fillmore

Posted by on January 22nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Tinsley’s strip is not offensive to me entirely because of its simple-minded conservatism: all strips are fundamentally simple-minded because complexity is not handily explained in a few comic strip panels, so I forgive him his over-simplification. But I can’t forgive him for failing to draw a comic strip.

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Visual Language

Posted by on January 20th, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Here we have a confrontation between Rose Trellis, the founder of Fastrack, Inc., and her assistant, Wendy Rommel, who is married to Art Welding, another Fastrack employee, who shows up in the last panel. They are all characters in On

Noah Berlatsky on The James Bond Omnibus

Posted by on January 20th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
Adventure-strip cartooning is basically dead, which makes sense, since I could never figure out how it managed to get up and walking around in the first place.


Posted by on January 18th, 2010 at 3:32 PM
Sometimes we can have too much of a good thing, particularly when it’s not so good to begin with. Take, for example, Sunday’s Deflocked, which we will display in a trice.

Things the Industry Is Doing Right

Posted by on January 15th, 2010 at 11:58 AM

This being The Comics Journal and all, we tend to focus on the thousands of things the comics industry does wrong.  But that gets to be such a downer.  Here, because lists are the ideal form of online discourse, are

Oh, the Horror, the Horror

Posted by on January 15th, 2010 at 6:38 AM

The phenomenon we illustrate this time has been creeping up on us for several years, quietly destroying brain cells, every day a few at a time so’s not to be noticeable, in order to foster a passive receptivity, a willingness

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