Strips posts

The Harvey Brothers

Posted by on January 13th, 2010 at 7:03 AM

I have always wondered (well, not always, actually—not like getting up in the morning and brushing my teeth, for example, which I always do—but as often as I stop to read The Fusco Brothers—which is not often so much

George Booth’s Little Theater of Everyday Absurdities

Posted by on January 12th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
George Booth’s cartoons, in large ­part, are theaters, staged vignettes, that, in their tones, mingle the cranky, bristling domesticity of the ’20s and ’30s Clifford Odets with the careening Surrealist/ Dadaist farce of Eugene Ionesco. Booth’s overall tone differs from many of his current colleagues at The New Yorker in its deft balancing of journalism and whimsy.

Excremental Vision

Posted by on January 11th, 2010 at 4:10 PM
It’s no longer a debatable matter: the funnies are getting a little more daring in waging humor on an unsuspecting populace. Politics and various previously verboten social issues now seep into comic strip comedy. Even the bathroom is no longer off-limits.

Current Eventsh (sic)

Posted by on January 8th, 2010 at 9:30 AM

No one is much alarmed these days at comic strips into which seep allusions to current events, but I suppose somewhere someone is going to get all wee-weed up over today’s One Big Happy in which cartoonist Rick Detorie uses

Clark Kent, Private Eye

Posted by on January 6th, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Alex Raymond’s Rip Kirby is not so much a lost comic strip as one that has been hiding in plain sight.  Raymond drew it as long as he drew Flash Gordon, it attracted a healthy subscriber list from the

Spiritual Enlightenment From Peanuts

Posted by on January 6th, 2010 at 6:24 PM

My son learns about his religious heritage from Charles Schulz. Sort of.

Shaenon Garrity reviews Sam’s Strip: The Comic About Comics by Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas

Posted by on January 6th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
Garrity weighs the good and the bad about Sam's Strip.

Gaiety in Comics

Posted by on January 6th, 2010 at 7:10 AM

In Mark Buford’s Scary Gary, the title character of which is a lapsed vampire living in the suburbs, is Steve living it up in a gay bar in the last panel above? I don’t see any other interpretation. Frank and

Oh, What a Knight Errant: R. B. Fuller’s Oaky Doaks

Posted by on January 4th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Panel from September 7, 1946 Oaky Doaks [©1946 AP Newsfeatures]

A long — but hardly long enough — -running, comic parody/pastiche of Knighthood’s flowering, R. B. Fuller’s Oaky Doaks transmuted its oft-parodied material with a tone of Sancho Panza pragmatism:

Steven Grant reviews The Spirit – A Pop-Up Graphic Novel

Posted by on December 29th, 2009 at 10:00 AM
Did anyone really think this was a good idea?

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