Strips posts

The Best Renderer of Realistically Rendered Comic Strips

Posted by on December 28th, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Almost all of the best drawrn realistically rendered comic strips are drawrn by former comic book artists. Graham Nolan, who draws Rex Morgan, spent 16 years drawing DC and Marvel comics. I said last time he was the second

The Return of Phil Evans

Posted by on December 26th, 2009 at 8:18 AM

In my initial TCJ post, I complained that the web yields far more information about the current fracas inside the Socialist Workers Party (UK) than it does about the massively underrated Phil Evans, whose defamatory cartoons enlivened SWP and trade

Merrie Christmas

Posted by on December 25th, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Used to be on this day the entire page of newspaper comics carried, strip by strip, a Christmas greeting. Nice. Festive. Fostered a sense of community throughout a vast and increasing readership. The practice, however, did not originate in any

Blog Stalking for Rex Morgan

Posted by on December 24th, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Rex Morgan returned to the strip bearing his name a couple Sundays ago. He’d been gone since June 29. Over five months’ absence. Oddly, no one noticed this untoward occurrence until approximately December 14 when Mike Kernels at the Virginia

Tell Us What You Really Think, Garry

Posted by on December 23rd, 2009 at 12:33 PM

You can’t accuse Garry Trudeau of being equivocal. Not ever. And certainly not in the wake of Baracko Bama’s Nobel speech. Most commentators thought O’Bama’s speech a rhetorical wonder. And so, in fact, did I. But Mark Slackmeyer, the talk

Wisdumb in the Funnies: No. 1

Posted by on December 22nd, 2009 at 7:03 AM

 Amazing, sometimes, the insights into our assorted follies and foibles that we can find exposed in the funnies. In Gary Brookins’ Pluggers, for instance, is this: Why do we blow on our food to cool it, and blow on

Got a Million of ‘Em

Posted by on December 18th, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Tiger Woods is coming into a well-deserved tsunami of ridicule in the funnies. In Doonesbury (December 15), Roland Hedley reports that the “confirmed mistresses” of Tiger Woods, numbering, doubtless, in the hundreds of thousands, have voted to unionize, LiveNation is

Ng Suat Tong On Lettering – Old and New

Posted by on December 15th, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Most people with an interest in Chinese brush painting realize that the calligraphy frequently found at the edge of such pieces form as much a part of the art as the image itself. Chinese calligraphy is of course a major

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The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For reviewed by Tom Crippen

Posted by on December 15th, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Alison Bechdel; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 416 pp., $25; B&W, Hardcover; ISBN: 978-0618968800

In the following article you will find phrases like “dicks become a big part of life” and “penetration is in.” Traditionally, among a certain class of people, these

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Scoff and Scorn Before Swine

Posted by on December 14th, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Stephan Pastis is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet—self-effacing, shy even, soft-spoken, modest. Not at all the sort of fellow you’d imagine him to be judging from the most conspicuous evidence we have at hand, his comic strip.

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