Strips posts

Hare Tonic 2: Fubar

Posted by on December 11th, 2009 at 10:10 AM

In what may be a Historic First for the funnies, Rudy Park, written by Theron Heir (not his real name) and drawn by Darrin Bell (his real name), lost track of the calendar last month and spent the week

TCJ Audio Archives: Charles Schulz

Posted by on December 9th, 2009 at 10:33 AM

New to the Audio Archives: Excerpts from the original audiotapes to Gary Groth’s 1997 interview with Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, conducted for The Comics Journal #200. Click the “Audio/Video” tab in the above toolbar to download the MP3s!


Posted by on December 9th, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Sometimes, even in a visual medium like the funnies, the comedy is all in the words. Or almost all in the words. In Mike Baldwin’s single panel cartoon Cornered, we see a traffic cop who has stopped a driver

Two Short Reviews

Posted by on December 9th, 2009 at 7:17 AM

Here are two 500-word reviews that never quite made it into the Journal (you know, the print version). One of the reviews is replete with snark, while the other is about a delightfully snarky cartoonist. Enjoy.

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Bil Keane in Paradise

Posted by on December 7th, 2009 at 2:42 PM

As possibly the last person in the comics press to give The Family Circus a positive review (sometime in the 80s, I believe it was), I was naturally was intrigued by The Family Circus Library Volume 1, IDW/The Library

Chickweed Lane: Not a Dissent, Really, But . . .

Posted by on December 3rd, 2009 at 11:06 PM

I wouldn’t call Brooke McEldowney’s 9 Chickweed Lane the best contemporary newspaper comic strip, but you can see it from there.  The best right now without a doubt is Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac, followed at a respectful distance

The Things They Say

Posted by on December 3rd, 2009 at 4:17 PM

The best comics are those that blend words and pictures to achieve a meaning neither is capable of alone without the other (as I’ve been saying for what seems like tedious centuries). But sometimes the things that are said in

Whatever Happened to Phil Evans?

Posted by on December 2nd, 2009 at 6:55 AM

In the old days, a left-wing sect could conduct its internal disputes in private without worrying about whether non-members had access to factional documents and the like. A major reason why police and intelligence agencies in the twentieth century placed

The Best Comic Strip

Posted by on December 1st, 2009 at 8:52 PM

I should be prudent and say that Brooke McEldowney’s 9 Chickweed Lane is one of the best comic strips now appearing in the nation’s newspaper funnies. But I have ever been foolhardy in such matters rather than prudent, so I

Oop’s A Daisy

Posted by on November 30th, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Unbound by anthropological accuracy, V. T.Hamlin’s Alley Oopa shaggy-maned, slangy, prehistoric roughneck began his adventuresome existence amid the rocky landscapes of Moo: unrelated to the undersea sister city of Atlantis. Oop rode his pet dinosaur, Dinny, here

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