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-- Not Garry (, July 02, 2000


Thursday's Christian Science Monitor has an interview with the former cartoonist of Bloom County and Outland; worth a look.

-- then scroll down the left-hand side of the page and click on 'Cartoonist Berke Breathed.' (The article has an amusing typo in the title of his Christmas special, "A wish for wings that work.")

-- Reece (, February 08, 2001.

Thanks, Reece; that was a nice little read.

See GBT is getting onto the "unelected" bandwagon, at least through the Black Caucus. Enjoying it.

-- GRC (, February 08, 2001.

Well alright! HCI has gone back to using the 'letterbox' format for the Non Sequitur strips. About time! See Monday's strip at quitur_pan.908.g.gif

-- Reece (, February 12, 2001.

Oops. Make sure there's no space between the e and q in Sequitur!

-- Reece (, February 12, 2001.

Thanks, Reece.

As a footnote to 2000, a bad year for cartoonists, I note that the Washington "Post" has finally dropped "Feiffer" from its editorial cartoon link list. Since he's not dead we can't say R.I.P., but I do hope he's enjoying his retirement.

-- GRC (, February 16, 2001.

GRC: they didn't 'drop' him; he retired last summer. He does, however, have a webpage now. See for details.

-- Reece (, February 20, 2001.

Oh, yes, and there's yet ANOTHER recent Berke Breathed interview at Check it out.

-- Reece (, February 20, 2001.

I know he retired, which is why I mentioned that he is not dead (didn't know about the webpage, though; thanks). However, the "Post" most certainly did just drop him. They had kept his last cartoon up on their webpage for many months after his retirement, and now they have removed it.

-- GRC (, February 22, 2001.

Drat. The San Jose Mercury is dropping a bunch of its comic strips. Soon to depart are: Against the Grain, Agnes, Alex's Restaurant, Amazing Spiderman, Annie, Apartment 3G, Arlo & Janis (groan; the only source for daily color strips of this one), Barney Google/Snuffy Smith, Bobo's Progress, Brenda Starr, Callahan, Committed, Curtis, Dick Tracy, Dinette Set, Fair Game, Geech, Get Fuzzy, Grand Avenue, Hazel, Helen, (Sweetheart) of the Internet, Loose Parts, Mandrake the Magician, Mary Worth, Matt & Maynerd, Meg! Monkeyhouse, Mr. Lowe, Nancy, New Breed, Off the Mark, Over the Hedge, Phantom, Pluggers, Pokeman, Popeye, Pretzel Logic, Quigmans, Raising Duncan, Randolph Itch, 2 a.m., Raw Material, Red & Rover, Rex Morgan M.D., Rubes, Rugrats, Shirley & Son, Speed Bump, Spooner, Sylvia. Ouch.

-- Reece (, March 29, 2001.

You won't miss *all* of those, will you? There are a few groaners in there.

BTW, there's a page called "Comics I Don't Understand" where the author places comic strips and asks readers to explain them. Among his words of wisdom, "When in doubt, Arlo and Janis is about sex."

-- Wally (, April 04, 2001.

Wally: true, all too true. Still, there was enough gold there that the good stuff will be missed: the Mercury runs many of its strips in color, and they're oversized (not quite as oversized as the Houston Chronicle's, but large enough that it's my site of choice for downloading many strips). "Mr. Lowe," incidentally, had already ended its run before the announcement, as I just found out last night; see the artist's comments on his homepage at

-- Reece (, April 04, 2001.

Just wanted to note that in today's strip (7 April 2001), it is apparent that Our Mike is indeed aging into genuine middle age.

"Long, strange journey...."

-- GRC (, April 07, 2001.

Have you seen yesterday's (4/15/01) B.C.? Any opinions? What was Hart saying in that strip?

-- Wally (, April 16, 2001.

He issued a statement saying that it was intended to honor both Jews and Christians by highlighting both Passover and Easter. He specifically denounced "replacement" theology, which some had accused the strip of promoting.

I think that the symbolism of the candle-snuffing on the Menorah and the final closing with the tomb of the risen Christ is easily susceptible of the interpretation he says he did not intend, no matter that it is an accurate representation of the views of the two faiths. Still, I tend to give himm the benefit of the doubt, if only because I think he's an honest man, and that if he'd intended an endorsement of replacement theology, he would have said so. But he should be more careful.

-- GRC (, April 16, 2001.

I don't see how a glass of wine and a fully leavened loaf of bread highlight Passover. His explanation sounds to me like revisionism - when he heard the outcry he invented a new explanation.

I had never heard of "replacement theology" before this weekend, but as soon as I saw the strip I understood it to mean replacement. The menorah burns out, two arms drop off, and a smoldering cross stands in its place. That's hardly subtle.

Perhaps he was really taking aim at Kwanzaa, which uses a similar 7-candle candelabra. A little out of season, though.

-- Wally (, April 17, 2001.

Johnny Hart would make a great Japanese politician: when he makes an outrageous statement which incites shrieks of wrathful indignation, he then issues an 'apology' which is not only unapologetic, it further compounds the original insult(s). He plays this game frequently.

-- Reece (, April 27, 2001.

Well, hi everybody. I thought this place had closed up shop so I haven't been here for weeks. Good to see you all again.

-- MollyJ (, May 04, 2001.

Arrgh! Where's a vibrant and active Doonesbury strip discussion page when you need one?

I am distressed (though not, unfortunately, amazed or astonished) to report that this week's Doonesbury topic is *not* a fictional construct. U.S. Geological Survey mapmaker Ian Thomas was, indeed, fired for a map of caribou calving grounds that coincide with desired oil drilling sites.

If you search your favorite news sources, you'll find that few of them have anything on this topic. There's an L.A. Times article from mid-March, but I didn't like paying the archive fee.

Some good details at

-- Wally (, May 16, 2001.

I need help! Where can I find Zippy the Pinhead online??


- Molly

-- MollyJ (, May 28, 2001.

Try the Washington Post

or The Houston Chronicle

-- Wally (, May 29, 2001.

Thanks, Wally!

Boondocks gave a nod to GBT again yesterday. See it here:

-- MollyJ (, June 03, 2001.

Molly: you can also try the official Zippy website at You can get the Zipster in either black/white or color versions. Also, this site allows you to access the current Sunday Zippy strip (requires registration, though). I've been offline since April 27th, so I've missed all of them from that date until yesterday (sob).

-- Reece (, June 25, 2001.

Hey, check this out: The World of Lily Wong is now in color! See for today's strip.

Notes from someone who was offline way too long, what with the computer being unavailable from April 28 until June 24, the following traumatic events took place: Citizen Dog went under, alas; RIP. And Toonville -- -- stopped updating their strips for Curtis, Funky Winkerbean, and Zits, as of May 5, so no more online Sunday strips for them. On the plus side, UComics -- -- now includes Broom Hilda, Spooner, Kudzu, and Helen Sweetheart of the Internet. And in a curious turnaround for them, -- -- has reinstated some strips dropped earlier this year, including Monkeyhouse, Spooner, Geech, Red Rover, and -- oddest of all -- Mr. Lowe, a strip which has since ceased publication! Finally, Herb and Jamaal has a new home at see -- which includes the Sunday strips, as well.

-- Reece (, June 30, 2001.

Awright! The San Jose Mercury is getting back to reinstating some of their old comic strips! Effective today, they've put back in Red & Rover, Committed, Randolph Itch 2 a. m., Grand Avenue, Meg, Arlo & Janis, The New Breed, and Over the Hedge. All but Meg are in *color*, ta da!! Still waiting for Helen, Sweetheart of the Internet, Off the Mark, Brenda Starr (the Sunday strip was back two days ago), Curtis, Dick Tracy (ditto Sunday's strip), Fair Game, In the Bleachers (ditto Sunday), Pluggers (ditto Sunday), Popeye, Rubes, Sylvia, and Alex's Restaurant. The strip sizes are smaller than the rest, but what the heck. They're back and that's what's important.

Sorry about the false call on the Lily Wong strips a few weeks ago; for some reason, only that one strip wound up in color, snurf. Maybe later....

-- Reece (, July 25, 2001.

Reece: You may have an addiction.

-- DPWally (, July 31, 2001.

'May have,' he says!!

Alas, the animated Oliphant-- at -- hasn't been updated since last May 9th, so I guess it's gone the way of Oliphant's Sunday Punk (comic strip which ran briefly a few years back).

On the good news side, the San Francisco Chronicle now has an animated This Modern World, at currently showing 'Planet of the Dubyas, Part 2'. Worth a look and listen.

-- Reece (, August 07, 2001.

Damn, the SJ Mercury keeps making a liar out of me. The comic strips I mentioned above are from a year ago, and SJM can't make up their mind about whether to run them or not; the strips keep disappearing/appearing/disappearing.

-- Reece (, August 13, 2001.

Hey, check this out: the San Fransisco Examiner is now printing the SUNDAY Zippy the Pinhead strips! See _Pinhead.dtl

They also have Sunday strips for the following: Beetle Bailey, Funky Winkerbean, The Piranha Club, Crock, Popeye, Six Chix, Curtis, Mallard Fillmore, and Zits (still no Sunday Hagar the Horrible, alas). And no archives that I've been able to find, either. Still, this goes a long way toward helping fill the void left by AOL's decision to drop Funky, Curtis, and Zits from their current lineup, so there were no Sunday strips for them anywhere until now. NO registration required, either, by God!


-- Reece (, August 19, 2001.

Oops, sorry for the typo; there should not be a space between the "r" in "Color" and the "_" before "Pinhead". You'll go elsewhere if'n you do.

-- Reece (, August 19, 2001.

OK, got another one for you. Anyone know where I can see Sunday Dinette Sets online? Thanks!

-- MollyJ (, August 24, 2001.

MollyJ: I haven't been able to find the Sunday Dinette Set anywhere online yet, tho I recommend keeping an eye on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's comics page at They carry the Sunday strips for, e. g., Funky Winkerbean and Zits, which are hard to find elsewhere. Maybe they'll do 'em for DS at some time in the future.

-- Reece (, August 25, 2001.

Cheers Reece! As always, you da man.

-- MollyJ (, August 30, 2001.

Find of the week: Anne Telnaes, who became just the second woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning. She's from Sweden, lives in D. C. with her husband. To view the portfolio of her stuff which won the prize, see (it also has an archive of her 2001 strips). She also does the Thursday strips for a comic called Six Chix -- see For a link to her biography, see,1300,,00.html?comm= Ann+Telnaes Her current editorial strips can be seen at

Her work reminds me strongly of Don Wright's, with an even lighter touch, if that's imaginable. Hers have a uniquely feminine quality that I also like. (And it doesn't hurt that most of the strips that I've seen are in near-pastel colors. Very Art Deco-ish.) Although her attitude is definitely liberal, there are some surprises: see, e. g., her strip on Elian. Definitely worth a look.

-- Reece (, September 02, 2001.

Too much chatter in here.

-- Wally (, November 05, 2001.

Once upon a time, there was an (semi-)active forum for discussing this comic strip. Now I'm typing to myself. Oh well.


I like how GBT threw one extra twist into today's strip. Not only does he have the US Military food-bombing Afghanistan, he has them dropping cans of pork.

-- Wally (, November 07, 2001.

Wally: yeah, I know; I've been out of this place too long myself. Kinda discouraging to get no feedback at all.

So. Comics news worth repeating: best (comparatively speaking) new strip I've found on the net is something called Sinfest, by Tatsuya Ishida (love those Irish names) at Good, solid artwork, off-kilter humor. Worth a look; I have it bookmarked. has revamped its lineup, dropped the color strips for most of its dailies, and added a few new strips, including two which are worth a looksee: The Other Coast (also available daily on HCI, and at seven days a week); and Out of Bounds, done by the same guys who do Crock, the parody strip about the French Foreign Legion. Some of's Sunday strips are only available in black and white, oddly enough.

I hope every comic strip fan knows that a weekly sample of New Yorker cartoons is now online at It has an archive going back to October 2, 2000. *WELL* worth a look!

The comic strip, Dunagin's People, ended its run with the August 4th strip. The remnants of the strip site is still at -- although the archive and even the discussion page have now been discontinued; RIP. And the award-winning strip, The World of Lily Wong, at ended its strip on October 31. Lily will truly be missed.

The Unofficial Funky Winkerbean site has been updated this month; see Lotsa goodies.

-- Reece (, November 16, 2001.

Forgot to mention a minor but curious development some fans might have noticed recently: the Bay Area comics Sunday Doonesbury strips, at (requires registration) have started running 'cameo' illustrations in the first (title) panel of the nine which are published. Of course, this panel doesn't show up at all when only the last eight panels are shown, so many people may not be aware of the change.

-- Reece (, November 16, 2001.

Was that Trip Trippler on board the Enterprise?

-- Wally (, November 29, 2001.

Wally: sure looked like him to me; not surprising, given that he always seems to be where the (military) action is.

News on the comics scene: one of the guys who does Tank McNamara started a new strip this week, entitled Cleats. See Similar to Tank in subject matter (sports), tho about kids. Let's hope it does better than the late, lamented strip, Second Chances, by the same team.

The Falling Dream -- -- used to have the best page of 'toon links on the web. The guy who does the strip updated his page last week; it's no longer in the running. Oh, there are still links, just nowhere nearly as extensive, I'm sorry to say. Pity.

-- Reece (, November 30, 2001.

And 'Lieutenant Tripler' it is!

-- Reece (, December 01, 2001.

Greetings people - Haven't been around for a while, but will stop by once in a while. If nothing else, then because of nostalgia.

Kristjan aka Absalon aka The Defender of Kristjanity

-- Kristjan (, December 06, 2001.

Here's one for the holiday season: Brooke McEldowney, the guy who does the comic strip, 9 Chickweed Lane, is doing a Christmas strip to run through December called A Fairy Merry Christmas. Check it out at for the first day's strip. Looks like a lot of fun.

-- Reece (, December 08, 2001.

And now a source for some of those pesky, hard-to-find Sunday strips: shows strips from two weeks ago, so you'll have to click on the links ON a Sunday. At the very least, you'll know that they ARE available online. Good hunting!

-- Reece (, December 09, 2001.

Jeez, what a strange day Monday was. The San Jose Mercury announced that their comic strips are completely offline until next year.

The Washington Post reported that Liberty Meadows will be ending its strip run this month, going exclusively to comic *book* format after that.

And the new comic strip, Cleats, is now available from uclick in color daily at

-- Reece (, December 19, 2001.

Well, we finally have a date to shoot for. According to a note on their site: "Thank you for your patience while we ready the new version of comics. That new product will launch January 27. We're excited about the new launch and are looking forward to it. We've received a lot of feedback on this process and know comics are important to you. Again, thanks for your patience."

-- Reece (, January 14, 2002.

Well, the wait is finally over, and what a bummer it is. The glorious old San Jose Mercury comics site at is no more. It has been replaced by as bland, generic, and vanilla a site as can be imagined, utterly interchangeable with scores (hundreds?) of similar sites; what a letdown. What had been one of the most glorious webpages on the internet for comic strip lovers is now nothing more than a pathetic cliche. Take a look, if you have the stomach for it:

-- Reece (, February 12, 2002.

I must admit, I don't follow the comics as studiously as you, Reece. Is/are your objection(s) to the Bayarea page:

1. The name "BayArea", which suggests they have only a general idea where they're located. 2. The lack, as far as I could see in a quick visit, of a customized bookmark page. 3. The design and appearance of the page. 4. The selection of comics.

-- Wally (, February 19, 2002.

Wally: it's their selection of comics; I have no problem at all with the first three items. The San Jose Mercury had one of the largest (if not THE largest) selections of comics on the internet. Many were in a color format not available anywhere else on the web. Many were in a larger size than most others strips; not as large as the Houston Chronicle Interactive's black and white strips, perhaps, but pretty substantial nonetheless. Since the old SJM website at is no longer accessible, there's no way to make much of a direct comparison, although the Comics I Don't Understand page currently reprints one of the SJM Boondocks color strips from last October 4th; go to and scroll down to "Cartoonist with Cojones." Then go to omic=bo&uc_daction=X and compare the two strips.

For those of us who are connoisseurs of comic strips, it's as if a fine four-star restaurant had been torn down over Christmas vacation and replaced with a McDonald's. I don't begrudge McDonald's for what they are, but I sure as hell miss what they replaced.

-- Reece (, February 22, 2002.

Hey y'all.

I, too, am mourning the passing of my Mercury Personal Comics. I had not yet seen the new Mercury site until Reese posted the link here. And you're right - it ain't what it used to be. It does still have a fairly wide variety of comics (unlike some other sites I could name), but no "personal" option which I loved!! *sigh*

Why would they revamp something for the worse? Can they honestly think this is better? Or is it just that the powers that be have no respect for comics?

-- MollyJ (, March 02, 2002.

Molly: it looks like it's a thing with the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain. All of their online sites that I have run across have the same format. In addition to the San Jose Mercury's comics page (see above for URL), see the respective comics URLs for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal at and the Kansas City Star at They're all identical. I wish they had chosen to use the SJ Mercury's old comics format rather than the new one, but alas they didn't.

-- Reece (, March 03, 2002.

For anyone who's an Andy Capp fan, be sure to check out this site: The strip's in color and has flash animation. Don't know if they change the strip or how often, but it's fun.

-- Reece ( (new e-mail address)), March 10, 2002.

Ah, there's *good news* tonight! Brooke McEldowney, the artist who does the 9 Chickweed Lane comic strip, has just started a NEW strip called Pibgorn. It's a continuation of a Christmas season strip he did last year which ran a little over two weeks. The strip continues with the Monday, March 11th, edition; it's in color, too. If you aren't familiar with either one, check them out at the site. Pibgorn can be seen at Worth a look.

-- Reece (, March 13, 2002.

I'm just reading last week's Boondocks and find myself perplexed. Mariah Carey nominated in the "Most Embarrassing Black Person of the Year" category??

-- Wally (, March 18, 2002.

Looks like Tom Toles will be the new editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post, replacing the late Herbert Block (Herblock); big shoes to fill. See for details. While I'm please for him, I was disappointed to read that the new arrangement will mean the end of his nonpolitical strip: "Toles also has drawn two comic strips. He is dropping the current one, 'Randolph Itch 2 a.m.,' under his arrangement with The Post." Pity that. RI2AM is one of the funnier single-panel strips around these days; it'll be missed. In the meantime, check 'em out whille they're still available at

-- Reece (, April 11, 2002.

Man, this is shaping up to be a bummer year for comics fans. First, the San Jose Mercury's wonderful comics page was reduced to a shell of its former self. Now, the New Yorker cartoon bank which had been at has had the plug pulled on it, sigh, alas. And as of last night, HCI's index page is no longer available to nonsubscribers. Used to be we could get old black and white strips going back to October 17, 1998; now, we just get the daily strip, although by changing the URL we can go back as far as January 7, 2000. Thus, HCI's Doonesbury strip for today is te=2002/4/15&name=Doonesbury&quality=g The oldest archived DB strip is now at te=2000/1/7&name=Doonesbury&quality=g Similary, the HCI color comics go back to October 11, 1999 (somewhat better), so that the URL for that day's Safe Havens is ate=19991011&name=Safe_Havens At least they left us with _some_ archives.

-- Reece (, April 15, 2002.

Here's a twist for you: Funky Winkerbean, and its spinoff strip, Crankshaft, are currently running parallel stories about a character who died on March 27, 1971. The storyline in Crankshaft began May 20th on HCI at te=2002/5/20&name=Crankshaft&quality=g and on UComics at comic=cs&uc_daction=X The storyline has a woman listening to a cassette tape a college friend of hers made in Viet Nam the day he was killed. The storyline in Funky Winkerbean shows an army buddy of the dead soldier while he makes a tracing of his friend's name on the Viet Nam Memorial wall, thinking of the events leading up to his death. It started on May 27th at ate=20020527&name=Funky_Winkerbean

Even curiouser, the character in question was earlier shown to have been one of the Ohio National Guardsmen sent to Kent State in May, 1970. His unit was later activated and sent to Nam. That storyline can be read in its entirety starting at te=2000/4/3&name=Crankshaft&quality=g on HCI, and on UComics (which includes the Sunday strips in the storyline) at 0403&uc_daction=X&uc_comic=cs

-- Reece (, May 31, 2002.

UComics is starting a subscription fee for its comics???

*Molly already going into comic withdrawal*

What is the world coming to?

-- MollyJ (, September 12, 2002.

Molly: don't freak out. The subscription thing looks like it's only for those who want to design their own comics page. If you don't choose to do so, it's still free. I'm a bit more annoyed that they're limiting their archives to the last two weeks, even though the archives I've checked go back a few years. We'll see if they carry through on that threat.

-- Reece (, September 17, 2002.

Randolph Itch is no more??

-- Molly J (, October 16, 2002.

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