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Sunday Title Panels

Long ago dinosaurs walked the earth and a single comic strip – say, Little Nemo – could fill an entire page of the Sunday funnies. Comics section layout editors must have kept their X-acto knives tucked away in the back of the drawer and slept soundly on Saturday nights.

Gone is the day. Now, of course, six or eight strips may be crammed onto a Sunday comics page, and the layout editor must be able to tie a cherry stem into a knot with her tongue. To help her out, we cartoonists now deliver our Sunday strips with a title panel tacked onto each strip. The title panel, entirely expendable, gives the editor a few more options in laying out the page. Leave it intact and the strip runs wider and relatively shallower on the page. Whack it off and the strip’s a stockier rectangle. (more…)

Life is a Taboret

Last week (3/15) I mentioned the new taboret I purchased for my oil painting area and promised to show you a picture of it. Well, it arrived, and it’s as advertised. Very spacious, well designed, and – best of all – cool. I’ll miss the sawhorses and the particleboard surface that I was using before… but not a lot. Especially nice are the large glass palette on top and the drawer dividers to keep my paint tubes organized and easy to find. Thanks again to Casey Childs, the painter who designed it and Jared Bringhurst for building it. Next: Some actual comic strip blogging. (more…)

U.S. Department of Transportation-Approved!

It's not every day that the US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood blogs about comic strips, friends. Check us out hanging around an official government website!

We're pretty sure he means "ordinary Americans" in a good way.

Oh, and check out Bob Shackelford's Great Hang Up segment on our texting-while-driving series.

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