August 19, 1990 |
The first cartoon appeared in 19 newspapers on Feb. 29, 1960. It was a drawing of a census taker filling out a form and asking the woman of the house: "Any children?" The woman looks puzzled. Two dirty handprints of a child ring the doorknob. Assorted toys, a tricycle, volleyball, baseball and bat litter the floor and sofa. Three decades later, cartoonist Bil Keane, 67, continues to chronicle the lighter moments of American family life. But today, many more families share those moments.
October 20, 1985
Re Bil Keane's "The Family Circus" cartoon of Oct. 15 (captioned, "This (evening) is the bestest time of day. Dinners are Cookin', kids are bathed and daddys come home.") This is an insult to the working mothers and women you serve. CELLA MOREY Venice
May 28, 2000 |
The rest of the world knew him, rather formally, as Charles M. Schulz. But to his many friends, the late creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy was simply "Sparky." Those friends, many of them fellow cartoonists, celebrated Sparky's 50 years in the funnies business Saturday by running Schulz-themed cartoons in the nation's newspapers. More than 80 strips--everything from "Alley Oop" to "Ziggy"--paid homage to "Peanuts."
October 24, 1988 |
Once again the homeless are finding shelter on the comics page. Working with some of the top editorial and strip cartoonists in the country, Sen. David A. Roberti, coordinator of the Cartoonists' Homeless Project, has helped persuade more than 100 artists to devote their panels to the subject on Tuesday. "Our goal is to tug at America's heartstrings through their funny bones," Roberti said.
November 10, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday: Taylor Swift is named the entertainer of the year at the Country Music Awards. Other honorees include newcomers Jason Aldean and the Band Perry. ( Los Angeles Times ) Calle 13 is up for a record 10 Latin Grammys at tonight's awards show. ( Los Angeles Times ) Brian Grazer has been tapped to produce the Oscars following Brett Ratner's resignation after he made an anti-gay slur. ( Los Angeles Times ) Eddie Murphy stepped down as Oscars host.
May 23, 1996 |
After 36 years with the same frumpy bob, Mommy finally has a new 'do. Today, comics readers get their first look at the make-over of the character in the popular comic strip "Family Circus." The author of the strip, Bil Keane of Paradise Valley, Ariz., apparently decided to update her hair after a reader complained that the pointy chin-length cut Mommy has had since the feature's debut in 1960 was old-fashioned.