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May 24, 1993 |
Zeke Zekley watched quietly as people bid thousands of dollars for the kinds of comic strip panels he was paid $50 a week to draw in the 1930s. "I never had any idea that these drawings would become as popular as they are today," said the 78-year-old retired cartoonist, looking around at almost 300 original comic strip panels being auctioned off Sunday at the Burbank Airport Hilton's convention center. One of Zekley's "Bringing Up Father" strips that ran in newspapers across the nation on Aug.
November 14, 2002 |
The creator of "L.A. Cucaracha" is going national with "La Cucaracha," a rare Latino-themed syndicated daily comic strip, which promises more fodder from the Spanglish, warped world of its main character. Creator Lalo Alcaraz, 38, of Los Angeles signed a 10-year contract with Universal Press Syndicate, which also syndicates "Doonesbury" and "The Boondocks," to begin his biting and satirical strip on Nov. 25.
October 7, 2008 |
Berkeley Breathed is pulling the plug on his comic "Opus" after Nov. 2 and on his career as a comic strip artist. The 5-year-old Sunday comic with a political bent, starring the penguin from Breathed's classic comic "Bloom County," is ending just before the presidential election. In an e-mail to The Times, Breathed, 51, wrote Monday: "30 years of cartooning to end. I'm destroying the village to save it. Opus would inevitably become a ranting mouthpiece in the coming wicked days, and I respect the other parts of him too much to see that happen.
October 13, 2000 |
Comic relief may not always be at one's fingertips, but there's no reason why it can't be at the neck and wrists. A Napa-based toy company called OddzOn is making an unusual line of jewelry with beads created from rolled-up comic strips--the colorful Sunday kind. Miniaturized replicas of original comic strips such as Archie, Baby Huey, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Little Lulu and Garfield are reprinted on recycled paper that is lighter than copy paper but heavier than comic or newsprint.
February 28, 2000
Eliot A. Caplin, 86, writer who plotted such comic strips as "The Heart of Juliet Jones." Despite the difference in their professional surnames, Caplin was the brother of "L'il Abner" cartoonist Al Capp. The brothers never collaborated on a comic strip, but Capp conceived two strips that he passed along to Caplin. One, "Abbie an' Slats," drawn by Raeburn van Burne, lasted 23 years. The other was "Long Sam," drawn by Bob Lubbers.
March 15, 1997
Stan Drake, 75, who illustrated the comic strip "Blondie." Drake also created the classic romance strip "The Heart of Juliet Jones," a collaboration with writer Elliott Caplin launched in 1953. Drake's work on the romance strip, which at its peak appeared in 600 newspapers, earned him the story strip cartoonist of the year award from the National Cartoonists Society in 1969, 1970 and 1972.
November 8, 1991 |
Vice President Dan Quayle, in Southern California for fund-raising appearances, said Thursday that "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau has a personal vendetta against him and that he is outraged the comic strip is running discredited allegations that the vice president has used cocaine. "I don't mind a good political fight," Quayle said at a morning news conference. "But this is just totally absurd. It's wrong. It's false. And I'm not surprised, but I am outraged."
April 13, 2006 |
Dan Piraro loves getting hate mail, and given that his occasionally left-leaning strip, "Bizarro," appears in 250 papers (including The Times), he's received a lot of it during his 21-year career. "Whenever I do an anti-NRA cartoon, I get a wave of great mail," says the syndicated comic strip artist, 47, from Brooklyn. "If I do something on gay rights, I get a really great wave of illiterate mail. And if I do something on intelligent design, that really brings the nut bags out of the woodworks."
December 6, 1989 |
Attention shoppers! The following items, thanks to the comics industry's expanded nucleus of marketing devices, are now available at your local department store: Garfield balloons, greeting cards and pajama tops. Garfield coffee cups, party napkins, alarm clocks, nightgowns, stuffed toys and stickers. Garfield shirts, calendars, books, house slippers, mud flaps for trucks, bookmarks and women's underwear. Not to mention Garfield on suction cups clinging to car windows.
November 2, 1988 |
Cartoons have come a long way since Popeye's promotion of spinach was the most controversial cause to be found on the comics page. Today it's not unusual to see weeks of strips devoted to such issues as homelessness, illiteracy and drug use, and politics has been a contemporary element since "Pogo" took on Washington more than two decades ago. Jim Berry ("Berry's World") recently chided George Bush for ducking interviews.