I didn't entirely get the intended construction of the jokes in the Sunday Bizzaro (Sp??) strip yesterday .   ( The strip appars to be not online , as it is a King Features Syndicate strip , who - Gasp !!! - appear to think they're in the comics business to make money , and keep their strips behind a wall . )

  The joke was " variations on ' I Love New York ' "...but was the panhandler's shirt supposed to be saying " I Owe New York " ?"  I Have Zero , New York " ?

  The yokel , in Middle Ages garb...Was his shirt suppost'a mean " I Love York " , as in the English county that New York was indeed named after ??? ( And Prince Charles is now considered the Duke of , if I recall correctly . )

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The artilcle was written by Josh Fruhlinger of The Comics Curmudgeon blog, which is built around "The Funnies Aren't Funny Anymore!" But I think Fruhlinger is more about calling out lazy writing, logic lapses and recycling, and less about "It's bad because it isn't just like it was when I was a kid."

As for the premise of the article, I've seen some strips in my daily newspaper make COVID-19 part of their stories and some not. In most if not all cases, I wish they hadn't, for several reasons.

One is because I don't read the comic strips for realism (as somebody around here is wont to say). Judge Parker had just begun a storyline in which the Judge makes a run for mayor, and Sam Driver's adoptive daughters Neddy and Sophie were butting heads as Sophie sabotaged Neddy's career efforts. Now everybody in the strip is stuck in the house, moping.

Part of it is that, in any given strip, having all the characters stuck in the house limits the scope of the strip. Curtis has done it as well as can be expected; he and kid brother Barry are in the house being home-schooled by mom Diane while dad Greg continues to work at the DMV. But this has meant we see only them and don't see any of the other supporting characters any more: Gunther at the barbershop, or any of Curtis's friends at school -- Chutney, the girl who has a crush on him; Michelle, the Veronica to Chutney's Betty;  Heart-throb, the genial would-be ladies' man, or bullies Derrick and Onion. A while back, we learned Curtis's teacher Mrs. Nelson was ill with COVID-19 -- but we haven't seen her or heard any more about it.

Sally Forth has tried to open things up. After several strips of Sally, husband Ted and daughter Hillary going stir crazy, last week Hillary's friends Faye and Nona came by, wearing masks and social distancing.

That's how one strip, which features kids, worked it in. How do others? Frazz and Big Nate are set primarily in elementary schools. Frazz is all about his interactions with the kids, and the strip has made some stabs at acknowledging COVID-19; Big Nate ignores it completely.

And as pointed out in the article, we don't know when this is going to end. Which means the strips will have to keep this going indefinitely, which I don't much like. 

It was interesting to read how the creators made their decisions.

ClarkKent_DC said:

A while back, we learned Curtis's teacher Mrs. Nelson was ill with COVID-19 -- but we haven't seen her or heard any more about it.

Well, guess who showed up in today's strip? 

She looks pretty good for somebody who just dealt with Covid-19.

ClarkKent_DC said:

ClarkKent_DC said:

A while back, we learned Curtis's teacher Mrs. Nelson was ill with COVID-19 -- but we haven't seen her or heard any more about it.

Well, guess who showed up in today's strip? 

Richard Willis said:

She looks pretty good for somebody who just dealt with Covid-19.

Curtis is REALLY glad to see her, too.

Just a quick note that the subject of today's Google Doodle is Jackie Ormes, 

From Wikipedia:  "Jackie Ormes was an American cartoonist. She is known as the first African-American woman cartoonist and creator of the Torchy Brown comic strip and the Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger panel."



Dave Palmer said:

Just a quick note that the subject of today's Google Doodle is Jackie Ormes, 

From Wikipedia:  "Jackie Ormes was an American cartoonist. She is known as the first African-American woman cartoonist and creator of the Torchy Brown comic strip and the Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger panel."

Sad to say, I first learned about Jackie Ormes and her fine work only last month. 

Dave Palmer said:

Just a quick note that the subject of today's Google Doodle is Jackie Ormes, 

From Wikipedia:  "Jackie Ormes was an American cartoonist. She is known as the first African-American woman cartoonist and creator of the Torchy Brown comic strip and the Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger panel."



ClarkKent_DC said:

Sad to say, I first learned about Jackie Ormes and her fine work only last month. 

I made up for it today: I wrote about the Google Doodle for CBR.

"Google Doodle Celebrates Cartoonist and Activist Jackie Ormes"

This week the Baldo comic strip had a sequence explaining how Baldo, Gracie and their father Sergio came to live with Carmen, who is actually Sergio's aunt. The serious subject is presented with art that isn't cartoony. Tia Carmen meets an attractive man in the market. They have coffee and she tells the story.

...Oh, thank you. I only see the strip occasionally (It's carried in the Santa Cruz) paper but I don't see it regular). You have reminded me of something I have wondered about BALDO. The characters, of course, are Hispanic Americans. They seem, economically, pretty middle-class - own suburban home, Baldo has a car. Thete's been jokes showing/reflecting nervousness about immigration policies. Are any characters supposed to be undocumented? Any of their friends if not any of the Baldo clan?

Anyone who likes the Baldo strip should make sure they check out this sequence.

The gocomics website -- https://www.gocomics.com/   - carries the Baldo strip and as far as I know every strip that isn't from King Features. The King Features strips are at https://www.comicskingdom.com/

Both sites also carry editorial cartoons. Subscribing costs $19.99 for a year of gocomics and $19.99 for a year of comicskingdom. Both sites also have monthly subscriptions for $1.99 and give access to a significant amount of older comics for current series and for comics that are no longer published.. A good value for Covid-time entertainment.

Emerkeith Davyjack said:

You have reminded me of something I have wondered about BALDO. The characters, of course, are Hispanic Americans. They seem, economically, pretty middle-class - own suburban home, Baldo has a car. Thete's been jokes showing/reflecting nervousness about immigration policies. Are any characters supposed to be undocumented? Any of their friends if not any of the Baldo clan?

Of course there are millions of real-life middle class Americans with their heritage. I seem to recall that one of Baldo's friends either was or knew someone who was undocumented. The nervousness partially comes from wondering if (because of their ethnicity) they will be challenged/arrested on the assumption that they are undocumented. If you aren't carrying proof of your citizenship or legal resident status you may be arrested until someone else can come forward to provide documentation. It has happened to real people who either have legal status or were actually born here.  "Showing your papers" reminds me of apartheid-era South Africa. There are a lot of undocumented people in the U.S. from Canada, Ireland and the U.K. that are never challenged because they are white.

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