This is a really good Tom the Dancing Bug today. (click to see full comic) Not "good"in that it'll make you laugh, but good that it will make you think. AND I've long been a proponent of more people "thinking" before they open their big stinking mouths.
The elaborately entertaining toonist-organized Comics Sherpa project known as Myopic Topics wraps up its post-game action today with the awarding of "The Grand Myopie Awards." The MT project, which ran on Sherpa from March 12th through March 18th, involved over 30 cartoonists addressing an assigned topic each day for a week.
Beginning March 20th the organizers awarded prizes in each of the seven topic categories, then invited readers to vote for the ultimate winners. The results were announced this morning with as much fanfare as can be mustered on a silent comic strip page. To go back and see the first category award click here, then go forward day by day and read them all (along with several good jokes). For the big finish click this: The Grand Myopie Awards. Well and thoroughly done, cartoonists and judge-bots:
Note: Despite what it says in the panel above, voting is now closed.
If you have been waiting for another Kliban to drop, your wait is over. Last week we announced KLIBAN. Today it is joined by a second feature, KLIBAN'S CATS.
If by some strange series of events you have never before seen a Kliban cat drawing, you will instantly recognize that each and every one of them captures the essence of…. cat. A well-established illustrator and cartoonist (Playboy, The New Yorker, Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head, et al) B. Kliban used to devote off-moments in his studio to drawing his felines Nitty, Norton, Burton Rustle and Noko Marie the Snake.
An editor friend saw this work and convinced Kliban to let her take it to publishers, and in 1975 Workman published CAT, a huge bestseller which inspired an outbreak of cat love that has not abated to this day. That groundbreaking book was followed by more books, and more drawings, which manifested on calendars, cards, mugs, ceramics, clothing -- almost 9,000 unique items to date. And the book that started it all is still in print.
Cat people of the world, rejoice -- and savor the Tuesday-and-Thursday pleasure of KLIBAN’S CATS.
And since the feature KLIBAN appears on the other three weekdays, you can start every day off with some Kliban.
Lincoln Peirce will be in Alexandria, Va., on the 29th of March to delight you with stories and drawings and maybe even some spirited talk about pre-1974 country music ... Lincoln happens to be an expert. Just try and stump him! Try it!
While it may not be generating quite the hubbub of last week's Doonesbury, the current week of Candorville has been covering some of the same ground in an equally provocative and entertaining fashion. To catch up on the story arc, start with Monday's strip.
Even as parents and public health officials move to ban "pink slime" meat from school lunches, not every kid seems to care — at least not the krazy kidz in "Soup To Nutz." And who can blame them? Kids have long suspected that school lunch is made out of slime. It just hadn't been proven yet.
Ideally, more comics would end with a high-five between the characters congratulating each other on how awesome their lines of dialogue are. But such awesomeness is hard to find.
Fresh off his new book release and subseqent climb to the #52 on the Amazon top sales chart, comes Lincoln "Big Nate" Peirce. He's out on tour and he's signing books without remorse! Why don't you get a "Peirce" of the action by going to The BookStore in Wyzata, Minnesota tonight?!
Everyone knows The BookStore in Wayzata is one of the Twin Cities best independent bookstores and I assure you that tonight's event will only prove that statement all the more truer.
So button up your overalls and hop on over to Lake Street in Wayzata where the free parking is ample and the smiles are toothy and sincere (unlike Minnetonka)!
Close readers of today's Frazz who think the silhouette in the car looks a trifle familiar, you're not paranoid lunatics -- but you should probably stop obsessing over comics so much and go, I don't know, walk your dog or something. Tune in tomorrow for what is sure to be a much-buzzed about crossover. Just walk your dog first.