GoComics newbies

I’ve taken to reading GoComics again. I had taken a break for a couple of years. I like these newbies that I see there now.

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Amanda the Great reminds me of Hark A Vagrant and that genre of webcomic.

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Wallace the Brave has a Cul de Sac feel. It’s drawn so greatly and it’s funny.

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I love the look and feel of The Sunshine Club. It reminds me so much of the old Eek & Meek comic and now I know why, Howie Schneider, the cartoonist was Eek & Mee’s cartoonist! Eek & Meek were mice and then they turned into people or vice versa, I don’t remember, but I loved reading it. The Sunshine Club is rerun, since Howie passed away a few years back. We used to get it in the Homestead News Leader in Miami.

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Next Door Neighbors is clever and I love the drawing style.

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It’s not new, it’s old, and that’s what I love about Mutt & Jeff on GoComics.

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I like the drawing style and the gags in G-Man Webcomics.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

I found this cool site, the Brooklyn Newsstand by the Brooklyn Public Library where you can see all of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s issues from 1841 through 1955. I was randomly reading something online and one thing lead to another and this site appeared.

I love reading old newspapers and this seems to be complete. The newspapers from the 1800s are a bit boring, as they are usually about four pages long with small type and boring stories, but as you go on from the 1900s and on, it gets quite interesting.

The first thing I always look for in old newspapers is the comics section and they had quite a few good comics from Mary Worth, Steve Roper to the Bumble Family.

You can look through some interesting old stories and advertisements. Look up any date and it’s there – the Titanic sinking, World War I and II, presidential races . . . whatever.

Of course there are many other sites with old newspapers, but for some reason, I don’t know why, I have always been fascinated by the Brooklyn Eagle. I read that it was once the largest daily afternoon newspaper in the country and perhaps I like it because I picture my parents and grandparents reading it during its heyday since their whole life was Brooklyn at that period. Sort of like the L train (I did a story on that here called “Ghosts of the L Train“).

The name Brooklyn Daily Eagle went into public domain and now is being used as a new digital version of the Eagle. You can see that here.

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Friday, July 5, 1946

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Tuesday, April 5, 1927

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Monday, July 7, 1924

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Saturday, June 8, 1935

On hold

So there will be a slight delay in the relaunch of my Tomversation comic. I had planned for a January 1 launch, which I loved since it was the first comic publishing on the first day of the year, but I had to delay it a bit. It seems that I may start publishing at a comics website and also I am in talks with a major daily newspaper. So it would make sense to have all the comics run at the same time on the same days rather than start it at different times.

I’ll update you as soon as I know what’s going on.

George Herriman

krazykat I’ve been reading this new book on George Herriman, the creator and cartoonist of Krazy Kat. I always wondered what the early days of cartooning were like and this is set in that time period. When George Herriman first started drawing for newspapers, for ads and things like that, the whole idea of newspaper drawings was new and at the turn of the century (1900) comic strips started.

It was the time of Pulitzer and Hearst and the New York World and New York Journal and Park Row in NYC.

I sort of wish I lived at that time, when anyone with talent could get a job cartooning  because there were so many newspapers and syndicates that there was room for everybody.

I saw this image of New York City from the snowy winter of 1905, which is frozen moment in time (no pun intended), the period I’m now reading about in the book. These people in the photo read the World, Journal and all the other New York papers and they saw George Herriman’s work when it was new and fresh.

 

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