It’s a comforting sound

newspapersThere are always articles on sounds from the past that are disappearing, you know, things like the bell on a typewriter or the sound of dialing a rotary phone and I realized that when I finally dump home delivery of my daily newspaper, that there will be a sound that I will miss – the sound the newspaper makes when it’s thrown on the front doorstep! It’s a comforting sound.

There was a time when the paper came about 4 am. Every once in awhile, I would hear it and comfortably go back to sleep. Then as the newspaper came later and later, I guess I wouldn’t hear the sound anyway due to the sounds of daily life, where at 4 am you don’t hear much else other than the paper hitting the porch.

In years to come, when all newspapers become digital, that will be a sound that is gone forever.

Visiting the NY Daily News

As you know, I love newspapers – printed newspapers, a dying breed.

Here is the New York Daily News building in midtown Manhattan. The newspaper was founded in 1919 and this building has been here since 1930, on 42nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. The building is historic and still houses Channel 11, WPIX, but the Daily News is in an office building downtown now, next to the Staten Island Ferry. It has offices in the building shared by many other offices.

The 42nd Street building is a beautiful art deco structure, you may recognize it from the Christopher Reeves Superman movies, where it “played” the Daily Planet. It still says Daily News out front and has an historical plaque. It also has the famous big round globe in the lobby.

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The Sunday comics

The Sunday Comics is a new project – a  return to yesteryear – where the Sunday comics section was the focus of weekend mornings. Millions of people – grownups and kids – spread the comics pages out and spent quality time reading their favorite comic strips and panels. I can’t forget Dick Tracy being the front page of the New York Daily News. The color comics wrapped the whole newspaper. Dondi was the back page. Inside was Little Orphan Annie and Smokie Stover, Moon Mullins, and so many more.

Well, Golden Bell Entertainment announced recently that they will launch their first collaborative arts project called The Sunday Comics. The start of this project begins with “The Sunday Comics,” a monthly 15″ x 22″ inch newspaper publication reminiscent of the comics sections we grew up with. A nice large broad sheet you can lay out on the floor and enjoy, just like when you were a kid.

The Sunday Comics includes work from over 300 artists with hundreds of pages of full color content. This project officially launched on Kickstarter on November 24, 2015 with astounding success, the goal was surpassed by 300% on the first day.

Where The Sunday Comics truly shines is in its partnerships with creators throughout the entertainment industry. With writers of “LOST” and “Batman: The Animated Series” Paul Dini, Oscar Nominated animator and Cannes Grand Prize Winner Bill Plympton, Eisner Award Winner Bill Sienkiewicz, Glenn McCoy storyboard artist for “Minions,” Director of the Netflix series “Dragons” John Sanford, Storyboard artist of “Doctor Who” Mike Collins, and Director of “The Book of Life” Jorge Gutierrez, The Sunday Comics plans to empower creators through a unique, new platform to showcase innovative stories in a well known, timeless format.

Additionally, Golden Bell is working with The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum to bring original copies of comic strips such as Little Nemo in Slumberland, the Passing Show, and many more back to their original format. The Sunday Comics will also be collaborating with various syndicates to bring classic titles such as Garfield, Peanuts, Dennis the Menace, Archie, Tarzan, Dick Tracy, Prince Valiant, Rugrats, and many others back to their original publication platform, like this 1960 New York Daily News Sunday comics section.

The Sunday Comics sees itself as a hub for cutting-edge comic ideas and intends to honor the rich history of comic books by merging what’s become entirely separate industries back to one. It’s a great way to receive the comics delivered right to your home in a large style format.

Golden Bell Entertainment has received the rights from Jim Davis and Paws, Inc. to create original Garfield comics, which has never been done before. Additionally, Playtonic Games, creators of Banjo-Kazooie, has given Golden Bell Entertainment the rights to create the official companion to their game. The “Yooka-Laylee” comics will debut in The Sunday Comics.  The Sunday Comics plans to empower creators through a unique new platform to showcase innovative stories all under one publication. All of the amazing artists are working hand-in-hand with The Sunday Comics to express themselves in a way never seen before in the industry.

Marc Goldner, Founder of Golden Bell Entertainment has said that, “To create a renaissance in comics, you need to look outside of what’s being done today. You must not only go abroad, but look at other mediums and see the most creative and effective way to bring people together. Creating timeless masterpieces doesn’t come overnight, it’s something you must work for constantly. With every new idea, you need an equally creative way to execute a vision.” 

I am happy to say that my “Tomversation” comic panel is part of this project. To follow “The Sunday Comics” on their Kickstarter please visit them here