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RIP JIM UNGER: Cartoonists remember the trailblazing talent of ‘Herman’s’ brilliant creator

THE PROBLEM WITH drawing lines for a living is that sometimes, even the comics fan doesn’t follow them back to the beginning. Which is another way of saying: If you don’t know “Herman,” you should remedy that and acquaint yourself. Because prior to “The Far Side” and “The Neighborhood” and “Speed Bump” and other single-panel strips that are labeled/branded as “quirky” or “weird” or “off the wall” (or in the case of my own ol’ syndicated single-panel strip, “warped”), there was “Herman,” which sprung from the unique pioneering mind of Jim Unger.


Some papers to pull 'Doonesbury' abortion strip

Around a dozen U.S. newspapers have raised questions about an abortion-related "Doonesbury" comic strip set for publication next week, and some will likely not run it, the syndicate behind the cartoon said on Friday.


Is ‘Cul de Sac’ creator Richard Thompson the last, best hope for the American comics page?

Is ‘Cul de Sac’ creator Richard Thompson the last, best hope for the American comics page?

On May 28 in Boston, Thompson will learn whether he has won the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for cartoonist of the year. It is his second straight nomination for a strip that was syndicated almost four years ago. “Cul de Sac” is carried by nearly 150 newspapers, including The Washington Post, where it began. It has spawned four books, a handful of animated shorts — and legions of fans.


"Garfield" creator apologizes for Veterans Day strip

The creator of the widely syndicated comic "Garfield" has apologized for a strip that ran on Veterans Day that some critics saw as making fun of the holiday honoring those who served in the U.S. military.


'Annie' comic strip ending after 85 years

'Annie' comic strip ending after 85 years

The iconic redheaded orphan Annie is ending her time on newspaper comics pages after 85 years....


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