Cartoons, a small daily pleasure. I have a collection of my favorite cartoons most of which I used as a teacher. Cartoons are wonderful; they can make you smile in four frames or think in one frame as in political cartoons. And in past years cartoons have become controversial and even dangerous for the cartoonist, but not a subject I will write about today.
My focus is past favorites and my all-time favorite is Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, who retired some years ago but is still in print in book collections. I have always marveled at his drawing ability which not all cartoonists have. The example here is Calvin, a very precocious little boy in a Sam Spade daydream drawn in a typical film noir setting, dark shadows and unusual angles. As he daydreams in class he is supposed to be finishing a test, but it's more fun to be a detective. I have several Calvin books bought used at Amazon, kids love reading them.
Gary Larsen, of The Far Side Fame, is also not publishing his work anymore, except in greeting cards, sold mostly at car washes. His forte was humanizing animals with satirical comments and was the "Saturday Night Live" of cartoonists. Peanuts by Charles Schultz, is another classic.
Paul Conrad, of the Los Angeles Times, was an outstanding political cartoonist, and excellent artist from years ago. Garry Trudeau writes a four- frame cartoon, "Doonsbury," which is more political than most. My favorites from today are: Lu Ann by Greg Evans, Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft by Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers. And there are many more, past and present.
But sadly, I see the demise of the hometown newspaper. Here in Denver, we only have one, The Denver Post, and it is getting slimmer and slimmer as more columnists are eliminated and features are shortened.
As a kid, one of my fondest memories is of reading the Sunday funnies spread out on the living room floor.
How do you see the future of cartoons? More Anime like Japan? Everything on the internet? On IPad? And do you have favorites?