Saturday, October 29, 2011
Herriman Saturday (plus Newspaper Archive Sites)
Florida Digital Newspaper Library -- an eclectic collection, but rather obscure search and browse capabilities make it of questionable utility
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Looking through the list, surprised how many French Canadian papers they have. Interesting to know that Google wasn't being Anglo-centric with their archive.
Now if you can tell me how to run a search on their archive that actually RETURNS SOME HITS I'll be beyond impressed. The digitization of the papers is so bad they obviously couldn't OCR much in them! I run searches on stuff I know darn well is in their archive and usually it's "0 Results Found"
Friday, October 28, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: Against the Grain
Glenn Foden, an editorial cartoonist whose work appeared in a chain of weekly papers in Maryland for many years, created Against the Grain for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate in 1996. The strip was about the residents of Millandsprocket, a town whose economy depends on logging and tourism. The lumber industry was very much in the news at the time, so the subject matter was opportune.
The strip made fun of environmentalists, dim-witted lumberjacks, crusty colorful locals and tourists. Given that Foden is a right-winger, the tree-hugging Phoebe Geebies endured some of the more pointed jabs while the lumberjack Wilson LeHack was portrayed as a well-meaning good ol' boy dufus. The strip's logo, showing a proudly beaming LeHack, chainsaw in hand, next to a gargantuan stump, showed where Foden's sympathies lay, though the strip was rarely overtly political.
One of Foden's recurring subjects was roadkill, which made for some rather nauseating gags. Other than that miscue, the strongest material was about tourists, a group about which those of all political strips could enjoy a chuckle.
The fortunes of Against the Grain seemed to rise and fall with the newsworthiness of the lumbering industry. The daily strip began on January 1 1996, added a Sunday on December 6 1998, and then was cancelled sometime in 2000 (anyone know the exact date?).
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Gus Edelstein
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: Bumgardner
Most of the samples above are from the final year of the strip, when Smith was really hitting on all cylinders. I included so many because practically every one I looked at seemed to make the cut as chuckle-worthy.
The strip has a very simple premise -- Wallace, Laverne, Leonard and dog Spike are a houseful of rather dopey suburbanites who deal with everyday life. Their familial relationships are prone to be obscure -- sometimes Leonard is a grandson, sometimes a son. No matter; once Smith had hit his stride we didn't need to know the background of their relationship to get the gags.
The strip is by Jim Smith, of whom I know nothing. There is a Spumco animator of the same name, but I can find no indication that they are the same guy. In fact I can find not a word of information or comment anywhere about either Smith or his creation. All I know is that it was syndicated by the LA Times and ran at least from June 3 1984 to June 23 1986. Some papers ran it as Baumgardner, apparently a little modest about that first syllable.
I sent an email to 'this' Jim Smith. We'll see what he has to say. If I don't hear from him and update the posting I think we can assume they're two different guys.
Thanks for visiting, and taking my somewhat critical evaluation of the strip with good humor. We here at Stripper's Guide would love to know more about the strip and your experiences being syndicated, and also what you've been up to since then.
Do I have the running dates of the strip correct? Did you do any other newspaper series?
Thanks, Allan Holtz
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Morrie Turner
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Monday, October 24, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: Charlie Bunkhound
The Seabees, and here's another, Charlie Bunkhound. The strip ran on Saturdays and seems to have replaced Sad Sack, which had earlier occupied the same spot in the paper.
Charlie Bunkhound, which I gather was consistently pantomime, was credited to Bernard Gobler and Keith Clement, who I'm assuming were stationed at Pearl Harbor. I don't know who was the writer and who the cartoonist. Cole Johnson, who furnished the samples and all the info, tells me that the feature ran at least January through April 1945, but may have lasted longer.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics