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What about the Funnies?!

by John Rabe | Off-Ramp

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A "Frazz" strip by artist Jeff Mallett. Is it as funny if you read it online? Jef Mallett

John wonders what will happen to his beloved Candorville, Frazz, Peanuts, and Zits if newspapers die. He posed the question to artists and publishers at a cartoonists' convention in LA.

John: Every morning, I go to the front porch, pick up my LA Times and my New York Times, and head straight for the comics and the crossword. Then I read the serious stuff.

Queena: Comic strips date back to the 1890s and The Yellow Kid, a bald street urchin who laid the groundwork for other famous bald kids in the comics, like Charlie Brown and Henry.

John: Let's head to the annual convention of The National Cartoonists Society, which was held in LA a couple weekends ago. That's where I talked with comic artists, an expert, and a syndicate executive. Darrin Bell draws Candorville, Jerry Scott works on Baby Blues and Zits, Jim Borgman works on Zits, Lisa Wilson is vice-president of United Feature Syndicate, and Charles Solomon is an expert on animation and the comics.

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