This is your official two-week warning!
A quick bit of exhibition news (with even more exciting news coming soon, but one thing at a time)…
The First Annual Leftover Print Silent Auction will be held at Sockeye Grill in Boise (Idaho) beginning Friday, November 25 and will close at 6:00 PM on Monday, December 5. Proceeds will benefit the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force.
Good cause, good work, good grief! It’s closer than New Zealand, at least!
I’m one of the holdouts that actually still reads a physical newspaper nearly every day. I’m not shunning technology – I keep tabs on a ridiculous amount of websites also, but I like the ritual of sitting down with a newspaper, some coffee, and maybe even doing a couple of crossword puzzles. Naturally, I also like reading the comic strips, too (well, some of them). But over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed a trend in the funny pages. I present you with all of today’s strips that pay tribute to America’s troops on Veteran’s Day:
There’s one thing Pastis doesn’t like about “Peanuts.” Schulz died in 2000, but “Peanuts continues to run in newspapers around the world. Strips from the past are recycled, which annoys Pastis and others who would like to see new blood on the comics pages.“Repeats are the worst, and ‘Peanuts’ was the one who started that,” Pastis said. “The don’t rerun the news, do they? They don’t repeat any other part of the paper. Why do they do it in the comics?”
I single out Pastis because he has the misfortune of being on record very recently complaining about this, but when you look at today’s “Peanuts” strip and today’s “Pearls Before Swine” strip, one of them is a throw-away joke and one of them is literally the only thing on the entire comics page that shows even a hint of gratitude for anything. If other cartoonists (not just Pastis, but every single one of the cartoonists whose work ignored the meaning of today, which is to say ALL of them) haven’t absorbed everything that needs to be learned from “Peanuts” and Charles Schulz’s work, they’re not ready to take over those spots quite yet.