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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
May 5th Is National Cartoonists Day!
Mood:  cool
Topic: Comic Book Artists



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Note: Above is a scan of the poster drawn by Jim Brenneman of Artboy Design celebrating the Day!



May 5th Is National Cartoonists Day!

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The Yellow Kid 1895


Thanks to Jim Brenneman for bringing to my attention that today is 'National Cartoonists' Day!  Jim is a Facebook Friend whose work I look at on a regular basis.  Besides his Facebook member page, he also has a Facebook Fan Page for his 'Artboy Design' company, as well as his own blog.

Jim is just one of many cartoonists that are celebrating this special day honoring past and present cartoonists!  

So the first question you would ask is why today, May 5th?

Well, here’s the scoop:  You see, 'The Yellow Kid', which was the very first color comic strip, was first published today, May 5th, in 1895!

This comic strip was the biggest thing in its' time!   Overnight the comics became a 'staple' feature in every newspaper in the country!

So this important date in cartoonists history made sense to be designated as National Cartoonists Day!

When I was a kid, I read the Sunday Newspaper 'Funnies'.  Several of my favorite strips back then have since been compiled into books.  Even today I still read select strips in our local paper, 'The North County Times', which has some of my favorites, 'Hagar The Horrible', Mort Walker's  'Beetle Bailey', and 'Prince Valiant'. 

Some folks decry the 'Internet Revolution' and its' impact on comics!   For myself, although I prefer to read my comic strips and comic books in hard copy format, the web has its' uses.  

A lot of newspapers have cut back on the number of comic strips that they publish daily and also in the Sunday Comics section.  So for the strips that I can't hold in my hands to read, I'll check them out on the web as a second source!

Of course, I've also become aware of webcomics that have never been a comic strip or cartoon in the newspapers.  For those of you that haven't read any of them, I've blogged about a few here in my Blog the last several months.

And even for those that don't really like to read cartoons, comic strips, webcomics, comic books or graphic novels, several of those same persons can't help but go to comic book genre movies that have been very popular as of late!

Additionally, today's cartooning reaches way beyond the limited and sadly decreasing newspaper distribution. We all see cartoons in animation, children’s books, greeting cards, and of course in toys and games design!

So on this special day, National Cartoonists' Day, take a moment and email or message a cartoonist and tell them how much you appreciate them and their work!

Thanks Jim Brenneman for your efforts in getting the word out on this special day, and keep up the Great Works in Your Own Cartooning!  For our blog readers, your easiest way to see Jim's works are through his blog at:  http://www.artboyalpha.blogspot.com

For those of you that are new to our blog today, we have an ongoing online 'Comic Con and Pop Culture Convention'  here at "Make It So Marketing Inc.", what with our daily blog posts,  and new listings of items for sale in our own online Store

Thanks again to all of YOU reading our current and archived blog posts!

~ Michael


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