Comic Strip Movies to Come…

Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will love this new website by MST3K alums Mike Melson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.

They discucss “Garfield: The Movie” as well as imagining some other comic strips as movies.
My personal favorite is “Nancy and Sluggo”.  Here’s a small excerpt:
“Director Quentin Tarrantino has completely reconceived the cornball-jokey world of Ernie Bushmiller’s original cartoon as a place of sudden violence and ever-spiraling addiction. Nancy and Sluggo, played by Courtney Love and Benicio Del Toro, are heroin junkies caught up in a nightmarish onslaught of hitmen, ninjas, ultra-sick S & M vampire wannabes, and relentless pop culture references. Tom Arnold costars as Samuel L. Jackson’s lawyer, the mysterious “Mr. Turquoise,” though he is nearly unrecognizable behind the large Huckleberry Hound ball gag. “

Corporations Conspiring Cancellation of Comics to Cut Costs

There’s an interesting, if doom prophesizing, article about newspaper comic strips in the July 19 issue of Newsweek.

As a cartoonist who’s trying to make a name (and some money) for himself, this article has really got me steamed. It almost seems that newspapers resent the comics strips that helped make them the successful publications they are!

Before TV and the internet, newspapers fought over comics strips becuase the right cartoon could mean a large boost in circulation. Now comics are the red-headed step-child of content.

Listen, I’m not one of these guys who’s constantly pining for the old days and griping about markets lost, but it’s reports like this that frustrate me into thinking about abandoning the strip concecpts I’m working on and concentrating solely on the magazine and greeting card markets that still respect cartoons and cartoonists.

In fact, in recent years magazines have begun to publish more cartoons again! Reader’s Digest began publishing cartoons only a few years ago, and the response has been outstanding! Other smaller magazines are adding cartoons again too! What do they know that the newspapers don’t?!

There’s still a huge market out there for cartoons and I think it’s time newspapers understood that. Please write your local newspapers and ask for more comics! Bigger comics! Better comics! Don’t just take what they’re grudgingly handing out, stand up and make your voice heard! “Cartoons!” we’ll all shout! “Give us CARTOONS!” at new server

Well, it looks like we’ve got the move mostly finished and with fairly few glitches! Thanks for your patience as we iron out the final little problems!

We’ve got some big changes on the horizon that should be live on the site in a few days, so stay tuned!

Also, now that we’ve moved we’ll be adding new cartoons to the gallery again. I’ve got about 50 or 60 news ones to put up, so check back often!