A Boy Named Curtis created by a cartoonist named Ray! PODCAST INTERVIEW

  There are a number of daily newspaper comic strips that we tend to take for granted. “Cathy,” by Cathy Guisewite, is one. Mort Walker’s “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi & Lois” are two more. And then there is my friend Ray Billingsley’s strip, “Curtis.” “Curtis” shares the adventures of a young African-American boy whose age... Continue Reading →

Pearls Before Swine ratted out by cartoonist Stephan Pastis! PODCAST INTERVIEW

  Stephan Pastis is a big fan of Ricky Gervais, creator of "The Office" and "Extras," and Larry David, co-creator of "Seinfeld" and creator of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He also loves him some Cheryl Hines. As a matter of fact, I think the only reason I landed him on the show today is because I... Continue Reading →

95 Charles Schulz and Peanuts biographer David Michaelis reveals much! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: David Michaelis, author, Schulz and Peanuts   Peanuts Treasury was the first hardcover book I remember getting as a kid, somewhere around 1968, 1969. I spent hours reading and re-reading it, losing myself in the comic misadventures of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, wishing I could be like Charles Schulz, the strip’s writer and... Continue Reading →

4 Universal Press Syndicate editor Lee Salem on funny pages! PODCAST INTERVIEW

  Lee Salem is a guy I’ve admired for many, many years. As the president and editor of Universal Press Syndicate, he is the man responsible for recognizing a slew of creative talent that impacted American pop culture and the funny pages over the last 30-plus years. The origins of Garry Trudeau and “Doonesbury,” Gary... Continue Reading →

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