Cartoonists Got Their Own Day? Who Knew?

Today, May 5th, is National Cartoonists Day.  It isn’t technically a national holiday, but rather one created by a group I never knew existed, The National Cartoonists Society.  A bit about the society from their website

The National Cartoonists Society is the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. It was born in 1946 when groups of cartoonists got together to entertain the troops. They found that they enjoyed each other’s company and decided to get together on a regular basis.

Today, the NCS membership roster includes over 500 of the world’s major cartoonists, working in many branches of the profession, including newspaper comic strips and panels, comic books, editorial cartoons, animation, gag cartoons, greeting cards, advertising, magazine and book illustration and more.

Membership is limited to established professional cartoonists, with a few exceptions of outstanding persons in affiliated fields. The NCS is not a guild or union, although we have joined forces from time to time to fight for member’s rights, and we regularly use our talents to help worthwhile causes.

Our friend Ellen was actually the brains behind this post, and I fear she will be a bit disappointed, for I know she was hoping I would write about some of the history and trivia, but unfortunately, both time and energy are in short supply today and this was my best shot.

Most weeks, I post a variety of political cartoons that I sometimes think are works of sheer genius.  But on this, National Cartoonists Day, I shall leave the politics behind.  One brief article I found recommended celebrating the day by …

“… picking up a comic you used to know and love, and walking down memory lane on the part it played in you growing up.”

And so, here are a few of my favourites …

Of course, the first one that comes to mind is Charles Schulz’ iconic Peanuts

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And then there was Garfield by Jim Davis …

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Even today, Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson remains a favourite …

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Back in the day … way back in the day … there was Blondie by Chic Young …

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And who could forget the subtly political Pogo by Walt Kelly?

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And what about good ol’ Beetle Bailey by Mort Walker …

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Those are some, but certainly not all of my favourites.  What were some of yours?

26 thoughts on “Cartoonists Got Their Own Day? Who Knew?

  1. No disappointment here, you managed quite admirably considering that you had no previous knowledge of the day and were given little notice of the coming event. I am relieved that I only provided the inspiration for this post and had not sabotaged one by my comment on ‘The View From the Other Side’. Of all my happiest childhood memories, the weekly Sunday Comics looms largely among them. After coming home from Mass while waiting for dinner, it was my Father’s habit to relax in his chair with the huge array of Sunday papers that he read. Even before he began his own reading, he would pull out the “funnies” for the youngsters. There was no need to fight over just one, there were multiple ones to peruse and swap. Upon completion of all the funnies we were covered in newsprint on hands, arms, legs and faces from lying on the floor on top of them as we laughed and read. Those who could not yet read were read to and shared the fun. I have never lost my love for the “funny papers”. I remember “Nancy”, “Little Orphan Annie”, “Little Lulu”, “Andy Capp”, “Dick Tracy”, “Mickey Finn”, “Hi & Lois” and later “The Family Circus”. In my more grown up years “Doonesbury”, “Bloom County”, “Mother Goose & Grimm”, and “Non Sequitur” were added. I do not recall comic books ever being among my reading material and could not tell you why, except that I was a book lover. Thank-you!

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    • Indeed, you were the inspiration for the post, and I would have liked to do more, but there were time and energy constraints. Wow … you’ve reminded me of a few that I had forgotten, like Andy Capp and Dick Tracy. I even had a Dick Tracy watch when I was a kid. I did read my share of comics, Archie & Jughead being a favourite, but was also a lover of books. Still am.

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    • Calvin and Hobbes was my personal favourite. The drawing style was great!
      I also loved the British political cartoonist, Giles. His one frame cartoons were just packed with detail and little side-stories and his political point of view packed with considerable thought. Giles was not so popular in North America because the political humour wasn’t understood.

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      • I never heard of Giles that I know of. But then, I no longer read daily newspapers since they don’t have them where I live. And our weekly rag is a rag, with no comics in it. I’ll have to check him (I presume) out. But Calvin and esp Hobbes, great characters, with minds that were sharp as tax.

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      • I hadn’t heard of Giles, but I did check out some of his ‘toons. Admittedly there were some that puzzled me, but some I understood and liked. Yeah, who doesn’t love Calvin & Hobbes?

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