Caleb Orecchio here with holiday dread, and other news.—————————————————————————————————

Happy Hooligan by Frederick Opper. According to King of the Comics: 100 Years of King Features edited by Dean Mullaney, “The seventh episode of Happy Hooligan, New York Journal, April 22, 1900.”


As the holidays approach, I’m thinking about how I’m going to lie to my family. I don’t talk about my comics in a serious way around them anymore. I just do them for fun, I tell them. That’s great! they say back.

Once I told an extended family member that I visited a comics syndicate in New York and showed them my comic strip. WOW—New York, that must’ve been exciting! Very much so. Did they except your strip? No—they said it was “too good”—like, it wasn’t simple enough—it’d be hard to sell to newspaper editors. The family member didn’t know what to say after that. That’s okay though, I tell them. I still make a comic strip every week day for a comics website. Oh cool—do they pay you? No. Again, they are speechless.

Then I get defensive like I have to protect my dignity or something because I assume they think I’m an idiot who doodles all day for no money. I just do comics for fun really, I tell them—I’m actually a freelance graphic designer. That’s great—how’s business, they ask? Great. I switch the subject to how good the food is.

The guy who does my taxes has a similar reaction to my comics making. He keeps telling me I should focus on my graphic design and try to expand. “Is there any money in comics?” he asks.

“There is at the newspaper syndicates—I’m going to keep trying until I get in.”

“Who reads newspapers?”


if you don’t know, now you know

  • Another CAB has come and gone. Had to ignore social media on Saturday so I wouldn’t get envious. Looks like Chris Anthony Diaz was busy taking photos which is good news for our eyes.
  • I think this article is “interesting” just because making comics as a means of market research is basically what Marvel and DC do as publishing entities. Netflix joining the fray really doesn’t surprise me.
  • Speaking of DC Comics.
  • Really enjoyed this interview with How To Read Nancy authors, Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden conducted by Dan Nadel over at TCJ.com.
  • Speaking of The Comics Journal, they proudly present an excerpt of Chuck Forsman’s new bookI Am Not Okay With This. Originally serialized for Forsman’s Patreon supporters.
  • Seattle Review of Books has a report of Short Run–a show that I have only heard good things about.


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Cozytown – 11-13-2017 – by Juan Fernandez

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