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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate or Die’ in ‘Pride!’

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ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate grabs the rainbow paint to celebrate an amazing landmark moment in the advancement of LGBTQ rights, with the Supreme Court ruling that ended restrictions on letting people in the US marry the person they love. From everyone here at ComicsAlliance; we hope you had a happy Pride!

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That Darn Cat: The Extraordinary Story of Jim Davis’s ‘Garfield’ Empire

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June 19 marks the anniversary of the 1978 debut of literally the most read comic strip in the world: Jim Davis's Garfield. Syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers around the world, the daily non-adventures of a lazy orange cat and the dumb person he lives with have delighted readers and audiences for decades.

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Mandrake the Magician Was Comics’ First Superhero

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June 11 marks the anniversary of the first appearance of comics' first superhero. Nah, not that lantern-jawed fellow in the red cape. The guy in the black cape and top hat who debuted a full four years earlier. Yeah, that guy. Mandrake the Magician.

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John Scully’s ‘The Comic Strip That Has A Finale Every Day’ Is Expert Trolling Of The Newspaper Page

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Newspaper comic strips tend to run pretty long, so when they finally do end, it's usually a big deal. You get things like the end of Little Orphan Annie, which capped off its 84-year run by having Annie kidnapped and in dire peril, and when Tom Batiuk's John Darling ended, he had the lead character literally murdered on-panel, sparking a mystery that would be solved years later in Funky Winkerbean.

Unlike superhero comics, though, where cancellations and relaunches are a pretty common occurrence, you can really only do the final installment of a newspaper strip once. Unless, that is, you're John Scully, who launched The Comic Strip That Has A Finale Every Day on May 1, and has been running a strip where a cast of characters bids farewell to their readers every day. The same strip. The exact same strip.

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Stephen Byrne Gives DC Heroes a Modern Twist in ‘Trinity’ Short Story [Full Comic]

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Superman would have entered the public domain last year if Congress hadn't extended copyright protection more than fifteen years ago. For now, and possibly forever, DC has the exclusive rights to profit from the character --- but that happily hasn't yet stopped artists from paying tribute with their own fan-made, not-for-profit works. Among those works is artist and animator Stephen Byrne's awesome nine-page silent story starring his modern makeover versions of DC's 'Trinity', Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

The redesigns started out as a pin-up that proved especially popular on social media earlier this year. Byrne decided to turn the pin-up into a story, and has been posting the pages online as he completes them, with the final page going up just this past week. The story has a surprising twist in the tale that you're unlikely to see in an official Superman comic. And we don't just mean Batman using a gun.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate or Die’ in ‘Made For TV!’

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ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, with the news that The Wicked And The Divine is going to be adapted for TV, Kate reflects on what might be next in TV's gold rush for awesome comic book properties.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate or Die’ in ‘Hell Hath No…’

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ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate recounts a recent journey that may be familiar to many of us, from an initial deep-seated skepticism to a profound kind of love for a one-armed woman with grease on her face.

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Tracking the Lusty Life of Shelley, John Allison’s Uncompromising Webcomic Star

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Over the course of seventeen real years and three webcomics set in the same locale, John Allison has taken his breakout character Shelley Winters through various incarnations. She’s a hot, saucy dame made up by some strange man on the internet, but is she really as naughty as all that? Join us as we track a lusty life in webcomics; the life of Shelley Winters.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate or Die’ in ‘What’s In A Name?’

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, a pair of wise witches contemplate some literally unspeakable troublemakers and villains. There are some horrors you should never invoke.

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FunkyWatch: February’s Most Depressing ‘Funky Winkerbean’ And ‘Crankshaft’ Strips

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Over the past 40 years, Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean has transitioned from a gag-a-day comic strip about a high school to an ongoing chronicle of pure, abject misery. Thanks to the commentary on Josh Fruhlinger’s Comics Curmudgeon, I am now completely obsessed with it, which is why I spend a little time every month rounding up its finest examples of crushing despair.

I'm not going to lie to you, folks: Tommy B was in rare form last month. After crushing every ounce of hope I had left in me with January's monumentally disappointing Dick Tracy crossover, I assumed, having never learned my lesson about assumptions in the years that I've been reading this strip, that February would bring an upswing in quality. I mean, mathematically speaking, it would almost have to. And yet, Funky Winkerbean continues to defy all expectations. These strips might not have made me quite as angry as January's did, but believe me, folks: they get dark, even by Westview standards.

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