I'll admit that when I heard that J.H. Williams III is doing art for Blondie, I was more surprised than anything else. I mean, I'm as big a fan of Williams as the next person, and if there's anything we've learned from his work on books like Batwoman, Promethea and Seven Soldiers, it's that he can provide pretty beautiful art in a variety of styles. I just never expected him to turn his talents to the world of a three-panel newspaper strip is all. That said, I am pretty stoked about seeing him draw one of Dagwood's signature massive sandwiches. Can you imagine the detail --
What? Oh, he's doing art for Blondie the band? Yeah, that makes a lot more sense.
Unlike CA Senior Writer Chris Sims, who steadfastly scours the funny pages each month for his Funky Winkerbean/Crankshaft chronicle, Funkywatch (to say nothing of his inspiration, Josh Fruhlinger at the daily Comics Curmudgeon blog), there's a good chance you don't indulge in traditional comic strips as much as you'd like...
So it seems that St. Louis Today is conducting a poll to determine which of a few select comic strips are going to be ripped from its comics pages and discarded. Lifestyles columnist Joe Holleman announces this, and on the same page breaks the news that no amount of votes will save certain other strips from getting the boot...
Here's a quick litmus test: When I say the name "Blondie," do you think of Dagwood Bumstead's wife, or Debbie Harry? Comics creator Jonathan Case illustrated the latter in piece for a hotel's "Tide is High" room, floating down a flooded street in a boat that looks heart-shaped disco ball while Kermit the Frog climbs aboard...
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