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FunkyWatch: December’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.

The end of the year is always a time for reflection, and for me, that came today when I logged into Comics Kingdom and reupped for another year of the service that sends me each day's Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft strip first thing in the morning, thus ensuring that I start off each day by experiencing the worst of the human condition. So as we dive into this month's strips and all the reminders that death is the only respite from the horrors of life, keep in mind that I have once again done this to myself.

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Storytelling, Comedy, Comics, And Film: A Career-Spanning Conversation With Berkeley Breathed

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Ever since Bloom County became a sensation in the early '80s, Berkeley Breathed has had an incredibly varied career. He followed Bloom County's initial success with two more popular comic strips, Outland and Opus; he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning; he wrote and illustrated best-selling children's books; he adapted his own stories into a pair of animated TV specials, and he provided art for various environmental and animal-wellfare charities.

In recent years he's shifted his primary focus to film (production art and original projects), while also overseeing IDW's comprehensive collected editions of his strips. He recently teamed with IDW again for Berkeleyworks, a retrospective volume collecting a number of his paintings, sketches, and illustrations – and last month, he made a rare convention appearance, playing to a packed room at San Diego Comic-Con. ComicsAlliance spoke with Breathed about his career in cartooning, his work in other media, and his upcoming projects.

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IDW Announces Silver-Age Batman Comic Strip Hardcover Collection

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Back in September, IDW announced it was partnering with DC Entertainment to publish hardcover collections of classic Superman comic strips that have never been seen since their initial newspaper runs.

Today, IDW announced that Batman's Silver Age comic-strip adventures are getting a similar treatment in 2014, with the first volume collecting two years' worth of comics by creators Whitney Ellsworth, Shelly Moldoff, Joe Giella, and the late Carmine Infantino.

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‘Hejji’: Dr. Seuss’s Awesomely Surreal Comic Strip From 1935

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Like a lot of people, I grew up with Theodor Geisel, alias Dr. Seuss, as a huge part of my childhood. Books like Cat in the Hat and Oh, The Places You'll Go helped me learn how to read, and the Chuck Jones version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is still a holiday tradition at my house. But until this week, I had no idea that two year

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Superman’s 1942 Crossover With ‘Flash Gordon,’ ‘Dick Tracy’ and More

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If you've been keeping up with Superman lately, then you've seen writer Chris Roberson make a few references to the idea that Superman himself is a comic book reader. To be fair, I don't think we've ever seen Clark Kent duck out of the Daily Planet on Wednesday to get the new books, but the idea of Superman as a fan of sequential art isn't a new one. In fact, it goes all the way back

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The Spider-Man Newspaper Strip and Aunt May’s Secret Underground Marriage To the Mole Man

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Once in a generation, a story comes along that completely redefines a character. It happened with Batman in the '80s with Frank Miller's game-changing stories, it happened recently with Grant Morrison and All Star Superman, and now, it's happening again with Spider-Man.

But despite the good

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Preview: ‘Captain America: The 1940′s Newspaper Strip’ #3 [Exclusive]

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Karl Kesel's Captain America comic strip series turned its share of heads when it launched as a daily digital comic strip earlier this year. Not only was the new project presented as a collection of rediscovered comic strips from t

15 Suicidally Depressing Newspaper Comic Strips

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Normally, we'd leave this sort of thing to the great Josh Fruhlinger of The Comics Curmudgeon, but DC's upcoming "Wednesday Comics" prompted us to take a look at the newspaper comics page and have a few laughs. Instead, we were surprised to find strips so relentlessly soul-crushing that even Chris Ware would be jealous. So pop a few Prozac and get ready as th

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