Sundays in Spring

This is a time for renewal after the dreary days of winter.  Spring also provides a great opportunity to do some beautiful scenery in Hi and Lois.

For many years, King Features mailed out full-color, Sunday-page proofs to their artists.  We have a set of these for Hi and Lois, which cover the years from 1956 to 1970.  They are printed on heavy-coated stock and the colors are brilliant.


This year, the deadline to submit tax returns for most Americans is Monday, April 15. Millions of taxpayers will undoubtedly be scrambling frantically over the weekend to finish filling out their forms.  This annual event always presents a challenge for many of us in the funnies business – how to find humor in an obligatory task that the majority of our readers regard as tedious and unrewarding.

Rube Goldberg

I recently wrote a biographical essay for The Art of Rube Goldberg, which will be published by Abrams ComicArts in November 2013.  Rube Goldberg had a long and distinguished career as a sports cartoonist, newspaper comics artist, political cartoonist, columnist, author, sculptor, vaudeville entertainer and toastmaster.

The most famous of all Rube Goldberg’s creations were his invention cartoons.  His clever graphic solutions to everyday problems eventually became synonymous with his name. In 1966, the Random House Dictionary of the English Language made the designation official when they defined a “Rube Goldberg” device as “having a fantastically complicated improvised appearance,” or as “deviously complex and impractical.”