Welcome to the webbed and wired edition of R&R, aristotle. We=ll be doing the same sort of song and dance here as we do in print: reviewing the latest comics and cartoon-related books and ranting about trends and abuses and unfathomable foolishnesses. Each installment will stay here for about four weeks, with a new one coming in just about every other week or so. If you don=t have the time to ponder every punctuation mark in this deathless prose and merely want to see what might be there that would interest you, we suggest you scroll down the page looking for the bold-face type that heralds the notables who reside herein this week. So here we go with Opus 384 (and a reprise of Opus 383):
Opus 384 (completed September 11, 2018) focuses mostly on book reviewsCJules Feiffer=s new The Ghost Script (ending his trilogy), Mr. Fish=s cartoons and two Escapist reprintsC and newspaper comics (including a short history of Alley Oop). Also a long remembrance of John Callahan as a movie about him opens and another long segment on Bob Woodward=s book and Trump idiocy plus obits for Marie Severin and Russ Heath and a preview of the Trump 8-pager, some Jim Carrey cartoons and a story about me and Michael Chabon. Here=s what=s here, in order, by departmentC:
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Muhammad Cartoon Contest Cancelled
Alley Oop Due for a Revival?
(with a short history of the strip)
The Voice Goes Silent, Alas
and My First Acquaintance with the Paper
The Hearings (Kavanaugh=s Flawed Logic)
Odds & Adenda
Another Editoonist Bites the Dust
Banned Books Week
Lechery and the Penile Prompt
Teenage Male Assaulted
Miss America Falls Short
Captain Marvel=s Costume
THE FROTH ESTATE
Sunday Funnies Influenced by Trump=s Tariffs
NEWSPAPER COMICS PAGE VIGIL
Words of Wisdom
Verbiosic in Sally Forth
Woodward=s Book in Toons
RANCID RAVES GALLERY
Pogo and the Press
GOSSIP & GARRULITIES
Michael Chabon and Me
Reviews of Two Escapist Reprint Tomes
Esquire Flubs Cartoons
Short Reviews OfC:
Announcing New Edward Gorey Biog
Talking Mort Walker Collection
DC Comics Before Superman
Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson=s Pulp Comics
And Then the World Blew Up
Mr. Fish=s Blasphemous Hilarities
The Ghost Script
End of Feiffer=s Trilogy
Ushering in the Movie with Fond Vintage Obits
MORE NASTINESS ABOUT THE TRUMPET
As If We Didn=t Already Know
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
If Not of A Lifetime
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All the News That Gives Us Fits
MUHAMMAD CARTOON CONTEST CANCELLED
Following death threats and large-scale protests in Pakistan, Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has cancelled a planned contest inviting people to submit a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad.
ATo avoid the risk of victims of Islamic violence, I have decided not to let the cartoon contest go ahead,@ the far-right opposition politician said in a written statement on Thursday night, reported by Reuters.
Wilders, who for years has lived under round-the-clock protection because of death threats sparked by his fierce anti-Islam rhetoric, said he does not want others put in danger by the contest he planned for November.
Physical depictions of human beings are frowned on by Muslims, and pictures of the Prophet are forbidden in Islam and are deeply offensive to Muslims.
AIt=s not just about me,@ Wilders said in the statement. Opponents of the event Asee not only me, but the entire Netherlands as a target.@
Before news of the contest=s cancellation, thousands of Islamists had set out to march toward Pakistan=s capital, Islamabad, in protest.
Near here, we=ve posted some pages from a crisp new 8-pager featuring the sexual adventures of the Trumpet. Mitch O'Connell (that's O'Connell, Athe world's greatest artist,@ not McConnell, the invertebrate fascist symp) reportedly found a cache of Trump Tijuana Bibles during a recent expedition to Mexico. For more Click Here
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