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Black and White and Read All Over: Comics of the New Millennium

December 17, 2011 – May 6, 2012

Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson.  Please click for larger image!

Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson. Please click for larger image!

“I never thought my art would be displayed anywhere other than my mother’s refrigerator.
And even she tried to hide it under large magnets and grocery lists.”  -Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine

The newspaper comics page is known for its sense of tradition.  The Katzenjammer Kids is still in syndication more than 110 years since its debut, and popular favorites Peanuts, The Family Circus, Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Dennis The Menace are among the comics still going strong as they’ve passed the half-century mark.  New strips are introduced every year, however, and millions of readers worldwide enjoy classic comics—and new ones—on a daily basis.

The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to announce its latest exhibition, Black and White and Read All Over:  Comics of the New Millennium, a showcase featuring nine comic strips introduced between the years 2000 and 2010.  From talking animals to beleaguered cartoonists, childhood fears to childhood nightmares, the perils of adulthood to the trials of arrested development, the nonsensical to the political (which often goes right back around to nonsensical), the modern comic strip page really does include something for everyone.

Featured artists in this exhibition include Harvey Award and Glyph Award Winner Keith Knight; three National Cartoonists Society winners for Best Comic Strip of the Year, Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Mark Tatulli (Lío) and Jeff Parker and Steven Kelley (Dustin); and the 2011 Winner of The National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for Best Cartoonist of the Year, Richard Thompson.

Comic strips featured in Black and White and Read All Over: Comics of the New Millennium include:

  • La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz
  • Ollie and Quentin by Piers Baker
  • Arctic Circle by Alex Hallatt
  • The Knight Life by Keith Knight
  • Dustin by Jeff Parker & Steve Kelley
  • Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
  • Tina’s Groove by Rina Piccolo
  • Lío by Mark Tatulli
  • Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

Wow.  If a newspaper ran this lineup of comics, it would be flying off the news stands and I’d be a subscriber.”  -Alex Hallatt, Arctic Circle


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Time November 24, 2011 at 8:56 am

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Comment from Tim Fraser-Harding
Time December 17, 2011 at 5:24 am

A great choice to include Ollie and Quentin, the cartoon world’s best kept secret.

Comment from Debbie
Time December 18, 2011 at 5:40 am

Besides Arctic Circle which is really great, I doubt if any of the others will be around 10 years from now.

Comment from afarago
Time December 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Pearls Before Swine, Dustin and Lío were all recognized as “Comic Strip of the Year” by their peers in the National Cartoonists Society, and Richard Thompson was the 2011 Reuben winner for Cartoonist of the Year, so we think there’s some staying power in this group.

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Time December 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm

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