bz 04-01-97 ZippyBizarroWEB Luann_BizarroOne of my Jazz Pickles asked about the Great Comic Strip Switcharoo of 1997, so I dug up my files on the case and offer them to you here.

Here’s what happened: Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues thought it would be fun to play an April Fool’s Day gag on readers by getting artists to write and draw someone else’s cartoon for that day. Those of us who agreed to participate (forty-something syndicated cartoonists) were assigned another feature to do for April 1st. I was given Luann by Greg Evans and Bill Griffith of Zippy the Pinhead was assigned to do Bizarro. I’ve met Bill a few times and although he’s quiet and stoic, he’s a delightfully weird guy. I admire his work for its inscrutable quality, always seeming as though it means something but I’ll be damned if I can figure out what. His version of Bizarro that day was right in line. (more…)

Damned If You Do

bz panel 10-12-13bz strip 10-12-13Bizarro is brought to you today by The Road Less Traveled.

When I was a teenager, I attended a fundamentalist Bible church for a few years, during which time I fully believed in The Devil, the Antichrist, the mark of the beast–666, the Book of Revelations, the Second Coming, the rapture, and the whole end-of-the-world shebang. In my defense, I was a kid and this kind of delusional thinking was common in places like Tulsa, Oklahoma, where evangelists abound. It is amazing how much influence the people around you can have. When I think of it now, I shudder at my gullibility. But it does make a pretty dandy cartoon all these years later, courtesy of my known associate, Wayno of Pittsburgh. You can see his original sketch and read his clever commentary here. If you believe in The Devil and the Second Coming, that’s fine, I hope we can still be friends. Whatever keeps your wig in place, I always say. (more…)

Screw That

bz panel 10-10-13bz strip 10-10-13Bizarro is brought to you today by Dignified Americans.

This is one of those cartoons that I wasn’t sure they’d let me get away with. Americans can be incredibly sensitive to language issues and so editors often won’t print cartoons that have certain kinds of words, ones that may refer to sexual acts are an especially huge red flag. But this one sailed through without a hitch (although I sometimes find out later that a given newspaper somewhere did not run a gag like this and substituted an old one in its place.) We’ll see. (more…)

Out of the Bag

bz panel 10-09-13bz strip 10-09-13Bizarro is brought to you today by President Garfield.

I think there is one thing we can all agree on: alcoholic cats are hysterical. I especially like the ones that hang around outside liquor stores asking people to buy them booze. I’ve never done it, mind you, because I believe that providing non-human animals, or humans not of legal age with alcohol is wrong. Of course, the best thing about alcoholic cats is that if it kills them, you still have a few lives left to get them some help. There are many excellent cat rehab facilities in the U.S., as we have learned from the well-publicized case of Garfield and his battles against substance abuse. Inside sources say that Garfield is down to his ninth life, however, and is still boozing it up pretty heavily. I’m not proud of it, but I look forward to the day when he is put out of my misery. (more…)