Happy Holidays – 2018

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This is the time of the year when people send out their annual greeting cards.  I’m surprised by how many of these are still delivered by the postal service. It’s always nice to see current photos of families and friends and get news about graduations, relocations, vacations and other momentous events.

Cartoonists do some of the best Christmas cards. Many of these are custom designed and printed and I often wonder where they find the time to produce and mail them and still keep up with their deadlines.
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Timeline – 2003 Part 4

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 2, 2003.

Syndicated cartoonists are under contract to create fresh ideas 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They aren’t supposed to reuse material.  But occasionally they slip up.

One morning Dik Browne woke up out of a deep sleep to the ringing of his phone. Bill Yates, the comics editor of King Features Syndicate, was calling.  Bill said that a subscribing newspaper had discovered that Dik had repeated a gag in Hagar the Horrible, word for word.  The reporter wanted a comment on the mistake and Bill wondered if Dik had an answer.  Dik apologetically explained, “As we go through this life we learn that there are three things that tend to repeat themselves…history, sauerkraut and old cartoonists.”
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