I found this book at the Barkelouw Paddington store, in Sydney Australia. I say found, as I was browsing in the third floor and saw it sticking out of the jumbled shelves. The next day I returned and asked how much, and was told that the book did not exist. I explained that I had seen it on the third floor, and was dismissively told that they did not bother to inventory ‘those’ books. Eventually, I located it one more time, and plopped it down on the counter, where after some scrutiny, they allowed me to exchange money for book.

What do we know about the gentleman who constructed this book?

Well, I have another post on the gentleman.

That post is more a collection of whimsical drawings of a train, or he says it, ‘Railley’.

There is an ‘official’ site dedicated to all things Dubout.

There are links on this site with offers of merchandise, and collectibles.   A transliterated blurb from this site follows.

To better meet your expectations, our “Boutique” you can now simply order derivatives we publish (albums, books, postcards, posters and flyers Pagnol, cats …) and a selection of products published by our partners (card games, stuffed animals, figurines …) … [»]

Well, what more can I say?

Wikipedia has something to say about him,

google as usual has a bunch of illustrations,

You Tube has an entry on him,  with this comment below:

Albert Dubout designer outsized marked several generations of its crowds, his cats, his good-wife and her big little man … Edited by the family of the artist on the centenary of his birth a tribute to his work as a draftsman,

If I did not get the translation as it should be, (I used google translate) don’t blame them, blame for not being able to read the original…

There is an office of tourism, with several links to places to see his exhibitions.

There is a one and a half hour film on his museum on vimeo, from which comes the following.  Got to love the exterior of the museum,

So, let us move on the his take on Bull Fighting as presented in “Dubout Corridas.”

First, however, we have preface by one Georges Brassens.  PrefaceByGeorgesBrassens  From what little I could learn about this gentleman he was a well known singer-songwriter & poet.  See also the Wikipedia link, from which we have an excerpt,

Most of his texts are black humour-tinged and often anarchist-minded.

 I assume they are referring to his poems, but maybe to his songs.  In any case, I think it is a bit unusual to have a singer doing an introduction to a book of cartoons.  However, maybe not.  See Albert Dubout’s comments in the “Mon cher editeur” in which he thanks Beorges Brassens for accepting the job of presenting himself with a text on Bullfighting.

To The Editor 1

T The Editor 2


Now, we can move on.   I would like everyone to guess how long it took to do one drawing.  The  cover illustration was reproduced in black and white, in the book.



I have enlarged the  artwork showing the shoulders,



and hair of the gentleman.


Meticulous work.  So, how long? I don’t know, but I imagine a loooong time. Here is a drawing of a bull ring with people in the stands.

How Long To Draw All Circles

Did his hands got tired of drawing the heads on the audience?

We start off on a serious note

Bull Praying

then into a tense thought,


but then move into whimsy.


Running In Circles

Then we add in other animals, such as a black cat,


Black Cat

and a yappy dog.

Yappy Dog


We leave the other animals, and pose for photographs.


Posing For Photo




The Bull is not always in the Bull Ring.


Large Bull


Bull In Stands


Bull On Roof

However, back in the Bull Ring, he gives his adversary a bit of a rest.

Horn's Stuck


Then, we come to the Bull’s dreams.



Bull Relaxing


Or,  possibly, the Bull’s wishes.


For the next to last, we wonder just what advice Death was giving the Bull-positive or negative?

Death Prompt

And the last cartoon.

Trinckvel Editeur

So, until next time, take care.








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Front Cover



Back Cover

Australia celebrated its 200 year anniversary in 1988. Twelve years earlier, in 1976, America celebrated its bicentennial. My wife remembers eventually referring to it as the Bicentacky, as by the end of the year, every trinket and tawdry and/or kitschy item imaginable had been hawked to the American public.

Here is an example.



Or, you can link on over to a google site, and browse to your hearts content.

My wife and I live on the west coast of the US, and all the historic sites, and hoopla for the Bicentennial were on the east side of our continent, so maybe we were less than enthusiastic about the whole process, and just wanted it to be over.

However, for all the weariness with the whole thing, at least we all seemed to be on the same page. As the year plowed on, we were just wanting for that page to be turned, so we could get on with getting on.

Australia, seemed to be spared the above kitschiness.  However, they had a whole different experience as the year approached and unrolled. As an aside, before I get into the various links, I might mention that in 1984, I believe, while visiting Australia, I had a lady tell me that the only areas that the blacks wanted, were where the tourist dollars were. At the time I was ignorant of the land rights question. The lady was also certain that Azaria Chamberlain was murdered by her mother, while they camped near Ayers Rock (now called Uluru), at the time, a popular opinion. A year or so ago, while on a tour of Australia, we met a squatter in the Northern Territories, who claimed that he had never seen a black around Ayers Rock, until the government started the land rights business. Against this background, let us delve into the Australian Bicentennial, or Bicentenary, as they called it.

First we have the official government take on it, that everything is ducky, and we all want to commemorate our nation.

Australia had a commercial, see the youtube version here,

The Royal Australian Bicentennial Concert was made into a movie with a 2 million dollar (Australian) Budget.  It was released January 1988.  Here is the IMDB info on it.

I also found a youtube link for a New South Wales (NSW) Royal Bicentennial Concert 1988.  I do not know if they are one and the same.

Putting their money where their mouth was, We have a commemorative banknote.

Moving along, I found an interesting website: ‘ Australia Day‘ and at the end of the article, we note some dissension.

And then we head into the real opposition voice,

From which we have this interesting quote:

Indigenous protest over the ‘celebration of a nation’ instigated public debate concerning white and indigenous Australian history, the position of Aborigines in contemporary society and the possibilities of land rights and reconciliation in the future. This debate was mostly played out in the media; as the Sydney Morning Herald stated in its editorial on January 19 1988; ‘scarcely a day of the Bicentenary has passed when issues involving Aborigines and their “Year of Mourning” protests have not featured prominently’. The long march for justice, freedom and hope was successful in placing indigenous issues in the public consciousness.

Which seems to be a good introduction to our cartoon book, “Beyond A Joke, An Anti-bicentenary Cartoon Book”


There Goes The Neighborhood Cartoon


There Goes The Neighborhood_Detail

There Goes The Neighborhood_Text


The lead up to the year, and during the year there were problems.

Internal Strife

And money problems

Please Give

Common Ground

Politics as usual

WA Mining

Remember the youtube above?

Comment on the video

On to the Re-enactments.

Ad Lib

Bashing Coon



Cattle Drive


On page 61 of the book is an interesting comment:

On a trip to Alice Springs in 1987, Prime Minister Hawke announced that the Australian Government would like to come to an understanding with the Aboriginal people.                      The Aboriginal people suggested that perhaps the understanding might take the form of a Treaty but Pime Minister Hawke preferred to call it a ‘compact’ so that it didn’t get in the way of any understanding the Australian Government might have had with the Aboriginal people.

Which led to many cartoons using the word, ‘compact.’ Here are two.

Compact Again


Compact Not Treaty





Supreme court judges were known as Mr Justice.  After a woman had the audacity to become a Supreme court judge, the ‘Mr’ was dropped, then added back in, then other convoluted terms, until finally it was just ‘justice.’ I am certain that had nothing in common with the above cartoon.

But would naturally lead into the Criminal Justice system.

Death Sentence

Coronor Report



Darby Died

Dead Drunk

Blanket Solution

In the US there is an urban myth that the US Army gave out blankets with smallpox germs to kill off Native Americans. There is a kernel of truth, in that back in colonial days, and the French and Indian War, and the siege of Fort Pitt, infected blankets and a handkerchief may have been given to visiting Indians. There was also some talk of further distribution of infected blankets.

And speaking of colonies,

Nuclear Testing

Clean Up

Well, let us move on to more general items.

Drinking Problem 1

Drinking Problem 2

Sacred Site





Then there is always misdirection

South Africa 1



South Africa 2

South Africa 3And our last cartoon.


Until next time.











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There is an interesting dedication in the book:


I am not certain where I got this book. I do know I got it used, as most of my books are. I keep telling myself to note on the flyleaf, or in a log where and when. Unfortunately, I never seem to do either. Anyway, I enjoyed reading the book, and looked up information on the author. He is well represented on social media, his web site, and other sources.

Here is a link to a November 2009 interview from PetaPixel, a blog by Michael Zhang. Below is an excerpt from that interview.

 Although the strip is photo-centric in nature, the comic is really about the lives and trials of creative professionals. That provides a lot of shared experiences, and material, and represents a voice that isn’t always heard.

Just so you don’t have to wonder; What The Duck, is not all about photography. I urge you to read the whole interview, and then browse through Zhang’s fascinating blog. I especially liked the entry on the Yellow Car. I sympathize with the owner of that car, as I live in a national scenic area, and understand that the powers to be in Portland, Oregon, would be just as happy if all of us moved out of their playground. Sorry, didn’t mean to go off topic.

What The Duck has its own web site.   You get an idea of the fan base by checking out the fan photos. Also, there is a link to his animations.

For the facebook followers, here is that link:

Also the daily strip is on the net, at gocomics:

For you professional types, Aaron Johnson is also found on, with credits from 1998 to 2013.

And, here is a link to the more esoteric of his interests:

There are many sites on youtube for his animations; here is just one of them.  Actually, probably one of the better ones.

A casual internet search will turn up other sources of info and cartoons, ranging from wikipedia to google images.

However, since this is about the What The Duck book, here are some images from that publication.

In the general topic of Photography,

















And the subcategory of Photoshop


Photoshop themed  T-shirt here,


Moving on to Customers and Customer Service





Customer Service

Newspapers, and their incredible shrinking cartoons, Well, to be honest, the cartoons are not the only thing shrinking. Portland used to have a decent paper. It is now a part-time tabloid.


Or maybe it is just the Editors…


Possibly, just possibly, it is the readers…


And then we have the slippery slope of imitation/theft


If you have a bit of a problem making out the fine print,




Well, how about the field of general Photography.







And finally, just plain old interpersonal relationships









Well, there you have it.

Until next time.


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I follow his cartoons, and finally decided I had to write and learn more about Ray Kelly.

I must say, he was quite generous with his time and comments. I asked many questions and he answered them. I asked if he could pick some favorite cartoons and add some comments, and he did. If I had gone to the ‘about’ tab on his blog, some of my questions would have been answered. So, check out the blog and click on’ about’ for questions I forgot to ask.  He launched into more detail with another cartoon blogger about layers, and software, and technique, which I kind of followed along, but if you are serious about web cartooning, or commercial illustrating, you will find their discussion quite helpful.

First, from his site,

Ray Kelly, author, owns a small sign shop in central Montana. I have been a frustrated cartoonist for 50+ years, and now I have an opportunity to show the world my distorted view of life. Enjoy!

So, on to the questions and answers.

Visual Humor. I am nonplussed with the city-county link on your your site. Family?

Ray Kelly. Yes, the City-County link is a blog my daughter writes.

VH. You mention being an author, what titles?

RK. My description might not have been so fitting at the time. I just meant I am the aughor of the blog, Spitewall. I do have a Spitewall comic book, the link is on my site. And here

VH. How did you decide to focus on web based cartooning?

RK. I have always enjoyed drawing and illustrating, but my patience and discipline has been lacking. Being somewhat of a perfectionist I would never be entirely pleased with any of my work, continually working and reworking illustrations, before computers, was a long process of trial and error, erasing, tossing unpleasing results, and starting over from scratch. Now with the computer and illustrating programs, results are seen quickly and errors instantly undone. When these blogging sites became available I thought it would be a wonderful medium to hone my abilities and to see if the world would enjoy my sense of humor as much as I do.

VH. You are in central Montana. How central?

RK. Central Montana is Great Falls, smack dab in the middle of Big Sky Country. 220 miles from Yellowstone National Park, 145 miles to Glacier National Park and about 20 years from the rest of the country.

Comment by Visual Humor. Many years ago I had a relative who drove Trailways buses. When crossing into Utah, he would tell his passengers to set their watches back twenty years. Must be something about that slice of the US.  Also, since this is about visual items, here is a link to Great Falls, MT map.  I have actually been through Great Falls because I wanted to see the Charles Russell museum/gallery. Wish I had know that there was another artist in town.

VH. Does the weather influence your cartoons?

RK. I really do not have a lot of weather related humor, although, penguins and snowmen seem to show up frequently. When its cold in Montana, it just gives me more of an opportunity to stay inside and draw.

VH. How did you come to be in Montana?

RK. I am a born and bred Montanan. My family originally came to Great Falls around 1883 These home grown roots are where I get the “Spitewall” name for my comics.  My great grandfather built the “Rolland hotel” in downtown Great Falls, at the same time the hotel Woodworth was being constructed in the adjacent lot. Before construction began, the two owners agreed to build a certain distance from the property line.  My great grandfather ignored the agreement and built right next to the line. This incensed the owner of the Woodworth and he proceeded to construct a two story, brick “spitewall” right next to the property line, that efficiently blocked any view or light entering the east side windows of the Rolland. The story actually made it into Ripley’s Believe or Not. Ironically, in the mid 70’s, the hotel Woodworth burned down and the Rolland was saved from the same fate, by the spitewall.

VH. What does your family think of the cartoons.

RK. My wife, daughters and family are very supportive and show nothing but encouragement.

VH. What did your teachers in school have to say about your talent?

RK. My doodling was frowned upon through high school. Many teachers appreciated my talents and I would do illustrations and drawings for school projects. I was an extremely shy child who definitely did not like to attract attention, so I kept a low profile. There was never any real encouragement for me to pursue an art career.

VH. Any military service?

RK. None.

VH. Do you use a Bamboo or similar tablet, or do you draw and scan?

RK. I use a Wacom tablet and illustrate with SketchBook Pro. I import the images into CorelDraw for final tweaking.

VH. Comments on how you picked your style would be welcome.

RK. My style has been a continuing process. Since I started this blog, three years ago,  I have undergone many changes to my techniques and characters style. I constantly try to create a consistent look, which, believe it or not, is harder than it looks.

VH. Any suggestions for others who want to emulate you, or any suggestions for others in genera.

RK. If you think something is humorous, make a note or sketch right away, I have a journal. Don’t be concerned that no one will “get it” or understand it, if you think it’s funny, do it. You can’t do a cartoon that everyone will like… so you might as well enjoy it. Don’t over think it, humor is usually spontaneous.  Keep drawing, persevere, and don’t be afraid to be a little crazy.

VH. Do you write your own gags, or have a collaborator?

RK. All of my work is original. I try to scan the internet and see if the idea has been done before. I will sometimes get a brilliant idea, then check and find the concept has been done hundreds of times.

VH. Do you have a favorite strip or cartoonist(s)?

RK. When I was young, Peanuts, Tumbleweeds, and B.C. were some of my favorites.  Later on, Doonesbury, Far Side, Bloom County and of course Calvin & Hobbes influenced me. The T.V. show M.A.S.H, with Alan Alda influenced my humor tremendously in my youth.

VH. Any controversy of a particular cartoon(s), and the outcome?

RK. I haven’t done any real controversial topics or had any controversy with my work, that I know of. In the meantime, I feel, in this day and age we, especially children, are bombarded with ugly humor… humor that insults, ridicules or belittles are commonplace. I would rather not contribute to that. Hence my cartoons try to reflect good, clean fun and hopefully amuse the mind and fire up some synapses.

VH. What does your studio look like?

One view.



And another.

VH. Do you display the strip in your shop? If so, comments?

RK. I have some comic book covers I have illustrated in my shop. I illustrate comic book covers for children’s birthdays, with the child as the main character in whatever their interests lie, pirates, hockey, football, dragonfly’s … etc.

VH. Does the Rotary ask for you to talk at their meetings?

RK.  I have not been contacted by the Rotary but I am a member of the artistic advisors for the local college and we review students portfolios three times a year.

I then asked Ray to pick a dozen or so of his cartoons with comments on how they came to be. He graciously provided the following fifteen cartoons with comments.


When my kids had this book, I always thought it was an awkward title…but now it works.



This is a play on the “Stewart Smalley’s Daily Affirmations” skit from 90’s SNL



I actually drew this before I had a caption, I think it works.



What can I say, I like penguins, they are an easy mark.




If you don’t pronounce it well it sounds like organ trail.


marco revisited

I was just wondering how that game ever got started.



This is my feelings of the lottery in a nutshell.



I really like old phrases and sayings and what they could ever possibly mean.




This is one of my first cartoons, a twist on the old westerns that always had a poker game going on.




Sometimes when you say a movie title out loud, a different meaning comes through.



first contact


I am a UFO and paranormal fanatic – The above are two of my favorites. The “first contact” is, of course, just a play on words. That is what I really like about the English language…so many words have different meanings depending on their usage. The cow ufo is a play on the cattle abductions and mutilations. Living in Montana we probably are aware of them more than other parts of the world…but I thought it was funny.




Another of one of my first cartoons. A snail murder…criminal couldn/t have gotten far…hilarious!




This idea came from a “They Might be Giants” song…”You are older than you ever were and now you are even older.” Basically life is a time machine.



Another play on the English language. Whenever I hear a word that has more than one meaning…I try to place that word where it could belong, but obviously doesn’t.

Eels are another one of my favorite animals – (along with penguins, cows, etc.)  I was just thinking of what kind of toys would a young eel play with. And this was the result.



I want to thank Ray for taking the time, obviously a lot of time, to share thoughts and cartoons with us. Do check out his blog and his book on Amazon.

Take care,


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TOM TOLES Oct 22 1951 and still going strong


Tom Toles, aka Thomas Gregory Toles




I do not remember where I got this, but after paging though it, I realized that while funny, the cartoons are also depressing in that in twenty or so years since they were published, nothing has changed.

I mean, NOTHING.

Before I delve into his cartoons, let us look at a photo of the man,

Photo is from a column called, Rants and Raves by R. C. Harvey. Thank you R. C. Harvey.

Tom Toles PhotoWikipedia, has some interesting items about Toles, from which we have,

Toles wrote for The Buffalo Courier-ExpressThe Buffalo News and The Washington Post. He left The Buffalo News in 2002, accepting an offer from The Washington Post[1] to replace Herblock, their late, legendary cartoonist, and is under contract by Universal Press Syndicate. Part of his acceptance of his new job required him to give up his United Feature-distributed daily and Sunday cartoon panel Randolph Itch 2 AM, a cartoon based on Toles’ thoughts while battling insomnia. T


Toles also created a daily and Sunday comic strip about small children called Curious Avenue. It ran 1992-1994 through his future editorial cartooning syndicate, Universal Press Syndicate. A collection of the strip was published in 1983 through the publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing.[2]

I do not have the above mentioned strips, but will certainly keep an eye out for them.

The article also mentions his band.

In 2008, Toles began performing with the rock band Suspicious Package at venues around Washington, D.C. The band consists of Toles on drums, HUD senior official Bryan Greene on guitar, Josh Meyer of the L.A. Times on lead guitar, Tim Burger of Bloomberg News on bass, and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative senior official Christina Sevilla on keyboard. The band debuted May 30, 2008 at The Red and the Black in Northeast D.C.[citation needed]

Since there is a citation needed, maybe the reference is not quite correct. However, we have a photo , courtesy of Hollywood on the Potomac, of Toles on drums.

Playing drums

You can follow the Toles daily cartoon in go comics.

However, for the full dose of Toles, go straight to The Washington Post which  has a site with his cartoons, cartoon outtakes, and his own blog.

Well, how about we take a peek at some of the cartoons from this collection.  First we look at the environment.


Then the rugged individuals in my part of the country.



We have a wolf, named OR7 in my state.  OR for Oregon, and 7 for some numbering system.  OR7 walked from the NE corner of the state, down into California, and back.  He was looking for a mate.  Finally found one.


Well, let us segue into other government cartoons.  The budget is always interesting.






Well, how about welfare reform, DC version.


And the  Military Industrial Complex welfare.


Health care?


Blast from the past-Health Care proposal 21 years ago.


Kind of a catch all government comment.


And how the government studies their governed.


And of course, the familiar rallying cry of “Get the Government off our backs.”


Management and Business come in for their special treatment.












And that guy won’t be an American.

Of course, the Ruskies are not immune from the pen.


A couple of random observations.

Daytime TV


Which possibly leads to the next observation.


He did not have text messaging back then.  However, the internet was ramping up.


The next one could have been under evolution, sub-category of natural selection, or maybe management in general.


Of course, there is the infamous GM decision about that pesky ignition switch…(Our thanks to Consumer Reports for that link.)

Well, how about observations on life in general, and a supreme power in particular.



Of course, today it would be email spam.

Moving ahead in time, there is an infamous military cartoon that roused the joint chief’s of staff to close ranks and protect the then Secretary of Defense, Rumsfield from the wicked pen of Toles. See the cartoon, and read some of the comments posted to this account. A really interesting read.

From which we have this comment:

Truthdig says: Well, despite the fact that Toles has a valid satirical point to make about the Pentagon’s overextension of troops in the field, we have to wonder: With the insurgency gaining strength every day, and reconstruction efforts crippled by high-level incompetency, this cartoon is what’s upsetting our nation’s military leadership?

meanwhile, this link from the Washington Post, delves a bit deeper into the discussion.  Here is an excerpt.  The full article is quite interesting.

The cartoon is based on remarks that Rumsfeld made last week. In rejecting warnings by a Pentagon-sponsored study that the Iraq war risks “breaking” the Army, he said the U.S. military is “battle hardened” and an “enormously capable force.

For those of us who are not familiar with Rumsfield, here is an excerpt from his Wikipedia page:

Rumsfeld was recommended for the position of Defense Secretary by incoming Vice President Dick Cheney in late 2000, and was appointed in January 2001 by President George W. Bush. During his tenure, he was a leadingneoconservative voice and one of the key individuals responsible for the restructuring of the military in the new 21st century. Rumsfeld was crucial in planning the United States’ response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, which included two wars, one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. In addition to war strategy, Rumsfeld’s tenure became highly controversial for the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal, as well as the use of enhanced interrogation techniques

Faux news came down hard on Toles for the cartoon, but even their readers were mixed in their comments.

But, here is someone who really doesn’t like him; the National Review.

And, again for those not familiar with the magazine, we again turn to Wikipedia, from which we have:

National Review (N.R.) is a semimonthly magazine founded by author William F. Buckley, Jr., in 1955 and based in New York City. It describes itself as “America’s most widely read and influential magazine and web site forconservative news, commentary, and opinion.

If you follow the link, you will find a list the endorsements for president over the years:  Goldwater, Nixon, Ashbrook (Ashbrook??), Reagan, Bush, and Romney.  Some years they had no endorsements.

But this is a blog about cartoons, and as a fan of cartoons, I really enjoy Toles’ work. But then, who am I?

So, back to the theme of my post: Twenty years, and nothing has changed.

I will keep reading, in the faint hope that maybe some thing or things might change. God forbid that twenty years from now we still have cartoons on welfare ranchers, screwed middle class and overpaid under preforming elected representatives.


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RED AND ROVER by Brian Basset (November 30, 1957 – still going strong)


Front Cover


Back Cover

I got this book at the Tacoma Book Center a couple of weeks ago. Tacoma is appropriate, as Basset lives north of there, somewhere around Seattle, WA.

Several years ago I started collecting the “Adam” cartoon books. “Adam” also ran in the local paper. Then, one day, the strip changed. For the worse.

I mentioned this strip on my post about zombie cartoons, noting that the original artist was gone, but the syndicate (I suppose) carried on.

There are various sources for the change. The back of this book only mentions that he drew “Adam”, mentioning that it was syndicated in 1984. This book was published in 2002.

From the Wikipedia article, we learn that after being laid off from the Editorial Cartoonist job at the Seattle Times, he concentrated on “Adam” strips. The article continues with a comment that he turned over the drawing to Rob Harrell. It does not say who writes the “Adam” strip. There is some overlap with the “Adam” strip and “Red and Rover”.

At the time of the article ( last update Feb 2014) he was married to Bobbi Robinson and the father of two grown sons, two grown stepdaughters, and one teenage son.

There is an earlier, February 2004,  interview which says he lives with his wife Linda and two teenage sons.

Sounds like Linda was the wife in the “Adam” strips.

Anyway, it is not clear to me if he jumped, fell or was pushed off the “Adam” strip, but I am happy that he landed in Red and Rover land.

You can find his strip at Go comics.

He is the recipient of the 2013 Ruben Award for Newspaper Comic Strips.

Red and Rover have a facebook page,  with comics from Go Comics.

There is a great link to NASA and within that link, another to this really great cartoon.

The NASA Poster

There is a fantastic interview by Suzanne Tobin, Washington Post Comics Editor from Friday June 8, 2001 from which we have,

I’ve been doing another comic strip since 1984, which is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate, called Adam@Home, which is about a work-from-home dad taking care of three young children, including an infant, while his spouse works outside the house. It’s a very contemporary strip which is somewhat jaded and caught up in today’s fast paced world, which led me to think about doing a strip that harkened back to a simpler time and place. I also felt that having done Adam@Home as long as I had that I finally taught myself how to write a comic strip. It’s not something that came naturally. I had been a political cartoonist at the Seattle Times from 1978-1994. So in developing Red and Rover, I not only took my time, but there were some circumstances that MADE me take my time, in that a number of larger syndicates passed on it initially, because they wanted something that was more demographically defined, i.e. a Gen X strip. At one point my wife and I figured that I’d put in close to 1700 hours on Red and Rover before receiving one nickel. I felt and still feel that it’s possible to do a comic strip that appeals to all generations, not unlike “comfort food.” And fortunately for me, The Washington Post Writers Group saw in “Red and Rover” my exact vision and we’ve had a wonderful relationship ever since. After one year, Red and Rover is running in about 60 newspapers and the only paper that has dropped it after running it is in Budapest, Hungary. Go figure! 

Oh, and in the interview, he mentions that the strip is set in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s.

I urge you to check out the link and read the whole interview.

Here is a letter to the editor after Basset was laid off from the Seattle paper.

Brian Basset — The Times Is Wrong To Get Rid Of Seattle’s Own Cartoonist

Like hell you are going to eliminate Seattle’s only intelligent editorial cartoonist. Brian Basset is not only a great editorial cartoonist, but the only one who can creatively express our local reactions and concerns.

You need to remind the hatchet person involved that editorial cartoonists are supposed to be provocative, because that’s what stirs us mentally and wakes us up for reading the rest of the sludge in the paper. Other newspapers with ties to great editorial cartoonists covet them, not eliminate them.

Brian Basset is Seattle’s own. You are wrong to be throwing away his talent. Your readers have had enough and shouldn’t have to say that we knew Brian Basset, the nationally known and respected editorial cartoonist, when he used to work for a paper in Seattle.

Don’t repress the press. Bring back Brian Basset. Steve Danishek


There is a Brian Basset on Linkedin who is president of Wet Nose Productions. Sounds like our guy.

And finally, the August 10, 2012 edition of the “Bezango Times” blog has some brief excerpts of an interview, but is interesting in that it has current photos of Basset.

So, before we look at some cartoons we note that in his 1991 collection, ”Life in the Fast-Food Lane”,

He dedicates the book as follows:

For my Mother and Father, who let me draw on walls.

For that, we are all thankful. Thanks Mom and Dad.

Now, on to Red and Rover.


How They Met 01


How They Met 02


How They Met 03


How They Met 04


How They Met 05


This is an interesting comment about our Veterans.

Real Army

And an introduction to his family, especially the parents.


His parents

And his father, a NASA scientist.




Father's Job


Father Two

Let us not forget his brother.

Big Brother


Remember when TV Dinners first became popular?


TV Dinners

And on to comments on running.


New Tennies

Which leads to a profound comment on the part of Rover.



Or, possibly exhibiting a human trait.


Almost Human

Live free or die.  Or something like that.



Red’s observations on life.


Gum Ball Machine

And, Rover’s observation on life.


Dog Slobber

Red looks out for Rover’s diet


Dog Food Taster

And Rover looks after Red’s grooming



And then there is the great Slipper Caper.


Slipper Caper One


Slipper Caper Two


Slipper Caper Three


Red at School



And after school activities



And Marsha Brady


Marsha Brady

We will wrap up with some holidays.





Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers


On to Christmas.



Christmas Two


And finally, New Year’s.

New Year's


Since the book covers the first year of strips, we are obviously at the end of the book.

Hope you enjoyed it.


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DOUG URQUHART and his ‘PAWS’ cartoons



Skookum reminds me of the (unnamed) Dog in “Footrot Flats.”  Only whereas that Dog has dialog it is for the readers, and not Wal.  Skookum and Marten do converse.  Actually Marten talks with other animals.  However, this is more about Skookum than Marten.  So, let us see what the back cover looks like.


So, we can see that the strip is geared toward the north end of the North American Continent.

The Author kindly provides us with orientation pages, and here they are.








In the back of the book we have a bio of the author.


His publisher has a website, with pretty much the same information, but a more recent photo.

At the back of the book there is something I have not seen in a cartoon book:  An Index.  And here it is.




Oh, and I picked this book up at the Pendleton Book Company.  I get through Pendleton every so often, and when I hit town a while ago, went looking for the shop.  It was shuttered.  However the phone was still good, and the owner told me she had moved around the corner.PendletonBookCompany

So, on to the cartoons.  Let us start off with some bush lore.


Since Rosie plays an important part in the strip-after Skookum, of course, here she is.


And then they return to home.








Well, from grants, to politically incorrect…


The government realizes the kinds of stresses one encounters in the far north, so they provide trained folks to help out…


And speaking of the government…



Remember the government worrying about the health of the community?  Looks like they are also concerned with isolated members, as when they are on a trap line.



The north supposedly has low crime rate.  At least against people, as opposed to poaching, etc.


There are places here in Oregon, where people do not necessarily lock their doors. However, as my sister-in-law, who lives in Fossil, noted, the only time you do lock your car doors, is during Zucchini season. That comment got me to thinking of a couple of other cartoon strips, and their take on Zucchini season.




But, back to low crime in the far north.  Unfortunately, even small villages in Alaska can have big city crime. From the reference in the cartoon to the 80’s and the book copyright, 1994, I would like to think that that was the way it was. For today, maybe not so much. Follow this link:

Well, let us move along to a more happy subject.


This reminds me of a wedding my wife and I attended down on the southern edge of Oregon. The Groom was a well known professional Bull Rider, the Groomsmen were all cowboys and rodeo riders. When the Preacher asked who had the ring, the Groom turned and gave a piercing whistle, and his cow dog trotted up the aisle, with the ring on a sash around his neck.

Well, one thing leads to another.


To another,


Well, not all relationships make the grade.


And you kind of wonder about Rosie and Marten, what with his easily sidetracked activities.


Oh, well.  The author does have fun with misguided tree huggers.


And a little more fun with the government, inaction.  Uh, in action.


Actually, most every Alaska resident gets an annual subsidy from the state government. It is written into the state constitution, and is known as the Alaska Permanent Fund. The amount per resident varies. It was $331.29 in 1984, and $2,069.00 plus another one time payment of $1,200.00 in 2008. Here is more information courtesy of Wikipedia.

Well, back to Marten, the kindhearted person that he is, and Rosie, his long suffering wife.


Tips on Bear Hunting.


How about back to the government, and subversion of.



Sometimes the government comes through.


Which lead to,


I guess they didn’t get around to improving that part of the road.

So, how about relationships up north.


Here’s one for the birds.


Advanced degrees.



I can relate to the following, as my folks used to go down to the train station and watch the train come through.  Today, we do the same, because one of the few remaining working steam locomotives occasionally chugs up the track, and the town turns out to take photos, and enjoy being bathed in steam.


And, back to the home front.




I guess I should have put this with the summertime gas jockey.


Can’t win for losing.



It is always nice to see a father passing on knowledge to his son.


Same road, different view.


I’ll just post the next and move along.


Moose hunting.


How to liven up a party.  Or end it.


We end with a cartoon on clear cuts.  I see that this system is used in other parts of the world, with probably the same results.


If you are interested in what clear cuts look like, here is just one example.  Or, use your search engine, and put in “alaska clear cuts” or “clearcuts in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska.”

In any case, the above cartoon seems to fit as the last cartoon in this post.  (Last remaining cartoon?)

Until next time,




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