I was in LA last week for the National Cartoonists Society annual Reuben awards. It's our one time of year to connect, as we all live and work scattered across the country. Much drinking and frivolity occur.
While I always love seeing the creators of Zits, Baby Blues, Mother Goose and Grimm, Lio, Luann, Pearls Before Swine, Dilbert, Cathy and so many other veterans of the business... this year's conference had a panel discussing the general state of comic strips. Since most of us rely on newspapers for the bulk of our income, and newspapers are struggling, there was a bit of a pall over the event.
To sum it up, behold the size of comic strips since the beginning of my cartoon career:
What else is there to say? And where's the room?
Except this... I have loved the comics since I could sprawl on the floor and read them. Getting syndicated was one of the defining and best moments of my life. It pains me to see the comics sections of some papers nearly unreadable.