Cow and Boy Classics by Mark Leiknes

Cow and Boy Classics

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  1. hawgowar

    hawgowar said, almost 4 years ago

    So, Cow & Boy has gone into reruns as well. It appears web cartoonists, and cartoonists in general, have a far shorter attention span than they did years ago. HOW long did Annie run? Phantom? Tarzan? And let us not forget the one-man show, Peanuts, by Sparky himself. Fifty years. 7 days a week, plus books and animated television specials and movies. A one-man machine. These days cartoonists get some cash and quit or else give up. Sissies. Sparky made himself a millionaire a few times over. Came up with his stiff on his own. New-age cartoonists are punks by comparison with a few exceptions such as Howard Taylor (Schlock Mercenary). Even the formerly reliable Dave Kellett (Sheldon) is starting to slack off, missing dailies and completely putting his second strip (Drive) on unannounced hiatus to do a “documentary”. Sparky did all his own comics and also the stuff for the Peanuts movies, TV specials, etc, and STILL managed to do his strip 7 days per week until he died.

  2. Kaywest

    Kaywest said, almost 4 years ago


    Mark is still doing Cow and Bow, but he’s web-only now (link on the right) because the strip was dropped from distribution. This is the new marketplace where there is no more newspaper money to support cartoonists doing a daily strip. What you call lazy punks, I call creative people not being paid well to do what they love to do. If you think writing and drawing a comic strip is a way to get rich, in this century, you’re sadly mistaken.

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