The 1980s was a truly classic period in comic strip history. The decade of spiked hair and shoulder pads introduced us to brilliantly off-the-wall The Far Side, the timeless antics of Calvin and Hobbes, and the sociopolitical brilliance of Bloom County. All of these strips were retired at the height of their popularity by their award-winning creators, and fans have hoped ever since to talk them back into syndication with heaps of fan mail and social media begging, all for naught. Until now. Berkeley Breathed has talked himSELF out of retirement after Donald Trump threw his hat into an overpopulated ring of hopefuls for the Republican presidential nomination. Inspired by Trump's promise to "make America great again," Breathed is making the comics page great again with Bloom County 2015. Bloom County’s Opus, Milo, Bill the Cat and all of the residents of Bloom House are back and they aren't wasting a minute mocking the Republican campaign's greatest bloviator and a renewed national ridiculousness. Bloom County is the tale of the residents of Bloom House, a boarding house run by the parents of worldly 10-year-old newspaper reporter Milo Bloom. Boarders include Opus, Steve, Bill the Cat, Portnoy, Oliver Wendell Jones and more. Together, these characters parodied presidential campaigns, the Parents Music Resource Center, labor unions, the war on drugs, and The Donald -- no one was off limits. After his 25-year hiatus, "Silliness suddenly seems safe now," said Breathed.
Bloom County 2016
The Argyle Sweater presents a surreal, hilarious (and sometimes punny) look at the world you think you know. Armed with a willingness to explore every edge of the surreal, Scott Hilburn’s creation presents his sharply unique take on history, everyday life and the truly absurd.
The Argyle Sweater
Jane’s World stars the loveable misfit, Jane Wyatt. It’s a comic full of girl-on-girl action, chicks with guns, a vegan menace, vintage Winnebagos, drag queens, and downward career spirals. You know, the usual for stability-challenged Jane. In short, Jane is a magnet for the kind of drama that makes for good comedy. More comics by Paige Braddock can be found at pb9.com.
Mark Buford's Scary Gary presents an all-too-common problem: vampires in the suburbs. But this vampire isn't out for blood; Gary has turned over a new leaf. Hanging up his cape for good, Gary takes up residence in a quiet community, dragging his less-than-thrilled assistant, Leopold, with him. While Gary embraces the serenity of suburban life, Leopold is always cooking up one plan or another to terrorize the neighborhood. Scary Gary is syndicated by Creators Syndicate.
Arlo and Janis met in the '60s, when love was free, hair was long and the revolution wasn't televised. Now, they try to keep their spirits young, their relationship romantic and their screen time limited in this warm, closely observed and often bawdy look at marriage, family and aging.
Arlo and Janis
Slightly skewed and just a little twisted, the one-panel gags of Off the Mark scores a bull’s-eye with readers looking for a laugh, a chortle and even a guffaw.
Off the Mark
Whatever your athletic interest, golf, baseball, running, or basketball and whether you haven’t picked up a ball since high school or you’re a serious sports fanatic, everyone can see the humor and irony highlighted by In the Bleachers. Steve Moore helps us laugh at ourselves and those in the professional spotlight by drawing attention to the comedy of sports.
In the Bleachers
Rose is Rose presents the extraordinary, everyday life of the Gumbo family: Rose, Jimbo and Pasquale. Readers relish the romance in the Gumbo marriage, the appearance of surprising alter egos and the antics of the family kitten, Peekaboo.
Rose is Rose
Don Wimmer and Pat Brady
Tom the Dancing Bug is a unique hybrid of editorial and comic strip cartooning, beloved by people because of its insightful and hilarious social and political satire. The strip appears weekly in newspapers around the country.
Tom the Dancing Bug
Frank and Ernest chronicles the antics of two ordinary guys who are anything but ordinary. They appear in different settings and time periods, occasionally showing up as things rather than people. Punny, whimsical and hard to predict, Frank and Ernest has been a funny pages favorite since 1972.
Frank and Ernest