Itza Christmas

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Here’s a beautiful drawing by one of our most faithful supporters, and a donor to the cartoon short, “Some Other Cat”. It’s by Nicolas Martinez, of Chicago Ill. He draws Itza Cat just about perfectly, I love Itza with the candy cane in his mouth, looking like a striped cigar! Look at that beautiful texture that Nicolas put in to the wreath, it’s colored pencil on textured paper. Real classy, Nicolas, Thanks again!
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Felix is from 3-12 to 3-18-33 this time. Felix and Danny Dooit have located Colonel Snooper’s abandoned radio and Danny’s mother listens in to Felix’s broadcast. I love the drawing of the windblown Felix and Danny in the 3-14, and the very effectively stylized polar bear in the 3-18. Savor these drawings of the Arctic in 1933, it doesn’t look that icy anymore. The Sunday continues Felix’s treasure hunt to impress his girlfriend, he goes to an undersea cave and is rescued from an octopus by a lobster boy!
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Myrtle is from 12-13 to 12-18-1948, this week I love the 12-15 as Hyacinth the Cat makes one of her rare appearances, chasing the family’s pet mouse. Dudley Fisher does a very animated cartoon style gag here, as the Mouse paints a lot of fake mouseholes along the baseboard. I also like the 12-18, as Myrtle confronts her teacher, Miss Flunkem. Myrtle’s attitude in the second panel is especially appealing.
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World War Two enters the Coconino County world (3-22 to 3-27-43) again as Ignatz, Krazy and Pupp play “Sentimentils” (Sentries in Kat Langwitch). I love the fractured Kat words, such as “retzkil”, “Weak kneeded” and “Paul Troom” in the 3-23 and “Migg-night” and “Moob Oba, Dollin'” in the 3-27. At this point, Herriman isn’t signing the strips, so you know they are his work.

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Bob Kuwahara again does the “art chores” on the Barker Bill Sunday page from 10-17-54. Ali K. Zam is in love with Phyllis the Strong Woman and makes Puddy the Pup vanish beneath his magic hat. Trouble is, Ali K. Zam doesn’t know how to bring the beloved pup back again. Continued next post!
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Here is yours truly, riding Balto in Ojai, Ca. where my wife and I were staying for the annual Film Festival. I got a two-hour ride on the gentle horse, we even went on a trot for a bit. I was the only rider on the trail that day. We went through a very dry Live Oak forest. It was the fastest two-hours I spent the whole year. I wonder what it’s like to ride for 4 hours, or 6? It would be fun to do a day’s ride with a lunch break some day. Remember to click the small thumbnails twice, and they will grow to readable size. Comments are ‘disabled’ for the time being, due to this blog recovering from a hack. Feliz Navidad and Prospero Ano Nuevo to all my readers!

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