Yesterday we presented R. Crumb’s tribute to the murdered Charlie Hebdo staff. Today, we further illuminate this horrific tragedy by presenting a number of tributes by King Features Syndicate comic strip artists.
I should note that on its website King Features also offers numerous contributions from their editorial cartoonists. Unlike the strip artists who must turn their work in six weeks to two months prior to publication, editorial cartoonists see their work in print the next day.
As for Charlie Hebdo, their first post-assault issue was published today and released in France, as well as certain select other cities including Quebec, London and New York. Their print run was 3,000,000, up from their average circulation of 40,000 copies. They sold out in minutes, and that was after some newsdealers limited purchases to one copy each. Charlie Hebdo has since gone back to press.
First, we introduced this page with the work of Dustin creator Jeff Parker. Below, Snuffy Smith artist John Rose:
Followed by Bill Griffith‘s Zippy. The first balloon translates to “I Am Not Having Fun,” a twist on Zippy’s trademark “Are We Having Fun Yet?”
Next, Eric Reaves on behalf of the Hi and Lois creative team:
Rina Piccolo, from Tina’s Groove
Jim Toomey‘s Sherman’s Lagoon
And finally, Mallard Fillmore‘s Bruce Tinsley: