May 5th Cartoonist Day

The first cartoon to appear in a newspaper, so far as we know, was Richard F. Outcault’s “Yellow Kid” in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World in 1895 – 1898. It was probably not what you think it might have been, it was about a boy dressed in a yellow shirt. Cartoons normally are supposed to be humorist but many have become political in nature, some even R rated (Or worse). Cartoonist Day was created by the National Cartoonist Society in 1999.

How to celebrate – Figure out what your all time favorite cartoon is. Learn how to draw your own cartoon. Read this Sunday’s funnies.

September 25th National Comic Book Day

Comic Books have been around for as long as I can remember, and even longer! They have been both entertaining and educational for children (And sometimes adults). Over the last few years they have become so popular that they are being turned into movies. Though many, like Superman, have been on tv for decades.


The first official comic book was Obadiah Oldbuck which came out in 1837. It was actually the Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck, which wasn’t an instant hit but started catching on in America around 1847.


In my day, as a child, Classics Illustrated were the hot ticket on the market. 66 were made in all and they were illustrated version of classic books, made so children could be exposed to what the adults were reading. To me, these comics were the absolute best. The artwork was superior and the stories, of course, classics.


Of course today, Marvel is on the top of the list. There is nothing real, or even really human, in their comics… but I suppose for kids that’s good. The thing I liked about Classics Illustrated was that you stood a chance to actually become one of the heroes, in Marvel’s you don’t. Oh well.


Still, comic books help to pass the time and they do get kids reading. And who knows, with the way things are going, maybe they really can become a Mutant Ninja Turtle!

How to celebrate – Read a comic book. See if you saved any of your comic books, they could be worth a small fortune! See how many Marvel heroes you can name.

May 5th World/National Cartoonist Day

May 5th World/National Cartoonist Day


You might think cartoons have been with us for quite sometime but in fact they actually began in 1895 when Richard F. Outcault created the “Yellow Kid” for the newspaper, New York World.


Since then, the weekly Sunday Funnies have become a regular part of our lives. Some are political, some are social and some are just done for fun.


How to celebrate – Read the Sunday Funnies. Create your own cartoon. Decide which cartoon is your favorite.