The Critic

Donald Trump in cartoons

Donald Trump, 1980s business and pop cultural icon, for some reason’s managed to linger in the public pop cultural landscape since that decade. Mostly helped by his 2000s reality show “The Apprentice,” Trump’s managed a large comeback in recent years, all of which has led to Trump becoming the Republicans’ candidate for president in the 2016 election.

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Gravity Falls

Election Day in cartoons

In the United States, Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, which means it can happen between November 2 and November 8. Like in other media, comics and animation have featured election-centric storylines. Here’s a list of some noteworthy ones. Peanuts The 1972 special “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown”

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Oliver Wendell Jones

“Bloom County” is back as a webcomic

“Bloom County” is Berkeley Breathed’s classic 1980s comic strip that satirized that decade’s social and political culture, in a hilarious manner. However, since Breathed ended its run at the decade’s end, it’s also partially become a period piece. His subsequent strips, the 90s’ “Outland” and 2000s’ “Opus,” weren’t as well received, and folded with little fanfare. Now,

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Oliver Wendell Jones

Minorities in cartoons: Oliver Wendell Jones

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Oliver Wendell Jones, a character introduced in 1983 in Berkeley Breathed’s popular comic strip “Bloom County.” Similar to “FoxTrot”‘s Jason Fox, and unlike fellow African-American costar Ronald-Ann Smith, Oliver spent much of his time engaged in geeky or scientific pursuits. This was to the dismay of his parents,

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Ronald-Ann

Minorities in cartoons: Ronald-Ann Smith

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Ronald-Ann Smith, a recurring character in Berkeley Breathed’s comic strips “Bloom County” and “Outland.” Ronald-Ann (named after then-President Ronald Reagan) is a grade-school aged African-American girl with a highly optimistic view of the world. This comes in spite of her impoverished environment (the strip says she’s from the

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Unions in animation and comics

I’m sure everyone’s been following the brouhaha here in Wisconsin between organized public-sector labor (which—in interest of disclosure—includes Yours Truly) and newly-elected Republican governor Scott Walker’s bill in the state legislature to eliminate collective bargaining for almost all public-sector unions. (One guess which side of this debate I’m on.) All of which has led me

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