Pandemic comics: new Nancy

Olivia Jaimes has eveidently caught up with the backlog of advance strips at her syndicate: today Nancy and Sluggo are engaged in online learning. If she’s stuck with the pair isolating together for the duration of the real-world lockdown, one imagines Sluggo will disappear from the strip for months afterwards while Jaimes has Nancy get […]

Olivia Jaimes respecting Bushmiller’s legacy

This Slate interview with Olivia Jaimes draws a number of parallels between the cartoonist and Nancy creator Ernie Bushmiller in terms of their work, but most delightful is a behind-the-scenes fact that Matthew Phelan springs on her. The pseudonymous Jaimes has been very cautious about having any public identity as a woman online in 2019, […]

what if phones, but just right

Today’s Nancy: Beyond her oft-noted transplanting of 80-years-old children Nancy & Sluggo whole-bodied into today’s world of young (& other) people mediating their lives through handheld computers, Olivia Jaimes is just a ludicrously precise joke writer. The storytelling in this is as concise as Nancy creator Ernie Bushmiller, but in a milieu that’s more emotional […]

lost legacy

In 2018, for the first time in the history of newspaper comic strips, we saw a worthwhile legacy strip. Usually on the death of a successful cartoonist, the syndicate will engage new artists, writers or cartoonists to carry on the valuable “intellectual property.” Sometimes these might rise to the level of general competence. Never have […]