Showing posts with label Gene Weingarten. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gene Weingarten. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Post Syndicate kills single Barney & Clyde strip; Weingarten discussing live now

The chat is here:

By the end of the chat, I felt the most significant piece to come out was that Horace LaBadie actually wrote the offending strip.  I know Gene has talked about having writing help, but the last I recall was his son. However, LaBadie is credited on the Syndicate's webpage for the strip at

Friday, January 16, 2015

"The Art of Richard Thompson"

"The Art of Richard Thompson"

Named the Outstanding Cartoonist of 2010 by the National Cartoonists Society, Richard Thompson is best known for his syndicated series, Cul de Sac. But his work encompasses much more, and in this colorful career retrospective, six of his peers present the different facets of Thompson's art. Join Galifianakis, Washington Post cartoonist and author of If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute, Weingarten, Pulitzer-winning journalist who writes The Washington Post's "Below the Beltway" column, and Apatoff, an illustration scholar whose recent work includes a biography of illustrator Robert Fawcett. They will be interviewed by Michael Cavna, writer, artist, and lapsed cartoonist now producing The Washington Post's "Comic Riffs." (Andrews McMeel)

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dec. 3: Meet the Author Night

Gene Weingarten (Me & Dog) and Matt Dembicki (Wild Ocean) and will be among the local authors at the 25th annual Meet the Author Night and Book Fair Dec. 3 (5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) at the University Club of Washington, D.C.  The free event is open to the public. Click for the full list of participating authors.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Bob Staake featured in today's Post

Bob Staake is featured in today's Washington Post for a decade of weekly contest drawings.

Bob Staake's favorite cartoons of 20 years of Style Invitational
Washington Post March 3 2013

Bob Staake establishes the zaniness to the unwary of the Invitational. Bob started illustrating the weekly contest example in 1994, and he's drawn close to 1,000 images.

and a biographical note:

The art (or 'art') of the Invitational
By Pat Myers,
Washington Post (March 3 2013).
online at

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Local cartoonists and the 9-11 comic strip

Comic Riffs recently ran an article about comic strips doing a 9-11 commmemorative. We've got four strip local creators, so I asked them - are you doing a 9-11 strip?

Donna Lewis of "Reply All":

Yes. :-)

USA Today has a preview panel here and they included a panel of mine. :-) (very honored).

Richard Thompson of "Cul de Sac":

No, I didn't do one. I couldn't find a graceful way of putting a 9-11 comment into the small world of Cul de Sac that didn't diminish the commentary and the strip. The one cartoon on 9-11 that's stayed with me over the last decade is a Tom the Dancing Bug from a few weeks after the actual event. It's here. I couldn't offer anything as eloquent as that. For what it's worth I'm going to post three old cartoons I did on 9-11 on my blog.

Gene Weingarten, writer of "Barney & Clyde":

Yep, we have one.

Kevin Rechin, artist of "Crock" could not be reached for comment.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Barney & Clyde strip loses Boston Globe

For those who aren't on Facebook, or friends of the Barney & Clyde page, I reproduce this note:

I'm not sure the Globe quite knows why they dropped us either -- they liked us. After nine months of gaining papers, it is only our first cancellation, which is unusual for a new strip, and heartening. For those in or around Boston or who might read the Globe online: An email of complaint goes a long way with comics decisions; newspaper editors listen.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Barney and Clyde channels Doonesbury

The Weingartens and Clark strip Barney and Clyde is channeling 1971 Doonesbury yesterday and today. That's Marvelous Mark Slackmeyer before he became an NPR host. Gene W, a friend of Trudeau's, is undoubtedly paying tribute to the 40th anniversary celebration of the strip - which is still one of the absolute best running.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Jef "Frazz" Mallett's kind words for Weingarten

Meet new faces on the comics pages: Frazz and Dustin
By The Times-Union October 3, 2010

In this interview, Mallett says, "The funny thing is I spent most of my adult life trying to draw like George Booth and write like Gene Weingarten. I’m not there yet …"

Monday, June 21, 2010

Today - Weingartens' chat on 'Barney and Clyde' at noon

Weingartens discuss 'Barney and Clyde'
Gene and Dan Weingarten
Comic strip writers
Monday, June 21, 2010; 12:00 PM

Dan and Gene Weingarten discuss their new comic strip, Barney and Clyde, about the unlikely friendship between a homeless man and a billionaire.

Comic Riffs poll on Barney and Clyde

Defend That 'Toon: Does 'BARNEY & CLYDE' spark a billion laughs -- or bum you out?
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog June 21, 2010

Since they're still setting up their cast, I don't see why anyone's even considering how good it is yet. I think it needs 6 months before you can really decide.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Weingarten interviewed himself on Barney & Clyde

'Barney & Clyde' a tale of rich man, poor man, Miami Herald June 6 2010.

I guess the Herald couldn't spare a reporter...

And here's the note the Post ran about the strip a week ago - A note to comics readers, Sunday, June 6, 2010.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Comic Riffs' full court Weingarten press

The interview -

The 'Riffs Interview: GENE WEINGARTEN, New Cartoonist, dares to attempt comic pearls before breakfast
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs June 4, 2010

The discussion of the strip at the Post Hunt event -

POST HUNT: When a comic strip stands between you and $2K

PR: Wash Post Introduces Gene Weingarten's Comic Strip: "Barney & Clyde"

I meant to post on this over the weekend, but got behind. Cul de Sac has moved next to Doonesbury to make space for this strip.

The Washington Post today introduces a new comic strip by Pulitzer-Prize winning Post columnist Gene Weingarten and his son, Dan Weingarten, with illustrations by David Clark.  "Barney & Clyde" is about an accidental friendship between a billionaire and a homeless man. Fans of Weingarten's "Below the Beltway" humor column will recognize his wit and lack of social grace in this comic, a satire that re-examines measures of success, failure, and fulfillment. The comic  will run Monday-Sunday in The Washington Post's comic pages.

 Barney & Clyde is the newest addition to The Post's comics and puzzle pages in Style. Last April The Post added The Post Puzzler, a crossword puzzle from celebrated puzzle writer Peter Gordon.  

  To visit Barney & Clyde, go to  

 To visit the Post Puzzler, go to  


Friday, May 28, 2010

Weingarten's co-author on Clowes

Gina Barreca, who has collaborated with Gene Weingarten on his column in the Washington Post Magazine, looks at the recent Dan Clowes cover for the New Yorker - Is There a Doctorate in the House? Chronicle of Higher Education blog May 21, 2010.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Chatalogical Humor on Weingarten's new comic strip

Today's Chatalogical Humor is on Gene Weingarten's new comic strip "Barney & Clyde" as well as the quality of early Dennis the Menace.

Updating this a little, Barney and Clyde is a comic about a billionaire and a pauper. It's got a Facebook page now, and will be appearing in the Post when it launches.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Weingarten on Arnold comic strip

In his January 5th Chatalogical Humor chat, Gene Weingarten polled his readers on the Arnold comic strip by Kevin McCormick.

The responses to the Arnold strip were:

Richmond, Va.: When I was looking at the first Arnold strip, my eyes accidentally leaped to the last panel where I saw the balloon "I consumed white death!" It made me smile, and I went back to read the whole thing. Er...mayonnaise is the white death? Er...okay. The only way I could think there's a joke in there is if it is a running gag - he hates mayo and the lunch ladies tricked him into eating it with the tuna salad. Anyway, it was kind of deflating that such a cool punchline had such a bad setup. I may use that line, though.

Gene Weingarten: Yes, his hatred of mayo was a running gag -- as was his war with the cafeteria ladies. But I contend this was all implicit in the strip you read.


And lastly, I put Arnold in there because it was a near-great strip. Arnold never succeeded because Arnold was, at its wicked little heart, really mean-spirited. It scared newspaper editors who (incorrectly) believed that the comics pages were the province of children. Arnold was really daring, and different -- it featured a child who had no innocence whatsoever.

When Arnold failed the cartoonist gave it all up and became (I kid you not) a minister. That's what he's doing now.


Lansing, Mich.: Hey, Gene! I was talking about "Arnold" with someone at Jef's book-release party last month (I wish I could remember who -- he specifically cited the "white death" strip you ran as one of his favorites.)

I had a (possibly unreasonably) strong devotion to "Arnold" when I was in college and find in reading it now that I'm still rather fond of it, although I have a little tougher time with the quality of the art these days.

I gave it a "pretty good".

Gene Weingarten: I asked a comics editor about this recently, and she, too, had some problems with the art; I don't see it, but you and Jef and she are pros, so I bow.

I love his nasty spirit.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Catching up with Weingarten's irregular chats

Since he took the latest Post buyout, Gene Weingarten's been chatting irregularly. He did one on September 29th where he took Zits somewhat to task (in the first poll) for racial insensitivity.

Actually, in his comments later, he says, "Gene Weingarten: I am surprised that I am in such a small minority that finds both versions of the cartoon problematic. To me, both versions are (humorously) equating the suffering of victims of terrible cataclysmic human injustices -- the Holocaust, slavery -- to the suffering of high school students in detention." He's speaking of a reference to Harriet Tubman smuggling a student in the original, versus Oskar Schindler in his modified version. For the record, neither particularly bothered me. The debate between Gene and his readers goes on for a while if one is interested.

I agree with this responder: Baltimore, Md.: "To me, both versions are (humorously) equating the suffering of victims of terrible cataclysmic human injustices -- the Holocaust, slavery -- to the suffering of high school students in detention." Really? Can't believe you, of all people, read it so literally. It's not about detention = slavery and the Holocaust. It's about Stupid Teenage Drama that equates detention with "terrible cataclysmic human injustices."

Gene Weingarten: I accept that is how most people are reading it. I'll go further: I'll accept that I must be oversensitive.

In the second poll, he took some shots at the first Our Town panel. The polls running pretty hard against Our Town, but that's perhaps due to the negative slant the questions have. On the other hand, this was a bad choice to start the feature off with. The idea of a park for handicapped kids is not an intuitive one, as most of us have never seen such a park.

As I continue reading, I find Gene says in response to someone who'd been to the park and liked it "I don't get it. If this is about a place for handicapped children, why are there no handicapped children? If it is filled with rides, why are there no rides shown? If it is a place of extreme bliss, why is no one shown having fun? Why is everyone just... standing around? Why do the words -- bliss, joy, etc. -- seem to counteract the imagery? Does it seem to anyone else as though this seemed a little ... snide and sarcastic? I cannot believe it was meant to be that, but I'm not sure it's delivering whatever it meant to deliver. Why no color, except for in an occasional insignificant place? What purpose do the asterisks serve -- none that seems consistent with any prior use of asterisks that I have seen. Why is "acronym" continuously misused?"