September 05, 2003


Tune in to Radio Free Republic at 8pm EST to hear Day by Dayís Chris Muir discuss the cartooning life. Why the hell isnít he syndicated yet?

Posted by Tim Blair at September 5, 2003 12:59 AM

I like "Day by Day", and I hit Mr Muir in the tipjar, but don't expect him to get syndicated. The papers are NOT going to buy a conservative-sympathetic cartoon, much less one with a black protaganist, it's just too much of a threat to their worldview. They much prefer Aaron Magruders' "The Boondocks" with it's sullen attitude, hip-hop-culture punchlines, and endless Bush-bashing. For Mr Muir, I'm afraid virtue (and my $10) will be his only reward.
Colin MacDougall

Posted by: Colin MacDougall at September 5, 2003 at 02:14 AM

Syndicated? Like, in a NEWSPAPER? A right wing comic?

You need to get another cup of coffee man.

Posted by: ErikZ at September 5, 2003 at 02:41 AM

Like his stuff. I don't view him as right-wing; seems a bit outmoded. I'd refer to him, and the situations he draws as realistic. Cartoons are pushed by syndicates. They're in it (good for them) to make money. If they can be shown the way, they'd follow (remember "Limbaugh in the woods---now the leftist need an empire") Conservatives have done a good job of counterbalancing leftists sentiments by creating alternate media. What better target than the cartoon section of the morning paper.
Cartoons break down like this:
1. Tired retreads (oh, that scamp, Andy Capp)
2. Hip, edgy animals.
3. Look, we got kids. How unique. Let's go to work.
4. Political: Magruder and Trudeau lost me a long time ago.
5. Gods: Bill Waterson, Gary Larson.
The talents (Muir, C&F)there, the markets there (in that blank spot between LA and NY), so the money will follow.
I haven't blogged it yet, but I think you can tell who (politically) is on top: humor. Conservatives have it,lefties don't and we center liberals are in a daze.

Posted by: beets at September 5, 2003 at 02:59 AM

Because it looks like a Doonesbury send-up.

Posted by: ilibcc at September 5, 2003 at 03:06 PM