For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.
F is for The Family Circus, which began back in 1962 by Bill Keane, who drew the strip until his death in 2011. His son Jeff then took over the strip. It was originally called The Family Circle, taking its name for the round border of this single panel comic strip. The magazine The Family Circle, which had been around since 1932, objected to the name and the comic strip took on its current name. (Note: the magazine just issued its final publication in December 2019.)
The Family Circus, which appears in 1,500 newspapers, centers around two parents (Bil and Thelma) and their four kids – Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ as well as their three animals – dogs Barfy and Sam and the cat named Kittycat.
A is for Archie
B is for Blondie
C is for Calvin and Hobbes
D is for Dilbert
E is for Ella Cinders