The Sunday Comics
The Sunday Comics is a quarterly, pulpy anomaly filled with nothing but comics. This giant-sized, 15-by-22-inch broadsheet comes with all the lively, color-blasting, cartoonish art and narrative tales, funny and dramatic, that comics fans might expect. With more than 175 exceptional comic artists on board, each issue bridges different kinds and styles of comic art, ranging from comic strips, serialized genre stories and illustrated stories.
To its credit, especially in this day and age when print newspapers are sadly endangered, The Sunday Comics is trying to revitalize newspaper comic strips true to their heyday. As the publisher states: “We believe that there’s a certain timeless quality to physical paper that’s lost when one must read digital comics on laptops or tablets, pinching fingers on a screen just to read the word bubbles.” Amen.
That said, the California-based start-up publisher Golden Bell Studios may still be working to find its core audience—trying from one issue to the next to retain older comic lovers with familiar standards and top-notch comic art while attracting next-gen readers with emboldened, though sometimes vacuous new strips.
As examples: In issue #2, the cover makes clear that what’s inside is dedicated to sci-fi. Included is Rip Rocket and the Troopers of Doom and Dinosaur Pirates From Galactic Outer Space, to Once Upon a Time Traveler and Maxwell Blasto and His Mas-IV Bot. Nothing familiar? Other issues feature timeless classics such as Dennis the Menace, Peanuts, Prince Valiant and Tarzan—even working with historic cartoon-strip archivists to bring readers classic comics not easily available elsewhere. In issue #3, there’s classic Dick Tracy, Archie, and a revisionist Garfield.
For families who like, and “get” comics, an oversized dose of The Sunday Comics could be a fun cure for Cabin Fever.
Don Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.