Hello, my name is Brendan Burford, and I’m the comics editor of King Features. Welcome to my weekly blog post!
Everyone at King Features (including the cartoonists!) has been urging me to begin blogging regularly, and what better way to begin than with the launch of our new DailyINK. Every Monday you can look for a new post from me, covering a multitude of topics. I’ll write about comics I like, and I’ll conduct interviews with cartoonists. I’ll report news about King Features, and share my opinions about the world of comics.
Here’s a quick thought to kick off this blog:
Like you, I’m a comics fan. I like comics of all sorts. I also like to think of myself as an aficionado of comics history. That said, it’s interesting for me to consider today’s comics through an historic lens. Scrolling through my fully populated “My DailyINK” section, and looking at all of the comics – big and in color – I’m reminded of the famous tag line that adorned the comics supplement of William Randolph Hearst’s American Humorist when it first launched in 1897:
“Eight Pages of Polychromatic Effulgence that Make The Rainbow Look Like a Lead Pipe.”
These days we could fill a bit more than eight pages, and many of us are reading our comics on a computer or a smart phone or a tablet, but the sentiment hasn’t changed – especially if your “polychromatic effulgence” is being viewed on an HD screen!
The comments thread will be open, and I’d love to see you join the discussions as they grow. Also, log into the “Editor’s Dispatch” forum and let me know if there are any topics you would like to see covered. I think I’ll have fun with this – and I hope you’ll enjoy it, too.