Cartoonists of The Family Circus, Rhymes with Orange and Mutts to Features in ‘King of the Comics’ Panel at NYCC

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A fan of cartoon strips? So are we. At NYCC this Thursday, King of the Comics: One Hundred Years of King Features Syndicate will highlight comics such as Popeye, Betty Boop, Flash Gordon and Blondie.

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King Features Syndicate, the world’s premier distributor of comics, columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games, announced today they will be coming to New York Comic-Con as part of their 100th Anniversary Celebration. In recognition of the event, King Features, the company behind such popular strips as Popeye, Betty Boop, Flash Gordon, Beetle Bailey, Blondie, and others will put on a special panel, entitled “King of the Comics: One Hundred Years of King Features Syndicate,” that will take place Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 P.M. in Room 1A21 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Moderated by King Features Syndicate editor Brendan Burford, the panel will feature a roster of some of today’s greatest illustrators, including Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Brian Walker (Hi and Lois), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange) and Ray Billingsley (Curtis).

Burford will lead the discussion which will take the audience through the history of King Features, the traditions and historic influence of comics on our culture, and the growth in diversity among characters and creators as well as the evolution of the comic pages overall.

“Today’s top comics all owe a debt to the original strips that run in newspapers across the country,” said Burford. “These comics have meant a great deal to a lot of people and to be able to have some of their creators on hand to celebrate the medium is going to be exciting.”

Preceding the panel, the creators will be holding a special signing at the IDW Booth (#1844) from 4:00 to 5:30 P.M. at which time King Features’ special 100th anniversary hardcover book King of the Comics: One Hundred Years of King Features Syndicate will be on sale.

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