Sunday, July 18, 2010

Comic Strip Creators Attend Unveiling Ceremony for New Stamps

Reporter Frank Yonkof of the Columbus,Ohio, Dispatch reports that at the dedication ceremonies for the new Sunday Funnies stamps (shown here) at Ohio State University, "...comic strips' creators attended the ceremony and signed autographs for the crowd of about 200 people, who were evenly split between stamp collectors and comics fans."

Jim Davis, Garfield's creator, is quoted as saying he was thrilled with the honor, and that, "After 32 years of doing comics, it's kind of like a stamp of approval."

"Let's not forget that it was only a few years ago when to get on a stamp you had to be dead," Jim quiped.

The article points out, "The Postal Service released a similar stamp collection in 1995, featuring 20 comic strip designs from 1895 to 1945 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the comic strip. Because they only used comics from the first 50 years, many of the well-known classics, including Beetle Bailey, were cut from the list."

The ceremony was held at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum which is affiliated with the Ohio State University's library system.

To read the entire piece, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM