A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions. Traditionally, throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, these have been published in newspapers and magazines , with horizontal strips printed in black-and-white in daily newspapers, while Sunday newspapers offered longer sequences in special color comics sections. With the development of the internet, they began to appear online as webcomics. There were more than different comic strips and daily cartoon panels in American newspapers alone each day for most of the 20th century, for a total of at least 7,, episodes. Strips are written and drawn by a comics artist or cartoonist.
The Colorful History of Comic Books and Newspaper Cartoon Strips
The early known comic has recently become an exciting, brand new field of research in the comic industry. Up until as recent as a years ago it was generally believed that the first comic book was a reprint collection of the first comic strip, best known as the Yellow Kid. There have been recent discoveries proving that comic books were around long before the Yellow Kid. This new age of comics is being called the "Victorian Age" for now.
Early US Newspaper Comics
The comic strip has been an essential part of the American newspaper since the first one appeared more than years ago. Newspaper comics, often called the funnies or the funny pages, quickly became a popular form of entertainment. Characters like Charlie Brown, Garfield, Blondie and Dagwood, and others became celebrities in their own right, entertaining generations of people young and old.
In the first panel, the skin of the small girl with the spiky football helmet hair is crosshatched in shadow except for one untanned square smack in the center of her face. In the next panel, she lies on the ground outdoors, her cell phone extended above her head between her and the sun, her fingers holding up a peace sign. The comic plays like a meme: short, sweet, and endlessly relevant. But the gag is modern, the selfie perfectly situating the comic in instead of an eternal present.