Archive for the 'John “Derf” Backderf' Category

TRUE STORIES, NO. 1, COMING IN SEPTEMBER…

July 4th, 2014

[O]ne week a month was always reserved for a True Story. It was a dose of realism that gave The City its pedigree. No matter how much the strip changed over nearly a quarter century, even after I dropped almost all my original characters and morphed a silly Gen X humor strip into a savage […]

CUE DAVID BYRNE…*

June 22nd, 2014

So here we are again, debating whether to Re-re-re-invade Iraq. Hopefully Obama’s answer there will be a resounding NO…. but I’m not holding my breath. What’s remarkable to me, is the corporate news machine is wheeling out the same idiots who advocated— or, in some cases, orchestrated– the calamitous Iraq War of 2003. The very […]

CAROL WAS HONORED, I’M SURE…

May 27th, 2014

The City is now in just 10 weeklies. Most of its readership comes from the GoComics site. It is no longer fun to crank out the strip every week. In fact, it’s an ordeal. Frankly, I’ve run out of things to say. I’m also having great difficulty writing in the strip format. The open-ended freedom […]

GOODBYE TO DERF’S THE CITY

May 21st, 2014

Last Thursday, Derf wrote: I’m ending my comic strip, The City, after 24 years. Here’s the final strip. I’m ending the strip So I can concentrate full-time on graphic novels. It’s all good. I’m not slinking away from a failed endeavor as a washed-up has-been. I’m leaving it behind in a blaze of glory, as […]

CAIN’T LET TH’M HUSSYS LEABE…

May 7th, 2014

HOW THE NSA MISSED FRAZIER GLENN CROSS…

April 23rd, 2014

The Bush-Obama Security Scheme has priorities… And that goat rocks…!

RACISM HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT…

April 1st, 2014

Like me and Roldo Bartimole, Derf has been a long-suffering advocate for eliminating the racist Chief Wahoo image and the Cleveland Indians name from our city. So, just stop for a moment and consider how you would react to a baseball hat with any of these logos on the front. Not all offended? Who about […]

RUPERT MURDOCH POSSESSED BY SATAN…

March 19th, 2014

Just last evening I was discussing Cosmos with one of my students and remarked that I was not all that happy that the show was controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his Fox Broadcasting company. We were discussing the segment focusing on Giordano Bruno’s story. I remember Carl Sagan discussing Copernicus and Tycho Brahe in the […]

GEORGE ORWELL MISSED THIS BIT…

March 13th, 2014

THIS DOESN’T END WELL…

February 26th, 2014

BUT, THEY DO MANAGE TO KEEP THE MONEY…

January 29th, 2014

I understand Derf’s frustration, my own reaction upon reading this bit of obscenity in the news was similar, but we make an error when we pretend that just because the people holding the money didn’t actually earn the money, they must be idiots. That may be the case, as it was with a few monarchs […]

ALWAYS SAGE ADVICE FROM DERF…

October 30th, 2013

SO, WHEN IS SWEEPS WEEK EXACTLY…?

September 11th, 2013

WE NEED OUR NEON MANGO TANGO…

August 24th, 2013

This so reminds me of how our four dogs react when one of them sees a leaf get blown across the yard in an odd (or maybe just interesting) way: total chaos and a deafening cacophony of yips and barks that can only be translated as “Panic! Panic! Panic!”

NO DERF TO KICK AROUND ANYMORE…

July 29th, 2013

What ever will the trolls do now?

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHISMS TO BE EVIDENCE…

July 8th, 2013

A BETTER HERO THAN LEBRON EVER WAS…

May 15th, 2013

NO ONE WHO DRAWS A SALARY WILL BE SAFE…

February 4th, 2013

People are naturally terrified when the economy is not growing. Technical change becomes the great evil, and gives people something concrete to blame for their economic woes. It also provides a handy scare tactic for those want to squeeze wages and workers, and a cover for politicians who push austerity policies and object to government […]

NO ORC WOULD WORK FOR WORST ENERGY…

January 21st, 2013

THIS WOULD ALMOST BE WORTH THE COST…

December 11th, 2012

And congratulations to Hermy and Yukon Cornelius…

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