Shoe almost completely on other foot; Bruce Tinsley returning to Mallard Fillmore


(Thanks for the headline, Garrison!)

So, yes, as of last Monday, the 14th, we’re getting daily Shoe strips signed as by Susie MacNelly and Ben Lansing. Lansing has been assisting with the strip for a long while, which may be why the change in art was hardly noticeable. There are some more Gary Brookins-drawn Sunday strips for Shoe still in the pipeline, but that’ll be it.

At the diner, Cosmo asks, 'I'll have an order of pretzel nuggets, please.' Roz, waitress: 'Dipping sauce?' Cosmo: 'What are my options?' Roz: 'Yes or no.'
Ben Lansing and Susie MacNelly’s Shoe for the 14th of September, 2020. I like the joke well enough, but I’m still basically fond of American Cornball humor. Also, I would never have the nerve to tell the server, “I’ll have”. I am resolutely on the “Could I please get” side and feel an illicit thrill when someone who does order “I’ll have” gets answered, “No you won’t”.

So far as I know, this is the first time that the regular cartoonists for Shoe and Pluggers have been different people. Pluggers had been drawn alternately by Gary Brookins and Rick McKee for several months before Brookins finally retured from it a month ago.


Also, D D Degg, at the Daily Cartoonist, reports that Bruce Tinsley is returning to Mallard Fillmore. The strip had been in reruns from November 2019 through March 2020, when Loren Fishman took over. So we can expect to transition from not reading Mallard Fillmore by Loren Fishman back to not reading Mallard Fillmore by Bruce Tinsley in the next couple weeks.

Why does Mallard Fillmore look different now? What happened to Bruce Tinsley?


Edited June 5, 2020 to add: Loren Fishman has taken over Mallard Fillmore for at least the indefinite future. There is no word on when or whether Bruce Tinsley will return. There’s no news about Tinsley.


Mallard Fillmore is, my occasional jokes aside, not a strip I read regularly. So I am getting this second-hand. D D Degg, at The Daily Cartoonist, and at Usenet group rec.arts.comics.strips, reports on the strip. This week’s Mallard Fillmore strips are being signed “Fishman”. This after the strip has been in unexplained reruns since the middle of November 2019. No one has said publicly what’s happened with the strip’s creator and original artist Bruce Tinsley. And no one has said whether this is a temporary or a permanent gig for Fishman.

It’s also not quite confirmed who Fishman is. Degg says the general consensus is that it’s Loren Fishman, whose web site claims to have a blog and does not. I’d expect a gig in syndication to get a mention there. But the site does have a bunch of panel cartoons, some of them good, so maybe we’ll just see how this goes.