Comics-newspaper Project Takes First Step

By: E&P Staff

Tony Murphy, creator of the syndicated comic strip “It’s All About You,”  has completed the first step to launching a weekly comic-strip newspaper called Coffee Talk — raising the necessary funds.

Michael Cavna reports on his Comic Riffs blog that Murphy has exceeded his fund-raising goal and raised $5,500 more than 100 contributors for the project, which he envisions as a publication “that features intelligent, engaging comic strips (whose authors are still among the living).”

Coffee Talk, Murphy tells Cavna, should reflect the times, with social and political commentary — “Real comics by real people.” The idea, he says, was inspired by “the dismal state of syndicated comic strips.”

According to Cavna, Murphy’s newspaper plans to feature such strips as Anne Gibbons’ “Eve N’ Steven” ; “Pop Culture Shock Therapy” by Doug Bratton; Marc Bilgrey’s “Max” and Ali Solomon’s “Strings Attached.”

Murphy has posted a mock-up of Coffee Talk, here.

Murphy’s “It’s All About You” strip is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group.


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