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Cartoonist Day

Cartoon Cartoonist Day

Date When celebrated: This holiday is always on May 5

Cartoons brighten up, and lighten up our lives. So it is only fitting that we have a day like today to celebrate past, present and future cartoonists. We are all indebted to them for making or lives happier and more light-hearted.

From Sponge Bob Squarepants, to Bart Simpson and Mickey Mouse, cartoons make us smile. They make us feel good. Most cartoons are intended to be funny. Others are designed for an almost endless number of reasons. Some cartoons are designed to send a message of some kind. On occasion, they can be serious, political, instructional, or promotional. Of the many types of cartoons, absent are cartoons that are sad or sorrowful. That would run counter to the reason cartoons exist.

 Cartoon characters can be found in practically any and all media. They are in newspaper and magazine comic strips, or the "Funny Papers". Peanuts, Dennis the Menace, Beetle Bailey, Betty Boop and so many more carton characters got their start in printed media. Comic books abound with cartoon characters. Cartoon characters have been on both daytime and nighttime television since the days of the black and white TV. Cartoon characters grace the big screen, too. Disney's Mickey Mouse first appeared in the movie "Steamboat Willie" on November 18, 1928. More recent examples include Shrek, Aladdin, Nemo, and Dora the Explorer. Cartoon characters are used everywhere in advertising, too. Characters like the Trix Bunny and Captain Crunch adorn many cereal boxes. A well recognized gecko and duck, each sells insurance on television. 

The First Cartoon Character:  In 1895, Richard F. Outcault introduced the "Yellow Kid", the first cartoon character. He appeared in publisher Joseph Pulitzer's New York world,  running from 1895 to 1898. This bald kid in a yellow nightshirt later ran in William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal.

Let's give a big TY to the many cartoonists, whose creative nature brings cartoon characters to life, and brings us much comic relief.

Today's Quote: "Don't worry about the world coming to and end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." - - Charles M. Schulz

History and Origin of Cartoonist Day:

This holiday event was initiated by members of the National Cartoonists Society, led by Ken Alvine. Cartoonist Polly Keener of Akron, Ohio and creator of comic strip "Hamster Alley",  is the major promoter Cartoonist Day.

According to Polly Keener, this holiday was first celebrated as "National Cartoonist Day". Over the years, it was shortened to "Cartoonist Day" to fit within the logo design. There is no presidential proclamation or congressional resolution that would make it a true "National" day.

Cartoonist Day was first celebrated on May 5, 1999. The May 5 date was chosen to commemorate the first publication of the groundbreaking comic strip Hogan's Alley, featuring the "Yellow Kid". 


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