Beetle Bailey, Prince Valiant, Bugs Bunny, Dagwood, Superman, Micky Mouse---the characters and a lot of comic books, comic strips, and animated cartoon shows are works of imagination and whimsy. Some characters may come and go like Pokemon and Power Rangers, but others, like Charlie Brown, have endured and have become part of the fabric of our popular culture.
Sample some of the following activities to learn more about cartoons, cartoonists, and comics.
The following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about cartoons.
Visit the Cartoon Factory and get cartooning tips.
Hang out with Dilbert in his office and read the Dilbert newsletter, see early drawing of Dilbert, and receive technical support from Dilbert and his co-workers
Visit the Library of Congress and learn about the development of animation.
Visit Dogpatch and read a biography of Al Capp and the histories of the characters in his famous comic strip
Visit Looney Tunesville and spend some time with Daffy Duck, Wiley Coyote, and Porky Pig. Get some cartooning tips in the "Animation 101"section and find the Looney Tunes Songbook and even Looney Tunes Kareoke in the section called "Hot Spots"
Hang out with Garfield. Eat some lasagne, send an electronic postcard, play Garfield games, find wordsearches and puzzles, and much more
Talk to Gumby, the pliable, green, plastic clayboy and his buddy, Pokey. They were created by Art Clokey
Visit with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy. There is a section for kids with games, coloring pages, a Snoopy sighting area, and more. You'll also find a biography of Charles Schulz
Spend time with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. This site is a collection of information about this long running television program.
Has anyone been more influential than Walt Disney in the development of animation as an art form? Meet him in cyberspace and find out about his life
Find out how cartoonists make a living
Have students browse through caricatures of famous people and try their hand at making their own
Get free cartooning lessons online. Here are a few more cartoon lessons from Chunky Monkey and more lessons from Gary Harbo
Let students browse through the online lessons for tips and tricks about cartooning
Enjoy comics without getting newspaper ink on your fingers. From this page, you can go to the Ziggy, Garfield, BC, Doonesbury, Wizard of Id, Cathy, and dozens of other daily or weekly cartoon sites
Read this new, daily online cartoon. It's about the adventures of Joe Gant, Jr. who is whisked away from his midwest home to a universe many light years away
Choose "Teacher Guide" from the menu to find lesson plans about comics and cartooning
Follow these step-by-step directions to learn how to draw simple figures.
Find links to dozens of different comic strips
- The Art of Cartooning. Laguna Hills, CA: Walter Foster Pub., 1998.
- Bohl, Al. Guide to Cartooning. Gretna [LA]: Pelican Pub., 1997.
- Corbett, Grahame. Fabulous Cartoons. New York: DK Pub., 1998.
- Grant, John. Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters. New York: Hyperion Books, c1998.
- Lightfoot, Marge. Cartooning for Kids. Toronto: Greey de Pencier Books, 1993.
- Pellowski, Michael. The Art of Making Comic Books. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co., c1995.
- Rovin, Jeff. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals. New York: Prentice Hall Press, c1991.
- Schroeder, Russell K. Micky Mouse: My Life in Pictures. New York, N.Y.: Disney Press, c1997.