Family circus cartoon comic strip
The strip generally uses a single captioned panel with a round border, hence the original name of the series, which was changed following objections from the magazine Family Circle. The series debuted on February 29, , and has been in continuous production ever since. According to publisher King Features Syndicate , it is the most widely syndicated cartoon panel in the world, appearing in 1, newspapers. The central characters of Family Circus are a family whose surname is rarely mentioned although the cartoon of August 26, , in which Billy refers to "Grandma Keane" and "Grandma Carne" indicates the same surnames as the author's family.
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The Family Circus - Wikipedia
Occasionally, parents Bil and Thel will contribute some insightful comment about the children's exploits, like when they all were imitating Wayne's World and Bil says: "Makes sense to me. Other characters include random neighbor children, pets, extended family members many of whom are dead , and various ghosts representing childhood excuses. A standard Family Circus trope is for a parent to ask the children who broke something, only for them all to say: "not me" Just as a ghost named "Not Me" flees the scene, damning evidence of the crime in hand. Family Circus Sunday strips are notable for generally sticking to the single-panel format of the weekday version, albeit far more elaborately drawn.
The Family Circus
Since , newspaper readers have found circular logic in The Family Circus , a single-panel strip about the misadventures of married couple Bil and Thelma and their four mischievous children: Billy, Jeffy, Dolly, and P. In , he created Channel Chuckles , a commentary on the new medium of television. While successful, Keane wanted to try his hand at something else. Drawing on his household experiences with five children, he created a slice-of-life strip titled Family Circle in The name was a reference to the circular panel Keane used.
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