Sunday Comics | Comic strips pay tribute to COVID-19 essential workers

Check out new comics by Louise Simonson, Jan Duursema, Ali Fitzgerald, Roger Langridge and more.

Here’s a round up of some of the best comics we’ve seen online recently. If we missed something, let us know in the comments below.

Comic strips from Dick Tracy to Doonesbury are celebrating medical personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis today, as the Sunday strips feature six “hidden” items like a microscope and a medical mask that relate to essential workers during the pandemic. The idea for it came from Rick Kirkman, who is one of the creators of the comic strip Baby Blues.

Maria Scriven provides a look at the six items:

While the Family Circus image at the top of this post took the Highlights route and hid the items within the strip, others, like Lio, were a bit more overt in their placement:

“Every time you find one of those symbols in the cartoon, it’s a reminder of what we owe those people who have gotten us through this crisis,” Kirkman told Newsarama. You can find more participating comic strips by searching the hashtag #BigThankYouSearch, as well as on Comics Kingdom and GoComics.

If you watched HBO’s Watchmen series, then you’re at least familiar with the terrible events that occurred to Black residents in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in the 1920s. Last year, in the lead-up to the show, The Atlantic and HBO teamed up to present “The Massacre of Black Wall Street,” a webcomic that recaps the true story that inspired the TV show. It’s by Natalie Chang, Clayton Henry and Marcelo Maiolo, and it’s worth a read or re-read right now.

If you haven’t been checking them out, this is your reminder to visit Roger Langridge’s Hotel Fred website to read his autobiographical comics. Here’s a recent, timely one.

Old-school comics fans will be happy to know that Louise Simonson (X-Factor, New Mutants) and Jan Duursema (Star Wars) have a new webcomic on Line Webtoon called King’s Ransom. It’s sword and sorcery tale that’s just getting started.

This one is a couple weeks old now — and things have certainly changed since it was posted — but over at McSweeney’s, Ali Fitzgerald pictures what it might be like to leave your house after living in quarantine for two months through an Alfred Hitchcock lens.

Finally, the Nib is always providing excellent comics coverage of whatever’s happening in the world, and over the past two weeks has had several comics looking at the current state of America and the fight for racial justice. This one, “The Fight Isn’t Over: On the Streets in the Twin Cities,” Lupi McGinty talks to folks on the streets in Minneapolis about what’s happening. You can find out how to support The Nib here.

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