Why We Love The Comics

June 20, 2014

Pedro Álvarez Castelló, “African Abstract,” 2002. Collage and oil on canvas, 57 1/2 x 136 1/2 in. From the ASU Art Museum Collection.
Paulo Nenflidio, “Alien Chess,” 2009. Consumer Toys, wood, linoleum, 17 x 79 x 79 in. From the ASU Art Museum Collection.
Joe Oriolo, From Felix the Cat comic: “Uncle Felix, when I have…,” 1956. Ink, benday dots, white-out, crayon, 5 9/16 x 19 7/6 in. From the ASU Art Museum Collection.

For a lot of us, lazy Sunday mornings have started with a peek at the comics — from generations that loved Little Orphan Annie and Dick Tracy to Peanuts to Calvin and Hobbes.

A new exhibit at ASU’s Art Museum tries to cover the whole spectrum, whether it’s in black and white or color.

We spoke to Jean Makin, Curator of Funny Papers. And ASU-trained cartoonist Tony Carrillo, creator of "F Minus," told us why he thinks comic strips are still popular.