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Easter Comics ★★

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As you may or may not know, yesterday (Sunday) was Easter, a springtime festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.

When I was a child, I eagerly awaited Easter Sunday as it meant the long-awaited end to the dreaded Lenten season. The forty-day long period of fasting and doing without was hell for a young boy. My father, a strict Catholic, forced us kids to do unimaginable things, such as keeping the TV turned off, giving up sweets, eating fish on Fridays and only rice on Wednesdays. After forty-days of abstinence, I felt as if I myself had come back from the dead on Easter morning.

Anyways, I tried to find some Easter-themed comic strips for you, but unfortunately couldn’t find many.

Heathcliff is a comic strip created by George Gately in 1973 featuring the title character, a wisecracking cat. Heathcliff is similar to the comic strip Garfield, which it predated. Both title cats are orange with black stripes, and noted for their bad temper; a “Beware of Cat” sign has been applied to both. However, the major difference between them is in their lifestyle. While Garfield prefers to stay at home, eat and sleep all day, Heathcliff is street-smart and has a more active and mischievous lifestyle. In addition, Heathcliff is a silent character while Garfield expresses his words with thought bubbles.

Stone Soup, named for the stone soup fable, is an internationally syndicated American comic strip written and illustrated by Jan Eliot. The comic strip, set in Eugene, Oregon, began as a weekly in 1990. The Stone family features a family headed by single mother Val, an uncommon contrast with the ordinary nuclear family depicted in more traditional strips.

For Better or For Worse is a comic strip by Lynn Johnston that began in September 1979, and ended the main story on August 30, 2008, with a postscript epilogue the following day. Starting on September 1, 2008, the strip began re-telling its original story by means of a combination of newly drawn strips and reruns. The strip is set in the fictitious Toronto-area suburban town of Milborough, Ontario; it chronicles the lives of a Canadian family, The Pattersons, and their friends. It is seen in over 2,000 newspapers[1] throughout Canada, the United States and about 20 other countries, and is translated into eight languages from its native English.

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Author: Aonghas Crowe

Aonghas (pron. "Ennis") Crowe is an author, writer, blogger, and translator. He splits his time between Fukuoka, Japan and Beirut, Lebanon. Read more by Aonghas Crowe at www.aonghascrowe.com

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