Can I buy original Baby Blues comic art?

Effective October 1, 2008 original Baby Blues strip art will not be available for sale. Prints are available through King Features Syndicate’s Comics Kingdom web site.

Will you please send me an autograph?

We’re sorry, but we can’t fulfill requests of autographs or drawings. We just wouldn’t be able to keep up with our strip deadlines or the mailing costs if we did.

How can I get permission to reprint a strip?

First, thanks for even thinking of getting permission, since usage of our (or anybody’s) comic strip without permission is a copyright infringement. If you would like to reprint one of our strips please contact the reprint rights editor at Reed Brennan Media Associates at kfsreprint@hearstsc.com, or by mail at 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL, U.S.A. 32803, in order to make sure your request is properly handled.. You may also click on the Reprint Rights link and fill out the online request form at www.kingfeatures.com.

I e-mailed/mailed you a letter a long time ago, and I still haven’t heard from you…what’s the deal?

That’s part of the reason why this FAQ page now exists. We really enjoy hearing from our readers and we read all of our mail e- and otherwise. If you send regular mail to us, you should know that it first goes through the mail system at King Features before it is sent along to us, increasing the time it takes.

Will you answer some questions for my school project?

Sorry. Because of our workload, we can’t be sure that we’ll get to our mail in a timely manner. After disappointing a few readers (and teachers) by missing important deadlines, we’ve decided to stop responding to these requests directly, and enhancing our FAQ section, instead.

How do you pronounce Zoe’s name?

Numerous family disputes have arisen over this issue. The correct
pronunciation is ZOH-ee. Those of you who were right may gloat now.

Are there any collections of Baby Blues cartoons published in book form?

Yes, quite a few. Currently there are over thirty collection books in print, plus nine treasury books (large format with color Sunday strips). Current collections are now published on a yearly basis at the treasury size with larger B&W daily strips and color Sunday strips. Baby Blues publishing list of our books and a description of what they contain.

You can find them at major book chains and independent booksellers as well as available for purchase from our Amazon Baby Blues Bookstore.

Why doesn’t Baby Blues appear in my local newspaper?

That’s a question we’d like answered, too.

Editors have to be convinced that their readers have a desire to see certain strips in their newspaper. The best way to convince them is to write them a letter the good old-fashioned way, on paper (they probably respond better to words on paper than to phone calls). If enough people tell an editor that they want to see a certain strip in the newspaper, they will probably give that strip greater consideration next time they want to make a change on their comics page. Remember, they won’t know what you want to see unless you tell them. See the Find Us section of this web site for more information.

Why is my newspaper running Baby Blues strips that I’ve seen before?

Occasionally, we take a week or two off, and we will run re-runs for that period. It may be that we’re just taking time off for vacation, or spending time with our families over the holidays. Twice we’ve done this to help us get over the worst part of an injury: when Rick injured his drawing thumb, and when Jerry was injured after being thrown by a horse. Luckily, in both cases, we were able to resume our duties within a couple of weeks.

For many people who don’t read the paper on a daily basis, or whose newspaper has recently started carrying the strip, the re-run strips are new. For those of you who have expressed concern when you’ve noticed this, thanks, but don’t worry. We’ll be back soon.

Why did my local newspaper replace Baby Blues with another strip?

Although it doesn’t happen often, sometimes an editor will decide to make a change in the comics page and make us the victim. Does it bother us? Sure, it does. And if it bothers you, too, let them know about it…and quickly. The more people who respond to such outrageous actions, the louder and clearer the message will be to the editor.

Why don’t the old Sunday strips from the early days of the strip show up in the archive?

We did not produce the Sunday strips digitally until April, 1997. Prior to that, we didn’t have any way of bringing them into the archive. The only way now would be to scan the strips from old newspapers at a quality below our standards.

What happened to the Baby Blues TV Show?

It was cancelled after one season. We actually produced two seasons worth of shows (26 episodes), but only one was ever broadcast. Reruns of the first 13 shows can be seen around the world on various networks, including The Cartoon Network.

Is the Baby Blues TV show available on DVD?

Not at this time. However, if you’d like to let Warner Bros. know that you want the show released on DVD, you can vote on the website TV Shows on DVD.com. You will have to register on the site to vote. Once you have registered, click on TV Show Voting and find Baby Blues. You can vote for Season, Best of, or Individual episode release types. Once you have voted on a show, a link will be put under the Comments column in the voting area allowing you to send a comment directly to Warner Bros. Once you have registered, you can also find the Comments link under User Options.

What’s the theme song on the Baby Blues TV show?

The song is “It’s All Been Done” by The Barenaked Ladies. You can download the song from the iTunes Music Store.

(iTunes must be installed on your computer to use these links to the iTunes Music Store)

How can I see larger versions of the strip? Or current strips?

Now you can! King Features is now offering a subscription service called DailyINK. For $15 per year, you can access not only Baby Blues, but any of King Features’ comics, editorial cartoons, or puzzles and games. Benefits of the subscription include the ability to see larger versions of the comics, and even enlarge them for easier viewing, same-day editions of the features, and customize your own comics page. For more information and a demo, visit http://www.dailyink.com/en-us/

What do you use to draw Baby Blues?

The daily strips are drawn on a card-stock printing paper pre-printed with the basic panels outlined in a blue color that won’t show up when it’s reproduced. I used to draw both daily and Sunday strips with either a Berol Prismacolor or a Faber-Castell Polychromos black colored pencil. The Sundays are drawn on a 2-ply Strathmore 100% cotton bristol board. For the past couple years, I have been drawing with a big 3mm 3B Caran d’Ache graphite pencil for the finished art.

What comes first, the writing or the drawing?

The writing. The idea is the blueprint for the artwork.

Why do you draw Darryl’s nose so big?

There’s a long tradition of big noses in the comics. Thanks to Rick, Darryl’s nose has become the standard by which other giant cartoon noses are judged.

What kind of art training does a person need to be a cartoonist?

Most of the cartoonists we know have little or no formal art schooling. And by looking at some comic strips, that should come as no surprise to anybody.

Are you two really men?

Yes, we’re men. Manly men with large, noisy families.

How much money do you make?

How much money do you make?

Will Darryl and Wanda keep on having babies so you can keep the title Baby Blues?

The way we see it is that your children are always your babies, no matter how big or old they get. Once a parent, always a parent. And right now we have no plans for having the MacPherson clan expand. Besides, with the amount of room given comic strips these days, we couldn’t fit any more characters in the panels.

Technical Questions?

I’m having difficult seeing the cartoon in the archives? Lately the cartoon has been unavailable, why?

The cartoon is currently available on all platforms and browsers. Sorry we cannot help you troubleshoot, but it can be a variety of things, i.e., virus software, popup killers, firewalls, caching issues, or other things on your computer. More specifically, many people have had trouble with Internet security software installed on their computers that conceals referrer statistics (consult your software documentation to find how to disable this feature) or have Norton Personal Firewall (go to Privacy Control and disable it; see also http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/norton2005help.asp). If none of these ideas work, then try it on another computer and hopefully you can find one that has it works on. Do check back if you continue to have problems, because if it is a problem on our side (with the server), then it may be fixed as these kind of problems usually get fixed very quickly.
Good luck.

What can I do about enlarged images in “lightboxes” that go off the screen when I use my tablet or phone?

Since we don’t have a dedicated mobile site, for now, the best way to keep that from happening is to zoom into the thumbnail image you want to enlarge before you click it. Once you’ve zoomed into the thumbnail image on the page, then click the image to see it larger. It will then display within your screen. On a phone, especially, make sure you’re in landscape orientation.

Can you send me a daily strip everyday?

No, we are sorry, but we do not offer this service currently.  You can subscribe for email delivery on Comics Kingdom.