Why do so few newspaper cartoons mark the 9/11 day of remembrance?

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Unlike upon the 10th anniversary, most syndicated cartoonists are not marking the day in their work.

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“Dogs of C-Kennel,” by Mason and Mick Mastroianni (Creators)

ON THE 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the comics pages resonated with remembrance. Thanks to an industry campaign, more than 90 syndicated cartoonists marked the day of reflection and tribute. As Amy Lago, comics editor at The Washington Post Writers Group, said at the time: “To want to honor both those who died going about their daily lives and those who died trying to save others is only natural.”

Six years later, however, it’s striking to see how relatively little the anniversary is noted, either on the comics page or the cartoons of the editorial page.

Without either a coordinated campaign or a milestone anniversary, most traditional newspaper cartoons are not likely to mark the day anymore.

Three of the few strips that do today are all from the House of Hart.

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“B.C.,” by Hart and Mastroianni. (Creators)

“B.C.” was created by the late Johnny Hart, and “The Wizard of Id” was created by Hart and Brant Parker. Mason and Mick Mastroianni, Hart’s grandsons, now produce “B.C.” — Mason has inherited duties on “Wizard,” too — and both also create their own syndicated strip, “Dogs of C-Kennel.” All three strips mark the anniversary (as, aptly, does the legendary “Dick Tracy”).

“It seems like that because there [are] so many other things in the news today that it would be forgotten,” Mick Mastroianni tells The Post. “[It’s] kind of a sad sign of the times when a 9/11 tribute is almost a welcomed distraction.”

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“La Cucaracha,” by Lalo Alcaraz. (Universal Uclick)

Also rendering this as a day of remembrance is Lalo Alcaraz’s syndicated strip, “La Cucaracha.”

“When I do mark it, I hear back from the nicest people,” Alcaraz tells Comic Riffs, noting that he’s drawn some complaints when he hasn’t.

“And I think,” he continues, “it’s kind of relevant and sobering these days to remember.”

Read more:

How comics pages are marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks 

9/11 art: From honor to anger, 10 cartoonists reveal feelings behind Sunday’s funnies to mark anniversary

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