Today I'm presenting single-panel cartoons from a few issues of "T.N.T." and "A-Laugh-A-Minnit", two titles published by Toby Press/Minoan. Both titles were published during the mid-50s, with "A-Laugh-A-Minnit" published at first under the Toby name, then using the Minoan imprint starting with issue # 12.
The quality of both the artwork & the writing seems rather spotty. Maybe it's just my personal preferences for humor, maybe it's a reflection of the times, maybe the jokes & art simply aren't that good. Still, there's a few pages that made me say to myself "That's kind of clever" or "That looks nice", so I figured I would share some of those here. Oh, and I apologize if some of the pages are a little out of focus. Toby/Minoan produced the books in a square-bound format, making scanning the pages a little difficult.
On a totally unrelated topic ...
I was reading about DC Comics digital comic plans, and while it's nice to see them finally get with the program and offer digital comics, I can't help but wonder ...
"What the heck are they charging $2.99 for?"
The problem I have with today's digital comics' pricing is that, physically, you aren't getting anything in return. All you have are a bunch of images that are formatted for viewing through some device (iPod, computer, what-have-you), so if that file gets corrupted or your device craps-out on you, you're pretty much left with nothing.
I think digital comics would work better at a 99¢ price (and no, I'm not the first person to make this statement). It's not like DC or Marvel have to pay for printing or distribution of physical books, so "$2.99" simply seems like they are trying to squeeze every penny they can out of people ... at least until some company comes along with some quality titles, and figures-out that it can turn a profit with a smaller cover-price.
Oh well, maybe some day somebody will come along and show Marvel & DC the error of their ways.