* Sam Henderson remembers a childhood encounter with TK Ryan similar to my own. My father knew Sam's grandparents, we figured out at SDCC 1997. I think Jim Davis' time working as Ryan's assistant shaped a lot of Davis' understanding of the rewards and pitfalls of having a strip, and its course of syndication was a significant factor in how Davis approached Garfield. Ryan's was an exceedingly handsome strip, was limited in ways obvious and invisible by its caricatures and hit early before settling into a long client fade.
* finally: let the cartoon responses to the horrors of the New Zealand mosque shootings begin. This reminds of me the famous Mauldin JFK response, although the symbolism isn't its own point as it was in '63.