Frederick Theodore Rall III is an American columnist, syndicated editorial cartoonist, author. His political cartoons appear in a multi-panel comic-strip format and blend comic-strip and editorial-cartoon conventions; the cartoons appear in 100 newspapers around the United States. He was president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists from 2008 to 2009. Rall draws three editorial cartoons a week for syndication, draws illustrations on a freelance basis, writes a weekly syndicated column, edits the Attitude series of alternative cartooning anthologies and spin-off collections by up-and-coming cartoonists, he writes and draws cartoons for the tech and politics news site founded by journalist Gina Smith, aNewDomain, is the editor-in-chief of the satirical news website skewednews.net. Rall writes and draws cartoons for Sputnik International, a news website platform established by the Russian government-owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya, he is an award-winning graphic novelist and the author of non-fiction books about domestic and international current affairs.
He travels to and writes about Central Asia, a region he believes to be pivotal to U. S. foreign policy concerns. In November 2001 he went to Afghanistan as a war correspondent for The Village Voice and KFI Radio in Los Angeles, he returned to Afghanistan in August 2010, traveling independently and unembedded throughout the country, filing daily "cartoon blogs" by satellite. Frederick Theodore Rall III was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1963, raised in Kettering, near Dayton, he graduated from Fairmont West High School, in 1981. From 1981 to 1984, Rall attended Columbia University's engineering school, where he contributed cartoons to the campus newspapers, including the Columbia Daily Spectator, Barnard Bulletin, the Jester, he failed to complete his studies in the engineering school, where he majored in applied physics and nuclear engineering, but returned to graduate several years from Columbia's School of General Studies in 1991 with a bachelor of arts, with honors, in history. Rall says his drawing style was influenced by Mike Peters, the editorial cartoonist at his hometown paper, the Dayton Daily News.
Influences included Jules Feiffer, Garry Trudeau, Charles Schulz, Matt Groening. Rall's 1990s work focused on the issues and concerns surrounding twentysomethings and Generation X, terms coined in the late 1980s to describe people born in the 1960s. While living in San Francisco Rall met Dave Eggers, who hired him as a contributing editor and writer for Might magazine, a publication Eggers edited and co-founded. Among other essays, Rall authored two seminal essays for Might, "Confessions of an Investment Banker" and "College is for Suckers." He wrote op/ed columns for The New York Times, including "Why I Will Not Vote", which justified apathy among Generation Xers who saw neither Democrats nor Republicans responding to their concerns. In 1998 Rall published "Revenge of the Latchkey Kids", a compendium of essays and cartoons that criticized the Baby Boomer-dominated media for ignoring and ridiculing young adults and their achievements. Rall's cartoons have been handled by San Francisco Chronicle Features, no longer in business, — since 1996 — by Universal Press Syndicate.
Rall's cartoons have appeared in Rolling Stone, Time and Men's Health magazines, were for several years the most reproduced cartoons in the New York Times. He has written and drawn for Mad magazine. Rall began frequent travels to Central Asia in 1997, when he attempted to drive the Silk Road from Beijing to Istanbul via China, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan as a staff writer for P. O. V. Magazine. P. O. V. Published his adventures as Silk Road to Ruin, a title he used for his 2006 collection of essays and cartoons about Central Asia. Rall returned to the region for POV in 1999 to travel the Karakoram Highway from Kashgar, in western China, to Islamabad. Subsequent trips included two trips in 2000, "Stan Trek 2000"—in which Rall brought along 23 listeners to his radio show for a bus journey from Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan—and a U. S. State Department-sponsored visit to Turkmenistan, where he met with Turkmen college students and dissidents to explain the nature of free press in a democracy.
A 2002 assignment for Gear magazine to cover the world championships of buzkashi in Tajikistan was not published due to the magazine's going out of business, but turned up in an edited form in Silk Road to Ruin. He returned to Tajikistan, Xinjiang Province in western China and Pakistan during the summer of 2007; the Attitude: The New Subversive Cartoonists series of books is a series of anthologies of alternative comics edited by Rall. Frustrated that cartoons prevalent in alternative weekly newspapers were being ignored in favor of mainstream and art comics, Rall edited the first "Attitude" anthology, Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists, in 2002, with its mission to bring together cartoonists who were "too alternative for the mainstream and too mainstream for the alternative." Attitude 2: The New Subversive Alternative Cartoonists followed in 2004, in 2006 Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists appeared. Each volume contains interviews with, cartoons by and personal ephemera related to 21 different cartoon creators.
The first and second volumes emphasized political and humor cartoons. Rall edited three cartoons collections by Andy Singer, Neil Swaab, Stephanie McMillan under the name "Attitude Presents:". From 2006 to 2009, Rall was Editor of Acquisitions and Development at the comic strip syndicate United Media. While there, he helped bring to syndication Keith Knig
Alley Oop is a syndicated comic strip created in 1932 by American cartoonist V. T. Hamlin, who wrote and drew the strip through four decades for Newspaper Enterprise Association. Hamlin introduced a cast of characters, his story lines entertained with a combination of adventure and humor. Alley Oop, the strip's title character, was a sturdy citizen in the prehistoric kingdom of Moo, he rode his pet dinosaur Dinny, carried a stone war hammer, wore only a fur loincloth. He would rather fight dinosaurs in the jungle than deal with his fellow countrymen in Moo's capital and sole cave-town. Despite these exotic settings, the stories were satires of American suburban life; the first stories took place in the Stone Age and centered on Alley Oop's dealings with his fellow cavemen in the kingdom of Moo. Oop and his pals had occasional skirmishes with the rival kingdom of Lem, ruled by King Tunk; the names Moo and Lem are references to the fabled lost continents of Lemuria. On April 5, 1939, Hamlin introduced a new plot device which expanded his choice of storylines: A time machine was invented by 20th-century scientist Dr. Elbert Wonmug, who bore a resemblance to the Grand Wizer.
The name Wonmug was a bilingual pun on Albert Einstein. The name of his assistant and rival Oscar Boom is derived from the words Nobel Prize: Oscar = Prize, Boom after Alfred Nobel. Oop was transported to the 20th century by an early test of the machine, he was not upset by the incident and did not find modern society to be different from his own. He became Dr. Wonmug's man in the field, embarking on expeditions to various periods in history, such as Ancient Egypt, the England of Robin Hood, the American frontier. Oop met historical or mythical figures as Cleopatra, King Arthur, Ulysses in his adventures. In addition to the time machine, other science-fiction devices were introduced. Oop once drove an experimental electric-powered race car and, in the 1940s, he traveled to the Moon. During his adventures, he was accompanied by his girlfriend Ooola, by the sometimes-villainous, sometimes-heroic G. Oscar Boom, Dr. Wonmug's rival and occasional partner. Laboratory assistant Ava Peckedge joined the cast in recent years.
Alley Oop's name derived from the "let's go" phrase allez, hop!, used as a cue by French gymnasts and trapeze artists. Alley Oop was a daily strip which had a run, with the small syndicate Bonnet-Brown, from December 5, 1932, to April 26, 1933. Beginning August 7, 1933, the strip was distributed by NEA syndicate, the early material was reworked for a larger readership; the strip added a full-page Sunday strip, on September 9, 1934. It appeared in half-page and half-tab formats, which were smaller and/or dropped panels. During World War II, the full page vanished, newspapers were offered a third-of-a-page version that dropped panels, so more strips could fit on a page; when Hamlin retired in 1971, his assistant Dave Graue took over. Graue had been assisting Hamlin since 1950 and had been creating the daily solo since 1966, although co-signed by Hamlin; the last daily signed by Hamlin appeared December 31, 1972, his last signed Sunday was April 1, 1973. From his North Carolina studio, Graue wrote and drew the strip through the 1970s and 1980s until Jack Bender took over as illustrator in 1991.
Graue continued to write the strip until his August 2001 retirement. Four months on December 10, 2001, the 75-year-old Graue was killed in Flat Rock, North Carolina when a dump truck hit his car. From 2001 to September 1, 2018 Alley Oop Sunday and daily strips were drawn by Jack Bender and written by his wife Carole Bender. In January 2019, writer Joey Alison Sayers and artist Jonathan Lemon took over the comic. At its peak, Alley Oop was carried by 800 newspapers. Today, it appears in more than 600 newspapers; the strip and albums were popular in Brazil. In 1995, Alley Oop was one of 20 strips showcased in the Comic Strip Classics series of commemorative United States postage stamps. In 1978, Alley Oop was adapted to animation as a segment of Filmation's Saturday-morning cartoon series Fabulous Funnies, appearing intermittently alongside other comic-strip favorites: The Captain and the Kids, Broom-Hilda, Moon Mullins, Smokey Stover, Nancy. In 2008, "to celebrate Alley Oop's 75th year," the Benders conducted a contest for "Dinosaur Drawings from Our Young Readers".
The entry Tyrannosaurus rex holding a banner wishing "Happy Birthday" to Alley Oop, by 12-year-old Erin Holloway of Hammond, was published in the comic strip on January 17, 2009. In 2002, Dark Horse Comics produced a limited-edition figure of the character in a brightly illustrated tin container. Alley Oop was issued as statue #28—part of their line of Classic Comic Characters collectibles; the long-running success of the strip made the character a pop culture icon referred to in fiction, pop music and sports: Jerom is a caveman in the Belgian comic strip series Suske en Wiske by Willy Vandersteen, inspired by Alley Oop. An educated Neanderthal known as "Alley Oop" is a character in Clifford D. Simak's science-fiction novel The Goblin Reservation, published in 1968. "O. Paley" was the central figure in Philip José Farmer's The Alley Man, a 1959 novella about the last Neanderthal who has survived into the 20th century; the character was the subject of the 1960 number-one single "Alley Oop", the only hit for the short-lived studio band The Hollywood Argyles.
It was composed in 1957 by Dallas Frazier. Musicians on the re
The HTTP 404, 404 Not Found, 404 error message is a Hypertext Transfer Protocol standard response code, in computer network communications, to indicate that the client was able to communicate with a given server, but the server could not find what was requested. The website hosting server will generate a "404 Not Found" web page when a user attempts to follow a broken or dead link; when communicating via HTTP, a server is required to respond to a request, such as a web browser request for a web page, with a numeric response code and an optional, mandatory, or disallowed message. In the code 404, the first digit indicates a client error, such as a mistyped Uniform Resource Locator; the following two digits indicate. HTTP's use of three-digit codes is similar to the use of such codes in earlier protocols such as FTP and NNTP. At the HTTP level, a 404 response code is followed by a human-readable "reason phrase"; the HTTP specification suggests the phrase "Not Found" and many web servers by default issue an HTML page that includes both the 404 code and the "Not Found" phrase.
A 404 error is returned when pages have been moved or deleted. In the first case, it is better to employ URL mapping or URL redirection by returning a 301 Moved Permanently response, which can be configured in most server configuration files, or through URL rewriting; because these two options require special server configuration, most websites do not make use of them. 404 errors should not be confused with DNS errors, which appear when the given URL refers to a server name that does not exist. A 404 error indicates that the server itself was found, but that the server was not able to retrieve the requested page. Web servers can be configured to display a customised 404 error page, including a more natural description, the parent site's branding, sometimes a site map, a search form or 404 page widget; the protocol level phrase, hidden from the user, is customized. Internet Explorer, will not display custom pages unless they are larger than 512 bytes, opting instead to display a "friendly" error page.
Google Chrome included similar functionality, where the 404 is replaced with alternative suggestions generated by Google algorithms, if the page is under 512 bytes in size. Another problem is that if the page does not provide a favicon, a separate custom 404 page exists, extra traffic and longer loading times will be generated on every page view. Many organizations use 404 error pages as an opportunity to inject humor into what may otherwise be a serious website. For example, Metro UK shows a polar bear on a skateboard, the web development agency Left Logic has a simple drawing program. During the 2015 UK General election campaign the main political parties all used their 404 pages to either take aim at political opponents or show relevant policies to potential supporters. While many websites send additional information in a 404 error message—such as a link to the homepage of a website or a search box—some endeavor to find the correct web page the user wanted. Extensions are available for some popular content management systems to do this.
The term "soft 404" was introduced in 2004 by Ziv al.. Soft 404s are problematic for automated methods of discovering; some search engines, like Google, use automated processes to detect soft 404s. Soft 404s can occur as a result of configuration errors when using certain HTTP server software, for example with the Apache software, when an Error Document 404 is specified as an absolute path rather than a relative path; this can be done on purpose to force some browsers to display a customized 404 error message rather than replacing what is served with a browser-specific "friendly" error message. Some proxy servers generate a 404 error when the remote host is not present, rather than returning the correct 500-range code when errors such as hostname resolution failures or refused TCP connections prevent the proxy server from satisfying the request; this can confuse programs that expect and act on specific responses, as they can no longer distinguish between an absent web server and a missing web page on a web server, present.
Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz that ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, continuing in reruns afterward. Peanuts is among the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips, with 17,897 strips published in all, making it "arguably the longest story told by one human being". At its peak in the mid- to late 1960s, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of around 355 million in 75 countries, was translated into 21 languages, it helped to cement the four-panel gag strip as the standard in the United States, together with its merchandise earned Schulz more than $1 billion. The strip focuses on a social circle of young children, where adults exist but are seen or heard; the main character, Charlie Brown, is meek and lacks self-confidence. He is unable to fly a kite, win a baseball game, or kick a football held by his irascible friend Lucy, who always pulls it away at the last instant.
Peanuts is one of the literate strips with philosophical and sociological overtones that flourished in the 1950s. The strip's humor is psychologically complex, the characters' interactions formed a tangle of relationships that drove the strip. Peanuts achieved considerable success with its television specials, several of which, including A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, won or were nominated for Emmy Awards; the Peanuts holiday specials remain popular and are broadcast on ABC in the U. S. during the appropriate seasons, since 2001. The Peanuts franchise had success in theatre, with the stage musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown an oft-performed production. In 2013, TV Guide ranked. A computer-animated feature film based on the strip, The Peanuts Movie, was released in 2015. Peanuts had its origin in Li'l Folks, a weekly panel comic that appeared in Schulz's hometown paper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, from 1947 to 1950, he first used the name Charlie Brown for a character there, although he applied the name in four gags to three different boys and one buried in sand.
The series had a dog that looked much like the early 1950s version of Snoopy. In 1948, Schulz sold a cartoon to The Saturday Evening Post, which published 17 of his single-panel cartoons; the first of these was of a boy sitting with his feet on an ottoman. In 1948, Schulz tried to have Li'l Folks syndicated through the Newspaper Enterprise Association, a firm run by the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain. Schulz would have been an independent contractor for the syndicate, unheard of in the 1940s, but the deal fell through. Li'l Folks was dropped in early 1950; that year, Schulz approached the United Feature Syndicate—also operated by Scripps-Howard—with his best work from Li'l Folks. When his work was picked up by United Feature Syndicate, they decided to run the new comic strip he had been working on; this strip was similar in spirit to the panel comic, but had a set cast of characters rather than different nameless little folk for each page. The name Li'l Folks was close to the names of two other comics of the time: Al Capp's Li'l Abner and a strip titled Little Folks, so to avoid confusion, the syndicate settled on the name Peanuts, after the peanut gallery featured in the Howdy Doody TV show.
The title Peanuts was chosen by the syndication editor. In a 1987 interview, Schulz said: "It's ridiculous, has no meaning, is confusing, has no dignity—and I think my humor has dignity." The periodic collections of the strips in paperback book form had either "Charlie Brown" or "Snoopy" in the title, not "Peanuts", because of Schulz's distaste. From November 20, 1966, to January 4, 1987, the opening Sunday panels read Peanuts, featuring Good Ol' Charlie Brown. Peanuts premiered on October 2, 1950, in nine newspapers: The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Minneapolis Tribune, The Allentown Morning Call, The Bethlehem Globe-Times, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, The New York World-Telegram & Sun, The Boston Globe, it began as a daily strip. The first strip was four panels long and showed Charlie Brown walking by two other young children and Patty. Shermy lauds Charlie Brown as he walks by, but tells Patty how he hates him in the final panel. Snoopy was an early character in the strip, first appearing in the third strip, which ran on October 4.
Its first Sunday strip appeared January 6, 1952, in the half-page format, the only complete format for the entire life of the Sunday strip. Most of the other characters that became the main characters of Peanuts did not appear until later: Violet, Lucy, Pig-Pen, Frieda, "Peppermint" Patty, Franklin and Rerun. Schulz decided to produce all aspects of the strip himself from the script to the finished art and lettering. Schulz did, hire help to produce the comic book adaptations of Peanuts. Thus, the strip was able to be presented with a unified tone, Schulz was able to employ a minimalistic style. Backgrounds were not used, when they were, Schulz's frazzled lines imbued them with a fraught, psychological appearance; this style has been described by art critic John Carlin as forcing "its readers to focus on subtle nuances rather than broad actions or sharp transitions." Schulz held this belief all his life, reaffirming in 1994 the importance of crafting the strip himself: "This is not a crazy business about slinging ink.
This is a deadly
Lincoln Peirce is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the successful Big Nate comic strip, the Big Nate novels. Peirce was the storywriter for animations that appear on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon. Peirce is the creator of the comic strip Big Nate, which debuted in 1991 and appears in 200 newspapers in the US and online daily at GoComics and Poptropica. In the Netherlands his books are called Niek de Groot, he has written several animated shorts for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. A fan and collector of classic country music, Peirce hosts a local radio show devoted to honky tonk and western swing on WMPG. In addition to the Big Nate comic strip, Peirce is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Big Nate novel series. Big Nate, Peirce's second attempt at a comic strip, debuted on newspapers on January 7, 1991; the story revolved around the eccentric life of a sixth-grader named Nate Wright, his family, friends and teachers. Though meant to center on Nate's family, the strip began to center on Nate, his friends, classmates and middle school P.
S. 38. The comic strip has spawned many collections, a musical, a children's book series; the novel series is written and illustrated by Peirce himself, published by HarperCollins. They include: Big Nate: In a Class by Himself Big Nate Strikes Again Big Nate On a Roll Big Nate Goes for Broke Big Nate Flips Out Big Nate In the Zone Big Nate Lives It Up Big Nate Blasts OffOn February 16, 2016, the eighth book in the series, Big Nate Blasts Off, was published, marking the end of the series. On April 10th, 2018, it was announced that Peirce’s new book and the Midknights, would be released to the public on January 8th, 2019; the publisher is Crown Books. Big Nate Book Series Website Big Nate on GoComics.com 20 Questions with Lincoln Peirce at A Nickel's Worth Comics: Meet the Artist at the Washington Post - Lincoln Peirce
Print syndication distributes news articles, political cartoons, comic strips and other features to newspapers and websites. The syndicates offer reprint rights and grant permissions to other parties for republishing content of which they own and/or represent copyrights. Other terms for the service include a newspaper syndicate, a press syndicate, a feature syndicate; the syndicate is an agency that offers features from notable journalists and authorities as well as reliable and established cartoonists. It fills a need among smaller weekly and daily newspapers for material that helps them compete with large urban papers, at a much lesser cost than if the client were to purchase the material themselves. Syndicates sell their material to one client in each territory. Typical syndicated features are advice columns, humor columns, editorial opinion, critic's reviews, gossip columns; some syndicates specialize in one type such as comic strips. A comic strip syndicate functions as an agent for cartoonists and comic strip creators, placing the cartoons and strips in as many newspapers as possible on behalf of the artist.
In some cases, the work will be owned by the syndicate as opposed to the creator. A syndicate can annually receive thousands of submissions from which only two or three might be selected for representation; the leading strip syndicates include Andrews McMeel Syndication, King Features Syndicate, Creators Syndicate, with the Tribune Content Agency and The Washington Post Writers Group in the running. Syndication of editorial cartoons has an important impact on the form, since cartoons about local issues or politicians are not of interest to the national market. Therefore, an artist who contracts with a syndicate will either be one who focuses her work on national and global issues, or will shift focus accordingly. An early version of syndication was practiced in the Journal of Occurrences, a series of newspaper articles published by an anonymous group of "patriots" in 1768–1769 in the New York Journal and Packet and other newspapers, chronicling the occupation of Boston by the British Army. According to historian Elmo Scott Watson, true print syndication began in 1841 with a two-page supplement produced by New York Sun publisher Moses Yale Beach and sold to a score of newspapers in the U.
S. northeast. By the end of the Civil War, three syndicates were on operation, selling news items and short fiction pieces. By 1881, Associated Press correspondent Henry Villard was self-syndicating material to the Chicago Tribune, the Cincinnati Commercial, the New York Herald. A few years the New York Sun's Charles A. Dana formed a syndicate to sell the short stories of Bret Harte and Henry James; the first full-fledged American newspaper syndicate was the McClure Newspaper Syndicate, launched in 1884 by publisher S. S. McClure, it was the first successful company of its kind, turning the marketing of columns, book serials, comic strips, into a large industry. Syndication took off in 1896 when the competitors the New York World and the New York Journal began producing Sunday comic pages; the daily comic strip came into practice in 1907, revolutionizing and expanding the syndication business. Syndicates began providing client newspaper with proof sheets of black-and-white line art for the reproduction of strips."By 1984, 300 syndicates were distributing 10,000 features with combined sales of $100 million a year.
With the 1960s advent of the underground press, associations like the Underground Press Syndicate, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, worked together to syndicate material — including weekly comic strips — for each other's publications. Prominent contemporary syndication services include: Andrews McMeel Syndication Family Features Editorial Syndicate Guardian News Service Hearst Entertainment & Syndication News UK The New York Times News Service Project Syndicate Syndications Today Telegraph Media Group Tribune Content Agency IFA-Amsterdam provides news and lifestyle content to publications. Cagle Cartoons offers newspaper editorial columns. 3DSyndication comprises syndication service from India, the India Today Group's Syndications Today, Times Syndication Service of India. List of comic strip syndicates List of syndicated columnists Broadcast syndication Web syndication Patent insides Direct market Blackbeard, Bill; the Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics Horn, Maurice. The World Encyclopedia of Comics Robinson, Jerry.
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V. T. Hamlin
Vincent Trout Hamlin, who preferred the name V. T. Hamlin, created the popular, long-run comic strip Alley Oop, syndicated by the Newspaper Enterprise Association. Born in Perry, Iowa to Erma Trout Hamlin and Dr. Frederick Clarence Hamlin, a dentist. Vincent began drawing at an early age. Four years his first cartoons were published in the Perry Daily Chief. At Perry High School, he went by the nickname Snick, which he used as his signature on cartoons he drew for his high school yearbook, The Eclipse. Lying about his age, Hamlin enlisted in the Army at 17 to fight in World War I, he shipped out as part of the Sixth Army's Motor Transport Group, arriving in France where he served with the American Expeditionary Forces in 1918. Recovering from a poison gas attack in France, Hamlin began illustrating the letters of fellow soldiers, a newspaper man he met in the Army convinced him he could make a living from his art abilities. After his discharge, Hamlin returned to Perry High School in 1919, he attended college, first a term at the University of Missouri in 1920, followed by studying journalism at Drake University in 1922.
His college experiences ended after a quarrel with an art teacher, as he recalled: "Then the teacher took out my drawing and she stood up with it before the class and announced:'Now here's a man with a wonderful talent and he wants to waste it on being a cartoonist!'"He traveled around the US, working at various jobs as a sign painter, window dresser, card writer, movie projectionist and semi-professional boxer. After employment in 1922 as a journalist at the Des Moines News, Hamlin worked for the Texas Grubstakers newspaper and the Fort Worth Record, his income in 1922 was $910. By 1923, he was a staff photographer and writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he created his first comic strip, The Hired Hand, a sports feature, The Panther Kitten. Cartoonist Steve Stiles noted: The job only lasted a year, it was the Prohibition era and Hamlin and a friend were discovered using the paper's engraving equipment to make counterfeit labels for bootleg whiskey bottles. Hamlin moved on to doing art for an oil industry publication and one day, while wandering through the desolate landscape of the oil fields, began musing about the dinosaurs who had once roamed through the same territory.
Hamlin acquired a lifelong interest in paleontology through conversations with geologist acquaintances. On December 24, 1926, he married high-school sweetheart Dorothy Stapleton, who became the model for the character Ooola in Alley Oop, their daughter Theodora was born in 1927, followed by their son Jon in 1936. In 1928, he worked as a photographer for the Houston Press; when the oil industry magazine went defunct, the Hamlins returned to Perry, Iowa in 1930. In Perry, Hamlin thought about those dinosaurs, started drawing a comic strip titled The Mighty Oop, he was not pleased with his creation, destroyed it. A year he tried again, submitting Alley Oop to a small syndicate, Bonnet-Brown, which launched the strip as a daily, beginning December 5, 1932. A few months Bonnet-Brown collapsed, bringing the strip to an end. NEA picked it up, it started again on August 7, 1933. Success led to a Sunday strip, added on September 9, 1934. Dorothy Hamlin worked on the strip, creating color roughs and contributing story ideas, including the important plot device of time travel, introduced April 5, 1939.
Hamlin wrote and drew Alley Oop with the help of, Dave Graue, until his retirement in 1971. When Hamlin retired because of failing eyesight, Graue took over full-time. Graue had been assisting Hamlin since 1950, he had been doing the daily solo since 1966, although it was co-signed by Hamlin; the last daily signed by Hamlin appeared December 31, 1972, his last signed Sunday strip was April 1, 1973. From his studio in North Carolina, Graue wrote and drew the strip through the 1970s and 1980s until Jack Bender took over as illustrator in 1991. Graue continued to write the strip until his August 2001 retirement. On December 10, 2001, the 75-year-old Graue died in Flat Rock, North Carolina in a traffic collision; the current Alley Oop Sunday and daily strips are drawn by Jack Bender and written by his wife Carole Bender. The Hamlins moved to Sarasota, after his retirement, he wrote The Man Who Walked with Dinosaurs and a novel The Devil's Daughter. Four Rivers is his fishing memoir. Dorothy Hamlin died in 1985, V.
T Hamlin died in Brooksville, Florida, in 1993 at the age of 93. Theodora Hamlin Dewalt donated the V. T. Hamlin Collection to the University of Missouri-Columbia Libraries on December 22, 1990, it includes 126 original cartoons and 436 personal and career photographs, along with newspaper and journal articles about Hamlin's work and correspondence with Newspaper Enterprise Association and family papers and memorabilia. Des Moines Register, "Famous Iowans: V. T. Hamlin" Caveman: V. T. Hamlin and Alley Oop, a documentary film about Hamlin