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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/ 4/2010

A DAY OF PINK CARTOONS: King Features comics get new hues this Sunday for breast cancer awareness

By Michael Cavna

The comics proofs landed on my desk a couple of weeks ago, and for a moment, I was certain something was askew with a color printer at The Post. The Sunday funnies were strikingly, brilliantly pink.

Then I saw a small, cartooned ribbon and realized: It was the idea of the pink cartoons that was strikingly brilliant.

"Zits," "Baby Blues," "Blondie" and "Mother Goose & Grimm" are among the 50-plus cartoon that will turn their tints pink this Sunday, Oct. 10, as part of King Features's "Cartoonists Care" initiative, which is timed to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Besides the monochromatic hues, the participating King strips will have a pink ribbon symbol and the words "Cartoonists Care."

In addition, three cartoonists -- Friend of Comic Riffs Hilary Price ("Rhymes With Orange"), Sandra Bell Lundy ("Between Friends") and Anne Gibbons ("Six Chix") -- have created strips that have breast cancer awareness themes.

This Sunday, a full gallery of the pink strips can be viewed at comicsgopink.com, where readers can also donate to any of seven breast-cancer organizations.

"Nearly everyone has a connection to this heart-wrenching disease, and we felt it was important to make a powerful statement to help support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month," says King's comis editor, Brendan Burford. "We could think of no better way to do that than by turning the funny pages pink!" .

By Michael Cavna  | October 4, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cartoonists Care Initiative, ComicsGoPink, King Features  
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