The 2014 Chicago Thanksgiving Day parade cartoon balloons

Fred Flintstone balloon

Similar to last year, here’s a look at the character balloons that’ll be seen in this year’s “McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” in Chicago. Unlike the big Macy’s parade in New York, Chicago’s parade probably reflects its smaller/Midwest roots… a lot of smaller local/regional businesses (though parade sponsor McDonald’s is headquartered in Chicago), more traditional parade … Read more

The 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade cartoon balloons

Kermit the Frog balloon at Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Thanksgiving is approaching, and with it the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. As usual, there’ll be plenty of spectacle, floats, Broadway musical performances, and balloons both classic (Snoopy), appeal only to certain generations (Pikachu), and outright ads (the AFLAC Duck). So, here’s a look at what balloons or balloon-like items will be featured … Read more

Valentine’s Day in cartoons

Peter Cottontail

Happy Valentine’s Day (or “day before the candy goes on sale for half-price”), all. Like the similar holiday themed posts I’ve done, here’s one dedicated to the day dedicated to romance, affection, and other matters of the heart… and how it’s all presented in cartoons. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown There’s no one “definitive” Valentine’s … Read more

The 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade cartoon balloons

MacBook Air on a table

To go along with the post on Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloons, I thought I’d also look at the “granddaddy” of Thanksgiving Day parades, the Macy’s parade in New York City. Unlike the Chicago parade, New York’s parade tends to be much higher in spectacle (befitting the Big Apple), with the use of Broadway performerers … Read more

The 2013 Chicago Thanksgiving parade cartoon balloons

MacBook Air on a table

This year’s annual Chicago Thanksgiving Day parade is scheduled to be held on Thanksgiving morning between 8 AM to 11 AM (Central Time), as usual on State Street in downtown Chicago. The parade will be telecast on WGN locally and nationally, as well as online. Chicago’s parade tends to be less commercialized than the big … Read more

Friday the 13th in cartoons


Today is Friday the 13th, a day famous for being associated with superstition. Like other cultural aspects, it’s been referenced in cartoons on occasion, both the original day itself (as a source of bad luck) and the various “Friday the 13th” slasher films of the 80s. Thus, I thought I’d take a look at some … Read more