Frank and Ernest (comic strip)

Frank And Ernest (Comic Strip)

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Frank and Ernest (comic strip)

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Frank and Ernest is a comic strip created and illustrated by Bob Thaves and later Tom Thaves. It debuted on November 6, 1972, and has since been published daily in over 1,200 newspapers. The humor of the comic is based almost exclusively on wordplay and puns.

Regardless of the topic, everything related to the topic (background and phrases) is shown in a single frame in the daily strips. Thaves won the National Cartoonists Society Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for 1983, 1984, and 1986 for his work on the strip. Other awards include the Mencken Award for Free Speech and Bob Thaves' Frank and Ernest work was recognized by the American Creativity Association in 2006.

Frank and Ernest has a tradition of breaking new ground. It was the first panel presented in a strip format, the first to use block lettering and it was among the first - if not the last - to have its main characters able to be seen not just as humans but as animals, vegetables, minerals and more, and to have a non-sequential story. More recently, Frank and Ernest was the first strip to use digital coloring for its Sunday cartoons, the first strip in over 1,000 newspapers to list the creator's email address and its website broke a lot of ground in 1997: first interactive comics based on strips published in the newspaper, first keyword searchable archive for a comic strip, and first 3-D characters.

A constant element in the strip has been word play, including the characters' names. Frank is...
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