There is little to laugh about on September 11, but this year the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on that day happened to fall on a Sunday—when newspaper readers flip to their beloved funny pages. So this Sunday, nearly 100 cartoonists, such as Stan Lee and the ones behind Zits, Family Circus, Marvin, Hi and Lois, and Blondie, have partnered to dedicate their Sunday comic strips to remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives during the September 11th terrorist attacks ten years ago.
If you didn't pick up your local New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News on Sunday, all of the digital cartoons have been compiled on a single site for viewing, cartoonistsremember911.com.
The comics will also be featured in the Newseum in Washington, D.C., The Toonseum in Pittsburgh, The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City and the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
Some of the 93 cartoonists spoke about the significance the day held in their comic strips.
“One of the things most of us parents remember is the overwhelming need to hug and protect our kids at the end of that day. It returns―a sort of muscle memory―whenever we remember September 11th,” said Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, cartoonists for the Zits comic strip.
“Forgiveness does not make the horrible wrong go away,” Agnes cartoonist Tony Cochran said. “It frees us to handle the wrongs of now and prevent wrongs in the future.”
“Cartoonists are visual people,” Marvin cartoonist Tom Armstrong wrote prefacing his 9/11 comic. “Even after 10 years, some of my strongest memories of that tragic day in September are the jarring pictures of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers slowly crumbling down. To honor all those who lost their lives on 9-11, I decided to draw a more hopeful image, one that shows the tower rebuilt…at least in the innocent mind of a baby.”