Roman á clef comics go all the way back to the start and Library of American Comics editor Dean Mullaney called my attention to this sequence in Little Orphan Annie, where Tik Tok, a frequent Harold Gray stand-in, become a cartoonist…and gets all the perks and pains that come with it—including criticism for Gray’s politics. The more things change….
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.