The comic strip may not be the most cutting edge form of social satire but it can still cut some wounds into the topics of the day that run just as deep as The Daily Show and The Onion. Just don’t include “Marmaduke” when you’re re-reading that last sentence and you’ll be fine. Illustrator Bill Hinds has been slicing and dicing the latest controversies behind sports and athletics with his long-running strip “Tank McNamara.” His comic strip has been fearlessly tackling (you knew that pun was coming) topics since 1974, long before newspaper editors wrote angry letters to their artists telling them they couldn’t talk about certain things in the more family-oriented section of their newspaper. The athlete turned sportscaster character may be a cartoon but he has no qualms talking about athletes who juice, gamble on their own teams, commit crimes during their down time and play without pay in the NCAA. He’s like an animated ESPN if Stephen A. Smith acted less like a raving lunatic whose brain and mouth aren’t wired on the same frequency. The writer and illustrator of the long-running sports strip will be the guest of honor at the Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano’s October Program at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Southern Methodist University’s Plano Campus, 5228 Tennyson Parkway. The monthly program is free and open to the public. Visit newcomerfriends.org for more information.
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