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‘No Pants Day’ is today. Cartoonists aims to fix that for people in need

[May 7, 2021: Emma Balter]

Photo: Courtesy of King Features

May 7 is No Pants Day, and comics characters across the nation are going bare-legged to help provide clothing for those in need.

More than 25 cartoonists affiliated with King Features Syndicate (a division of Hearst Newspapers, the Houston Chronicle's parent company), Tribune Content Agency, Andrew McMeel University and WPWG are participating in the initiative.

Today, you'll notice your favorite characters in strip comics living the pants-free life.

Photo: Courtesy of King Features


No Pants Day is a fun day, but the comics want to raise awareness and encourage readers to donate to charities that clothe people who need it. Each pantsless comic strip will have a call to action, pointing people to local thrift stores and nonprofits such as Dress for Success and Room to Grow.

"It's been a tough year for so many people, and we know that everyone could use a good laugh as well as a helping hand," said King Features comics editor Tea Fougner in a release. "No Pants Day felt like the perfect opportunity to use a bit of irreverent humor to share a laugh while also shining a spotlight on nonprofits across the country that are getting much-needed clothing items into the hands of people facing financial hardships."

Participating comics include Chronicle regulars such as "Blondie" by Dean Young and John Marshall, "Bizarro" by Wayno, and "Brewster Rockit" by Tim Rickard.


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