PartiallyClips is a minimalist comic strip made from royalty-free commercial clip art.  It uses the same image in three panels, with little or no change to the original clip.

The strip was originally created by writer Rob Balder in late 2001, using a format he created for Scene magazine in 1998 as “Cel Block.”  In 2002, Rob offered the strip to alternative weekly newspapers, and ten of them began running it as a feature.  Eventually, more than two dozen newspapers and magazines printed strips from PartiallyClips.  It was also featured in the book Attitude 3: the New Subversive Online Cartoonists. The print periodical world being what it is, many of these publications either folded or dropped paid features, and only a handful of newspapers still run the strip at this time.  A list of publications running PartiallyClips is below.

In late 2006, Rob co-created another webcomic called Erfworld.  This project grew to take up most of his time and earn him a living income, but the strain of doing two webcomics became too much.  He decided to put PartiallyClips on indefinite hiatus at the end of 2009.

Fortunately for PartiallyClips fans, though, Rob has made a lot of friends in comedy and entertainment over the years.  Enter Tim Crist, aka -=ShoEboX=- of Worm Quartet.  ShoEboX is a comedy musician of great repute!  He is also, like Rob, a founding member of the Funny Music Project.  At the start of 2010, ShoEboX stepped in to carry the PartiallyClips baton forward.

Publications currently carrying PartiallyClips:

Anchorage Press, Anchorage, AK
Metroland, Albany, NY
Nth Degree, Richmond, VA
The Other Paper, Columbus, OH

Others which have featured PartiallyClips:

Buffalo Examiner, Buffalo, NY
Cleveland Free Times, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Scene, Cleveland, OH
Concord Mirror, Concord, NH
Creative Loafing, Charlotte, NC
East Bay Express, Oakland, CA
Fairfield County Weekly, Stamford, CT
Graffiti, Charleston, SC
Hartford Advocate, Hartford, CT
Houston Press, Houston, TX
Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas, NV
Manchester Mirror, Manchester, NH
Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC
New Haven Advocate, New Haven, CT
Orlando Weekly, Orlando, FL
Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia, PA
PUNCHLiNE, Richmond, VA
Ripsaw, Duluth, MN
Scared Naked Magazine, Nationwide
The Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore, MD
Valley Advocate, Easthampton, MA
Zoinks, National

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