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Archives for July, 2018

Firing of Israeli Cartoonist Avi Katz – Correction

A week ago I reported that Avi Katz had been fired from his regular Jerusalem Report assignment because he posted an offensive cartoon on his Facebook page. At the time I could find no sure report that the Jerusalem Report had printed the political cartoon. That has changed. Since that time it has been established […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2018,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Comments: 1 Comment

Quick Hits – Comic Strips

1966 – What’s Not So Funny About The Funnies As noted here it was fifty years ago that Franklin, a young African-American, was introduced into Peanuts. While not a first, it was rare for a non-stereotypical black person to found in the mainstream (read white) comic strips of the day, especially as a regular (or […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Quick Hits – Comic Strips

Comic Strip of the Day: Danziger’s Unbitten Thumb

“Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?” “I do bite my thumb.” “But do you bite your thumb at us, sir?” (Aside) “Is the law of our side if I say ‘yes’?” (Aside) “No.” “No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I do bite my thumb, sir.” “Do you […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strip of the Day: Danziger’s Unbitten Thumb

Danziger Apologizes for Sanders’ Depiction

Editorial cartoonist Jeff Danziger withdrew and apologized for an unflattering caricature of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.   Political cartoonist Jeff Danziger apologized over the weekend for a “body shaming” caricature of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders he produced that was originally set to run in Vermont’s Rutland Herald newspaper. “That particular cartoon […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2018,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Comments: 3 Comments

50 Years Ago: ‘Weekend Edition’ Covers Franklin’s Debut in ‘Peanuts’

NPR’s ‘Weekend Edition’ has a piece on the 50-year-anniversary of the debut appearance of Franklin, the first black character featured in Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts.” “Jumpstart” cartoonist Robb Armstrong is featured quite extensively in the piece. From the story: Schulz, however, had been wary of including a black child in the Peanuts gang and was concerned that it would […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 50 Years Ago: ‘Weekend Edition’ Covers Franklin’s Debut in ‘Peanuts’

CXC Releases 2018 Exhibitor/Guest List

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus has announced its guest list for this September’s (27th-30th) fourth-annual four-day, city-wide comics festival. TDC also hears rumors are flying that CXC plans to announce a surprise guest as we get closer to the fest’s dates. Guest and special exhibitors include: Lynn Johnston Kazu Kibuishi Derf Backderf Jim Woodring Darrin Bell Katie Skelly […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on CXC Releases 2018 Exhibitor/Guest List

Comic Strip of the Day: Can I Get a Witness?

Breaking (Good) News: All charges against Malaysian cartoonist Zunar have been dropped and he is not only a free man but apparently free to keep poking his sharp pen at corrupt authorities. Between the immediacy of the news and the somewhat opaque nature of Malaysian politics, it’s a little hard to sort out the details, […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Benson Srere – RIP

Former King Features executive Benson Srere  has passed away. Benson Mortimer Srere August 13, 1928 – July 20, 2018 After serving as a U.P. newsman during the years surrounding the Korean War Benson joined the Hearst organization in the mid-1950s and began his climb up the corporate ladder. Benson’s Prabook career details: Newsman U.P., Los […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Benson Srere – RIP

Me The People – Pia Guerra Interview

Pia Guerra, New Yorker cartoonist and editorial cartoonist (not completely separate categories), has a hardcover book, Me The People, of her editorials coming out a month before the mid-term elections in the United States. Andrea Ayres talked to Pia about the book and editorial cartooning. Up until now I drew comics pages that when finished, […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2018,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Comments: Comments Off on Me The People – Pia Guerra Interview

CSotD: Sex and the Best-Seller

Too Much Coffee Man leads off today with a not-all-that-cryptic observation that things which once passed as cute, or at least normal, no longer do. I had a sort of half-memory that the old nursery rhyme was pegged to some historic figure, but the more I looked into it, the more it seemed that it’s […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

JOIN, or DIE Newspaper Sells for $40,000

Four pages* of the May 9, 1754 issue of Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette, including the page with the original printing of the JOIN, or DIE cartoon sold for the minimum bid of $40,000. A buyer’s premium of 25% brought the total to $50,000. The auction started on July 26, 2018 at 5pm Pacific time. When […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2018,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Comments: Comments Off on JOIN, or DIE Newspaper Sells for $40,000

Newspaper Drops Sunday Comics Section

Citing costs a newspaper has dropped its Sunday Funnies section. Blaming rising costs due to tariffs on Canadian newsprint The Robesonian of Lumberton, North Carolina, beginning this weekend, is no longer carrying a Sunday Comics section. The paper will continue to publish daily comic strips. In a news item the newspaper told readers, who may […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Strip of the Day: One may smile, and smile

Kevin Siers comes up with a terrific commentary on both Trump’s latest bizarre statement and his overall attitude, and it’s also one of the best Alice allusions I’ve seen. The Cheshire Cat, for all his friendliness, didn’t offer Alice a whole lot of actual help, and, when their conversations were over, she was left with […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

A Month Later The Capital Gazette Remembers

Many branches of the Arts have honored the Capital Gazette fallen and survivors and The Press. Grieving and healing manifest themselves in different ways. For artists from Annapolis to Italy, grieving and healing have shaped their talents into tributes to the Capital Gazette victims. Their works are inspired by and dedicated to the victims of […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2018,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Comments: Comments Off on A Month Later The Capital Gazette Remembers

Early Weekend Quick Hits – Mixed Bag

A bit eclectic today, but let’s start with a (web)comic strip.   The New 60 by Andy Landorf and John Colquhoun Former admen Andy Landorf and John Colquhoun have created a new comic strip targeted to baby boomers called The New 60. The comic strip takes a wry look at some the realities—and indignities—of life […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment