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Society of Illustrators 2020 Hall of Fame

The Society of Illustrators has announced their 2020 Hall of Fame Laureates. Among this year’s inductees are a couple with comics backgrounds.   2020 Hall of Fame Inductee: Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (Mœbius) French artist, writer, and cartoonist Jean Henri Gaston Giraud garnered worldwide acclaim under the pseudonyms Mœbius and Gir. Born in the suburbs […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

Snoopy Deletes Controversial Franklin Tweet

Snoopy (Peanuts Workdwide LLC) tweeted out a message to Franklin this morning and then quickly deleted it as some found it offensive (racist). The tweet was deleted so quickly that Truth or Fiction took it up, explaining the trouble: The phrase “You’re one of the good ones” is a backhanded compliment often proffered in racist […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Idiot Plots and Tangled Knots

We’ll lead off today with a Juxtaposition of the Day (Retail) (Rob Rogers) Transposed like this, the connection between the penultimate Retail strip and Rob Rogers’ piece of Bill Barr is more obvious than I expected it to be. Back in the glory days of PBS, Ebert & Siskel used to criticize what they called […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Nick Cuti – RIP

Cartoonist Nicola Cuti has passed away. Nicola (Nick) Cuti October 29, 1944 – February 21, 2020   News of Nick’s passing was made public on his Facebook page: Legendary comic creator Nicola Cuti, whose career has spanned over fifty years, has died. Sources close to the family have reported that Cuti passed in Tampa on […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Friday Funnies, shaken, not stirred

Arlo plays the old gaffer yet again. I was going to make a joke about how “Seven O’Clock Straight Up” means “without ice,” but, then again, we’re living in a world where people assume a martini is made with vodka. And I grew up in a world in which not only is a martini, by […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

David Fitzsimmons on The State of Cartooning

When I opened my annual “American Association of Editorial Cartoonists Notebook”, our trade journal, the bell tolled for my profession, page by page, cartoonist by cartoonist. The Golden Age of Oliphant, MacNelly and Paul Conrad is long gone. This year our annual AAEC convention will convene in Ottawa with our Canadian colleagues because our numbers […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2020,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 21 Comments

CSotD: Obscene Cartoon Warning

Ed Hall offers a commentary on an item from Dear Leader’s budget, which eliminates funding for Stars and Stripes, the newspaper that has kept the military informed since the Civil War, operating out of the Department of Defense but with full First Amendment rights and a separate congressional ombudsman to protect them. It is, of […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Big Nate Gets Animated

Lincoln Peirce‘s multimedia success (popular comic strip, best selling comic collections and illustrated novels, musical theatre) is now getting a Nickolodeon animated series. Animation Magazine reports: On Wednesday, Nickelodeon detailed its new, wide-ranging content slate for 2020-21, with a brand-new book-inspired animated series amid several live-action originals… Greenlit for 26 episodes, Big Nate is an […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: To Speak of Country Matters

Steve Sack offers a bit of good old country comfort from the frozen north, as a way of breaking the Democratic logjam. Logjams being a hazard Minnesotans learned to deal with generations ago and country matters being where the Democrats dropped the ball in 2016. And “Hot Dish” being a Minnesota tradition at church dinners […]

Posted on: Feb 19, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

74th Reubens: Garfield’s Jim Davis Guest Speaker

The National Cartoonists Society has announced that Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world, will be a guest speaker at their 2020 Reubens weekend: A previous Reuben-winner, Jim will be speaking at the NCS conference on Friday, 5th June at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown. His exclusive talk for the […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Events, Gatherings, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Speaking Engagements, Comments: 0 Comments

DeBartolo Streak Ends; Aragonés Now Top Streaker

MAD #12 comes out tomorrow and does not contain NEW material from Dick DeBartolo. That ends a streak going back to the June 1966 dated MAD  and lasting to the February 2020 dated MAD, encompassing 459 issues! As Tom Richmond notes: It’s also very much worth noting that this issue of MAD magazine is the […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

The Weed of Cartooning Bears Bitter Fruit (2)

At Boing Boing Rusty Blazenhoff writes of rejection. Specifically Drew Dernavich and his pile of cartoons rejected by The New Yorker. …That search led me to Brooklyn-based Drew Dernavich (and, boy, I sure am glad I found him!). On top of The New Yorker, he’s been published in Time, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Ostriches and Reality

Tom Toles expresses some impatience with the public’s willingness to ignore what’s going on around it. Granted, ostriches do not, in fact, stick their heads in the sand and imagine that they are hidden. We do, however, and, as Toles suggests, we not only do it, but we do it wonderfully well.   We also […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

The Weed of Cartooning Bears Bitter Fruit! and other shady comic strip stuff

Today’s Reality Check by Dave Whamond which immediately brought to mind, not Maxwell Grant’s, but Mike Kaluta’s The Shadow.   James Allen has now spent years as the signed artist of Mark Trail, and I, for one, am happy to see him drawing his own version of the character instead of lightboxing (or whatever) Jack […]

Posted on: Feb 17, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Dark Side of the Moonbats

I’ve told this story before, but Ted Rall’s latest cartoon makes it seem more relevant than ever. A college friend was doing his psych rotation in med school about the time the Church Committee Report came out. The Report, O Best Beloved, was part of the examination of government we went through following Watergate, and […]

Posted on: Feb 17, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments