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The Time Has Come …To Speak of Many Things

King Features’ Classic Comics for Middle Graders © King Features Syndicate; Studio MDHR; King Features Syndicate King Features, owner and licensor of a library of classic comic strips, is expanding its global book publishing activities beyond reprint collections, including into original YA and middle grade titles featuring contemporary characters spun off from the originals. Publishers […]

Posted on: Aug 20, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Illustration, Licensing, Comments: 3 Comments

Jen Sorensen Autobiographical Profile

In college I started reading underground comics by Robert Crumb and Peter Bagge, and I was exposed to Matt Groening’s Life in Hell and Roz Chast and Tom Tomorrow for the first time. I actually wrote my senior thesis about a womens’ underground comics collective called the Twisted Sisters. One of my favorite cartoonists from […]

Posted on: Aug 17, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

The Secret Origin of “Ace Backwords”

From Wikipedia: Peter Labriola (born September 12, 1956), better known by the pen name Ace Backwords is an American author and a former underground cartoonist based in Berkeley, California. Backwords, born Peter Labriola, published Twisted Image, a punk rock tabloid, from 1982 to 1984 featuring interviews with Johnny Rotten, Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Charles Bukowski, […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Secret Origin of “Ace Backwords”

Chicago Celebrates Its Classic Comics Culture

Who would have guessed that Chicago was the birthplace of comics? The exhibition focuses on the origins of the comics in popular publishing, the immeasurable importance of African-American cartoonists and publishing, the first woman cartoonists and editors, the first daily comic strip, and finally the art and comics of undeservedly forgotten Frank King, who with […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Scott Adams Creates G- and PG-rated Dilbert NFTs

Cartoonist Scott Adams has created and is selling two NFT versions of a Dilbert comic strip – identical except for a curse word added to one of them. On his twitter feed Scott explains: For those who wonder, NFTs are digital art that is collectible because the original is registered on the blockchain. Yes, anyone […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Controversies, Technology, Comments: 3 Comments

Brian Turner – RIP

Cartoonist Brian Turner (aka Renrut) has passed away.   Brian William Turner December 15, 1949 – January 31, 2021 writer, cartoonist, researcher, and educator From the obituary: Brian was a prolific writer who worked diligently on his novels, articles, books, and research projects right up to the weeks before his death. One of a handful […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

S. Clay Wilson – RIP

Underground comix creator S. Clay Wilson has passed away. Steven Clay (S. Clay) Wilson July 25, 1941 – February 7, 2021 cartoonist, artist Lorraine let the world know of the sad news today: S. Clay Wilson 7/25/1941 – 2/7/2021. He’s gone. At 4pm yesterday. I sat next to him all day yesterday, telling him stories…one […]

Posted on: Feb 8, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on S. Clay Wilson – RIP

Black (Comics) History Month

There is a growing and welcome sub-genre of comics history that deals with African American cartoonists and the work they have produced. Below, some books off the shelf dealing with the subject. Invisible Men by Ken Quattro is the most recent of the books about Black cartoonists. This deals with the Golden Age of comic […]

Posted on: Feb 1, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Caricature, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Over 1200 pages long with more than 1200 new entries, this is a bibliography of articles and books on all aspects of comic and cartoon art including comic books, comic strips, cartoons, animation, editorial cartoons, newly updated as of the end of 2018. The electronic book, a non DRM PDF, includes tens of thousands of […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Richard Corben – RIP

Comic artist and illustrator Richard Corben has passed away.   Richard Vance Corben October 1, 1940 – December 2, 2020   Dona Corben revealed Richard’s passing on the Corben Studios Facebook page: It is with great sorrow and loss that I must share the sad news that Richard Corben died Dec 2, 2020 following heart […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Richard Corben – RIP

David Geiser – RIP

Artist and underground comix cartoonist David Geiser has passed away. David Montague Geiser June 28, 1947 – October 14, 2020   From the obituary: A prolific artist, his work from the underground comics early in his career to recent drawings such as “Snail Ridin’ the Mouse” and “Dog Boy (a Young Cynic)” reflect his not […]

Posted on: Nov 13, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic Books, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on David Geiser – RIP

Matt Bors Comic Suppressed By Media

Cartoonist Matt Bors reports: Every outlet that runs my work* declined to publish my most recent comic, which is probably not surprising given the content, but it’s the first time that’s ever happened to me across the board. (*Every outlet except the one I edit, of course.) Apparently no print clients published it and the […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

These Days – Stan Mack’s New Comic Panel

The Santa Barbara Independent has announced that famed cartoonist Stan Mack is now contributing a “new occasional feature” called These Days to the alternative weekly: These Days, the new occasional feature that Mack has begun contributing to the Independent, pushes off from the overheard street scenes of Manhattan into the bewildering, often isolated, always borderline […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on These Days – Stan Mack’s New Comic Panel

The Sunday Social Session

Art Spiegelman artwork © Art Spiegelman In the age-old discussion about when comics finally “grew up” Maus is often exhibit A. The New Yorker called it “the first masterpiece in comic-book history”. It’s the comic that people who don’t read comics have read, and the only graphic novel ever to have won a Pulitzer prize. […]

Posted on: Oct 18, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Sunday Social Session

CXC Weekend, October 1 – 4, 2020

The 2020 Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, like other events and gatherings this year, is online. The CXC is “an international showcase for the best of cartoon art in all its forms, including comics, animation, editorial cartoons, newspaper strips, and beyond.” And this year’s roster of guests explores all those areas of cartooning. With Special Guest Appearances. […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Cartooning, Events, Festival of Cartoon Art, Gatherings, Comments: Comments Off on CXC Weekend, October 1 – 4, 2020