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John Backderf: From The City to the (Kent) State

An established provocateur from an early age, John “Derf” Backderf is a renowned comics creator residing in Cleveland, Ohio. His work has garnered much critical acclaim and has earned such accolades as an Eisner Award (Trashed) and an Angoulême Prize (My Friend Dahmer). His latest work, Kent State (Abrams Comicarts) is an in-depth and critical […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on John Backderf: From The City to the (Kent) State

Seven Days Explains It All

Seven Days, Vermont’s weekly alternative paper, is getting some negative feedback for its choices in rearranging their comics pages. As reported here earlier this month, Seven Days had decided to add Keith Knight’s The K Chronicles to their line-up. It turns out that meant cutting a comic strip, and the one they cut was Mr. […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

Seven Days’ Cartoon Issue + Keith Knight add

From Seven Days’ introduction to The Cartoon Issue: Like every other Vermont enterprise, Seven Days has scrapped, postponed or reinvented many of our perennial projects this year because of the pandemic. But we decided to go ahead with the Cartoon Issue. It goes without saying that cartoons and print media are made for each other. […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Trina Robbins: A Life Fighting Sexism; Now Ageism

Robbins, who grew up in Queens, N.Y., recalls taking her weekly, 10-cent allowance to the neighborhood candy store and after studying the week’s selection, buying any comic that featured young girls and women. At home, she wrote and illustrated her own comics and dreamt of publication. Robbins insists she did not come from a dysfunctional […]

Posted on: May 29, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Trina Robbins: A Life Fighting Sexism; Now Ageism

Red, White, Black and Blue: Documenting America’s Racial Illiteracy – A Keith Knight Presentation

Knight’s talk was both autobiographical and a chance to comment on society through his art. Knight, who grew up in Boston, remarked that he had only one black teacher in school – and that was a substitute who, as a comic artist, at least modeled a career that appealed to Knight. It wasn’t until Knight […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoons, Comic strips, Discussion, Editorial cartooning, Events, Graphic Journalism, Speaking Engagements, Comments: Comments Off on Red, White, Black and Blue: Documenting America’s Racial Illiteracy – A Keith Knight Presentation

Hey Kids! Comics! Book Love

Seems Dennis is right: I love books. The problem is that my book-buying habit outpaces my ability to read them. This leads to FOMO and occasional pangs of guilt over the unread volumes spilling across my shelves. Sound familiar? But it’s possible this guilt is entirely misplaced. According to statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb, these unread […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Book Love

Claire Bretécher – RIP

Famed French cartoonist Claire Bretécher has passed away. Claire Bretécher April 7, 1940 – February 10*, 2020 * A number of early reports gave February 11 as the date of passing. “Women in comic strips are usually portrayed either as shrews or movie stars. But in real life, women, like men, are neither of these […]

Posted on: Feb 11, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Cartoonist, Comic strips, International, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Rachel Lindsay Returns to Seven Days

Cartoonist Rachel Lindsay has returned to Vermont’s alternative weekly Seven Days with a new strip. Last summer, with the July 31, 2019 issue, Rachel signed off on her weekly comic strip Rachel Lives Here Now saying goodbye to her readers and fans. (For the record Rachel Lives Here Now began January 13, 2016.) Two weeks […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Rachel Lindsay Returns to Seven Days

Alt Weekly Gives Up on Cartoons

  Jen Sorensen passes on some sad news: Though she doesn’t identify the paper I believe it was one of the Southland Publishing weeklies, which last year was purchased by the Arizona-based Times Media Group. “The Southland publications have always been special in their connection with the communities they serve,” [Steve Strickbine, president of Times […]

Posted on: Jan 2, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

More Cartoonists Saying Goodbye

Today Channing Miller said goodbye to The Daily Texan: After six semesters, six comics editors, three different job descriptions and four sketchbooks, it is finally time for me to say goodbye to my beloved corner of the basement. This corner isn’t just a place where I have sat with aching knuckles and a sketchbook in […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Howard Cruse – RIP

Cartoonist Howard Cruse has passed away. Howard Russell Cruse May 2, 1944 – November 26, 2019   Howard’s daughter shared on Facebook earlier today: With sadness I share that my birth father passed this afternoon after a too short battle with cancer, with his dear friend Pam and loving husband Eddie by his side, among […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 5 Comments

Joy to the World – A Lynda Barry Interview

When are you officially too old to make a bad drawing? As kids, we would frequently scribble the wildest things across the page with zero inhibitions, but as we grow up, we often start judging the things we make. That’s where Lynda Barry comes in. Lynda Barry sits down for a twenty minute video interview. […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Joy to the World – A Lynda Barry Interview

Swear Words, Party Tricks, and Jokes About Balls

  While a mix of creativity and comics might suggest a family-friendly atmosphere — and as always, that depends on the family — Tuesday’s appearance by writer, illustrator, playwright and editor Lynda Barry might not be for more delicate tastes. In a statement that ponders why people crave art, Barry concludes with “Please note: There […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Swear Words, Party Tricks, and Jokes About Balls

Paul Krassner: Yippie Realist, Cartoon Supporter – RIP

It is being reported that Paul Krassner has passed away. From Politico: Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said.   Paul James Krassner April 9, […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

The Future of The Nib, Again

It was reported Friday that First Look Media made the decision to end funding for The Nib along with shuttering the web magazine Topic.com at the end of July. That is true and something that I’ve been dealing with the results of for a few weeks now. That leaves me writing yet another post on […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Future of The Nib, Again