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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

The Nib & First Look Media Part Ways – Go Inkwell!

  A message from Matt Bors about The Nib: I have some important news about the future of The Nib and I wanted you to know first. After three and a half years, First Look Media has decided to no longer fund The Nib at the end of July and me and my team will […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, web comics, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on The Nib & First Look Media Part Ways – Go Inkwell!

KC Green Recaptures His ‘This Is Fine Dog’ Meme

In 2013 cartoonist KC Green, as part of his Gunshow comic strip, created what became known as This Is Fine Dog. Slowly but surely the first two panels of the strip went viral. It wasn’t a massive viral hit and wasn’t associated with anything particularly repugnant. He made a little money off an Adult Swim […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on KC Green Recaptures His ‘This Is Fine Dog’ Meme

$15,000 for Pepe the Frog Copyright Infringement

Alex Jones and Infowars have agreed to pay Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie $15,000 to settle a lawsuit concerning misuse of the cartoon character. Infowars included Pepe the Frog in a poster by Jon Allen featuring right-wing public figures in a campaign to earn money for the conspiracy-theory website.   Both sides claimed victory […]

Posted on: Jun 12, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Cartooning, Controversies, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on $15,000 for Pepe the Frog Copyright Infringement

Political Cartoons are Relics, Replace with Memes

  As a scholar who studies social media and memetics, I wonder if political cartoons are the best way to connect with today’s diverse readership. Many crave searing, cutting political commentary – and they’re finding it in internet memes. What if internet memes were elevated – not only as a serious art form but also […]

Posted on: May 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Cartooning, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments