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The Art of Doodling: Cocteau, Warhol and Twain

The Paris Review has an excerpt from the book Scrawl: an A to Z of Famous Doodles by Todd Strauss-Schulson, Caren Strauss-Schulson, and Claudia Strauss-Schulson which looks into the legendary “doodle” collection of their father. From the piece: Over the course of his career, he (David Schulson) amassed arguably the most impressive private collection of […]

Posted on: May 22, 2019,  Section: Books, Comments: 1 Comment

Middle School Graphic Novels – It’s a Big Thing

Brian Hibbs, at ComicsBeat, goes in-depth for us examining the BookScan numbers for the 2018 Graphic Novel section. It’s time to look at graphic novel sales in 2018. Implausibly, this is the sixteenth annual report of something that is hard to exactly perceive and understand: the size and shape of the sales of graphic novels […]

Posted on: May 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

The National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year presented May 18, 2019 (nominees listed, winner highlighted):   Lynda Barry Brian Basset Stephan Pastis Hilary Price Mark Tatulli   The 11th time is the charm for Stephan!! above photo via National Cartoonists Society   hat tip: Anne Morse-Hambrock and TomHeintjes      

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

Ed Koren Wins IBPA Gold

  Vermont artist Edward Koren’s new book “Koren. In the Wild” is the gold medal winner of the 31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for humor. Sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the award celebrates excellence in book editorial and design.     Koren, of Brookfield, a frequent contributor to New Yorker magazine, is […]

Posted on: May 18, 2019,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartooning, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! May Books Be With You

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for May 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)     The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972 (Vol. 11) Paperback     Prince Valiant Vol. 19 1973-1974     30 Years Of Matt     Superman: […]

Posted on: May 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: 0 Comments

Kids’ Graphic Novels Lead Comic Book Sales

  Led by sales of the graphic novel format, total sales of graphic novels and periodical comics in the U.S. and Canada was approximately $1.09 billion in 2018, according to a joint estimate by trade news sites ICv2 and Comichron. From Publishers Weekly: Although sales via the direct market (aka the comics shop market) were […]

Posted on: May 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Kids’ Graphic Novels Lead Comic Book Sales

Tales From The Reuben – cranky digression

So – there I am reading about book deals on the Publishers Weekly site, specifically to read about forthcoming Will McPhail projects: Rosenthal’s second big deal of the week was a preempt for two books from writer and cartoonist Will McPhail, whose work for the New Yorker has earned him the National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Discussion, Magazine cartoons, Opinion, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Tales From The Reuben – cranky digression

John Backderf draws Kent State Shootings

  Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the infamous Kent State shootings. In Spring of 2020 John Backderf and Abrams Books will release Kent State: Four Dead In Ohio. “I’ve boiled the story down to showing how it unfolded,” Derf said. “It’s a very personal account of this shocking event that still reverberates […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on John Backderf draws Kent State Shootings

Hey Kids! Comics! A Basketful of Books

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for April 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   The Star of the Telegram: The Cartoons of Harold Maples     Johnny Hazard The Newspaper Dailies Volume Seven: 1954-1956     Thelwell’s Pony […]

Posted on: Apr 18, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! A Basketful of Books

CSotD: The Voice of the Lobster

Doc and Raider sparks memories of my first post-divorce romance, in which two evenings a week were spent similarly lying in bed, though, in our case, we were watching Dynasty on Wednesdays and its spin-off series, the Colbys, on Thursdays. Unlike the boys, we made no attempt to sort out the nonsense playing out before […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

From Silver to Gold – The Week That Was

  Sped Right By Me Dave Coverly celebrated the Silver Anniversary of Speed Bump this past week (April 4?, 1994).     Entertaining and Educational Silver Reuben Gainesville radio station WDUN joins James Allen in celebrating the Sunday Mark Trail being nominated in the National Cartoonists Society‘s first Variety Entertainment divisional award. “So I submitted […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on From Silver to Gold – The Week That Was

Comics in the Mid-Week News

  Big Nate, Lincoln Peirce, and the Mid-School Kids Tuesday saw Nate Peirce entertain and inform the Westbrook Middle School about cartooning.     The Phantom Dies in Norway The Phantom is very popular in Australia, India, and the Scandinavian countries. Fantomet, the Norwegian translation of The Phantom, a comic strip featuring the feats of […]

Posted on: Apr 4, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comics in the Mid-Week News

A Few Comics-Related Things

From John Rose and the Daily News-Record Also: R. C. Harvey on T. K. Ryan and Tumbleweeds.     Cartoon County at the Bruce Museum Brian Walker, Neal Walker, Chance Browne, Greg Walker and Cullen Murphy The comics page has been a delight for generations of readers around the world. In southern Connecticut, its production […]

Posted on: Mar 21, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic strips, Museums, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on A Few Comics-Related Things

Mark Alan Stamaty Returns to MacDoodle St.

A new edition of the 1980 collection MacDoodle St. by Mark Alan Stamaty is being released with an added 24 pages including a brand-new, twenty-page autobiographical comic by Stamaty explaining what happened next and why MacDoodle St. never returned, in a unique, funny, and poignant look at the struggles and joys of being an artist. […]

Posted on: Mar 19, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Mark Alan Stamaty Returns to MacDoodle St.

Hey Kids! Comics! Spring Released

above: Macanudo by Liniers Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for March 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Laptops Are So Warm: An Ask a Cat Collection     Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of […]

Posted on: Mar 16, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Spring Released