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CSotD: Provocative Women

We’ll take a break for a review of what I’m going to call a “provocative book,” a graphic history of the women’s suffrage movement through the eyes, and pens, of 32 female cartoonists. And let me start by recommending you buy a copy: You can purchase a PDF now or preorder a print version (August […]

Posted on: May 19, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: 9 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Happy Queen Victoria’s Birthday

If Queen Victoria could write 2,500 words a day, the least you can do is read that much. above Tom Gauld cartoon from The Guardian Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for May 2020 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good […]

Posted on: May 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Happy Queen Victoria’s Birthday

Book Reviews and Previews – Cartoon and Comic

Art Young’s Inferno is, unlike Dante‘s before it, not an indictment of sinners per se (hey, we’re all sinners) but the plutocrats and Wall Street criminals that have repeatedly exploited the citizenry through legal legislation with extralegal loopholes. Fantagraphics has just published a superb new edition of this 1934 classic—the “Original Art Edition,” with reproductions […]

Posted on: May 10, 2020,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Book Reviews and Previews – Cartoon and Comic

Jenny-Jinya: She’s a Heartbreaker

From The National: Jenny Hefczyc didn’t know if she could change the world with her art, but she knew she wanted to try. As a talented illustrator and artist based in Germany, she draws under the name Jenny-Jinya, and she’s taken social media by storm with a series of comics she’s created that focus on […]

Posted on: May 1, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Jenny-Jinya: She’s a Heartbreaker

John Backderf at 60 on Kent State at 50

In the opening pages, Derf is 10 years old on April 30, 1970, clutching a MAD magazine in the passenger seat of his mom’s car. She drives along a road lined with National Guard soldiers, whose bayonets are fixed, ready to put down a wildcat Teamsters strike. In a couple days those troops Derf saw […]

Posted on: Apr 29, 2020,  Section: Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonist of the Year (The Reuben) Nominees

The National Cartoonists Society has announced the nominees for this year’s The Reuben. Congratulations to the 2019 NCS Cartoonist Of The Year nominees for the 74th Annual NCS Reuben Awards! Lynda Barry Terri Libenson Hilary B. Price Mark Tatulli Raina Telgemeier Congratulations to all! Earlier this month the NCS sent out the ballots to their members; […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2020,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Celebrate World Book Day

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for April 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Addams’ Apple: The New York Cartoons of Charles Addams   Ed Leffingwell’s Little Joe by Harold Gray   Nat Enough   […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Publishers Weekly 2019 Children’s Bestsellers List

Publishers Weekly has released their list of 2019’s best selling children’s books. [Publishers Weekly] lists are based on print unit sales at outlets that report to NPD Bookscan, which tracks approximately 85% of the print market. Here we compile the books that sold more than 100,000 copies in four categories: Hardcover Frontlist, Paperback Frontlist, Hardcover […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2020,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comments: Comments Off on Publishers Weekly 2019 Children’s Bestsellers List

Rob Harrell- From Cartoonist to Novelist

Rob Harrell began as a cartoonist (Big Top) and he continues as one (Adam @ Home). Rob’s a graphic novelist (Monster on the Hill) and creator of illustrated young adult books (Life of Zarf). Now, with Wink, Rob is going full on novelist, though he couldn’t resist throwing in a couple illustrations. Wink is released […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2020,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Rob Harrell- From Cartoonist to Novelist

Diamond Distributors Halts Comic Book Shipments – Your Local Comic Book Shop in Distress

Diamond Distributors, the company that gets comics from the publishers to your local comic book shop, is (temporarily) halting shipments of comic books and other products after this week’s shipments. From ComicsBeat: Product distributed by Diamond and slated for an on-sale date of April 1st or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. Product […]

Posted on: Mar 24, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comments: 1 Comment

74th Reubens – The 2020 Reubens Brochure

The National Cartoonists Society has posted their Reubens Weekend brochure! “Everything you need to know about the 74th annual Reuben Awards Weekend in Kansas City, MO. June 5-7, 2020.” … a star-studded line-up of cartoonists covering a wide variety of topics, starting with the very talented young cartoonist, GEORGIA DUNN, shining a spotlight on her […]

Posted on: Mar 4, 2020,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on 74th Reubens – The 2020 Reubens Brochure

Bob Andelman – RIP

Bob Andelman, aka Mr. Media, has passed away. Robert Stephen (Bob) Andelman October 9, 1960 – February 24, 2020 journalist, author, talk show host   From the St. Petersburg Catalyst obituary: Journalist and author Bob Andelman, a longtime presence in St. Petersburg media, died Monday after a short battle with a rare form of cancer. […]

Posted on: Feb 27, 2020,  Section: Books, Interviews, Obituary, Podcasts, Comments: 3 Comments

Mo Willems and HBO Max in Multiyear Deal

Mo Willems and HBO let The Pigeon do his thing. The Hollywood Reporter reports: HBO Max has made a big commitment to its kids and family programming business, signing beloved children’s author Mo Willems to an exclusive multiyear deal. The streamer won out in a competitive negotiation and will make Willems the first artist in […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Children's Books, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Mo Willems and HBO Max in Multiyear Deal

First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

James Thurber‘s first drawings appeared in the The New Yorker dated ninety years ago today. In the New Yorker issue dated February 22, 1930 a short James Thurber contribution included two illustrations, the first Thurber drawings to appear in the magazine. [James Thurber’s words first appeared in the February 26, 1927 New Yorker, but since […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

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