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Gary Varvel: “I’ve adapted”

Like many editorial cartoonists these days Gary Varvel is no longer a salaried employee of a newspaper. But he still draws four cartoons a week that are syndicated around the nation by Creators Syndicate, and contributes local opinions to the Indianapolis Business Journal. But cartoonists have to do more: “You know, what I’ve found is […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Giving Thanks for Comics

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for November 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Mac Raboy: Master of the Comics   The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918   Tales From the Trumpster Fire: […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Books – Reviews, Previews, and News

Eddie Campbell reviews Screwball for The Comics Journal: Screwball follows an isolated strain of comics history as opposed to those other books that tell the whole lot decade by decade or by lining up a canon of masters. Which is not say it isn’t linear: from Fred Opper to Boody Rogers, editor Paul Tumey locates […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: 0 Comments

Centenarian Veteran and Cartoonist Honored

Ernie Poignant was born a few months after the end of World War 1, which made him of age to serve in World War 2. Today, a few months shy of his 101st birthday, Ernie was a guest of honor at Remembrance Day ceremonies. A legendary cartoonist and Second World War veteran came back to […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Asterix, the Franco-Belgian comic book character celebrating his 60th anniversary this year, is finally going to be getting the attention he deserves in the U.S. Independent publisher Papercutz will take over the American license for the property next year, with an ambitious publishing plan underway to bring the scrappy Gaul to […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

Pat Bagley – 40 Years Looking for That 1 Cartoon

Pat Bagley and The Salt Lake Tribune are celebrating 40 years together. Artists of Utah joins in the celebration by posting a profile from earlier this year. On the flip side, the theory of the great cartoon keeps him motivated: “There is the Platonic ideal of a cartoon out there and if I could just […]

Posted on: Nov 7, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Scott Adams on Donald Trump’s Tweets

Scott Adams, promoting his new Loserthink book, appeared on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning (Nov. 5) and discussed President Trump’s use of Twitter, a social media platform that Scott is also familiar with. Fox News reports: After a New York Times analysis explained how President Trump’s Twitter account reshaped the presidency, Scott Adams weighed in on […]

Posted on: Nov 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Opinion, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Scott Adams on Donald Trump’s Tweets

Making Comics Is Not Really About Making Comics

There’s a reason Lynda Barry is the first comics artist to win a MacArthur “Genius” Award. She loves children. Making Comics is a love letter to every child who ever picked up a crayon and started making marks with unselfconscious intensity. Those children include her college students. Like her readers, some arrive at class with […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, College cartoonists, How-to, Comments: 2 Comments

“Give me a single panel cartoon any day.”

“Give me a single panel cartoon any day.” So said Bob Mankoff, this year’s keynote speaker Nov. 7 at the Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival in response to being asked how how his absurdist, pointillist illustrations in The New Yorker and other major publications stack up against other forms of humorous social commentary like […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Events, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Shops May Not Survive The Book Channel

Business Insider reports: The “book channel” – which includes chain bookstores and online retailers – is projected to surpass comic shops as the the largest channel for comics sales this year. There are two major reasons why this is happening: Graphic novels are growing in popularity primarily through the book channel and children’s comics, which […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: 6 Comments

Documents Illustrated – The Mueller Report

Ashlie D. Stevens: In March, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” to Attorney General William Barr. There had been a tremendous amount of speculation about its contents and what it would reveal about President Donald Trump and his relationship with the Russian government. […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

Drawing the RIGHT Way

Gary Varvel was recently interviewed by a local radio station. He acknowledged the new world of editorial cartooning saying. “We’re going to have to adapt … You want to gain an audience, but you don’t just want to give stuff away.” Gary’s 15 minute WIBC radio interview with Tony Katz.   Yeah, as seen above, […]

Posted on: Oct 18, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Drawing the RIGHT Way

Hey Kids! Comics! Bookfest, Day Two

So many releases we had to make two posts. Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.   The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and […]

Posted on: Oct 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Bookfest, Day Two

Hey Kids! Comics! Bookfest, Day One

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.   SCREWBALL! The Cartoonists Who Made The Funnies Funny     If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em     The World is Askew […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Bookfest, Day One

CSotD: AAEC Day Two

Day Two of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists included some fun, with a “Chalk Slam” happening on the sidewalk in front of the library. Here, Tamara Knoss, Matt Wuerker, Ann Telnaes, Patrick Chappatte and Salmeh Gaid admire Wuerker’s work.   However, before the fun, there was one of two meetings for the weekend, which […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: AAEC Day Two