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Wrapping Up the Old with a Year-End Roundup

Some miscellaneous items from the recent past. On this day 25 years ago, Bill Watterson’s iconic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes bid us farewell. To take us on a path down memory lane, here are some of the best Calvin and Hobbes strips created. Well, some of the best as decided by Mackenzie Cummings-Grady.   […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonist Interviews: Billingsley, Donnelly, Scott

The newest Visual Arts Journal features Michael Tisserand interviewing Ray Billingsley. Read the entire interview here.   Comics DC interviews cartoonist (and homegirl) Liza Donnelly.   What work are you most proud of?Getting into The New Yorker, particularly at age 24. I am also very proud of the book that I wrote, Funny Ladies: The […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Interviews: Billingsley, Donnelly, Scott

The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Over 1200 pages long with more than 1200 new entries, this is a bibliography of articles and books on all aspects of comic and cartoon art including comic books, comic strips, cartoons, animation, editorial cartoons, newly updated as of the end of 2018. The electronic book, a non DRM PDF, includes tens of thousands of […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Ted Dawson Gets Publishers Weekly Cover

Max Weaver and Ted Dawson‘s new Grubbs book (Spring 2021 release) got a prime spot in the latest (December 21) Publishers Weekly magazine – the cover! It’s a parody alternate cover for their Person of the Year issue. Grubbs has been around, in one form of another, for a dozen years. From a 2016 interview […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Ted Dawson Gets Publishers Weekly Cover

Bearing With Bob Scott

Cartoonist Bob Scott has no intention of sending his Bear into hibernation this winter. A new Bear With Me book will soon join his first Molly and the Bear book in stores and comic shops. Recently John Adcock interviewed Bob at Yesterday’s Papers: Brett Koth and I were hired to co-pencil Jim’s comic strip US Acres. […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Bearing With Bob Scott

And the Company You Keep Too

The end of the year brings out the “Best of” lists.Some of which contains items that we have mentioned here. The Beat‘s list of the 50 best comics of 2020 includes titles by seasoned creators and up-and-coming talents.   Forbes has put out their list of The Best Graphic Novels of 2020.   Polygon has […]

Posted on: Dec 18, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on And the Company You Keep Too

Paul E. Fitzgerald – RIP

Journalist and civil servant Paul E. Fitzgerald has passed away. Paul Edward (Fitz) FitzgeraldNovember 26, 1926 – December 3, 2020   From the obituary: He entered the US Army as an enlisted man during WW2, serving as a heavy weapons crewman. After completing Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in charge […]

Posted on: Dec 6, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Magazines, Obituary, Publications, Comments: Comments Off on Paul E. Fitzgerald – RIP

Hey Kids! Comics! – A November Addendum

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for November 2020 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. A number of November books have come to notice since the mid-month list. The Undiscovered Master: Bob Briare: The Story of a Man, His […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! – A November Addendum

Nate, Max, and Lincoln Peirce

Cartoonist and author Lincoln (Big Nate) Peirce is interviewed as his 2nd Max and the Midknights book is soon to be released. [H]ow are Nate and Max different? Nate has a much bigger ego than Max and is convinced of his own exceptionality. He’s older than Max is, but not as emotionally mature. He’s impulsive […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Nate, Max, and Lincoln Peirce

Cartoonists Chronicles 20-11-19

Accounts of comic/cartoon history that we stumbled on this past week. Eustace Tilley: Origins of an Icon Alex Jay’s short pictorial…     leads us to R. C. Harvey’s 2017 True History of Eustace Tilley essay at The Comics Journal. Eustace Tilley is the name given to the 19th century boulevardier languidly inspecting a passing […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists Chronicles 20-11-19

A Cartooning Menagerie

Small Newspapers and Freelance Cartoonists Small Market Sports © Bill Charbonneau Darren Johnson on getting cartoons for small newspapers: Still, when I started publishing newspapers 11 years ago – after working at other publications – I imagined that a cartoonist would be important to this hoped-for media empire. I did an Internet search and found […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Movies, Newspaper industry, Television, Comments: 3 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Horn Of Plenty

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for November 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Pogo The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: Pockets Full of Pie (Vol. 7)   So Embarrassing   Gross Exaggerations: The Meshuga Comic […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2020,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Horn Of Plenty

Cartoonist Chronicles

Recent (and not-so-recent) articles on comic and cartoon history. God’s Man, A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynn Ward This is “Gods’ Man,” a 1929 black-and-white wordless novel that tells a Faustian tale of ambition, love, greed and death. It’s by the illustrator and woodcut artist Lynd Ward. It is widely regarded as the first American […]

Posted on: Nov 12, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic and Cartooning News Items

© King Features Syndicate Hägar the Horrible is slated for prime time animation. From Deadline: Hägar the Horrible is set to make a raid on the small screen with an animated family sitcom series in development. Fresh Off the Boat writer and producer Eric Ziobrowski is writing the adaptation, which comes from King Features, the […]

Posted on: Nov 10, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Publishers, web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

The Conciseness of the One Panel Cartoon

“A Wealth of Pigeons” by Harry Bliss and Steve Martin will soon be released. [Steve] Martin, who collaborate[s] with New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss, calls cartooning comedy’s last frontier. “It was a completely unique experience,’ he said. “It’s the precision of one thing. This is a one-second link between the picture and the words, or […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on The Conciseness of the One Panel Cartoon