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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

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

This ‘n’ That, From Here ‘n’ There

Awwww. Avery’s Pikmin Adventure is a comic by cartoonist Chris Furniss. The Pikmin story is a “daily procedural comic, written and drawn on the fly”, with Chris’ son starring as the main character in the Pikmin universe. It’s actually made up of little note cards which are left for his [seven-year-old] son to read over […]

Posted on: Feb 6, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Books, Cartooning, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Magazines, Museums, Comments: 1 Comment

Origins of a Cartoonist, Rich Sparks Style

Not long after Rich Sparks moved to Chicago in 1982, he started a job at Carnival Foods, a grocery store in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Working in the produce department, Sparks was tasked with updating a sign advising customers to “Ring Bell for Service,” and in short order he’d transformed it into a sort […]

Posted on: Jan 29, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Roz Chast Sez: Cartoonists Stay With Your Passion

Roz Chast has advice for young cartoonists: Chast said aspiring artists should not be deterred from their passion. “Listen to the people who understand what you’re trying to do, who could offer you good advice,” she said. “There are people not understanding what you’re trying to do and put you down and think you’re going […]

Posted on: Jan 29, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Events, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Roz Chast Sez: Cartoonists Stay With Your Passion

Kevin Cannon Named Minnesota State Fair Artist

The Minnesota State Fair has named Kevin Cannon as 2020 Commemorative Artist. Twin Cities Pioneer Press is reporting: Twin Cities cartoonist and illustrator Kevin Cannon has been selected to create the official 2020 Minnesota State Fair commemorative art. His original interpretation of the Great Minnesota Get-Together will be unveiled at the State Fairgrounds in June. […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Events, Illustration, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Kevin Cannon Named Minnesota State Fair Artist

Newbery Medal Winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft and his New Kid graphic novel make history. The School Library Journal reports: History was made at the 2020 Youth Media Awards in Philadelphia. A graphic novel has won the John Newbery Medal for the first time in its nearly 100-year history [emphasis added] as Jerry Craft earned the honor for New Kid. […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2020,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic history, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Newbery Medal Winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft

Barbara Remington – RIP

Illustrator Barbara Remington has passed away. Barbara Remington June 23, 1929 – January 23, 2020   Artist and illustrator Barbara Remington may be a little off-topic here but she was the cover artist for my copies of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Remington illustrated the original American paperback editions of “The Hobbit” […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2020,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Barbara Remington – RIP

So, This Happened (Clearing a Backlog of Items)

Lynn Johnston has a new outlet for her licensed products.   What Would Mary Do?   Washington Post on the current Library of Congress comics exihibit.   Perks of Being Short – A Brisa Cartoon and Commentary Gallery.   Who’s the caricaturist?   Kevin Cooley Wins 2020 Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award.   Hollywood’s Lalo […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2020,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on So, This Happened (Clearing a Backlog of Items)

Cathy Got Schooled, And Continues To Learn

After a sheltered childhood in Midland, Mich., Guisewite yearned to attend a college where her world could be expanded. So she packed her neatly ironed blouses, short skirts, and knee sox in her suitcase and headed to Ann Arbor. “At Michigan, I was introduced to different cultures, races, and ideas,” recalls Guisewite, who soon ditched […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Cathy Got Schooled, And Continues To Learn

[Pay] Only What’s Necessary

Only What’s Necessary, Chip Kidd’s second look at Peanuts materials is now at two-thirds off its $40 cover price over at bn.com. Don’t know how long it will last. but as of this writing it is only $12.95 for the hardcover. For Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts, renowned designer […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment