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National Cartoonist Society announces Division Award nominees

The National Cartoonist Society has announced the 2014 Division Awards aka Silver Reubens (or tongue in cheek the “Steckleys”). The winners will be announced during the annual NCS Reuben Awards dinner on May 23rd. This year’s Reuben Awards will be held in Washington D.C. Congratulations to the nominees. EDITORIAL CARTOONS Clay Bennett Michael Ramirez Jen […]

Posted on: Apr 1, 2015,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Television, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Profiled: Dave Coverly and his new book Dogs are People Too

Speed Bump creator Dave Coverly has a new book out called “Dogs Are People, Too: A Collection of Cartoons to Make Your Tail Wag“. From The Ann Arbor News Though Coverly found plenty of material, he assumed that he’d need to find a “small, boutique-y publisher” for the book. But then an editor at Macmillen […]

Posted on: Mar 24, 2015,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Exploring Calvin & Hobbes site launches; new book next week

Universal Uclick has launched a new website to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of the launch of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. On the site you can buy Calvin and Hobbes books, reprints and the book, Exploring Calvin and Hobbes An Exhibition Catalogue. The new book is the catalogue for Bill’s exhibition at the Billy […]

Posted on: Mar 6, 2015,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Bob Weber publishes two Slylock Fox books

Bob Weber’s Slylock Fox and Comics for Kids is hitting Amazon. Andrews McMeel Publishing is publishing two Slylock Fox books: Go Fun! Slylock Fox Mystery Puzzles and Go Fun! Spot Six Differences . The books are due out in June.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2015,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Dan Collins is going to hell for the third time

Dan Collins has released his third e-book in the Cartoons That Will Send Me Straight To Hell series. His e-book business appears to be growing in the number of titles and distribution outlets. Dan tells me this latest book is selling in 14 different e-book sellers. Click the cover image below to go to Amazon […]

Posted on: Feb 19, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, eBooks, Comments: 1 Comment

Audio: The Art of Richard Thompson discussion

Last week, the editors of The Art of Richard Thompson gathered for an evening to talk about Richard Thompson. Below is the audio to that discussion. I’ll post video if I see that someone captured it.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2014,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Audio: The Art of Richard Thompson discussion

Chris Browne publishes children’s book for South Dakota

I know a lot of newspaper cartoonists have migrated into the children’s books, so Hagar the Horrible cartoonist Chris Browne’s story isn’t unique in any way. I just enjoyed the off the cuff approach he took to pitching the book. By the time he was out the door, Browne had the whole storyline mapped out […]

Posted on: Dec 5, 2014,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

My review: The Art of Richard Thompson

This Tuesday “The Art of Richard Thompson” will hit book shelves everywhere. In one word, let me sum up the experience of reading this book: craft. Richard Thompson is a master of his craft – whether it is illustration, caricature or cartooning, his work stands out as something extraordinary. Those of us who have seen […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2014,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Captain Underpants is #1 banned book in America. Again

Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants has topped the list of books that were banned or challenged in 2013 according to the Office for Intellectual Freedom. The reasons cited include “offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence.” Also making the list this year – as far as other comic/cartoon related books are concerned: Jeff Smith’s Bone series […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2014,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Graphic Novel sales up 10% this year

From Publisher’s Weekly: According to Nielsen Bookscan?s numbers, the graphic novel category is up 10% this year over 2013. As of September 14, graphic novels have sold 5,618,000 copies in 2014, up from 5,116,000 in 2013. The number matches up with the most recent figures from Diamond Comics Distributors, which showed graphic novels up 3.81% […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2014,  Section: Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Graphic Novel sales up 10% this year

Alison Bechdel named 2014 MacArthur Fellow and with it $625k

Dykes to Watch Out For creator Alison Bechdel has been named along with 20 other individuals as 2014 MacArthur Fellows – a distinction that not only carries the label of “genius” but also a cash award of $625,000 no-strings-attaached prize. From the Burlington Free Press: Bechdel, who lives in Bolton, had won a creative lottery. […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2014,  Section: Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Alison Bechdel named 2014 MacArthur Fellow and with it $625k

Rob Harrell’s new book “Life of Zarf” hits shelves

Adam@Home cartoonist Rob Harrell has a middle grade novel out called Life of Zarf: The Trouble with Weasels The description on Amazon: It?s not easy being Zarf. As a troll, he’s stuck at the bottom of the middle school hierarchy, way below the prince and knights (populars), ogres and giants (jocks), and even the lowly […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2014,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Rob Harrell’s new book “Life of Zarf” hits shelves

Profiled: Randall Munroe and his new book What If?

Rolling Stone Magazine profiles XKCD cartoonist Randall Monroe and his new book, “What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” Since 2012, Munroe has also been answering weekly reader questions about science, ranging from “What would it take to stop an out-of-control freight train using only b.b. guns?” to “What would happen if you tried […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2014,  Section: Books, Comic strips, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: Randall Munroe and his new book What If?

Archie cartoonist Stan Goldberg passes at age 82

Sad news in the cartooning community as news that Archie cartoonist Stan Goldberg has passed away at the age of 82 after suffering a stroke. Tribute from National Cartoonists Society President Tom Richmond: It?s with great sadness I pass on the news that comic book legend Stan Goldberg passed away today at age 82 from […]

Posted on: Sep 2, 2014,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

San Diego Comic-Con files suit against Salt Lake Comic Con

Salt Lake Comic Con organizers essentially shrugged off the cease and desist letter from San Diego Comic-Con and so SDCC has filed a suit against the fledgling comic con. At issue is the use of the phrase “comic con” with no hyphen. SDCC owns the trademark for “comic-con” and believes Salt Lake Comic Con is […]

Posted on: Aug 9, 2014,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Conventions, Comments: 2 Comments