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CSotD: Loved You Madly

My father brought this magazine back from a business trip. I was on the verge of turning 8, which was a little young for it, though I liked the parts I could figure out. But my brother was 12 and right in the sweet spot. He got himself a subscription and so I was able […]

Posted on: Jul 4, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Hey Kids! First Amendment Comics!

  Matt Wuerker and Ann Telnaes, in association with Jenny Robb and Lucy Caswell, are going to try put together a small book/bookazine/catalogue based on the current Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and The First Amendment exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Matt is asking for some help in gathering material for the […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! First Amendment Comics!

Hey Kids! Essentials Comics!

Essentials is a series from IDW Publishing through their Library of American Comics imprint. These books are 4.4 inches high and 11.5 inches long and ?1.2 inches thick, printing one daily strip per page. The books more or less cover an entire year. And for this Independence Week IDW is offering them at a 25% […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

The Future of The Nib, Again

It was reported Friday that First Look Media made the decision to end funding for The Nib along with shuttering the web magazine Topic.com at the end of July. That is true and something that I’ve been dealing with the results of for a few weeks now. That leaves me writing yet another post on […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Future of The Nib, Again

CSotD: Defining ‘Normal’

Doc and Raider is starting a new arc that I’ll be watching with interest, because I’m increasingly unsure about any kind of normality, much less “heteronormativity,” which Wikipedia defines as “the belief that heterosexuality, predicated on the gender binary, is the norm or default sexual orientation.” Teen Vogue, which tends to tackle hard topics, has […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Buy Dad a Book

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for June 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Prince Valiant Vol. 19 1973-1974 by Hal Foster     Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Artist’s Edition     The Blue Day Book Illustrated Edition: […]

Posted on: Jun 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Buy Dad a Book

Elliott Advisors Buy Barnes & Noble

  In a seismic shift for the book trade, Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Barnes & Noble in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $683m (£537m), including the assumption of debt. James Daunt, chief executive of Waterstones, will assume also the role of c.e.o. of Barnes & Noble […]

Posted on: Jun 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Elliott Advisors Buy Barnes & Noble

Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

  Epic, the digital reading platform and library for kids, is teaming up with Andrews McMeel Publishing, home to Big Nate and Calvin & Hobbes, to produce a line of children’s books. Under the new arrangement, AMP will publish print editions of Epic Originals digital books, a content line that Epic debuted in March.   […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, eBooks, Publishers, Universal Press, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

AMP Kids Summer BINGO

  Andrews McMeel Publishing – Kids has a new program that encourages kids to continue reading during their summer break from school (and sell a few of their books while doing so).   Be the first to join our Summer Reading BINGO Giveaway! You could win fabulous prizes, including a full set of 25 comics […]

Posted on: May 30, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on AMP Kids Summer BINGO

The Art of Doodling: Cocteau, Warhol and Twain

The Paris Review has an excerpt from the book Scrawl: an A to Z of Famous Doodles by Todd Strauss-Schulson, Caren Strauss-Schulson, and Claudia Strauss-Schulson which looks into the legendary “doodle” collection of their father. From the piece: Over the course of his career, he (David Schulson) amassed arguably the most impressive private collection of […]

Posted on: May 22, 2019,  Section: Books, Comments: 1 Comment

Middle School Graphic Novels – It’s a Big Thing

Brian Hibbs, at ComicsBeat, goes in-depth for us examining the BookScan numbers for the 2018 Graphic Novel section. It’s time to look at graphic novel sales in 2018. Implausibly, this is the sixteenth annual report of something that is hard to exactly perceive and understand: the size and shape of the sales of graphic novels […]

Posted on: May 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Middle School Graphic Novels – It’s a Big Thing

2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

The National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year presented May 18, 2019 (nominees listed, winner highlighted):   Lynda Barry Brian Basset Stephan Pastis Hilary Price Mark Tatulli   The 11th time is the charm for Stephan!! above photo via National Cartoonists Society   hat tip: Anne Morse-Hambrock and TomHeintjes      

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on 2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

Ed Koren Wins IBPA Gold

  Vermont artist Edward Koren’s new book “Koren. In the Wild” is the gold medal winner of the 31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for humor. Sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the award celebrates excellence in book editorial and design.     Koren, of Brookfield, a frequent contributor to New Yorker magazine, is […]

Posted on: May 18, 2019,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartooning, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Ed Koren Wins IBPA Gold

Hey Kids! Comics! May Books Be With You

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for May 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)     The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972 (Vol. 11) Paperback     Prince Valiant Vol. 19 1973-1974     30 Years Of Matt     Superman: […]

Posted on: May 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! May Books Be With You

Kids’ Graphic Novels Lead Comic Book Sales

  Led by sales of the graphic novel format, total sales of graphic novels and periodical comics in the U.S. and Canada was approximately $1.09 billion in 2018, according to a joint estimate by trade news sites ICv2 and Comichron. From Publishers Weekly: Although sales via the direct market (aka the comics shop market) were […]

Posted on: May 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Kids’ Graphic Novels Lead Comic Book Sales