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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

Comic Strips: Recent News and Revues

November 7 Cartooning Workshop for Beginners with Rick Stromoski art © Rick Stromoski Learn how to draw cartoon characters and animals with Rick Stromoski. Kids will gain an understanding of how to create an infinite number of characters and a variety of expressions just by altering a few shapes and/or lines to a drawing. Students […]

Posted on: Nov 1, 2020,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic strips, International, Syndicates, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strips: Recent News and Revues

Doonesbury at 50

It was October 1970 and a few newspapers were willing to take a chance on a new comic strip about college life from a recent college graduate.         Doonesbury and all supporting characters © G. B. Trudeau On October 26, 1970 college students Mike and BD made their national debut in the Doonesbury comic […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonists on Parade

Hitpig © Aniventure Hitpig Limited Berkeley Breathed‘s newest project moves closer to production. Animation Magazine: Aniventure has revealed the voice cast for its new animated feature, HITPIG!, along with a first look at the Berkeley Breathed project’s concept art and details of the porky plot… Set in a futuristic cyberpunk world, HITPIG! is a riotous […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2020,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists on Parade

Books 2020

The book business is seeing a better year, as Publishers Weekly reports. A number of big summer bestsellers, a surge in interest in books on social justice, and ongoing demand by parents for children’s books that both educate and entertain combined to continue to push up unit sales of print books through this year’s third […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2020,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Books 2020

CSotD: Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Steve Brodner (Ind) starts us off with the State of the Disunion. It’s a touchy situation, because, on the one hand, people still need to show up and vote or we’re back where we landed in 2016. On the other hand, it’s encouraging and uplifting to see how the people appear to be rising up […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2020,  Section: Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Rare Schulz Peanuts Drawing Rediscovered?

Publisher Nat Gertler is a go-to guy for Peanuts trivia. He recently published a new edition of Miss Caroline, and while doing so he noticed our obituary of Miss Caroline creator Gerald Gardner. Again, go-to guy for Peanuts trivia. Our obituary reproduced an October 6, 1963 Gerald Gardner article from The Chicago Tribune about mass […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

Macanudo © Liniers, distributed by King Features Syndicate   Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1919-1921   Frankie Comics   BB3X: […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

Robb Armstrong Goes Home Again

October 2, 1989. What better way to celebrate 31 years of JumpStart than to issue a 30th Anniversary book. The October 4, 2020 JumpStart made a sideways note about the book. JumpStart © Ruff Sketch, Inc. Robb Armstrong is the first Black cartoonist to have a comic strip run for 30 consecutive years. To honor […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Robb Armstrong Goes Home Again

Jerry Craft – Class Act

Jerry Craft’s middle-grade graphic novel New Kid broke new ground in more ways than one: it was the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal(it also won the Coretta Scott King Author Award and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature), and it’s the first mainstream middle-grade graphic novel to frankly depict the everyday racism […]

Posted on: Oct 2, 2020,  Section: Books, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Jerry Craft – Class Act

Dog Man: Grime and Punishment debuts at #1

With a five million copy print run, the newest Dav Pilkey book Dog Man: Grime and Punishment debuted as the #1 best seller across all genres. NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dog Man is the top dog! The global bestselling series by author and illustrator Dav Pilkey makes a triumphant return to the #1 […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comments: Comments Off on Dog Man: Grime and Punishment debuts at #1

Hey Kids! Comics! A Bountiful Harvest

hat tip to Adrienne Hedger for the above book comic Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2020 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Drawing Fire: The Editorial Cartoons of Bill Mauldin   Be More Snoopy   […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! A Bountiful Harvest

74th Annual Reuben Awards/2020 NCSFest Lineup

The National Cartoonist Society has released its schedule for the September 12, 2020 NCSFest and Reuben Awards.   Streaming broadcast begins at10am Saturday, September 12 at NCSFest.com   Official Welcome to NCSFest 2020 from NCS President & thank you’s.   From Panels to Publishing  (90 mins) Guests: Mark Tatulli, Terri Libenson, Maria Scrivan, and Rob […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments