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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

Tales From The Reuben – cranky digression

So – there I am reading about book deals on the Publishers Weekly site, specifically to read about forthcoming Will McPhail projects: Rosenthal’s second big deal of the week was a preempt for two books from writer and cartoonist Will McPhail, whose work for the New Yorker has earned him the National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Discussion, Magazine cartoons, Opinion, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Tales From The Reuben – cranky digression

John Backderf draws Kent State Shootings

  Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the infamous Kent State shootings. In Spring of 2020 John Backderf and Abrams Books will release Kent State: Four Dead In Ohio. “I’ve boiled the story down to showing how it unfolded,” Derf said. “It’s a very personal account of this shocking event that still reverberates […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on John Backderf draws Kent State Shootings

Hey Kids! Comics! A Basketful of Books

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for April 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   The Star of the Telegram: The Cartoons of Harold Maples     Johnny Hazard The Newspaper Dailies Volume Seven: 1954-1956     Thelwell’s Pony […]

Posted on: Apr 18, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! A Basketful of Books

CSotD: The Voice of the Lobster

Doc and Raider sparks memories of my first post-divorce romance, in which two evenings a week were spent similarly lying in bed, though, in our case, we were watching Dynasty on Wednesdays and its spin-off series, the Colbys, on Thursdays. Unlike the boys, we made no attempt to sort out the nonsense playing out before […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

From Silver to Gold – The Week That Was

  Sped Right By Me Dave Coverly celebrated the Silver Anniversary of Speed Bump this past week (April 4?, 1994).     Entertaining and Educational Silver Reuben Gainesville radio station WDUN joins James Allen in celebrating the Sunday Mark Trail being nominated in the National Cartoonists Society‘s first Variety Entertainment divisional award. “So I submitted […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on From Silver to Gold – The Week That Was

Comics in the Mid-Week News

  Big Nate, Lincoln Peirce, and the Mid-School Kids Tuesday saw Nate Peirce entertain and inform the Westbrook Middle School about cartooning.     The Phantom Dies in Norway The Phantom is very popular in Australia, India, and the Scandinavian countries. Fantomet, the Norwegian translation of The Phantom, a comic strip featuring the feats of […]

Posted on: Apr 4, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comics in the Mid-Week News

A Few Comics-Related Things

From John Rose and the Daily News-Record Also: R. C. Harvey on T. K. Ryan and Tumbleweeds.     Cartoon County at the Bruce Museum Brian Walker, Neal Walker, Chance Browne, Greg Walker and Cullen Murphy The comics page has been a delight for generations of readers around the world. In southern Connecticut, its production […]

Posted on: Mar 21, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic strips, Museums, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on A Few Comics-Related Things

Mark Alan Stamaty Returns to MacDoodle St.

A new edition of the 1980 collection MacDoodle St. by Mark Alan Stamaty is being released with an added 24 pages including a brand-new, twenty-page autobiographical comic by Stamaty explaining what happened next and why MacDoodle St. never returned, in a unique, funny, and poignant look at the struggles and joys of being an artist. […]

Posted on: Mar 19, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Mark Alan Stamaty Returns to MacDoodle St.

Hey Kids! Comics! Spring Released

above: Macanudo by Liniers Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for March 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Laptops Are So Warm: An Ask a Cat Collection     Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of […]

Posted on: Mar 16, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Spring Released

Interviews: MacKay, Kelley, Griffith, Fies

  An Unapologetic Political Cartoonist WELLS: I saw on Twitter, I mean I just saw a bit of it, but he apologized and then he sort of apologized for the apology. But people started giving a hard time for apologizing. MACKAY: I think the big difference there is that he’s a freelancer so he doesn’t […]

Posted on: Mar 14, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on Interviews: MacKay, Kelley, Griffith, Fies

Walking and Talking with Jerry Craft

Steve Sheinkin is an author of fiction and non-fiction works and he is an illustrator of fiction and non-fiction works. Sometimes he blends the fiction and non-fiction and sometimes he blends the prose and the illustrations. Anyway… Steve also does graphic interviews with authors and illustrators, which he calls Walking and Talking with… Here he […]

Posted on: Mar 13, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Walking and Talking with Jerry Craft

Cartoonists: Bill Griffith, Tom Scott, Steve Ditko, Rube Goldberg, Jeff Kinney, Will McPhail

  Interview: Bill Griffith, Nobody’s Fool, and a Grand Career in Comics In 1976, Zippy began to appear in about 50 alternative weekly newspapers–syndicated only by me. From ’76 to ’85, Zippy was a weekly strip that I syndicated alone. In 1985, the San Francisco Examiner, a daily Hearst paper, was given over to a […]

Posted on: Mar 11, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists: Bill Griffith, Tom Scott, Steve Ditko, Rube Goldberg, Jeff Kinney, Will McPhail

Spinning the Cartoon Wheel of Stuff

Wwwwhhhirrrrrr…tic….tic…..tic……tac   Merrie Melodies, Silly Symphonies, and Looney Tunes Meet The Queen’s Cartoonists, a New York jazz band bringing back cartoon music. As I watched The Queen’s Cartoonists slip and slide through decades of cartoon music in a matter of minutes, with the animations projected on a large screen behind them, I followed a captivated […]

Posted on: Mar 1, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Contests, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Spinning the Cartoon Wheel of Stuff

Hey Kids! Comics! What I Want For Valentines’

above: Liò by Mark Tatulli   Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for February 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Just Fore Laughs   Lucy   The Comics Journal #303 (“bookazine”)   The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 8, […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! What I Want For Valentines’