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The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Over 1200 pages long with more than 1200 new entries, this is a bibliography of articles and books on all aspects of comic and cartoon art including comic books, comic strips, cartoons, animation, editorial cartoons, newly updated as of the end of 2018. The electronic book, a non DRM PDF, includes tens of thousands of […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons of 2020

The New Yorker‘s assistant cartoon editor Colin Stokes checked Instagram to see which cartoons from the magazine during the year 2020 got the most “likes” and shares the 26 most popular. Of course it is too soon to know if any of them will join the few other New Yorker cartoons with their own Wikipedia […]

Posted on: Dec 14, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons of 2020

Not The Same As Before – doing some updating

Tom Richmond Answers Your MAD Questions The word spread last year that MAD magazine would no longer publish. We here even contributed to that idea by reporting what others, some knowledgeable, were saying. Former MAD contributor Tom Richmond responds to that and other questions about MAD magazine. Claim: MAD stopped publishing years ago/last year/recently. Verdict: […]

Posted on: Dec 13, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Magazines, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Not The Same As Before – doing some updating

Fun with Philately – Message Monsters

The United States Postal Service has announced their planned stamps to be issued for 2021, and while there are no explicit comic strip or cartoon characters being honored as there was this past year, there is a cartooning related set of stamps that looks great. The four fun designs on this new pane of 20 […]

Posted on: Dec 5, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Fun with Philately – Message Monsters

Comics and Cartoons In The News

Early Daily Peanuts Comic Strip Auctions for $192,000 From Bleeding Cool: Charles Schulz‘s Peanuts syndicated comic strip began its 17897 strip, 50-year run on October 2, 1950.  Snoopy first appeared just two days later on October 4, 1950.  An earliest-days Peanuts comic strip from November 17, 1950 has just hammered at Heritage Auctions for $192,000 […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2020,  Section: Animation, Auctions, Cartooning, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

When Steve Martin was a Ghost Gag Writer

It seems that before famed comedian Steve Martin teamed up with famed cartoonist Harry Bliss last year, Steve had earlier been writing gags for a cartoonist. No, this is not about his 2007 collaboration with Roz Chast. At Inkspill Michael Maslin pulls a line from today’s New York Times interview with Steve Martin (or read […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on When Steve Martin was a Ghost Gag Writer

If Your Show Never Got a MAD Parody, You Buy One

  Stars can have a mega-hit movie or a short-run television show, either way it don’t matter unless they are featured in a MAD parody. So, after ten years without being satirized in MAD, and no chance for one in the the foreseeable future with MAD down to reprints, what’s a producer to do? Well, […]

Posted on: Nov 6, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on If Your Show Never Got a MAD Parody, You Buy One

Cartoonists’ Profiles

© Grant Snider Grant Snider, whose newest collection “I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf,” was nominated for a 2020 Goodreads Choice Award gets profiled in The Derby Informer. Once he went off to college at the University of Kansas, Snider began drawing comics for the student newspaper, “The University Daily Kansan.” He was drawing […]

Posted on: Nov 5, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists’ Profiles

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

The Sunday Social Session

Art Spiegelman artwork © Art Spiegelman In the age-old discussion about when comics finally “grew up” Maus is often exhibit A. The New Yorker called it “the first masterpiece in comic-book history”. It’s the comic that people who don’t read comics have read, and the only graphic novel ever to have won a Pulitzer prize. […]

Posted on: Oct 18, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Sunday Social Session

Paul F. Gray Joins the Senior Strippers Club

A(nother) belated notice that Paul Frank Gray is now a dues-paying member of the Senior Strippers club. We wish the Reverend Paul Gray a happy and blessed belated birthday, born October 10, 1930. From Assemblies of God last December: Since 2002, Gray has drawn the faith-based cartoon “Shades of Gray” for the religious page of […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartooning, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Paul F. Gray Joins the Senior Strippers Club

More Honors for Lynda Barry

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports: Cartoonist, writer and teacher Lynda Barry has been honored with Oregon State University’s Stone Award for literary achievement. Barry will be honored on campus on April 29, 2021, with a possible virtual appearance possible. The Stone Award comes with a cash prize of $20,000. Previous winners have included Colson Whitehead (last […]

Posted on: Oct 13, 2020,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Events, Comments: 1 Comment

In Other Cartooning News…

UW–Madison’s Lynda Barry is the recipient of the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, which is chosen by a secret ballot of the members of the National Cartoonists Society. This recognition is considered by many to be the cartooning profession’s highest honor. The University of Wisconsin – Madison celebrates one of its own […]

Posted on: Oct 3, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on In Other Cartooning News…

Inktober Starts Today

Every October there is a celebration of ink drawing with the surprising codification of Inktober. Many artists go freelance while others take up “prompt” challenges. This year IDW through its Library of American Comics brand has the challenge I’m excited about. We know many of you are artists, cartoonists and illustrators! Many of you have […]

Posted on: Oct 1, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Events, Comments: Comments Off on Inktober Starts Today

CXC Weekend, October 1 – 4, 2020

The 2020 Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, like other events and gatherings this year, is online. The CXC is “an international showcase for the best of cartoon art in all its forms, including comics, animation, editorial cartoons, newspaper strips, and beyond.” And this year’s roster of guests explores all those areas of cartooning. With Special Guest Appearances. […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Cartooning, Events, Festival of Cartoon Art, Gatherings, Comments: Comments Off on CXC Weekend, October 1 – 4, 2020