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Dick Kulpa – RIP

Cartoonist and caricaturist Dick Kulpa has passed away. Richard Allen (Dick) Kulpa January 12, 1953 – January 3, 2020   Family and friends of Dick Kulpa are reporting his death. … a few days ago when a hospital visit about one thing turned into a deadly diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. Dick found a battle […]

Posted on: Jan 5, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Auld Lang Syne: Cartoonist Chronicles-201231

Some articles and essays dealing with comic history from this past week. A sad fact of life is that Rob Stolzer only infrequently posts to his Inkslinger blog. But when he does it is an essay filled with intelligence and wonder. Rob has rewarded us with a new end-of-the-year piece about an mostly unknown comic […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Auld Lang Syne: Cartoonist Chronicles-201231

Christmas Eve Cartoonist Chronicles-20201224

Historical Comic and Cartoon articles from the past week. Starting with the man who created the modern Santa Claus seems appropriate. Grunge relates The Tragic Death of Thomas Nast.   Pamela L. Travers was notoriously hard to deal with, as The Conversation notes in Mary Shepherd: The Artist Who Brought Mary Poppins to Life.   […]

Posted on: Dec 24, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Christmas Eve Cartoonist Chronicles-20201224

The Company You Keep

Keith Knight, Tove Jansson, Charles Addams, Matt Groening, Aaron MacGruder, Edward Gorey, E. H. Shepard, Liz Montague, and others. Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson spent many summers at a remote mökki (cottage), enjoying idyllic moments that would later make their way into the stories of her famous comic strip, The Moomins. Cartoonist Keith Knight’s The K […]

Posted on: Dec 18, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

The End of Original Art – A Lament

With the growing popularity of digital drawing, original art is becoming a thing of the past. Maybe no one really cares about that anymore. In the end, it’s about the finished work and not the journey that gets you there…right? That’s true, but if you’ve ever held an original inked page by Wally Wood, or a […]

Posted on: Dec 5, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 6 Comments

Schulz, Seuss Among Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities

Forbes‘ list of The Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities of 2020 include two cartoonists.   Charles Schulz, with his Peanuts empire, is a regular member of this group since his death twenty years ago. Helping Schulz to remain on the list this year was a nice Peanuts deal with Apple TV+ (you may have heard about the […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Schulz, Seuss Among Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities

Cartoonists in Conversation: The Power of Black Ink

Join cartoonists Robb Armstrong,Darrin Bell,Keith “Keef” Knight,Elizabeth Montague, and Bianca Xunise as they discuss the Black experience as told through graphic novels and comic stories. Robb Armstrong, who inspired the last name of the Peanuts character Franklin Armstrong, is the creator of the groundbreaking comic strip, Jump Start, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Darrin Bell […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists in Conversation: The Power of Black Ink

Happy 90th to New Yorker Cartoonist Ed Frascino

Edward Frascino cartoon © The New Yorker/Condé Nast On November 15, 2020 Edward Frascino celebrated his 90th birthday. For the past 55 years of that time Ed has been contributing cartoons and drawings to The New Yorker (and for seven years before that he was a gag/idea man for the magazine’s other cartoonists). MM: You […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Happy 90th to New Yorker Cartoonist Ed Frascino

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

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

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…

Happy Birthday to Senior Stripper Wayne Horne

  We wish a very Happy Birthday to Wayne Horne, a new name on our Senior Strippers list. Wayne was born on September 29, 1927 and celebrates 93 years today. While we usually welcome Senior Strippers in their 90th year we just learned about Wayne’s birthday recently.    Wayne’s artist son Doug posted a few […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Happy Birthday to Senior Stripper Wayne Horne

Jackie Ormes Honored with Google Doodle

Today (September 1) cartoonist Jackie Ormes is being honored with a Google Doodle slideshow. Jackie Ormes was born Zelda Mavin Jackson on August 1, 1911, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She taught herself to draw at an early age and showcased her skills with a page of cartoons in her high school yearbook. After graduation, she entered […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Hy Eisman: A Life in Comics Feature Documentary

With over 70 years of drawing and writing and teaching comics, Hy Eisman can certainly fill a documentary. The current cartoonist of the Popeye Sunday page is the subject of a documentary … with our help. Marco Cutrone and Vincent Zambrano are organizing a fundraiser to complete the production of a film celebrating Hy’s achievements. […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Comments: 2 Comments