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Nick Downes is the Latest Case For Pencils

A Case for Pencils asks cartoonists about the tools of the trade Nick Downes is the latest to take the survey, and he discounts my earlier theory (elsewhere today) that pencils are a thing of the past: I eschew electronic means of creating work as much as possible, as I enjoy the process of drawing, […]

Posted on: Feb 16, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Art Van Rhyn Retires at 90

Art Van Rhyn, The Cambrian cartoonist for 30 years, has decided to retire.   Kathy Tanner writing for both The Cambrian and the San Luis Obispo Tribune: He joined the newspaper’s cadre of freelancers in 1991, soon after I became a reporter there. The Cambrian’s editor asked Art to submit a cartoon, which he did. […]

Posted on: Feb 11, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Claire Bretécher – RIP

Famed French cartoonist Claire Bretécher has passed away. Claire Bretécher April 7, 1940 – February 10*, 2020 * A number of early reports gave February 11 as the date of passing. “Women in comic strips are usually portrayed either as shrews or movie stars. But in real life, women, like men, are neither of these […]

Posted on: Feb 11, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Cartoonist, Comic strips, International, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Elizabeth Montague Profiled at Washington Post

In the first cartoon Elizabeth Montague published in the New Yorker, two black women stand on a rooftop that overlooks a darkened cityscape. Above them, a Batman-inspired spotlight beams a message into the night sky: PER MY LAST EMAIL. Beneath them, the caption reads: “We’ve done all we can. It’s out of our hands now.” […]

Posted on: Feb 6, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 2 Comments

Swipe File – The Sipress Christmas Hanukkah

Cartoonist David Sipress recently had one of his New Yorker cartoons co opted for use in a conceptual art exhibit. Or as David says, “I wuz robbed.” David, in The New Yorker, tells of the appropriation: This is my original drawing of the cartoon. Haendel took my cartoon and reproduced it exactly in a different […]

Posted on: Feb 5, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Controversies, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Swipe File – The Sipress Christmas Hanukkah

Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper

Cartoonist Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper! Born February 4, 1930. From the Irish Comics Wiki: After working at a solicitor’s office and as an apprentice lithographer, he became a full-time artist in 1949. He sold his first cartoon to Punch at eighteen, and became a regular contributor. As a painter, he had his first […]

Posted on: Feb 4, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper

Bruce Plante Ends Cartoon Caption Contest

After five years and more than 300 caption-less cartoons, Bruce Plante and the Tulsa World have decided to end their Cartoon Caption Contest. Bruce Plante told The Daily Cartoonist that participation from amateur gag writers in the area was not as it had been in prior years, that he could use a free day during […]

Posted on: Feb 1, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Bruce Plante Ends Cartoon Caption Contest

Bianca Xunise – New Tuesday Chick

Tuesday January 28, 2020 saw the debut of a new cartoonist joining the Six Chix lineup. Bianca Xunise joined the panel this past Tuesday, and announced her new spot that same day: Scary Bradshaw @biancaxunise I’m thrilled to be brought on as a writer for Six Chix! I’ll also be the first black female cartoonist […]

Posted on: Jan 31, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Bianca Xunise – New Tuesday Chick

Roz Chast Sez: Cartoonists Stay With Your Passion

Roz Chast has advice for young cartoonists: Chast said aspiring artists should not be deterred from their passion. “Listen to the people who understand what you’re trying to do, who could offer you good advice,” she said. “There are people not understanding what you’re trying to do and put you down and think you’re going […]

Posted on: Jan 29, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Events, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Roz Chast Sez: Cartoonists Stay With Your Passion

Newbery Medal Winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft and his New Kid graphic novel make history. The School Library Journal reports: History was made at the 2020 Youth Media Awards in Philadelphia. A graphic novel has won the John Newbery Medal for the first time in its nearly 100-year history [emphasis added] as Jerry Craft earned the honor for New Kid. […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2020,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic history, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Newbery Medal Winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft

Do You Recognize This Caricature of a Man?

From ABC7: It’s not your average suspect sketch, but Riverside police are hoping a drawing will help them find a man who is suspected of robbing a caricature artist. Police say the suspect approached the victim at the Festival of Lights event in downtown Riverside on Dec. 5 and asked him for a portrait of […]

Posted on: Dec 20, 2019,  Section: Caricature, Cartoonist, Crime, Comments: Comments Off on Do You Recognize This Caricature of a Man?

new comic: Liz at Large by Elizabeth Montague

The Washington City Paper has a new panel cartoon. Welcome a new cartoon series—here for the next eight weeks. Liz at Large by Elizabeth Montague November 29*, 2019 – weekly panel Washington City Paper [began 2019(?) as webcomic] * The news was posted at the City Paper’s online site on Wednesday November 27; Wikipedia says […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on new comic: Liz at Large by Elizabeth Montague

Howard Cruse – RIP

Cartoonist Howard Cruse has passed away. Howard Russell Cruse May 2, 1944 – November 26, 2019   Howard’s daughter shared on Facebook earlier today: With sadness I share that my birth father passed this afternoon after a too short battle with cancer, with his dear friend Pam and loving husband Eddie by his side, among […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 5 Comments

Books – Reviews, Previews, and News

Eddie Campbell reviews Screwball for The Comics Journal: Screwball follows an isolated strain of comics history as opposed to those other books that tell the whole lot decade by decade or by lining up a canon of masters. Which is not say it isn’t linear: from Fred Opper to Boody Rogers, editor Paul Tumey locates […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Books – Reviews, Previews, and News

Centenarian Veteran and Cartoonist Honored

Ernie Poignant was born a few months after the end of World War 1, which made him of age to serve in World War 2. Today, a few months shy of his 101st birthday, Ernie was a guest of honor at Remembrance Day ceremonies. A legendary cartoonist and Second World War veteran came back to […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Centenarian Veteran and Cartoonist Honored