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Newton Burch – RIP

Illustrator and cartoonist Newton Burch has passed away.   Newton Clay (Bud) BurchOctober 5, 1925 – March 24, 2021 illustrator, art director, cartoonist   From the obituary: Bud attended Drake University and later The Art Institute of Chicago. Bud worked for the State of Iowa as an artist 25 years. After Bud retired he became […]

Posted on: Apr 20, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Liza Donnelly: Cartoonist, Historian, Advocate

Young Liza had succeeded in fulfilling a lifelong dream. In 1979 Liza Donnelly joined three other women as the female force of New Yorker cartoonists; there were more than ten times that many male cartoonists contributing to the magazine then. Not long before that she was made aware that she was a “woman cartoonist,” prior […]

Posted on: Apr 12, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

Bunny Matthews Crowd Funder for Final Costs

New Orleans alternative cartoonist and music critic Bunny Matthews has decided to discontinue cancer treatment and entered hospice. His family has created a crowd funding page for final costs. From Gambit: Jude Matthews said in a statement on the Musicians Clinic’s website that his father’s life earnings from his prolific creative works have been “snapped […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Comments: 0 Comments

Ladies Night at The Daily Cartoonist

© Bianca Xunise Xunise’s work is funny and thoughtful. Her linework has this playful energy, and she has a masterful talent for playing with tone in different ways, even as her work shifts from moving personal stories to deep political analysis to elegant and perfectly structured gag cartoons. She is part of the great tradition […]

Posted on: Apr 5, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

2020 NCS Divisional Reuben Nominees (part one)

The National Cartoonists Society has released the nominees for five 2020 Reuben Divisional Award categories that need members to vote for a winner. They are: GAG CARTOONS Kendra Allenby Robert Leighton Ellis Rosen   NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS Brian Crane – Pickles   Jeff Parker & Steve Kelley – Dustin Ricardo Siri (Liniers) – Macanudo   […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2021,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on 2020 NCS Divisional Reuben Nominees (part one)

Jerry Lazare – RIP

Artist and illustrator Gerald Lazare has passed away. Gerald John (Jerry) Lazare September 25, 1927 – March 23, 2021 painter, illustrator, comic artist Gerald Lazare began his professional art career creating comic books for Canada’s Bell Features during World War II after U.S. comic books were banned. From the Comic Book Daily entry: He was […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Jerry Lazare – RIP

40 Years of Bill Suddick & the Beach Metro News

The Beach Metro News (originally Ward 9 News) is celebrating its golden anniversary. As part of that they interviewed cartoonist Bill Suddick who has been with the paper for most of that time. “I started to realize that I might be able to make a living doing art. I didn’t listen to well-meaning adults who […]

Posted on: Mar 10, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 40 Years of Bill Suddick & the Beach Metro News

Johnny Sampson, The Last Idiot Standing?

Johnny Sampson began his comics career with a sideways tribute to Al Jaffee. In Tru-ly MAD-ly, the Chicago illustrator gets an assignment in 2013 from the editors of Pitchfork’s new magazine, The Pitchfork Review, to duplicate MAD‘s secret weapon: the Fold-In, an intricately designed transformer painting invented by MAD‘s scientist of cartooning, Al Jaffee. Like […]

Posted on: Mar 5, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Johnny Sampson, The Last Idiot Standing?

Black (Comics) History Month

There is a growing and welcome sub-genre of comics history that deals with African American cartoonists and the work they have produced. Below, some books off the shelf dealing with the subject. Invisible Men by Ken Quattro is the most recent of the books about Black cartoonists. This deals with the Golden Age of comic […]

Posted on: Feb 1, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Caricature, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

This ‘n’ That from This Week That Was

I’m not going to make a habit of commenting on things I’ve drawn, but I think I do need to say a few things about “Club Nematoda,” a kind of Village Vanguard I had imagined for some hipster worms. Saying nothing would have been like a cartoon hit-and-run; I had to go back and explain […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on This ‘n’ That from This Week That Was

In Praise of the Gagman

Cartoonist Jason Chatfield appreciates occasional collaborator Scott Dooley. In 2018, after 15 years of freelancing as a cartoonist and having been published many times flying solo, I started collaborating with my friend and fellow comic, Scott Dooley to share the frequent anxiety (and sporadic joy) of submitting New Yorker cartoons. I hadn’t done this before […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

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