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Original Art to Rare 1953 Peanuts Promotional Item

In the Spring of 1954 newspaper readers were offered, for the price of a self-addressed stamped envelope, “The Peanuts Album.” a twelve page booklet featuring the then stars of Charles M. Schulz‘s comic strip. As the promo above notes there were 10,000 of the items printed, now a rarity. But now the original art for […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonist Chronicles

Recent (and not-so-recent) articles on comic and cartoon history. God’s Man, A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynn Ward This is “Gods’ Man,” a 1929 black-and-white wordless novel that tells a Faustian tale of ambition, love, greed and death. It’s by the illustrator and woodcut artist Lynd Ward. It is widely regarded as the first American […]

Posted on: Nov 12, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: 2 Comments

A (Belated) Happy 90th to R. O. Blechman

R. O. (Bob) Blechman, a master of animation and illustration, celebrated his 90th birthday on October 1, 2020. Whether on animation cels or as ink on paper Blechmans lines are instantly recognizable (and much imitated). Steven Heller, at Print, joins in the celebration of his friend.   above: covers for The New Yorker and Story […]

Posted on: Oct 12, 2020,  Section: Animation, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on A (Belated) Happy 90th to R. O. Blechman

Tales From Cartooning

Joe Kubert is an acknowledged master of the comic arts,but here Mark Avila appreciates him as the greatest teacher of the comic arts.   The Society of Illustrators has organized ways for you to enjoy the Museum and our programming online! This includes exhibits, panels, podcasts, and children’s activities. Explore our #MuseumFromHome through our new […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2020,  Section: Animation, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Tales From Cartooning

LYNDA BARRY Wins THE REUBEN AWARD as 2019 CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR

Not meaning to downplay the efforts of the other National Cartoonists Society deserving nominees for Cartoonist of the Year, but I can’t remember being happier on hearing who won The Reuben than I was when Lynda Barry was named today.   I am overjoyed by this recognition of Lynda’s talent. She makes me happy. I […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 1 Comment

74th Annual Reuben Awards – Divisional Winners

Nominees and Winners for the Divisional Reuben Awards for work in 2019.   EDITORIAL CARTOONING   winner:     MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION winner:     NEWSPAPER PANELS winner:     GAG CARTOONS winner:     ONLINE COMICS – SHORT FORM winner:     ONLINE COMICS – LONG FORM winner:     ONLINE ANIMATION winner:     […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on 74th Annual Reuben Awards – Divisional Winners

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

Al Jaffee, at 99, is Interviewed

When you worked for Eisner and then when you got out of the service and worked for Stan Lee, were all of your colleagues obsessed with comics? Did you talk a lot about comics and the artists in the field. I think in the back of the minds of everybody who could draw straight figures […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Al Jaffee, at 99, is Interviewed

Silverstein: A Man Named Shel

Last night, while I lay thinking here,Some Whatifs crawled inside my earAnd pranced and partied all night longAnd sang their same old Whatif song:Whatif I flunk that test?Whatif green hair grows on my chest?Whatif nobody likes me?Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?… from A Light in the Attic   When asked many years ago […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comments: 2 Comments

Joe Sinnott – RIP

Famed comic book artist Joe Sinnott has passed away. Joseph Leonard (Joe) Sinnott October 16, 1926 – June 25, 2020 From the Joe Sinnott Facebook notice: It with great sorrow that we must announce the passing of Joltin’ Joe Sinnott on June 25th at 8:40am at the age of 93. He went peacefully with the […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Al Jaffee Retires at 99

After putting in a mere 79 years as a professional cartoonist Al Jaffee is retiring. From Michael Cavna: Al Jaffee, officially the longest-working comic artist ever, has decided to retire at age 99. So to mark his farewell, Mad’s “Usual Gang of Idiots” will salute Jaffee with a tribute issue next week. It will be […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

A Virtual Visit to The Billy Ireland Library & Museum

As the Columbus Dispatch says: For those who haven’t set foot in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, now is not the time. But during the COVID-19 closure of the Ohio State University facility, thousands of the cartoons, comics, drawings and other materials in its collection – the largest of its kind in the […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Exhibits, Museums, Comments: Comments Off on A Virtual Visit to The Billy Ireland Library & Museum

Mort Drucker -RIP

Famed caricaturist and comic artist Mort Drucker has passed away. Morris (Mort) Drucker March 22, 1929 – April 8, 2020 Master caricaturist, illustrator, and comic artist   Across Facebook and Twitter are notes of sadness. From The Berndt Toast Gang: There are many things in life we hope not to have to do and this […]

Posted on: Apr 9, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 6 Comments

74th Reubens – The 2020 Reubens Brochure

The National Cartoonists Society has posted their Reubens Weekend brochure! “Everything you need to know about the 74th annual Reuben Awards Weekend in Kansas City, MO. June 5-7, 2020.” … a star-studded line-up of cartoonists covering a wide variety of topics, starting with the very talented young cartoonist, GEORGIA DUNN, shining a spotlight on her […]

Posted on: Mar 4, 2020,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on 74th Reubens – The 2020 Reubens Brochure

74th Reubens – The Poster (with reveals)

Tom Richmond has released the poster for the 74th Annual Reuben Awards. A couple of not-yet-announced awards by the National Cartoonists Society are revealed. Hy Eisman will be awarded the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award. The Milton Caniff is awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors. It is given for a lifetime […]

Posted on: Mar 3, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 1 Comment