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The Late, Great Dwane Powell

  I have gotten way past the point of thinking anyone owes me anything. I’ve done OK with what I’ve been given and won’t bitch because I didn’t get a cherry on my free ice cream Sundae. But I can get pissed off on someone else’s behalf. The Pulitzer Prize is a subjective award; it’s […]

Posted on: May 10, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on The Late, Great Dwane Powell

Eye Candy: Rowland B. Wilson

    Rowland B Wilson (1930-2005) was an animator, an ad agency art director and a cartoonist. He is probably best known to the general public (of a certain age) for the cartooning, and that’s what I’ll feature in this post. I was “of a certain age” for the Rowland magazine cartoons. Once upon a […]

Posted on: May 7, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Eye Candy: Rowland B. Wilson

Charles Schulz was a Keen Observer

  When it comes to comic strips, none is as iconic or beloved as Peanuts, created by Charles “Sparky” Schulz over a half century. Though Peanuts centered on children, its messages and themes explored were universal and eminently relatable to adults as well as kids. Above strip dated July 1965 sold for $39,210 in October […]

Posted on: May 2, 2019,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Charles Schulz was a Keen Observer

Dogs, Cartoons, and George Booth – A Visit

  By 1965, the cartoonist was making a name for himself along the freelance circuit, with work in the Saturday Evening Post, The American Legion, Look and Collier’s. To hear him tell, it was a rootless existence. Several years later he’d sell his first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1969, the publication he’d come to learn […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Dogs, Cartoons, and George Booth – A Visit

Floyd Norman to Receive Milton Caniff Award

  On May 18, at the Reuben Award Dinner, it will be revealed who wins the National Cartoonists Society divisional awards and who will be named Cartoonist of the Year. The NCS also presents other awards, sometimes revealing the honoree ahead of time. Animator and cartoonist Floyd Norman has been named the recipient of the […]

Posted on: Apr 29, 2019,  Section: Animation, Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 1 Comment

NCSFest Magazine and Program

  The big NCSFest is only two and a half weeks away. In anticipation the NCSFest has released their program magazine online. If the mission was to be informative about the gala celebration and to get people amped about being there, they succeeded! The magazine has a complete program guide (go easy on those showing […]

Posted on: Apr 28, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Conventions, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on NCSFest Magazine and Program

Tales From The Reuben – cranky digression

So – there I am reading about book deals on the Publishers Weekly site, specifically to read about forthcoming Will McPhail projects: Rosenthal’s second big deal of the week was a preempt for two books from writer and cartoonist Will McPhail, whose work for the New Yorker has earned him the National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Discussion, Magazine cartoons, Opinion, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Tales From The Reuben – cranky digression

Tales From The Reuben: Mell Lazarus Joins NCS

  In 1957 Mell Lazarus got his Miss Peach comic strip into newspapers. The next year Mell joined the National Cartoonists Society. Yearly dues in January 1958 were $35, yearly dues now, in 2019, are $225. (The inflation calculator puts that 1958 $35 at $307.86 in today’s dollars.) You can join the NCS for less […]

Posted on: Apr 24, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Conventions, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Tales From The Reuben: Mell Lazarus Joins NCS

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Addams

  More than 10 things about cartoonist Charles Addams. 1 Charles Addams sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1933. The magazine hired Charles ‘Chas’ Addams (American, Jan. 7, 1912-Sept. 29, 1988) in 1935 as a regular cartoonist. The first Addams Family cartoon appeared in the magazine in 1938. The television series debuted […]

Posted on: Apr 24, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Addams

90 Years Ago – Herblock Debuts

  The Chicago Daily News – April 24, 1929 Herbert Block, signing Herblock, begins his career as an editorial cartoonist.   Herblock would continue for 72 years, until his death in 2001. During that time he would be awarded three Pulitzer Prizes. The first for a comment about Joseph Stalin.   The last Pulitzer for […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on 90 Years Ago – Herblock Debuts

NCSFest – One Month to Go

  Only one short month until “America’s Biggest Comic Arts Festival!”     Officially it runs May 17 to May 19, 2019, but there’s a signing event on May 16 and a live podcast on May 20th. Get there early and stay late.   Like the star of his Badlands comic strip, Steve McGarry is […]

Posted on: Apr 16, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Conventions, Exhibits, Festival of Cartoon Art, Gatherings, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on NCSFest – One Month to Go

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Darrin Bell

The Pulitzer Prize organization has announced the 2019 winners.   The 2019 winner in the Editorial Cartooning category is Darrin Bell. “For beautiful and daring editorial cartoons that took on issues affecting disenfranchised communities calling out lies, hypocrisy, and fraud in the political turmoil surrounding the Trump administration.”     Finalists for the Editorial Cartooning […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 9 Comments

Gahan Wilson – Status Update

Gahan Wilson was interviewed last month. As stepson Paul Winters said then: Gahan was interviewed today for a newspaper piece that will probably go out nationwide. The people on the reporting team were very sweet and sensitive to Gahan. Gahan was on his game…speaking about his life and other things.   The Arizona Republic story […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Gahan Wilson – Status Update

Happy 90th Mort Drucker

Born March 22, 1929 is one of the greatest caricaturists of all time. Mort Drucker becomes a Senior Stripper on the occasion of his 90th birthday.     World famous for his decades for satirizing movie and tv stars’ shows for MAD magazine, he was much more that that. For example he is an amazing […]

Posted on: Mar 22, 2019,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 1 Comment

2018 Reuben Award Nominees

  The National Cartoonists Society has announced the nominees for this year’s Reuben Award. National Cartoonists Society members have nominated the top five finalists for the 2018 NCS Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year”. Ballots have been sent out to all voting NCS members this week, and the Reuben Award will be presented […]

Posted on: Mar 21, 2019,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 2 Comments