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This Week’s Whatnots

Dennis the Menace Gets Royal Stamp Treatment The Beano comic is celebrating its 70th anniversary and to mark the milestone Royal Mail has released 10 special stamps using pictures from the comic strip. Dennis was first brought to life in a pencil sketch in January 1951 by Scottish illustrator and cartoonist David Law along with […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2021,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic strips, International, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on This Week’s Whatnots

Cartoon Chronicles – Days of Yore

Female Phantom and Female Phantom Writers Folklore has that Lee Falk’s widow finished some scripts when the creator passed away. That would be, if true, the only known instance of a woman writing The Phantom comic strip. But there was a time when a woman wrote for The Phantom comic book in the U.S. Long […]

Posted on: Jun 3, 2021,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

1921 Beginning of the End for Cartoons Magazine

These days we have Funny Times and Humor Times for regular magazines featuring political, social, and gag cartoons. 100 years ago our grand- and great-grand parents had Cartoons Magazine.   above: covers from Robert Beerbohm and his Platinum Age Facebook page It was one hundred years ago this month that sadly saw the end of […]

Posted on: May 8, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Blogs, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on 1921 Beginning of the End for Cartoons Magazine

Hey Kids! Comics! – Earth Day Pulp

  BC © John Hart Studios; Paperback cologne from Demeter Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for April 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Trots and Bonnie     If You’re Cracked, You’re Happy: The History of […]

Posted on: Apr 16, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Mort Gerberg and The Big 9-0 (and 6-0)

Mort Gerberg is celebrating a 90th birthday, born March 11, 1931 (yeah, we’re a day late). Also this year he will be celebrating his 60th year as a cartoonist. In Mort Gerberg On the Scene Mort explains the he did cartoon for his high school newspaper but put that aside for the Army and a […]

Posted on: Mar 12, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Cartoons, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Mort Gerberg and The Big 9-0 (and 6-0)

Ron Campbell – RIP

Animator Ron Campbell has passed away. Ron Campbell December 26, 1939 – January 22, 2021   From the Ron Campbell Cartoon Pop Art Facebook page: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have received news that famed animator/producer/director/storyboard artist Ron Campbell has passed away at age 81. Ron was a dear […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2021,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Ron Campbell – RIP

The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Over 1200 pages long with more than 1200 new entries, this is a bibliography of articles and books on all aspects of comic and cartoon art including comic books, comic strips, cartoons, animation, editorial cartoons, newly updated as of the end of 2018. The electronic book, a non DRM PDF, includes tens of thousands of […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Cartoonists Chronicles 20-11-19

Accounts of comic/cartoon history that we stumbled on this past week. Eustace Tilley: Origins of an Icon Alex Jay’s short pictorial…     leads us to R. C. Harvey’s 2017 True History of Eustace Tilley essay at The Comics Journal. Eustace Tilley is the name given to the 19th century boulevardier languidly inspecting a passing […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists Chronicles 20-11-19

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

Charles Preston – RIP

Wall Street Journal cartoon editor Charles Preston has passed away. Charles M. PrestonNovember 6, 1921 – October 2, 2020   Instigator, idea man, and long-time editor of the Wall Street Journal cartoon panel “Pepper … and Salt” Charles Preston passed away Friday. From the Wall Street Journal: Seventy years ago a Columbia undergraduate named Charles […]

Posted on: Oct 6, 2020,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

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

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

Weekend Wrap – Gettin’ Around

September celebrates Beetle Bailey at 70, then October will see Charlie Brown celebrating his 70th. Charlie (and his dog) gets a bit more publicity than Beetle, including Timex licensing. In August a new cartoonist joined The New Yorker club. Lillie J. Harris is the 14th cartoonist to make her first appearance in the magazine this […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Bottorff’s ComicBack© Checklist Updated for 2020

Last week you heard, and maybe saw, the fireworks going off, but you were probably mistaken about the cause. It is my theory that those illuminating the sky with rockets were celebrating the release of the 2020 updating of Bottorff’s ComicBacks Price Guide & Checklist (in PDF). Some of you may have noted that I […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Cartoonist Profiles and Cartoonews

MONTAGUE: Yeah. I had emailed just, like, the general New Yorker email from the Instagram account and had said, hey, you know, there’s a lot of – there’s definitely some diversity lacking at The New Yorker and The New Yorker cartoons just based on the characters that are drawn and the point of view and […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Profiles and Cartoonews