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It’s Complicated

  He was so good at imagining overly complicated and outlandish contraptions that his name became part of the English dictionary in the early 20th century to describe anything with an unnecessarily elaborate design. “That’s a real Heath-Robinson!” That’s right. Before those Rube Goldberg Contraptions there were Heath Robinson Contraptions. Messy Nessy gives background and […]

Posted on: May 25, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Winners Circle

DD Degg has the full roundup of Reubens winners here, but I thought I’d provide a taste of times they’ve appeared in Comic Strip of the Day.       Maria Scrivan actually won for greeting cards, but her line and sense of color give her panel, Half Full, a greeting card feel, and I […]

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Charity Auctions – Buy Original Cartoon Art

Only a week to go for two charity events highlighted by auctioning of cartoons. Editorial and magazine cartoonists have made contributions to benefit two good causes. above: Steve Kelley, Rob Rogers   First up, with an auction ending May 7, is the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The RCFP provides pro boon legal […]

Posted on: May 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Auctions, Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, Gatherings, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! A Basketful of Books

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for April 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   The Star of the Telegram: The Cartoons of Harold Maples     Johnny Hazard The Newspaper Dailies Volume Seven: 1954-1956     Thelwell’s Pony […]

Posted on: Apr 18, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! A Basketful of Books

From Silver to Gold – The Week That Was

  Sped Right By Me Dave Coverly celebrated the Silver Anniversary of Speed Bump this past week (April 4?, 1994).     Entertaining and Educational Silver Reuben Gainesville radio station WDUN joins James Allen in celebrating the Sunday Mark Trail being nominated in the National Cartoonists Society‘s first Variety Entertainment divisional award. “So I submitted […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on From Silver to Gold – The Week That Was

CSotD: Financial Follies

Steve Sack comments on the Chinese woman who wandered into Mar-A-Lago with some malware and god knows what intentions, which also ties into the administration’s general “It’s okay: He’s with me” attitude towards security clearances. The official response has been “See? We caught her! No problem!” but that’s a damn fool attitude. We in the […]

Posted on: Apr 7, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

In Other Comic News…

Comics Changes in the Tampa Bay Times and the Aberdeen American News From the Tampa Bay Times: Want even more evidence that people care about comics? Nearly 10,000 readers completed our survey to help find a replacement for Non Sequitur. That’s more than the number of people who cast ballots for the runner-up in the […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on In Other Comic News…

A Few Comics-Related Things

From John Rose and the Daily News-Record Also: R. C. Harvey on T. K. Ryan and Tumbleweeds.     Cartoon County at the Bruce Museum Brian Walker, Neal Walker, Chance Browne, Greg Walker and Cullen Murphy The comics page has been a delight for generations of readers around the world. In southern Connecticut, its production […]

Posted on: Mar 21, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic strips, Museums, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on A Few Comics-Related Things

CSotD: Aural humor with occasional insights

Recently, I heard Matthew Diffee describe his descent into cartooning on the Moth, and, while I was tempted to pass it on right away, I already knew that I had a 7:10 morning flight coming up in a few days and that there was no way I’d get a blog written and posted plus make […]

Posted on: Mar 3, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Aural humor with occasional insights

Hey Kids! Comics! What I Want For Valentines’

above: Liò by Mark Tatulli   Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for February 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Just Fore Laughs   Lucy   The Comics Journal #303 (“bookazine”)   The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 8, […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! What I Want For Valentines’

Meanwhile…Elsewhere in Comics Land

  Seems cartoonist Jerry King has a new gig. The Fast Lane Truck site is enjoying Jerry’s humor.     Coloring Camouflage I had a bit of a breakthrough when coloring this one. Initially, I tried to fill in the individual areas on each item of camouflage clothing with different colors, which quickly became overwhelming. […]

Posted on: Feb 12, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Comments: Comments Off on Meanwhile…Elsewhere in Comics Land

Drew Litton Reviews Super Bowl LIII

  Denver sports cartoonist Drew Litton showed up this morning on KUSA-TV’s 9NEWS morning show to share his views and a few cartoons about Super Bowl LIII. 9NEWS Video and article (with cartoons) here. Drew’s Win, Lose, Drew at GoComics.      

Posted on: Feb 4, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, sports cartoons, video, Comments: Comments Off on Drew Litton Reviews Super Bowl LIII

CSotD: Awaiting the next issue

Things are quiet at the moment and, as Pat Bagley indicates, the Republican base is restoring its bearings in anticipation of new fights to come. This seems a bit harsh, but only if you are channeling moderate viewpoints. If you keep track of commentary from both sides, what you find is that some moderate conservatives […]

Posted on: Jan 29, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Cartooning History, Lessons #243 – 247

  The Origins of Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies Gorey’s darkly droll tales touch—lightly—on weighty matters: the death of God, the meaning of life, and, always and everywhere, our impending mortality. Emblems of innocence and naïveté, children make perfect victims, as Gorey told the New Yorker. “It’s just so obvious,” he said. “They’re the easiest targets.” […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2018,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartooning History, Lessons #243 – 247

CSotD: Short Takes

First, this note to editorial cartoonists: If Elizabeth Warren had — without claiming any advantage for it — said that her family spoke of African-American heritage, was mocked and called “Aunt Jemima” for it, but then took a DNA test that bore out her claim, would you depict her as a triumphant minstrel-show mammy? Don’t […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2018,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments