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2020 Eisner Award Nominations

Comic Con International: San Diego has announced the nominees for this year’s Will Eisner Awards. Like most of this year’s conventions and gatherings the San Diego Comic-Con will take a different format, but some things remain – award presentations among them. Mostly comic book related this year has a number of comic strip and more […]

Posted on: Jun 5, 2020,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 2020 Eisner Award Nominations

Dr. Seuss: A Cat of Many Hats

Before and after titles like The Cat in the Hat hit the shelves, Dr. Seuss himself tried on many different hats. Believing that “you can steer yourself any direction you choose,” he explored—and excelled at—a number of possible creative paths. From an early editing gig to an honorary doctorate, these different “hats” helped shape a […]

Posted on: May 23, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Dr. Seuss: A Cat of Many Hats

The Wonderful Patrick McDonnell, and Jane

Wonderful seems to a word often associated with Patrick McDonnell and his works. His Mutts comic strip and books are wonderful. His charitable and humanitarian efforts are wonderful. Even Patrick’s blog is wonderful, except when it is beyond wonderful, as is one of his latest. In “A Note From Patrick: May 2020” Patrick notes some […]

Posted on: May 9, 2020,  Section: Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Wonderful Patrick McDonnell, and Jane

Hey Kids! Comics! Celebrate World Book Day

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for April 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Addams’ Apple: The New York Cartoons of Charles Addams   Ed Leffingwell’s Little Joe by Harold Gray   Nat Enough   […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Publishers Weekly 2019 Children’s Bestsellers List

Publishers Weekly has released their list of 2019’s best selling children’s books. [Publishers Weekly] lists are based on print unit sales at outlets that report to NPD Bookscan, which tracks approximately 85% of the print market. Here we compile the books that sold more than 100,000 copies in four categories: Hardcover Frontlist, Paperback Frontlist, Hardcover […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2020,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comments: Comments Off on Publishers Weekly 2019 Children’s Bestsellers List

Tomie dePaola – RIP

Children’s book author/illustrator Tomie dePaola has passed away. Thomas Anthony (Tomie) dePaola September 15, 1934 – March 30, 2020   Earlier today Tomie’s publisher announced via Facebook: We mourn the loss of a master storyteller. Tomie dePaola has passed away. We extend our sympathy to his legions of readers, friends, and colleagues. From Tomie’s website: […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2020,  Section: Children's Books, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Explains Coronavirus For Kids (printable)

NPR’s  Malaka Gharib explains the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in “a comic just for kids.” Gharib’s comic is based on a radio story by NPR education reporter Cory Turner wherein he spoke with health experts about what kids would like to know about the outbreak. For example, “If kids do get the virus, it tends to […]

Posted on: Mar 2, 2020,  Section: Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Explains Coronavirus For Kids (printable)

Google Tribute to Tenniel is Not Tenniel Art

Celebrating the 200th year since the birth of cartoonist/artist Sir John Tenniel, the Google Doodle for the day is an illustration of Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. “‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ [said Alice]. ‘That depends a good deal on where you […]

Posted on: Feb 28, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Children's Books, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

Mo Willems and HBO Max in Multiyear Deal

Mo Willems and HBO let The Pigeon do his thing. The Hollywood Reporter reports: HBO Max has made a big commitment to its kids and family programming business, signing beloved children’s author Mo Willems to an exclusive multiyear deal. The streamer won out in a competitive negotiation and will make Willems the first artist in […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Children's Books, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Mo Willems and HBO Max in Multiyear Deal

Hey Kids! Comics! Book Love

Seems Dennis is right: I love books. The problem is that my book-buying habit outpaces my ability to read them. This leads to FOMO and occasional pangs of guilt over the unread volumes spilling across my shelves. Sound familiar? But it’s possible this guilt is entirely misplaced. According to statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb, these unread […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Book Love

Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper

Cartoonist Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper! Born February 4, 1930. From the Irish Comics Wiki: After working at a solicitor’s office and as an apprentice lithographer, he became a full-time artist in 1949. He sold his first cartoon to Punch at eighteen, and became a regular contributor. As a painter, he had his first […]

Posted on: Feb 4, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper

Newbery Medal Winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft and his New Kid graphic novel make history. The School Library Journal reports: History was made at the 2020 Youth Media Awards in Philadelphia. A graphic novel has won the John Newbery Medal for the first time in its nearly 100-year history [emphasis added] as Jerry Craft earned the honor for New Kid. […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2020,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic history, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Newbery Medal Winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft

Barbara Remington – RIP

Illustrator Barbara Remington has passed away. Barbara Remington June 23, 1929 – January 23, 2020   Artist and illustrator Barbara Remington may be a little off-topic here but she was the cover artist for my copies of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Remington illustrated the original American paperback editions of “The Hobbit” […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2020,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Barbara Remington – RIP

NCS Last Call…Imminent Deadline! January 23!

Your submissions must be delivered to their respective locations by January 23, 2020 for consideration   The National Cartoonists Society website has the entry forms and details. You DO NOT have to be a member of the NCS to have your work considered for a divisional award.  

Posted on: Jan 21, 2020,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Television, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Last Call…Imminent Deadline! January 23!

Ask Shagg – What’re Peter Guren’s Future Plans?

The (Springfield) Republican had carried the Ask Shagg comic strip by Peter Guren. With the feature ending, editor Cynthia G. Simison asked Peter about his past… For the next two years, Guren says, he worked among an inspiring group of cartoon artists, many of whom were just like him, pitching their comic strip ideas to […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2020,  Section: Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments