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Hey Kids! Comics! Back to School Books

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Big Orange Football Coloring Book     Charles M. Schulz’s Linus     A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

  With one exception, to please his evangelical base (“America’s Christian publishers no longer have to render to Caesar an extra 10 percent.”) and Rupert Murdoch, all material printed in China then sent to the United States will be taxed tariffed. The only print product completely removed from the list of proposed China tariffs was […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Magazines, Publications, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

Ernie Colón – RIP

Comic book artist Ernie Colón has passed away. Ernie Colón (Ernesto Colón Sierra de Cordobes y Lopez) July 13, 1031 – August 8, 2019 ME: If I’m not mistaken, your complete name is Ernesto Sierra de Cordobes Y Lopez Colón , isn’t it? Can you explain to our readers its origin? ERNIE: My name is […]

Posted on: Aug 9, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

The NEW National Cartoonists Society

National Cartoonists Society President Jason Chatfield has sent out a State of The Society message to members with a look to the future of the NCS – and the brand new website.   With permission, here is Jason’s letter to the members:   Hello, NCS! Well, here we are. Just another American job outsourced to […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Shoot for the Moon

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for July 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 3     Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy Volume 26     American Comic […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Sergio Aragonés Rejects the Idea of No More MAD

  Longtime MAD contributor Sergio Aragonés just can’t imagine a world without MAD. Aragonés sees MAD as a way of presenting people’s foibles and the world’s problems with humor. “Instead of crying, you laugh at it,” he said, suggesting the magazine’s influence has reached a swath of humanity that includes politicians lampooned in its pages. “They […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on Sergio Aragonés Rejects the Idea of No More MAD

The MADness Ends

  It seems the unthinkable has happened, MAD magazine will shut down. Tom Spurgeon broke the news hearing of the demise but acknowledging it was unconfirmed. Now Evan Dorkin has confirmed the news.   MAD began in 1952 with Harvey Kurtzman in charge and a stellar cast of artists. It soon changed to a magazine […]

Posted on: Jul 3, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

The Future of The Nib, Again

It was reported Friday that First Look Media made the decision to end funding for The Nib along with shuttering the web magazine Topic.com at the end of July. That is true and something that I’ve been dealing with the results of for a few weeks now. That leaves me writing yet another post on […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Future of The Nib, Again

Senior Strippers (2019 edition)

Happy Birthday Vic Carrabotta, born June 24, 1929! Vic becomes the latest creator to join the Senior Strippers list. A list of cartoonists who for 90+ years continue to survive “the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.” Below is, as best as I can determine, a list of cartoonists who continue to carry […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, sports cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

Cal Massey – RIP

Comic artist, illustrator, sculptor Cal Massey has passed away. Calvin Levi (Cal) Massey February 10, 1926 – June 10, 2019   From the Philadelphia Inquirer report: The artist Cal Massey, who created hundreds of paintings, illustrations, designs and sculptures over a career of nearly 70 years, died June 11 at Virtua Marlton Hospital. He was […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Cal Massey – RIP

Frank Jacobs Joins the Senior Strippers Club

Let me begin by apologizing to Mr. Jacobs for being a day late.   above: birthday greeting from MAD Magazine   From 1957 to 2007 (and occasionally since) Frank Jacobs was a major contributor to MAD Magazine; and he didn’t just ease in, he jumped in with five articles in his first issue.     […]

Posted on: May 31, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Frank Jacobs Joins the Senior Strippers Club

Everett Raymond Kinstler – RIP

  Illustrator and portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler has passed away. EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER August 5, 1926 – May 26, 2019   From the Portrait Society of America Facebook page: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Everett Raymond Kinstler passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019 […]

Posted on: May 29, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Everett Raymond Kinstler – RIP

$5.4 Million for Original Comic Book Cover Art

  Yeah, it’s Frazetta.   Frank Frazetta’s original art for the cover of Eerie #23 (September 1969) sold for $5,400,000.00 via Heritage Auctions. The Grand Comics Database notes about the cover: Frank Frazetta republished this painting, with slight revisions, as a poster titled “Egyptian Queen.” The face of the woman is different in the poster. […]

Posted on: May 23, 2019,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on $5.4 Million for Original Comic Book Cover Art

2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

The National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year presented May 18, 2019 (nominees listed, winner highlighted):   Lynda Barry Brian Basset Stephan Pastis Hilary Price Mark Tatulli   The 11th time is the charm for Stephan!! above photo via National Cartoonists Society   hat tip: Anne Morse-Hambrock and TomHeintjes      

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on 2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

Kids’ Graphic Novels Lead Comic Book Sales

  Led by sales of the graphic novel format, total sales of graphic novels and periodical comics in the U.S. and Canada was approximately $1.09 billion in 2018, according to a joint estimate by trade news sites ICv2 and Comichron. From Publishers Weekly: Although sales via the direct market (aka the comics shop market) were […]

Posted on: May 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Kids’ Graphic Novels Lead Comic Book Sales