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So, This Happened (Clearing a Backlog of Items)

Lynn Johnston has a new outlet for her licensed products.   What Would Mary Do?   Washington Post on the current Library of Congress comics exihibit.   Perks of Being Short – A Brisa Cartoon and Commentary Gallery.   Who’s the caricaturist?   Kevin Cooley Wins 2020 Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award.   Hollywood’s Lalo […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2020,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: 0 Comments

John Romita Senior now a Senior Stripper

Happy Birthday John Romita, born January 24, 1930. John now becomes a member of our Senior Strippers Club. John is famous, of course, for being a premiere romance comic book artist for DC and Marvel.   John’s long comic book career saw him do everything from western heroes to super heroes.   He even managed […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

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: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Read Comics, Get Smarter

Language experts have been studying the act of reading comics and its effect on the brain, and they have arrived to the conclusion that reading comic books makes you smarter. Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for January 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Publications, Comments: 0 Comments

Steve Stiles – RIP

Cartoonist Steve Stiles has passed away. Stephen Willis Stiles July 16, 1943 – January 11, 2020   Steve Stiles is a cartoonist I recognize from his underground comix work. His work appeared in comix books with irresistible titles like Dope Comix and Bizarre Sex. In some box around here I have those floppies, along with […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

For Jerry Craft Comic Reading Was Fundamental

In sequential panels cartoonist Jerry Craft, for the New York Times Book Review, tells how comic books were a portal to “heavier” literature. [Aside: Science backs up Jerry.] The Review notes that, “Jerry Craft is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel “New Kid,” winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature.” […]

Posted on: Jan 11, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on For Jerry Craft Comic Reading Was Fundamental

Webster’s Bridge (1924) – New Paperback Edition

Nat Gertler and About Comics have reissued the 1924 Webster’s Bridge book, originally published by Frederick A. Stokes. Bleeding Cool has more information about the new edition of Webster’s Bridge. Nat Gertler must be a bridge fan, as Bleeding Cool notes, “This book is just the latest in a series of books of bridge humor […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Best Selling Comic Books – 2010s vs. 1960s

John Jackson Miller is THE statistics man as far as circulation numbers for comic books go. Here’s a look at the Decade in Review, a year-by-year glance back at the trends shaping comics shop orders. It’s mostly been a decade of growth, with downturns in 2010-11 and 2017-18. John has a recap of the numbers for […]

Posted on: Dec 26, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 1 Comment

NCS Divisional Reuben Awards 2019 Call for Entries

December 20, 2019 Letter from the National Cartoonists Society calling for submissions. Note that membership is not a requirement to submit and be considered for the divisional awards and the submissions deadline is January 23, 2020.  

Posted on: Dec 20, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Syndicates, Television, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Divisional Reuben Awards 2019 Call for Entries

Dav Pilkey is Publishers Weekly Person of the Year

Publishers Weekly has named Dav Pilkey their 2019 Person of the Year. Dav is the author/illustrator of the hugely successful Captain Underpants series, and has moved on to the just-as-successful Dog Man graphic novels. Pilkey’s Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, the ninth book in his popular children’s novel series, published in […]

Posted on: Dec 20, 2019,  Section: Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Dav Pilkey is Publishers Weekly Person of the Year

Mary Worth Artist June Brigman Interviewed

Cartoonist June Brigman (Mary Worth, Brenda Starr, Power Pack, Captain Ginger) is interviewed by Comic Culture’s Terrance Dollard. June discusses taking over a comic strip from an established artist, getting old fans to adapt to her style, collaborating with Karen Moy, her work habits, adjusting from comic strip requirements to comic book layouts. and more. […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Mary Worth Artist June Brigman Interviewed

The Future Is … Deference to Mainland China

A bit out of my wheelhouse, but… Though there was no intention to offend, DC Comics has decided that the better part of valor is submission to the vagaries of Mainland China’s whims. From Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post: A new Batman comic book series has landed the Caped Crusader in the middle of […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Controversies, International, Comments: Comments Off on The Future Is … Deference to Mainland China

Howard Cruse – RIP

Cartoonist Howard Cruse has passed away. Howard Russell Cruse May 2, 1944 – November 26, 2019   Howard’s daughter shared on Facebook earlier today: With sadness I share that my birth father passed this afternoon after a too short battle with cancer, with his dear friend Pam and loving husband Eddie by his side, among […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 5 Comments

A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

The Improbable Remains On his How To book tour Randall Munroe goes north to Alaska. The Juneau Empire reports on Randall’s lecture there.   The Spurns that Patient Merit of th’ Unworthy Takes At the time of this writing, the two most influential politicians in the United States are a real estate developer who became […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2019,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

PS Magazine as Comic Book 1951-2019

Mike Rhode is reporting that PS: The Preventative Maintenance Monthly, a comic bookish instructional manual for the U. S. Army, will cease to exist as it has for 68 years: “Effective 1 Nov 2019, PS will cease publication of its monthly, illustrated magazine and move to a fully-online information resource. To read PS Magazine after […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment