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David Mruz – RIP

Comics and animation historian David Mruz has passed away.   David Richard Mruz February 11, 1951 – December 20. 2020 Comics and animation historian, fanzine publisher: Mindrot/Animania When most of us think of Minneapolis cartoonists our thoughts go back to Charles Schulz, for native Minnesotan David Mruz his thoughts go back much further to another […]

Posted on: Dec 28, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Christmas Eve Cartoonist Chronicles-20201224

Historical Comic and Cartoon articles from the past week. Starting with the man who created the modern Santa Claus seems appropriate. Grunge relates The Tragic Death of Thomas Nast.   Pamela L. Travers was notoriously hard to deal with, as The Conversation notes in Mary Shepherd: The Artist Who Brought Mary Poppins to Life.   […]

Posted on: Dec 24, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Christmas Eve Cartoonist Chronicles-20201224

2020 In Memoriam Lists

Year-end lists are starting to show up. A couple In Memoriam on animation sites have been posted. Cartoon Brew documented obituaries in the animation industry. The past 12 months, in which the spectre of disease and death loomed over everything, saw Cartoon Brew chalk up a sad record: we have never published so many obituaries […]

Posted on: Dec 23, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Ted Dawson Gets Publishers Weekly Cover

Max Weaver and Ted Dawson‘s new Grubbs book (Spring 2021 release) got a prime spot in the latest (December 21) Publishers Weekly magazine – the cover! It’s a parody alternate cover for their Person of the Year issue. Grubbs has been around, in one form of another, for a dozen years. From a 2016 interview […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Ted Dawson Gets Publishers Weekly Cover

And the Company You Keep Too

The end of the year brings out the “Best of” lists.Some of which contains items that we have mentioned here. The Beat‘s list of the 50 best comics of 2020 includes titles by seasoned creators and up-and-coming talents.   Forbes has put out their list of The Best Graphic Novels of 2020.   Polygon has […]

Posted on: Dec 18, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on And the Company You Keep Too

The Trump Show, A Gallery of Comic Book Covers

Since Mike doesn’t do politics on Fridays, I guess I’ll go there. President Trump, when cast as a comic book character, is most often portrayed as some version of The Incredible Hulk. Rich Ragsdale has spoofed Trump by placing him on various comic book covers emulating the characteristics of DC, EC, Dell, and Marvel (yes, […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Comic Books, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

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

David Geiser – RIP

Artist and underground comix cartoonist David Geiser has passed away. David Montague Geiser June 28, 1947 – October 14, 2020   From the obituary: A prolific artist, his work from the underground comics early in his career to recent drawings such as “Snail Ridin’ the Mouse” and “Dog Boy (a Young Cynic)” reflect his not […]

Posted on: Nov 13, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic Books, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on David Geiser – RIP

Happy Birthday Rupert Bear, a Comic Centennial

Rupert characters are © & ™ Express Newspapers & DreamWorks Newspaper comic features that are still appearing in newly produced and printed episodes after 100 year can be counted on one hand – Gasoline Alley, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Thimble Theater starring Popeye, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, and now Rupert Bear.* On November […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

If Your Show Never Got a MAD Parody, You Buy One

  Stars can have a mega-hit movie or a short-run television show, either way it don’t matter unless they are featured in a MAD parody. So, after ten years without being satirized in MAD, and no chance for one in the the foreseeable future with MAD down to reprints, what’s a producer to do? Well, […]

Posted on: Nov 6, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on If Your Show Never Got a MAD Parody, You Buy One

Mr. Monster Gets Funky

Back in the 1980s I was pretty much giving superhero comic books a pass, though there were some good ones being produced. I had evolved into other genres and more adult(?) comics, a favorite being Doc Stern…Mr. Monster by Michael T. Gilbert.   Mr. Monster © Michael T. Gilbert So it was a pleasant surprise […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Mr. Monster Gets Funky

Some Comic Book Stuff

In the 1950s Marvel Comics was known as Atlas and by the end of that decade their “mystery” comic books specialized in monsters. Peter Kuper apparently is a fan. From The Nation: Though Peter uses a latter day logo:   In the early 1960s Richard Lupoff was at the forefront of the emerging comic book […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Legal, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Some Comic Book Stuff

Trina Robbins Art Stolen

Trina Robbins is asking for people to keep an eye out for stolen art: Dear friends, I need your help! Back before the lockdown, I loaned 5 pieces of my original comic art from the 70s for a planned exhibit at Sacramento State college. Then along came the lockdown and the exhibit never happened. In […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Crime, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

Macanudo © Liniers, distributed by King Features Syndicate   Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1919-1921   Frankie Comics   BB3X: […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

The End of an Error, uh, Era

It’s the end of an era, marking an error of MADdening proportions.   MAD covers and material is © E.C. Publications Above is MAD #15 (right and on sale now) and MAD #16 (left, on sale October 6, 2020). The major difference between the two issues, other than the cover, is that for the first […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazines, Publications, Comments: 3 Comments