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An Appreciation of Political Cartooning

“The best art is not passive.” Even beyond their value on the planes of humor and inclusivity, it is important to remember that political cartoons are, at their core, an incredible form of art. They task the artist with a manifold mission, challenging them to at once make biting political critique, formulate this critique so […]

Posted on: Oct 21, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Art News and Reviews

Joe Dator puts a book together.    © Joe Dator What do you wish you had known before making a book? I wish I’d known even one single thing about book publishing. It was a massive learning experience, and I started from scratch. For one thing, I found out that what goes in the book […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

Charlie Addams’ Love Letters to His Valentine

In 1935, Addams –always “Charlie” to his friends—was in love with a hometown girl, 22-year-old Jewell Valentine Bunnell. She was beautiful, bright, creative, and fun-loving – “I think the fondness we have in common for cemeteries is one of the many reasons I love you,” Charlie wrote. As Charles Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life gets a […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

8 Pages of Iridescent Polychromous Effulgence

125 years ago Hearst’s New York Journal promoted the first issue of the American Humorist – “8 full pages of color that make the kaleidoscope pale with envy.” On Saturday October 17, 1896 Hearst promised (above) to outshine that puny Pulitzer’s “wishy-washy” Sunday color supplement with, “Eight pages of iridescent polychromous effulgence that make the […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Chronicles: Will Be That Was

Old stuff. A London illustrator in 1898 looks ahead one hundred years and is not all that far off. ‘Cycle lane, Rollerblades (missed out on electric scooters), Lots of buses, Planes, St Pauls still visible, Raised walkways (Barbican only). That’s impressive,’ one history fan wrote.   © respective copyright holders Artist Hal Empie‘s sideline was […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 2 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Pure Treat

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Korean War Comic Books   Our Artists At War   Unicorn Playlist   Inked   Scenes from Isolation   Definitely Nat: The Nat […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2021,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Braddock At The Beacon – Past & Present Paige

Famed University of Tennessee alumna and former UT Daily Beacon contributor Paige Braddock will sit for a virtual Q & A session held by UT’s Pride Center on November 2, 2021. As a bit of a preview Paige recently answered some questions from current Daily Beacon Editor-in-Chief Sarah Rainey. Who are you, and what is […]

Posted on: Oct 13, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, College cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 0 Comments

Book Covers and Looney Trademark Rights

This week, we published a book by the talented Jaime Weinman on the history of the Looney Tunes cartoon franchise, which he considers the high-water mark of American filmed comedy. About six months ago, as the manuscript was being copyedited, we began working on the promotional copy. At the same time we were writing promo […]

Posted on: Oct 9, 2021,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic history, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Book Covers and Looney Trademark Rights

Eulogy For a Dying Art?

Is this the end of editorial cartooning? For Chris Lamb of The Chicago Tribune it is not so much a question as an inevitability. Though as Dave Whamond‘s cartoon shows it’s been said before and still the editoonists survive. © Dave Whamond What better time than during the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists‘ convention to […]

Posted on: Oct 7, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strips Chits

Legendary Gets Hollywood Rights to Heathcliff © Creators Syndicate Move over Garfield, there’s a new cat in town. Or rather, the previous cat is back and looking to score the spotlight. Legendary has picked up the feature and TV rights to Heathcliff, the comic strip featuring the cocky and street-smart cat about town, Heathcliff. The […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strips Chits

Cavalcade of American Comics (Chronicles)

In 1963 syndicates and newspapers joined forces with cartoonist and comics historian Gordon Campbell to produce an exhibit of pages from Sunday color comic supplements. From the October 13, 1963 New York Sunday News: The show was free as was a tabloid history of comics handed out to visitors. The Phantom Fan has some background […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

The Tales of Tales of The Green Berets/Beret

    Robin Moore‘s book about The Green Berets in Vietnam was released in the Spring of 1965 and before that season was over it was hitting best seller lists. Before the years was over Robin Moore had written syndicated newspaper articles about the troops and Vietnam, the book would be issued in a mass […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Comic Strip Centennial – Our Boarding House

Conventional wisdom is that Gene Ahern switched from his Crazy Quilt comic strip to his Our Boarding House panel on September 16, 1921, but the earliest I can find it in a newspaper is September 17, 1921 so I’m celebrating today as the 100th anniversary of the feature. Below are the first three Our Boarding […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

741.5 Comic Chronicles

Once upon a time there was a lonely rich boy whose mother insisted on dragging him away from home to strange lands. Deprived of friends his own age and missing his father, the boy found solace in becoming a collector of all sorts of odds and ends, of coins and stamps, of beer steins and […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Profiles, Comments: 2 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Harvest Those Bookshelves

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Empire’s Nursery   The Strange Death of Alex Raymond   You Can’t Do Business (or Most Anything Else) Without Yiddish   Britain’s Best […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Harvest Those Bookshelves