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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: 0 Comments

Rarities – Early Ernie Bushmiller

Famed cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller was struggling until he took over Larry Whittington’s Fritzi Ritz in 1925. That led to a comfortable living, made much more comfortable when he introduced Nancy to the world in 1933. If any comic is mentioned about Ernie’s pre-Fritzi career it his Mac the Manager. But there were a few other […]

Posted on: Oct 11, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Appreciating Tom Toles

As reported elsewhere here, Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the month. And, as this 1987 cartoon — scanned from a clipped, yellowed copy — indicates, I’ve been a Tom Toles fan for a long time. Back in them thar days, I was 37, with kids about […]

Posted on: Oct 11, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Some Comic Strip History

“He is one of the all-time great cartoonists because he makes the craft integral to the entire endeavor look so easy, even enjoyable,” the theoretician and practitioner of comics, Ivan Brunetti, writes in the introduction to an upcoming collection of Gross’s work, “Gross Exaggerations: The Meshuga Comic Strips of Milt Gross.” The New Yorker previews […]

Posted on: Oct 10, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: I don’t know why they swallowed the fly

Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. — Matthew 23:24   This pair of tweets appeared together in my feed. Rob is a friend and a good guy and he’s right about the number, but he’s wrong about “great.” There have already been several fly jokes, and I say “joke” […]

Posted on: Oct 8, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments

What Might Have Been – Superman Comic Strip

Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. After years of failing to get Superman published in one form or another Jerry and Joe, in 1938, got the hero published in a comic book. Superman made Action Comics an instant hit and by the end of 1938 the creators were producing their long-desired newspaper strip that […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on What Might Have Been – Superman Comic Strip

Tales From Cartooning

Joe Kubert is an acknowledged master of the comic arts,but here Mark Avila appreciates him as the greatest teacher of the comic arts.   The Society of Illustrators has organized ways for you to enjoy the Museum and our programming online! This includes exhibits, panels, podcasts, and children’s activities. Explore our #MuseumFromHome through our new […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2020,  Section: Animation, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Tales From Cartooning

Hey Kids! Comics! A Bountiful Harvest

hat tip to Adrienne Hedger for the above book comic Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2020 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Drawing Fire: The Editorial Cartoons of Bill Mauldin   Be More Snoopy   […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! A Bountiful Harvest

First and Last – Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger

Most comics historians, in writing about Jackie Ormes, note her Torchy Brown comic strip for which she is justly famous. But Ormes’ biographer Nancy Goldstein notes that  “it is Patty-Jo that the readers of the Courier whom I talked to seem to remember most vividly.” Goldstein continues: That a girl child expressed wisdom, exposed folly, […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger

Jackie Ormes Honored with Google Doodle

Today (September 1) cartoonist Jackie Ormes is being honored with a Google Doodle slideshow. Jackie Ormes was born Zelda Mavin Jackson on August 1, 1911, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She taught herself to draw at an early age and showcased her skills with a page of cartoons in her high school yearbook. After graduation, she entered […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Happy George Herriman’s Birthday from Tisserand

George Herriman was born 140 years ago on August 22, 1880. To celebrate Michael Tisserand, the author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White (highly recommended), has given us a present. Sez Michael: In 2016, when I published Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, I included an author’s note […]

Posted on: Aug 22, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Happy George Herriman’s Birthday from Tisserand

Hy Eisman: A Life in Comics Feature Documentary

With over 70 years of drawing and writing and teaching comics, Hy Eisman can certainly fill a documentary. The current cartoonist of the Popeye Sunday page is the subject of a documentary … with our help. Marco Cutrone and Vincent Zambrano are organizing a fundraiser to complete the production of a film celebrating Hy’s achievements. […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Comments: 2 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Hotter Than a Match Head

above: Mutts by Patrick McDonnell   Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   The Flapper Queens: Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age a short review of Trina’s new […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Hotter Than a Match Head

Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Famed comics publisher James Warren turns 90 today – born July 29, 1930. I guess technically he should be an Honorary Senior Stripper since Jim didn’t write or draw comics. But he certainly was a major supporter and influencer of comic books with his black and white magazines. During The Sixties and into The Seventies […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Barbara Brandon-Croft: Where She’s Coming From

Back in our younger days we would enjoy the Where I’m Coming From comic strip in The Sunday Oakland Tribune by the younger still Barbara Brandon-Croft. So it brings a smile when Barbara is in the news. Today courtesy the Post News Group: Historically, Black cartoonists have never enjoyed the same representation as their white […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments