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NEMO: The Classic Comics Library Returns!!

Fantastic news for fans of comics and cartooning – Rick Marschall is announcing the return of the highly revered comic strip and cartoonist history magazine of the 1980s. nemo: the classic comics library is returning with Rick Marschall as editor! Rick’s full announcement as posted July 16, 2018 on the Yahoo Platinum Age Comics Group […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2018,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 2 Comments

Allan Holtz blows up Comic Strip History

One hundred years ago, November 1918, saw the debut of Gasoline Alley. So in this celebratory centennial of Gasoline Alley, the oldest comic strip still in new production (is Jim Scancarelli still producing new material?), comics historian Allan Holtz has a shocking new revelation. Updating the history of Chic Jackson’s Roger Bean comic strip Allan […]

Posted on: May 10, 2018,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 2 Comments

Original Tintin art sold for $1.2 million in Hong Kong

An original 1936 original art piece by Belgian cartoonist Herge for a Tintin comic has fetched $1.2 million at a Hong Kong auction. According to the BBC, it is the only original from the book The Blue Lotus. The Asian people do take their cartoon art seriously.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2015,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comments: 1 Comment

King Features celebrates 100 years in syndication

King Features celebrates 100 years in syndication this year. During the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards weekend, they paneled a session on comic history at the Library of Congress. Here’s the video of that discussion.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2015,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Johnny Hart’s B.C. comic starts from the beginning today at GoComics

As of today, you can start reading Johnny Hart’s B.C. from the very first comic (see below) over on GoComics. The reboot of the comic is being called Back to B.C. The current story-line B.C. by Johnny’s grandson Mason Mastroianni is still available too.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2015,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Johnny Hart’s B.C. comic starts from the beginning today at GoComics

King Features to celebrate 100 years with 16 full-color broadsheet supplement to papers

King Features is celebrating its 100th year this November by printing and distributing a full-color collectable supplement to newspapers. The supplement will be 16 broadsheet pages with comics through its long history along with articles about the strips. I’ll let you know more details when they become available.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2015,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Check out the 1980’s Fantistic Funnies tv show with your fav newspaper comics

Charles Brubaker has posted a fascinating piece over at Cartoon Research about the 1980’s ?The Fantastic Funnies? television show wherein actress Loni Anderson, best known for WKRP in Cincinnati, introduces and talks to cartoon characters from newspaper comics of the day. Here’s the intro video. Charles has posted seven other YouTube videos from that program […]

Posted on: Aug 11, 2015,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

NCS Foundation announces Celebrity Cartoonist Caribbean Cruise

So a really cool thing is in the works – not just in the works, it is happening this January. National Cartoonists Society Foundation President Steve McGarry has organized a week-long Caribbean Cartoonist Celebrity Cruise. These aren’t just B-rated or has-been cartoonist “celebrities”, we’re talking four Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonists (two of which have been […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2015,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

Vic and Nat’ly creator Bunny Matthews announced he has a brain cancer

From Gambit: Bunny Matthews, who created the quintessential comic-strip Yats “Vic and Nat’ly” in 1982, announced today in a Facebook post that he is suffering from brain cancer. Matthews, whose cartoons appeared in Gambit for years (along with every other local publication), has provoked, skewered and amused the New Orleans arts, music and media communities […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Vic and Nat’ly creator Bunny Matthews announced he has a brain cancer

WSJ: Profiles Jules Feiffer and his new career in graphic novels

The Wall Street Journal profiles Jules Feiffer, how he got into cartooning and how at age 86, he’s still going strong drawing graphic novels. I began drawing at age 3, and the more I drew, the better I became. I soon discovered that if I took this skill out in the street using chalk, the […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2015,  Section: Comic history, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum forced to find new home

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco will lose its current space in June after a lease ends. From the San Francisco Chronicle: The institution, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, has to vacate its home in downtown San Francisco after its longtime lease ends in June, but it has not yet found a new […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum forced to find new home

Check out the very first Beetle Bailey strip. And it was rejected

Brian Walker, comic historian, author and son of Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker, posted the first week of proposed strips to be included in the 1950 launch of the iconic comic, but three of the strips were rejected by the syndicate and were never published. Here’s the first one. Head over to Beetle Bailey to […]

Posted on: Apr 13, 2015,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Check out the very first Beetle Bailey strip. And it was rejected

Check out Rina Piccolo’s Centuries Old Doodles

Tina’s Groove creator Rina Piccolo has a fascinating find: Picture this. A monk. A monk in a high tower. In the monk?s hand is a writing instrument that today would be found behind glass in a museum. What?s this lonesome scribe writing? There?s parchment on the unevenly carved desk in front of him, and on […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2015,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Interviewed: Charles Schulz and Larry King in a 1988 interview

A 1988 Larry King radio interview with Charles M. Schulz: Via: Mike Lynch

Posted on: Mar 20, 2015,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 4 Comments

Roy Doty passes at age 92

Prolific cartoonist and illustrator Roy Doty passed away this morning at the age of 92. The one and only time I met Roy was in 2006 when I visited the Ohio State University Cartoon Library (Now Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum). At 84, he told me he was working full-time and was so busy […]

Posted on: Mar 18, 2015,  Section: Awards, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments