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Flash Gordon Original Art Almost Half Million $$

The combined price for the original art making up the first Flash Gordon/Jungle Jim page of January 7, 1934 sold for over a half million dollars today at Profiles in History. The original art of the first Flash Gordon strip by Alex Raymond sold for $480,000, a record for original comic strip art. The original […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Comics Community Comity Amid Covid Concerns

above: Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press   With all the important places closing, some comics people are trying to make our lives a bit more tolerable while we all huddle at home shelter in place.   Cartoonist Joe Wos has his YouTube channel for kids of all ages to learn How To […]

Posted on: Mar 18, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, How-to, Comments: Comments Off on Comics Community Comity Amid Covid Concerns

It Was 120 Years Ago Today

An informal poll of cartoonists taken in the early 1930s named Frederick Burr Opper the funniest man who ever worked for the American press. That is how The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum began their biography of F. Opper. It was backed up with over 50 years of hilarious cartoons, from the late 19th […]

Posted on: Mar 11, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on It Was 120 Years Ago Today

Diamondback Ceases Print Edition – Launched Kinney, Cho, McGruder Cartooning Careers

The student newspaper of University of Maryland, The Diamondback, has published its last print edition after 110 years. It will continue as online-only. From The Diamondback: After 110 years in circulation, The Diamondback will cease its weekly print publication in March, the newspaper’s parent company announced Monday… According to Tom Madigan — board president of […]

Posted on: Mar 10, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Diamondback Ceases Print Edition – Launched Kinney, Cho, McGruder Cartooning Careers

Marchin’ in with Miscellany

NPR interviews a Genius. The site also features a short Yes You Can! Lynda Barry video.   This Is How You Do It. Jim Keefe gives a video sketchbook inking tutorial.   Arting in the 21st Century. Patrick LaMontagne shows how to draw on a Wacom.   San Diego Comic-Con issues a kind of non-statement […]

Posted on: Mar 1, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, How-to, Illustration, Interviews, video, Comments: Comments Off on Marchin’ in with Miscellany

Original Art for 1st Flash Gordon Strip to Auction

Well, this oughta bring a buck or two. The original art for the January 7, 1934 debut of Flash Gordon by Alex Raymond has come to light and will be offered for auction by Profiles in History. From Just Collecting news: The first-ever Flash Gordon comic strip drawn by Alex Raymond in 1933 is heading […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Original Art for 1st Flash Gordon Strip to Auction

Russ Cochran – RIP

Comics maven, historian, archivist, dealer, and publisher Russ Cochran has passed away. above: Russ Cochran portrait by Frank Frazetta Russell Vance (Russ) Cochran July 3, 1937 – February 23, 2020 Self-described as “Ph.D. in Physics, 1964, Professor at Drake University 1964-1974, Publisher of collector books, 1971-date, lover of all apes.” The news of Russ’ passing […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

James Thurber‘s first drawings appeared in the The New Yorker dated ninety years ago today. In the New Yorker issue dated February 22, 1930 a short James Thurber contribution included two illustrations, the first Thurber drawings to appear in the magazine. [James Thurber’s words first appeared in the February 26, 1927 New Yorker, but since […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

CSotD: Obscene Cartoon Warning

Ed Hall offers a commentary on an item from Dear Leader’s budget, which eliminates funding for Stars and Stripes, the newspaper that has kept the military informed since the Civil War, operating out of the Department of Defense but with full First Amendment rights and a separate congressional ombudsman to protect them. It is, of […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

DeBartolo Streak Ends; Aragonés Now Top Streaker

MAD #12 comes out tomorrow and does not contain NEW material from Dick DeBartolo. That ends a streak going back to the June 1966 dated MAD  and lasting to the February 2020 dated MAD, encompassing 459 issues! As Tom Richmond notes: It’s also very much worth noting that this issue of MAD magazine is the […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

Collectors’ Growing Interest in Original Art

above: Régis Loisel An exhibit of original European comic art in New York City gives Forbes a reason to look at the collectors market for original comic art. Philippe Labaune, founder of Art9, has a few ideas explaining why American collectors are getting into original comics art right now. “The American collector is moving steadily […]

Posted on: Feb 16, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, International, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on Collectors’ Growing Interest in Original Art

CSotD: Games Presidents Play, and HB2U SBA

Pia Guerra comments on the return of Hope Hicks to the White House, and I’m not sure if she’s just perceptive or if she’s heard the rumors, too, but there’s something running around that the old man is starting to slip a few cogs and they’re trying to keep him patched up. Which would not […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Games Presidents Play, and HB2U SBA

Hey Kids! Comics! Book Love

Seems Dennis is right: I love books. The problem is that my book-buying habit outpaces my ability to read them. This leads to FOMO and occasional pangs of guilt over the unread volumes spilling across my shelves. Sound familiar? But it’s possible this guilt is entirely misplaced. According to statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb, these unread […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Book Love

74th Reubens: Gold T-Square to G. B. Trudeau

The National Cartoonists Society is noting that Garry B. Trudeau will be presented the Society’s the Gold T-Square. From NCS President Jason Chatfield: On behalf of the board of directors of the National Cartoonists Society, It is my great pleasure to announce that Garry Trudeau will be awarded the Gold T-Square award at the 74th […]

Posted on: Feb 6, 2020,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on 74th Reubens: Gold T-Square to G. B. Trudeau

Newbery Medal Winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft and his New Kid graphic novel make history. The School Library Journal reports: History was made at the 2020 Youth Media Awards in Philadelphia. A graphic novel has won the John Newbery Medal for the first time in its nearly 100-year history [emphasis added] as Jerry Craft earned the honor for New Kid. […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2020,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic history, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Newbery Medal Winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft