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Trina Robbins: A Life Fighting Sexism; Now Ageism

Robbins, who grew up in Queens, N.Y., recalls taking her weekly, 10-cent allowance to the neighborhood candy store and after studying the week’s selection, buying any comic that featured young girls and women. At home, she wrote and illustrated her own comics and dreamt of publication. Robbins insists she did not come from a dysfunctional […]

Posted on: May 29, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Provocative Women

We’ll take a break for a review of what I’m going to call a “provocative book,” a graphic history of the women’s suffrage movement through the eyes, and pens, of 32 female cartoonists. And let me start by recommending you buy a copy: You can purchase a PDF now or preorder a print version (August […]

Posted on: May 19, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: 9 Comments

A History of Pandemics on the Funny Pages

Comics historian Michael Tisserand takes a look at the current crop of coronavirus comic strips, with a particular eye on Curtis. The first widely syndicated newspaper comic to address COVID-19 was Bill Hinds’ “Tank McNamara,” a sports-themed strip that had to contend with the sudden absence of professional sports. “Curtis” followed shortly after. Cartoonist Stephan […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

On Comics History

James Herbert (1943–2013), one of the best-selling horror writers in the world, was a devoted admirer of Tufts’s work, and he claimed that there was no writer in the world who was better at action and staging a plot. Bill Blackbeard (1926–2011), a man known for preserving the treasures and history of newspaper comics, defending […]

Posted on: May 8, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on On Comics History

CSotD: A Pause In Our Usual Schedule

(We’ll do Friday Funnies on Saturday this week) (Scott Clissold) On this anniversary, we are engaged in a new struggle against the coronavirus which demands the same spirit of national endeavour that you exemplified 75 years ago. We cannot pay our tribute with the parades and street celebrations we enjoyed in the past; your loved […]

Posted on: May 8, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

First and Last – Rick O’Shay, Latigo

The western strip Rick O’Shay by Stan Lynde began in 1958. It first appeared on April 27, 1958 (below), taking over the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate spot occupied by Ferd Johnson’s Texas Slim Sunday strip which ended the week before; both being humorous cowboy strips. Ferd Johnson, who had been ghosting for Frank Willard’s […]

Posted on: May 3, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – Rick O’Shay, Latigo

Today! Where We’re Coming From (Online Event)

The Billy Ireland Library and Museum reminds us: Rebecca Wanzo, Associate Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University will discuss her new book, The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging. Following her presentation, Wanzo will join cartoonists Bianca Xunise and Barbara Brandon-Croft. Xunise and Brandon-Croft’s work pushes boundaries […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Events, Comments: Comments Off on Today! Where We’re Coming From (Online Event)

A Virtual Visit to The Billy Ireland Library & Museum

As the Columbus Dispatch says: For those who haven’t set foot in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, now is not the time. But during the COVID-19 closure of the Ohio State University facility, thousands of the cartoons, comics, drawings and other materials in its collection – the largest of its kind in the […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Exhibits, Museums, Comments: Comments Off on A Virtual Visit to The Billy Ireland Library & Museum

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: Comments Off on Flash Gordon Original Art Almost Half Million $$

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