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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

Original Asterix comic book page raises $160k for Charlie Hebdo families

Astérix co-creator Albert Uderzo donated a storyboard from the 1971 Astérix and the Laurel Wreath for auction. From The New York Times: PARIS ? An original Astérix comic book page fetched 150,000 euros, or about $160,000, at a sale at Christie?s here, with all the proceeds going to the families of those killed in the […]

Posted on: Mar 17, 2015,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic scholar, Cole Johnson, passes away

Sad news from Allan Holtz regarding the passing of Cole Johnson, a comic scholar with a vast expertise in newspaper comic strip history. One of the most endearing things about Cole was that he realized, and reveled in, the idea that being a newspaper comics expert is mystifying pointless and utterly ridiculous to 99.9% of […]

Posted on: Feb 2, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

GoComics adds Little Nemo in Slumberland

Universal Uclick’s GoComics has announced it’s added Winsor McCay?s Little Nemo in Slumberland to their line-up. Little Nemo is considered one of the McCay’s masterpieces and a foundational comic strip in history. It’s not mentioned in the press release, but it’s almost too coincidental that GoComics adds Little Nemo on October 15 – precisely the […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2014,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on GoComics adds Little Nemo in Slumberland

Profiled: Charles M. Schulz Museum

Great article in the San Francisco Chronicle about the Charles Schulz Museum. The Schulz Museum has had about 100 unique exhibitions since then, from an early presentation of Japanese quilts with Peanuts themes to the recent self-explanatory ?Heartbreak? in Peanuts gallery. ?Peanuts in Wonderland,? which includes the comic strip?s tributes to Lewis Carroll?s classic, is […]

Posted on: Oct 10, 2014,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: Charles M. Schulz Museum

Check out “Puck: What Fools These Mortals Be”

For those of you interested in comic history, make sure you check out this new book by Michael Kahn and Rich West called Puck: What Fools These Mortals Be – a coffee table book about the political satire and cartoon magazine “Puck” that was published between 1871 until 1918. Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson […]

Posted on: Oct 9, 2014,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Check out “Puck: What Fools These Mortals Be”

TIME: Why Peanuts Endures: ?The Football is Always Pulled Away?

Last week, Charles Schulz’s Peanuts turned 64. TIME magazine ran two stories about Peanuts: See How Peanuts Addressed Feminism, Nuclear War and More and Why Peanuts Endures: ?The Football is Always Pulled Away? From TIME Magazine: Despite their wholesome, all-American reputation, Charlie Brown and his friends embody an amount of malaise better associated with French […]

Posted on: Oct 7, 2014,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic strip Mafalda turns 50 years old

Happy 50th birthday to Latin American comic strip Mafalda created by Joaquin “Quino” Lavado in 1964. From Euronews: Brazilian tourists sang ?Happy Birthday? in front of a life-sized statue of an eternal six-year-old girl on Monday. But the icon parked on a bench in a middle class Buenos Aires suburb has actually just turned 50. […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2014,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic strip Mafalda turns 50 years old