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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

So, This Happened (Clearing a Backlog of Items)

Lynn Johnston has a new outlet for her licensed products.   What Would Mary Do?   Washington Post on the current Library of Congress comics exihibit.   Perks of Being Short – A Brisa Cartoon and Commentary Gallery.   Who’s the caricaturist?   Kevin Cooley Wins 2020 Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award.   Hollywood’s Lalo […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2020,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on So, This Happened (Clearing a Backlog of Items)

Dogpatch, USA For Sale

400 acres of what used to be the Dogpatch USA (1968-1993) amusement park, based on the Li’l Abner comic strip (1934-1977) by Al Capp, is going on the auction block. The abandoned Dogpatch theme park will be sold at auction outside the courthouse in Jasper on March 3 if the current owners don’t come up […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Dogpatch, USA For Sale

2020 Eisner Hall of Fame Judge’s Choices (and Nominees): Nell Brinkley and E. Simms Campbell

The 2020 Judges’ Choices for automatic inclusion into the Eisner Hall of Fame are Nell Brinkley and E. Simms Campbell. Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) has announced that the Eisner Awards judges have selected two individuals to automatically be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2020. These inductees are pioneering newspaper cartoonist Nell […]

Posted on: Jan 25, 2020,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 2020 Eisner Hall of Fame Judge’s Choices (and Nominees): Nell Brinkley and E. Simms Campbell

John Romita Senior now a Senior Stripper

Happy Birthday John Romita, born January 24, 1930. John now becomes a member of our Senior Strippers Club. John is famous, of course, for being a premiere romance comic book artist for DC and Marvel.   John’s long comic book career saw him do everything from western heroes to super heroes.   He even managed […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on John Romita Senior now a Senior Stripper

Wolfgang Fuchs – RIP

Comics author, historian, and translator Wolfgang J. Fuchs has passed away. Wolfgang J. Fuchs September 16, 1945 – January 20, 2020 author, journalist, film historian comics author, historian, translator   From Karen Green, Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University Libraries: Just seeing the news, posted by his daughter Anna, that Wolfgang Fuchs passed […]

Posted on: Jan 20, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

150 Years Ago: Thomas Nast & Democrat Donkey

On January 15, 1870 Thomas Nast drew his first Democratic Donkey cartoon. The repeated use of the image by the Dean of American Editorial Cartooning insured that the symbol would become lasting. By the 1880s it was understood by all that The Donkey equaled The Democrats. The above cartoon is often called the first use […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on 150 Years Ago: Thomas Nast & Democrat Donkey

When Paul Conrad Forgot the Caption

Among the Giants of Editorial Cartooning in the last half of the 20th Century and into the 21st was Paul Conrad of The Los Angeles Times. While Pat Oliphant, another giant of the times, would ridicule his subjects Paul would pound them. Conrad seldom went for a laugh, his cartoons brought the realization, and anger, […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on When Paul Conrad Forgot the Caption