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Comic Chronicles and Dizzy Dramas

Dateline: Canada Dateline: Canada Steve Canyon came to a U. S. Air Force base in northern Canada last winter and was promptly dropped from the comic page of the Peterborough Examiner. In an editorial the newspaper explained, “We have become disturbed by the political implications of the strip. The hero and his friends were on […]

Posted on: Aug 12, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Chronicles and Dizzy Dramas

The Secret Origin of “Ace Backwords”

From Wikipedia: Peter Labriola (born September 12, 1956), better known by the pen name Ace Backwords is an American author and a former underground cartoonist based in Berkeley, California. Backwords, born Peter Labriola, published Twisted Image, a punk rock tabloid, from 1982 to 1984 featuring interviews with Johnny Rotten, Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Charles Bukowski, […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Secret Origin of “Ace Backwords”

2021 Eisner Award Winners

The winners of the 2021 Eisner Awards were announced Friday night at the San Diego Comic-Con. A mostly comic book affair here are the winners in some categories we regularly cover here at TDC. Best Reality-Based Work WINNER: Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, by Derf Backderf (Abrams) Big Black: Stand at Attica, by Frank “Big […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2021,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on 2021 Eisner Award Winners

Lyonel Feininger – 150ster Geburtsfeier

German-American artist Lyonel Feininger was born on July 17, 1871 – 150 years ago today. He became the most recognized (and successful) of the German cartoonists hired by The Chicago Tribune in 1906 to re-create the Sunday color comics section of that newspaper. From the Lambiek Comiclopedia biography: His highly imaginative art work displays interesting […]

Posted on: Jul 17, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! History in July

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for July 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Rebirth of the English Comic Strip: A Kaleidoscope, 1847–1870   Lieutenant Dangerous   The Spellbinding Episodes of Phoebe and Her Unicorn […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! History in July

Sex, Drugs, and Rex Morgan

John Wells recent posting of an intriguing 1954 Judge Parker Sunday … … got me thinking of a Rex Morgan, M.D. story by the same author of few years earlier. Nick Dallis tells of the dangers of drugs on America’s youth. A couple months later the comic strip would be reproduced in a comic book […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on Sex, Drugs, and Rex Morgan

A Desert Island Cartoon Before It Became Cliché

© Bill Griffith 2020 Of the 126 or so cliché cartoon gags probably none is as well known as the one with a palm tree on a small tract of land sticking up out of the ocean. After all, you aren’t asked what ten CDs you would want if you were abducted by aliens, or […]

Posted on: Jul 11, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

Reinhold Reitberger – RIP

Cartoonist and comics historian Reinhold Reitberger has passed away. Reinhold C. Reitberger December 25, 1946 – June 25, 2021 A cartoonist and comics historian based in Germany, Reinhold and Wolfgang Fuchs’ Anatomy of a Mass Medium, along with George Perry and Alan Aldridge’s Penguin Book of Comics (which I got one within a year of […]

Posted on: Jul 10, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, International, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Reinhold Reitberger – RIP

Bernstein, Blum, Lockman, Newman Get The Finger

  The San Diego Comic-Con has announced the comics writers who will be awarded The Bill Finger Award this year. Comic-Con is proud to announce six writers who contributed greatly to the history of comics have been selected to receive the 2021 Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The selection, made by […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2021,  Section: Awards, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Bernstein, Blum, Lockman, Newman Get The Finger

Post-Dispatch Comic Artists Profiles 1951/52

Beginning in the Fall of 1951 until the Spring of 1952 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a series of profiles illustrated by cartoonists who were appearing on their daily and Sunday pages. Over two dozen comic artists contributed original art, caricatures, and photos for the project which ran as a third-page in the Sunday color […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Chicago Celebrates Its Classic Comics Culture

Who would have guessed that Chicago was the birthplace of comics? The exhibition focuses on the origins of the comics in popular publishing, the immeasurable importance of African-American cartoonists and publishing, the first woman cartoonists and editors, the first daily comic strip, and finally the art and comics of undeservedly forgotten Frank King, who with […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Cartoon Chronicles – Huddled Masses

Little Orphan Annie and the Melting Pot   Harold Gray has been derided as a conservative, and that he was, but he had a complicated relationship with ethnic figures. He both painted them with limiting stereotypes at the same time as elevating them to heroic status that few other comic strip creators of the era […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoon Chronicles – Huddled Masses

Hey Kids! Comics! – Papa’s Got a Brand New Book

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for June 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Scoop Scuttle and His Pals   Charlie Brown’s America  review   Squiggles by Sharon   Coping Skills by John Cuneo   […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! – Papa’s Got a Brand New Book

2021 Eisner Award Nominees – Comic Strip Division

The annual Eisner Awards, in association with the San Diego Comic-Con, have announced the nominees in their various groupings. While there is no exact comic strip or editorial cartoon categories, there are some divisions and nominees to which we can relate among the mostly comic book awards.    The most direct comic strip category is […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2021,  Section: Awards, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 2021 Eisner Award Nominees – Comic Strip Division

Charles Schulz Documentary June 25

Apple TV+ today revealed the trailer and premiere date for its upcoming documentary special, “Who Are You, Charlie Brown?,” set to make its global debut on Friday, June 25 on Apple TV+. Honoring the “everyman” creator, Charles “Sparky” Schulz, “Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” celebrates the significance and global multi-generational popularity of the comic strip […]

Posted on: Jun 8, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Television, Comments: 1 Comment