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100-Year-Old Felix the Cat

Although there were earlier cats animated by the Pat Sullivan Studios, it is generally agreed that Feline Funnies, released on November 9, 1919, is the first appearance of Felix the Cat. And the cat became the world’s first animated superstar.   Although Pat Sulivan is officially credited as the creator of Felix the Cat, it […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2019,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on 100-Year-Old Felix the Cat

Richard Marschall and Theodore Roosevelt

The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University was built to study and analyze the life and legacy of the 26th President. The university recently hired a cartoon archivist who will add to Roosevelt’s legacy, and he says it’s a position you can’t find anywhere else. And that cartoon archivist? To continue making this digital […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, book, Caricature, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Richard Marschall and Theodore Roosevelt

Political Cartoons That Got People Fired

Political cartoons are just the coolest. You get to make fun of people in power in a funny way, plus you get get big ups for your art if you do it right. Even people who don’t read the news might check out your comic. Who wouldn’t want that job? But the gig is also […]

Posted on: Nov 3, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Political Cartoons That Got People Fired

A Century of Women’s Comics and Cartoon Art

Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art Nov. 2, 2019-May 3, 2020 at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum above: the Jackie Ormes display (image via Pioneering Cartoonists of Color Facebook) Jackie Ormes, Rose O’Neill, Lynn Johnston, Edwina Dumm, Alison Bechdel. Nell Brinkley, and more. From the Columbus Alive […]

Posted on: Nov 2, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on A Century of Women’s Comics and Cartoon Art

Día de los Muertos (2)

We want to open this year’s respect to those who have come before us by thanking the people who made it possible for Barbara Shermund to be given her due.           (Phil May)           (Wilhelm Busch)                     images […]

Posted on: Nov 1, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Día de los Muertos (2)

CSotD: As they were saying …

Mike Smith sets the stage as political cartoonists discuss the news, the announcement and the reaction to both. It’s a conversation made more interesting to watch because, while nobody is mourning the loss of al-Baghdadi any more than they mourned the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011, they are contrasting the two events.   […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Syndicate History – Stereotypes and Matrices

…to refer to any 20th-century daily paper as a “local paper” hides an important truth: the proportion of newspaper content that was written, designed, and printed locally decreased in the early 20th century. Aided by a new technology called the stereotype, syndicates began to sell the same articles and illustrations to hundreds of different newspapers […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on Syndicate History – Stereotypes and Matrices

Yahoo Groups Goes Private, Deletes Files

“Attention: Starting December 14, 2019 Yahoo Groups will no longer host user created content on its sites. New content can no longer be uploaded after October 28, 2019. Sending/Receiving email functionality is not going away, you can continue to communicate via any email client with your group members. Learn More“ “Yahoo has made the decision […]

Posted on: Oct 21, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Syndicates, Web Sites, Comments: 2 Comments

Vernon Grant, 1960s Stars and Stripes Cartoonist

Cartoonist and Army officer Vernon Grant had a unique ability to capture the soldier’s perspective during the Vietnam War. The Stars and Stripes contributor was the latest in a long line of social commentators to grace its pages during times of war, the most notable being Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Mauldin during World War II. […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on Vernon Grant, 1960s Stars and Stripes Cartoonist

Poking at the Rich and Famous 500 Years Ago

Far from being admired as an extraordinary genius, Leonardo da Vinci was repeatedly lampooned and teased about his unusual red hair and his unconventional sexuality by other leading artists of his day. Although the work of the great Italian was popular in his time, an extensive new study of the artist to be published this […]

Posted on: Oct 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Poking at the Rich and Famous 500 Years Ago

Hype Igoe on 2020 Boxing Hall of Fame Ballot

Sports reporter, writer, and cartoonist Hype Igoe is among those on the ballot for the 2020 International Boxing Hall of Fame in the Observers category. ESPN reports: The International Boxing Hall of Fame, which in July reduced the wait for eligibility to three years, released the ballot for the 2020 election cycle and it is […]

Posted on: Oct 1, 2019,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Comic history, sports cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hype Igoe on 2020 Boxing Hall of Fame Ballot

CSotD: AAEC Day Two

Day Two of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists included some fun, with a “Chalk Slam” happening on the sidewalk in front of the library. Here, Tamara Knoss, Matt Wuerker, Ann Telnaes, Patrick Chappatte and Salmeh Gaid admire Wuerker’s work.   However, before the fun, there was one of two meetings for the weekend, which […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: AAEC Day Two

Bechdel Joins Goldberg in Merriam-Webster

I hate to discuss this in relation to a man but … Alison Bechdel has joined Rube Goldberg as a cartoonist whose name is now a word in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. “Bechdel Test” is one of over 500 new words added to the M-W dictionary in September 2019. Hat tip to Seven Days for the notice. […]

Posted on: Sep 25, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

The Debt That All Cartoonists Owe to Peanuts

It’s not the skill of the drawing, or the lines, or the lettering, or the funny words that make a strip work. Timing is the life force of comics. Without a sensitivity to the rhythms and the music—a.k.a. the reality—of life, a comic strip will arrive D.O.A., nothing more than a bunch of dumb pictures. […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Debt That All Cartoonists Owe to Peanuts

Updates…Updates…Updates

Updating some recent posts.   The Knight Life Ends. Keith Knight uses The K Chronicles to confirm the ending of The Knight Life.   The Knight Life Still Runs Above is The Knight Life running in this weekend’s Stars and Stripes newspaper. It is a repeat of the first 2019 Sunday strip. I don’t know […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Updates…Updates…Updates