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Happy George Herriman’s Birthday from Tisserand

George Herriman was born 140 years ago on August 22, 1880. To celebrate Michael Tisserand, the author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White (highly recommended), has given us a present. Sez Michael: In 2016, when I published Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, I included an author’s note […]

Posted on: Aug 22, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Happy George Herriman’s Birthday from Tisserand

Hy Eisman: A Life in Comics Feature Documentary

With over 70 years of drawing and writing and teaching comics, Hy Eisman can certainly fill a documentary. The current cartoonist of the Popeye Sunday page is the subject of a documentary … with our help. Marco Cutrone and Vincent Zambrano are organizing a fundraiser to complete the production of a film celebrating Hy’s achievements. […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Comments: 2 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Hotter Than a Match Head

above: Mutts by Patrick McDonnell   Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   The Flapper Queens: Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age a short review of Trina’s new […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Hotter Than a Match Head

Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Famed comics publisher James Warren turns 90 today – born July 29, 1930. I guess technically he should be an Honorary Senior Stripper since Jim didn’t write or draw comics. But he certainly was a major supporter and influencer of comic books with his black and white magazines. During The Sixties and into The Seventies […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Barbara Brandon-Croft: Where She’s Coming From

Back in our younger days we would enjoy the Where I’m Coming From comic strip in The Sunday Oakland Tribune by the younger still Barbara Brandon-Croft. So it brings a smile when Barbara is in the news. Today courtesy the Post News Group: Historically, Black cartoonists have never enjoyed the same representation as their white […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Don’t Know Much About History

I have a fascination with comics history, and a deep a appreciation of comics historians. My meager knowledge is buttressed by the writings of some great researchers. Following are a few of the wonderful teachers that inform us about comics past and present by way of some go-to blogs.   American Newspaper Comics by Allan […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Don’t Know Much About History

Last Week Today – Comic News Roundup

A new weekly comic “Informal Drawings” by Peter Slemen IPWatchdog.com, which focuses on intellectual property issues, now features a new weekly comic: IPWatchdog is pleased to announce the launch of our weekly comic series, brought to you by Wei & Sleman founding partner, Peter Sleman. Peter’s Comic Strip, appropriately named “Informal Drawings”, is a weekly […]

Posted on: Jul 13, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Last Week Today – Comic News Roundup

A Hostile Life In The Boondocks

In 1999 Aaron McGruder shook up the comics pages in America’s newspapers. In 1997, not long after Aaron McGruder pulled The Boondocks from his college newspaper, he submitted his strip to syndicates, companies that provide comics, puzzles, and advice columns to hundreds of newspapers…The rejections piled on, with the syndicates feeling that The Boondocks was […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on A Hostile Life In The Boondocks

Al Jaffee, at 99, is Interviewed

When you worked for Eisner and then when you got out of the service and worked for Stan Lee, were all of your colleagues obsessed with comics? Did you talk a lot about comics and the artists in the field. I think in the back of the minds of everybody who could draw straight figures […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Al Jaffee, at 99, is Interviewed

Newly Discovered – Davis’ Pre-Garfield Garfield *updated

Last year Quinton Reviews gave us an introduction to pre-Garfield Jim Davis. Earlier this year he spent some vacation time delving deeper into Davis’s Comics From the Unknown. So here is more about Gnorm Gnat, and Jon, and even some Jim Davis high school cartooning. Hey, there’s even some Garfield! Watch The Origin of Jim […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

The Mystery of the Missing Vintage Strips

Comics Kingdom has lost some of Zane Grey’s “King of the Royal Mounted” Vintage strips. We found’em. Comics Kingdom will resume with the Dec 31, 1944 strip. And they accidentally re-ran yesterday’s Vintage Judge Parker from June 6, 1977. Here’s today’s: Carry on.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Mystery of the Missing Vintage Strips

Al Jaffee Retires at 99

After putting in a mere 79 years as a professional cartoonist Al Jaffee is retiring. From Michael Cavna: Al Jaffee, officially the longest-working comic artist ever, has decided to retire at age 99. So to mark his farewell, Mad’s “Usual Gang of Idiots” will salute Jaffee with a tribute issue next week. It will be […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Mad Medieval Marginalia

All of us, at one time or another, have written in the margins of our books. I continue to do it (e.g., my copy of Allan Holtz’s American Newspaper Comics). Not as many of us doodle in the margins, though at least one person has made a career of it. But centuries before Sergio Aragonés […]

Posted on: Jun 5, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Mad Medieval Marginalia

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: Comments Off on Trina Robbins: A Life Fighting Sexism; Now Ageism

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