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2018 Eisner Award Winners

The Eisner Awards were presented Friday June20th at the San Diego Comic Con. Yes, they are mostly about comic books, which I don’t cover much here, but there are some comic strip and cartooning categories that caught my eye. (Winners listed in bold type)   BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS (UP TO AGE 8) Adele […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Dana Simpson + Phoebe and Her Unicorn = Success

Alex Deuben interviews Dana Simpson. This spring saw the publication of a new collection of strips, Unicorn of Many Hats, and Today I’ll Be a Unicorn, Simpson’s first board book. In August Andrews McMeel is publishing a collection of some of Simpson’s Ozy and Millie comics, and this fall will see the publication of a […]

Posted on: Jul 20, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Quick Hits – July 19

First I need to add to that San Diego Comic Con list of the other day. I overlooked the Spotlight on Macanuda: Introducing the World of Liniers for Sunday July 22. One of Latin America’s most acclaimed cartoonists, Liniers (Eisner Award nominee and Comic-Con special guest), talks about his popular Argentinian daily strip Macanudo, which […]

Posted on: Jul 19, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Newly Updated – Starlee and the Moonbeams

Sally Forth writer Francesco Marciuliano has been  posting a running commentary about the Sally Forth (Trystero) Comic Con at his Medium Large blog. Since Ces doesn’t tag his posts I’m just going to link to the July 2018 archives, though the comic con commentary begins in June. I recommend reading them, they’re as entertaining as […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Lynn Johnston Tutors Young Cartoonist

Lynn Johnston has “produced one of the best comic strips ever,” gushed Evan Panton, the Cleveland Elementary kid with a penchant for the classic funnies, including For Better or For Worse. Well, that flattery was enough to prompt Johnston to pay it forward by offering Panton private cartooning lessons. To say the budding artist was […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

First and Last – Tarzan Comic Strip

January 7, 1929 saw the debut of the Tarzan daily comic strip featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Tarzan of the Apes as adapted by R. W. Palmer and Hal Foster.   The daily Tarzan comic strip lasted until July 29, 1972, by which time Russ Manning had been doing the strip for almost 5 years. Most […]

Posted on: Jul 13, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Washington Post Covers Trump as a Baby in Comics

Michael Cavna covers the imagery and subject of Donald Trump as a baby in the comics industry. Featuring Shannon Wheeler, Tom Tomorrow, Barry Blitt, Sean Delonas, Nate Beeler and Clay Bennett. From the story: Yet one of the most consistent symbols of Trump-targeted satire and cartoon buffoonery over the past two years has been depictions […]

Posted on: Jul 13, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

9 Chickweed Lane at 25

July 12, 1993 is when 9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney debuted, 25 years ago today. GoComics is celebrating with a gallery of some of their favorite strips through the years. Chickweed Lane began with United Features Syndicate, ran through Tribune Media Services and Los Angeles Times Syndicate,then returned to UFS in the year 2000. […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Mid-July Quick Hits – Comic Strips

Beetle Bailey Goes to the Dark Side in Comic Book Parody Spencer & Locke, the comic that mixes Calvin & Hobbes with the noir attitude of Sin City, is returning for a second series later this year, and things are going to get even darker than before. [Roach Riley is] an analog for Mort Walker’s […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Kirkus Reviews New Nick Seluk Kids’ Book

Web cartoonist and book author Nick “The Awkward Yeti” Seluk has delved into the 4 to 8-year-old reader world with his new book, “The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal.”  From the Kirkus Review: This charming star shines bright.   

Posted on: Jul 12, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

‘Good Duck Park’ Opens in Oregon to Celebrate Disney Artist Carl Barks

The Herald and News of Klamath Falls, Ore., is reporting on the opening of a new park dedicated to legendary Disney illustrator Carl Barks. From the story: Three interpretive panels were installed at the park to tell the history of the Lost River, wildlife in the area, and Barks’ life story. Born in 1901, Barks […]

Posted on: Jul 11, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

2018 Reuben Awards Photo Album

  Courtesy of Tom Heintjes, David Folkman, and Hogan’s Alley magazine are dozens and dozens of pictures from the 2018 National Cartoonists Society Reubens gala.      

Posted on: Jul 11, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Summer Reading For Kids

The Kids can’t spend their entire summer vacation in the pool (or the river), and after the morning cool wears off they got to get out of the sun, and they certainly need a break from all that video – so reading! The Today Show and Amazon has teamed up to recommend 18 books for […]

Posted on: Jul 10, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

The NY Times Covers Bill Morrison’s ‘Yellow Submarine’ Graphic Novel

National Cartoonists Society President and MAD Magazine editor Bill Morrison was profiled by The New York Times for his work on Dark Horse Comics adaptation of The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” from film to graphic novel. From the George Gene Gustines story: Mr. Morrison, a co-founder of Bongo Comics, whose titles include “The Simpsons,” and the editor […]

Posted on: Jul 10, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

‘They Came’ a New Mark Tatulli Book Hits Bookshelves Today

MacMillan Publishers and Roaring Brook Press have announced the release of Lio and Heart of the City creator Mark Tatulli’s new children’s book “They Came.” The Daily Cartoonist caught up with Mark and asked him about the new book. Mark: I was inspired (or moved) by the rising lack of empathy for immigrants that I […]

Posted on: Jul 10, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments