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Hey Kids! Comics! Harvest Those Bookshelves

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Empire’s Nursery   The Strange Death of Alex Raymond   You Can’t Do Business (or Most Anything Else) Without Yiddish   Britain’s Best […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

Signed Schulz Sunday Sets Peanuts Auction Record

The art for a 1966 Christmas themed Sunday Peanuts comic strip and signed by Charles Schulz as “Sparky” set a record for an original Peanuts when it went for $360,000.00 at a Heritage Auctions sale. A Charlie Brown Christmas was released on television for the first time on 12-9-65. Just a year later, this Sunday […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2021,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

L. Bruce Holman – RIP

Cartoonist (and teacher, author, etc) L. Bruce Holman has passed away.    Loyd Bruce Holman January 30, 1939 – April 24, 2021   From the obituary: Dr. Holman held a PhD in fine arts, and before retirement was a tenured professor teaching drawing, painting and photography at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. He was also […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Everything You Know is Wrong

Cathy Wilcox sets the stage today, and, while in Australia this generally means soft-pedaling the treatment of aboriginal people, painting rosy pictures of a less-than-splendid past is a hot trend throughout the world, and certainly here. I clicked on a Facebook ad offering free curricula to help young people learn to identify fake news. It […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Cartooning for Fun & Profit – Jim Davis Report

                You thought it couldn’t true. Get rich doing the thing you love? But if a young man from Marion, Indiana can do it, why not you?                                 Wealthy Gorilla updates their Jim Davis profile. Jim Davis is an American cartoonist. … Davis grew up on a […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Cathy Guisewite and Aack Cast by Jamie Loftus

Photo: Tony Korody/Sygma (Getty Images) The AV Club has a short review of the Aack Cast by Jamie Loftus radio show. The series concluded a few weeks ago, but listening to all 12 installments of Aack Cast By Jamie Loftus in one marathon run is actually the superior experience—and if you think you don’t need […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, podcast, Comments: 0 Comments

Jeff Philcrantz – RIP

Cartoonist Jeff Philcrantz has passed away. Jeffrey R. (Jeff) PhilcrantzJuly 26, 1946 – September 6, 2021 carpenter, musician, cartoonist From the obituary: Jeff graduated from Newburyport High School, class of 1964 and then went on to Northern Essex and then UMASS Amherst where he studied Physics and Astronomy. He then enlisted in the Air Force […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

More About Sunday Funnies

As the 90th Anniversary of Dick Tracy nears (October 4, 1931) the current team of Mike Curtis and Joe Staton will take a few days reliving the past, beginning today.   Looks like Samson is another cartoonist giving us our money’s worth on Sunday. Joining Andy Capp is Dark Side of the Horse with two […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: A sound basis for humor

Candorville (WPWG) reminds me of how much I miss the Olden Days. Not the medieval olden days evoked here, but the Olden Days when most on-line conversation happened on Usenet and most people recognized both the futility of responding to trolls and the wisdom of ignoring them. There was, in that bygone era, something called […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

First and Last(?) – Professor Doodles

Today saw the Doodles Sunday page go to rerun following the death of cartoonist Chris Foote. Doodles began on Sunday October 19, 1986 as a kid’s activity/gag page titled Professor Doodles – Just For Kids Corner created by Steve Sack and Craig MacIntosh. From a Daily Cartoonist article last year: In an early (1987) interview […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

First and Last – The Lone Ranger

  Westerns had always been a part of American popular culture, so when radio began turning over news and lecture time to dramatic storytelling around 1929 Westerns were among the programs offered. Most, like Death Valley Days and Bobby Benson, were original to radio, some, like Rin Tin Tin, were adapted from other media. When […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: 09/11/01 plus 20

On the 20th Anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, Steve Breen (Creators) demonstrates that less is more. I’m surprised more cartoonists didn’t feel compelled to mark the day, but perhaps they realized how little they had to add to the conversation. It was hardly a banner day for the art form then, and the proportion […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

New Local Comic – NUTZ by Raina and Mancini

The Manchester (Conn) Journal Inquirer introduced a new comic strip today. For 20 years Somers resident Bob Raina had been sitting on the idea of doing a comic strip. With Mark Mancini, he fulfilled a longtime dream with his strip, “Nutz,” premiering today in the Journal Inquirer. The strip will be a weekly feature. He […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Gag Cartoons and Diversity

Of the many challenges cartoonists face — rejection, money, drink, or lack of — one of the trickiest is the growing pressure to depict diversity. Nowadays readers often write to publications complaining about the dearth of ethnic minorities in our drawings and demand for cartoons to be more inclusive. Attempts to make cartoon characters more […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Gag Cartoons and Diversity

CSotD: Avoiding the Bad Vibes

Today’s Frazz (AMS) reminds me of my father saying that some people duck down behind a protective fence to avoid getting hit with pies, but then can’t resist taking a peek to see if the pie-thrower is still there, and WHAP! He didn’t say it in a disapproving way, mind you. It was an observation […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments