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Kid Scoop – Attracting Readers and Advertisers

Kid Scoop has proved itself a circulation builder and prime newspaper real estate for advertisers. He’s been a publisher, an advertising director and a columnist at daily and weekly newspapers — and now works for a publishing company owned by his son. Throughout his long career in journalism, John Speck has always included Kid Scoop […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2021,  Section: Illustration, Newspaper industry, Comments: 3 Comments

Bart Kaminski – RIP

Graphic designer and artist Bart Kaminski has passed away. Bartley Francis (Bart) Kaminski June 8, 1977 – July 22, 2021   From the obituary: Bartley Francis Kaminski, 44, passed away peacefully on Thursday following a courageous battle with cancer. Bart graduated from Palmyra Area High School in 1995, attended Mansfield University and later earned a […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Kevin Cannon is Poster Child for State Fair

Cartographer Kevin Cannon draws a lot into his cartoon maps. But he may have outdone himself with his Minnesota Star Fair poster. From the MinnPost: In late spring 2019, Minneapolis-based cartoonist and illustrator Kevin Cannon learned that he had been chosen as the Minnesota State Fair’s commemorative artist for 2020. Unfortunately, due to The Covid, […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, How-to, Illustration, Interviews, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Chronicles – Critical Comics Theory

When you think about Mickey Mouse, one name comes to mind, Walt Disney. But here’s the thing – Walt Disney didn’t create Mickey Mouse alone. It was actually his best friend, Ub Iwerks, who designed the iconic cartoon in 1928. He was the person who was doing most of the behind-the-scenes work, and when Walt […]

Posted on: Jul 15, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Chronicles – Critical Comics Theory

Chris Foote – RIP

Cartoonist Chris Foote has passed away.  Christopher Bailey (Chris) Foote August 4, 1958 – July 11, 2021 cartoonist, illustrator   From the obituary: Chris graduated from Minnetonka High School, the University of Minnesota, and Atelier School of Fine Art. His educational life was exemplary. He excelled academically in all his studies with credit going to […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 2 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

A New Yorker Cartoonist in Connecticut

© Geoffrey Kloske and Barry Blitt Canadian-born Barry Blitt came to New York in the 1990s to pursue a career as an illustrator. While he had been working in Canada, he felt the move to the big city would further his exposure. And indeed it did. In addition to countless prizes and accolades, in 2020 […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2021,  Section: Illustration, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on A New Yorker Cartoonist in Connecticut

It’s Not Puzzling Why We Adore Sandra Boynton

With her delightful drawing, wonderful wordplay, and high-spirited humor Sandra Boynton is one of the top cartoonists around for youngsters of all ages. Boynton is a publishing phenomenon who’s been working since the 1970s as an author and cartoonist. Many of her works feature quirky animals who love to eat chocolate and share puns. So […]

Posted on: Jul 10, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Children's Books, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Chronicles: Learning About Yesterday

This first one is for Kip. © Magazine Management(?) Charles Rodrigues, who was born in 1926 and died in 2004, was one of the most widely-published and beloved cartoonists of the latter half of the 20th Century. His cartoons appeared in scores of men’s magazines, from the low end, low circulation girlie mags and dozens […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

Don’t Know Much About History? Bob’ll Learn Ya

Robert C. Harvey is a well-known and well-learned comics historian and cartoonist.  Bob has been a long-time contributor to The Comics Journal (contributing an essay today) and he contributes a monthly column to Humor Times (usually in the first half of the month, so a new one should be just around the corner). R. C. […]

Posted on: Jul 7, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Don’t Know Much About History? Bob’ll Learn Ya

Ron Rice – RIP

Newspaper cartoonist and illustrator Ron Rice has passed away.      Ronald Maburn (Ron) Rice January 31, 1933 – March 15, 2021 newspaper illustrator, graphic artist, caricaturist, cartoonist From the obituary: By profession Ron Rice was an artist for almost sixty years until the onset of Alzheimer’s prevented him from creating his art. He worked […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Caricature, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Ron Rice – RIP

Al Hirschfeld: Life & Legacy

Al Hirschfeld: Life & Legacy of the Great American Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the most innovative efforts in establishing the visual language of modern art through caricature in the 20th century. A self-described “characterist,” his signature work that was defined by a linear calligraphic style appeared in virtually every major publication […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Events, Illustration, webinar, Comments: Comments Off on Al Hirschfeld: Life & Legacy

Barry Blitt, Political Cover Artist and Illustrator

Canadian-born Barry Blitt came to New York in the 1990s to pursue a career as an illustrator. While he had been working in Canada, he felt the move to the big city would further his exposure. And indeed it did. In addition to countless prizes and accolades, in 2020 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize […]

Posted on: May 29, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Barry Blitt, Political Cover Artist and Illustrator

Eric Carle – RIP

Children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle has passed away. Eric Carle June 25, 1929 – May 23, 2021   From NPR: Eric Carle’s picture books were often about insects. Spiders, lady bugs, crickets and of course, that famous caterpillar, all as colorful and friendly as Carle himself. The Very Hungry Caterpillar — probably Carle’s […]

Posted on: May 27, 2021,  Section: Children's Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Eric Carle – RIP

Mike Mundt – RIP

Broadcaster and cartoonist Mike Mundt has passed away. Michael Elmer (Mike) Mundt September 6, 1953 – May 7, 2021   From the obituary: He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1976 with scholastic emphasis in Architecture, Electronics, Engineering, and Broadcast Communications. His early broadcast career was as a Broadcast Engineer for KUID-TV and as […]

Posted on: May 15, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Mike Mundt – RIP