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Updates: Frank Jacobs, Mark Trail, Matt Bors

Updating some items that were posted here earlier. photo via Doug Gilford The New York Times has printed their obituary for Frank Jacobs. Frank Jacobs, an inventive satirist who in his 57 years at Mad magazine mocked popular culture and politics, often in pitch-perfect verse and lyrics, died on April 5 in Tarzana, Calif… Mr. […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Liza Donnelly: Cartoonist, Historian, Advocate

Young Liza had succeeded in fulfilling a lifelong dream. In 1979 Liza Donnelly joined three other women as the female force of New Yorker cartoonists; there were more than ten times that many male cartoonists contributing to the magazine then. Not long before that she was made aware that she was a “woman cartoonist,” prior […]

Posted on: Apr 12, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

Frank Jacobs – RIP

MAD writer Frank Jacobs has passed away. Franklin (Frank) JacobsMay 30, 1929 – April 5, 2021   The Jacobs family broke the news on social media: I’m sad to announce that my father, Frank Jacobs, passed away this morning. From a 2009 Los Angeles Times article: Just out of the Army, where he wrote for […]

Posted on: Apr 6, 2021,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Frank Jacobs – RIP

2020 NCS Divisional Reuben Nominees (part one)

The National Cartoonists Society has released the nominees for five 2020 Reuben Divisional Award categories that need members to vote for a winner. They are: GAG CARTOONS Kendra Allenby Robert Leighton Ellis Rosen   NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS Brian Crane – Pickles   Jeff Parker & Steve Kelley – Dustin Ricardo Siri (Liniers) – Macanudo   […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2021,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on 2020 NCS Divisional Reuben Nominees (part one)

Rod McKie – RIP

Magazine cartoonist Rod McKie has passed away.     Roderick (Rod) McKieNovember 28, 195?/196? – March 26(?), 2021   From the McKie family: I am so sorry to tell you all that Rod passed away last night. We are all heartbroken. We have been together for 46 years and life without him will be duller, darker […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Weekend Whatnots

Ginger Meggs Punchline Contest Above is the opening panel to the page Jimmy Bancks was working on when he died in 1952. The page was laid out and mostly inked, and the script was lettered except for the last panel. Ginger Meggs ™ Winslow Investments Pty Ltd From Bancks family members and Ginger Meggs cartoonist […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

George Mandel – RIP

It is being reported that author and cartoonist George Mandel has passed away. George Mikali MandelFebruary 11, 1920 – February 13, 2021 From the March 18, 2021 Shelf Awareness notice: George Mikali Mandel, the author and cartoonist who was an early member of the Beat Generation, died last month in New York. He was 101. […]

Posted on: Mar 18, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Mort Gerberg and The Big 9-0 (and 6-0)

Mort Gerberg is celebrating a 90th birthday, born March 11, 1931 (yeah, we’re a day late). Also this year he will be celebrating his 60th year as a cartoonist. In Mort Gerberg On the Scene Mort explains the he did cartoon for his high school newspaper but put that aside for the Army and a […]

Posted on: Mar 12, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Cartoons, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Mort Gerberg and The Big 9-0 (and 6-0)

Johnny Sampson, The Last Idiot Standing?

Johnny Sampson began his comics career with a sideways tribute to Al Jaffee. In Tru-ly MAD-ly, the Chicago illustrator gets an assignment in 2013 from the editors of Pitchfork’s new magazine, The Pitchfork Review, to duplicate MAD‘s secret weapon: the Fold-In, an intricately designed transformer painting invented by MAD‘s scientist of cartooning, Al Jaffee. Like […]

Posted on: Mar 5, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Johnny Sampson, The Last Idiot Standing?

Magazine Cartoonist Profiles – A Chronicles Post

Magazine cartoonists Michael Maslin and Mike Lynch (with Dick Buchanan) have gone back to the days when magazine cartooning was popular and ubiquitous. Yesterday, while having a blast looking through ancient issues of The New Yorker to talk about today, I ran across a rarity: a cartoonist I didn’t recall. Michael Maslin (re)discovers Alan Foster, […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2021,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Magazine Cartoonist Profiles – A Chronicles Post

Tom Richmond – A MADman Gives a Recent MAD Timeline and a Copyright Tutorial

Earlier this month Tom Richmond gave a timeline of MAD magazine’s past eight years – from New York-based original material to Burbank-produced (mostly) reprint issues. October 2013– DC Comics announces they are closing their New York offices… Feb 2018– MAD #550 drops on news stands. This is the final New York produced issue… February 2021- […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Tom Richmond – A MADman Gives a Recent MAD Timeline and a Copyright Tutorial

Rhythms & Rhymes with Price & Piccolo

A Case For Pencils recently got Hilary Price and Rina Piccolo, famous for Rhymes With Orange and other cartooning assignments, to respond to their survey. First is Hilary. Tool I wish I could use better: I’d like to get more comfortable with a chainsaw… but did you mean drawing tools? In that case: a fountain […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Rhythms & Rhymes with Price & Piccolo

Profiling – Cartoonist Chronicles210211

Antonio vs. Fidel and Spy vs. Spy But he was always careful that neither spy ever defeated the other because of the limits placed on his work by Mad, according to his daughter Marta Pizarro, who accompanied Prohías to his first interview with the magazine as an interpreter because he did not speak English. The […]

Posted on: Feb 11, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Profiling – Cartoonist Chronicles210211

A Handful of Updates

Henry Martin A little drawing appeared around Reunions in 1983. It showed a smiling tiger strolling into Murray-Dodge Hall to the new AA Haven, set up to support alumni during Princeton’s annual alcohol-laden bash. “It was just a little vignette, but it was lighthearted and it made the whole thing seem unthreatening. And thoroughly Princetonian,” […]

Posted on: Feb 10, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on A Handful of Updates

In Praise of the Gagman

Cartoonist Jason Chatfield appreciates occasional collaborator Scott Dooley. In 2018, after 15 years of freelancing as a cartoonist and having been published many times flying solo, I started collaborating with my friend and fellow comic, Scott Dooley to share the frequent anxiety (and sporadic joy) of submitting New Yorker cartoons. I hadn’t done this before […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment