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The Sunday Social Session

Art Spiegelman artwork © Art Spiegelman In the age-old discussion about when comics finally “grew up” Maus is often exhibit A. The New Yorker called it “the first masterpiece in comic-book history”. It’s the comic that people who don’t read comics have read, and the only graphic novel ever to have won a Pulitzer prize. […]

Posted on: Oct 18, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

Bob Weber, Sr. – RIP

Comic strip and magazine cartoonist Bob Weber, Sr. has passed away. Robert P. (Bob) Weber, Sr. June 26, 1934 – October 17, 2020 It is being reported on social media that Bob Weber has passed away: Just heard that gag cartoonist and longtime King Features’ Moose and Molly comic strip artist Bob Weber, Sr. passed […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

Macanudo © Liniers, distributed by King Features Syndicate   Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1919-1921   Frankie Comics   BB3X: […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

Paul F. Gray Joins the Senior Strippers Club

A(nother) belated notice that Paul Frank Gray is now a dues-paying member of the Senior Strippers club. We wish the Reverend Paul Gray a happy and blessed belated birthday, born October 10, 1930. From Assemblies of God last December: Since 2002, Gray has drawn the faith-based cartoon “Shades of Gray” for the religious page of […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartooning, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Meet The(se) Saturday Evening Post Cartoonists

In 2011 The Saturday Evening Post ran a series of profiles/mini-interviews with a baker’s dozen of their cartoonists with sample cartoons. For unknown reasons it popped up in today’s feed, so I’m passing it on to you.all cartoons © Saturday Evening Post Society Tim Lachowski After five years of study at the Cleveland Institute of […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2020,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Charles Preston – RIP

Wall Street Journal cartoon editor Charles Preston has passed away. Charles M. PrestonNovember 6, 1921 – October 2, 2020   Instigator, idea man, and long-time editor of the Wall Street Journal cartoon panel “Pepper … and Salt” Charles Preston passed away Friday. From the Wall Street Journal: Seventy years ago a Columbia undergraduate named Charles […]

Posted on: Oct 6, 2020,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

74th Annual Reuben Awards/2020 NCSFest Lineup

The National Cartoonist Society has released its schedule for the September 12, 2020 NCSFest and Reuben Awards.   Streaming broadcast begins at10am Saturday, September 12 at NCSFest.com   Official Welcome to NCSFest 2020 from NCS President & thank you’s.   From Panels to Publishing  (90 mins) Guests: Mark Tatulli, Terri Libenson, Maria Scrivan, and Rob […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

Jason Chatfield: International Cartooning Socialite

President of National Cartoonists Society, New Yorker and Ginger Meggs cartoonist, stand-up comedian, former president of the Australian Cartoonists Association, MAD magazine and editorial cartoonist, and on and on. Medium’s recent interview with Jason Chatfield begins with an impressive list of achievements credited to this young man.   Excerpt from the interview: Q4) When you […]

Posted on: Aug 11, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on Jason Chatfield: International Cartooning Socialite

How About Never- Revised(Adam) & Revisited(Bob)

Editorial cartoonists often take universally recognizable images and twist them into a useful satirical drawing for sarcastic and humorous purposes. So it was that Adam Zyglis appropriated a very famous Bob Mankoff cartoon for an effective lampoon of current events. Said Adam: I believe Trump’s desire to postpone the election was really his way of […]

Posted on: Aug 6, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Magazine Cartoonists Going the Way of The Dodo? – update

July 23: The dearth of magazines buying gag cartoons does not bode well. ‘Nightmare!’ is how The Spectator’s cartoon editor Michael Heath has been describing cartooning for at least 30 years, but it’s truer now than ever. Eighty years ago, cartoonists were so celebrated that waxworks of Low, Strube and Poy were displayed in Madame […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Bottorff’s ComicBack© Checklist Updated for 2020

Last week you heard, and maybe saw, the fireworks going off, but you were probably mistaken about the cause. It is my theory that those illuminating the sky with rockets were celebrating the release of the 2020 updating of Bottorff’s ComicBacks Price Guide & Checklist (in PDF). Some of you may have noted that I […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Henry Martin – RIP

Magazine cartoonist Henry Martin has passed away. Henry Read MartinJuly 15, 1925 – June 30, 2020   Excerpted from daughters Ann and Jane’s announcement via Michael Maslin: Longtime New Yorker cartoonist Henry Read Martin (who signed his cartoons H. Martin) died on June 30, 2020, just two weeks shy of his 95th birthday. For a […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Peter Kuper’s Little Donald’s Sneeze (An Homage to Winsor McCay)

Back in the first decade of the 20th century cartooning genius Winsor McCay did a number of strips about dreams. Most famous was Little Sammy Sneeze. Always with those descriptive ears bookending the title.   In the current New Yorker cartoonist Peter Kuper pays tribute to Winsor McCay, with a twist. Read the entire satire/homage […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Peter Kuper’s Little Donald’s Sneeze (An Homage to Winsor McCay)

Playboy Ends Print Edition

After its Spring 2020 issue Playboy magazine will stop printing regular editions in the U.S. “We have decided that our Spring 2020 Issue, which arrives on U.S. newsstands and as a digital download this week, will be our final printed publication for the year in the U.S.” They add Playboy will now operate on a […]

Posted on: Mar 19, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Playboy Ends Print Edition

First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

James Thurber‘s first drawings appeared in the The New Yorker dated ninety years ago today. In the New Yorker issue dated February 22, 1930 a short James Thurber contribution included two illustrations, the first Thurber drawings to appear in the magazine. [James Thurber’s words first appeared in the February 26, 1927 New Yorker, but since […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker