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Auctions: $3.9 Million for Original Tintin Comic Art, $2.2 Million for Batman Comic Book

Artwork originally intended to be the cover of a Tintin comic book (album) has sold for 3.2 Euros ($3,872,000.00). From Artnet: A picture by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé (1907–1983) has set a new record for the most expensive work of comic book art, selling for €3.2 million ($3.8 million) on January 14 at an auction at Artcurial in Paris. […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2021,  Section: Auctions, Comic Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! – Winter Reading

© Tom Gauld Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for January 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. A Cockeyed Menagerie   For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 5   Ditko Shrugged   BB […]

Posted on: Jan 12, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

W. B. Park – RIP

Cartoonist and illustrator W. B. Park has passed away. William Bryan (W.B.) Park June 12, 1936 – January 2, 2021 author, journalist, illustrator, cartoonist From the obituary: Bill was a well-known international cartoonist, writer and illustrator. He opened his Park-Art Studio in Orlando in 1963. He had over 60 cartoons published in The New Yorker […]

Posted on: Jan 8, 2021,  Section: Children's Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 3 Comments

Past Due – Cartoonist Chronicles210107(or so)

Some articles about the past history of cartooning. In Search of … Tony Barlow This little tale begins, as so many do on the Spill, with an inadvertent discovery. While thumbing through the The New Yorker War Cartoons (Special Edition For the Armed Services, published 1945), I noticed, amidst familiar work … a cartoonist’s name […]

Posted on: Jan 8, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Call for Entries: 2020 NCS Divisional Awards

The National Cartoonists Society has begun its annual call for entries for consideration for the NCS Divisional Reuben Awards recognizing excellence in professional cartooning. As always, you DO NOT have to be a member of the NCS to have your work considered for a divisional award. All that is required is that the work be […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

New for ’21: 1925 is Public Domain

As of January 1, 2021 most everything from 1925 entered public domain status. While that Duke University links focuses on some lesser works, we will turn our attention to more important literature that is now available after the Walt Disney Extension. Among the more well-known comics that started in 1925, and whose first year is […]

Posted on: Jan 2, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

2020: The Dearly Departed

This is an installment of 2020 Newspaper Comics: Debuts, Departures, and the Dearly Departed.(part 1: Debuts – – part 2: Departures – – part 3: Dearly Departed – – part 4: Detours/Deviations)   2020 – The Dearly DepartedThese U. S. newspaper and magazine cartoonists died in 2020. © Sam Wyche & J. D. CroweSAMUEL DAVID […]

Posted on: Jan 1, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 3 Comments

Ken Mahood – RIP

Political and magazine cartoonist Ken Mahood has passed away. Kenneth B. (Ken) MahoodFebruary 4, 1930 – December 30, 2020 The Daily Mail is reporting the death of Ken Mahood: He passed away peacefully in St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Wednesday. Moving tributes were paid yesterday to the brilliant and charismatic former Mail cartoonist Ken […]

Posted on: Jan 1, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Ken Mahood – RIP

Cartoonist Interviews: Billingsley, Donnelly, Scott

The newest Visual Arts Journal features Michael Tisserand interviewing Ray Billingsley. Read the entire interview here.   Comics DC interviews cartoonist (and homegirl) Liza Donnelly.   What work are you most proud of?Getting into The New Yorker, particularly at age 24. I am also very proud of the book that I wrote, Funny Ladies: The […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Interviews: Billingsley, Donnelly, Scott

The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Over 1200 pages long with more than 1200 new entries, this is a bibliography of articles and books on all aspects of comic and cartoon art including comic books, comic strips, cartoons, animation, editorial cartoons, newly updated as of the end of 2018. The electronic book, a non DRM PDF, includes tens of thousands of […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons of 2020

The New Yorker‘s assistant cartoon editor Colin Stokes checked Instagram to see which cartoons from the magazine during the year 2020 got the most “likes” and shares the 26 most popular. Of course it is too soon to know if any of them will join the few other New Yorker cartoons with their own Wikipedia […]

Posted on: Dec 14, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons of 2020

Comics and Cartooning in the News

Mr. Smith Goes to The Big City In a 180 of the usual, Snuffy Smith and Loweezy are going to visit Barney Google. From the Comics Kingdom blog: This week, Snuffy Smith is going to the big city to visit Barney Google. That’s right, the tables have turned and the Hootin’ Holler Mountaineer is leaving […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Peter Steiner: Fired by Paper, Hired by New Yorker

Stories about people getting fired before landing great success or fame are interesting to hear. As it turns out, The Oconee Enterprise has such a story. In 1978, Peter Steiner was fired from this newspaper for cartoons about a controversial school bond referendum. He went on to draw for The New Yorker and is well […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Peter Steiner: Fired by Paper, Hired by New Yorker

Choc Hutcheson – RIP

Gag writer Choc Hutcheson has passed away. Charlie Robert “Choc” Hutcheson March 13, 1926 – November 19, 2020   From the obituary: As a high school student at Monument, Choc became a reporter for the Hobbs, New Mexico, Daily News Sun, and found a calling as a journalist that would spur a career in print […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2020,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Choc Hutcheson – RIP

Happy 90th to New Yorker Cartoonist Ed Frascino

Edward Frascino cartoon © The New Yorker/Condé Nast On November 15, 2020 Edward Frascino celebrated his 90th birthday. For the past 55 years of that time Ed has been contributing cartoons and drawings to The New Yorker (and for seven years before that he was a gag/idea man for the magazine’s other cartoonists). MM: You […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Happy 90th to New Yorker Cartoonist Ed Frascino