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“Happy Monster” – new Gahan Wilson Drawing

Paul Winters has updated the status of Gahan Wilson showing him drawing. From Paul: He has been talking about how happy he is to be alive. I think he channeled it into his drawing. He called the creature a “happy monster”. The fund to provide care for Gahan has stalled at around 60% for a […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Fund Raisers, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on “Happy Monster” – new Gahan Wilson Drawing

George Booth’s New Yorker Golden Anniversary!

Michael Maslin celebrates 50 years of George Booth contributing to the New Yorker, from June 1969 to June 2019, with some history and a bunch of visual treats.    

Posted on: Jun 21, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on George Booth’s New Yorker Golden Anniversary!

Esquire Magazine Top Executive Staff Gone

There is chaos at Esquire, as the entire top of the masthead has either resigned or been let go following the resignation of Editor-in-Chief Jay Fielden last week. Bruce Handy, features editor, who one source said was the choice of Hearst Chief Content Officer Kate Lewis to be interim editor after Fielden’s resignation on May […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Esquire Magazine Top Executive Staff Gone

Joe Lanier – RIP

  Cartoonist Joe Lanier has passed away. Joseph Phillip (Joe) Lanier November 19, 1937 – May 26, 2019   From the obituary: After finishing time in law enforcement, Lanier’s security industry career began in 1968 as an installing dealer and then progressed in 1973 with the formation of Texas-based Defensive Security Southwest, a wholesale distributor […]

Posted on: Jun 7, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Joe Lanier – RIP

Arnie Levin Interview

  “We had a thing, where there were four of us, I don’t know if we ever mentioned this, I would get together with Sam Gross, Bill Woodman… once a month we’d all meet at Sam’s apartment, and we would sit down and we would open the phone book— we’d get the yellow pages, and […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Arnie Levin Interview

Then, in 1979, Frank Cotham Sold His First Cartoon

Unbeknownst to him, the frantic graphics job would lead to his future calling. “I had a lot of downtime waiting for the graphics lists from the news department. So the guy who worked next to me said, ‘You’re always doing these stupid little drawings. Why don’t you try sending some to magazines?’ I did that […]

Posted on: Jun 3, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Then, in 1979, Frank Cotham Sold His First Cartoon

Frank Jacobs Joins the Senior Strippers Club

Let me begin by apologizing to Mr. Jacobs for being a day late.   above: birthday greeting from MAD Magazine   From 1957 to 2007 (and occasionally since) Frank Jacobs was a major contributor to MAD Magazine; and he didn’t just ease in, he jumped in with five articles in his first issue.     […]

Posted on: May 31, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Frank Jacobs Joins the Senior Strippers Club

The Art of Cartoon Art

  Cartoon critics Phil Witte and Rex Hesner look behind gags to debate what makes a cartoon tick. This week our intrepid critics examine the drawing behind some favorite cartoons. Line, crayon, more line, wash, much more line, tone. Frank Cotham, Robert Weber, Richard Taylor, Mick Stevens, Jack Ziegler, James Thurber, George Price, Alex Gregory, […]

Posted on: May 22, 2019,  Section: Art Supplies, Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on The Art of Cartoon Art

2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

The National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year presented May 18, 2019 (nominees listed, winner highlighted):   Lynda Barry Brian Basset Stephan Pastis Hilary Price Mark Tatulli   The 11th time is the charm for Stephan!! above photo via National Cartoonists Society   hat tip: Anne Morse-Hambrock and TomHeintjes      

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on 2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

2019 NCSFest Reuben Divisional Awards

National Cartoonists Society Divisional Awards presented May 18, 2019. Nominees listed, winners highlighted   EDITORIAL CARTOONS Clay Bennett Michael Ramirez Rob Rogers   MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION Tom Bunk Amy Kurzweil Jim Woodring   FEATURE ANIMATION Shiyoon Kim – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Peter Ramsay – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Justin K. Thompson – Spider-Man: Into the […]

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on 2019 NCSFest Reuben Divisional Awards

Comic Character as Presidential Nominee?

  Pogo, Howard the Duck, Snoopy, Bill the Cat, and other comic characters have had runs at being the President of the United States. Yes, even Alfred E. Neuman.   Now Alfred E. Neuman has been introduced into the 2020 race by President Trump. “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” Trump […]

Posted on: May 11, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Caricature, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Character as Presidential Nominee?

Cartoonists at Odds: Maslin v Mankoff

  It started with an interview, during which old-timer Robert Mankoff claimed about cartooning: It’s a young person’s game. The idea that creative comic art goes on forever. It doesn’t.     Not quite as old-timer Michael Maslin took issue with that statement: We’re reminded every so often that nothing lasts forever; I’ve found, however, […]

Posted on: May 10, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Maggie’s World Looks at Gag Cartoons

  The gag cartoon is in a category by itself: standing alone to evoke a reaction.   Is it funny? Is it understandable? Where do we go from here? Comics historian Maggie Thompson discusses gag cartooning.   Among single-panel newspaper gag creators was H.T. Webster, who provided gags on a series of topics. “The Timid […]

Posted on: May 7, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Maggie’s World Looks at Gag Cartoons

Eye Candy: Rowland B. Wilson

    Rowland B Wilson (1930-2005) was an animator, an ad agency art director and a cartoonist. He is probably best known to the general public (of a certain age) for the cartooning, and that’s what I’ll feature in this post. I was “of a certain age” for the Rowland magazine cartoons. Once upon a […]

Posted on: May 7, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Eye Candy: Rowland B. Wilson

Nurit Karlin RIP

  Cartoonist Nurit Karlin has passed away. Updated May 8 with the New York Times obituary.   Nurit Karlin December 26, 1938 – April 30, 2019 Michael Maslin is reporting the death of Nurit Karlin. Ms. Karlin was the only female cartoonist in the pages of The New Yorker from [Mary Petty’s last cartoon in] […]

Posted on: May 2, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Children's Books, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment