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Stuff and Nonsense

What could be more nonsensical than a MAD parody of a non-existant TV western? How about a second MAD parody of that same non-existant TV show.     Tom Richmond and Andrew Secunda take on “Bounty Law” again, this time it will be part of the bonuses in the new hardback novelization of “Once Upon […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Magazines, webinar, Comments: Comments Off on Stuff and Nonsense

The New Yorker on Food and Chicago Comics

The new New Yorker is a Food and Drink issue. One of the thrills of living in a big city, especially a cosmopolitan one like New York or London, where the cartoonist and artist Tom Gauld lives, is the abundance and variety of delicacies that are readily available to tempt even the most finicky of […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

Wednesday Whatnots

Bazooka Joe in Israel © Topps The Virtual Museum of Israel Chewing Gum Wrappers looks at the Bazooka Joe chewing gum there since at least the 1960s.   Pulp Fiction © the respective copyright owners A scarce first edition of The Shadow, published in April 1931, recently sold for $156,000 at Heritage Auctions, setting a […]

Posted on: May 26, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Wednesday Whatnots

Shary Flenniken, from Air Pirate to NatLamp Star

Shary Flenniken ran away from Seattle and became a cartooning star. In her free time, she started illustrating covers and comics for the fleet of underground newspapers that were springing up around Seattle in those days: the Helix, the Seattle Simpleton and the Seattle Liberation Front’s flagship title, Sabot. After a few false starts, Flenniken […]

Posted on: Apr 28, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Shary Flenniken, from Air Pirate to NatLamp Star

Matt Bors Quits Weekly Political Cartooning

Matt Bors has announced his plans to change his cartooning routine: After 18 years and more than 1,600 political cartoons, I’ve decided to retire my weekly comic. This is a decision long in the making, one I’ve slowly walked myself up to over the years, and have recently decided is time to commit to. My […]

Posted on: Apr 6, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Magazines, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

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

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?

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

CARTOONIST PROfiles Archives

A treasure trove for cartooning fans is now available! The Internet Archive has made available the run of Jud Hurd’s CARTOONIST PROfiles magazine. From issue #1 (March, 1969) to issue #146 (June, 2005) CARTOONIST PROfiles was THE insider magazine for newspaper and magazine cartoonists (and greeting cards and illustration and and animation and caricature and… […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

Editor and Publisher Archives 1901 – 2015

Editor & Publisher’s roots began in 1884 when The Journalist was first published to serve the U.S. newspaper industry. The Editor & Publisher: A Journal for Newspaper Makers was founded in 1901, and in 1907 it merged with The Journalist. Later, Editor & Publisher acquired Newspaperdom, a trade journal for the newspaper industry that started […]

Posted on: Feb 2, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazines, Newspaper industry, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on Editor and Publisher Archives 1901 – 2015

This ‘n’ That from This Week That Was

I’m not going to make a habit of commenting on things I’ve drawn, but I think I do need to say a few things about “Club Nematoda,” a kind of Village Vanguard I had imagined for some hipster worms. Saying nothing would have been like a cartoon hit-and-run; I had to go back and explain […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on This ‘n’ That from This Week That Was

Not The Same As Before – doing some updating

Tom Richmond Answers Your MAD Questions The word spread last year that MAD magazine would no longer publish. We here even contributed to that idea by reporting what others, some knowledgeable, were saying. Former MAD contributor Tom Richmond responds to that and other questions about MAD magazine. Claim: MAD stopped publishing years ago/last year/recently. Verdict: […]

Posted on: Dec 13, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Magazines, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Not The Same As Before – doing some updating

Paul E. Fitzgerald – RIP

Journalist and civil servant Paul E. Fitzgerald has passed away. Paul Edward (Fitz) FitzgeraldNovember 26, 1926 – December 3, 2020   From the obituary: He entered the US Army as an enlisted man during WW2, serving as a heavy weapons crewman. After completing Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in charge […]

Posted on: Dec 6, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Magazines, Obituary, Publications, Comments: Comments Off on Paul E. Fitzgerald – RIP

If Your Show Never Got a MAD Parody, You Buy One

  Stars can have a mega-hit movie or a short-run television show, either way it don’t matter unless they are featured in a MAD parody. So, after ten years without being satirized in MAD, and no chance for one in the the foreseeable future with MAD down to reprints, what’s a producer to do? Well, […]

Posted on: Nov 6, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on If Your Show Never Got a MAD Parody, You Buy One

The End of an Error, uh, Era

It’s the end of an era, marking an error of MADdening proportions.   MAD covers and material is © E.C. Publications Above is MAD #15 (right and on sale now) and MAD #16 (left, on sale October 6, 2020). The major difference between the two issues, other than the cover, is that for the first […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazines, Publications, Comments: 3 Comments