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Mike Lane 1949 – 2019

Editorial cartoonist Mike Lane has passed away. Mike Lane was a Baltimore Sun editorial cartoonist from 1972 – 2004.   Mike was an early contributor to Cagle Cartoons from 2001 – 2009.   Mike’s cartoons were timely, and they reflected the gifts in his hand, his heart and his brain — his artistic talent, his […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Five For Friday Results Post #Last – Tom Spurgeon

Recently Comics Beat asked friends and fans of Tom Spurgeon to “Name your 5 best memories of Tom Spurgeon. It can be ways he influenced you, or the things he did that touched you the most.” This is how they responded. From Comics Beat: In honour of Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Beat created a special […]

Posted on: Nov 15, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Tom Spurgeon Memorial at Billy Ireland Dec. 14

SAT, DEC 14 AT 5 PM EST Memorial for Tom Spurgeon The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum   The Spurgeon Family and the Billy Ireland are setting up a memorial service for Tom. From the Billy Ireland: Our community is grieving an incalculable loss today. Thomas Spurgeon, friend, donor, member of our National Advisory […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Gatherings, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Tom Spurgeon – RIP

Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon has passed away. From Tom’s brother Whit: R.I.P. to my amazing brother Thomas Spurgeon. He lived one hell of an amazing life, and I love him. Thomas Martin (Tom) Spurgeon December 16, 1968 – November 13, 2019   The news is shocking the industry. From the Comics Beat: Tom Spurgeon, writer, […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2019,  Section: Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Coila Davis – RIP

Editorial cartoonist Coila Davis has passed away. Coila Ann Davis (nee Brown) April 28, 1947 – November 4, 2019   Coila freelanced for the Rockford (Illinois) Register Star. From the Register Star obituary: Coila Davis, who over decades crafted dozens of quirky editorial cartoons for the Register Star, died Monday after a short illness. “I […]

Posted on: Nov 5, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Coila Davis – RIP

Día de los Muertos (2)

We want to open this year’s respect to those who have come before us by thanking the people who made it possible for Barbara Shermund to be given her due.           (Phil May)           (Wilhelm Busch)                     images […]

Posted on: Nov 1, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Día de los Muertos (2)

Steve DuQuette – RIP

  Cartoonist Steve DuQuette has passed away. Steven Aldrich (Steve) DuQuette May 13, 1927 – October 26, 2019   Saying Steve was a cartoonist seems a bit of understating. He was a gag/magazine cartoonist, a caricaturist, an editorial cartoonist, a spot illustrator, he did comic features, and on and on. From Mike Lynch: He was […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Caricature, Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Steve DuQuette – RIP

Rusins Kaufmanis – RIP

Editorial Cartoonist Rusins Kaufmanis has passed away. Rusins Kaufmanis March 27, 1925 – September 20, 2019 Globe and Mail cartoonist 1960 – ???? Ottawa Citizen editorial cartoonist 1963 – 1989 From the Ottawa Citizen obituary: He remained interested in politics, people, and especially humour to the very end. In his last week, when initially told […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Rusins Kaufmanis – RIP

Doug Dillard – RIP

Christian cartoonist Doug Dillard has passed away. Samuel Douglas (Doug) Dillard July 11, 1929 – October 5, 2019   Doug’s career, outside of cartooning, consisted of serving “churches as a pastor, youth evangelist and minister of education before launching a career in public relations.” From the Baptist Standard obituary: [Doug] Dillard was widely known as […]

Posted on: Oct 9, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Doug Dillard – RIP

Dana Fradon – RIP

Famed magazine cartoonist Dana Fradon has passed away. Arthur Dana Fradon April 14, 1922 – October 3, 2019   From the obituary: Dana attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York where he met and married Comic Illustrator, Ramona Fradon. He wanted to pursue a career in political cartooning […]

Posted on: Oct 8, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Children's Books, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Dana Fradon – RIP

Laurie Mitchell – RIP

  Artist, author, cartoonist Laurie Mitchell has passed away. Laurie L. Mitchell (aka Lori Jackman) ca. 1957/58 – September 14, 2019   From the obituary: On her return [from Europe] she worked as assistant manager at the Towne West B. Dalton Bookseller for 10 years before retiring to pursue her art. She sculpted in papier […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Greeting Cards, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Laurie Mitchell – RIP


Updating some recent posts.   The Knight Life Ends. Keith Knight uses The K Chronicles to confirm the ending of The Knight Life.   The Knight Life Still Runs Above is The Knight Life running in this weekend’s Stars and Stripes newspaper. It is a repeat of the first 2019 Sunday strip. I don’t know […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Updates…Updates…Updates

Kurt Mitchell Replaces Bill Schelly on American Comic Book Chronicles 1945-1949

Following the death of long-time comic book fan and long-time comic book historian Bill Schelly, Kurt Mitchell has taken on the writing of the 1945-1949 volume of American Comic Book Chronicles. above images via My Comic Shop Bill Schelly had written the 1950s volume of the series, while Kurt Mitchell has written the recently published […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Kurt Mitchell Replaces Bill Schelly on American Comic Book Chronicles 1945-1949

Lee Salem – Tributes and Respect (updated)

Lee served as editor and then president of Universal Press Syndicate, now called Andrews McMeel Syndication. In his nearly four decades at Universal, he is credited with editing and developing some of the iconic comic strips of our time, including Calvin and Hobbes, Cathy, Cul-de-Sac, Doonesbury, The Far Side and For Better or for Worse. […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Lee Salem – Tributes and Respect (updated)

Mary Zins – RIP

  Artist and cartoonist Mary Zins has passed away. Mary Catherine (MC) Zins ?June 2, 1964? – August 22, 2019   From the obituary: …our sister will always be remembered as a gifted and talented artist that eventually blossoms into an outstanding, Internationalist Fine Art Cartoonist e.g., cartoonmovement. Whom mimicked her father, Chuck Zins, a […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Obituary, Comments: 3 Comments