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Why Not a Few Friday Whatnots?

This Is Fine/Dumpster Fire Mashup Toy Sometimes, it feels like the world is both a dumpster fire and a living embodiment of the “This is Fine” comic strip … So on days when you just cannot anymore, it’s reassuring to know you’re not the only one feeling that way. And that’s when you need this […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2021,  Section: Books, Legal, Newspaper industry, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

More Weekend Whatnots

Alfred E. Neuman Funky Pop Funko has released a Pop figure of MAD mascot Alfred E. Neuman; this one more aligned with the current look of their collectibles rather than the 2012 edition. Though Tom Richmond, with the help of Photoshop, corrected a couple discrepancies. © EC Publications   SOI Maurice Sendak Exhibit and Bake […]

Posted on: Apr 3, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic strips, Exhibits, Licensing, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on More Weekend Whatnots

Comic and Cartooning News Items

© King Features Syndicate Hägar the Horrible is slated for prime time animation. From Deadline: Hägar the Horrible is set to make a raid on the small screen with an animated family sitcom series in development. Fresh Off the Boat writer and producer Eric Ziobrowski is writing the adaptation, which comes from King Features, the […]

Posted on: Nov 10, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Publishers, web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

Andrews McMeel Universal, Champion of Business

  Once again the Kansas City Business Journal has named Andrews McMeel Universal to its Champions of Business list., an award that honors Kansas City companies that set the gold standard for financial performance, innovation and community involvement. From the KC Business Journal: Andrews McMeel Universal hasn’t changed much inits 50 years. Yet it’s also […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2020,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Awards, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: 1 Comment

Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Famed comics publisher James Warren turns 90 today – born July 29, 1930. I guess technically he should be an Honorary Senior Stripper since Jim didn’t write or draw comics. But he certainly was a major supporter and influencer of comic books with his black and white magazines. During The Sixties and into The Seventies […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

The Fall of British Publishing

It is the end of an era for one of the most famous names in book publishing. Penguin is being sold by Pearson, its owner for the last half-century, as the company focuses its activities exclusively on education. The sale means that none of the so-called ‘Big Five’ of English-language book publishing remain in British […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2019,  Section: Books, Publishers, Comments: 1 Comment

Dav Pilkey is Publishers Weekly Person of the Year

Publishers Weekly has named Dav Pilkey their 2019 Person of the Year. Dav is the author/illustrator of the hugely successful Captain Underpants series, and has moved on to the just-as-successful Dog Man graphic novels. Pilkey’s Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, the ninth book in his popular children’s novel series, published in […]

Posted on: Dec 20, 2019,  Section: Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Dav Pilkey is Publishers Weekly Person of the Year

Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Asterix, the Franco-Belgian comic book character celebrating his 60th anniversary this year, is finally going to be getting the attention he deserves in the U.S. Independent publisher Papercutz will take over the American license for the property next year, with an ambitious publishing plan underway to bring the scrappy Gaul to […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)

Comic Shops May Not Survive The Book Channel

Business Insider reports: The “book channel” – which includes chain bookstores and online retailers – is projected to surpass comic shops as the the largest channel for comics sales this year. There are two major reasons why this is happening: Graphic novels are growing in popularity primarily through the book channel and children’s comics, which […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: 6 Comments

Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

  With one exception, to please his evangelical base (“America’s Christian publishers no longer have to render to Caesar an extra 10 percent.”) and Rupert Murdoch, all material printed in China then sent to the United States will be taxed tariffed. The only print product completely removed from the list of proposed China tariffs was […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Magazines, Publications, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

Comics 101

AMP Kids has reinvigorated their blog with a new series – Comics 101. Amp Kids is Andrews McMeel‘s publishing arm for young readers. Among others things they have recently started a more or less weekly series about Comics for Kids.   Why Comics are Great for Kids (and Libraries) The numbers speak for themselves: When […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2019,  Section: Blogs, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Comics 101

Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

  Epic, the digital reading platform and library for kids, is teaming up with Andrews McMeel Publishing, home to Big Nate and Calvin & Hobbes, to produce a line of children’s books. Under the new arrangement, AMP will publish print editions of Epic Originals digital books, a content line that Epic debuted in March.   […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, eBooks, Publishers, Universal Press, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

Middle School Graphic Novels – It’s a Big Thing

Brian Hibbs, at ComicsBeat, goes in-depth for us examining the BookScan numbers for the 2018 Graphic Novel section. It’s time to look at graphic novel sales in 2018. Implausibly, this is the sixteenth annual report of something that is hard to exactly perceive and understand: the size and shape of the sales of graphic novels […]

Posted on: May 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Middle School Graphic Novels – It’s a Big Thing

Ed Koren Wins IBPA Gold

  Vermont artist Edward Koren’s new book “Koren. In the Wild” is the gold medal winner of the 31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for humor. Sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the award celebrates excellence in book editorial and design.     Koren, of Brookfield, a frequent contributor to New Yorker magazine, is […]

Posted on: May 18, 2019,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartooning, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Ed Koren Wins IBPA Gold

Changes coming for The Comics Journal?

Tom Spurgeon cites reports on rumors that Comics Comics will be taking over The Comics Journal “in some fashion” in the near future. This morning’s rumor cited here and here is that the Comics Comics team in some fashion will be taking over The Comics Journal, which would be awesome, would certainly fit the criteria […]

Posted on: Feb 16, 2011,  Section: Publishers, Comments: 2 Comments