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Hey Kids! Comics! Hot August Books

Aug 15, 2022 by D. D. Degg

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Ballard Street Redux: The Comic Art of Jerry Van Amerongen    Victorian Comics  (re-issue of 1976 edition)   Big Nate: Destined […]

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Kevin Kallaugher & the Art of Editorial Cartooning

Aug 15, 2022 by D. D. Degg

Grotesquerie is Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher’s bread and butter. For fifty years the cartoonist has rendered newsmakers in a fleshy museum of knobbly noses, splayed teeth, dewlaps, wattles, and vast foreheads. He’s produced some 10,000 cartoons for the Baltimore Sun and The Economist—in 1978 he became the first cartoonist hired by the latter—and his work is […]

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Miscellaneous Monday: Editoons and Comic Strips

Aug 15, 2022 by D. D. Degg

I won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights journalism award for cartooning last May… The check for winning arrived a couple of weeks ago and last night, or sometime during the day (I’m not sure when), the trophy arrived. A couple days ago Clay Jones received his RFK Award trophy.   © Kevin Fagan Kevin […]

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CSotD: Monday Funny Papers Potpourri

Aug 15, 2022 by Mike Peterson

Sherman’s Lagoon (AMS) is apparently at the start of a story arc that is a departure for the strip, which usually dredges up — in the metaphorical sense — obscure marine life for these odd encounters. As an editor, I might have quibbled with “mythical” in that second panel, since either he’s here or he’s […]

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Henry Barajas Now Calling Plays for Gil Thorp

Aug 14, 2022 by D. D. Degg

Henry Barajas, new writer of the Gil Thorp comic strip, was kind enough to have a chat (via email) with The Daily Cartoonist on taking over as offensive coordinator for the long running (sixty-four years) Tribune Contents Agency daily a month ago. First, let’s have Henry introduce himself: Hello, I’m Henry Barajas, and I write […]

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CSotD: Protecting the Public’s Right Not To Know

Aug 14, 2022 by Mike Peterson

I wish I liked Joel Pett’s cartoon a little more. He’s right, for the first four panels, about the ways Republicans double back on their stated principles and betray public trust, but he stumbles in that fifth panel, because the GOP only disapproved of the riots and attempted coup for about 48 hours before they […]

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Ron Barlow – RIP

Aug 13, 2022 by D. D. Degg

Classic comics compiler, editor, and publisher Ron Barlow has passed away. Ron Barlow January 1, 1949 – August 9, 2022 The news broke on Ron’s Facebook page: I just found out that an old friend has passed from cancer. This saddens me more than I thought it would … Rest in Peace Ron Barlow. He […]

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New Book – America’s Most Influential Journalist: The Life, Times and Legacy of Thomas Nast

Aug 13, 2022 by D. D. Degg

This 830-page biography contains 1,000 Nast cartoons, illustrations, sketches, and paintings. 800 from Harper’s Weekly, the balance from other rare publications including Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (25), New-York Illustrated News (47), Phunny Phellow (19), a comic paper that Nast contributed to from 1859-1873 100 cartoons on related topics by 20 other artists like Joseph Keppler […]

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CSotD: Points of Personal Privilege

Aug 13, 2022 by Mike Peterson

While everyone over in the political/editorial sector is waxing hostilic, I’ll take a break and indulge in some personal responses to the comics page. This Loose Parts (AMS), for instance, is funny on its own, but 30-some years ago, I was putting together a short roundup piece about changes at the local mall and referred […]

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Sofia Warren Interview and Gallery

Aug 12, 2022 by D. D. Degg

Let us present to you Sofia Warren, a talented cartoonist, writer and animator from the United States! She’s been a cartoonist for The New Yorker since 2017 and has also contributed to MoMA magazine, Narrative Magazine, and Catapult, to name a few. Her illustrations catch attention with beautiful drawings as well as clever and witty […]

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Obituary Omnibus

Aug 12, 2022 by D. D. Degg

There has been an unfortunate rash of deaths in the comics world lately. After The Daily Cartoonist’s initial reports other memorials and tributes have appeared. Here is a collection of those eulogies.   Jean-Jacques Sempé, the French cartoonist known in America for children’s book illustrations and for covers for The New Yorker portraying tiny, gentle […]

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Friday Frolics

Aug 12, 2022 by D. D. Degg

A promo on the Heathcliff Facebook page gave a start to some fans:  “Heathcliff: The work of George Gately and Peter Gallagher 1973 – 2022” A first impression could be that the Heathcliff comic was ending this year. Turns out that it is a promo for Heathcliff original art going to auction.   About that […]

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CSotD: Snapshot at a Moving Target

Aug 12, 2022 by Mike Peterson

Given the late-breaking nature of Merrick Garland’s address yesterday afternoon, and the later revelation by the Washington Post that the target of the DOJ search warrant included nuclear secrets, it’s hard to evaluate the cartoons and other commentary that has emerged this morning. Still, opinions will be set, some in stone, by these takes, no […]

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Jean-Jacques Sempé – RIP

Aug 11, 2022 by D. D. Degg

French cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist Jean-Jacques Sempé has passed away.   Jean-Jacques Sempé August 17, 1932 – August 11, 2022   From The Guardian: Jean-Jacques Sempé, who illustrated the much-loved Little Nicolas series of French children’s books, has died aged 89. “The cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé died peacefully [on] Thursday evening, 11 August, 2022, […]

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Taos News Editorial Cartoonist Bill Baron Retires

Aug 11, 2022 by D. D. Degg

Bill Baron, who has contributed editorial cartoons and comic strips to The Taos News for more than 20 years, has decided to retire from being a regular part of the newspaper. Bill Baron drew his first cartoons for the Taos News more than 20 years ago, and this week we publish his last (regularly scheduled) […]

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