Weekend Quick Hits (June 30)

For Charles Schulz and Peanuts fans this year’s San Diego Comic Con (July 19-22, 2018) is the place to be if you absolutely need to have a bunch of exclusive collectibles.

A comic book, patches, t-shirts, lanyard, bandana, and pop sockets are only some of the items available exclusively at The Con.


Speaking of Cons…
Ted and Sally Forth are at the Trystero Con. But how do you assign a word balloon to a character who is cosplaying a pantomime character?

Jim Keefe explains that difficulties arise when the comic strip creators don’t think out their ideas.


Bob Mankoff, the former cartoon editor for The New Yorker, will be the featured speaker at an event celebrating the magazine’s cartoons Saturday [June 30] at Southern Vermont College in Bennington.

Yeah, too late to attend the Cartoons From The New Yorker Celebration event but here’s a Vermont Public Radio item about Bob’s speaking engagement at the affair.

Mankoff also says he understands why The New Yorker hired Emma Allen in 2017 to be the magazine’s new cartoon editor, while he headed to Esquire.
“They wanted to solve a kind of problem, and the problem was more diversity. And one way to have more diversity is to have a young woman, Emma Allen, who’s doing the job now. And I think she’ll do a fine job,” says Mankoff, calling the decision to replace him “perfectly reasonable.”

Update: Mike Peterson did not miss The Celebration and gives a review at Comic Strip of the Day.



The Independent proudly showcases native son Will Henry and his Wallace the Brave comic strip as they’ve been nominated for two Eisner Awards at the above-mentioned San Diego Comic Con.

The full book of “Wallace the Brave” comics, published by Andrews McMeel in October, 2017, has garnered national attention. The comic has been nominated for two Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12) and Best Humor Publication. Henry launched the daily “Wallace the Brave” comic in March of this year.


History: The Sheet Music Art of Myron “Grim” Natwick
Another gig from 100 years ago that is no longer available to today’s cartoonists.

Charlie Judkins, at Cartoon Research, takes a look at animator Grim Natwick’s sheet music illustrations in three parts.


More history: Gannetteer
The August-September 1964 issue of the “Magazine for Staff Members of Gannett Newspapers, Radio Stations and Television Stations” focused on comic strips and using them for promotional purposes.

Courtesy of Kevin Handley here is that issue in pdf.


And closing with another Comic Convention item.

Sam’s Strip by Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas