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Comic Strips and Cartoonists and other Quick Hits

Daddy Daze Gets Spot in Local Paper John Kovaleski and his new Daddy Daze comic strip will get a spot in The Gettysburg Times. Kovaleski has served on the board of the National Cartoonists Society and has ghost-written for well-known strips. His work has appeared in Mad magazine and many other publications. He has illustrated […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strips and Cartoonists and other Quick Hits

The AAEC Convention and Other Quick Hits

I was hoping to post a bunch of cartoonists recapping their attendance at the 2018 AAEC Convention in Sacramento, but there seems to be a dearth of such retrospectives. I guess they had to rush to this week’s CXC festival where Mike Peterson is detailing the AAEC’s participation even as we type. However there are […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2018,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strip of the Day: CXC Meets the AAEC

I expected Rob Rogers‘ session — the second of two “Cartooning in the Age of Trump” presentations at CXC — to be the highlight of my weekend, and it was. The above two panels from his 24-panel Nib cartoon, “I Was Fired For Criticizing Trump,” which ran in July, provide an insight into why. Some […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Never Was Comic Strips – Annie’s Li’l Orphans

Annie’s Li’l Orphans by Stan Drake and Bill Yates Around the early 1970s(?) bigfoot partnered with realistic to produce a strange hybrid comic strip. Annie, drawn by Stan Drake, was a counselor at Wanderland Orphanage, whose kids were drawn by Bill Yates.     According to Bill Yates’ introduction to the strip Stan Drake drew […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strip of the Day: Defining moments

I shouldn’t have promised CXC coverage for today, since, while I don’t believe in jinxes, my GPS apparently does, turning a five-hour final stretch into eight, which means I arrived late for the opening speeches and then found that the after-dealie was too loud and crowded for much conversation anyway.   However, this gives us […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strip of the Day: Defining moments

Jim Sizemore – RIP

Cartoonist Jim Sizemore has passed away.   JAMES EDWARD (JIM) SIZEMORE OCTOBER 3, 1937 – SEPTEMBER 24, 2018   From the obituary: Jim had been a Visual Information Specialist in the Social Security Administration’s Art Department in Woodlawn for 23 years until he retired early, in 1988, to become a free-lance cartoonist.   above: Jim’s […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2018,  Section: Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Jim Sizemore – RIP

Comic Strip History, Lessons #483 – 487

The Modern Comics Page – 1964 From Keith Handley: Hello. I just got the August-September 1964 issue of the Gannetter (a magazine for staff members of Gannett newspapers, radio stations and television stations). In it were a series of articles by newspaper editors describing some of the experiences and decision-making methods in editing a comics […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strip History, Lessons #483 – 487

2,000 Year-Old ‘Comics’ Found in Jordan

The Smithsonian.com is reporting on a group archeologists’ discovery of ancient “comics” featuring characters drawn on cave walls and speaking with “speech bubbles.” From the piece: Perhaps the most striking feature for modern viewers are the little captions that appear next to some of the figures. “These 60 or so texts painted in black, some […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 2,000 Year-Old ‘Comics’ Found in Jordan

Comic Strip of the Day: Friday Funnies & NotSoMuch

If you came here for refuge from the storm, apologies, but, since I’m locked into CXC coverage starting tomorrow, we need to look at yesterday’s weirdness a little today or it’ll be totally outdated. We’ll get to to the funnies in a minute. Adam Zyglis takes the prize for this cartoon that wraps up a […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Dennis the Menace’s Marcus Hamilton Interviewed

Marcus Hamilton was trained by Hank Ketcham to take over the Dennis the Menace daily panel in the 1990s. Robin Easter, for the Savannah College of Art and Design recently interviewed Marcus. Hamilton: One night I was channel surfing when I came across a promotional interview with Hank Ketcham. Mr. Ketcham mentioned that he wanted to […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Dennis the Menace’s Marcus Hamilton Interviewed

Joe Palooka Statue With New Plaque Unveiled in Pennsylvania

The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes Barre, Penn. (interesting to note, that Wilkes Barre is one of the few remaining medium markets with two daily newspapers) is reporting on the “Joe Palooka” was created by Wilkes Barre-resident Ham Fisher and debuted in 1930. Its client high-mark was more than 900 newspapers. Palooka spawned more than 12 […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Joe Palooka Statue With New Plaque Unveiled in Pennsylvania

Robert Ariail’s #MeToo Cartoon Draws Anger

A recent editorial cartoon by Robert Ariail has provoked letters of scorn to the Champaign News-Gazette. Among the number of letters received the paper showcased a few of them: I was sickened by your cartoon “Teen Angst in the Era of #MeToo.” It expressed concern for teenage boys. These poor men, poor boys, are now […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2018,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strip of the Day: With Three You Get Eye Roll

With all that’s been going on in the news, we could all use a good laugh, but that laugh the other day was not good. There have been several cartoons depicting Trump as a clown or a stand-up comedian, some better than others, but I think Jeff Danziger catches the moment best by depicting a […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strip of the Day: With Three You Get Eye Roll

Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax

Quick Hits in a scattershot manner. Leigh Rubin honored as Rochester Institute of Technology Cartoonist-in-Residence Rochester Institute of Technology is getting its first cartoonist-in-residence. Leigh Rubin, creator of Rubes, will spend a week on campus in November talking with students at RIT’s College of Art and Design, School of Individualized Studies and College of Liberal […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax

(pre-CXC) Olivia Jaimes interview

In anticipation of her first public appearance on Sunday at CXC GoComics presents an audio interview with Nancy’s Olivia Jaimes. While taking painstaking steps to protect her identity, we sat Olivia down at an undisclosed location for an exclusive, hard-hitting interview on who was lit, what was up, and whether “Sluggo is Lit” hoverboards will […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments