Comics and Cartoonists in the News


James Bond and Playboy

Playboy continues its slow return to the glory days when cartoons and comics were a major part of the magazine’s content. The November-December 2018 issue contains a six page exclusive about the origin of 007.

Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. announced today that the latest James Bond series, James Bond Origin, from Jeff Parker and artist Bob Q will have a standalone story in the upcoming issue of Playboy magazine!

Fans can read an exclusive six-page story from the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed Dynamite series, James Bond Origin, which takes readers back to March 1941 and tells the definitive account of James Bond’s exploits during World War II. The November/December 2018 issue of Playboy will be available at newsstands everywhere October 30th.

Fan site The Bond Book broke the story and Down the Tubes covers the back story.



Keith Knight Goes Home Again

Keith Knight returns to his old stomping grounds to deliver his “They Shoot Black People, Don’t They? A Cartoonist’s 20-year Look at Police Brutality in the U.S.” multimedia presentation.

I like to use humor because humor makes hard issues go down a little bit softer, and I consider cartoonists to be sort of modern-day court jesters. So we can sort of take shots at folks that will end up in other professions [getting you] tortured and dismembered.

And Wicked Local/North of Boston gets an interview.



Revolutionary “Unite or Die” Cartoon

Earlier this year an original printing of the French and Indian War era Join, or Die cartoon went to auction.

Now a War of Independence era printing of a revised version has turned up.

A quick eye by Goodwill workers in southern New Jersey turned up framed pages from an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with an iconic “Unite or Die” snake design on the masthead.

The frayed Dec. 28, 1774, edition of the “Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser” boasts three items signed by John Hancock, then president of the Provincial Congress, who pleads for the Colonies to fight back “enemies” trying to divide them.

A jumble of small advertisements offer rewards for a lost horse or runaway apprentice, while another insists the poster will no longer pay his “misbehav(ing)” wife’s debts.

NJ Pen broke the story and Associated Press followed up. follows the cartoon through two decades of popularity in the 18th Century.



Detroit Lakes Columnist Reviews His Comics Page

We need diversions: music, art, humor and a place to get together on a playground where everybody can have fun. The comics section of the paper is that playground.

Lynn Hummel seems to have a preference for legacy and zombie strips, unless they’re continuities.

But maybe that’s the majority of his newspaper’s comics.



Get A Job

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum has an opening.

BICLM seeks a Museum Manager who will be responsible for organizing, managing, and promoting exhibitions and educational events for BICLM’s exhibition galleries. Programming consists of exhibits relating to cartoons and comics with special emphasis on exhibits that encourage engagement with our permanent collection materials and contribute to teaching and learning at OSU.

Details for the chance to have a career in comics.