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Archives for April, 2019

2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominees

The San Diego Comics Con International has announced the nominees for the 2019 Will Eisner Awards. The winners, determined by tabulating the voting of comic book professionals, will be revealed July 19, 2019 at an awards ceremony during the San Diego Comic Con. The awards are comic book oriented – but there are a couple […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2019,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominees

CSotD: Friday Funnies – Expect the Expected

Last Sunday’s Reality Check was an unusually detailed piece, within which Dave Whamond managed to capture just about every cliche in the cop-flick universe. All genres have their standards.  When you pull the motorcycle helmet off the would-be assassin, long hair will tumble out and reveal a lovely-but-deadly lady, just as surely as Dagwood’s home […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Olivia’s Nancy Seen Through the Funny Filter

  Lynley Stace takes “a closer look at why the new Nancy cartoons by the pseudonymous Olivia Jaimes work so well for so many. In short, why are these minimalist snapshots funny?” Scott Dikkers, cartoonist and founding editor of The Onion, all jokes fall into one of eleven categories. 1. Irony – Intended meaning is opposite […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Olivia’s Nancy Seen Through the Funny Filter

CSotD: Whitewashing

Marshall Ramsey gets it about right. This is hardly the first cartoon in which the unredacted text spells out a message, but the message it spells out is certainly front-and-center. As noted here yesterday, the report is not all that long, and, while it’s dense, it’s not difficult. Anyone who has done college-level work should […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Tales From The Reuben: Mell Lazarus Joins NCS

  In 1957 Mell Lazarus got his Miss Peach comic strip into newspapers. The next year Mell joined the National Cartoonists Society. Yearly dues in January 1958 were $35, yearly dues now, in 2019, are $225. (The inflation calculator puts that 1958 $35 at $307.86 in today’s dollars.) You can join the NCS for less […]

Posted on: Apr 24, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Conventions, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Tales From The Reuben: Mell Lazarus Joins NCS

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Comics Kingdom Subscribers

  The rollout of the new Comics Kingdom site continues problematically. The site has fielded complaints from not liking the new look to not being able to access the strips as before. I understand they want to make it more profitable for themselves and their cartoonists – so they can take the heat from the […]

Posted on: Apr 24, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Addams

  More than 10 things about cartoonist Charles Addams. 1 Charles Addams sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1933. The magazine hired Charles ‘Chas’ Addams (American, Jan. 7, 1912-Sept. 29, 1988) in 1935 as a regular cartoonist. The first Addams Family cartoon appeared in the magazine in 1938. The television series debuted […]

Posted on: Apr 24, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Addams

Eli Valley: Self-Hating Jewish Cartoonist?

  Eli Valley is a Jewish political cartoonist based in New York City. He doesn’t shy away from controversy; in fact, he makes a living off it. Valley has a particular knack for creating dark and disturbing satirical drawings of public figures who claim to fight anti-semitism, but in his opinion, do the opposite. Vice […]

Posted on: Apr 24, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Eli Valley: Self-Hating Jewish Cartoonist?

Non Sequitur Tops Plain-Dealer Survey on Potential Return

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer editor George Rodrigue has penned a piece on Cleveland.com that reflects on the results of a survey they’d conducted to see whether their readers wanted to bring back Non Sequitur. Seventy-seven percent of the respondents voted to bring Non Sequitur back, while 14% voted to keep its replacement “Animal Crackers.”  From […]

Posted on: Apr 24, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Non Sequitur Tops Plain-Dealer Survey on Potential Return

CSotD: Deja, presque et jamais

We all yearn to be Yossarian, but Chaplain Tappmann is probably the best we can manage on a good day: A perpetually puzzled, easily bullied, well-intentioned chaplain whose faith is continually in the balance.   And let me begin by chiding that other Joe Heller, not the late author of the increasingly relevant “Catch-22,” but […]

Posted on: Apr 24, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

90 Years Ago – Herblock Debuts

  The Chicago Daily News – April 24, 1929 Herbert Block, signing Herblock, begins his career as an editorial cartoonist.   Herblock would continue for 72 years, until his death in 2001. During that time he would be awarded three Pulitzer Prizes. The first for a comment about Joseph Stalin.   The last Pulitzer for […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on 90 Years Ago – Herblock Debuts

Yes, Virginia, There Are Magazine Cartoonists

  Cartoonist P. C. Vey Hampshire Life: Talk about the work you’re currently doing. What does it involve, and what are you trying to achieve? Peter Vey: Right now I’m doing a batch of cartoons, which is about 15 to 20 roughs. I actually do this every week for The New Yorker. The batch is due by […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Yes, Virginia, There Are Magazine Cartoonists

New Dick Tracy Minit Mystery Coming

  A new fifteen day Minit Mystery will be featured in the Dick Tracy comic strip. It will start Sunday April 28, 2019 and end on Sunday May 12, 2019. The new Minit Mystery will be written by (Sgt.) Jim Doherty; no word on whether Joe Staton or a guest artist will do the art. […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

John Backderf draws Kent State Shootings

  Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the infamous Kent State shootings. In Spring of 2020 John Backderf and Abrams Books will release Kent State: Four Dead In Ohio. “I’ve boiled the story down to showing how it unfolded,” Derf said. “It’s a very personal account of this shocking event that still reverberates […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on John Backderf draws Kent State Shootings

CSotD: Catching Up

The Mueller Report is not the only important issue facing us these days. For instance, if you haven’t been reading Non Sequitur, you might not have begun contemplating the issue of whether squirrels poop. So now I’ve given it some thought and I suppose they’re like mice and it just kind of falls out randomly, […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Catching Up