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Archives for May, 2019

The Secret Jewish History of Popeye

  It’s the 90th anniversary of the creation of Popeye, and the Yiddishkeit of the sailor, created by American Jewish cartoonist Elzie Segar, is more apparent than ever. There’s even a Popeye The Sailor Man Mezuzah sold online to protect Jewish homes from evil. Yet explicit Jewish content was scant in the Illinois-born Segar’s original […]

Posted on: May 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Secret Jewish History of Popeye

Invite Scott Adams to Your Office Meeting

  Dilbert creator Scott Adams wants to attend your next business meeting.   I need some Dilbert comic ideas. Invite me to attend your business meeting right now, live, on the free Interface by Whenhub app. (Really) I set my price to zero.   Scott Adams needs some ideas for future Dilbert comic strips. Scott’s […]

Posted on: May 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Frank Jacobs Joins the Senior Strippers Club

Let me begin by apologizing to Mr. Jacobs for being a day late.   above: birthday greeting from MAD Magazine   From 1957 to 2007 (and occasionally since) Frank Jacobs was a major contributor to MAD Magazine; and he didn’t just ease in, he jumped in with five articles in his first issue.     […]

Posted on: May 31, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Frank Jacobs Joins the Senior Strippers Club

CSotD: Gladly the Barr I’d Cross, but it’s Friday Funnies

Since I have no particular place to start today, I’ll post this Retail and tell a related story to point out why timing is everything in comedy. I was out running errands and getting hungry and happened to be passing the only place in town with decent pizza, so decided that, instead of a burger, […]

Posted on: May 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Don Asmussen and Bad Reporter Return!

  Don Asmussen has returned and is issuing new installments of Bad Reporter. The merry month of May saw Don become very active on Facebook and Twitter. Then mid-May saw the San Francisco Chronicle and GoComics go with new episodes. Don hasn’t mentioned anything about the progress of his recovery, but we are very happy […]

Posted on: May 31, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Culture with John Rose and Barney Google

  As the 100th anniversary of the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip nears cartoonist John Rose is interviewed about the strip.   John, only the third signed cartoonist in the strip’s 100 year history, talks about how the strip started and changed, Uncle Fred Lasswell, his time and efforts on the strip (while […]

Posted on: May 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Culture with John Rose and Barney Google

Popeye at 90 – License to Grow

  It’s the 90th anniversary of Popeye‘s debut (and the 100th of Thimble Theatre). But age isn’t slowing down the Sailor Man. His comic strip continues with reprinted Bud Sagendorf dailies and new Hy Eisman Sunday pages, and this year it was joined by a companion Sunday strip—Popeye’s Cartoon Club by various celebrity cartoonists. But […]

Posted on: May 30, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, King Features, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Popeye at 90 – License to Grow

AMP Kids Summer BINGO

  Andrews McMeel Publishing – Kids has a new program that encourages kids to continue reading during their summer break from school (and sell a few of their books while doing so).   Be the first to join our Summer Reading BINGO Giveaway! You could win fabulous prizes, including a full set of 25 comics […]

Posted on: May 30, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on AMP Kids Summer BINGO

Mike Harris: Social Media-Suspended Cartoonist

  Mike Harris has been suspended by a social media platform for an editorial cartoon.   From American Thinker: Our very frequent cartoon contributor Mike Harris was just suspended for 3 days on Twitter for posting there his cartoon making the point that mass extermination of human life is common to both the aboriton[sic] industry […]

Posted on: May 30, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Trying on the glove

I’m giving David Rowe the lead today because he illustrates a certain air of despair I’m feeling, akin to Yossarian’s trip through Nighttown at the end of Catch-22. Rowe specializes in the grotesque, but this barely feels like an exaggeration and contains an admirable level of detail that invites you to linger and wander down […]

Posted on: May 30, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Darrin Gets His Pulitzer (and Capital Gazette)

    Last month it was announced, and last night Darrin Bell received his Pulitzer. above May 28, 2019: Darrin Bell accepts the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning from Columbia University President Lee Bollinger. (Eileen Barroso/Columbia University)         Also at last night’s ceremony was the staff of the Capital Gazette: above: […]

Posted on: May 29, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Darrin Gets His Pulitzer (and Capital Gazette)

Everett Raymond Kinstler – RIP

  Illustrator and portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler has passed away. EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER August 5, 1926 – May 26, 2019   From the Portrait Society of America Facebook page: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Everett Raymond Kinstler passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019 […]

Posted on: May 29, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Everett Raymond Kinstler – RIP

CSotD: Pooey to Them from Me

That photo of people on Mount Everest seemed familiar, because it looked like this picture of people going over Chilkoot Pass between Alaska and the Canadian Yukon during the Klondike Gold Strike. They didn’t all make it, either, and that fellow at the lower right is apparently carrying a boat, which seems foolish but at […]

Posted on: May 29, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Billy Ireland: 1st Amendment & Ollie Harrington

  Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum has an exhibit showcasing editorial cartoonists praising the first amendment to the Bill of Rights and defending it from attackers. The exhibit runs until October 20, 2019.   The political cartooning display runs the gamut from a 1774 etching […]

Posted on: May 28, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Billy Ireland: 1st Amendment & Ollie Harrington

Jape, Fell, Gorrell on Recent Cartoonist Layoffs

While the news of [Rick] McKee and [Mark] Streeter’s layoff was not unexpected — both their positions were on the chopping block 18 months ago, and temporarily saved by their editors — the axing of [Nate] Beeler came as a surprise. JP Trostle, for AAEC, reports on the recent layoffs of editorial cartoonists.   While […]

Posted on: May 28, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Jape, Fell, Gorrell on Recent Cartoonist Layoffs