A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

The Improbable Remains

On his How To book tour Randall Munroe goes north to Alaska.
The Juneau Empire reports on Randall’s lecture there.


The Spurns that Patient Merit of th’ Unworthy Takes

At the time of this writing, the two most influential politicians in the United States are a real estate developer who became president and a bartender who got elected to Congress. I’m talking about President Trump and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The most striking thing they have in common is that they did not “stay in their lanes,” and it worked out great for them.

The only mention of politics in this Loserthink excerpt
as The Daily Caller features a small extract of Scott Adams new book.


News … Breaking Cat News

Georgia Dunn has an Etsy shop,
but you gotta be ready, those originals go fast.


Guts and Glory

Telgemeier, at once a first-class storyteller and a commercial powerhouse, has clearly hit her stride. This book take chances…

KinderComics reviews this year’s best selling comic book (graphic novel),
Raina Telgemeier’s Guts.


Unreal Reality

Ever been curious what your laptop really thinks about your browsing history? “Animate Objects” is an augmented-reality feature that allows you to discover the secret thoughts of everyday items, as drawn by the New Yorker cartoonist Liana Finck.

The New Yorker introduces Augmented Reality, the cartoon version.


Support Your Local Bookstore

A growing number of shoppers will be supporting their independent neighborhood bookstores on Small Business Saturday. After nearly being wiped out a decade ago, small bookstores are booming.

CBS News reports a resurgence of independent bookstores nationwide. 


The Life and Times of the American Comic Strip

Historians Bob Harvey, Andrew Farago, Peter Maresca, and Brian Walker. Cartoonists Lalo Alcarez, Sandra Bell-Lundy, Darrin Bell, Ray Billingsley, Greg Evans, Jules Feiffer, Cathy Guisewite, Bill Holbrook, Lynn Johnston, Jeff Keane, Keith Knight, Mel Lazarus, Wiley Miller, Morrie Turner, Mort Walker, and Thomas Yeates; with Jeannie Schulz.

A feature length documentary on the history and influence of newspaper comic strips.They may be the first form of American pop culture.

The film debuts Thanksgiving Day on PBS station KCET (Los Angeles).


And the 2020 Oscar Goes to…

Cartoon Brew has learned that a record 92 animated shorts have been submitted for the Best Animated Short Film category of the 2020 Academy Awards.
While that list of films is not made public, Cartoon Brew has used publicly available information as well as privately submitted information from filmmakers to compile a list of films that we believe to have been qualified for the category.

In October Cartoon Brew listed potential candidates for the 2020 Oscars.

First-round voting by members of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch will take place in New York on October 26 and 27, and in Los Angeles on November 9 and 10. Online voting for the shortlist will take place between December 6-10. The 10-film shortlist is scheduled to be announced on December 16.

The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020, and the Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Recently Cartoon Brew published its survey of top contenders from those in the know.


Buy a Newspaper – No Money Down, No Future Payments

Want a newspaper? Like, the whole operation?

Then Larry Persily is your guy. The owner of The Skagway News in Alaska is willing to turn over his small-town business to the right person, for a good price.

It’s free.

Nieman Lab reports that The Skagway News is “for sale.”


Suffragette City

Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics And Cartoon Art” is on view at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum from November 2, 2019, through May 3, 2020.

The Smithsonian takes note of The Billy Ireland exhibit.


The Trop’s Cartoonist Graduates and Retires

I’m The Tropolitan’s cartoonist, but this is my last comic.

I first joined the Trop when I was 18 years old. I didn’t know the first thing about journalism or cartooning, but I liked to draw and had some opinions, so I joined anyway. Flash forward, and I’m 22 and graduating in a couple of weeks.

My time here is coming to an end…

Abigail Nicholson bids farewell to her first cartooning gig.


Cartooning What She Knows

[Above is one example] of the approximately 700 cartoons that Kelly Kincaid, a Seattle-based flight attendant for an airline she preferred not to name, has drawn for her “Jetlagged Comic,” in which she lampoons the everyday challenges and frustrations of crewing commercial jetliners.

Travel Weekly profiles cartoonist (and flight attendant) Kelly Kincaid.