This ‘n’ That, From Here ‘n’ There


Avery’s Pikmin Adventure is a comic by cartoonist Chris Furniss.

The Pikmin story is a “daily procedural comic, written and drawn on the fly”, with Chris’ son starring as the main character in the Pikmin universe. It’s actually made up of little note cards which are left for his [seven-year-old] son to read over lunchtime, giving him something to look forward to seeing each day.


Stephan Goes Hollywood

To Pastis, the project meant not just a co-screenwriting credit, but an education in filmmaking from an award-winning professional. The movie’s co-writer and director is Tom McCarthy, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for the 2015 drama “Spotlight” and an Oscar nomination for directing the film. McCarthy also scored a previous Academy Award nomination for co-writing the 2009 Pixar animated hit “Up.”

“I put a bit of wrench in the process by saying I wanted to write with him,” Pastis said. “I had never written a movie before. He held an Oscar, and I held a book on how to write a screenplay, but Tom very kindly trusted me to try.”

The cartoonist’s role in creating the film turned out to be much more than a nominal consultant’s job.

“We spent two years writing together, sometimes on the phone and sometimes in person, writing and rewriting until he thought we had something we could show to Disney,” Pastis said.

The Press Democrat reports on a local celebrity.


From Chapter Books to Graphic Novels

Penguin Random House is the world’s biggest publishing house, so it was a huge deal when it announced it would be launching a dedicated graphic novel imprint spearheaded by Gina Gagliano, former associate director of publicity and marketing at First Second…The debut line-up puts the imprint in a very good place with a mix of early reader, middle-grade, and YA offerings.
The AV Club reviews the new book imprint and their first issue.

The Random House Children’s Books logo is a whimsical reimagining of the main Random House logo.


In Other Book Publishing News – The Fuzzy Princess

The Fuzzy Princess centers on Katrina, the adventurous feline princess of St. Paws, watched over by Chiro (a batty bat) and Kuma (whose love for haiku is only matched by his love of eating). Now they’ve been stranded in our world! Can Kat’s new human friend Jackson help them survive? Will Jackson be able to survive his new friends?

Charles Brubaker has a Kickstarter going.


Cartoon Art Museum Benefit Auction (A Boy and His Tiger) Continues

The most recent Bill Watterson Tributes for the benefit of the Cartoon Art Museum.

Previous items at Comic Art Fans for viewing.


New MAD News

Tom Richmond previews what the NEW MAD #12 (part original/mostly reprint) looks like – here and here.

New contributions by Brockton McKinney and Kerry Callen, Peter Kuper, Tom Richmond, Sergio Aragones, Ian Boothby and Pia Guerra, and others.

Tom breaks down the new vs. old content:

Of the 60 potential pages of content (cover, inside cover, pages, inside back cover, back cover), 13 pages contain new content/art in the traditional MAD sense, including the cover. The table of contents and the letters pages add 4 more “new” pages. There is one new ad page. That’s a total of 17 pages that have never been seen in a MAD issue. The other 43 pages are classic reprinted material, all with a television theme. One of my TV color parodies are part of the reprint contents.

There you have it. a 28.33% “new content” rate, although MAD lists this as “21.4285% new material” on the cover. I’m sure it will fluctuate here and there, but that’s probably a good estimate as to future issues.

Each issue will have a theme.


Old MAD Presents Comicland Vol. 1 No. 1 (August 1963)

Brian Cronin and Comic Book Resources share an 8 page spoof of comic strips from MAD #82 by Frank Jacobs, Nelson Bridwell, and Wally Wood. Some of the comic strips are still around on today’s funny pages.





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