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Lucy Bourton, for It’s Nice That, interviews New Yorker cartoonist Ed Steed.

INT When you say you’re a cartoonist, not an illustrator, what’s the difference for you?

ES Just that I don’t illustrate things, not usually. I’m not illustrating someone else’s idea, I do the idea and the drawing. I do them at the same time, they are the same thing.

INTWould you say people have misconceptions about cartoonists?

ESI don’t know what people’s conceptions of being a cartoonist are. Perhaps they think it’s fun, which it mostly isn’t. Or they think it’s lots of work, which it isn’t. With the kind of cartoons I do, it’s quite a bit of thinking and then a small amount of drawing.


The current issue of Intelligent Collector’s By The Numbers features Peanuts.

61 FACES drawn for this Dec. 21, 1958, Sunday strip.
The original art sold for $113,525 at a February 2018 Heritage auction.


[April 1930. It was] 90 years ago, Warner Bros. released its very first “Looney Tunes” animated short.

Charles Apple and The Spokesman-Review present a timeline of Warner Bros. Cartoons.

April 19, 1930
“Sinkin’ in the Bathtub” starring Bosko (right) is the first Looney Tunes release.


Did we forget to list the nominees for The Cartoonist Studio Prize?
The shortlist for for print comics and webcomics (below).

“About Face” by Nate Powell.
“Cabramatta” by Matt Huynh.
Eat Street Diners Club by Will Dinski.*
“I Am More Than My Chromosomes” by Elísabet Rún.
Koreangry by Eunsoo Jeong.
“Loving My Inner Black Weirdo” by Bianca Xunise.*
Paranatural by Zack Morrison.
Sleepless Domain by Mary Cagle.
Tiger, Tiger by Petra Erika Nordlund.
“Unhealthy” by Abby Howard.

Been sitting on this Warped comic strip by Michael Cavna for too long. So here.


A Boy and His Tiger: A Tribute to Bill Watterson
If you didn’t get in on the original art, get the catalog.


R. C. Harvey and The Comics Journal supply our history lesson
as Bob takes a look at editorial cartoonist and comic strip creator Cecil Jenson.

Jensen occupies a fond niche in my memory for his creation of the world’s stupidest comic strip hero in the eponymous Elmo. Nadel supplies the tidbit that Jensen created the strip in response to a challenge from his executive editor, Basil (Stuffy) Walters, to whom Jensen had confided that “the comics in the News smell.” To which Walters responded: “All right—you draw a strip.” And so Jensen did.


Don’t get your hopes up – it’s been in some stage or another for ten years – but
there is talk of a live-action Spy vs. Spy movie making the rounds.


Hey, check out Dennis the Menace Sunday cartoonist Ron Ferdinand‘s Facebook page.
Exclusive coronavirus comics, classic Ketcham, and a buncha other stuff (banjo cartoons??!!).

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