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Archives for July, 2020

CSotD: Perceptions, Exceptions, Deceptions

Adam Zyglis sets the stage for today’s ruminations, though his cartoon from a few days ago is slightly spoiled by Dear Leader’s sudden realization that his refusal to acknowledge the Covid-19 issue was costing him votes. However, going on TV and noting the importance of masks doesn’t undo the fine job his administration has done […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Animated Antics

Let’s begin by wishing Disney animation veteran Ruthie Tompson a Happy 110th Birthday!   She first joined the Ink and Paint Department. During the next four decades, Tompson worked in various capacities, including reviewing animation cels before they were filmed and scene planning on films such as Fantasia, Dumbo, Sleeping Beauty and Mary Poppins. More […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comments: 1 Comment

Dan Nakrosis – RIP

Cartoonist Dan Nakrosis has passed away. Daniel A. “Dano” Nakrosis July 4, 1963 – July 21, 2020   Comic writer, artist, letterer, editor From the obituary: Born in Bayonne, Dan’s coloring, lettering and artwork graced the pages of all the major comics publishers across a wide genre of books. His work history included stints at […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Comments: 4 Comments

Three Word Answer: ‘Tom the Dancing Bug’s’ Ruben Bolling (Part I)

On today’s “Three-Word Answer” we’re talking with social/political/pop-culture/jack-of-all-genres Ruben Bolling. Ruben is the cartoonist behind the weekly comic “Tom the Dancing Bug” that can be seen on such august sites as BoingBoing, Daily Kos, The Washington Post and GoComics. If you’ll remember the format of this Q&A, we ask 20 questions and the answers MUST […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Learning under compulsion

Mr. Fitz gets to open the discussion because cartoonist David Lee Finkle is a for-real teacher who not only works in the classroom but writes books to help other teachers. And who recently reposted this piece on his blog about the difference between making people behave and making them want to learn, in which he […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Garry Trudeau Deconstructs the “Perfect” Doonesbury Comic Strip

“In response to the Beinecke Library’s invitation to describe the work he is currently pursuing, Garry Trudeau—cartoonist, writer, and creator of ‘Doonesbury’—described the challenges of creating a ‘Complete Digital Doonesbury’ featuring some 15,000 comic strips in honor of the 50th anniversary of the beloved strip. In the process, Garry’s editor David Stanford identified what he […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Garry Trudeau Deconstructs the “Perfect” Doonesbury Comic Strip

CSotD: They’re here for the socialists

Couldn’t decide whether to start or end with Scott Stantis‘ take, but I don’t suppose it much matters. Martin Niemöller is often quoted, though generally in a kind of philosophical, theoretical manner. First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

#BoycottScottAdams Trends as Scott Promotes It

I guess Scott Adams believes in the old bromide “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” From Scott’s Twitter feed: The Pop Times article (which cannot be linked to at this time) is, if I am understanding things, a repost of a three week old article from Meaww of July 1. The uproar is (was?) […]

Posted on: Jul 20, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Cognitive Testing

There’s a whole lot of mental insufficiency out there, and this Clay Bennett cartoon was filed well before Chris Wallace’s astonishing, dismaying interview with the president (transcript here, video clips everywhere). The Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test is neither an IQ test nor a Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory but basically a quick 10-minute test to see […]

Posted on: Jul 20, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Book Nook; International Edition

While I have personal reasons for caring about Joe Sacco’s “Paying the Land”, I don’t think they interfere with my saying that this is a stunning, important piece of work. In it, he travels to Canada’s NWT to report on the Dene people and the impact on them of the modern world and, specifically, the […]

Posted on: Jul 19, 2020,  Section: Books, Comments: 2 Comments

It’s a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook-Up World

So there’s this Counterpoint site where, being fair and* balanced, they present first-run editorial cartoons, in equal measure, from the left side and from the right side of politics. For example here’s the recent cartoon by Scott Stantis, one of their conservative cartoonists: It is fair to say Scott is not enamored with the Republican […]

Posted on: Jul 18, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on It’s a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook-Up World

CSotD: Come sit right back and you’ll hear a tale …

  (Dave Granlund) (Tom Toles) (Clay Bennett) They don’t often cooperate like this. Dave Granlund offers a rejoinder to the conservative cartoonists who have accused Biden of refusing to come out and fight, and …   … here are the torpedoes. There’s always been a kind of suspicion that submarines weren’t sporting. Before that, there […]

Posted on: Jul 18, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

The Guardian Won’t Renew Steve Bell Contract

Steve Bell joined The Guardian in 1981, next year the paper won’t renew the cartoonist’s contract. From The Jewish Chronicle: The controversial Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell is to leave the Guardian after 40 years with the newspaper. Mr Bell – who has repeatedly faced claims that some of his drawings where antisemitic and racist – […]

Posted on: Jul 17, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies — Timing is everything

John Deering gets the Fortuitous Timing of the Month Award for dropping this Strange Brew from a distance of several weeks and having it land just as Rush Limbaugh was holding up the Donner Party as a model for how we all have to deal with Covid-19. To which I would add that, when you’re […]

Posted on: Jul 17, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Darrin Bell Signs Two-Book Deal

The Associated Press is reporting that Darrin Bell and Henry Holt & Company have signed an agreement for two books by the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. The first book, “The Talk,” will be published next year. Holt is calling it “a graphic memoir written as a deeply personal meditation on “the talk” Black parents must have […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 1 Comment