In Other Cartooning News…

UW–Madison’s Lynda Barry is the recipient of the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, which is chosen by a secret ballot of the members of the National Cartoonists Society.

This recognition is considered by many to be the cartooning profession’s highest honor.

The University of Wisconsin – Madison celebrates one of its own getting The Reuben.


Kleenex USA needs to hire some cartoonists and do what Kleenex Malaysia did.

Don’t be surprised if walk down the aisle of your favourite mart and notice a different but very familiar illustration on the face of the Kleenex boxes.

Well, this is because the tissue brand has teamed up with iconic Malaysian cartoonist, Datuk Lat and introduced limited-edition tissue box packaging as part of its #SoftIsStrong movement.


above: Jay Lynch portrait by Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman is working on a collection of portraits of Underground Comix cartoonists.

If you’ve seen Jay Kennedy’s book, The Official Underground and Newave Comix Price Guide, he estimated that there were around 3000 underground cartoonists; people who had done work for underground comics over the years. I’m only doing 100, so I’m concentrating on the cream of the crop…the best. Of course, along with that there are some quirky, interesting choices. But I’m mainly concentrating on the people who did the most work and the most recognizable people, along with some oddball choices thrown in. That’s gonna be the book; 100 different black and white portraits.

Robert Newsome, for The Comics Journal, talks to Drew about the new project.

I’m sticking with the 10 year period from Zap to the start of Arcade magazine. It’s “from Z to A,” from Zap to Arcade. I’ll probably use that line on the cover somewhere. I’m not locked into a particular time, though. When I drew S. Clay Wilson, the reference photo I used was from, I think, 1967 so I drew him really young. I don’t want to go beyond that period.


Publishers Weekly reported on the American Library Association’s latest compilation of the 100 most banned and challenged books of the last decade, 2010-2019. Cartoonists are among the authors:

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
Neonomicon by Alan Moore
Habibi by Craig Thompson
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans
and probably a couple more that I missed.


These forest creatures are just a few of the characters drawn by artist Harrison Cady (1877-1970) to illustrate the iconic children’s books written in the first half of the 20th century by famed author Thornton W. Burgess (1874-1965), whose Mother West Wind creatures were children’s best sellers for more than 50 years.

More than a dozen of Cady’s original watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations are newly on display in the Naturescape Gallery at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, through December.

Wicked Local Yarmouth reports and gives details on the exhibit.


© Mike Lynch

When you draw magazine gag cartoons, as I do, you have to have the habit of coming up with a lot of ideas on a regular basis. The finished gag cartoon has to successfully communicate to its reader in about 4 seconds. Or, in other words, a successful gag cartoon takes only about 4 seconds to “get” or “not get.”

Mike Lynch discusses cartooning in the modern, material world.


© E.C. Publications

Isabel Samaras, who grew up in Arlington, has illustrated the cover of MAD Magazine’s October issue.

The cover is for MAD’s “Super Spooferheroes” issue and depicts Wonder Woman’s “Lasso of Tooth” extracting a tooth from the magazine’s iconic cover boy. Samaras is only the second woman to illustrate a MAD cover in the magazine’s 68 year history.

ARLnow profiles artist Isabel.