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Some Comic Strip History

“He is one of the all-time great cartoonists because he makes the craft integral to the entire endeavor look so easy, even enjoyable,” the theoretician and practitioner of comics, Ivan Brunetti, writes in the introduction to an upcoming collection of Gross’s work, “Gross Exaggerations: The Meshuga Comic Strips of Milt Gross.”

The New Yorker previews a great new book of Milt Gross.

 

Veering wildly off-topic The New Yorker has ended at-will employment.

 

Not everyone in comic strip history was a cartoonist.
At The Comics Journal R. C. Harvey profiles Morrill Goddard.

 

When we first meet her, Annie is, appropriately enough, in a tight and uncomfortable spot, as she’ll be time and again for the duration of her event-filled existence. An orphan, without even the luxury of a family name (“just Annie” as she’s quick to say), constantly under the stern glare of the orphanage’s bullying headmistress (the prune-faced Miss Asthma), forced to eat mush and scrub the floors, Annie remains not just resilient but even buoyant and chipper as she prays for some nice adopted parents.

Historian Jeet Heer on how Harold Gray‘s life defines his little orphan girl.

 

 

Animation Resources presents a bird’s-eye view of Harrison Cady and Dudley Fisher.

 

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