Comics and Cartoons In The News

Early Daily Peanuts Comic Strip Auctions for $192,000

From Bleeding Cool:

Charles Schulz‘s Peanuts syndicated comic strip began its 17897 strip, 50-year run on October 2, 1950.  Snoopy first appeared just two days later on October 4, 1950.  An earliest-days Peanuts comic strip from November 17, 1950 has just hammered at Heritage Auctions for $192,000 — a record price for a Peanuts daily comic strip.  The November 17 strip is the 40th Peanuts daily to appear and features Snoopy along with another Peanuts character named Shermy.

That same auction saw Batman’s first appearance go for $1½ million.


In Other Peanuts News

© Apple/Peanuts Worldwide LLC

After getting bad grief over “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” not airing on broadcast TV, Apple and Peanuts Worldwide have relented on the Peanuts Thanksgiving and Christmas classics.
The specials will be available via PBS.


What’s Going On In Mark Trail?

© North America Syndicate (KFS)

Joseph Nebus’ latest installment of What’s Going On In… is extra long as he summarizes the end of the Jack Elrod rerun and the beginning of Jules Rivera’s Mark Trail. The extra length is due to Joseph’s review of The New Mark Trail.

I have some impressions, though.

There is an energy to the comic that I enjoy … I like Rivera’s art style, but I understand people who don’t care for it … I’m interested in the story …

But there’s more unsettling things. We’ve seen Mark Trail talking to animals … boy, does this Happy Trail Farms stuff worry me … So I offer this to people who’re upset …


The Hierarchy of Humor

© Grant Snider

The Hierarchy of Humor by Grant Snider is making the rounds on social media lately.
It is available as a poster.


Check Out the Winners of Reallusion’s  2020 Animation Contest

© Reallusion

From Cartoon Brew:

Among all the entries, a total of 12 winners floated to the top and showed their outstanding animation technique and creativity. The contest not only recognizes top-notch talents in various industries, including leading freelance animators, educators, agencies, and business companies, it also engages beginners who find Cartoon Animator 4 a handy animation tool for varied purposes.

Check out the videos that won First Place in each of the four categories … and see what judges loved about them.


More Animation

© The White Stripes

From Live For Live Music:

The White Stripes surprised fans with a new animated video for the De Stijl classic, “Apple Blossom”, on Friday.

The new video features animation by celebrated cartoonist Wartella, and employs familiar White Stripes iconography with the inclusion of red and white stripes throughout. The former Village Voice cartoonist uses cardboard cutout and silhouette style animation to tell the story of a woman rescued by love.

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