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Archives for December, 2020

Wrapping Up the Old with a Year-End Roundup

Some miscellaneous items from the recent past. On this day 25 years ago, Bill Watterson’s iconic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes bid us farewell. To take us on a path down memory lane, here are some of the best Calvin and Hobbes strips created. Well, some of the best as decided by Mackenzie Cummings-Grady.   […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Auld Lang Syne: Cartoonist Chronicles-201231

Some articles and essays dealing with comic history from this past week. A sad fact of life is that Rob Stolzer only infrequently posts to his Inkslinger blog. But when he does it is an essay filled with intelligence and wonder. Rob has rewarded us with a new end-of-the-year piece about an mostly unknown comic […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Auld Lang Syne: Cartoonist Chronicles-201231

Cartoonist Interviews: Billingsley, Donnelly, Scott

The newest Visual Arts Journal features Michael Tisserand interviewing Ray Billingsley. Read the entire interview here.   Comics DC interviews cartoonist (and homegirl) Liza Donnelly.   What work are you most proud of?Getting into The New Yorker, particularly at age 24. I am also very proud of the book that I wrote, Funny Ladies: The […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Interviews: Billingsley, Donnelly, Scott

CSotD: Happy New Year, if you can find one

Can’t accuse Tim Campbell (WPWG) of sugar-coating things. Granted, we’ve got vaccines now, but even if everyone got them, it would be late spring before we could safely unmask. And given the number of delusional nitwits amongst us, it probably won’t happen that quickly. I was looking around the grocery store the other day. We’re […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Over 1200 pages long with more than 1200 new entries, this is a bibliography of articles and books on all aspects of comic and cartoon art including comic books, comic strips, cartoons, animation, editorial cartoons, newly updated as of the end of 2018. The electronic book, a non DRM PDF, includes tens of thousands of […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

CSotD: It’s Mitchcraft!

There isn’t much to say about Mitch McConnell, and Ann Telnaes (WashPost) appears to have said it all right here. Of course, the ball is still in play, and let’s all admit we didn’t expect the House to come up with a 2/3’s majority to get that $2,000 check back on the field. Nothing is […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Inquiring About Signe Wilkinson News

Billy Penn informs Philadelphians about area news, and the big news in Philadelphia these days is Signe Wilkinson‘s retirement. Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Signe Wilkinson is retiring from the Philadelphia Inquirer at the end of the year, where she spent three decades chronicling the city’s woes, lambasting its leaders, and celebrating its victories. The local […]

Posted on: Dec 29, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Inquiring About Signe Wilkinson News

Yesterday’s Toons Today – More of 2020 in Review

Part Two of The Best Editorial Cartoons of 2020. Possibly the most famous cartoon of 2020 is by Mike Luckovich, who provides a brief commentary for each of the Atlanta Journal Constitution editorial cartoons he picks as his best.   From USA Today: This week, we are featuring 2020 retrospectives by editorial cartoonists from across […]

Posted on: Dec 29, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Tomorrow’s News Today

(Pia Guerra – The Nib) (Benjamin Slyngstad) I’m starting with a Juxtaposition because I don’t want to single out a particular cartoonist and there have been more than one who have, apparently, jumped to conclusions regarding the Nashville bomber. Or, at the best, commented on those conclusions, which are being leapt to full-force on social […]

Posted on: Dec 29, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

David Mruz – RIP

Comics and animation historian David Mruz has passed away.   David Richard Mruz February 11, 1951 – December 20. 2020 Comics and animation historian, fanzine publisher: Mindrot/Animania When most of us think of Minneapolis cartoonists our thoughts go back to Charles Schulz, for native Minnesotan David Mruz his thoughts go back much further to another […]

Posted on: Dec 28, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies come on a Monday this week

What makes Agnes (Creators) work so well is that Agnes and Trout really are like Lucy and Ethel: They come up with some outlandishly bad ideas, but their hearts are always in the right place. Their poverty helps: While Lucy wanted the spotlight down at Ricky’s club, Agnes is trying to climb out of the […]

Posted on: Dec 28, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

  photos via Steve Milloy and Matt Wuerker For the second time in ten days The Washington Post gave Ann Telnaes a full page to express her opinion. A most excellent use of the acreage. If you don’t get the dead tree edition, the cartoons can be read in detail at Ann’s WaPo page, or […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

A Cartoon Review of 2020

Thought there would be a lot more “Our Cartoonist Looks Back on 2020” articles on this last Sunday of the year, but I guess with the dwindling number of editorial cartoonists on staff…   The Minneapolis Star Tribune present some of Steve Sack‘s 2020 cartoons.   A bit southeast the Wisconsin State Journal does the […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Year End Review, Comments: Comments Off on A Cartoon Review of 2020

Andy Capp Revisited

Six weeks ago I mentioned the absence of Roger Mahoney‘s name in the in-strip credits line for the Andy Capp comic strip. Naturally two days later Mahoney was back in the credits. Then things got strange. When the time for the non-Mahoney strips came due for Creators/GoComics’ showing they skipped them and (for the first […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Andy Capp Revisited

CSotD: Last Sunday of the Year

Speed Bump (Creators) speaks for me. A year can’t be evil, and I refuse to sit around feeling sorry for myself, but I’m certainly willing to call the past year nuts and illogical and silly and, as the little lad about to take over suggests, simply puzzling. I don’t much care if they catch him […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 11 Comments