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Jerry Pinkney – RIP

Famed illustrator Jerry Pinkney has passed away.   Jerry Pinkney December 22, 1939 – October 21, 2021   From NPR: The celebrated illustrator Jerry Pinkney has died. According to his long-time agent Sheldon Fogelman, Pinkney suffered a heart attack today; he was 81. Pinkney was a legend in the world of children’s publishing. He won […]

Posted on: Oct 21, 2021,  Section: Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Counting on things that just ain’t so

John Auchter states one of our major problems, though he’s being a bit unfair about it. He’s right that we have at best a tenuous grip on math and a firm prejudice towards believing what we want to believe. One of the more popular social media posts is when the poster states that they’ve never […]

Posted on: Oct 21, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Comic Art News and Reviews

Joe Dator puts a book together.    © Joe Dator What do you wish you had known before making a book? I wish I’d known even one single thing about book publishing. It was a massive learning experience, and I started from scratch. For one thing, I found out that what goes in the book […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

Barbara Smaller and The Chief-Leader Join Forces

New Yorker cartoonist Barbara Smaller is now a regular contributor to the weekly New York City-based newspaper The Chief-Leader. © Barbara Smaller From The Chief-Leader’s proud proclamation: Ms. Smaller is joining The Chief-Leader as a regular contributor. Every week in these pages, her drawings and accompanying captions will take on lives of their own. “That’s […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Afraid I’m in a funny mood

Mr. Boffo is a constant celebration of dumbasses, often, as in this case, accompanied by the side-glance of a woman who realizes what an idiot she married. Granted, whether this dork knows what the Magna Carta was, he clearly knows when it was signed. Which makes me wonder if he knows that, when the Constitution […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Charlie Addams’ Love Letters to His Valentine

In 1935, Addams –always “Charlie” to his friends—was in love with a hometown girl, 22-year-old Jewell Valentine Bunnell. She was beautiful, bright, creative, and fun-loving – “I think the fondness we have in common for cemeteries is one of the many reasons I love you,” Charlie wrote. As Charles Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life gets a […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Video Stars of the NCS and AAEC Conventions

The National Cartoonists Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists have put videos of their virtual conventions online for easy viewing. AAEC’s Zoom Fest ’21 panels can be accessed here.   If you missed any part of the NCSFest2021 the NCS has broken the festival into bite-sized chunks.(The missing Mike Mignola interview points to […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2021,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

Newspapering News and Burning Book Bridges

“What is it like to work at a small-market local newspaper in the United States?” Earlier this month the Columbia School of Journalism’s TOW Center in association with the Columbia Journalism Review published the results of a survey of small local newspapers.  The observations in this report are based on an online survey conducted between […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Dissenting from the praise

Jeff Stahler (AMS) wins the day for dissenting from the fulsome praise being ladled out for Colin Powell without going too far in the other direction. There is an absolute flood of cartoons mourning his death, and it is a death to be mourned. But let’s not be guilty of reversing Marc Antony’s dictum (okay, […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Catching Up with Comic Strips

Been distracted lately – so let’s take a look at the Funny Pages. The NCS isn’t the only organization handing out awards, so is the C.o.U.      © Dana Simpson This Phoebe and Her Unicorn arc started way back on September 27.   Ces and Jim promised some weirdness for October Sundays.       […]

Posted on: Oct 18, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Reality intrudes

Reply All (WPWG) brings up internships, sparking my memories of interns who did more than collate. I placed two interns in the newsroom, one a high school student and the other a young teacher working on her masters in English. They both dug right in as full-blown reporters, and the high schooler was promptly hired […]

Posted on: Oct 18, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

8 Pages of Iridescent Polychromous Effulgence

125 years ago Hearst’s New York Journal promoted the first issue of the American Humorist – “8 full pages of color that make the kaleidoscope pale with envy.” On Saturday October 17, 1896 Hearst promised (above) to outshine that puny Pulitzer’s “wishy-washy” Sunday color supplement with, “Eight pages of iridescent polychromous effulgence that make the […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Looking to find a reason to believe

Barney & Clyde (WPWG) has it right, but it’s more complex. I don’t think people are any more stupid than in the past, nor do I believe there are any more stupid people than ever. However, stupid people are far less isolated than they used to be, and that gives them a great deal more […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Ray Billingsley Named 2020 Cartoonist of the Year (75th Annual Reuben Award Winner)

Ray Billingsley has been named Cartoonist of the Year and was presented with the 75th Annual Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society.   From the National Cartoonist Society announcement: The recipient of the cartooning profession’s highest honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, is chosen by a secret ballot of the […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2021,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 7 Comments

Reuben Weekend – NCS Special Awards

  Awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, The Gold Key honors the recipient as a member of the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame. Mort Gerberg is awarded The NCS Gold Key.     The Gold T-Square is awarded for 50 years as professional cartoonist. Garry Trudeau is now a member […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2021,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 1 Comment