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Checking Out a New Week of Comic Strips

Starting off with something I’m finding hilarious. © John Hambrock This story line of Edison and Orville and The Rooskies has been going on for a couple of weeks and I am laughing at every day’s strip. Orville is priceless. Check out The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee to find out why they call it […]

Posted on: Jul 26, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Witnesses for the Defense

A bit of political catching up, and Ann Telnaes expresses what I hope is a wider frustration with the lack of accountability for the architects of the insurrection. There was a fair amount of frustration over the fellow who only got eight months in prison for his part in the uprising, and it’s understandable in […]

Posted on: Jul 26, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Kid Scoop – Attracting Readers and Advertisers

Kid Scoop has proved itself a circulation builder and prime newspaper real estate for advertisers. He’s been a publisher, an advertising director and a columnist at daily and weekly newspapers — and now works for a publishing company owned by his son. Throughout his long career in journalism, John Speck has always included Kid Scoop […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2021,  Section: Illustration, Newspaper industry, Comments: 3 Comments

Bart Kaminski – RIP

Graphic designer and artist Bart Kaminski has passed away. Bartley Francis (Bart) Kaminski June 8, 1977 – July 22, 2021   From the obituary: Bartley Francis Kaminski, 44, passed away peacefully on Thursday following a courageous battle with cancer. Bart graduated from Palmyra Area High School in 1995, attended Mansfield University and later earned a […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Lost and Found Dept. (Rediscovered Comics)

Comics Beat has a fascinating article on the recent San Diego Comic-Con panel “Graphic Novels: Lost and Found.” Panelists Gary Groth, Shannon Wheeler, Sean Michael Robinson, and Carson Grubaugh gathered virtually with moderator Rob Salkowitz to discuss their participation in stewarding these now “found” graphic novels to publication. In two cases, the modern creators actually […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Small things that amuse my small mind

I’m going to start with something substantive before moving on to trivia today. I don’t entirely disagree with Mike Lester (AMS), but, then again, I don’t entirely agree with him, either. The more argumentative point is that, from my side of things, we are paying for the Pigs in Space Race, based on the way […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

The Secret Origin of “Ace Backwords”

From Wikipedia: Peter Labriola (born September 12, 1956), better known by the pen name Ace Backwords is an American author and a former underground cartoonist based in Berkeley, California. Backwords, born Peter Labriola, published Twisted Image, a punk rock tabloid, from 1982 to 1984 featuring interviews with Johnny Rotten, Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Charles Bukowski, […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Dangling conversations

Another hero bites the dust, and I’m assuming this Barry Blitt piece is based on Eric Clapton declaring that he won’t play in venues that require proof of vaccination. He was already on the record as an anti-vaxxer, along with — sigh — Van Morrison. I don’t get the “white” thing, but I’ve seen a […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 10 Comments

2021 Eisner Award Winners

The winners of the 2021 Eisner Awards were announced Friday night at the San Diego Comic-Con. A mostly comic book affair here are the winners in some categories we regularly cover here at TDC. Best Reality-Based Work WINNER: Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, by Derf Backderf (Abrams) Big Black: Stand at Attica, by Frank “Big […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2021,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

Why Not a Few Friday Whatnots?

This Is Fine/Dumpster Fire Mashup Toy Sometimes, it feels like the world is both a dumpster fire and a living embodiment of the “This is Fine” comic strip … So on days when you just cannot anymore, it’s reassuring to know you’re not the only one feeling that way. And that’s when you need this […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2021,  Section: Books, Legal, Newspaper industry, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: A Variety of Disputations

REMINDER TO CARTOONISTS: There are still three or four of you who have not yet drawn your cartoon of the Olympic Rings supplanted by the coronavirus. Please submit them before the Games have ended.  Meanwhile, Michael Ramirez (Creators) cuts to the chase, or such chase as there is. Cities vie to host the Olympics and […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Kevin Cannon is Poster Child for State Fair

Cartographer Kevin Cannon draws a lot into his cartoon maps. But he may have outdone himself with his Minnesota Star Fair poster. From the MinnPost: In late spring 2019, Minneapolis-based cartoonist and illustrator Kevin Cannon learned that he had been chosen as the Minnesota State Fair’s commemorative artist for 2020. Unfortunately, due to The Covid, […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, How-to, Illustration, Interviews, Comments: 0 Comments

Cartoonist Barbara Dale is On A Roll

If “the medium is the message,” what’s that say about Barbara Dale‘s latest canvas? What did you do during the pandemic? One local cartoonist has quite the answer. Barbara Dale used the materials she had at hand to chronicle a year none of us will ever forget — and the materials at hand just happened […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2021,  Section: Art Supplies, Cartooning, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Fire in the Sky – A Brian Fies interview

Brian Fies is a cartoonist from Santa Rosa, California. On October 9, 2017 wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 6,200 homes and 8,900 structures were destroyed. He wrote an 18-page webcomic to describe and deal with the fire and the losses it brought to his family and community. Fies later […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2021,  Section: Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

NYTimes, WaPo Obituaries for John P. McMeel

The New York Times and The Washington Post have published obituaries for Andrews McMeel Universal co-founder John P. McMeel.   From The New York Times: John McMeel, co-founder of what began as a basement operation in a rented ranch house in Kansas, with a mail drop on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and grew […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2021,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Obituary, Universal Press, Comments: 0 Comments