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I’m not going to make a habit of commenting on things I’ve drawn, but I think I do need to say a few things about “Club Nematoda,” a kind of Village Vanguard I had imagined for some hipster worms. Saying nothing would have been like a cartoon hit-and-run; I had to go back and explain my reckless drawing.

Gary Larson breaks the “never explain a joke” rule with his latest New Stuff.


I subscribed to The New Yorker in early 2020. After long admiring the legendary Manhattan-based publication, myself being not only a writer but an aspiring professional cartoonist, I signed up for a cheap six-week trial. When the trial was nearing its end, I’d already become accustomed to receiving a crisp new magazine in my mailbox every week, and so, when my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I told her I wanted my subscription renewed.

Laura Furster has an unexpected problem.

I’m becoming as attached to The New Yorker as I am to my vintage boot collection, to my selection of inherited china teacups, to my extensive array of jewelry acquired over decades.

The problem is, The New Yorker is published weekly, with the exception of two issues in the year that each span two weeks. That’s 50 issues per year. It shouldn’t be hard to read one issue per week, in theory, but a week seems to go awfully quickly…


The drawings are simply drawn with a thick black marker and are cartoon-like. On one of his self-portraits, he wrote “Moi,” and you can easily identify his curly hair and eyes. He also drew himself as a young boy, with a crown on his head, and his sister, La Toya, which he wrote with a cute message of; “Little Toya, I love you.”

Michael Jackson as sketch artist.

The art, which consisted of 150 to 160 pieces, ranged from sketches previously mentioned, to portraits of his chimpanzee, Bubbles, and drawings of chairs.

So it would seem that Jackson was way more interested in art than we thought. His collection didn’t just consist of a couple of doodles he drew in between takes in the studio. They aren’t ephemera that can just be tossed away either, they are clearly worth a fortune for a good reason.

A larger sampling here.


Funko has announced the upcoming release of the “Superman Action Comics #1 Pop! Comic Cover Figure” which is the first release in their new “Comic Covers” lineup of collectible POP! vinyl figures.

The new figure honors the iconic 1938 comic book cover featuring the first appearance of Superman. It includes a Pop! Vinyl Figure of the Man of Steel measuring approximately 3 3/4-inches tall, a backdrop of the famous cover art, and comes packaged in a hard protector case.

Funko riffs on their Pop! Album Covers with comic book covers.


“Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly’s Pogo”
A Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum exhibit opens today.

“Even though the election is over, I think it’s good for us to be reminded just exactly how crazy those years were,” [Lucy] Caswell said, referring to the 1950s, when Pogo was at its most popular.

bonus: The Columbus Dispatch covers the exhibit and Walt Kelly.


Each year the Cartoonist Studio Prize will be awarded to work that exemplifies excellence in cartooning. The creators of two exceptional comics for this year will be awarded $1,000 each, and this year each will receive a Wacom One Creative Pen Display. The winners will be selected by The Beat, the faculty and students of The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), and this year’s guest judge, Argentinian Cartoonist Liniers.

The two award categories for the Cartoonist Studio Prize are Print Comic of the Year and Web Comic of the Year.

Details for submitting works for consideration here.


Apple TV released the official trailer of “The Snoopy Show,” giving fans a glimpse at the “Peanuts” gang and some of the activities they will be part of in the new series.

On January 25, the official YouTube channel of Apple TV released the one-minute trailer of “The Snoopy Show,” expected to be available on the streaming service on February 5.

The TV series will have six episodes. Each of them will be divided into three seven-minute segments with independent stories based on the classic cartoon, and will feature some of the most famous characters.

AmoMama has the news.


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