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The Argentine artist Liniers is now settled in Vermont, but he knows New York City well. He knows the rhythm of the seasons; and he knows, too, that life begins underground, especially when there’s a whiff of spring in the air. We recently talked to the artist about his work, city life, and how he approaches his comic strip.

On the occasion of Liniers‘ cover for the Spring issue of The New Yorker,
Françoise Mouly interviews the artist/cartoonist.


March 15th marked 90 years of Tarzan Sunday comic strips.
ERBzine has the first story arc by R. W. Palmer and Rex Maxon.

© Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.


Also yesterday…

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Jim Keefe, in Sally Forth gives a shout out to Rosemary Valero-O’Connell.


Fun Instruction

© Dav Pilkey

Join author and illustrator Dav Pilkey and a team of educators for a free event guaranteed to bring out your readers imagination. Readers from around the world will create their own comic inspired by Cat Kid Comic Club, Dog Man and Captain Underpants.

Monday, March 22, 2021
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Pacific Standard Time)

Details for this Flipgrid Virtual Field Trip here.


We know you’re Zoomed out, but might you make an exception for the pre-recorded drawing and writing session above with legendary cartoonist and illustrator Lynda Barry?

Under the auspices of Graphic Medicine’s participatory online series, Drawing Together, the notoriously playful Barry led participants through a series of exercises from her book, Making Comics, and seemed genuinely pleased to be back in teaching mode.

Is there anything more enjoyable than spending time with Lynda Barry?


Mike P. mentioned Non-Fungible Tokens the other day, so here’s some comic (book) news about same.

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Comic book and comic strip artist Jose Delbo turned a tidy profit the last week:

José Delbo, an artist who illustrated the comic book series Wonder Woman during the late 1970s, has made $1.85 million in an auction selling non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, depicting the popular heroine.

In total, 914 individual NFTs were auctioned, with the tokens each featuring one of seven illustrations or animated gifs depicting Wonder Woman in scenes invoking themes relating to the empowerment of women.

CoinTelegraph carries the story.

A few days later (via Boing Boing):

DC’s senior vice president of legal affairs sent a warning letter to artists and writers warning them not to sell “digital images featuring DC’s intellectual property with or without NFTs.”


Bill Blackbeard, the Graphic Biography

© Jenny E. Robb and Alec Longstreth

Comic book adaptation of Jenny E. Robb‘s 2009 article “Bill Blackbeard: The Collector Who Rescued the Comics”. This comic book, drawn by Alec Longstreth, was created to raise awareness of the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection.

A free download of the sequential comic story of the famous Bill Blackbeard who saved tons of physical newspaper comics from the scrapheap.

Download the adaptation here.


The Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoon Is Not What You Think It Is

Here’s a fun little thing you can try at your next family gathering (sometime in, oh, 2022? ’23?). Get people talking about Looney Tunes. Get ‘em talking about their favorites, about how much they love the meta humor of Duck Amuck, or the sophisticated satire of What’s Opera, Doc?, or the trenchant irony of One Froggy Evening. And when the question comes around to you, you just square your shoulders, look them straight in the eye, and proudly proclaim, “Nothing’s better than…

Dan Persons has an opinion about the best classic Warner Bros. cartoon. Your mileage may vary.

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