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Archives for May, 2021

Cartoonist Bert Christman Did Not Survive War

The nationally syndicated comic Scorchy Smith portrayed the derring-do of an American flyboy and was already running in 250 newspapers across the country in Fall 1936, when a young graphic illustrator from Fort Collins, Colorado, took it over and pushed the aviation adventure strip to new heights. It was everything Christman loved: drawing and airplanes. […]

Posted on: May 31, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Remembrance

Greg Kearney offers this alternative to weeping eagles and little kids solemnly saluting. I like it. You can readily find those saluting children and weeping eagles on your own, but I’m going to expand upon Kearney’s theme of remembrance.   I’ll take a walk to visit my friend Jacob Jackson today, in the cemetery about […]

Posted on: May 31, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments

Andy Marlette Introduces Shrimp & Grits

The newest syndicated comic strip is introduced by its creator in his hometown paper. Andy Marlette, the editorial cartoonist for The Pensacola News Journal, will debut the new comic strip Shrimp & Grits Monday, May 31, 2021. Today he is allotted space in the News Journal to tell readers about the comic and the feature’s […]

Posted on: May 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Not Even Past

According to this Steve Kelley (Creators) cartoon, vaccinated people who wear masks are showing off how caring and thoughtful they are. I got into a conversation about “Virtue Signaling” and “Social Justice Warriors” the other day, with someone who felt it was wrong to suggest that some people are showing off. Well, some people are […]

Posted on: May 30, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Cliff Witkowski – RIP

Advertising artist and cartoonist Cliff Witkowski has passed away. Clifford William (Cliff) Witkowski June 26, 1937 ~ May 24, 2021 From the obituary: Cliff was a U.S Naval company commander at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and aboard the USS Eversol DD789 during the Cold War. After his military service, he attended The Chicago […]

Posted on: May 29, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Cliff Witkowski – RIP

Barry Blitt, Political Cover Artist and Illustrator

Canadian-born Barry Blitt came to New York in the 1990s to pursue a career as an illustrator. While he had been working in Canada, he felt the move to the big city would further his exposure. And indeed it did. In addition to countless prizes and accolades, in 2020 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize […]

Posted on: May 29, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Barry Blitt, Political Cover Artist and Illustrator

Beware the Jabberwock

“We’ve noticed over the years that editors have become more and more timid and rejecting printing cartoons that express opinions — because we collect stats on each of the cartoons and we can compare the usages between different cartoons,” Cagle explained during TheWrap’s “Conversations on Cancel Culture” series focusing on journalism. © Bruce Plante (2016) […]

Posted on: May 29, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Beware the Jabberwock

CSotD: Lest We Remember

I’ll save the other Memorial Day cartoons for later, but Ed Hall provides a fitting starting point for looking at yesterday’s vote, in which the GOP spared us the painful burden of proving that there was no insurrection, that it was, in fact, BLM and Antifa crisis actors pretending to be Trump supporters peacefully behaving […]

Posted on: May 29, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Bite Sized Archie Gets a Bigger Bite of Internet

Archie Comics’ webcomic, Bite Sized Archie, is reaching a bigger audience. Bite Sized Archie, the first-ever webcomic series from Archie Comics, is expanding its online presence with a new syndication deal with digital comics app Tinyview and the upcoming release of the first in a series of digital collections on ComiXology. “We created Bite Sized […]

Posted on: May 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

“More Content Now” Now No More

Gannett (previously Gatehouse) is shutting down their newspaper content offering More Content Now. More Content Now is closing operations on May 31, 2021. We have enjoyed working with you these past nine years and are so grateful you found our work of value. From 2013 is the introduction to the service: GateHouse Media, Inc., a […]

Posted on: May 28, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on “More Content Now” Now No More

CSotD: Sorry you missed it.

The AAEC alerted members to an exhibit of Pat Oliphant cartoons at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge the other day. I’d already known about it, but the hassles of traveling in the pandemic had let me procrastinate, so I jumped in the car yesterday and drove down to catch the second-to-the-last day. The museum […]

Posted on: May 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Eric Carle – RIP

Children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle has passed away. Eric Carle June 25, 1929 – May 23, 2021   From NPR: Eric Carle’s picture books were often about insects. Spiders, lady bugs, crickets and of course, that famous caterpillar, all as colorful and friendly as Carle himself. The Very Hungry Caterpillar — probably Carle’s […]

Posted on: May 27, 2021,  Section: Children's Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Eric Carle – RIP

The Origin and Evolution of a Magazine Cartoon, or When a Cartoonist Just Won’t Let Go

One bright day in the middle of the night Jason Chatfield is sitting at a bar when inspiration hits. I was sitting at a bar ordering a beer when the bartender asked me for a card to keep my tab open. I told the bartender to ‘keep it open’ and as I said it, I […]

Posted on: May 27, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Getting it right

Walt Handelsman (AMS) has what appears to be the best take on the revelation that the coronavirus is more likely to have escaped from a laboratory than, as the Chinese government had originally contended, been a spontaneous crossover from China’s bushmeat markets. It’s possible that the virus was developed in the lab. It’s also possible […]

Posted on: May 27, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Getting it right

Wednesday Whatnots

Bazooka Joe in Israel © Topps The Virtual Museum of Israel Chewing Gum Wrappers looks at the Bazooka Joe chewing gum there since at least the 1960s.   Pulp Fiction © the respective copyright owners A scarce first edition of The Shadow, published in April 1931, recently sold for $156,000 at Heritage Auctions, setting a […]

Posted on: May 26, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Wednesday Whatnots