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Archives for August, 2021

Rob Harrell Featured in Zionsville Monthly Magazine

In addition to being a witty and likeable guy, Rob Harrell is an accomplished author and illustrator. Harrell resides in Zionsville with his supportive wife, Amber. We had the pleasure of featuring Harrell on our cover of Zionsville Monthly back in October of 2018. Since that time, Harrell has published “Wink” (2020) and his latest […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Davis Award to Rose; Meglin Award to Oliphant

The South East Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society held their annual meeting at Salisbury, North Carolina’s Waterworks Visual Arts Center this  past weekend. As mentioned here earlier Marcus Hamilton was there with his art exhibit “Two Dream Careers: From Illustrator to Cartoonist” and animator Eddie Pittman was there with his presentation.    And they […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2021,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Comic strips, Events, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Credibility

John Darkow is hardly the only cartoonist to depict the last plane departing Afghanistan, or even the only one to offer “credibility” rather than our Afghan allies as what we’ve left behind. It leaves me asking if all these cartoonists had a better plan. It’s not necessary to have a detailed plan in order to […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

The New Yorker on Food and Chicago Comics

The new New Yorker is a Food and Drink issue. One of the thrills of living in a big city, especially a cosmopolitan one like New York or London, where the cartoonist and artist Tom Gauld lives, is the abundance and variety of delicacies that are readily available to tempt even the most finicky of […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Now for something completely different

I recently confessed a crush on Wallace the Brave (AMS)‘s mother, and yesterday’s final panel not only failed to diminish things but heightened it a bit. Anybody can be charming at dinner, but to be equally together at breakfast is the mark of quality, IMHO, and the sweats, tosseled hair and bunny slippers only enhance […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Sunday Funnies – August 29, 2021

Does it strike anyone else that the Sunday Andy Capp comic strips are now basically two dailies with similar settings and complimentary contexts? It has struck me that since cartoonist Lawrence Goldsmith returned to the Sunday page after his hiatus he and partner Sean Garnett have set up these pages in such a way that […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Show Me The Way To Go Home

(Peter Schrank)   (Bob Gorrell – Creators) This Juxtaposition offers a starting point for the day, because Schrank is British, which puts a somewhat different spin on the idea: The world has long criticized America for playing “Cops of the World,” though it has a spotty record for either welcoming or turning down the help. […]

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

Marvel Meow Comic Strips Collected in Book

It seems that a couple years ago Captain Marvel’s comic book cat Chewie was the star of a comic strip series that appeared on Instagram and as variant covers for a half dozen Marvel comic books. From Marvel: MARVEL MEOW, a cat-themed mini-comic series by Japanese artist Nao Fuji, has been clawing around on Marvel’s […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Manga, Comments: 1 Comment

Sunday Funnies – August 28, 1921

Like most comics sections in 2021 the Sunday color supplements of August 28, 1921 were almost all four pages. A main difference was that instead of six to nine comic strips per page, the Sunday pages then usually carried one comic strip – occasionally two (the “topper” strips hadn’t yet been invented). The strips were […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Sunday Funnies – August 28, 1921

CSotD: In search of Wow!

Non Sequitur (AMS) comes through with a bit of nice timing to reassure me and I hope you that we aren’t crazy after all. It’s not so bad that we’re told what to be outraged about. It’s that we snap to and obey. Given lead times, Wiley couldn’t have known this strip would land just […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Sam Ansell – RIP

Gag cartoonist Sam Ansell has passed away.   Samuel Tarshis (Sam) Ansell May 25, 1922 – August 1, 2021   From the obituary: Cartoonist, ad man and business man Samuel Ansell, 99, of Waltham, died on August 1st, 2021. Sam Ansell’s career changed course many times but cartooning was always part of it. His love […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2021,  Section: College cartoonists, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Sam Ansell – RIP

Sedalia Democrat Dumps Sunday Funnies

August saw The Sedalia (Missouri) Democrat abandon the color comic supplement. Due to budget constraints, the Democrat will no longer publish the color weekend comics section after July.The COVID-19 pandemic affected many businesses, and the newspaper industry and the Democrat were no exception. The Democrat’s management was unfortunately forced to enact cost-saving measures, which resulted […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

CSotD – The shock of reality

One of my favorite passages in “War and Peace” comes when young Nicholai Rostov gets his first, and nearly last, taste of combat. Unhorsed and injured, he’s lucky to escape at all, but what he has left behind are his romantic notions and his childish sense that he is not subject to the same rules […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

King Features Expands Global Publishing Program

From a King Features Syndicate press release: King Features Syndicate, a unit of Hearst and home to some of the world’s most popular entertainment characters, is growing its global publishing program under the direction of publishing director Christina Nix Lynch to develop new partnerships for original content. The expansion includes new territories, titles, formats and […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, International, King Features, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on King Features Expands Global Publishing Program

Scrawls is the Cartoonist, Not the Art Style

  [I]f you were looking for a name for a cartoonist, you couldn’t do much better than Scrawls. And that’s exactly how Sam C. Rawls signed his editorial cartoons and his comic strip—he was one of those rara avis who does both— and every syllable is exactly the truth, no fictional make-believe in sight. But […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Scrawls is the Cartoonist, Not the Art Style