Looking Back on Comics News This Week

As the old cliché goes, “What goes around comes around.”

And Charlie Daniel is still coming around.

At Bacon & Company in downtown Knoxville, what’s going around on their screen-printing machines are vintage t-shirts, gearing up Vol fans for UT’s upcoming matchup with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

“We used to do game day t-shirts back in the day and they were very, very popular,” said Jed Dance, president of Bacon & Company.

“I figured the easiest way for me to get out of having to create something that I know Vol fans would enjoy and cherish is by using Mr. Daniel’s art,” Allen said with a laugh.

Mr. Daniel is 91-year-old Charlie Daniel, an East Tennessee legend. As the longtime cartoonist for the Knoxville Journal and the Knoxville News Sentinel, Charlie’s colorful creations number into the thousands.

“I started doing the football cartoons in 1959. I came to Knoxville in 1958,” said Daniel.

One of Charlies’ old cartoons is getting a second life on UT’s vintage gameday t-shirt.

Charlie Daniel is back in the game.


More T-shirt cartoon news.

© Liniers

Tea Foughner has created a Halloween t-shirt featuring Gudrun and Huberta from Macanudo.

Macanudo Spooky Love Halloween Unisex Tee.


Inspired by the incorruptible Eliot Ness’ Prohibition era war on gangsters, Tracy was unlike anything seen before. Never before had the murder and mayhem on the front page been reflected in a comic strip. Prior strips had contained violence, but none had featured violence as prominently or as graphically as Tracy.

Today, the dapper detective continues to thwart crime wearing a yellow trench coat and fedora that are as recognizable as Sherlock Holmes’ deerstalker cap and, unlike Columbo’s raincoat, remain as crisp as they were nine decades ago.

Paul Petrick celebrates 90 years of Dick Tracy and wonders if there will be 100.

© Tribune Content Agency


Mouse Liberation Front original art up for auction.

Mickey Mouse © Disney; art © MLF


Apologies for cartoon with antisemetic trope.

News website Tortoise has apologised for publishing a cartoon depicting Jewish billionaire Mark Zuckerberg as a “parasite” controlling the world.

In a statement, it said it recognised the “unintended echoes of antisemitic visual tropes” in the image, which showed Mr Zuckerberg as an octopus-like creature with tentacles dangling over the Earth.

“We fully accept that the cartoons should not have appeared and apologise for the hurt they have caused. We are removing them immediately from the Tortoise website and social media,” they added.

The Jewish Chronicle reports.

Steve Nease cartoon gets reader riled – temporarily?

© Steve Nease

I can’t believe how inappropriate your page 6 cartoon was in the Oct. 7 issue of The Connection.

We should be doing everything we can to encourage everyone to get vaccinated so that we won’t have vaccine passports. This cartoon only fuels the rage of a fringe minority of so-called “anti-freedom” protesters by implying that this inconvenience will continue after the pandemic is over.

Full letter to the Collingwood Connection.

Comics Between Hardcovers

As my colleague Caitlin Flanagan was growing up in the 1960s, the feminine and daring heroine Modesty Blaise showed her what it meant to inhabit a world of possibilities. My colleague Cullen Murphy—who wrote the comic strip Prince Valiant alongside his father, the artist John Murphy—notes that many classic cartoonists were “kind of adventurers” who had lived wide lives, helping them better understand everyday people.

Racist slurs and stereotypes “played a substantial role in comics history,” the publisher Peter Maresca notes. Some view the comic strip Li’l Abner as a satirical masterpiece—yet its creator, Al Capp, was a misanthrope and, by multiple accounts, a sexual predator who destroyed much of his own legacy. And in 1960s Japan, a teenage cartoonist named Kuniko Tsurita submitted her manga over and over again to her favorite comics magazine—only to be told, eventually, that she should shift from telling action stories and “draw about girls,” with all the romantic plots and societal norms that phrase implied at the time.

Mary Stachyra Lopez reviews some comic books for The Atlantic.

From comic books to funny books.

Spider-Ham: Great Power, No Responsibility is a newly released graphic novel from the creative team of Steve Foxe, Shadia Amin, and Rae Crawford. It follows the titular hero in a misadventure geared towards young comic fans. Spider-Ham has earned the key to the city, but he naturally loses it and has to figure out where it has gone. During a stop-off at his version of the Daily Bugle (the Daily Beagle), he takes the time to admire and applaud the work of the newspaper’s cartoonists.

Each panel places Spider-Ham in the role of a classic comic strip character.

© Marvel Comics

Screen Rant reviews the new Spider-Ham book.

Award Season

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus’ (CXC) seventh festival was held this past weekend. The event honoured three women in its annual awards…

The respective recipients of 2021’s CXC Master Cartoonist, Transformative Work, and Emerging Talent awards were Shary Flenniken, Alison Bechdel‘s Fun Home, and Robyn Smith.

The three posthumous recipients of the inaugural Tom Spurgeon Award were Chicago Tribune-New York Daily News syndicate vice-president and director Mollie Slott; All-Negro Comics founder and publisher Orrin Evans; and Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson.

The Tom Spurgeon Award is aimed at recognising the role of non-cartoonists – living and deceased – in supporting the broader medium.

Dean Smith, at The Beat, reports on CXC Award

Elsewhere at The Beat Joe Grunenwald lists the Harvey Award winners.

The 2021 Harvey Awards ceremony was held tonight as part of New York Comic Con. The virtual ceremony saw awards handed out for six categories: Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best Children or Young Adult Book, Best Adaptation from Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Best Manga, and Best International Book. This year’s award winners are…

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