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News Corp Australia Cancels Comic Strips

News Corp Australia, which publishes about 100 newspapers there, has decided to no longer carry comic strips and panels in its papers as of September 11, 2022. Editorial cartoons will remain. The News Corp Australia statement: Our editorial cartoonists remain as loved and valued as ever and continue to play a critical role in both […]

Posted on: Aug 17, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, International, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: The Good, and not so good, Old Days

There’s an interesting collision going on between routine Back to School comic strips and political cartoons marking the current teacher shortage crisis, in the midst of which Baby Blues (AMS) offers a funny/not funny piece. I’ve seen this scenario play out both ways, one in which the elder sib was hell on wheels and younger […]

Posted on: Aug 17, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

The ACA Stanley Awards Call For Entries

The Australian Cartoonists Association is now calling for submissions for the 38th Stanley Awards. There are nine award categories: Animation Cartoonist, Book Illustrator, Caricaturist, Comic Book Artist, Comic Strip Cartoonist, Editorial/Political Cartoonist, Event Cartoonist, Illustrator, and Single Gag Cartoonist. (Cartoonist of the Year has different standards.) Eligibility: You must be a full member of the […]

Posted on: Aug 17, 2022,  Section: Awards, Comic strips, International, Comments: 0 Comments

King Features Joins the Book-of-the-Month Club (Comic Chronicles)

With content by cream-of-the-crop illustrators like Hal Foster, Frank Godwin, James Montgomery Flagg, F. R. Gruger, William Meade Prince, and Creig Flessel and such best-selling authors as William Saroyan, Daphne de Maurier, Sinclair Lewis, Franz Werfel, Ayn Rand, and Erle Stanley Gardner, it’s a wonder King Features Syndicate’s Book-of-the-Month comic strip isn’t better known today. […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Kirk Luehrs – RIP

Cartoonist and advertising artist Kirk Luehrs has passed away.  Kirk Allan (Bro Kirk) Luehrs March 23, 1941 – August 1, 2022   From the obituary: He was a talented artist & writer who worked in advertising and had a successful comic strip the Oregonian of newspapers. He attended the University of Washington and Mount Angel […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

New to Comics Kingdom – Bob Mankoff Presents: Show Me The Funny

Premiering at Comics Kingdom, in the middle of the night with no advance notice, isBob Mankoff Presents: Show Me The Funny. © Matthew Diffee From the ‘About’ page: This anthology series presented by Bob Mankoff and the cartoonists of CartoonStock promises a best-of selection of one-panel gag cartoons from around the globe! Strangely the “best-of […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: The Futility of Fighting Fanatics

Tom Tomorrow demonstrates a pair of things Constant Readers have read here more than once. One of the most devastating tools in the journalist’s box is to simply quote a source accurately. It’s not that “you can’t make this stuff up.” It’s that you don’t have to. It adds up, in this case, to a […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Hot August Books

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Ballard Street Redux: The Comic Art of Jerry Van Amerongen    Victorian Comics  (re-issue of 1976 edition)   Big Nate: Destined […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, International, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Kevin Kallaugher & the Art of Editorial Cartooning

Grotesquerie is Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher’s bread and butter. For fifty years the cartoonist has rendered newsmakers in a fleshy museum of knobbly noses, splayed teeth, dewlaps, wattles, and vast foreheads. He’s produced some 10,000 cartoons for the Baltimore Sun and The Economist—in 1978 he became the first cartoonist hired by the latter—and his work is […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

Miscellaneous Monday: Editoons and Comic Strips

I won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights journalism award for cartooning last May… The check for winning arrived a couple of weeks ago and last night, or sometime during the day (I’m not sure when), the trophy arrived. A couple days ago Clay Jones received his RFK Award trophy.   © Kevin Fagan Kevin […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Monday Funny Papers Potpourri

Sherman’s Lagoon (AMS) is apparently at the start of a story arc that is a departure for the strip, which usually dredges up — in the metaphorical sense — obscure marine life for these odd encounters. As an editor, I might have quibbled with “mythical” in that second panel, since either he’s here or he’s […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Henry Barajas Now Calling Plays for Gil Thorp

Henry Barajas, new writer of the Gil Thorp comic strip, was kind enough to have a chat (via email) with The Daily Cartoonist on taking over as offensive coordinator for the long running (sixty-four years) Tribune Contents Agency daily a month ago. First, let’s have Henry introduce himself: Hello, I’m Henry Barajas, and I write […]

Posted on: Aug 14, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Protecting the Public’s Right Not To Know

I wish I liked Joel Pett’s cartoon a little more. He’s right, for the first four panels, about the ways Republicans double back on their stated principles and betray public trust, but he stumbles in that fifth panel, because the GOP only disapproved of the riots and attempted coup for about 48 hours before they […]

Posted on: Aug 14, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Ron Barlow – RIP

Classic comics compiler, editor, and publisher Ron Barlow has passed away. Ron Barlow January 1, 1949 – August 9, 2022 The news broke on Ron’s Facebook page: I just found out that an old friend has passed from cancer. This saddens me more than I thought it would … Rest in Peace Ron Barlow. He […]

Posted on: Aug 13, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

New Book – America’s Most Influential Journalist: The Life, Times and Legacy of Thomas Nast

This 830-page biography contains 1,000 Nast cartoons, illustrations, sketches, and paintings. 800 from Harper’s Weekly, the balance from other rare publications including Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (25), New-York Illustrated News (47), Phunny Phellow (19), a comic paper that Nast contributed to from 1859-1873 100 cartoons on related topics by 20 other artists like Joseph Keppler […]

Posted on: Aug 13, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments