Outside the AAEC Convention/CXC Festival Sphere

Yes, Columbus is the place to be, but outside Ohio there is also news.

© Nidhi Chanani; Peter Conrad; MariNaomi

The San Francisco Examiner has partnered with Andrew Farago of the Cartoon Art Museum.

Twice each month, The Examiner’s Comix Showcase will highlight the art and artists of the Bay Area, with an emphasis on local comics and culture. We’ll feature veteran cartoonists, up and comers, indie and mainstream artists with slice of life and goofball humor. Like the Bay Area itself, expect a little bit of everything. After all, it’s tradition.

The first installment of Comix Showcase spotlights Nidhi Chanani, Peter Conrad, and MariNaomi.


The College Fix is running an editorial cartoon contest in search of emerging talent in this important, educational and entertaining field.

Emerging artists under the age of 35 are encouraged to enter the contest, which offers a top prize of $1,000. Second place will receive $500 and third place $250.

The College fix is looking to replace cartoonist Pat Cross.

“There is a dearth of young, talented center-right political cartoonists in this country,” said John J. Miller, executive director of the Student Free Press Association, the nonprofit that publishes The Fix and is sponsoring the contest.


And then there’s this.

Students across Wisconsin: Start drawing and writing about the First Amendment.

Teachers and parents: Please encourage them.

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association, through its foundation, is seeking opinion columns and cartoons from middle- and high-schoolers this month as part of its second annual contest promoting civic education and engagement.

Submissions must be received by Oct. 15, 2022.

The Kenosha News reveals a political cartoon contest for teens.

Details and forms at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

First-place winners in each contest will receive $500, second-place winners will receive $250, third-place winners will receive $100 and honorable mention recipients will receive $50. Winning entries also will be published by newspapers across the state.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24.


October sees Lee Enterprise newspapers are rolling out their new online comics sites.

We promised subscribers a lot more comics and now they are available.

The “Go Comics” platform at TheTandD.com offers 496 daily comics, about 35 digital puzzles and about 15 syndicated columnists, including Dear Abby.

The new features can be found under Entertainment in the menu bar at the top of the home page at TheTandD.com.

The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, S. C.) makes their announcement.


That Calvin and Hobbes illustration above reminds me…


Not long ago a C & H daily strip went for nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
Now comes a hand colored Calvin and Hobbes Sunday page featuring both title characters in every panel and signed by Bill Watterson.

© Bill Watterson

As the song asks “How high can you fly?”


Ruben Bolling — the nom de plume of “Tom the Dancing Bug” cartoonist Ken Fisher — seems to be doing pretty well for himself. The Tufts and Harvard Law grad’s strip is nationally syndicated via Andrews McMeel; Clover Press is in the midst of publishing a beautiful set of full-color paperbacks collecting his complete works; and he was just given a coveted Reuben Award by the National Cartoonists Society. Oh, and he was a 2021 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning.

But one gets the sense he might give it all up to live in a world without Donald Trump. 

© Ruben Bolling

Ruben Bolling is interviewed on Strip Search.

Boston.com carries an edited transcript.

There was a comic book shop in Cambridge, Million Year Picnic?

I would go there and, you know, satisfy my itch for the superhero comics for the first time in years, but also get into some of the underground alternative comics there. One of them I picked up was a Zippy book called “Are We Having Fun Yet?” by Bill Griffith, and it sort of rearranged my thoughts of what I could do as a cartoonist. I didn’t have to be a “Doonesbury”-style cartoonist, that kind of, you know, wry sense of humor. I could have a silly sense of humor and non-sequiturs and satire.


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