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In Praise of Comic Artist June Brigman

For a generation of comic book fans, June Brigman’s name conjures a particular accolade that – while entirely deserved – undermines the impressive body of work that she’s built up across a career that’s lasted 39 years at the time of this article being written. But before we address that dubious honor, however, let’s appreciate […]

Posted on: May 14, 2022,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Pulitzer Finalist Zoe Si Profiled

Zoe Si, a New Yorker cartoonist, was a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize. A Vancouver woman is still reeling after being named a finalist for one of the most prestigious awards in publishing. Zoe Si’s work has been seen by millions, splashed on the pages of The New Yorker and this week she learned […]

Posted on: May 14, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: What did we not know, and how did we not know it?

Mike Smith (KFS) suggests that MAGA supporters are either stupid or hypocritical for ignoring the outrageous flaws of our previous president while blaming the current one for things beyond his capacity to control. It is, unfortunately, a view of the world as it should be rather than the world as it is. There’s a lot […]

Posted on: May 14, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

A Look at King Features’ 2022 Syndicate Directory

King Features has released their Syndicate Directory for 2022.   Some notes… Most important is the question: Has Hy Eisman retired? Past Directories listed Popeye as “Dailies reprint, Sundays new.” This edition, as does 2021’s volume, leaves it marked as reprint with no difference.The last time we checked Hy was still doing the Sunday page. […]

Posted on: May 13, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Fearless Friday the Thirteenth

Edison Lee (KFS) pays tribute to the date, though I’m a little uncertain of the premise, since his father and grandfather would be more apt to recognize a Friday the Thirteenth reference than someone Edison’s age, given that the movie came out 42 years ago. Which, now that I do a little math, means his […]

Posted on: May 13, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 11 Comments

75 Years Ago – Caniff Wins First “Reuben” Award

In May 1947 Milton Caniff was voted “Outstanding Cartoonist of 1946.” Seventy-five years ago Milton Caniff, creator of the Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon comic strips received the first Billy DeBeck Memorial Award, or The Barney, as the highest honor from the newly established National Cartoonists Society (NCS). Yes, The Reuben Award began […]

Posted on: May 12, 2022,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: The Serious Business of Journalism

American/Palestinian Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed yesterday while covering an Israeli Defense Force raid on a Palestinian neighborhood with a significant militant presence. Moroccan cartoonist Derkaoui Abdellah (Cartoon Movement) offers a simple commentary, with her blood symbolizing the cutting off of reporting from the troubled area. Libyan cartoonist Alajili Elabidi is more direct […]

Posted on: May 12, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Huntley Brown – RIP

Magazine and book illustrator Huntley Brown has passed away. John Huntley Brown May 12, 1932 – May 4, 2022 From the obituary: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Huntley Brown, celebrated artist and illustrator, beloved husband and cherished father and grandfather. Huntley passed away peacefully on May 4th; eight […]

Posted on: May 11, 2022,  Section: Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Ruben Bolling Wins 2021 Berryman Award

Ruben Bolling, author of the “Tom the Dancing Bug” satirical weekly cartoon strip, has won the 2021 Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons from the National Press Foundation. He accepted the award at the National Press Foundation’s May 4, 2022 awards dinner in Washington, D.C. The judges cited Bolling’s mordant wit, […]

Posted on: May 11, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

ComicMix Mixes It Up With Seuss Enterprises (Again)

Publishers Weekly is reporting that Less than a year after settling a lawsuit with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, ComicMix is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of The Zaks and Other Lost Stories by Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, to be released in July. The stories, which are in the public domain and available […]

Posted on: May 11, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic history, Illustration, Magazines, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Avoiding the Unavoidable

Existential Comics strikes my mood perfectly. We didn’t read a lot of 20th Century anything back in the 60s when I was in college, so de Beauvoir wasn’t on the docket, but there were other philosophers who offered a bit of comfort in what we then thought were dark days. Yes, little did we know, […]

Posted on: May 11, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

AAEC Writes Open Letter to The Pulitzer Board

  The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) has presented a proposal to the Board of The Pulitzer Prizes making the case for a return of the traditional Editorial Cartooning category. This year The Pulitzer Prize Board replaced the (now-defunct) Editorial Cartooning category with the category called Illustrated Reporting and Commentary the definitions of which, […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 1 Comment

Passed the Past – Comic Chronicles

National Cartoonists’ Day was last week so this is late, but how can it be late when we’re talking about the past? Every year, May 5 is observed as National Cartoonist Day. Why May 5 is considered as National Cartoonist Day? On May 5, 1895, the New York World carried a single-strip, full-color drawing of […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Eli Valley’s Visceral Political Cartoons

If you’ve been online, and especially on Twitter, then you probably know the name Eli Valley and his brushy drawings that use the grotesque and absurd to make larger points about life, culture, and politics. But it wasn’t until the Trump administration that the New York City-based cartoonist was propelled into the public spotlight. Valley […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Pulitzer the Other One

As DD Degg reports, the Pulitzer Prize folks have awarded a medal to a group of artists and editors who produced a long-form, non-fiction, illustrated report on the suppression of Uyghurs by the Chinese government. I think that’s a good thing, though I haven’t changed in my general distain for awards. Winning a Pulitzer used […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments