Cartoonists Making Late April News

Among Chicago problems not going away any time soon is parking meters.

© Chicago Tribune/Scott Stantis

After the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the deal with Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the city is more stuck than ever with this ball-and-chain parking meter deal.

The Chicago Tribune offers a 15 year gallery of Scott Stantis cartoons about the 75 year pact.

The one and only Sergio Aragonés.

We all know Sergio. Even if you didn’t grow up with him you still recognize him, the most distinctive style on the stands. Nothing else really looks like Sergio. There are certainly people who we might say take after the master in certain aspects, but no one would ever think to draw like Sergio, anymore than you’d imagine forging Sergio’s handwriting to kite a check. As a cartoonist he is sui generis.

The Comics Journal and Tegan O’Neil appreciate Sergio Aragonés with a look at his 60 year (and going) career.

Not the only Mastroianni, but Mason is the one getting the spotlight today.

From a school boy’s sketchbooks to syndication in newspapers internationally and a possible Netflix deal, Mason Mastroianni has spent his life pursuing art.

On Thursday, the current cartoonist behind the comic strips “B.C.” and “The Wizard of Id” made his second visit to Piedmont Technical College. The college’s visiting artist lecture series brings in working artists to speak with students. Hosted by the commercial arts department Director Kendall Adams and professor and fellow cartoonist Mike Beckom, the session attracted dozens of curious students.

Damian Dominguez, for The Index-Journal, reviews Mason Mastroianni‘s recent South Carolina presentation.

Comic-Con Museum exhibits Trino.

© Trino; photos: Salvador Rivera/Border Report

His real name is José Trinidad Camacho, but just about everyone in Mexico knows him as “Trino.”

Starting this week, more and more people in California will get to know his work and why he’s reached legendary status south of the border.

The Comic-Con Museum and the Mexican Consulate in San Diego have opened “Trino’s World,” an art exhibition dedicated to Trino’s work bringing together some of his drawings, watercolors, sketches and objects from his personal collection.

Salvadore Rivera/Border Report/KSWB-TV preview Trino‘s first U. S. exhibit.

The exhibition at the Comic-Con Museum runs through July 5.

The socialist creator of Danny the Dinosaur.

Steven Heller reviews and previews the reissue of a Syd Hoff book from 1935.

Among my favorite cartoon collections of that era (and there are many), Hoff/Redfield’s 1935 The Ruling Clawss is a witty portrait of the upper crust and the cops that do their bidding. Originally published in the Daily Worker, the acerbic barbs aimed at the indecently wealthy might best be described as Peter Arno (another master at pointing out folly) on steroids. Hoff skillfully captures the Depression-era moguls in artfully nuanced slapstick comedy. His images are a history of those times.

I still eagerly paw through my fragile original copy, although it had years ago become frayed and tattered. Which is why I’m pleased to report that New York Review Comics has published a new affordable paperback of The Ruling Clawss.

Support Your Local Cartoonist – Jeff Koterba Edition

© Jeff Koterba

As a journalist I steadfastly believe that my opinions must be rooted in Truth, as I see it. Which means I’ll poke fun at any politician or leader who deserves it. And maybe it’s the Midwesterner in me, but I also poke fun with a sense of humanity. From time to time, I even find those occasional topics on which we might agree.

That’s why I’m asking you to support my work. Not only to keep the cartoon ideas coming, but ultimately, to support journalism.

Even though Jeff Koterba “he may be the most popular cartoonist with editors on all of” he could still use a little support from his fans.

Here’s a list of other cartoonists you may want to support.