Recent Comics-Related Items

Charles Schulz’s Art Studio For Sale

photo: Jim Nevill Productions

A tranquil midcentury modern home in Sebastopol used as an art studio by Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz to draw his nationally syndicated comic strips hit the market Friday, June 23, for $3.95 million, according to Coldwell Banker Realty. The home, built in 1966, rests on 7.2 acres of landscaped grounds, nature trails and redwood trees. The sale includes an adjacent 1.54 acres of vacant land that can be developed. The two parcels — totaling 8.86 acres — include a four-hole, three-par golf course…

The Miami Herald carries the full story by The Sacramento Bee’s David Caraccio.

You Can Buy Some Bazooka Joe Comics for $700 Million

photo: Jay Paul/ Bloomberg

Iconic sweets company Bazooka Candy Brands hits the market, as former Disney CEO Michael Eisner seeks $700 million for it…

The company, which currently sells around 40 million units of chewing gum and candy per year, was founded in New York in 1938 under the name Topps Chewing Gum.

It began selling Bazooka bubble gum after World War II…

In the 1950s, Topps began adding baseball trading cards to their packaging, and last year, Eisner sold the trading card business to sports collectibles company Fanatics for $500 million.

Ynetnews carries the story.

Disney+ to Debut 28 Newly Restored Animated Classic Shorts Starting July 7

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Disney+ announced the July 7 debut of 28 newly restored Walt Disney Animation Studios classic animated shorts featuring iconic Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse; Donald Duck; Goofy; Pluto; Chip n’ Dale; and the studio’s first star, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. This year marks the centennial of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, which is being honored as part of the ongoing Disney 100 celebration.

The shorts range from classics to lesser-known titles, including examples of Disney’s earliest theatrical shorts (Trolley Troubles and All Wet, both from 1927 and starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit), Silly Symphony classics like The Skeleton Dance, Merbabies, and Wynken, Blynken and Nod, and shorts featuring Disney’s most beloved characters. Chips Ahoy, a 1956 CinemaScope short starring Donald Duck and his chipmunk rivals, concludes the series in October.

Debbie Diamond Sarto tells all at Animation World, and Michelle Snow at The Disney Blog.

A Visit to The Cartoon Art Museum

San Francisco is a beautiful place, a very relaxed city, chilly in April, but bright and sunny. I can’t say that I had forgotten about the earthquake threat, but there are plenty of sights to see and things to do that will take your mind off major tectonic disaster. Other than the obvious touristy places, (Golden Gate Bridge, Sea Lions on Pier 39, Haight Street – where I picked up a copy of Robert Crumb’s Hup #1, because that’s what you should do in SF) there is also the Cartoon Art Museum, nestled neighbouring the Ghiradelli Chocolate Company and shopping complex near Fisherman’s Wharf.

Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco has something for everyone – from comic strips, comic books and anime to political cartoons, graphic novels and underground comix. This unique institution houses approximately 7000 original pieces in their permanent collection and attracts more than 30,000 visitors annually. Earlier this year, Luke Williams was one of them…

Exhibition in photos: Barbara Dale Retrospective in Baltimore

Dale firmly holds the belief that commercial art is just as valuable as fine art, considering both to be equally significant creative practices without a clear distinction between them. In this exhibition, you will encounter ten thought-provoking themes, each approached in a unique manner that is sure to ignite meaningful conversations and provoke laughter. With her unparalleled perspective, Barbara explores a wide range of topics, including women’s issues, the fragility of life and the life cycle, food and sex, commentary on art itself, character-driven narratives and relationships, self-portraits, the juxtaposition of objects, political and social justice commentary, the exploration of reality versus illusion, and the similarities between commercial and fine art.

Barbara Dale Retrospective. Jeffrey Kent (cur.). Baltimore: Peale Museum. June 15-August 6, 2023.

Mike Rhode presents a pictorial view of the exhibit.

Fall 2023 Announcements: Adult Comics & Graphic Novels

Publishers Weekly lists scores of comic books coming in Fall of 2023 (and some Summer 2023 releases).

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  1. I am so glad I subscribed to your “Comics Page”….growing up to having 2 Sunday Papers each week – and treasured for the 2 sets of Comics. It is one of the best memories of my childhood. Thank You

  2. I grew up in Dayton, Ohio. There were two newspapers at the time. “The Journal Herald” in the morning, and “The Dayton Daily News” in the evening. Both were owned by Cox Enterprises. “The Journal Herald” was not published on Sunday, so its Sunday color comics were included in the Saturday morning edition. For a comics lover like me, it was a treat to get Sunday comics on both Saturday and Sunday.

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