So yesterday I’m scrolling through Facebook when among the innumerable “suggested for you” posts comes a comic panel so I linger over it – the one below on the left.
While it wasn’t a high resolution scan the cartoonist’s name seemed to be blurred even more than the rest of the image. It is of course by Maria Scrivan, one of her more famous panels that has been converted to a greeting card with her signature plainly legible (in the middle above). Does obscuring the creator’s signature and not revealing the cartoonist’s name make it public domain on the internet?
New to me.
Coming to Comics Kingdom tomorrow.
New to me 2.
Leo Michael has a spot at Automotive News
GoCreator tie (or lapel) pin for selected GoComics cartoonists.
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Book Reviews of Cartoonists’ Biographies
At the Wall Street Journal Michael Taube on Three Rocks. Or avoid the paywall via MSN.
Bill Griffith, a longtime cartoonist and the creator of Zippy the Pinhead, has brilliantly captured this important piece of comic-strip history in “Three Rocks: The Story of Ernie Bushmiller, the Man Who Created Nancy.” Mr. Griffith’s graphic-novel biography is a scintillating concoction of in-depth research, original art and storytelling, as well as, with a nod to Bushmiller’s greatest comic-strip creation, a bit o’ whimsy, petulance and charm.
“Peanuts” was completely different. It showed how kids really felt. What we went through. Embarrassment, humiliation, pressure and anxiety. And it was hilarious. The interiority of these little drawings was magnetic. Like everyone else, I was hooked.
Fortunately (and this becomes clear in “Funny Things” almost immediately), “Peanuts” was all that to Debus and Matteuzzi, too. They don’t ape Schulz, they present Schulz. Debus maintains his own drawing style, and he and Matteuzzi depict the highs and lows, the frustrations and triumphs of their hero with a familiar cadence. They bring Sparky and the strip together as one.
A version of this article appears in print on Aug. 27, 2023, Page 22 of the Sunday Book Review.
“Unlike a justly venerated classic like ‘Peanuts,’ ‘Nancy’ doesn’t tell us much about what it’s like to be a kid. Instead, ‘Nancy’ tells us what it’s like to be a comic strip.”
Those words about the essence of “Nancy” echo throughout Griffith’s brilliant new graphic biography of Bushmiller. “Three Rocks: The Story of Ernie Bushmiller: The Man Who Created Nancy” is a warmhearted artistic exploration of the cartoonist’s life and mind, told entirely in comics form
Hollywood in Toto notes that Scott Adams has finally found a publisher for his twice cancelled book.