Corralling Cartoonists – Weekend Roundup

Way too late on this but still got a couple weekends of November left.

2023 marks my fourth decade as a published cartoonist and 25 years of my comic strip It Takes a Village Idiot. To celebrate the occasion I will be presenting a retrospective of my work and offering my books, framed and unframed original art, my remaining Nevada City t-shirts and my 2024 Nevada City calendar at The Powell House, 203 South Pine St., Nevada City, for three consecutive weekends, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 3-4-5, 10-11-12 and 17-18-19 from noon to 4 pm.

The cartooning pride of Northern California, RL Crabb, will be corralled for a few weekends this month.

Above is the latest It Takes A Village Idiot. Then: 12 years of comics and observations at RL Crabb’s homepage.


In this week’s The Sports Page Weekly Tom Ward interviews Drabble cartoonist Kevin Fagan (page six).

Kevin reflects on 44 years of Drabble and the changes to the funny pages during those years.


The wonderful artist Sandy Pluckett is more about comic books and commercial art than comic strips.

(Here’s Sandy’s commercial comic strip The Adventures of Harold Mitty, Pizza Boy.)

The Cartoon Art of Sandy Plunkett: A Brush, With History! is at the Southeast Ohio History Center into January.

Sandy will appear at the center on November 9, 2023.

Regional artist Sandy Plunkett will discuss the history of the comic book from 4:30-5:30pm. Thursday at the Southeast Ohio History Center, 24 W. State St., Athens.

Graphic novels, webtoons, comic cons and cosplay — where did they all originate? What led to Spider-Man, The Avengers and the entire Marvel Comics Universe? Former comic artist and writer Sandy Plunkett will explore these questions in a talk titled, “Origins of the Comic Book.”

Here is Sandy’s fantastic illustration of comic strip characters used for the promotion of his lecture:

Maybe King Features can bring back Secret Agent X-9 with Sandy drawing it!


Some recently discovered 2023 college cartoonists.

From UConn’s The Daily Campus is Samantha Hass, Sarah Chantres, and Jason J Sampson.

From Northern Illinois University’s Northern Star are Daniela Barajas, Eleanor Gentry, Robin Gamboa, Jesus Blanco, and Christa Kim.


Dr. Gregory Dennis Grabiak, 84, of Latrobe, PA passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 29, 2023.

Dr. Grabiak was also a contributor to Pluggers: “He was a fan of the “Pluggers” cartoon and was chosen to be published seven times for his clever observations about life.”

feature image by RL Crabb