Miss Cellany’s Cartoonews

Highlights from the Collection of Jules Feiffer

Later this month Swann Auction Galleries is presenting art for bid from cartoonists and illustrators from the fields of magazines, comic strips, animation, newspapers, ads, and much much more (320 lots); at least some of which come from the Jules Feiffer collection.

Jun 20, 2024 at 12:00 PM ET – Sale 2673 – exhibition hours: Jun 15, 12-5; Jun 17, 12-5; Jun 18, 12-5; Jun 19, 12-5

An amazing array of art.


Tax Breaks: The Art Of Donating What You Love And Getting A Tax Deduction

Gary Prebula is different. He collected comic books for seven decades…

A few years ago, he decided to donate them to the University of Pennsylvania. But it turns out that donating comic books—let alone 80,000 of them—isn’t as easy as writing a check to your favorite charity, particularly if you want to maximize your tax benefits.

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Kelly Phillips Erb at Forbes discusses comic donations and tax breaks.

Donations to charity can be tricky. That does not mean that you can’t claim a tax write-off, or even that you should not take a nice tax deduction into account when you are donating. However…


“Training Wheels”

The fish wheel is a ubiquitous and iconic sight across Alaska, and as it turns out, a sincere pain in the ass to draw with any degree of reasonable accuracy. Which begs the question why would a cartoonist be overly concerned with rendering anything with realism, which is something I mentally flog myself with while in the throes of yet another extended session trying to draw a complex panel. And after all the extended effort, when I previewed the panel to unsuspecting friends, most of them didn’t get it…

Jamie (Nuggets) Smith on drawing the undrawable.


Museums are the latest battleground in the anti-Israel crusade

An exhibit on an anti-racism campaign by American Jews in the 40s and 50s is closed to the public following a staff walkout

The anti-Israel forces are also crowing about the month-long shutdown of the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. The closure was engineered by pro-Hamas staff members of the museum, who walked out in protest over some of the wording in an exhibit concerning an anti-racism campaign by American Jews in the 1940s and 1950s.

above: a 1944 cartoon from the NYC newspaper ‘PM’ by Eric Godal

Rafael Medoff for The Times of Israel writes of a re-emerging antisemitic trend.

It happens that my latest book is a history of that anti-racism initiative. Cartoonists Against Racism: The Secret Jewish War on Bigotry (coauthored with comics historian Craig Yoe) chronicles the story of how the American Jewish Committee enlisted cartoonists and comic book artists in the battle against antisemitism and other forms of racism during and after World War II.


The Internet can’t get enough of these vintage queer comics

In honor of Pride Month, gays across the internet are celebrating a queer cartoonist who changed the game: Gerard P. Donelan, known best by the mononym Donelan.

The Donelan renaissance began with a post from an X user named Luke, who wrote, “Reposting my favourite donelan comic for pride month!” along with a comic showcasing Donelan’s knack for poignant takes on gay life, love, and humor.

The post exploded in popularity, garnering more than a million views and 68,000 likes…

Jude Cramer for Into writes of Gerald P. Donelan cartoons being introduced to a new generation (link via MSN).

Donelan’s career began back in 1977, when his comic “It’s A Gay Life” began its 15-year run in The Advocate. His cartoons were also reprinted in two compilation books, Drawing on the Gay Experience in 1987 and Donelan’s Back in 1988. Along the way, he contributed to a number of comic publications, including Strip AIDS U.S.A., which is where his moving comic “The Quilt” was printed.


Leapin’ Lombard! ‘Little Orphan Annie’ tours, exhibit celebrate her 100th birthday

Gray penned “Little Orphan Annie” while living in Lombard, first on Stewart Avenue and then in that grand Main Street home. His comic strip would take on a life of its own, spawning a radio show sponsored by Ovaltine, a Broadway musical, films, red-dressed yarn dolls and countless school productions.

Ahead of Annie’s 100th birthday this August, the Lombard Historical Society is celebrating the plucky redhead with an exhibition on her place in pop culture, the man who brought her to life and his landmark Italianate-style residence.

Ahead of Annie’s 100th birthday this August, the Lombard Historical Society is celebrating the plucky redhead with an exhibition on her place in pop culture, the man who brought her to life and his landmark Italianate-style residence.

More from Katlyn Smith and The Daily Herald.

2 thoughts on “Miss Cellany’s Cartoonews

  1. (In case anyone’s curious, Swann does not have a print version of the Feiffer catalogue — I made an enquiry.)

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