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Update: Sack, MacKinnon, S.Adams, Whiting, Green

A Sack Full of Wit © Journal Gazette/Steve Sack When Steve Sack, the editorial cartoonist for The Minneapolis Star Tribune, announced his retirement last week, his fans in the Twin Cities thanked him for four decades of great work. But readers of The Journal Gazette’s editorial pages have known him even longer. In fact, Steve […]

Posted on: May 8, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Update: Sack, MacKinnon, S.Adams, Whiting, Green

Justin Green, Gentleman Cartoonist

Green became known for a personal warmth that seemed at odds with the angst he would spill across a page. “I think he helped people so much partly because it helped him to forget his own anxiety,” said daughter Julia Green. A trio of Justin Green obituaries have been published recently. Justin Green, a Chicago […]

Posted on: May 1, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic history, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Cartoonists are Exhibitionists

Some upcoming events. Or in this first one a currently in progress event. There’s no mistaking artwork created by Chad Maupin. Colorful, vibrant and dynamic, his designs — which often incorporate his love of vintage comic books and classic horror movies — leap off the page and assault your senses in the most delightful of […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Editorial cartooning, Events, Exhibits, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists are Exhibitionists

A Belated Weekend Roundup

  Right-wing forces are still ignoring facts and promoting divisiveness. Liberals are still gutless. Religion is still the greatest threat to peace and self-expression. … The only big difference is that I am now old. My sense of outrage at the stupidity and cruelty of those in power remains the same, but my desire to […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on A Belated Weekend Roundup

A Late Wednesday Roundup

Friday Event Liza Donnelly explores [the New Yorker women cartoonists] in her new book, Very Funny Ladies (with foreward by David Remnick and Emma Allen) that celebrates the increase in gender, racial and ethnic diversity among cartoonists today at The New Yorker. Female cartoonists Roz Chast, Amy Hwang, Emily Flake will talk — and laugh […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Comic strips, Events, Comments: Comments Off on A Late Wednesday Roundup

Matt Bors Returns to Cartooning

Matt Bors is returning to comics, not political cartooning, rather comic books. When Matt announced last year his stepping back from political cartooning he was … making some space in my life for other kinds of comics that I’m excited about but have never had the time to fully pursue. That includes a partnership with […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on Matt Bors Returns to Cartooning

N.Y. Times Goes with Illustrated Reporting Story

In a comic about reporting on comics, a Times journalist takes you through his process — from idea to pitch to research and writing. From the New York Times: This comic, by the Times reporter George Gene Gustines and the artist Bill Walko, is part of our ongoing journalism and news literacy series. You can […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 5 Comments

Tennessee School Board Bans Maus Graphic Novel

Southeast Tennessee’s McMinn County School Board has voted unanimously to ban Art Spiegelman‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus from every school district library.                 From the Daily Beast: The McMinn County school board’s 10 members voted to axe Maus from curricula and school libraries, citing its use of the phrase “God Damn” and its drawings […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Comic history, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Tennessee School Board Bans Maus Graphic Novel

Matt Bors on the Future of The Nib and Bors

From Multiversity Comics: For the second year, we have put together a ‘Best Small Press’ category for our Year in Review series. And, also for the second year, the Nib was our top choice for that category.                                   So Multiversity decided to […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Matt Bors on the Future of The Nib and Bors

“We were Texas hippies, a proud but pitiful bunch”

Those Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers by Gilbert Shelton became famous through their underground comix books, but got their start down in the Texas alternative lifestyle of 1967. True heads know that the three Freak Brothers—Phineas, Freewheelin’ Franklin, and Fat Freddy—were born in Austin in 1967. Shelton wrote cartoons for an underground weekly called The Rag, […]

Posted on: Dec 8, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on “We were Texas hippies, a proud but pitiful bunch”

Comics Stuff-ing

© Ward Sutton Ward Sutton and The Village Voice start us off with a Thanksgiving Day comic.   Roadside America takes us to Lancaster, Ohio where they celebrate local boy made good with the headline Richard Outcault: Inventor of the Comic Strip. Richard Outcault (1863-1928) was an American illustrator and creator of The Yellow Kid, […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Comics Stuff-ing

25 Years of Eavesdropping on San Diegans

The local comic strip Overheard in San Diego by Jay Allen Sanford is celebrating 25 years of appearing in the alternative San Diego Reader newspaper. Bonus: It gets the cover story! Jay Allen Sanford relives the past 25 years in the feature story: At first, I was only the writer. I used artwork by Rock […]

Posted on: Nov 4, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 25 Years of Eavesdropping on San Diegans

The Time Has Come …To Speak of Many Things

King Features’ Classic Comics for Middle Graders © King Features Syndicate; Studio MDHR; King Features Syndicate King Features, owner and licensor of a library of classic comic strips, is expanding its global book publishing activities beyond reprint collections, including into original YA and middle grade titles featuring contemporary characters spun off from the originals. Publishers […]

Posted on: Aug 20, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Illustration, Licensing, Comments: 3 Comments

Jen Sorensen Autobiographical Profile

In college I started reading underground comics by Robert Crumb and Peter Bagge, and I was exposed to Matt Groening’s Life in Hell and Roz Chast and Tom Tomorrow for the first time. I actually wrote my senior thesis about a womens’ underground comics collective called the Twisted Sisters. One of my favorite cartoonists from […]

Posted on: Aug 17, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

The Secret Origin of “Ace Backwords”

From Wikipedia: Peter Labriola (born September 12, 1956), better known by the pen name Ace Backwords is an American author and a former underground cartoonist based in Berkeley, California. Backwords, born Peter Labriola, published Twisted Image, a punk rock tabloid, from 1982 to 1984 featuring interviews with Johnny Rotten, Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Charles Bukowski, […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Secret Origin of “Ace Backwords”