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Clearing the Queue – Tales From Hither and Thither

The Evolving Art of Ruffling Feathers © Steve Nease Most newspapers had a full-time cartoonist on staff. Now, the juice just isn’t worth the squeeze. Steve Nease, one of Canada’s premier cartoonists, isn’t surprised. A lot of papers no longer run, not just his, but any cartoons. “Sometimes, it’s a cost-cutting matter,” he admits. Cartoonists aren’t […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2022,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

A Gathering of Gallimaufry

A Hard-Copy of the Morning Newspaper is Vital Art Marmorstein needs four things in the morning: … a warm shower, a bowl of cereal, a cup of coffee and a hard-copy morning newspaper. If my kids have used up all the hot water, a lukewarm or even a cold shower will do the trick. If […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2022,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Comic strips, Museums, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Screening Cartoonists

Tom Toles is the most decorated journalist in the history of Buffalo news media. He cut his teeth as an editorial cartoonist at The Courier-Express, moved on to The Buffalo News, where he earned his Pulitzer in 1990, and then succeeded the legendary Herblock at The Washington Post in 2002. His work was syndicated in […]

Posted on: Oct 2, 2022,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, video, Comments: 3 Comments

Slylock Fox Gets Animated and Retitled

King Features Syndicate has launched development on a new animated feature inspired by the interactive children’s comic strip, Slylock Fox — having renewed its representation agreement for the property, previously known as Slylock Fox and Comics for Kids.   © King Features Syndicate The film in development will follow the Sherlock-Holmes-esque detective Slylock Fox and his […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2022,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Diversity and Appropriation

(Benjamin Slyngstad)   (Pat Bagley) Here are two closely related commentaries on the negative response to diversity and inclusion in fantasy productions, but, while closely related, they differ in some interesting ways. Slyngstad rightfully draws his character as a bigot, but the fellow has half a point: Elves, trolls and orcs are all derived from […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2022,  Section: Animation, Comments: 6 Comments

Berke Breathed Bloom County & Snake Animation

Another step toward realization for the Bloom County animation series. Tim Long (The Simpsons) has signed on to co-write and showrun Bloom County, the upcoming FOX animated series based on the acclaimed comic strip of the same name created and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, screenwriter, producer and children’s book author Berkeley Breathed. Breathed, who […]

Posted on: Sep 7, 2022,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Berke Breathed Bloom County & Snake Animation

The Wit & Wisdom & Wiggly Wiles of R O Blechman

Today, at 92 the artist/writer is still spry, productive and creative. Currently we are blessed with a new book (actually, two books in one): On the One Hand: The Art & Graphic Stories of R.O. Blechman and On the Other Hand: The Writing of R.O Blechman Published & Unpublished (Fantagraphics). It is a treat for […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2022,  Section: Animation, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Illustration, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on The Wit & Wisdom & Wiggly Wiles of R O Blechman

Steamboat Willie Goes PD, The Mouse Not So Much

In 16 months Mickey Mouse‘s official debut* animated cartoon, Steamboat Willie, will go public domain, but The Mouse will remain very much a Disney property. © Disney The iconic character that has come to define the entire Disney brand made his first appearance as the title character in 1928’s Steamboat Willie, which will lapse into […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2022,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Steamboat Willie Goes PD, The Mouse Not So Much

The Comics Journal Obituary for Paul Coker, Jr.

The Comics Journal released its obituary of Paul Coker, Jr. today. Comics historian and Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago does a great job by Coker. This has perhaps the best accounting of Paul’s early career at Hallmark Cards. One of his first clients, the Kansas City-based Hallmark, hired him as a staff designer in […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2022,  Section: Animation, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Greeting Cards, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on The Comics Journal Obituary for Paul Coker, Jr.

Assorted Accounts of Informed Items

Cartoons Have been Grooming Kids for Decades The last 12 months has witnessed a bit of a frenzy surrounding kids’ entertainment, from bisexual Superman to the first gay dads in Sesame Street to a brief kiss from a lesbian couple in Pixar’s new animated feature Lightyear. In response, reactionaries are rehashing moral panics from previous […]

Posted on: Aug 4, 2022,  Section: Animation, Awards, Cartooning, Events, International, Manga, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Assorted Accounts of Informed Items

Weekend Whatnots on a Sunday Afternoon

Anything you can think of is controlled by a handful of companies After a flurry of last-minute filings and orders, the U.S. Department of Justice’s bid to block Penguin Random House’s acquisition of rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster is ready for court. Oral arguments are set to begin on August 1 before Judge […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2022,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Weekend Whatnots on a Sunday Afternoon

Penmen of the Past (a Comic Chronicles issue)

Mike Rhode reports on Sara Duke revealing that The Library of Congress has received a new addition from 1918 to their collection by Harrison Cady, a master of the arts.   “Written by Jim Edgar, ‘Matt Marriott’ was the finest and most atmospheric newspaper strip about the American Wild West that has ever been produced,” […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2022,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Penmen of the Past (a Comic Chronicles issue)

Miscellaneous Monday – We’re All Over the Place

A reminder that if you are, or know, a young cartoonist doing political cartoons or comics journalism, you have until July 15 to submit work for this year’s Locher Award!    The Sunday Heathcliff every which way. © Creators Syndicate Except for the title and the Kitty Korner companion panels Sean Kleefeld rearranges the Heathcliff […]

Posted on: Jul 11, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Miscellaneous Monday – We’re All Over the Place

Senior Strippers – 2022 Edition

Around mid-year we update our Senior Strippers list with a birthday of a cartoonist around this time. However there are no 90th birthdays on our list for mid-2022 (the next on our schedule isn’t until 2023). But we have added a few since last year.   Most recently Playboy cartoonist and children’s book author/illustrator Don […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2022,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

Simon Deitch – RIP

Underground cartoonist Simon Deitch has passed away. Simon Deitch May 12, 1947 – June 21, 2022   From The Comics Journal: Simon Deitch, a member of a superbly talented family of comic artists and writers, whose work first began appearing in the earliest days of the underground comix revolution, died of kidney failure Tuesday morning, […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments