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Comic Chronicles – Critical Comics Theory

When you think about Mickey Mouse, one name comes to mind, Walt Disney. But here’s the thing – Walt Disney didn’t create Mickey Mouse alone. It was actually his best friend, Ub Iwerks, who designed the iconic cartoon in 1928. He was the person who was doing most of the behind-the-scenes work, and when Walt […]

Posted on: Jul 15, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

Yet Another Round of Weekend Whatnots

CDC warns of swimming with diarrhea in animated tweet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a splash on social media when it warned Americans against swimming with diarrhea this summer — with some joking the agency’s animation went poo far. The N. Y. Post reports the Twitterverse ran with it.   Marvel does […]

Posted on: Jul 11, 2021,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Yet Another Round of Weekend Whatnots

This Week’s Whatnots

Dennis the Menace Gets Royal Stamp Treatment The Beano comic is celebrating its 70th anniversary and to mark the milestone Royal Mail has released 10 special stamps using pictures from the comic strip. Dennis was first brought to life in a pencil sketch in January 1951 by Scottish illustrator and cartoonist David Law along with […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2021,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic strips, International, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on This Week’s Whatnots

Cartoon Chronicles – Days of Yore

Female Phantom and Female Phantom Writers Folklore has that Lee Falk’s widow finished some scripts when the creator passed away. That would be, if true, the only known instance of a woman writing The Phantom comic strip. But there was a time when a woman wrote for The Phantom comic book in the U.S. Long […]

Posted on: Jun 3, 2021,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Wednesday Whatnots

Bazooka Joe in Israel © Topps The Virtual Museum of Israel Chewing Gum Wrappers looks at the Bazooka Joe chewing gum there since at least the 1960s.   Pulp Fiction © the respective copyright owners A scarce first edition of The Shadow, published in April 1931, recently sold for $156,000 at Heritage Auctions, setting a […]

Posted on: May 26, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Wednesday Whatnots

Senior Strippers (2021 Edition)

  Happy Birthday to Lily Renée (Lily Renée Willheim Peters Phillips) born 100 years ago today. Lily joins a few other centenarians on our Senior Strippers list. This seems a good time to update our Senior Strippers roster, cartoonists who for 90+ years continue to survive “the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.” […]

Posted on: May 12, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazine cartoons, sports cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Senior Strippers (2021 Edition)

Cartoonists in Miscellanea

How Did He Do It © King Features Syndicate The second panel on this strip was one of those panels where if you don’t sell it the whole gag falls apart. The following is a little behind the scenes look at what goes into a drawing like this. Jim Keefe shows how he sets up […]

Posted on: Apr 20, 2021,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists in Miscellanea

Planet Whatnot

The Bottom Ten Warner Bros. Cartoons © Warner Bros. Instead of listing his Top Ten animation expert Jerry Beck lists his least favorite. Of the over 1000 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts – I honestly could find something of value in 990 of them. Yes, even the ones pre-1936 and the ones post-1964. That […]

Posted on: Apr 14, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Comic history, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on Planet Whatnot

Random Whatnots

© Condé Nast The Argentine artist Liniers is now settled in Vermont, but he knows New York City well. He knows the rhythm of the seasons; and he knows, too, that life begins underground, especially when there’s a whiff of spring in the air. We recently talked to the artist about his work, city life, […]

Posted on: Mar 16, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic Books, Comic strips, Events, Graphic Journalism, How-to, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Random Whatnots

Animator/Director Gerald Potterton Turns 90

Happy 90th Birthday to animator and director Gerald Potterton. Most famous for directing the animated Heavy Metal movie from 1981, Gerald also animated cartoons and directed live action films. From  Wikipedia: Potterton has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film: as director on the National Film Board of Canada […]

Posted on: Mar 8, 2021,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Animator/Director Gerald Potterton Turns 90

This ‘n’ That from This Week That Was

I’m not going to make a habit of commenting on things I’ve drawn, but I think I do need to say a few things about “Club Nematoda,” a kind of Village Vanguard I had imagined for some hipster worms. Saying nothing would have been like a cartoon hit-and-run; I had to go back and explain […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on This ‘n’ That from This Week That Was

A Little of This, A Little of That

Tain’t Funny McGee McPherson © John McPherson A New Castle News reader finds no humor in a Close to Home comic: I no longer “read” The News but scan for something of local or personal interest, such as Dr. Roach’s “Your Health.” As on Saturday when a “cartoon” of God’s chosen man, Moses, was right […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2021,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Ron Campbell – RIP

Animator Ron Campbell has passed away. Ron Campbell December 26, 1939 – January 22, 2021   From the Ron Campbell Cartoon Pop Art Facebook page: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have received news that famed animator/producer/director/storyboard artist Ron Campbell has passed away at age 81. Ron was a dear […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2021,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Ron Campbell – RIP

Call for Entries: 2020 NCS Divisional Awards

The National Cartoonists Society has begun its annual call for entries for consideration for the NCS Divisional Reuben Awards recognizing excellence in professional cartooning. As always, you DO NOT have to be a member of the NCS to have your work considered for a divisional award. All that is required is that the work be […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Call for Entries: 2020 NCS Divisional Awards

Wrapping Up the Old with a Year-End Roundup

Some miscellaneous items from the recent past. On this day 25 years ago, Bill Watterson’s iconic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes bid us farewell. To take us on a path down memory lane, here are some of the best Calvin and Hobbes strips created. Well, some of the best as decided by Mackenzie Cummings-Grady.   […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment