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100 Years of Ginger Meggs

Ginger Meggs has joined an elite club – one that only a handful of comic strips have attained* – Ginger Meggs has regularly run new material for 100 years. When introduced Ginge’s Us Fellers comic strip wasn’t anticipated as the main attraction.   Ginger Meggs first showed up in the premiere issue of Us Fellers […]

Posted on: Nov 13, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, International, Comments: Comments Off on 100 Years of Ginger Meggs

Jason on Ginger at 100

The Ginger Meggs comic strip will mark its one hundredth anniversary this week. It was Aussie Jimmy Bancks who introduced the world to this mischevious scamp in November 1921 in a feature called Us Fellers, which he changed to Ginger Meggs about a month later. A series of creators followed Bancks’s untimely death in 1953: […]

Posted on: Nov 10, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Jason on Ginger at 100

Frankie and Johnny Were Lovers…Rooty Toot Toot

The debut of the short subject Rooty Toot Toot seventy years ago this month is as much a groundbreaking moment for animation as the first full-length feature, animated shows on prime-time TV, and the advent of computer-generated imagery. It tells a darkly comedic tale that would seem daring even for live-action films of the time, […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2021,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Comments: Comments Off on Frankie and Johnny Were Lovers…Rooty Toot Toot

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

A Bill Mauldin Centennial

“I was a born troublemaker and might as well earn a living at it.”  – – – – Bill Mauldin (October 29, 1921 – January 22, 2003) William Henry Mauldin, better known to the world as Bill Mauldin, was one of the most popular and influential cartoonists of the twentieth century. In 1975, Bill Mauldin […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 1 Comment

Happy Birthday to Senior Stripper Larry Lieber

Happy 90th Birthday to comic book and comic strip cartoonist Larry Lieber! It was the latter half of the 1960s when I became infatuated with Marvel Comics, among the favorites was Larry’s Rawhide Kid. (I still retain an affection for western comics.) Within a few years I gathered quite a few of the early Marvels […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Happy Birthday to Senior Stripper Larry Lieber

NCS Auction for The Benefit of St. Jude’s Children

Beginning on October 27th and running through November 3rd of this year, the National Cartoonists Society and the NCS Foundation will hold a major art auction online, with all proceeds going to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The NCS has enlisted the help of Heritage Auctions, the industry leader in the field of comic […]

Posted on: Oct 23, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Anniversaries, Auctions, Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, Fund Raisers, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Auction for The Benefit of St. Jude’s Children

Lyonel Feininger – 150ster Geburtsfeier

German-American artist Lyonel Feininger was born on July 17, 1871 – 150 years ago today. He became the most recognized (and successful) of the German cartoonists hired by The Chicago Tribune in 1906 to re-create the Sunday color comics section of that newspaper. From the Lambiek Comiclopedia biography: His highly imaginative art work displays interesting […]

Posted on: Jul 17, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Honolulu Advertiser’s 85th Anniversary (1941)

For reasons remaining unknown The Honolulu Advertiser decided to go all out for their 85th anniversary on July 2, 1941. For rationale just as mysterious we’re acknowledging that 80 years later. The Advertiser invited the cartoonists whose features ran in the newspaper to help celebrate. George (Grin and Bear It) Lichty, John (Strange As It […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Honolulu Advertiser’s 85th Anniversary (1941)

Ziggy’s Tom Wilson. Jr. (Tom II) Interviewed

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Ziggy‘s first dated panel GoComics interviews Tom Wilson, Jr., the son and successor of creator Tom Wilson. I remember Dad saying how, when he was a kid, he loved watching Laurel & Hardy films. He said his favorite instances in those films were when Laurel would do […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Ziggy’s Tom Wilson. Jr. (Tom II) Interviewed

Ziggy is Golden

Fifty years ago on Sunday June 27, 1971 newspaper readers were introduced to Ziggy in a promotional teaser for the next day’s debut. On Monday June 28, 1971 Ziggy by Tom Wilson began as a daily panel. Selling points for the panel was the clean uncrowded art and a lot of pantomime gags; if lettering […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Australia Mints Centennial Ginger Meggs Coins

A century ago, Sydney artist Jimmy Bancks created an iconic Aussie character, a red-headed boy called Ginger Meggs. Part battler, part larrikin, part philosopher, Ginger Meggs is one of Australia’s most successful cultural figures, ranking alongside Dame Edna, Crocodile Dundee and Blinky Bill. When Sydney artist Jimmy Bancks created a newspaper cartoon strip in 1921, […]

Posted on: Jun 5, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, International, Comments: Comments Off on Australia Mints Centennial Ginger Meggs Coins

20 Years Ago Today: John Rose Signs Snuffy Smith

Last month John Rose celebrated being hired by King Features Syndicate to succeed Fred Lasswell as the cartoonist for the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip. But it wasn’t until May 21, 2001 that the first strip carrying the John Rose signature appeared. © King Feature Syndicate Happy Anniversary John! Another Twenty?

Posted on: May 21, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

How Many Days into This Did Pat Bagley Think…

The first edition of what is now called The Tribune hit the streets on April 15, 1871. It was called “The Tribune & Utah Mining Gazette.” As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration cartoonist Pat Bagley created a poster. Thoughts on seeing stuff like this are (1) how long did this take to complete? And (2) […]

Posted on: Apr 18, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Anniversaries, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on How Many Days into This Did Pat Bagley Think…

The Sunday Doonesbury @ 50

G. B. Trudeau’s Doonesbury debuted October 26, 1970. The daily, that is.It took another five months for the first Sunday Doonesbury to show up. Fifty years ago:   And today: © G. B. Trudeau From Comic Book Resources: Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Doonesbury.  

Posted on: Mar 21, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Sunday Doonesbury @ 50