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CSotD: Identity and Belonging

Two confessions from the start: First, when I agreed to review Sabba Khan’s graphic memoir, “What Is Home, Mum?” I had no idea what I was getting into. My interest was sparked because I’d had several Indian kids — both Hindu and Muslim — among my young writers in Denver, and knowing them and their […]

Posted on: May 21, 2022,  Section: Books, Comments: 1 Comment

TDC Updates: Eisners and Tigers and Lee – Oh Si

Zoe Si Recognized (pronounced “see” despite the cute headline) Zoe has become the toast of Vancouver after being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist earlier this month. The Vancouver Sun did a small article about the local girl made good. Two years into a new career, Zoe Si’s wry observations about life during the pandemic, beautifully […]

Posted on: May 19, 2022,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Books Eclipse Budgets

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for May 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Are We Lost Yet?: Another Wallace the Brave Collection    Popular Comics: Giant-Size Volume 1 Black & White Edition    Remarkably […]

Posted on: May 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

ComicMix Mixes It Up With Seuss Enterprises (Again)

Publishers Weekly is reporting that Less than a year after settling a lawsuit with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, ComicMix is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of The Zaks and Other Lost Stories by Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, to be released in July. The stories, which are in the public domain and available […]

Posted on: May 11, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic history, Illustration, Magazines, Comments: 2 Comments

Catchin’ Up with Cartoonists in the News

It started, as most searches do, by looking toward the end. “COVID taught us all just how precious and fragile time with family is,” reflected 34-year-old Charlestonian video editor/director/cinematographer Gavin Shelton. Thus began Shelton’s pandemic project: a curation of the life and legacy of his uncle, underground comix icon Gilbert Shelton. Gilbert Shelton, now in […]

Posted on: May 9, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

Book Revue – Libenson, Kobabe, Hendrix, Caniff, +

  Reliving Her Childhood Terri Libenson is interviewed about her recently released Remakably Ruby book. How did you make the shift from the parental point of view, in The Pajama Diaries, to the child’s, in Invisible Emmie? I approach the kids’ books similarly to the comic strip—that is, autobiographically. But instead of writing from my […]

Posted on: May 6, 2022,  Section: Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Book Revue – Libenson, Kobabe, Hendrix, Caniff, +

The Phantom vs. The Python – The Chatu Chapters

In a Sunday story arc running April 6 to September 28, 2003 Tony DePaul and Graham Nolan introduced Chatu, called Python, into the world of The Phantom. The episode ended with no winner. Chatu would return three years later (May 15 – September 2, 2006) in The Daily Phantom with Paul Ryan as artist. The […]

Posted on: May 3, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Phantom vs. The Python – The Chatu Chapters

University Press of Mississippi Book Sale

The University Press of Mississippi is taking 40% off ALL their books from May 2 to May 9, 2022. And there are some must-have books among the 168 titles in their Comic Studies category. Here are the covers of a few of their books about comics:         The 40% off is applied […]

Posted on: May 2, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Assorted Saturday Short Subjects

Reading The Funnies as a Family There’s a secret to the comics page, though. The secret is, you don’t need to be a kid tor even have kids to enjoy them. Just as most comic characters don’t age, the audience age group doesn’t change. In fact, now and then, some jokes might just fly over […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, College cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, How-to, Magazine cartoons, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Assorted Saturday Short Subjects

Friday Free-For-All

We’ve been on a bit of a book kick here lately, so let’s start with that. While every year is a good one for people who collect Peanuts books, this one looks to be a particularly prime one for people who collect not so much the books, but the boxes they come in. Peanuts maven […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Newspaper industry, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Friday Free-For-All

The Steenz Heart of the City Collected

Christina “Steenz” Stewart‘s Heart of the City comic strip has been collected in a book.     The Riverfront Times features a story on local cartoonist Steenz and their book. St. Louisan Steenz Stewart finds inspiration everywhere — from the moment they wake up till the moment they fall asleep — they’re finding ideas for […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on The Steenz Heart of the City Collected

Triumph and Tragedy and Things

  2022 Cartoonist Studio Prize Winners The Beat and The Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to reveal the winners of the tenth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize Award in both the Print Comics and Webcomics categories. Each of the 2022 Cartoonist Studio Prize Award winners will receive a $1000 prize and a Wacom One Creative […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2022,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Events, Fund Raisers, Gatherings, How-to, Illustration, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Intruder in the Days of Dust

  Derf Backderf’s short comment, as he wrapped up this year’s MOCCA Festival, was enough to send me scrambling to the Internet to order a copy of Aimee de Jongh’s “Days of Sand,” and, if that’s not enough of a compliment to Derf — author of “Trashed,” “My Friend Dahmer” and “Kent State: Four Dead […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2022,  Section: Books, Comments: 2 Comments

Banned in the U.S. Schools; Banned on Webtoon

PEN America has published a report on the rise of books being banned in public schools. Book bans in public schools have recurred throughout American history, and have long been an issue of concern to PEN America, as a literary and free expression advocacy organization. Over the past nine months, the scope of such censorship […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, International, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Banned in the U.S. Schools; Banned on Webtoon

Alison Bechdel Wins International Humanities Prize

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, known for her groundbreaking, richly layered depictions of queer life and family relationships, will receive the 2022 International Humanities Prize from Washington University in St. Louis. Awarded by the university’s Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences, the biennial prize honors the lifetime work of a noted scholar, writer or artist […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2022,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Alison Bechdel Wins International Humanities Prize