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Hey Kids! Comics! For Under the Tree

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for December 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   LOAC Essentials Volume 14: Barney Google, 1928   Anatomy of Authors   Rugrats: The Newspaper Strips   Choke Gasp! The Best […]

Posted on: Dec 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

$1 Million for Berni Wrightson’s Frankenstein

Berni Wrightson‘s original art for the wraparound cover to his illustrated edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for Marvel in 1983 has sold for $1,000,000.00. From icollector: Bernie Wrightson original wrap-around cover artwork for Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. (Marvel, 1983) Accomplished in pencil and ink on large 20 x 30 in. heavy weight art board. […]

Posted on: Dec 13, 2019,  Section: Auctions, Books, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

Mark Evanier on Tariffs and Pogo Volume Six

We reported on the tariffs a few months ago. Now the effects are hitting home as the most important American literature is being affected. Co-editor Mark Evanier explains the delay in deliverance: Volume 6 of The Complete Syndicated Pogo — subtitled Clean as a Weasel — was originally going to be printed in China and […]

Posted on: Dec 12, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Rugrats: The (Complete) Newspaper Strips

Rugrats: The Newspaper Strips Volume One is coming next week. Though what it will look like I couldn’t tell you. Graphic Policy has a preview of, I guess, a vertical version: They also post the page of cartoonists who contributed to the five year strip. Creators Syndicate continues to distribute reruns of the strip. Anime […]

Posted on: Dec 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Thurber and Company

The 125th anniversary of James Thurber’s birth arrives on Sunday, December 8, and this year fans of the legendary humorist have extra reason to celebrate. Launched earlier this fall, A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber is a two-pronged presentation of Thurber’s drawings, both in an exhibition at the Columbus […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Exhibits, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Museums, Comments: 0 Comments

Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library – Tarzan

As long as I’m going off-topic of my self-imposed rules… The Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library For the first time, the Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library presents the complete literary works of the Master of Adventure in uniform hardcover editions. Published by the company founded by Mr. Burroughs in 1923, each volume of the Authorized […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2019,  Section: Books, Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library – Tarzan

A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

The Improbable Remains On his How To book tour Randall Munroe goes north to Alaska. The Juneau Empire reports on Randall’s lecture there.   The Spurns that Patient Merit of th’ Unworthy Takes At the time of this writing, the two most influential politicians in the United States are a real estate developer who became […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2019,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

Gary Varvel: “I’ve adapted”

Like many editorial cartoonists these days Gary Varvel is no longer a salaried employee of a newspaper. But he still draws four cartoons a week that are syndicated around the nation by Creators Syndicate, and contributes local opinions to the Indianapolis Business Journal. But cartoonists have to do more: “You know, what I’ve found is […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Gary Varvel: “I’ve adapted”

Hey Kids! Comics! Giving Thanks for Comics

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for November 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Mac Raboy: Master of the Comics   The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918   Tales From the Trumpster Fire: […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Giving Thanks for Comics

Books – Reviews, Previews, and News

Eddie Campbell reviews Screwball for The Comics Journal: Screwball follows an isolated strain of comics history as opposed to those other books that tell the whole lot decade by decade or by lining up a canon of masters. Which is not say it isn’t linear: from Fred Opper to Boody Rogers, editor Paul Tumey locates […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Books – Reviews, Previews, and News

Centenarian Veteran and Cartoonist Honored

Ernie Poignant was born a few months after the end of World War 1, which made him of age to serve in World War 2. Today, a few months shy of his 101st birthday, Ernie was a guest of honor at Remembrance Day ceremonies. A legendary cartoonist and Second World War veteran came back to […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Centenarian Veteran and Cartoonist Honored

Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Asterix, the Franco-Belgian comic book character celebrating his 60th anniversary this year, is finally going to be getting the attention he deserves in the U.S. Independent publisher Papercutz will take over the American license for the property next year, with an ambitious publishing plan underway to bring the scrappy Gaul to […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)

Pat Bagley – 40 Years Looking for That 1 Cartoon

Pat Bagley and The Salt Lake Tribune are celebrating 40 years together. Artists of Utah joins in the celebration by posting a profile from earlier this year. On the flip side, the theory of the great cartoon keeps him motivated: “There is the Platonic ideal of a cartoon out there and if I could just […]

Posted on: Nov 7, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Scott Adams on Donald Trump’s Tweets

Scott Adams, promoting his new Loserthink book, appeared on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning (Nov. 5) and discussed President Trump’s use of Twitter, a social media platform that Scott is also familiar with. Fox News reports: After a New York Times analysis explained how President Trump’s Twitter account reshaped the presidency, Scott Adams weighed in on […]

Posted on: Nov 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Opinion, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Scott Adams on Donald Trump’s Tweets

Making Comics Is Not Really About Making Comics

There’s a reason Lynda Barry is the first comics artist to win a MacArthur “Genius” Award. She loves children. Making Comics is a love letter to every child who ever picked up a crayon and started making marks with unselfconscious intensity. Those children include her college students. Like her readers, some arrive at class with […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, College cartoonists, How-to, Comments: 2 Comments