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Dog Man: Grime and Punishment debuts at #1

With a five million copy print run, the newest Dav Pilkey book Dog Man: Grime and Punishment debuted as the #1 best seller across all genres. NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dog Man is the top dog! The global bestselling series by author and illustrator Dav Pilkey makes a triumphant return to the #1 […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! A Bountiful Harvest

hat tip to Adrienne Hedger for the above book comic Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2020 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Drawing Fire: The Editorial Cartoons of Bill Mauldin   Be More Snoopy   […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: 0 Comments

74th Annual Reuben Awards/2020 NCSFest Lineup

The National Cartoonist Society has released its schedule for the September 12, 2020 NCSFest and Reuben Awards.   Streaming broadcast begins at10am Saturday, September 12 at NCSFest.com   Official Welcome to NCSFest 2020 from NCS President & thank you’s.   From Panels to Publishing  (90 mins) Guests: Mark Tatulli, Terri Libenson, Maria Scrivan, and Rob […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

John Backderf: From The City to the (Kent) State

An established provocateur from an early age, John “Derf” Backderf is a renowned comics creator residing in Cleveland, Ohio. His work has garnered much critical acclaim and has earned such accolades as an Eisner Award (Trashed) and an Angoulême Prize (My Friend Dahmer). His latest work, Kent State (Abrams Comicarts) is an in-depth and critical […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on John Backderf: From The City to the (Kent) State

Hey Kids! Comics! Hotter Than a Match Head

above: Mutts by Patrick McDonnell   Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   The Flapper Queens: Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age a short review of Trina’s new […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Hotter Than a Match Head

Classic Illustrated: Constitution Illustrated

Classics Illustrated adapted famous books to the comic book format,R. Sikoryak has done the same with one of the world’s most famous documents. Utilizing comic characters and their creators’ styles Sikoryak has adapted The United States Constitution word for word into comic book format. As Boing Boing says: Cartoonist R. Sikoryak’s talent for mimicking other […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 1 Comment

2020 Eisner Award Winners

The San Diego Comic-Con (Comic-Con International) announced this years winners of the Eisner Awards in a virtual ceremony. There were no series or creators that dominated the awards though Raina Telgemeier (Guts), Lynda Barry (Making Comics), and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) were among those winning two awards. Stan Sakai was also inducted into the Hall […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2020,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 2020 Eisner Award Winners

Garry Trudeau Deconstructs the “Perfect” Doonesbury Comic Strip

“In response to the Beinecke Library’s invitation to describe the work he is currently pursuing, Garry Trudeau—cartoonist, writer, and creator of ‘Doonesbury’—described the challenges of creating a ‘Complete Digital Doonesbury’ featuring some 15,000 comic strips in honor of the 50th anniversary of the beloved strip. In the process, Garry’s editor David Stanford identified what he […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Garry Trudeau Deconstructs the “Perfect” Doonesbury Comic Strip

CSotD: Book Nook; International Edition

While I have personal reasons for caring about Joe Sacco’s “Paying the Land”, I don’t think they interfere with my saying that this is a stunning, important piece of work. In it, he travels to Canada’s NWT to report on the Dene people and the impact on them of the modern world and, specifically, the […]

Posted on: Jul 19, 2020,  Section: Books, Comments: 2 Comments

Darrin Bell Signs Two-Book Deal

The Associated Press is reporting that Darrin Bell and Henry Holt & Company have signed an agreement for two books by the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. The first book, “The Talk,” will be published next year. Holt is calling it “a graphic memoir written as a deeply personal meditation on “the talk” Black parents must have […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Summer Reading

above from Half Full by Maria Scrivan Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for July 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   BREAKING LINES $5.00 plus $1.50 p&h. Canada $2.00 p&h to Ken Alvine, 1608 S. […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

The National Cartoonists Society Activity Book

50 pages of fun from NCS Cartoonists! Download and print out this activity book featuring 50 pages of fun from NCS artists. Pay what you can – all proceeds go to the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity and support programs such as our Cartooning for Kids initiative! Donate What You Can Hat […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on The National Cartoonists Society Activity Book

Book Title Copyrights – Long Story Short

From Writer’s Digest: Much like names, slogans and ideas, titles are not protected by U.S. copyright laws (which is why so many books have the same titles). To qualify for copyright protection, a work needs to possess “a significant amount of original expression”—and while “a significant amount of original expression” isn’t fully defined by hard-and-fast […]

Posted on: Jul 11, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 3 Comments

Bottorff’s ComicBack© Checklist Updated for 2020

Last week you heard, and maybe saw, the fireworks going off, but you were probably mistaken about the cause. It is my theory that those illuminating the sky with rockets were celebrating the release of the 2020 updating of Bottorff’s ComicBacks Price Guide & Checklist (in PDF). Some of you may have noted that I […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Phil Hirsch – RIP

Cartoon editor and humor and gag writer Phil Hirsch has passed away. Philip (Phil) Hirsch August 18, 1926 – January 20, 2020 Pyramid Books vice president/editor/writer From the Jewish Exponent notice of death: Philip Hirsch, 93 of Voorhees, NJ, passed away on 1/2/20 in Voorhees. Philip was born in Bronx, NY to Clara and Leo […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Phil Hirsch – RIP