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Clearing the Queue – Tales From Hither and Thither

The Evolving Art of Ruffling Feathers © Steve Nease Most newspapers had a full-time cartoonist on staff. Now, the juice just isn’t worth the squeeze. Steve Nease, one of Canada’s premier cartoonists, isn’t surprised. A lot of papers no longer run, not just his, but any cartoons. “Sometimes, it’s a cost-cutting matter,” he admits. Cartoonists aren’t […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2022,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

Mud and Mirth: Marine Cartoonists in World War I

From The Minot Daily News: Minot native Cord Scott’s latest book is titled “The Mud and the Mirth: Marine Cartoonists in World War I.” Scott, a professor with the University of Maryland Global Campus based in Okinawa, Japan, said the book “discusses the use of cartoons drawn by Marines in the early part of the […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

First Wednesday After the First Tuesday After the First Monday of November (A Cartoonist Roundup)

The other day Mike Peterson featured “a well-crafted homage” cartoon by Daniel Boris in his column. An unfamiliar name to me – but it was a great cartoon for old Warner Bros. animation fans. © Daniel Boris Those of us wanting to know more about the cartoonist are rewarded with an auto-profile by Daniel supplied […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Events, Museums, Comments: 1 Comment

No Penguin Random House Simon & Schuster Meld

From Publishers Weekly: A Federal Court has blocked Penguin Random House’s acquisition of rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster. At press time, Judge Florence Y. Pan’s opinion was not yet public as the parties still need to agree on redactions to protect confidential information, but in a brief two page order Pan enjoined the […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2022,  Section: Books, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on No Penguin Random House Simon & Schuster Meld

A Gathering of Gallimaufry

A Hard-Copy of the Morning Newspaper is Vital Art Marmorstein needs four things in the morning: … a warm shower, a bowl of cereal, a cup of coffee and a hard-copy morning newspaper. If my kids have used up all the hot water, a lukewarm or even a cold shower will do the trick. If […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2022,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Comic strips, Museums, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Lists: The Far Side, 2022 Graphic Novels, 2023 Stamps, Greatest Comic Artists, Calvin and Hobbes

Gary Larson’s 10 Best Comics, Ranked   © Gary Larson Screen Rant lists, what they purport to be, The 10 Best Cartoons from Gary Larson’s The Far Side. Gary Larson wrote his comic strips for syndication for over 15 years, each one is funny and some are perfect examples of what comic art can be. […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

A Happy 90th to Lee Lorenz (belated)

Belatedly we welcome cartoonist Lee Lorenz to our Senior Strippers club. Michael Maslin notified us (for some reason our notebook says born in 1933): Lee Lorenz  Born October 17, 1932, Hackensack, NJ. Lorenz was the art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and its cartoon editor until 1997. During his tenure, a […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2022,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on A Happy 90th to Lee Lorenz (belated)

Re: Comic Strip Type Cartoonists

© Patrick McDonnell Patrick McDonnell passes on a little inside stuff: MUTTS might look a little different to you this week and in the future. If so, it’s because I’ve loosened up my art style, using very little preliminary pencils (in some cases none) and going straight to drawing in ink. It gives the strip […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2022,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Re: Comic Strip Type Cartoonists

Hey Kids! Comics! October BOOooks

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   We start with a set missed this past Summer. Rocky and Bullwinkle: The Complete Newspaper Comic Strip Collection – Volume 1 […]

Posted on: Oct 15, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Caricature, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! October BOOooks

October Extra! Cartoonists in the News

Liz Montague! Elizabeth Montague is a cartoonist and author known online as “Liz at Large” or simply Liz Montague. She made national news in 2019 for being the first [second*] [third**] Black cartoonist for the New Yorker. Since then she has worked with President Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, the U.S. Open, and Google, where she […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Events, Interviews, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on October Extra! Cartoonists in the News

CSotD: Will noone rid us of this meddlesome holiday?

Arlo and Janis cut to the heart of the matter, though the fact is, we need to find a way to weasel out of Columbus Day entirely and not just its angst. We don’t shift into reverse very easily. There are 27 amendments to the Constitution, and only one of them restricts, rather then enlarging, […]

Posted on: Oct 12, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

Round ‘Em Up Weekend Report

Doonesbury for October 2, 2022 © G. B. Trudeau   Update on the Charles M. Schulz/USPS First Day Issue Event. Hundreds of “Peanuts” fans and stamp collectors turned out Friday at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa for the first day of issue for 10 new stamps featuring “Peanuts” characters. Fans of all […]

Posted on: Oct 1, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Events, Exhibits, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Round ‘Em Up Weekend Report

Summer’s Last Roundup

Some stray news items from the end of Summer 2022. The New Improved NCS Divisional Award Rich Powell compares his Divisional Reuben Awards of 2013 and 2022. The new awards have a nice, burnished finish and rounded edges on the frame. I really like this look! Plus, the silver didn’t rub off on your tux! […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Interviews, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Summer’s Last Roundup

Hey Kids! Comics! An Autumn Overload!

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Nothing Echoes like an Empty Mailbox  (more about the USPS book)     Ink, Blood, and Linseed Oil    Celebrating 30 […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

A September Saturday and Such

We mentioned it earlier this month, but Mark Parisi waited until the actual anniversary of Off The Mark to celebrate. © Mark Parisi Mark lets us in on the in-joke at his Facebook page. GoComics notes the anniversary. The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, today announced that it will award Art […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2022,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, Magazine cartoons, Reuben, Comments: 3 Comments