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Three Rocks, The Ernie Bushmiller Story – A Sneak Peek at Bill Griffith’s Graphic Biography

Bill Giffith has a few obsessions in his life. There is his lifelong preoccupation with observing human beings and commenting on the social implications of those people and their actions. His enthusiasm for people has recently lead him into a second career as a graphic biographer.   Seemingly as far back is his passion for […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Back to School Books

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Big Orange Football Coloring Book     Charles M. Schulz’s Linus     A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

  With one exception, to please his evangelical base (“America’s Christian publishers no longer have to render to Caesar an extra 10 percent.”) and Rupert Murdoch, all material printed in China then sent to the United States will be taxed tariffed. The only print product completely removed from the list of proposed China tariffs was […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Magazines, Publications, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

Randall Munroe Gives Us “How To” Advice

Take this quandary from Munroe’s latest book, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems (Riverhead, Sept.): “How to Move.” On the surface, the problem is simple enough: transporting stuff from one place to another presents no immediately confounding issues, beyond the obvious. “At some point in the move,” Munroe writes, “many people take […]

Posted on: Aug 2, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, How-to, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Randall Munroe Gives Us “How To” Advice

CSotD: Great Expectations

A word about today’s headline: “Great Expectations” is one of my favorite novels. It’s about how easily a decent young boy can be turned into a snobbish, ungrateful little shit.   David Rowe comments on the disappointment from those who, like young Philip Pirrup, had more exalted thoughts about themselves and their fortunes than reality […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Shoot for the Moon

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for July 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 3     Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy Volume 26     American Comic […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Loved You Madly

My father brought this magazine back from a business trip. I was on the verge of turning 8, which was a little young for it, though I liked the parts I could figure out. But my brother was 12 and right in the sweet spot. He got himself a subscription and so I was able […]

Posted on: Jul 4, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Hey Kids! First Amendment Comics!

  Matt Wuerker and Ann Telnaes, in association with Jenny Robb and Lucy Caswell, are going to try put together a small book/bookazine/catalogue based on the current Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and The First Amendment exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Matt is asking for some help in gathering material for the […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! First Amendment Comics!

Hey Kids! Essentials Comics!

Essentials is a series from IDW Publishing through their Library of American Comics imprint. These books are 4.4 inches high and 11.5 inches long and ?1.2 inches thick, printing one daily strip per page. The books more or less cover an entire year. And for this Independence Week IDW is offering them at a 25% […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

The Future of The Nib, Again

It was reported Friday that First Look Media made the decision to end funding for The Nib along with shuttering the web magazine Topic.com at the end of July. That is true and something that I’ve been dealing with the results of for a few weeks now. That leaves me writing yet another post on […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Future of The Nib, Again

CSotD: Defining ‘Normal’

Doc and Raider is starting a new arc that I’ll be watching with interest, because I’m increasingly unsure about any kind of normality, much less “heteronormativity,” which Wikipedia defines as “the belief that heterosexuality, predicated on the gender binary, is the norm or default sexual orientation.” Teen Vogue, which tends to tackle hard topics, has […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Buy Dad a Book

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for June 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Prince Valiant Vol. 19 1973-1974 by Hal Foster     Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Artist’s Edition     The Blue Day Book Illustrated Edition: […]

Posted on: Jun 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Buy Dad a Book

Elliott Advisors Buy Barnes & Noble

  In a seismic shift for the book trade, Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Barnes & Noble in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $683m (£537m), including the assumption of debt. James Daunt, chief executive of Waterstones, will assume also the role of c.e.o. of Barnes & Noble […]

Posted on: Jun 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Elliott Advisors Buy Barnes & Noble

Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

  Epic, the digital reading platform and library for kids, is teaming up with Andrews McMeel Publishing, home to Big Nate and Calvin & Hobbes, to produce a line of children’s books. Under the new arrangement, AMP will publish print editions of Epic Originals digital books, a content line that Epic debuted in March.   […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, eBooks, Publishers, Universal Press, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

AMP Kids Summer BINGO

  Andrews McMeel Publishing – Kids has a new program that encourages kids to continue reading during their summer break from school (and sell a few of their books while doing so).   Be the first to join our Summer Reading BINGO Giveaway! You could win fabulous prizes, including a full set of 25 comics […]

Posted on: May 30, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on AMP Kids Summer BINGO