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Book Stuff … And So It Goes

  “All this happened, more or less.” Publishers Weekly is reporting: Indie graphic novel house Boom! Studios announced plans to publish a graphic version of Kurt Vonnegut’s classic sci-fi/antiwar novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, to be adapted into a graphic novel by the writer Ryan North, artist Albert Monteys, and colorist Ricard Zaplana. The book will be released […]

Posted on: Jan 8, 2020,  Section: Books, Comments: 1 Comment

Mistakes Were Made (but not by Stephan Pastis)

Mistakes Were Made, the first Timmy Failure book by Stephan Pastis, has been adapted to the moving picture medium and will hit theaters early next month. Today Disney released the official trailer (above). Here The Oregonian previews the movie, shot on location in Portland, Oregon.  

Posted on: Jan 7, 2020,  Section: Books, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Mistakes Were Made (but not by Stephan Pastis)

Webster’s Bridge (1924) – New Paperback Edition

Nat Gertler and About Comics have reissued the 1924 Webster’s Bridge book, originally published by Frederick A. Stokes. Bleeding Cool has more information about the new edition of Webster’s Bridge. Nat Gertler must be a bridge fan, as Bleeding Cool notes, “This book is just the latest in a series of books of bridge humor […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

The Fall of British Publishing

It is the end of an era for one of the most famous names in book publishing. Penguin is being sold by Pearson, its owner for the last half-century, as the company focuses its activities exclusively on education. The sale means that none of the so-called ‘Big Five’ of English-language book publishing remain in British […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2019,  Section: Books, Publishers, Comments: 1 Comment

NCS Divisional Reuben Awards 2019 Call for Entries

December 20, 2019 Letter from the National Cartoonists Society calling for submissions. Note that membership is not a requirement to submit and be considered for the divisional awards and the submissions deadline is January 23, 2020.  

Posted on: Dec 20, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Syndicates, Television, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Divisional Reuben Awards 2019 Call for Entries

Clay Jones – A Trumpster Fire

A 45 minute podcast interview with political cartoonist Clay Jones while on his book tout. Clay talks of his shift from leaning right to leaning left, his obsession with Trump (he doesn’t hate Trump, Clay hates that Trump is president), being a freelancer and losing clients by remaining true to himself (and gaining some papers), […]

Posted on: Dec 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Clay Jones – A Trumpster Fire

Mo Willems Interview – It’s A Biggie

Mo Willems is the winner of multiple Caldecott Awards. His kids books are very popular. The other week I took a Little One to the bookstore and said she could get two books. She picked the two Biggie books, though she has at least half of the collected stories in individual editions. Every one of […]

Posted on: Dec 19, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comments: Comments Off on Mo Willems Interview – It’s A Biggie

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: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! For Under the Tree

$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: Comments Off on $1 Million for Berni Wrightson’s Frankenstein

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: Comments Off on Mark Evanier on Tariffs and Pogo Volume Six

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: Comments Off on Thurber and Company

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”