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Sergio Aragonés Rejects the Idea of No More MAD

  Longtime MAD contributor Sergio Aragonés just can’t imagine a world without MAD. Aragonés sees MAD as a way of presenting people’s foibles and the world’s problems with humor. “Instead of crying, you laugh at it,” he said, suggesting the magazine’s influence has reached a swath of humanity that includes politicians lampooned in its pages. “They […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 0 Comments

Cartoonists and Contributors on ArMADageddon

  Eulogies for MAD magazine.   Clay Bennett     [Peter Kuper has] been drawing the Spy vs Spy cartoons in the magazine for the past 23 years. [Shortly after the bad MAD news broke] he spoke with As It Happens guest host Susan Bonner about what Mad means to him. In one form or another, […]

Posted on: Jul 6, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

The MADness Ends

  It seems the unthinkable has happened, MAD magazine will shut down. Tom Spurgeon broke the news hearing of the demise but acknowledging it was unconfirmed. Now Evan Dorkin has confirmed the news.   MAD began in 1952 with Harvey Kurtzman in charge and a stellar cast of artists. It soon changed to a magazine […]

Posted on: Jul 3, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

Highlights Stands Up For Immigrant Children

  Highlights, the magazine for young children, has issued a statement concerning the conditions under which immigrant children are suffering as they are detained by the United States. At Highlights, our core belief is that children are the world’s most important people. In light of the reports of the living conditions of detained children & […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Children's Books, Illustration, Opinion, Comments: Comments Off on Highlights Stands Up For Immigrant Children

Esquire Magazine Top Executive Staff Gone

There is chaos at Esquire, as the entire top of the masthead has either resigned or been let go following the resignation of Editor-in-Chief Jay Fielden last week. Bruce Handy, features editor, who one source said was the choice of Hearst Chief Content Officer Kate Lewis to be interim editor after Fielden’s resignation on May […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Esquire Magazine Top Executive Staff Gone

$15,000 for Pepe the Frog Copyright Infringement

Alex Jones and Infowars have agreed to pay Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie $15,000 to settle a lawsuit concerning misuse of the cartoon character. Infowars included Pepe the Frog in a poster by Jon Allen featuring right-wing public figures in a campaign to earn money for the conspiracy-theory website.   Both sides claimed victory […]

Posted on: Jun 12, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Cartooning, Controversies, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on $15,000 for Pepe the Frog Copyright Infringement

Skip Morrow – RIP

  Cartoonist and musician Skip Morrow has passed away.     Dennis B. (Skip) Morrow circa 1951 – May 28, 2019 cartoonist, illustrator, musician From the obituary: All the while, he loved to sketch. His art mostly consisted of cartoons, although he was talented in several mediums. In 1974, while still playing music on the […]

Posted on: Jun 10, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Skip Morrow – RIP

King Features Gets Moomin, Tulipop License

King Features Licensing has signed on to be the North America representative of the Scandinavian Moomin characters and the Icelandic Tulipop. King Features Syndicate, a unit of Hearst, has reached an agreement with Bulls Licensing to represent classic literary and art-based brand Moomin for merchandise, advertising, and promotions in the U.S. and Canada. Moomin is the latest addition […]

Posted on: Jun 7, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Children's Books, International, Licensing, Comments: 1 Comment

Billy Ireland: 1st Amendment & Ollie Harrington

  Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum has an exhibit showcasing editorial cartoonists praising the first amendment to the Bill of Rights and defending it from attackers. The exhibit runs until October 20, 2019.   The political cartooning display runs the gamut from a 1774 etching […]

Posted on: May 28, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Billy Ireland: 1st Amendment & Ollie Harrington

The Art of Cartoon Art

  Cartoon critics Phil Witte and Rex Hesner look behind gags to debate what makes a cartoon tick. This week our intrepid critics examine the drawing behind some favorite cartoons. Line, crayon, more line, wash, much more line, tone. Frank Cotham, Robert Weber, Richard Taylor, Mick Stevens, Jack Ziegler, James Thurber, George Price, Alex Gregory, […]

Posted on: May 22, 2019,  Section: Art Supplies, Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on The Art of Cartoon Art

Middle School Graphic Novels – It’s a Big Thing

Brian Hibbs, at ComicsBeat, goes in-depth for us examining the BookScan numbers for the 2018 Graphic Novel section. It’s time to look at graphic novel sales in 2018. Implausibly, this is the sixteenth annual report of something that is hard to exactly perceive and understand: the size and shape of the sales of graphic novels […]

Posted on: May 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Middle School Graphic Novels – It’s a Big Thing

2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

The National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year presented May 18, 2019 (nominees listed, winner highlighted):   Lynda Barry Brian Basset Stephan Pastis Hilary Price Mark Tatulli   The 11th time is the charm for Stephan!! above photo via National Cartoonists Society   hat tip: Anne Morse-Hambrock and TomHeintjes      

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on 2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

2019 NCSFest Reuben Divisional Awards

National Cartoonists Society Divisional Awards presented May 18, 2019. Nominees listed, winners highlighted   EDITORIAL CARTOONS Clay Bennett Michael Ramirez Rob Rogers   MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION Tom Bunk Amy Kurzweil Jim Woodring   FEATURE ANIMATION Shiyoon Kim – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Peter Ramsay – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Justin K. Thompson – Spider-Man: Into the […]

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on 2019 NCSFest Reuben Divisional Awards

Ed Koren Wins IBPA Gold

  Vermont artist Edward Koren’s new book “Koren. In the Wild” is the gold medal winner of the 31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for humor. Sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the award celebrates excellence in book editorial and design.     Koren, of Brookfield, a frequent contributor to New Yorker magazine, is […]

Posted on: May 18, 2019,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartooning, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Ed Koren Wins IBPA Gold

Political Cartoons are Relics, Replace with Memes

  As a scholar who studies social media and memetics, I wonder if political cartoons are the best way to connect with today’s diverse readership. Many crave searing, cutting political commentary – and they’re finding it in internet memes. What if internet memes were elevated – not only as a serious art form but also […]

Posted on: May 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Cartooning, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments