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Local Writers Remember Cartoonist Don Asmussen

Asmussen’s “Bad Reporter” comic emerged shortly after the Examiner merged with the Chronicle in 2000. Delightfully deranged, Asmussen’s biweekly, syndicated strip mined culture and politics for “the lies behind the truth, and the truth behind those lies that are behind that truth.” This was where Asmussen found his stride, garnering a devoted readership. His deft […]

Posted on: Dec 23, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Illustration, Interviews, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Local Writers Remember Cartoonist Don Asmussen

Keith J. Taylor – RIP

Chicago cartoonist Keith J. Taylor has passed away. Keith J. Taylor October 21, 1949 – December 16, 2021 From Chicago Public Square (Keith’s recent home for his cartoons): R.I.P., Keith J. Taylor. Chicago Public Square’s award-winning breaking-news cartoonist died at 6:33 this morning, ending a long run with oral cancer and, more recently, COVID-19. From […]

Posted on: Dec 21, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

The Life (and Death) of Don Asmussen

The San Francisco Chronicle and Peter Hartlaub remember Don Asmussen. [Don] Asmussen, who drew cartoons and illustrations for The San Francisco Chronicle, died on Thursday, Dec. 9 at age 59. He entertained audiences around the world with his syndicated Bad Reporter comic, San Francisco Comic Strip and other local and national projects. Asmussen’s wit had […]

Posted on: Dec 18, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on The Life (and Death) of Don Asmussen

Cartoonist Eleanor Davis Gets New York Times Gig – Updated

Original November 29 post: Eleanor Davis, who The New York Review called “one of the very best cartoonists working today,” seems to have hooked up with The New York Times for a daily spot illustrating their “Of Interest – Noteworthy Facts from Today’s Paper” column. Above is her first from November 3, 2021.     […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, comic, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Eleanor Davis Gets New York Times Gig – Updated

Fran Frisch – RIP

Cartoonist Fran Frisch has passed away. Francis John (Fran) Frisch, Jr. August 18, 1948 – August 29, 2021   From the obituary: Fran, the globally recognized Artist known as FRISCH, was the first Artist to put a Bear on a T-Shirt (entitled Can U Bear it?) and thereby created a visual identity in 1988 for […]

Posted on: Nov 4, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Fran Frisch – RIP

Highest Paid Dead Cartoonists

Forbes has released its Highest Paid Dead Celebrities list for 2021 and two cartoonists make it to the top five of the thirteen noted. The Peanuts business brought in $47 million more in revenue this fiscal year compared to 2020, for a total of $157 million. Part of that comes from a deal with Apple […]

Posted on: Nov 2, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Chronicles – The Way They Were (updated)

Not long after I posted this issue The AFRO posted an item about Hambone’s Meditations.I’m putting that notice up top for those who have already read this entry.       Readers of The Commercial Dispatch and dozens of other Southern newspapers in the early 20th Century were greeted often, sometimes daily, sometimes on the front […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Books, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Chronicles – The Way They Were (updated)

Margaret Shulock – RIP

Cartoonist Margaret Shulock has passed away.   Margaret (Ackerman) Shulock September 27, 1949 – October 17, 2021 From the obituary: Margaret Ackerman Shulock, of 7652 Wideman Road, Friendship, passed away Sunday (Oct. 17, 2021) after a long illness. Margaret grew up in Canastota, New York and attended SUNY State College at Buffalo for several years. […]

Posted on: Oct 22, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

A Cartoonist’s Life: Sunshine, Rainbows, Lollipops?

  Self portrait © by Stephan Donche Comics journalist and author Chris Arrrant asked Comic industry people: What’s something about your job that you wish more people understood? Chris got quite a response from cartoonists in various genres. A sampling: Making comics is HARD work. Just how labor intensive it is. (drawing, penciling/inking) Or how […]

Posted on: Aug 14, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! History in July

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for July 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Rebirth of the English Comic Strip: A Kaleidoscope, 1847–1870   Lieutenant Dangerous   The Spellbinding Episodes of Phoebe and Her Unicorn […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! History in July

Life As Charles Johnson Sees It

  Charles Johnson has one of those careers, you know the kind, the ones where you start out at the Chicago Tribune as a political cartoonist, turn Buddhist and philosopher, make a huge splash as a novelist, win the National Book Award, grow so revered that literary societies are founded in your name, host a […]

Posted on: Jul 13, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Life As Charles Johnson Sees It

Reinhold Reitberger – RIP

Cartoonist and comics historian Reinhold Reitberger has passed away. Reinhold C. Reitberger December 25, 1946 – June 25, 2021 A cartoonist and comics historian based in Germany, Reinhold and Wolfgang Fuchs’ Anatomy of a Mass Medium, along with George Perry and Alan Aldridge’s Penguin Book of Comics (which I got one within a year of […]

Posted on: Jul 10, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, International, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Reinhold Reitberger – RIP

It’s Not Puzzling Why We Adore Sandra Boynton

With her delightful drawing, wonderful wordplay, and high-spirited humor Sandra Boynton is one of the top cartoonists around for youngsters of all ages. Boynton is a publishing phenomenon who’s been working since the 1970s as an author and cartoonist. Many of her works feature quirky animals who love to eat chocolate and share puns. So […]

Posted on: Jul 10, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Children's Books, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

Danny Shanahan – RIP

Magazine cartoonist Danny Shanahan has passed away. Daniel Patrick (Danny) Shanahan July 11, 1957 – July 5, 2021    Michael Maslin is reporting the death of Danny Shanahan: The cartoonist, Danny Shanahan, who contributed drawings to The New Yorker from September of 1988 through last year,  died early this morning, according to his wife, Janet […]

Posted on: Jul 5, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonists Unclassified

Former NCS President Tom Richmond shows off his caricature skills with a recent job for CNN. This consisted of a LOT of caricatures of classic sitcom actors/characters, and it was a tricky thing to compose because I needed to do it in a way that allowed for both a vertical and horizontal format   Former […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Interviews, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment