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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

New Jules Feiffer Comic

It has been over a year since Jules Feiffer added art to the Tablet site. I keep his page bookmarked on the hope of new stuff appearing. So I was delighted when I recently clicked on the page and found a new drawing. But the accompanying message, though it made me laugh, was distressing. Had […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on New Jules Feiffer Comic

Chicago Celebrates Its Classic Comics Culture

Who would have guessed that Chicago was the birthplace of comics? The exhibition focuses on the origins of the comics in popular publishing, the immeasurable importance of African-American cartoonists and publishing, the first woman cartoonists and editors, the first daily comic strip, and finally the art and comics of undeservedly forgotten Frank King, who with […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Mort Gerberg: NCS Gold Key/Hall of Fame Entry

The National Cartoonists Society takes great pleasure in announcing that the Gold Key Award will be presented this year to Mort Gerberg, for his widely-varied and successful career of over 60 years as a cartoonist. The Gold Key, awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, honors the recipient as a member of […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2021,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 1 Comment

Walt Kelly’s 1971 Earth Day Essay

In 1971, for the second year in a row, Walt Kelly helped publicize Earth Day with special art: Most seem to think that the two-panel comic strip was the regular comic strip for April 22, 1971, it was not. The Pogo comic syndicated to newspapers for April 22 was a continuation of that week’s satire. […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

An Al Jaffee Centennial Celebration

                                                 Everywhere around the world they’re dancing in the street, ’cause it’s Al Jaffee‘s birthday! Michael Cavna, at The Washington Post has a brief talk with the birthday boy. “Hitting the century mark in age, it’s a nice number” for the brain to consider, Jaffee said with a warm laugh Thursday from his […]

Posted on: Mar 13, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Mort Gerberg and The Big 9-0 (and 6-0)

Mort Gerberg is celebrating a 90th birthday, born March 11, 1931 (yeah, we’re a day late). Also this year he will be celebrating his 60th year as a cartoonist. In Mort Gerberg On the Scene Mort explains the he did cartoon for his high school newspaper but put that aside for the Army and a […]

Posted on: Mar 12, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Cartoons, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Mort Gerberg and The Big 9-0 (and 6-0)

National Cartoonists Society Diamond Anniversary

A Murder of Crows. A Barrel of Monkeys. A Reuben of Cartoonists? 75 years ago a group of cartoonists got together and decided to form a club. It had been tried before without lasting success. This time it lasted. No one better than R. C. Harvey to give the details: ON FRIDAY NIGHT, March 1, […]

Posted on: Feb 28, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 2 Comments

CARTOONIST PROfiles Archives

A treasure trove for cartooning fans is now available! The Internet Archive has made available the run of Jud Hurd’s CARTOONIST PROfiles magazine. From issue #1 (March, 1969) to issue #146 (June, 2005) CARTOONIST PROfiles was THE insider magazine for newspaper and magazine cartoonists (and greeting cards and illustration and and animation and caricature and… […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

The Al Jaffee Project – Audience Participation

Sam Viviano has devised a wonderful project for the world. Next month (March 13) is Al Jaffee‘s 100th birthday and Sam has an idea that involves very little effort on our part: In normal times, we’d throw a huge party, and invite all fifty billion of Al’s closest friends to attend. Unfortunately, this is not […]

Posted on: Feb 8, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Events, Comments: 1 Comment

Black (Comics) History Month

There is a growing and welcome sub-genre of comics history that deals with African American cartoonists and the work they have produced. Below, some books off the shelf dealing with the subject. Invisible Men by Ken Quattro is the most recent of the books about Black cartoonists. This deals with the Golden Age of comic […]

Posted on: Feb 1, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Caricature, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

“Love! Heartbreak! Applause! Self Pity!”

American cartoonist Jules Feiffer is considered the most widely read satirist in the country. In 1986, he won the Pulitzer Prize as a leading editorial cartoonist and one of his most widely read and popular series was the weekly satirical comic strip, “Feiffer” which ran in the Village Voice from 1956 to 1997. Feiffer’s cartoons […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Exhibits, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on “Love! Heartbreak! Applause! Self Pity!”

Original Art to Rare 1953 Peanuts Promotional Item

In the Spring of 1954 newspaper readers were offered, for the price of a self-addressed stamped envelope, “The Peanuts Album.” a twelve page booklet featuring the then stars of Charles M. Schulz‘s comic strip. As the promo above notes there were 10,000 of the items printed, now a rarity. But now the original art for […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonist Chronicles

Recent (and not-so-recent) articles on comic and cartoon history. God’s Man, A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynn Ward This is “Gods’ Man,” a 1929 black-and-white wordless novel that tells a Faustian tale of ambition, love, greed and death. It’s by the illustrator and woodcut artist Lynd Ward. It is widely regarded as the first American […]

Posted on: Nov 12, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: 2 Comments

A (Belated) Happy 90th to R. O. Blechman

R. O. (Bob) Blechman, a master of animation and illustration, celebrated his 90th birthday on October 1, 2020. Whether on animation cels or as ink on paper Blechmans lines are instantly recognizable (and much imitated). Steven Heller, at Print, joins in the celebration of his friend.   above: covers for The New Yorker and Story […]

Posted on: Oct 12, 2020,  Section: Animation, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on A (Belated) Happy 90th to R. O. Blechman