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Jean-Jacques Sempé – RIP

French cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist Jean-Jacques Sempé has passed away.   Jean-Jacques Sempé August 17, 1932 – August 11, 2022   From The Guardian: Jean-Jacques Sempé, who illustrated the much-loved Little Nicolas series of French children’s books, has died aged 89. “The cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé died peacefully [on] Thursday evening, 11 August, 2022, […]

Posted on: Aug 11, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Children's Books, Comic strips, Illustration, International, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Raymond Briggs – RIP

Author-illustrator-cartoonist Raymond Briggs has passed away. Raymond Redvers Briggs January 18, 1934 – August 9, 2022 “iconoclastic national treasure” From The Guardian: Raymond Briggs, the writer and illustrator who delighted children and inspired adults with bestselling cartoons and picture books, died on Tuesday morning aged 88, his publisher Penguin Random House has said. Ranging from […]

Posted on: Aug 10, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Children's Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Appreciating the Superpen of Edward Sorel

    Rob Stolzer shares some thoughts about, and art from, Edward Sorel. The Babe Ruth portrait below appeared in the Washington Post Book World, likely in the 1960s. You can easily see the loose structure in the work, capturing the soft architecture of Ruth’s figure, as Sorel allowed the pen to find the form. […]

Posted on: Aug 1, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

The Way They Were (Comic Chronicles)

Al Williamson The auction last month of some of Al Williamson’s pre-Manning Star Wars comic strip proposal (we featured them on our Facebook page) prompted Diamond’s Scoop to re-present a Williamson profile from 22 years ago. Rip Kirby, of course, was not the end of Williamson’s newspaper work. In addition to a run on Secret […]

Posted on: Aug 1, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

Paul Coker, Jr. – RIP

Cartoonist and character designer Paul Coker, Jr. has passed away. Paul Allan Coker, Jr. March 5, 1929 – July 23, 2022   Tom Richmond, among others, has reported the death of Paul Coker, Jr. Paul was a gag cartoonist and an illustrator of greeting cards, but more famous as a MAD magazine contributor and a […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Sparky Schulz Centennial Celebration – July Notes

Later this year will be the 100th anniversary of Charles M. Schulz’s birthday.   AP photo “Peanuts” was America’s favorite comic strip. At its peak, there were 100 million readers each day. Charles Schulz drew it for almost 50 years, through the relatively complacent but anxious Cold War 1950s, the tumultuous 1960s, the Vietnam War, […]

Posted on: Jul 19, 2022,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Sparky Schulz Centennial Celebration – July Notes

My Dinner with Angelo (A Vimeo Video Interview)

As Scoop describes it: Cartoonist and caricaturist Angelo Torres, known for his work in MAD, EC, and Warren, is the subject of the new short film, My Dinner with Angelo. Now streaming on Vimeo, the movie features Torres interviewed by Ian Scott McGregor.   Scoop continues: Accompanying the interview is new footage of Torres’ contemporaries […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, video, Comments: Comments Off on My Dinner with Angelo (A Vimeo Video Interview)

The William Heath Robinson Sesquicentennial

  From the Heath Robinson Museum: William Heath Robinson is an artist whose work, whether in his well known humorous drawings or his illustrations for Kipling, Shakespeare or children’s stories, is integral to British cultural heritage. His name entered the language as early as 1912 and is still in daily use to describe the kind […]

Posted on: May 31, 2022,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, International, Comments: Comments Off on The William Heath Robinson Sesquicentennial

The 76th Annual Reubens Award Schedule

Well, I might take a train I might take a plane But if I have to walk I’m going just the same I’m going to Kansas City Kansas City, here I come Everything you need to know about the 76th annual Reuben Awards Weekend in Kansas City, MO on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th September, […]

Posted on: May 28, 2022,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Conventions, Interviews, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on The 76th Annual Reubens Award Schedule

A Century of Schulz: Celebrating Sparky

Many of the things that were important to Schulz — faith, sports, gender equity and more — are on display in “Celebrating Sparky: Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts,” curated by Caswell and on view now at the Billy [Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State] (timed to coincide with the centennial of Schulz’s 1922 […]

Posted on: May 28, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on A Century of Schulz: Celebrating Sparky

Ed Koren – 60 Years at The New Yorker

Edward Koren first appeared as a New Yorker cartoonist in the issue of May 26, 1962, his latest for the magazine appeared in this week’s issue dated May 30, 2022. Ed Koren’s first New Yorker cartoon (left) and his latest (right) Michael Maslin interviews Ed Koren on the occasion of 60 years at The New […]

Posted on: May 26, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Illustration, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Ed Koren – 60 Years at The New Yorker

2021 NCS Cartoonist of the Year (Reuben) Nominees – Griffith, Knight, Price, Sorel, Tatulli

The National Cartoonists Society has announced the nominees for their Reuben Award as Cartoonist of the Year 2021 – Bill Griffith, Keith Knight, Hilary B. Price, Edward Sorel, and Mark Tatulli. Each year, during the NCS Annual Reuben Awards Weekend, the Society honors the year’s outstanding achievements in all walks of the profession. The recipient […]

Posted on: May 26, 2022,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 1 Comment

Jules Feiffer at Sag Harbor

On May 28, there will be a 4 p.m. screening of “Popeye,” the film, at the Sag Harbor Cinema, followed by a Q&A with Feiffer. A collection of Feiffer’s work will be shown during a one-night exhibit at Julie Keyes Gallery in Sag Harbor after the film. Feiffer wrote a memoir, “Backing Into Forward,” reflecting […]

Posted on: May 25, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Interviews, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Jules Feiffer at Sag Harbor

Rube Goldberg, Inventor (Comic Chronicles)

From the archives: Rube Goldberg machines are serious business In the June 1923 issue of Popular Science, Rube Goldberg himself writes that he hopes to ‘invent something useful.’   From the Bill Gourgey introduction: Before the name Rube Goldberg became synonymous with comically over-engineered chain-reaction contraptions that satirize technology, the eponym belonged to a humble […]

Posted on: May 20, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Rube Goldberg, Inventor (Comic Chronicles)

75 Years Ago – Caniff Wins First “Reuben” Award

In May 1947 Milton Caniff was voted “Outstanding Cartoonist of 1946.” Seventy-five years ago Milton Caniff, creator of the Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon comic strips received the first Billy DeBeck Memorial Award, or The Barney, as the highest honor from the newly established National Cartoonists Society (NCS). Yes, The Reuben Award began […]

Posted on: May 12, 2022,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on 75 Years Ago – Caniff Wins First “Reuben” Award