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Tales From Cartooning

Joe Kubert is an acknowledged master of the comic arts,but here Mark Avila appreciates him as the greatest teacher of the comic arts.   The Society of Illustrators has organized ways for you to enjoy the Museum and our programming online! This includes exhibits, panels, podcasts, and children’s activities. Explore our #MuseumFromHome through our new […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2020,  Section: Animation, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: 0 Comments

Weekend Wrap – Gettin’ Around

September celebrates Beetle Bailey at 70, then October will see Charlie Brown celebrating his 70th. Charlie (and his dog) gets a bit more publicity than Beetle, including Timex licensing. In August a new cartoonist joined The New Yorker club. Lillie J. Harris is the 14th cartoonist to make her first appearance in the magazine this […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Bottorff’s ComicBack© Checklist Updated for 2020

Last week you heard, and maybe saw, the fireworks going off, but you were probably mistaken about the cause. It is my theory that those illuminating the sky with rockets were celebrating the release of the 2020 updating of Bottorff’s ComicBacks Price Guide & Checklist (in PDF). Some of you may have noted that I […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Cartoonist Profiles and Cartoonews

MONTAGUE: Yeah. I had emailed just, like, the general New Yorker email from the Instagram account and had said, hey, you know, there’s a lot of – there’s definitely some diversity lacking at The New Yorker and The New Yorker cartoons just based on the characters that are drawn and the point of view and […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Profiles and Cartoonews

A ‘Cartoon Caption Contest’ Contest

It started with Michael Gerber of The American Bystander asking a question. Michael Maslin‘s Ink Spill passed the question to others. It came down to us filtered through the Mike Lynch Cartoons blog (simply because we clicked on Mike’s site before clicking on Michael’s site, both are regular and recommended stops while surfing the internet). […]

Posted on: Jun 20, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoons, Contests, Comments: 2 Comments

Phil Hirsch – RIP

Cartoon editor and humor and gag writer Phil Hirsch has passed away. Philip (Phil) Hirsch August 18, 1926 – January 20, 2020 Pyramid Books vice president/editor/writer From the Jewish Exponent notice of death: Philip Hirsch, 93 of Voorhees, NJ, passed away on 1/2/20 in Voorhees. Philip was born in Bronx, NY to Clara and Leo […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Phil Hirsch – RIP

Red, White, Black and Blue: Documenting America’s Racial Illiteracy – A Keith Knight Presentation

Knight’s talk was both autobiographical and a chance to comment on society through his art. Knight, who grew up in Boston, remarked that he had only one black teacher in school – and that was a substitute who, as a comic artist, at least modeled a career that appealed to Knight. It wasn’t until Knight […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoons, Comic strips, Discussion, Editorial cartooning, Events, Graphic Journalism, Speaking Engagements, Comments: Comments Off on Red, White, Black and Blue: Documenting America’s Racial Illiteracy – A Keith Knight Presentation

Hey Kids! Comics! Book Love

Seems Dennis is right: I love books. The problem is that my book-buying habit outpaces my ability to read them. This leads to FOMO and occasional pangs of guilt over the unread volumes spilling across my shelves. Sound familiar? But it’s possible this guilt is entirely misplaced. According to statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb, these unread […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Book Love

Hey Kids! Comics! Read Comics, Get Smarter

Language experts have been studying the act of reading comics and its effect on the brain, and they have arrived to the conclusion that reading comic books makes you smarter. Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for January 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Publications, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Read Comics, Get Smarter

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

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

‘Tis the Season for Calendars

This calendar year ends and another begins in less than a month, and calendars are selling! The Dilbert Day-to-Day Desk Calendar (above) is the best-selling comic-related calendar on the Amazon site at this writing. It is #1 in the Humor & Comic Calendars department, #2 in the all-encompassing Calendars, Planners & Organizers department, and even […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Earlybird Special

Frazz brings back a memory: Back when I used to visit classrooms to teach media literacy, my offer to teachers was that I would come for free, any time they wanted, except on the last day of class before a major holiday. Nobody ever objected; most greeted it with laughter, because they didn’t want to […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

CSotD: Back to Basics

I don’t know if Paul Berge considers this a cartoon or if he just posted it on his page to amuse himself and his regulars. Machs nix. When I used to do a presentation to high school students about political cartooning, I began by noting that they’ve usually got some wiseass who passes rude things […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: What’s New?

Mo is content to put up her feet and gobble popcorn (go read the whole thing here), but her creator and other political cartoonists need to focus because things are beginning to speed up.   Of course, some cartoonists habitually work hard and file often, and Clay Jones has posted a dozen-and-a-half sketches of things […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments