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Penmen of the Past (a Comic Chronicles issue)

Mike Rhode reports on Sara Duke revealing that The Library of Congress has received a new addition from 1918 to their collection by Harrison Cady, a master of the arts.   “Written by Jim Edgar, ‘Matt Marriott’ was the finest and most atmospheric newspaper strip about the American Wild West that has ever been produced,” […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2022,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Penmen of the Past (a Comic Chronicles issue)

Book Reviews and Book Revues

Despite their vast impact, the whole story of the underground comix movement has never been fully told in a coherent, systematic way. Sure, over the years we’ve seen some good work focus on individual creators or publishers, and some good bibliographic work tracking down the titles and print histories from a collectors’ perspective, but nothing […]

Posted on: Jun 30, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Book Reviews and Book Revues

See You in the Funny Papers – Exhibit & Etymology

“See You in the Funny Papers”: a phrase that began to grace the American lexicon around the 1920s and served as a reminder that life can often be just as amusing and whimsical as the Sunday comics. That’s what Ruthmere’s summer exhibit is all about… Funny Papers will include a traveling exhibit from the Charles M. […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2022,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Events, Exhibits, Comments: 1 Comment

The Rotary Cartoon Awards (Australia)

And the award goes to….. Cartoon of the Year to David Rowe for Nuts   Open Category winner Jason Chatfield for Coronavirus Diary 1- 3 Merit Award to Jed Dunstan for Kangaroo looking for a date   Sports Category winner is Harry Bruce for Faster, higher, stronger with Merit Award to Lindsay Foyle for Excitement […]

Posted on: Mar 7, 2022,  Section: Awards, Caricature, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on The Rotary Cartoon Awards (Australia)

CSotD: Clear View from the Peanut Gallery

Pat Bagley gets the lead-off position today for having illustrated the theory that no two nations with McDonald’s have ever gone to war. The literalists have just gone scrambling off to find out how many McDonald’s are in Ukraine and Russia, but we’re not going to wait for them to get back. The point isn’t […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2022,  Section: Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Saturday Night Funnies

Every once in a while we like to recommend some sites featuring funnies. Bored Panda frequently presents panel cartoons and comic strips from various creators. Here we show a couple cartoons of their Jules Burton Suits compilation. Check in daily.   Every other week at CartoonStock Cartoon critics Phil Witte and Rex Hesner look behind […]

Posted on: Jan 8, 2022,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Saturday Night Funnies

The Shetland Islands and 40 Years of Smirk

Since we are celebrating 40 year anniversaries today let’s go to Scotland where… “Births, Deaths, Marriages and Smirk, but not necessarily in that order”, is how someone once told me they read The Shetland Times – probably apocryphal – then of course there are the back pages. A cartoon is a form of expression that […]

Posted on: Jan 4, 2022,  Section: Caricature, Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on The Shetland Islands and 40 Years of Smirk

CSotD: Without a Trace

(Dr. Macleod) (Jeremy Banx) Two threads in this particular Juxtaposition: The backgrounder is the current dustup in the UK about Boris Johnson locking everyone down and then allowing his own staff to hold a Christmas party last year at 10 Downing Street.   It was revealed, apparently, in a wonderfully foolish cock-up when the Prime […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2021,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments

Cartoonists/Editors Jon Adams & Ellis Rosen Interviewed

Jon Adams and Ellis Rosen are cartoonists and illustrators who separately have contributed to The New Yorker, MAD, McSweeney’s and many other outlets. Together they’ve teamed up to edit the new book Send Help!: A Collection of Marooned Cartoons. More than just a collection of comics, it includes a forward by Emma Allen, an afterward […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists/Editors Jon Adams & Ellis Rosen Interviewed

Hey Kids! Comics! Pure Treat

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Korean War Comic Books   Our Artists At War   Unicorn Playlist   Inked   Scenes from Isolation   Definitely Nat: The Nat […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2021,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Pure Treat

CSotD: Funny triggers

xkcd starts us off with a cartoon that is funny but that then sends me off on a tangent. Obviously, what she proposes is not what anyone means by “putting the toothpaste back in the tube,” but I think that, if you squirted toothpaste out on the sink, you could probably get it back in […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2021,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 18 Comments

David Simonson – RIP

Publisher, journalist, and cartoonist David Simonson has passed away.   David C. Simonson May 9, 1927 – August 27, 2021 Cartoonist, journalist, editor, publisher From the obituary: A life-long artist and journalist, at the age of 12, he and his political artwork were featured in LIFE magazine.  As a teenager, one of his oil paintings […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2021,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on David Simonson – RIP

CSotD: Artists’ insights

While we await further development on things that aren’t funny, here’s a look at something that really is. Or will be when it releases in October, but you’ll have forgotten by then, so pre-order it now, from the publisher or at your local bookstore.   Joe Dator is a frequent New Yorker contributor, but even […]

Posted on: Aug 19, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

This Week’s Whatnots

Dennis the Menace Gets Royal Stamp Treatment The Beano comic is celebrating its 70th anniversary and to mark the milestone Royal Mail has released 10 special stamps using pictures from the comic strip. Dennis was first brought to life in a pencil sketch in January 1951 by Scottish illustrator and cartoonist David Law along with […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2021,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic strips, International, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on This Week’s Whatnots

Cartoon Chronicles – Days of Yore

Female Phantom and Female Phantom Writers Folklore has that Lee Falk’s widow finished some scripts when the creator passed away. That would be, if true, the only known instance of a woman writing The Phantom comic strip. But there was a time when a woman wrote for The Phantom comic book in the U.S. Long […]

Posted on: Jun 3, 2021,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment