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Mo Willems and HBO Max in Multiyear Deal

Mo Willems and HBO let The Pigeon do his thing. The Hollywood Reporter reports: HBO Max has made a big commitment to its kids and family programming business, signing beloved children’s author Mo Willems to an exclusive multiyear deal. The streamer won out in a competitive negotiation and will make Willems the first artist in […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Children's Books, Television, Comments: 0 Comments

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: 0 Comments

Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper

Cartoonist Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper! Born February 4, 1930. From the Irish Comics Wiki: After working at a solicitor’s office and as an apprentice lithographer, he became a full-time artist in 1949. He sold his first cartoon to Punch at eighteen, and became a regular contributor. As a painter, he had his first […]

Posted on: Feb 4, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper

Newbery Medal Winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft and his New Kid graphic novel make history. The School Library Journal reports: History was made at the 2020 Youth Media Awards in Philadelphia. A graphic novel has won the John Newbery Medal for the first time in its nearly 100-year history [emphasis added] as Jerry Craft earned the honor for New Kid. […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2020,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic history, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Newbery Medal Winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft

Barbara Remington – RIP

Illustrator Barbara Remington has passed away. Barbara Remington June 23, 1929 – January 23, 2020   Artist and illustrator Barbara Remington may be a little off-topic here but she was the cover artist for my copies of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Remington illustrated the original American paperback editions of “The Hobbit” […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2020,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Barbara Remington – RIP

NCS Last Call…Imminent Deadline! January 23!

Your submissions must be delivered to their respective locations by January 23, 2020 for consideration   The National Cartoonists Society website has the entry forms and details. You DO NOT have to be a member of the NCS to have your work considered for a divisional award.  

Posted on: Jan 21, 2020,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Television, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Last Call…Imminent Deadline! January 23!

Ask Shagg – What’re Peter Guren’s Future Plans?

The (Springfield) Republican had carried the Ask Shagg comic strip by Peter Guren. With the feature ending, editor Cynthia G. Simison asked Peter about his past… For the next two years, Guren says, he worked among an inspiring group of cartoon artists, many of whom were just like him, pitching their comic strip ideas to […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2020,  Section: Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Dav Pilkey is Publishers Weekly Person of the Year

Publishers Weekly has named Dav Pilkey their 2019 Person of the Year. Dav is the author/illustrator of the hugely successful Captain Underpants series, and has moved on to the just-as-successful Dog Man graphic novels. Pilkey’s Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, the ninth book in his popular children’s novel series, published in […]

Posted on: Dec 20, 2019,  Section: Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Dav Pilkey is Publishers Weekly Person of the Year

Mo Willems Interview – It’s A Biggie

Mo Willems is the winner of multiple Caldecott Awards. His kids books are very popular. The other week I took a Little One to the bookstore and said she could get two books. She picked the two Biggie books, though she has at least half of the collected stories in individual editions. Every one of […]

Posted on: Dec 19, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comments: Comments Off on Mo Willems Interview – It’s A Biggie

The First Peanuts Comic Strip in 3-D Pop-Up

  Gene Kannenberg, Jr., famed librarian, comics historian, and cartoonist, has created a book that Peanuts Inc must publish. It is a 3-D pop-up of the first Peanuts comic strip of October 2, 1950.   Check it out on Gene’s Twitter feed or as a widescreen Facebook video.    

Posted on: Dec 5, 2019,  Section: book, Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The First Peanuts Comic Strip in 3-D Pop-Up

A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

The Improbable Remains On his How To book tour Randall Munroe goes north to Alaska. The Juneau Empire reports on Randall’s lecture there.   The Spurns that Patient Merit of th’ Unworthy Takes At the time of this writing, the two most influential politicians in the United States are a real estate developer who became […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2019,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

Books – Reviews, Previews, and News

Eddie Campbell reviews Screwball for The Comics Journal: Screwball follows an isolated strain of comics history as opposed to those other books that tell the whole lot decade by decade or by lining up a canon of masters. Which is not say it isn’t linear: from Fred Opper to Boody Rogers, editor Paul Tumey locates […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Books – Reviews, Previews, and News

Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Asterix, the Franco-Belgian comic book character celebrating his 60th anniversary this year, is finally going to be getting the attention he deserves in the U.S. Independent publisher Papercutz will take over the American license for the property next year, with an ambitious publishing plan underway to bring the scrappy Gaul to […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)

Comic Shops May Not Survive The Book Channel

Business Insider reports: The “book channel” – which includes chain bookstores and online retailers – is projected to surpass comic shops as the the largest channel for comics sales this year. There are two major reasons why this is happening: Graphic novels are growing in popularity primarily through the book channel and children’s comics, which […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: 6 Comments

Kevin Necessary Resigns as Staff Cartoonist

Kevin Necessary has resigned his staff position as WCPO-TV Cincinnati cartoonist. Kevin sez: Ok, no more vaguebook posts (and apologies in advance for the novel): Today was my last day at WCPO. I wasn’t fired or railroaded out. I left on my own terms, in good standing, and I’m honored to have spent so many […]

Posted on: Oct 10, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Children's Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Kevin Necessary Resigns as Staff Cartoonist