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Roger Bradfield – RIP

Cartoonist, illustrator, and author Roger Bradfield has passed away. Roger Martin (Jolly Roger) Bradfield September 22, 1924 – December 31, 2021 “Jolly Roger” Bradfield rang out the old year by sailing off into the sunset, leaving a cast of colorful characters in his wake. From lavender lions to giants of different sizes. Goofy princes and […]

Posted on: Feb 1, 2022,  Section: Children's Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Roundups and Updates

A reminder that the deadline for entries to the National Cartoonists Society’s Divisional Reuben Awards ends in three days – February 2, 2022. The NCS has put up a video describing the selection/election process of the Reuben Awards. (As much as I love the procedural explanation I love the various interpretations of the NCS logo.) […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2022,  Section: Animation, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Reuben, sports cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Sandra Boynton Gets Boynton Bookworks Imprint

Publisher Simon & Schuster has created Boynton Bookworks, an imprint dedicated solely to the creative output of Sandra Boynton.                               From Associated Press via Kansas City Star: Sandra Boynton’s prolific career as an author, cartoonist and songwriter has reached the point where a publisher has formed an imprint dedicated solely to her books. On Thursday, […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2022,  Section: Children's Books, New Launches, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Sandra Boynton Gets Boynton Bookworks Imprint

Dav Pilkey, Jeff Kinney Win 2021 Bestseller Sweeps

Dav Pilkey (Dog Man) and Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) were the big winners in 2021. Each of them had three books in last year’s Top 25 best selling books list. Both creators each sold over two million editions collectively of their three books, with Pilkey edging Kinney by almost 365,000 sales. Excerpt […]

Posted on: Jan 10, 2022,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Dav Pilkey, Jeff Kinney Win 2021 Bestseller Sweeps

Tony Tallarico – RIP

Cartoonist/illustrator Tony Tallarico has passed away. Anthony F. (Tony) Tallarico September 20, 1933 – January 6, 2022   From the Berndt Toast Gang Facebook page earlier today: The wonderful Tony Tallarico passed away late last night. Tony had a long and prolific career working in comics and children’s books. A consummate professional, Tony was always […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Tony Tallarico – RIP

Sharon Smith Kane – RIP

Cartoonist and children’s book author/illustrator Sharon Smith Kane has passed away. Sharon Kane (neé Smith)February 18, 1932 – November 3, 2021 From Andrew Farago’s obituary at The Comics Journal: Children’s book author and cartoonist Sharon Kane (née Smith) passed away on November 3, 2021 at the age of 89. Her newspaper panel Buttons an’ Beaux, […]

Posted on: Dec 13, 2021,  Section: Children's Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Sharon Smith Kane – RIP

Highest Paid Dead Cartoonists

Forbes has released its Highest Paid Dead Celebrities list for 2021 and two cartoonists make it to the top five of the thirteen noted. The Peanuts business brought in $47 million more in revenue this fiscal year compared to 2020, for a total of $157 million. Part of that comes from a deal with Apple […]

Posted on: Nov 2, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Reuben Weekend – NCS Divisional Award Winners 3

The National Cartoonists Society announced the winners of the final Divisional Awards for 2020 Saturday evening. The nominees and the winners of those categories are below. Nominees for Comic Books  And the winner is… Walter Simonson     Nominees for Graphic Novels And the winner is… Jared Cullum     Nominees for Book Illustration And […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Reuben Weekend – NCS Divisional Award Winners 3

Texas Schools Cancel Jerry Craft Because CRT

Author/cartoonist Jerry Craft‘s books were banned at the end of Banned Books Week from the Katy Independent School District after parents signed a petition to cancel a Zoom event with Jerry. The petition, which had 444 signatures as of Friday morning, reads: “Author Jerry Craft is scheduled to have a Zoom call with elementary aged […]

Posted on: Oct 5, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Controversies, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Texas Schools Cancel Jerry Craft Because CRT

Bob Kain – RIP

Cartoonist and illustrator Bob Kain has passed away.   Robert (Bob) Kain August 12, 1932 – August 31, 2021   From the obituary: His great love of cartooning took him to study at The Ontario College of Art, and then to New York City to attend The School of Visual Arts. For 35 years he […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2021,  Section: Animation, Children's Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Books by Maria Scrivan and Stephan Pastis

Greenwich Time has a brief item about local cartoonist Maria Scrivan: A new book from Greenwich native and author/cartoonist Maria Scrivan called “Absolutely Nat” will be available on Sept. 21. The book, inspired by her childhood growing up in Greenwich and attending Central Middle School, is her third middle grade graphic novel for Scholastic. Her […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Books by Maria Scrivan and Stephan Pastis

Rob Harrell Featured in Zionsville Monthly Magazine

In addition to being a witty and likeable guy, Rob Harrell is an accomplished author and illustrator. Harrell resides in Zionsville with his supportive wife, Amber. We had the pleasure of featuring Harrell on our cover of Zionsville Monthly back in October of 2018. Since that time, Harrell has published “Wink” (2020) and his latest […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Free Comic Book Day is Over

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Birth of a Beetle: The Magazine Cartoons of Mort Walker   Comic Book Artist Bullpen   Trubble Town   Red Lines   Big […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Free Comic Book Day is Over

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

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