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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

“Boynton!” – The Sound of a Great Child’s Book

  Boynton! I’ve long thought that Sandra’s name made for a great sound effect. Dinosnores, Sandra’s newest book, has a different sound effect. And, while anytime is a good Boynton time, The Atlantic takes this opportunity to profile Sandra. “Where did you ever get such a crazy, scary idea for a book?” That’s the question […]

Posted on: Oct 8, 2019,  Section: Children's Books, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on “Boynton!” – The Sound of a Great Child’s Book

Dana Fradon – RIP

Famed magazine cartoonist Dana Fradon has passed away. Arthur Dana Fradon April 14, 1922 – October 3, 2019   From the obituary: Dana attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York where he met and married Comic Illustrator, Ramona Fradon. He wanted to pursue a career in political cartooning […]

Posted on: Oct 8, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Children's Books, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Dana Fradon – RIP

Graphic Books Return to NY Times Best Seller List

The New York Times sent out a notice today that the graphic books best seller list will be returning to the newspaper. Today The New York Times Book Review announced changes to the Best-Seller Lists, in print and online. The Best Sellers team will begin tracking Mass Market Paperbacks (genres including romance) and a combined […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Graphic Books Return to NY Times Best Seller List

Updates…Updates…Updates

Updating some recent posts.   The Knight Life Ends. Keith Knight uses The K Chronicles to confirm the ending of The Knight Life.   The Knight Life Still Runs Above is The Knight Life running in this weekend’s Stars and Stripes newspaper. It is a repeat of the first 2019 Sunday strip. I don’t know […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Updates…Updates…Updates

Hey Kids! Comics! A Good Harvest Moon Crop

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.   Snug Harbor Stories: A Wallace the Brave Collection!     Silly Symphonies Volume 4: The Complete Disney Classics 1942-1945 (the last volume)   […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! A Good Harvest Moon Crop

Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

  With one exception, to please his evangelical base (“America’s Christian publishers no longer have to render to Caesar an extra 10 percent.”) and Rupert Murdoch, all material printed in China then sent to the United States will be taxed tariffed. The only print product completely removed from the list of proposed China tariffs was […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Magazines, Publications, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Tariff-ic Books and Magazines