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Auctions: $3.9 Million for Original Tintin Comic Art, $2.2 Million for Batman Comic Book

Artwork originally intended to be the cover of a Tintin comic book (album) has sold for 3.2 Euros ($3,872,000.00). From Artnet: A picture by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé (1907–1983) has set a new record for the most expensive work of comic book art, selling for €3.2 million ($3.8 million) on January 14 at an auction at Artcurial in Paris. […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2021,  Section: Auctions, Comic Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! – Winter Reading

© Tom Gauld Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for January 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. A Cockeyed Menagerie   For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 5   Ditko Shrugged   BB […]

Posted on: Jan 12, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Call for Entries: 2020 NCS Divisional Awards

The National Cartoonists Society has begun its annual call for entries for consideration for the NCS Divisional Reuben Awards recognizing excellence in professional cartooning. As always, you DO NOT have to be a member of the NCS to have your work considered for a divisional award. All that is required is that the work be […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Call for Entries: 2020 NCS Divisional Awards

New for ’21: 1925 is Public Domain

As of January 1, 2021 most everything from 1925 entered public domain status. While that Duke University links focuses on some lesser works, we will turn our attention to more important literature that is now available after the Walt Disney Extension. Among the more well-known comics that started in 1925, and whose first year is […]

Posted on: Jan 2, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

Over 1200 pages long with more than 1200 new entries, this is a bibliography of articles and books on all aspects of comic and cartoon art including comic books, comic strips, cartoons, animation, editorial cartoons, newly updated as of the end of 2018. The electronic book, a non DRM PDF, includes tens of thousands of […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Comics Research Bibliography 2020 Edition, Your Resource Source, Now Available

David Mruz – RIP

Comics and animation historian David Mruz has passed away.   David Richard Mruz February 11, 1951 – December 20. 2020 Comics and animation historian, fanzine publisher: Mindrot/Animania When most of us think of Minneapolis cartoonists our thoughts go back to Charles Schulz, for native Minnesotan David Mruz his thoughts go back much further to another […]

Posted on: Dec 28, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Christmas Eve Cartoonist Chronicles-20201224

Historical Comic and Cartoon articles from the past week. Starting with the man who created the modern Santa Claus seems appropriate. Grunge relates The Tragic Death of Thomas Nast.   Pamela L. Travers was notoriously hard to deal with, as The Conversation notes in Mary Shepherd: The Artist Who Brought Mary Poppins to Life.   […]

Posted on: Dec 24, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Christmas Eve Cartoonist Chronicles-20201224

2020 In Memoriam Lists

Year-end lists are starting to show up. A couple In Memoriam on animation sites have been posted. Cartoon Brew documented obituaries in the animation industry. The past 12 months, in which the spectre of disease and death loomed over everything, saw Cartoon Brew chalk up a sad record: we have never published so many obituaries […]

Posted on: Dec 23, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Ted Dawson Gets Publishers Weekly Cover

Max Weaver and Ted Dawson‘s new Grubbs book (Spring 2021 release) got a prime spot in the latest (December 21) Publishers Weekly magazine – the cover! It’s a parody alternate cover for their Person of the Year issue. Grubbs has been around, in one form of another, for a dozen years. From a 2016 interview […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Ted Dawson Gets Publishers Weekly Cover

And the Company You Keep Too

The end of the year brings out the “Best of” lists.Some of which contains items that we have mentioned here. The Beat‘s list of the 50 best comics of 2020 includes titles by seasoned creators and up-and-coming talents.   Forbes has put out their list of The Best Graphic Novels of 2020.   Polygon has […]

Posted on: Dec 18, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on And the Company You Keep Too

The Trump Show, A Gallery of Comic Book Covers

Since Mike doesn’t do politics on Fridays, I guess I’ll go there. President Trump, when cast as a comic book character, is most often portrayed as some version of The Incredible Hulk. Rich Ragsdale has spoofed Trump by placing him on various comic book covers emulating the characteristics of DC, EC, Dell, and Marvel (yes, […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Comic Books, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonists Chronicles 20-11-19

Accounts of comic/cartoon history that we stumbled on this past week. Eustace Tilley: Origins of an Icon Alex Jay’s short pictorial…     leads us to R. C. Harvey’s 2017 True History of Eustace Tilley essay at The Comics Journal. Eustace Tilley is the name given to the 19th century boulevardier languidly inspecting a passing […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists Chronicles 20-11-19

David Geiser – RIP

Artist and underground comix cartoonist David Geiser has passed away. David Montague Geiser June 28, 1947 – October 14, 2020   From the obituary: A prolific artist, his work from the underground comics early in his career to recent drawings such as “Snail Ridin’ the Mouse” and “Dog Boy (a Young Cynic)” reflect his not […]

Posted on: Nov 13, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic Books, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on David Geiser – RIP

Happy Birthday Rupert Bear, a Comic Centennial

Rupert characters are © & ™ Express Newspapers & DreamWorks Newspaper comic features that are still appearing in newly produced and printed episodes after 100 year can be counted on one hand – Gasoline Alley, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Thimble Theater starring Popeye, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, and now Rupert Bear.* On November […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

If Your Show Never Got a MAD Parody, You Buy One

  Stars can have a mega-hit movie or a short-run television show, either way it don’t matter unless they are featured in a MAD parody. So, after ten years without being satirized in MAD, and no chance for one in the the foreseeable future with MAD down to reprints, what’s a producer to do? Well, […]

Posted on: Nov 6, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on If Your Show Never Got a MAD Parody, You Buy One