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Sergio Aragonés Rejects the Idea of No More MAD

  Longtime MAD contributor Sergio Aragonés just can’t imagine a world without MAD. Aragonés sees MAD as a way of presenting people’s foibles and the world’s problems with humor. “Instead of crying, you laugh at it,” he said, suggesting the magazine’s influence has reached a swath of humanity that includes politicians lampooned in its pages. “They […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 0 Comments

The MADness Ends

  It seems the unthinkable has happened, MAD magazine will shut down. Tom Spurgeon broke the news hearing of the demise but acknowledging it was unconfirmed. Now Evan Dorkin has confirmed the news.   MAD began in 1952 with Harvey Kurtzman in charge and a stellar cast of artists. It soon changed to a magazine […]

Posted on: Jul 3, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

The Future of The Nib, Again

It was reported Friday that First Look Media made the decision to end funding for The Nib along with shuttering the web magazine Topic.com at the end of July. That is true and something that I’ve been dealing with the results of for a few weeks now. That leaves me writing yet another post on […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Future of The Nib, Again

Senior Strippers (2019 edition)

Happy Birthday Vic Carrabotta, born June 24, 1929! Vic becomes the latest creator to join the Senior Strippers list. A list of cartoonists who for 90+ years continue to survive “the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.” Below is, as best as I can determine, a list of cartoonists who continue to carry […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, sports cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

Cal Massey – RIP

Comic artist, illustrator, sculptor Cal Massey has passed away. Calvin Levi (Cal) Massey February 10, 1926 – June 10, 2019   From the Philadelphia Inquirer report: The artist Cal Massey, who created hundreds of paintings, illustrations, designs and sculptures over a career of nearly 70 years, died June 11 at Virtua Marlton Hospital. He was […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Cal Massey – RIP

Frank Jacobs Joins the Senior Strippers Club

Let me begin by apologizing to Mr. Jacobs for being a day late.   above: birthday greeting from MAD Magazine   From 1957 to 2007 (and occasionally since) Frank Jacobs was a major contributor to MAD Magazine; and he didn’t just ease in, he jumped in with five articles in his first issue.     […]

Posted on: May 31, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Frank Jacobs Joins the Senior Strippers Club

Everett Raymond Kinstler – RIP

  Illustrator and portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler has passed away. EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER August 5, 1926 – May 26, 2019   From the Portrait Society of America Facebook page: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Everett Raymond Kinstler passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019 […]

Posted on: May 29, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Everett Raymond Kinstler – RIP

$5.4 Million for Original Comic Book Cover Art

  Yeah, it’s Frazetta.   Frank Frazetta’s original art for the cover of Eerie #23 (September 1969) sold for $5,400,000.00 via Heritage Auctions. The Grand Comics Database notes about the cover: Frank Frazetta republished this painting, with slight revisions, as a poster titled “Egyptian Queen.” The face of the woman is different in the poster. […]

Posted on: May 23, 2019,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on $5.4 Million for Original Comic Book Cover Art

2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

The National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year presented May 18, 2019 (nominees listed, winner highlighted):   Lynda Barry Brian Basset Stephan Pastis Hilary Price Mark Tatulli   The 11th time is the charm for Stephan!! above photo via National Cartoonists Society   hat tip: Anne Morse-Hambrock and TomHeintjes      

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on 2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

Kids’ Graphic Novels Lead Comic Book Sales

  Led by sales of the graphic novel format, total sales of graphic novels and periodical comics in the U.S. and Canada was approximately $1.09 billion in 2018, according to a joint estimate by trade news sites ICv2 and Comichron. From Publishers Weekly: Although sales via the direct market (aka the comics shop market) were […]

Posted on: May 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Kids’ Graphic Novels Lead Comic Book Sales

May 4 is Free Comic Book Day 2019

Today, May 4, 2019, is Free Comic Book Day! Along with the ones shown here there are plenty of superhero comic books too. Visit your local comic book shop and get freebies for the kiddies.   As for you homebodies, there is free stuff also. If haven’t read an issue of the wonderful Hogan’s Alley […]

Posted on: May 4, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominees

The San Diego Comics Con International has announced the nominees for the 2019 Will Eisner Awards. The winners, determined by tabulating the voting of comic book professionals, will be revealed July 19, 2019 at an awards ceremony during the San Diego Comic Con. The awards are comic book oriented – but there are a couple […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2019,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominees

Ken Bald – RIP

  Comic artist Ken Bald has passed away. Kenneth Bruce (Ken) Bald August 1, 1920 – March 17, 2019   From the obituary: Upon graduating Pratt in 1941, Bald’s talent landed him a job at the Jack Binder Art Studio in Englewood, NJ. Quickly recognized for his flair for main characters and a smooth inking […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Happy 90th Mort Drucker

Born March 22, 1929 is one of the greatest caricaturists of all time. Mort Drucker becomes a Senior Stripper on the occasion of his 90th birthday.     World famous for his decades for satirizing movie and tv stars’ shows for MAD magazine, he was much more that that. For example he is an amazing […]

Posted on: Mar 22, 2019,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 1 Comment

2018 NCS Divisional Nominees

The 2018 National Cartoonists Society Divisional Award nominees for the 73rd Annual NCS Reuben Awards! The winners will be announced on May 18th, 2019 in Huntington Beach, CA. The National Cartoonists Society  

Posted on: Mar 18, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Television, Comments: Comments Off on 2018 NCS Divisional Nominees