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A Collection of Chips, Crime, and Comic Chronicles

Crime Comic Strips Who could have known that newspaper comic strips and crime stories, including noir, were a match made in heaven? Newspaper comic strips are an artistic genre that’s largely forgotten now. The strips that remain are for the most part humor strips like “Garfield.” A handful of dramatic strips are still published. But […]

Posted on: May 16, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Strips and Comic Books (Stupid Fresh Mess)

Comic books have always had a relationship with comic strips. The modern comic book began by either reprinting comic strips or featuring new pages patterned after the comic strip format. As the new material overwhelmed the reprint stuff, it was not unusual to see new comic book stories based on newspaper comic strip characters. © […]

Posted on: May 15, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Books Eclipse Budgets

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for May 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Are We Lost Yet?: Another Wallace the Brave Collection    Popular Comics: Giant-Size Volume 1 Black & White Edition    Remarkably […]

Posted on: May 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

In Praise of Comic Artist June Brigman

For a generation of comic book fans, June Brigman’s name conjures a particular accolade that – while entirely deserved – undermines the impressive body of work that she’s built up across a career that’s lasted 39 years at the time of this article being written. But before we address that dubious honor, however, let’s appreciate […]

Posted on: May 14, 2022,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Passed the Past – Comic Chronicles

National Cartoonists’ Day was last week so this is late, but how can it be late when we’re talking about the past? Every year, May 5 is observed as National Cartoonist Day. Why May 5 is considered as National Cartoonist Day? On May 5, 1895, the New York World carried a single-strip, full-color drawing of […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Azim, Del Col, Adams, and Hickey Awarded the Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Pulitzer

Fahmida Azim, Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt Hickey of Insider for a comic on a Uyghur internment camp have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Illustrated Reporting and Commentary. From the announcement: Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Fahmida Azim, Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt Hickey of Insider, New York, N.Y. Finalists: Ann […]

Posted on: May 9, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic Books, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 0 Comments

Catchin’ Up with Cartoonists in the News

It started, as most searches do, by looking toward the end. “COVID taught us all just how precious and fragile time with family is,” reflected 34-year-old Charlestonian video editor/director/cinematographer Gavin Shelton. Thus began Shelton’s pandemic project: a curation of the life and legacy of his uncle, underground comix icon Gilbert Shelton. Gilbert Shelton, now in […]

Posted on: May 9, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

Hogan’s Alley Magazine for Free Comic Book Day

For those wanting to know what all the hoopla surrounding the Hogan’s Alley magazine is about here’s your shot at getting a free sample of the best comic history magazine going without leaving home. From Hogan’s Alley: It’s Free Comic Book Day, and you know what that means! To take advantage of our offer, you […]

Posted on: May 7, 2022,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

In Memoriam: Neal Adams

A collection of obituaries and appreciations of Neal Adams. The Guardian published their obituary of Neal Adams today. Adams was central to the rethinking of characters including Marvel’s X-Men and, for their rival DC Comics, the Spectre, Deadman and, most crucially, the Batman. He also brought about changes to business practices, most notably winning artists […]

Posted on: May 6, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Chronicles – This Was Then

Not forgetting comics’ past. McDougall’s Monsters When a child picks up a newspaper, it is often to see the wacky adventures of Snoopy or if Garfield still hates Mondays. Flashback to 1902, children who expected the funny pages instead found the scary drawings of Walt McDougall. Believe It or Not in 1902 cartoonist Walt McDougall […]

Posted on: May 4, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Chronicles – This Was Then

Free Comic Book Day is May 7

As long as we’re talking bargain books … how about FREE? Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 7, 2022. Visit your local Comic Book Shop this Saturday. and more.  

Posted on: May 2, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on Free Comic Book Day is May 7

University Press of Mississippi Book Sale

The University Press of Mississippi is taking 40% off ALL their books from May 2 to May 9, 2022. And there are some must-have books among the 168 titles in their Comic Studies category. Here are the covers of a few of their books about comics:         The 40% off is applied […]

Posted on: May 2, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Neal Adams – RIP

Comic book and comic strip artist Neal Adams has passed away. Neal Adams June 15, 1941 – April 28, 2022 From The Hollywood Reporter: Neal Adams, the legendary comic book artist who reinvigorated Batman and other superheroes with his photorealistic stylings and championed the rights of creators, has died. He was 80. Adams died Thursday in New York […]

Posted on: Apr 29, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 5 Comments

2022 Eisner Hall of Fame Inductees and Nominees

Comics-Con International (Comic-Con San Diego) has announced the six judges’ choice inductees into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame and 17 nominees of which four will be selected by voters. The automatic inductees are Marie Duval, Rose O’Neill, Max Gaines, Alex Nino, P. Craig Russell, and Mark Gruenwald. As is our wont here at The […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 2022 Eisner Hall of Fame Inductees and Nominees

Justin Green – RIP

Underground comix cartoonist Justin Green has passed away. Justin Considine Green July 25, 1945 – April 23, 2022 Justin’s wife Carol (above with Justin) and daughter Julia are passing on the sad news. We, his loved ones, prepared but not prepared for the putty-dry voice on the phone in the wee hours, stating flatly: “I’m […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 3 Comments