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Gus Arriola, Bill Watterson, Orrin Evans, and Cartoonyfellers (A Comic Chronicles Edition)

How Gus Arriola and Gordo Became Accidental Ambassadors of Mexican Culture When Arriola started his comic strip, words like ‘burrito’ were unknown in the United States “Gordo,” August 21, 1966; © UFS, Inc. Gordo, published between 1941 and 1985, was created, drawn, and written by Arriola; it was distributed by the United Feature Syndicate. The […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2022,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Summer’s Last Roundup

Some stray news items from the end of Summer 2022. The New Improved NCS Divisional Award Rich Powell compares his Divisional Reuben Awards of 2013 and 2022. The new awards have a nice, burnished finish and rounded edges on the frame. I really like this look! Plus, the silver didn’t rub off on your tux! […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Interviews, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

While We’ve Been Distracted By Royalty…

While we’ve been distracted by royalty of the British and cartooning kinds the world continued to spin. Here we do some catching up. But before we move on from cartoon royalty… 10 Funniest The Far Side Comics, According To Reddit One of the inspirations for Gary Larson’s popular recurring characters was just honored by his […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Interviews, Publications, Speaking Engagements, sports cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! An Autumn Overload!

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Nothing Echoes like an Empty Mailbox  (more about the USPS book)     Ink, Blood, and Linseed Oil    Celebrating 30 […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Sports, Mascots, Elves, Wokeness, Whatnots

Continuing with a couple topics that partner Peterson touched on this morning. The Return of Brownie the Elf Cleveland Scene reports National Football League’s Cleveland Browns bringing back an old favorite. From a helicopter perch high above the city, Fox 8’s Patty Harken snapped this shot of the Cleveland Browns’ new midfield logo at FirstEnergy […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2022,  Section: Caricature, Comic Books, Controversies, International, Magazine cartoons, sports cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

A September Saturday and Such

We mentioned it earlier this month, but Mark Parisi waited until the actual anniversary of Off The Mark to celebrate. © Mark Parisi Mark lets us in on the in-joke at his Facebook page. GoComics notes the anniversary. The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, today announced that it will award Art […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2022,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, Magazine cartoons, Reuben, Comments: 3 Comments

Eighty Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Years With Pogo

  According to comic book historians who keep track of such things, Animal Comics #1 from Dell Publishing was released 80 years ago today. Its claim to fame is that the comic book featured the debut of Pogo Possum and Albert the Alligator by Walt Kelly. The occupants of Okefenokee were not birthed fully formed, […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Lucien De Gieter Joins TDC’s Senior Strippers Club

Lucien De Gieter, born September 4, 1932, turns 90 today and becomes one of The Daily Cartoonist’s Senior Strippers. Lucien’s entry at the Lambiek Comiclopedia: Lucien De Gieter is a Belgian comic artist, since the 1960s a prominent artist for Spirou magazine and best known for his comic series ‘Papyrus’. De Gieter began his association […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2022,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, International, Comments: Comments Off on Lucien De Gieter Joins TDC’s Senior Strippers Club

Diane Noomin – RIP

Underground/alternative cartoonist and editor Diane Noomin has passed away. Diane Noomin (née Diane Robin Rosenblatt) May 13, 1947 – September 1, 2022 The news of Diane’s passing is being shared on social media. From Charles Kochman on the afternoon of September 1: I am so sorry to share the news that Diane Noomin passed away […]

Posted on: Sep 2, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic Books, Obituary, Comments: 3 Comments

Most Banned Comics of the 21st Century

New Kid by Jerry Craft, Maus by Art Spiegelman, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, Anne Frank’s Diary (Graphic Adaptation) adapted by Ari Folman and David Polonsky, and, of course, Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe are among the most challenged or banned comic books since the […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Controversies, Graphic Novels, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Most Banned Comics of the 21st Century

What This Country Needs is a Good Five Dollar Comic Strip Comic Book

The Chronicle Chamber reports that India’s Regal Publishers are celebrating their second year anniversary by issuing a special edition of The Phantom comic book. To celebrate their two year anniversary, Regal are releasing a special #25 issue with 164 pages instead of the normal 56 page issues they have been releasing for the past year. […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on What This Country Needs is a Good Five Dollar Comic Strip Comic Book

Lily Renée – RIP

Golden Age comic book artist Lily Renée Phillips has passed away at age 101.     Lily Renée Peters Phillips (née Willheim) May 12, 1921 – August 24, 2022   Lily’s children have notified comics fandom through Trina Robbins: It’s with great sadness that my sister and I regret to inform you of the passing […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Lily Renée – RIP

The Comics Journal Obituary for Paul Coker, Jr.

The Comics Journal released its obituary of Paul Coker, Jr. today. Comics historian and Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago does a great job by Coker. This has perhaps the best accounting of Paul’s early career at Hallmark Cards. One of his first clients, the Kansas City-based Hallmark, hired him as a staff designer in […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2022,  Section: Animation, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Greeting Cards, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on The Comics Journal Obituary for Paul Coker, Jr.

Throw-Stuff-At-The-Wall Thursday

As we jump all over the place let’s start with – The Are You Calvin or Are You Hobbes Quiz. Alison Doherty: I didn’t have the best introduction to Calvin and Hobbes, the comic strip by Bill Watterson that ran between 1985 and 1995 … I thought it was about an annoying, naughty boy with […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Movies, sports cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Throw-Stuff-At-The-Wall Thursday

Hey Kids! Comics! Hot August Books

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Ballard Street Redux: The Comic Art of Jerry Van Amerongen    Victorian Comics  (re-issue of 1976 edition)   Big Nate: Destined […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, International, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment