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Sam Cornell – RIP

Animator Sam Cornell has passed away. Samuel Miller (Sam) Cornell June 1939 – May 1, 2021   From the IMDb: From Pegboard, the Animation Guild’s newsletter: Sam Cornell d. 5/01/2021 – Industry veteran Sam Cornell is known for his varied work on Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Rugrats Movie, The Wuzzles, and Shinbone Alley. His […]

Posted on: Oct 11, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic Books, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Sam Cornell – RIP

Looking Back on Comics News This Week

As the old cliché goes, “What goes around comes around.” And Charlie Daniel is still coming around. At Bacon & Company in downtown Knoxville, what’s going around on their screen-printing machines are vintage t-shirts, gearing up Vol fans for UT’s upcoming matchup with the South Carolina Gamecocks. “We used to do game day t-shirts back […]

Posted on: Oct 8, 2021,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Russ Kick – RIP

“Rogue transparency activist” and comics editor Russ Kick has passed away. Russell Charles (Russ) Kick III July 20, 1969 – September 12, 2021 From The Washington Post obituary: Russ Kick, a writer, editor and self-described “rogue transparency activist” who pried loose government records, using Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain overlooked documents and peek […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Russ Kick – RIP

Cartoonists in the News

As one of the last remaining full-time newspaper cartoonists left in the U.S., I was starting to feel like a contestant on one of those reality shows. You know, something like “Last Cartoonist Inking.” And then it’s like I was kicked off the show. After 31 years drawing award-winning cartoons for my beloved hometown newspaper, […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists in the News

Convention Season Begins: CXC, AAEC, NCS/CAF

It’s a convention extravaganza for the next three weekends. Starting with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. Alison Bechdel, Hilary Price, Jerry Craft, Jeff Smith, Shary Flenniken, Bianca Xunise, Steenz, Joey Alison Sayers, Jonathan Lemon, Trina Robbins, Shena Wolf, Roberta Gregory, Jules Rivera, Patrick McDonnell, Ben Towle, Brian Walker, Nick Anderson, Chris Samnee, and more guests.   Then […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Comments: Comments Off on Convention Season Begins: CXC, AAEC, NCS/CAF

Larry Lieber, Stan Lee’s Brother, Sues Marvel

comic characters © Marvel Comics Larry Lieber, who scripted the initial appearances of Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Loki, Fin Fang Foom, and other heroic and villainous characters in the Marvel Universe, has sued Marvel/Disney for a bigger portion of the pie. Disney has counter-sued to protect their interests. Earlier today we reported that the heirs […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Larry Lieber, Stan Lee’s Brother, Sues Marvel

Hey Kids! Comics! Harvest Those Bookshelves

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Empire’s Nursery   The Strange Death of Alex Raymond   You Can’t Do Business (or Most Anything Else) Without Yiddish   Britain’s Best […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Harvest Those Bookshelves

My Two Million Dollar Comic Book – update

Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). First appearance of Spider-ManAt Heritage Auctions with 6 days until end of bidding. Okay, so my copy of the comic book is about half this one’s condition, but mine is signed by Stan Lee. So I figger a few hundred thousand less than this floppies’ current bid.   UPDATE The copy […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2021,  Section: Auctions, Comic Books, Comments: 6 Comments

Book Burning – Not a Thing of the Past

Post World War II North America:     21st Century North America: Canada: Tintin and Asterix books destroyed because they are considered harmful to the natives A total of 5,000 books and comics have been thrown away, some burned and buried, by a school board in the province of Ontario which, on Radio Canada, believes […]

Posted on: Sep 7, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: Comments Off on Book Burning – Not a Thing of the Past

Chris Ware on the Creation of Comics

Reading a single page of a comic book takes about 15 seconds. Creating it, on the other hand, takes 40 hours on average, according to artist and illustrator Chris Ware.     Of course, now, Ware is best known for his New Yorker magazine covers, as well as the wildly successful stories of Quimby the Mouse, Rusty […]

Posted on: Sep 6, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

Appreciations: Harrop, Wolverton, Kirchner

© The Vancouver Sun Graham Harrop looks as whimsical as you might expect from a cartoonist known for aiming at the funny bone. He seems to have a perpetual wry smile, like he’s hard-wired to see the absurdity of life. On his head, white hair tumbles over his forehead and ears. That he has so […]

Posted on: Sep 3, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Rob Harrell Featured in Zionsville Monthly Magazine

In addition to being a witty and likeable guy, Rob Harrell is an accomplished author and illustrator. Harrell resides in Zionsville with his supportive wife, Amber. We had the pleasure of featuring Harrell on our cover of Zionsville Monthly back in October of 2018. Since that time, Harrell has published “Wink” (2020) and his latest […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Marvel Meow Comic Strips Collected in Book

It seems that a couple years ago Captain Marvel’s comic book cat Chewie was the star of a comic strip series that appeared on Instagram and as variant covers for a half dozen Marvel comic books. From Marvel: MARVEL MEOW, a cat-themed mini-comic series by Japanese artist Nao Fuji, has been clawing around on Marvel’s […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Manga, Comments: 1 Comment

King Features Expands Global Publishing Program

From a King Features Syndicate press release: King Features Syndicate, a unit of Hearst and home to some of the world’s most popular entertainment characters, is growing its global publishing program under the direction of publishing director Christina Nix Lynch to develop new partnerships for original content. The expansion includes new territories, titles, formats and […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, International, King Features, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on King Features Expands Global Publishing Program

The Time Has Come …To Speak of Many Things

King Features’ Classic Comics for Middle Graders © King Features Syndicate; Studio MDHR; King Features Syndicate King Features, owner and licensor of a library of classic comic strips, is expanding its global book publishing activities beyond reprint collections, including into original YA and middle grade titles featuring contemporary characters spun off from the originals. Publishers […]

Posted on: Aug 20, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Illustration, Licensing, Comments: 3 Comments