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Three Rocks, The Ernie Bushmiller Story – A Sneak Peek at Bill Griffith’s Graphic Biography

Bill Giffith has a few obsessions in his life. There is his lifelong preoccupation with observing human beings and commenting on the social implications of those people and their actions. His enthusiasm for people has recently lead him into a second career as a graphic biographer.   Seemingly as far back is his passion for […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Back to School Books

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Big Orange Football Coloring Book     Charles M. Schulz’s Linus     A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Nemo Magazine Return is “Imminent”

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! The always interesting and educational Yesterday’s Papers site, whether it’s a John Adcock or a Richard Marschall post, is a must read every morning. But this morning it gave me a real thrill. To quote Richard: Searching for illustrations for the imminent revival of Nemo Magazine, I have been ransacking my bookshelves. […]

Posted on: Aug 12, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Publications, sports cartoons, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Piggybacking Off Peterson and Other Things

Earlier today Mike Peterson mentioned some events happening in non-Upstate New York. Well, if you are headed to Upstate New York sometime in the next two months you may want stop by the Ellenville Public Library and Museum for R. Robert Pollak‘s “A Cavalcade of American Newspaper Comic Strip Art” exhibit. It features Pollak’s collection […]

Posted on: Aug 10, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: State of the Disunion

  Timing is everything, and while this Kevin Siers cartoon references something happening in his hometown of Charlotte, it comes as the apartment house next door to me is on the verge of being converted to an independent living home for special needs people. Which is a worthy cause and they’ll be good neighbors, but […]

Posted on: Aug 10, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

MAD: To Be or Not To Be

Above is the last issue of MAD. (Or not.) #9 is dated October 2019 and on the shelves of bookstores, grocery stores, and newsstands now. Somehow I find it fitting that the last issue of MAD has a television satire of a fake series. This is the big Tarantino issue with my cover and a […]

Posted on: Aug 8, 2019,  Section: Caricature, Comic history, Magazines, Comments: 0 Comments

Newly Discovered – Davis’ Pre-Garfield Garfield

  It is pretty well-known, though seldom seen, that Gnorm Gnat was the strip Jim Davis created before Garfield. Gnorm Gnat ran in the Pendleton (Ind.) Times from around Spring 1973 to Christmas Day 1975.   We know he was assisting Tom K. Ryan on Tumbleweeds until 1978, now we know he was prepping Garfield […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: The Comic Weekly Man

Start your Sunday, (Well, if “your” Sunday is August 6, 1950) with some donuts, orange juice and Puck, The Comic Weekly, a pre-printed selection of Sunday funnies distributed to papers across the country. Can’t read them to yourself? No problem! Just tune in your radio to “The Comic Weekly Man” and let him read them […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: The Comic Weekly Man

CSotD: Loved You Madly

My father brought this magazine back from a business trip. I was on the verge of turning 8, which was a little young for it, though I liked the parts I could figure out. But my brother was 12 and right in the sweet spot. He got himself a subscription and so I was able […]

Posted on: Jul 4, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

53 from ’53

  Here’s a selection of 53 comics from the funny pages of June 20, 1953. (Click on the strips to get a bigger, better look.)   Adventures of Patsy   Alley Oop   All In A Lifetime   Bo   Bobby Sox   Boots And Her Buddies   Brick Bradford   Bringing Up Father   […]

Posted on: Jun 20, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

What Might Have Been – Tarzan

  Today’s Sunday Tarzan comic strip was the last by Gray Morrow (originally dated August 19, 2001). A bit over 18 years on the Sunday strip, at the end Morrow had to increasingly rely on assistants due to a progressive affliction with Parkinson’s Disease. If ERB Inc./Andrews McMeel continue with the original run, we will […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on What Might Have Been – Tarzan

Donald Duck is 85

  Donald Duck was introduced to the public when Walt Disney and company adapted The Little Red Hen fable as the Silly Symphony short The Wise Little Hen premiered on June 9, 1934.   https://zippy.gfycat.com/EducatedImaginativeGrunion.webm above: via gfycat   At the same time Donald Duck debuted in print as part of a Walt Disney partnership […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2019,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Donald Duck is 85

CSotD: D-Day Plus One

  Peter Brookes holds up the mirror with a cartoon so simple that I almost passed it by as obvious. But sometimes “obvious” is  the best message, the clearest possible image, and Trump makes it obvious himself, and not only by adopting the “America First” slogan that our bund leaders and isolationists used when they […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

CSotD: D-Day the Sixth of June

One of the keys to looking up contemporary coverage of historic moments is that you really have to look at the newspapers of the next day, though if you look at June 6, 1944, the time difference between France and even the East Coast of the United States meant that morning papers who were on […]

Posted on: Jun 5, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

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