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Rube Goldberg, Inventor (Comic Chronicles)

From the archives: Rube Goldberg machines are serious business In the June 1923 issue of Popular Science, Rube Goldberg himself writes that he hopes to ‘invent something useful.’   From the Bill Gourgey introduction: Before the name Rube Goldberg became synonymous with comically over-engineered chain-reaction contraptions that satirize technology, the eponym belonged to a humble […]

Posted on: May 20, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CRT Hits The Herblock Prize (Lalo Alzcaraz Won)

The Caucasian Replacement Theory is making its way into American Awards*. Like many prestigious awards that recognize great accomplishment in this country, the Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning, created in 2004 to commemorate the legacy of the late Washington Post cartoonist Herb Block, had never been offered to a nonwhite person—until this year. While accepting […]

Posted on: May 18, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, 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

75 Years Ago – Caniff Wins First “Reuben” Award

In May 1947 Milton Caniff was voted “Outstanding Cartoonist of 1946.” Seventy-five years ago Milton Caniff, creator of the Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon comic strips received the first Billy DeBeck Memorial Award, or The Barney, as the highest honor from the newly established National Cartoonists Society (NCS). Yes, The Reuben Award began […]

Posted on: May 12, 2022,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

ComicMix Mixes It Up With Seuss Enterprises (Again)

Publishers Weekly is reporting that Less than a year after settling a lawsuit with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, ComicMix is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of The Zaks and Other Lost Stories by Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, to be released in July. The stories, which are in the public domain and available […]

Posted on: May 11, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic history, Illustration, Magazines, Comments: 2 Comments

Update: Sack, MacKinnon, S.Adams, Whiting, Green

A Sack Full of Wit © Journal Gazette/Steve Sack When Steve Sack, the editorial cartoonist for The Minneapolis Star Tribune, announced his retirement last week, his fans in the Twin Cities thanked him for four decades of great work. But readers of The Journal Gazette’s editorial pages have known him even longer. In fact, Steve […]

Posted on: May 8, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Update: Sack, MacKinnon, S.Adams, Whiting, Green

CSotD: Mother’s Day and our Freedom of Dissembly

  Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not. Your mother brings you into the world, carries you first in her body. What do we know about what she feels? But whatever she feels, it, at least, must be real. It must be. What are our ideas […]

Posted on: May 8, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 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: Comments Off on Hogan’s Alley Magazine for Free Comic Book Day

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: Comments Off on In Memoriam: Neal Adams

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

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

Justin Green, Gentleman Cartoonist

Green became known for a personal warmth that seemed at odds with the angst he would spill across a page. “I think he helped people so much partly because it helped him to forget his own anxiety,” said daughter Julia Green. A trio of Justin Green obituaries have been published recently. Justin Green, a Chicago […]

Posted on: May 1, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic history, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Chronicles: McManus, Schulz, Perez

George McManus and The Art of Entertaining Readers Daily Comic disharmony between Jiggs and Maggie over their social climb was the central joke of George McManus’s Bringing Up Father for over four decades. For all of McManus’s fine sense of humor, he banged that one note across four panels six days a week and a […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Chronicles: McManus, Schulz, Perez

Friday Free-For-All

We’ve been on a bit of a book kick here lately, so let’s start with that. While every year is a good one for people who collect Peanuts books, this one looks to be a particularly prime one for people who collect not so much the books, but the boxes they come in. Peanuts maven […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Newspaper industry, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Friday Free-For-All