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Yahoo Groups Goes Private, Deletes Files

“Attention: Starting December 14, 2019 Yahoo Groups will no longer host user created content on its sites. New content can no longer be uploaded after October 28, 2019. Sending/Receiving email functionality is not going away, you can continue to communicate via any email client with your group members. Learn More“ “Yahoo has made the decision […]

Posted on: Oct 21, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Syndicates, Web Sites, Comments: 0 Comments

Vernon Grant, 1960s Stars and Stripes Cartoonist

Cartoonist and Army officer Vernon Grant had a unique ability to capture the soldier’s perspective during the Vietnam War. The Stars and Stripes contributor was the latest in a long line of social commentators to grace its pages during times of war, the most notable being Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Mauldin during World War II. […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 0 Comments

Poking at the Rich and Famous 500 Years Ago

Far from being admired as an extraordinary genius, Leonardo da Vinci was repeatedly lampooned and teased about his unusual red hair and his unconventional sexuality by other leading artists of his day. Although the work of the great Italian was popular in his time, an extensive new study of the artist to be published this […]

Posted on: Oct 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Poking at the Rich and Famous 500 Years Ago

Hype Igoe on 2020 Boxing Hall of Fame Ballot

Sports reporter, writer, and cartoonist Hype Igoe is among those on the ballot for the 2020 International Boxing Hall of Fame in the Observers category. ESPN reports: The International Boxing Hall of Fame, which in July reduced the wait for eligibility to three years, released the ballot for the 2020 election cycle and it is […]

Posted on: Oct 1, 2019,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Comic history, sports cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hype Igoe on 2020 Boxing Hall of Fame Ballot

CSotD: AAEC Day Two

Day Two of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists included some fun, with a “Chalk Slam” happening on the sidewalk in front of the library. Here, Tamara Knoss, Matt Wuerker, Ann Telnaes, Patrick Chappatte and Salmeh Gaid admire Wuerker’s work.   However, before the fun, there was one of two meetings for the weekend, which […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: AAEC Day Two

Bechdel Joins Goldberg in Merriam-Webster

I hate to discuss this in relation to a man but … Alison Bechdel has joined Rube Goldberg as a cartoonist whose name is now a word in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. “Bechdel Test” is one of over 500 new words added to the M-W dictionary in September 2019. Hat tip to Seven Days for the notice. […]

Posted on: Sep 25, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

The Debt That All Cartoonists Owe to Peanuts

It’s not the skill of the drawing, or the lines, or the lettering, or the funny words that make a strip work. Timing is the life force of comics. Without a sensitivity to the rhythms and the music—a.k.a. the reality—of life, a comic strip will arrive D.O.A., nothing more than a bunch of dumb pictures. […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Debt That All Cartoonists Owe to Peanuts

Updates…Updates…Updates

Updating some recent posts.   The Knight Life Ends. Keith Knight uses The K Chronicles to confirm the ending of The Knight Life.   The Knight Life Still Runs Above is The Knight Life running in this weekend’s Stars and Stripes newspaper. It is a repeat of the first 2019 Sunday strip. I don’t know […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Updates…Updates…Updates

The Battle of the Century

So what fight was the actual Battle of the Century? Jack Johnson and James J. Jeffries? Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier? Captain Easy and Bull Dawson? Maybe Stan Laurel and Noah Young: All contenders, but contenders only. The Battle of the (20th) Century was precipitated by the introduction of Bluto on September 12, 1932. above: […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, King Features, Comments: Comments Off on The Battle of the Century

Kurt Mitchell Replaces Bill Schelly on American Comic Book Chronicles 1945-1949

Following the death of long-time comic book fan and long-time comic book historian Bill Schelly, Kurt Mitchell has taken on the writing of the 1945-1949 volume of American Comic Book Chronicles. above images via My Comic Shop Bill Schelly had written the 1950s volume of the series, while Kurt Mitchell has written the recently published […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Kurt Mitchell Replaces Bill Schelly on American Comic Book Chronicles 1945-1949

Hey Kids! Comics! A Good Harvest Moon Crop

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.   Snug Harbor Stories: A Wallace the Brave Collection!     Silly Symphonies Volume 4: The Complete Disney Classics 1942-1945 (the last volume)   […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! A Good Harvest Moon Crop

Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

From Fine Books & Collections: Washington, D.C. — A new exhibition at the Library of Congress explores the fascinating evolution of visual storytelling styles in comic art – from panels in early newspapers to contemporary images of some of the most famous and funny characters in print. Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Dave Astor’s E&P Syndicate News Archives

  For 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, David Astor reported on the newspaper syndicates for Editor & Publisher. Alan Gardner, the creator of this Daily Cartoonist site, called David “the founding father of syndication reporting.” Every week David reported on comic strips and political cartooning and puzzles and columnists syndicated to newspapers, both upfront […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Speaking of Country Matters

Paul Berge’s current blog features a collection of 1919 cartoons about the “Summer Widower,” and he addresses it as something known only in those days. Not sure how old Paul is, but I caught the tail end of the phenomenon. There was a time, O Best Beloved, when people didn’t — couldn’t — go all […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

1957 Newspaper Comics and Creators Self-Profiles

Way back in 1957 the people involved with newspaper comic strips were celebrating the 60th anniversary of their craft. Yeah, they were a couple years off. These days it is 1895, not 1897, that is generally celebrated as the birth year of newspaper comics (though newspaper comics had appeared earlier than 1895). Anyway… In 1957 […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment