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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

CSotD: No, We Have No Sense of Decency

   “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. … Have you no sense of decency?” — Joseph Welch I’m not quite old enough to remember when Joseph Welch brought a halt to Sen. Joe McCarthy’s reign of terror in 1954, but I’m old enough to remember the […]

Posted on: May 15, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: What did we not know, and how did we not know it?

Mike Smith (KFS) suggests that MAGA supporters are either stupid or hypocritical for ignoring the outrageous flaws of our previous president while blaming the current one for things beyond his capacity to control. It is, unfortunately, a view of the world as it should be rather than the world as it is. There’s a lot […]

Posted on: May 14, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

CSotD: The Serious Business of Journalism

American/Palestinian Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed yesterday while covering an Israeli Defense Force raid on a Palestinian neighborhood with a significant militant presence. Moroccan cartoonist Derkaoui Abdellah (Cartoon Movement) offers a simple commentary, with her blood symbolizing the cutting off of reporting from the troubled area. Libyan cartoonist Alajili Elabidi is more direct […]

Posted on: May 12, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Ruben Bolling Wins 2021 Berryman Award

Ruben Bolling, author of the “Tom the Dancing Bug” satirical weekly cartoon strip, has won the 2021 Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons from the National Press Foundation. He accepted the award at the National Press Foundation’s May 4, 2022 awards dinner in Washington, D.C. The judges cited Bolling’s mordant wit, […]

Posted on: May 11, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Avoiding the Unavoidable

Existential Comics strikes my mood perfectly. We didn’t read a lot of 20th Century anything back in the 60s when I was in college, so de Beauvoir wasn’t on the docket, but there were other philosophers who offered a bit of comfort in what we then thought were dark days. Yes, little did we know, […]

Posted on: May 11, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

AAEC Writes Open Letter to The Pulitzer Board

  The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) has presented a proposal to the Board of The Pulitzer Prizes making the case for a return of the traditional Editorial Cartooning category. This year The Pulitzer Prize Board replaced the (now-defunct) Editorial Cartooning category with the category called Illustrated Reporting and Commentary the definitions of which, […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 1 Comment

Passed the Past – Comic Chronicles

National Cartoonists’ Day was last week so this is late, but how can it be late when we’re talking about the past? Every year, May 5 is observed as National Cartoonist Day. Why May 5 is considered as National Cartoonist Day? On May 5, 1895, the New York World carried a single-strip, full-color drawing of […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Eli Valley’s Visceral Political Cartoons

If you’ve been online, and especially on Twitter, then you probably know the name Eli Valley and his brushy drawings that use the grotesque and absurd to make larger points about life, culture, and politics. But it wasn’t until the Trump administration that the New York City-based cartoonist was propelled into the public spotlight. Valley […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Pulitzer the Other One

As DD Degg reports, the Pulitzer Prize folks have awarded a medal to a group of artists and editors who produced a long-form, non-fiction, illustrated report on the suppression of Uyghurs by the Chinese government. I think that’s a good thing, though I haven’t changed in my general distain for awards. Winning a Pulitzer used […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Azim, Del Col, Adams, and Hickey Awarded the Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Pulitzer

Fahmida Azim, Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt Hickey of Insider for a comic on a Uyghur internment camp have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Illustrated Reporting and Commentary. From the announcement: Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Fahmida Azim, Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt Hickey of Insider, New York, N.Y. Finalists: Ann […]

Posted on: May 9, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic Books, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 0 Comments

Catchin’ Up with Cartoonists in the News

It started, as most searches do, by looking toward the end. “COVID taught us all just how precious and fragile time with family is,” reflected 34-year-old Charlestonian video editor/director/cinematographer Gavin Shelton. Thus began Shelton’s pandemic project: a curation of the life and legacy of his uncle, underground comix icon Gilbert Shelton. Gilbert Shelton, now in […]

Posted on: May 9, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Monday in the New Normal

A soft start to the week, as Rhymes With Orange (KFS) mirrors my life. While my necessary early-to-rise schedule does require an early-to-bed end to the day, I often find myself looking at the clock and thinking perhaps I’ve overdone it. Even the dog stays in the recliner in the living room for a few […]

Posted on: May 9, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 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: 0 Comments

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