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Banned in the U.S. Schools; Banned on Webtoon

PEN America has published a report on the rise of books being banned in public schools. Book bans in public schools have recurred throughout American history, and have long been an issue of concern to PEN America, as a literary and free expression advocacy organization. Over the past nine months, the scope of such censorship […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, International, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Banned in the U.S. Schools; Banned on Webtoon

Alison Bechdel Wins International Humanities Prize

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, known for her groundbreaking, richly layered depictions of queer life and family relationships, will receive the 2022 International Humanities Prize from Washington University in St. Louis. Awarded by the university’s Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences, the biennial prize honors the lifetime work of a noted scholar, writer or artist […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2022,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Alison Bechdel Wins International Humanities Prize

Maus is #1!

Yes, it’s number one, it’s Top of the Pops Today The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman reached #1 on Amazon’s Best Sellers list. From Mediaite: The graphic novel is also available as two paperback volumes, Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began, which […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2022,  Section: Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Maus is #1!

Comic Book Store Gives Maus to Students

A Knoxville, Tennessee comic book store is giving free copies of Art Spiegelman’s Maus graphic novel to students who wish to read the book. Knoxville is about fifty miles northeast of McMinn County where the Pulitzer Prize-winning book has been banned from the school district’s eighth grade curriculum. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Knoxville comic book […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2022,  Section: Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

N.Y. Times Goes with Illustrated Reporting Story

In a comic about reporting on comics, a Times journalist takes you through his process — from idea to pitch to research and writing. From the New York Times: This comic, by the Times reporter George Gene Gustines and the artist Bill Walko, is part of our ongoing journalism and news literacy series. You can […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 5 Comments

Tennessee School Board Bans Maus Graphic Novel

Southeast Tennessee’s McMinn County School Board has voted unanimously to ban Art Spiegelman‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus from every school district library.                 From the Daily Beast: The McMinn County school board’s 10 members voted to axe Maus from curricula and school libraries, citing its use of the phrase “God Damn” and its drawings […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Comic history, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Tennessee School Board Bans Maus Graphic Novel

Black Mug Shots – Changing the Algorithm

Malden native Keith Knight has been a professional cartoonist for the last 30 years. With work ranging from syndicated comic strips and panels to kids’ books to a Hulu television show, “Woke,” the cartoonist’s career has been diverse, to say the least. But for the last month, his art has taken a truly unexpected turn. […]

Posted on: Jan 8, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 3 Comments

Court Sketch Artists Draw Ghislaine Maxwell as Ghislaine Maxwell Draws Court Sketch Artists

A COURTROOM sketch artist in the Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking trial has told of the bizarre moment the socialite twice turned around to draw her. Illustrator Elizabeth Williams, who has been sketching people in court for 40 years, was at a pre-trial hearing in November when Maxwell began staring at her while drawing. © Associated Press/Elizabeth Williams […]

Posted on: Dec 6, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Graphic Journalism, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Court Sketch Artists Draw Ghislaine Maxwell as Ghislaine Maxwell Draws Court Sketch Artists

The Art of The News: Comics Journalism

The Art of the News: Comics Journalism opens at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in the Fall of 2021. At a time of eroded public faith in traditional news media, comics journalism has emerged as a powerful antidote to the dissemination of inaccurate information and fake news. Practitioners in this field re-assert the ethical […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2021,  Section: Exhibits, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on The Art of The News: Comics Journalism

Profusely Illustrated: A Memoir by Edward Sorel

Usually any book missed in the monthly Hey Kids! Comics! checklist would wait to be noted in the following month’s entry, but this one is too important (and deserves separate documentation anyway). PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED A Memoir By Edward Sorel The book from Penguin Random House is now available! Alongside more than 172 of his drawings, […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Graphic Journalism, Illustration, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Building Books Better

 Tom Gauld comic Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for November 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   American Comics: A History    Pearls Awaits the Tide    Graphic Witness (second edition, expanded)   Rubes Twisted Pop Culture […]

Posted on: Nov 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Building Books Better

Sam Nakahira – 2021 John Locher Award Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the 2021 AAEC John Locher Memorial Award, Sam Nakahira! The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has announced the Winner Sam Nakahira, the Runner-Up Katie Vuong, and Finalists Reilly Branson, Tom Coute, and Izzy Boyce-Blanchard for the 2021 John Locher Memorial Award. Sam Nakahira is a Japanese American comic artist. Her comics […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2021,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on Sam Nakahira – 2021 John Locher Award Winner

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

Lost and Found Dept. (Rediscovered Comics)

Comics Beat has a fascinating article on the recent San Diego Comic-Con panel “Graphic Novels: Lost and Found.” Panelists Gary Groth, Shannon Wheeler, Sean Michael Robinson, and Carson Grubaugh gathered virtually with moderator Rob Salkowitz to discuss their participation in stewarding these now “found” graphic novels to publication. In two cases, the modern creators actually […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: 3 Comments

2021 Eisner Award Winners

The winners of the 2021 Eisner Awards were announced Friday night at the San Diego Comic-Con. A mostly comic book affair here are the winners in some categories we regularly cover here at TDC. Best Reality-Based Work WINNER: Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, by Derf Backderf (Abrams) Big Black: Stand at Attica, by Frank “Big […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2021,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on 2021 Eisner Award Winners