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2020 NCS Reuben Award Nominees Announced

The National Cartoonists Society has announced the nominees for their Cartoonist of the Year Award for 2020; the award is more familiarly known as The Reuben Award. Alphabetically… Ray Billingsley would be the first African American to win The Reuben. Bill Griffith would be the first underground cartoonist to win The Reuben. Terri Libenson would […]

Posted on: Mar 29, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Graphic Novels, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 2 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! An Extra Hour of Reading(?)

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for March 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. Big Nate: In Your Face!   “It’s True. I Never Liked The Guy.”  review   Wicked Epic Adventures   Should I Pee […]

Posted on: Mar 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! An Extra Hour of Reading(?)

Hey Kids! Comics! Presidential Library

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for February 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy Volume 29 The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould is completed!   In Love & Pajamas […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Presidential Library

Bill Holbrook and The Origin of Dethany

Bill Holbrook has a new graphic novel coming soon, so Hogan’s Alley sat down with Bill and his collaborator daughter Haviland to discuss how the original book, as opposed to comic strip reprints, came about.        HA: Can you talk about the genesis of Dethany in “On the Fastrack? You’ve never struck me […]

Posted on: Feb 9, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

Paul Gilligan Signs New Book Deal

Cartoonist Paul Gilligan, of Pooch Cafe and King of the Mole People fame, has signed a book deal with Tundra/Penguin Random House for a series of graphic novels for young readers. © Paul Gilligan Publishers Weekly reports: Peter Phillips and Tara Walker at Tundra have acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Pluto Rocket […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Paul Gilligan Signs New Book Deal

Hey Kids! Comics! – Winter Reading

© Tom Gauld Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for January 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. A Cockeyed Menagerie   For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 5   Ditko Shrugged   BB […]

Posted on: Jan 12, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonist Chronicles

Recent (and not-so-recent) articles on comic and cartoon history. God’s Man, A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynn Ward This is “Gods’ Man,” a 1929 black-and-white wordless novel that tells a Faustian tale of ambition, love, greed and death. It’s by the illustrator and woodcut artist Lynd Ward. It is widely regarded as the first American […]

Posted on: Nov 12, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: 2 Comments

Cartoonists’ Profiles

© Grant Snider Grant Snider, whose newest collection “I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf,” was nominated for a 2020 Goodreads Choice Award gets profiled in The Derby Informer. Once he went off to college at the University of Kansas, Snider began drawing comics for the student newspaper, “The University Daily Kansan.” He was drawing […]

Posted on: Nov 5, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists’ Profiles

Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

Macanudo © Liniers, distributed by King Features Syndicate   Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1919-1921   Frankie Comics   BB3X: […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

Pultizer Cartoon Expanded Into Graphic Novel

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winner for editorial cartooning, Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, is now a graphic novel. The authors have expanded the original 20 part series into a 192 page graphic novel. When it came to illustrating the book, Michael approached his drawing style differently. The project “put me […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Pultizer Cartoon Expanded Into Graphic Novel

Peyote Cowboy: In The Old (Bizarro) West

So you’ve been wondering what Dan Piraro has been up to since giving up Bizarro dailies to Wayno? Apparently he’s been experimenting… …with a different genre and a different format – a graphic novel in serial form. Dan expands our consciousness with an introduction/explanation: Five years ago a scene from a story dropped into my […]

Posted on: Sep 2, 2020,  Section: comic, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

74th Annual Reuben Awards/2020 NCSFest Lineup

The National Cartoonist Society has released its schedule for the September 12, 2020 NCSFest and Reuben Awards.   Streaming broadcast begins at10am Saturday, September 12 at NCSFest.com   Official Welcome to NCSFest 2020 from NCS President & thank you’s.   From Panels to Publishing  (90 mins) Guests: Mark Tatulli, Terri Libenson, Maria Scrivan, and Rob […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Summer Reading

above from Half Full by Maria Scrivan Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for July 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   BREAKING LINES $5.00 plus $1.50 p&h. Canada $2.00 p&h to Ken Alvine, 1608 S. […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

John Backderf at 60 on Kent State at 50

In the opening pages, Derf is 10 years old on April 30, 1970, clutching a MAD magazine in the passenger seat of his mom’s car. She drives along a road lined with National Guard soldiers, whose bayonets are fixed, ready to put down a wildcat Teamsters strike. In a couple days those troops Derf saw […]

Posted on: Apr 29, 2020,  Section: Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Book Love

Seems Dennis is right: I love books. The problem is that my book-buying habit outpaces my ability to read them. This leads to FOMO and occasional pangs of guilt over the unread volumes spilling across my shelves. Sound familiar? But it’s possible this guilt is entirely misplaced. According to statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb, these unread […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Books, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Book Love