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Book Revue – Libenson, Kobabe, Hendrix, Caniff, +

  Reliving Her Childhood Terri Libenson is interviewed about her recently released Remakably Ruby book. How did you make the shift from the parental point of view, in The Pajama Diaries, to the child’s, in Invisible Emmie? I approach the kids’ books similarly to the comic strip—that is, autobiographically. But instead of writing from my […]

Posted on: May 6, 2022,  Section: Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Book Revue – Libenson, Kobabe, Hendrix, Caniff, +

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

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

Good Booking at Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publishers Weekly recently reported on AMP. “In early 2020, we were holding our breath—we didn’t know what to expect,” said Andrews McMeel Publishing president and publisher Kirsty Melville. “It turned out to be a very good year, and 2021 just continued that momentum.” Sales last year were up 25% from 2019, she added. AMP, a […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Good Booking at Andrews McMeel Publishing

Dan Piraro Unmuzzled

Dan Piraro recently talked to radio host Duncan Strauss about Bizarro and so much more. Piraro enthuses about life in Mexico, raving about the culture, the country’s art scene, and more. He observes that his new home has provided fresh artistic inspiration … Piraro himself sounds more than a little thrilled as he recounts the […]

Posted on: Feb 7, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Dan Piraro Unmuzzled

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

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

Dav Pilkey, Jeff Kinney Win 2021 Bestseller Sweeps

Dav Pilkey (Dog Man) and Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) were the big winners in 2021. Each of them had three books in last year’s Top 25 best selling books list. Both creators each sold over two million editions collectively of their three books, with Pilkey edging Kinney by almost 365,000 sales. Excerpt […]

Posted on: Jan 10, 2022,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Dav Pilkey, Jeff Kinney Win 2021 Bestseller Sweeps

Judy Hansen is The Beat’s Person of the Year

Judy Hansen is an agent (her company is Hansen Literary Agency) but she’s much more than that. She is someone with a vision for what comics could be…and, more importantly, what a career in comics could be. The fact that comics creators with bestselling series are now making the kind of money that bestselling authors […]

Posted on: Jan 8, 2022,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! All I Want For Christmas…

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for December 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Tom the Dancing Bug Awakens  Tom the Dancing Bug, Without the Bad Ones   On The One Hand / On The Other Hand […]

Posted on: Dec 13, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Illustration, International, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! All I Want For Christmas…

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

Reuben Weekend – NCS Divisional Award Winners 3

The National Cartoonists Society announced the winners of the final Divisional Awards for 2020 Saturday evening. The nominees and the winners of those categories are below. Nominees for Comic Books  And the winner is… Walter Simonson     Nominees for Graphic Novels And the winner is… Jared Cullum     Nominees for Book Illustration And […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Reuben Weekend – NCS Divisional Award Winners 3

Texas Schools Cancel Jerry Craft Because CRT

Author/cartoonist Jerry Craft‘s books were banned at the end of Banned Books Week from the Katy Independent School District after parents signed a petition to cancel a Zoom event with Jerry. The petition, which had 444 signatures as of Friday morning, reads: “Author Jerry Craft is scheduled to have a Zoom call with elementary aged […]

Posted on: Oct 5, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Controversies, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Texas Schools Cancel Jerry Craft Because CRT