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A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

The Improbable Remains On his How To book tour Randall Munroe goes north to Alaska. The Juneau Empire reports on Randall’s lecture there.   The Spurns that Patient Merit of th’ Unworthy Takes At the time of this writing, the two most influential politicians in the United States are a real estate developer who became […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2019,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

Books – Reviews, Previews, and News

Eddie Campbell reviews Screwball for The Comics Journal: Screwball follows an isolated strain of comics history as opposed to those other books that tell the whole lot decade by decade or by lining up a canon of masters. Which is not say it isn’t linear: from Fred Opper to Boody Rogers, editor Paul Tumey locates […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Books – Reviews, Previews, and News

Classics Cartooned

Forget Classics Illustrated, let’s read Classics Cartooned. I’m Katie, and I’ve been drawing single-panel cartoons for the past eight years. I love silly puns, drawing, and reading, and these cartoons are a celebration of great books, authors, and literary tropes. I draw these with felt pens on paper, and then, because I am a bit […]

Posted on: Nov 12, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Shops May Not Survive The Book Channel

Business Insider reports: The “book channel” – which includes chain bookstores and online retailers – is projected to surpass comic shops as the the largest channel for comics sales this year. There are two major reasons why this is happening: Graphic novels are growing in popularity primarily through the book channel and children’s comics, which […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: 6 Comments

Documents Illustrated – The Mueller Report

Ashlie D. Stevens: In March, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” to Attorney General William Barr. There had been a tremendous amount of speculation about its contents and what it would reveal about President Donald Trump and his relationship with the Russian government. […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

Sid the Kid Makes the Senior Strippers List

Sid Jacobson was born 90 years ago today, and so joins our Senior Strippers club. Sid, born October 20, 1929, is probably most famous for being a longtime editor, and sometime writer, for the Harvey comic book company. Sid has a claim on creating Richie Rich.   Though the Harvey kids are most recognizable, Sid […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Bookfest, Day Two

So many releases we had to make two posts. Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.   The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and […]

Posted on: Oct 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Bookfest, Day Two

Hey Kids! Comics! Bookfest, Day One

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.   SCREWBALL! The Cartoonists Who Made The Funnies Funny     If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em     The World is Askew […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Bookfest, Day One

A Fire Story – Two Years Later

Two years ago, in October 2017, Brian and Karen Fies’ home was among the thousands that burned to the ground in the infamous Tubbs Fire. In late March [2019], nearly 18 months after Fies and his wife Karen fled the wildfire that destroyed roughly 3,000 Santa Rosa homes and more than 5,300 countywide, they finally […]

Posted on: Oct 6, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

Graphic Books Return to NY Times Best Seller List

The New York Times sent out a notice today that the graphic books best seller list will be returning to the newspaper. Today The New York Times Book Review announced changes to the Best-Seller Lists, in print and online. The Best Sellers team will begin tracking Mass Market Paperbacks (genres including romance) and a combined […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Graphic Books Return to NY Times Best Seller List

Reincarnation Stories by Kim Deitch is (P)reviewed

The fun begins innocently enough: after eye surgery, Deitch had to keep his eyes closed and his head turned down for days on end while he healed. After a few uncomfortable and sleepless nights, he starts accessing his memories with shocking clarity and mines the recesses of his mind for details of his past lives. […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Reincarnation Stories by Kim Deitch is (P)reviewed

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

Democracy – A Graphic Guide to Governance

  Only one quarter of grown-ass adults can correctly name all three branches of the U.S. government, according to a 2017 study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. This bad. This very bad. But a new project by Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies offers a glimmer of hope that the […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Publications, Comments: Comments Off on Democracy – A Graphic Guide to Governance

Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

  With one exception, to please his evangelical base (“America’s Christian publishers no longer have to render to Caesar an extra 10 percent.”) and Rupert Murdoch, all material printed in China then sent to the United States will be taxed tariffed. The only print product completely removed from the list of proposed China tariffs was […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Magazines, Publications, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

Comics 101

AMP Kids has reinvigorated their blog with a new series – Comics 101. Amp Kids is Andrews McMeel‘s publishing arm for young readers. Among others things they have recently started a more or less weekly series about Comics for Kids.   Why Comics are Great for Kids (and Libraries) The numbers speak for themselves: When […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2019,  Section: Blogs, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Comics 101