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Summer’s Last Roundup

Some stray news items from the end of Summer 2022. The New Improved NCS Divisional Award Rich Powell compares his Divisional Reuben Awards of 2013 and 2022. The new awards have a nice, burnished finish and rounded edges on the frame. I really like this look! Plus, the silver didn’t rub off on your tux! […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Interviews, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

While We’ve Been Distracted By Royalty…

While we’ve been distracted by royalty of the British and cartooning kinds the world continued to spin. Here we do some catching up. But before we move on from cartoon royalty… 10 Funniest The Far Side Comics, According To Reddit One of the inspirations for Gary Larson’s popular recurring characters was just honored by his […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Interviews, Publications, Speaking Engagements, sports cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Lynda Barry – A Groovy Kind of Love

For nearly 30 years, the cartoonist Lynda Barry published her adored comic strip “Ernie Pook’s Comeek,” which told the whimsical, hardscrabble story of the young sisters Marlys and Maybonne, in alternative papers across the country. (An anthology, “It’s So Magic,” was published earlier this month.) [S]ince 2012, Barry, a 66-year-old who in 2019 received a […]

Posted on: Sep 6, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Lynda Barry – A Groovy Kind of Love

Mason Mastroianni – Triple Threat Interview

Mason Mastroianni, who draws the B.C., Wizard of Id, and Dogs of C-Kennel comic strips and is also the co-writer on B.C., was interviewed by Tom Ward for The Sports Page Weekly. TW: You work on B.C. and Wizard of Id. How do you divvy up your time to work on each strip? MM: I […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Mason Mastroianni – Triple Threat Interview

The Wit & Wisdom & Wiggly Wiles of R O Blechman

Today, at 92 the artist/writer is still spry, productive and creative. Currently we are blessed with a new book (actually, two books in one): On the One Hand: The Art & Graphic Stories of R.O. Blechman and On the Other Hand: The Writing of R.O Blechman Published & Unpublished (Fantagraphics). It is a treat for […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2022,  Section: Animation, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Illustration, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on The Wit & Wisdom & Wiggly Wiles of R O Blechman

Throw-Stuff-At-The-Wall Thursday

As we jump all over the place let’s start with – The Are You Calvin or Are You Hobbes Quiz. Alison Doherty: I didn’t have the best introduction to Calvin and Hobbes, the comic strip by Bill Watterson that ran between 1985 and 1995 … I thought it was about an annoying, naughty boy with […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Movies, sports cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Throw-Stuff-At-The-Wall Thursday

Henry Barajas Now Calling Plays for Gil Thorp

Henry Barajas, new writer of the Gil Thorp comic strip, was kind enough to have a chat (via email) with The Daily Cartoonist on taking over as offensive coordinator for the long running (sixty-four years) Tribune Contents Agency daily a month ago. First, let’s have Henry introduce himself: Hello, I’m Henry Barajas, and I write […]

Posted on: Aug 14, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Henry Barajas Now Calling Plays for Gil Thorp

Paul Anderson Follows in Big Pawprints

Paul Anderson was 6 years old when his teacher bragged to the entire class one day that Paul’s dad, Brad Anderson, was the famous cartoonist who created “Marmaduke,” the wildly-popular syndicated comic about a mischievous but lovable Great Dane. Every kid in the class was smitten by the weekly tales about that larger-than-life dog, so […]

Posted on: Jul 19, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Paul Anderson Follows in Big Pawprints

Sparky Schulz Centennial Celebration – July Notes

Later this year will be the 100th anniversary of Charles M. Schulz’s birthday.   AP photo “Peanuts” was America’s favorite comic strip. At its peak, there were 100 million readers each day. Charles Schulz drew it for almost 50 years, through the relatively complacent but anxious Cold War 1950s, the tumultuous 1960s, the Vietnam War, […]

Posted on: Jul 19, 2022,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Sparky Schulz Centennial Celebration – July Notes

Keith Knight Remembers The Old Hometown

  We’ll narrow that Boston area to Malden. Keith Knight, a Malden native, infuses his work with humor, creativity and social activism. Knight went to high school in Malden, lived for a while in California’s Bay area (where the “Woke” series is based), later moved to Los Angeles and now lives with his wife and […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Keith Knight Remembers The Old Hometown

Sandra of the Secret Service Returns as Sondra

In January of 1935 the first DC comic book was released – New Fun #1. It featured the first female title character of DC Comics – Sandra of the Secret Service.   The one-page more or less monthly comic strip was created by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson and Charles Flanders. Others continued the series until 1938, […]

Posted on: Jul 10, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Sandra of the Secret Service Returns as Sondra

Macanudo: Elsewhere and Elsewhen

Argentinian cartoonist Liniers’s internationally syndicated daily comic is collected for the first time in English in Macanudo: Welcome to Elsewhere (Fantagraphics, Aug.). Being Fantagraphics that book is now scheduled for September.     With the cartoonist’s first book for the English speaking world coming soon Publishers Weekly talks with Macanudo comic strip creator Liniers. I […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Macanudo: Elsewhere and Elsewhen

My Dinner with Angelo (A Vimeo Video Interview)

As Scoop describes it: Cartoonist and caricaturist Angelo Torres, known for his work in MAD, EC, and Warren, is the subject of the new short film, My Dinner with Angelo. Now streaming on Vimeo, the movie features Torres interviewed by Ian Scott McGregor.   Scoop continues: Accompanying the interview is new footage of Torres’ contemporaries […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, video, Comments: Comments Off on My Dinner with Angelo (A Vimeo Video Interview)

Cartoonists in Briefs (Newsbriefs)

Mo Willems Strapping in for a self-proclaimed emotional roller coaster ride, author-illustrator Mo Willems sat down with Union Square Kids editorial director Tracey Keevan to discuss his epic 20-year-plus journey in children’s books and the release of his eighth Pigeon book, The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster! (September). By way of highlighting Willems’s achievements, […]

Posted on: May 29, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Interviews, Comments: 2 Comments

The 76th Annual Reubens Award Schedule

Well, I might take a train I might take a plane But if I have to walk I’m going just the same I’m going to Kansas City Kansas City, here I come Everything you need to know about the 76th annual Reuben Awards Weekend in Kansas City, MO on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th September, […]

Posted on: May 28, 2022,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Conventions, Interviews, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on The 76th Annual Reubens Award Schedule