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Henry Martin – RIP

Magazine cartoonist Henry Martin has passed away. Henry Read MartinJuly 15, 1925 – June 30, 2020   Excerpted from daughters Ann and Jane’s announcement via Michael Maslin: Longtime New Yorker cartoonist Henry Read Martin (who signed his cartoons H. Martin) died on June 30, 2020, just two weeks shy of his 95th birthday. For a […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Peter Kuper’s Little Donald’s Sneeze (An Homage to Winsor McCay)

Back in the first decade of the 20th century cartooning genius Winsor McCay did a number of strips about dreams. Most famous was Little Sammy Sneeze. Always with those descriptive ears bookending the title.   In the current New Yorker cartoonist Peter Kuper pays tribute to Winsor McCay, with a twist. Read the entire satire/homage […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Peter Kuper’s Little Donald’s Sneeze (An Homage to Winsor McCay)

Playboy Ends Print Edition

After its Spring 2020 issue Playboy magazine will stop printing regular editions in the U.S. “We have decided that our Spring 2020 Issue, which arrives on U.S. newsstands and as a digital download this week, will be our final printed publication for the year in the U.S.” They add Playboy will now operate on a […]

Posted on: Mar 19, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Playboy Ends Print Edition

First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

James Thurber‘s first drawings appeared in the The New Yorker dated ninety years ago today. In the New Yorker issue dated February 22, 1930 a short James Thurber contribution included two illustrations, the first Thurber drawings to appear in the magazine. [James Thurber’s words first appeared in the February 26, 1927 New Yorker, but since […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

The Weed of Cartooning Bears Bitter Fruit (2)

At Boing Boing Rusty Blazenhoff writes of rejection. Specifically Drew Dernavich and his pile of cartoons rejected by The New Yorker. …That search led me to Brooklyn-based Drew Dernavich (and, boy, I sure am glad I found him!). On top of The New Yorker, he’s been published in Time, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on The Weed of Cartooning Bears Bitter Fruit (2)

Nick Downes is the Latest Case For Pencils

A Case for Pencils asks cartoonists about the tools of the trade Nick Downes is the latest to take the survey, and he discounts my earlier theory (elsewhere today) that pencils are a thing of the past: I eschew electronic means of creating work as much as possible, as I enjoy the process of drawing, […]

Posted on: Feb 16, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Nick Downes is the Latest Case For Pencils

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

Cartooning Workshops by Professionals

Drawing is something all little ones do. Occasionally they don’t give it up. If you are a cartoonist and want to learn how to become professional, there’s an opp for that. The opportunity is to learn from professionals.   Craig Boldman has a course coming up in March for the still young. Students will learn […]

Posted on: Feb 12, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic strips, How-to, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartooning Workshops by Professionals

Elizabeth Montague Profiled at Washington Post

In the first cartoon Elizabeth Montague published in the New Yorker, two black women stand on a rooftop that overlooks a darkened cityscape. Above them, a Batman-inspired spotlight beams a message into the night sky: PER MY LAST EMAIL. Beneath them, the caption reads: “We’ve done all we can. It’s out of our hands now.” […]

Posted on: Feb 6, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 2 Comments

Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper

Cartoonist Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper! Born February 4, 1930. From the Irish Comics Wiki: After working at a solicitor’s office and as an apprentice lithographer, he became a full-time artist in 1949. He sold his first cartoon to Punch at eighteen, and became a regular contributor. As a painter, he had his first […]

Posted on: Feb 4, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Kenneth Mahood is a Senior Stripper

Origins of a Cartoonist, Rich Sparks Style

Not long after Rich Sparks moved to Chicago in 1982, he started a job at Carnival Foods, a grocery store in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Working in the produce department, Sparks was tasked with updating a sign advising customers to “Ring Bell for Service,” and in short order he’d transformed it into a sort […]

Posted on: Jan 29, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Hustler Christmas Card Raises Hackles

Conservatives are indignant over the Christmas card Larry Flint’s Hustler sent out to members of Congress during  the 2019 holiday season. The card cover riffs on a statement Candidate Trump said during his run for President. The inside of the card is being described as “disgusting and hateful” by Republicans. Right wing channels have taken […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hustler Christmas Card Raises Hackles

The New Yorker ‘Cartoon Takeover’ Issue

The Clowns are running The Circus. New Yorker Cartoon Editor Emma Allen explains how it came about: Every last one of the serious adult types at this publication is off mulling some wine, trimming a tree, roasting a chestnut, taking in a matinée of “Little Women,” lighting a candle, putting out a candle-related fire, or […]

Posted on: Dec 23, 2019,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on The New Yorker ‘Cartoon Takeover’ Issue

NCS Divisional Reuben Awards 2019 Call for Entries

December 20, 2019 Letter from the National Cartoonists Society calling for submissions. Note that membership is not a requirement to submit and be considered for the divisional awards and the submissions deadline is January 23, 2020.  

Posted on: Dec 20, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Syndicates, Television, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Divisional Reuben Awards 2019 Call for Entries

Al Jaffee Hands Fold-In Off to Johnny Sampson

Johnny Sampson notes: I did the “Special Edition MAD 20 Fold-In”, out this week! Some of you know this but @original.aljaffee gave me his blessing a while back, and this is (to my knowledge) the first non-Al Jaffee Fold-in MAD’s ever published. I’m thrilled he got to see it in print for himself. (I think […]

Posted on: Dec 12, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments