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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

Jason Chatfield: International Cartooning Socialite

President of National Cartoonists Society, New Yorker and Ginger Meggs cartoonist, stand-up comedian, former president of the Australian Cartoonists Association, MAD magazine and editorial cartoonist, and on and on. Medium’s recent interview with Jason Chatfield begins with an impressive list of achievements credited to this young man.   Excerpt from the interview: Q4) When you […]

Posted on: Aug 11, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on Jason Chatfield: International Cartooning Socialite

How About Never- Revised(Adam) & Revisited(Bob)

Editorial cartoonists often take universally recognizable images and twist them into a useful satirical drawing for sarcastic and humorous purposes. So it was that Adam Zyglis appropriated a very famous Bob Mankoff cartoon for an effective lampoon of current events. Said Adam: I believe Trump’s desire to postpone the election was really his way of […]

Posted on: Aug 6, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Magazine Cartoonists Going the Way of The Dodo? – update

July 23: The dearth of magazines buying gag cartoons does not bode well. ‘Nightmare!’ is how The Spectator’s cartoon editor Michael Heath has been describing cartooning for at least 30 years, but it’s truer now than ever. Eighty years ago, cartoonists were so celebrated that waxworks of Low, Strube and Poy were displayed in Madame […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Bottorff’s ComicBack© Checklist Updated for 2020

Last week you heard, and maybe saw, the fireworks going off, but you were probably mistaken about the cause. It is my theory that those illuminating the sky with rockets were celebrating the release of the 2020 updating of Bottorff’s ComicBacks Price Guide & Checklist (in PDF). Some of you may have noted that I […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

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