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Comics and Cartooning in the News

Mr. Smith Goes to The Big City In a 180 of the usual, Snuffy Smith and Loweezy are going to visit Barney Google. From the Comics Kingdom blog: This week, Snuffy Smith is going to the big city to visit Barney Google. That’s right, the tables have turned and the Hootin’ Holler Mountaineer is leaving […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Peter Steiner: Fired by Paper, Hired by New Yorker

Stories about people getting fired before landing great success or fame are interesting to hear. As it turns out, The Oconee Enterprise has such a story. In 1978, Peter Steiner was fired from this newspaper for cartoons about a controversial school bond referendum. He went on to draw for The New Yorker and is well […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

Choc Hutcheson – RIP

Gag writer Choc Hutcheson has passed away. Charlie Robert “Choc” Hutcheson March 13, 1926 – November 19, 2020   From the obituary: As a high school student at Monument, Choc became a reporter for the Hobbs, New Mexico, Daily News Sun, and found a calling as a journalist that would spur a career in print […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2020,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Happy 90th to New Yorker Cartoonist Ed Frascino

Edward Frascino cartoon © The New Yorker/Condé Nast On November 15, 2020 Edward Frascino celebrated his 90th birthday. For the past 55 years of that time Ed has been contributing cartoons and drawings to The New Yorker (and for seven years before that he was a gag/idea man for the magazine’s other cartoonists). MM: You […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Happy 90th to New Yorker Cartoonist Ed Frascino

When Steve Martin was a Ghost Gag Writer

It seems that before famed comedian Steve Martin teamed up with famed cartoonist Harry Bliss last year, Steve had earlier been writing gags for a cartoonist. No, this is not about his 2007 collaboration with Roz Chast. At Inkspill Michael Maslin pulls a line from today’s New York Times interview with Steve Martin (or read […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on When Steve Martin was a Ghost Gag Writer

The Conciseness of the One Panel Cartoon

“A Wealth of Pigeons” by Harry Bliss and Steve Martin will soon be released. [Steve] Martin, who collaborate[s] with New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss, calls cartooning comedy’s last frontier. “It was a completely unique experience,’ he said. “It’s the precision of one thing. This is a one-second link between the picture and the words, or […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on The Conciseness of the One Panel Cartoon

The Sunday Social Session

Art Spiegelman artwork © Art Spiegelman In the age-old discussion about when comics finally “grew up” Maus is often exhibit A. The New Yorker called it “the first masterpiece in comic-book history”. It’s the comic that people who don’t read comics have read, and the only graphic novel ever to have won a Pulitzer prize. […]

Posted on: Oct 18, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Sunday Social Session

Bob Weber, Sr. – RIP

Comic strip and magazine cartoonist Bob Weber, Sr. has passed away. Robert P. (Bob) Weber, Sr. June 26, 1934 – October 17, 2020 It is being reported on social media that Bob Weber has passed away: Just heard that gag cartoonist and longtime King Features’ Moose and Molly comic strip artist Bob Weber, Sr. passed […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

Macanudo © Liniers, distributed by King Features Syndicate   Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1919-1921   Frankie Comics   BB3X: […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Autumn Almanac

Paul F. Gray Joins the Senior Strippers Club

A(nother) belated notice that Paul Frank Gray is now a dues-paying member of the Senior Strippers club. We wish the Reverend Paul Gray a happy and blessed belated birthday, born October 10, 1930. From Assemblies of God last December: Since 2002, Gray has drawn the faith-based cartoon “Shades of Gray” for the religious page of […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartooning, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Paul F. Gray Joins the Senior Strippers Club

Meet The(se) Saturday Evening Post Cartoonists

In 2011 The Saturday Evening Post ran a series of profiles/mini-interviews with a baker’s dozen of their cartoonists with sample cartoons. For unknown reasons it popped up in today’s feed, so I’m passing it on to you.all cartoons © Saturday Evening Post Society Tim Lachowski After five years of study at the Cleveland Institute of […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2020,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Meet The(se) Saturday Evening Post Cartoonists

Charles Preston – RIP

Wall Street Journal cartoon editor Charles Preston has passed away. Charles M. PrestonNovember 6, 1921 – October 2, 2020   Instigator, idea man, and long-time editor of the Wall Street Journal cartoon panel “Pepper … and Salt” Charles Preston passed away Friday. From the Wall Street Journal: Seventy years ago a Columbia undergraduate named Charles […]

Posted on: Oct 6, 2020,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

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