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Joe Dator puts a book together.    © Joe Dator What do you wish you had known before making a book? I wish I’d known even one single thing about book publishing. It was a massive learning experience, and I started from scratch. For one thing, I found out that what goes in the book […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

Barbara Smaller and The Chief-Leader Join Forces

New Yorker cartoonist Barbara Smaller is now a regular contributor to the weekly New York City-based newspaper The Chief-Leader. © Barbara Smaller From The Chief-Leader’s proud proclamation: Ms. Smaller is joining The Chief-Leader as a regular contributor. Every week in these pages, her drawings and accompanying captions will take on lives of their own. “That’s […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Charlie Addams’ Love Letters to His Valentine

In 1935, Addams –always “Charlie” to his friends—was in love with a hometown girl, 22-year-old Jewell Valentine Bunnell. She was beautiful, bright, creative, and fun-loving – “I think the fondness we have in common for cemeteries is one of the many reasons I love you,” Charlie wrote. As Charles Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life gets a […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Reuben Weekend – NCS Special Awards

  Awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, The Gold Key honors the recipient as a member of the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame. Mort Gerberg is awarded The NCS Gold Key.     The Gold T-Square is awarded for 50 years as professional cartoonist. Garry Trudeau is now a member […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2021,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 1 Comment

Reuben Weekend – NCS Divisional Award Winners 3

The National Cartoonists Society announced the winners of the final Divisional Awards for 2020 Saturday evening. The nominees and the winners of those categories are below. Nominees for Comic Books  And the winner is… Walter Simonson     Nominees for Graphic Novels And the winner is… Jared Cullum     Nominees for Book Illustration And […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Pure Treat

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Korean War Comic Books   Our Artists At War   Unicorn Playlist   Inked   Scenes from Isolation   Definitely Nat: The Nat […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2021,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

The New (Diverse) Yorker Starts With Emma Allen

photo: Anna Watts for The Washington Post The tiniest line and the big picture. That is her purview since becoming only the fourth cartoon editor in the magazine’s near-century-long history — and the first woman to ascend to that lofty title — after succeeding Bob Mankoff four years ago. [Emma] Allen, 33, is shaking up […]

Posted on: Oct 5, 2021,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on The New (Diverse) Yorker Starts With Emma Allen

L. Bruce Holman – RIP

Cartoonist (and teacher, author, etc) L. Bruce Holman has passed away.    Loyd Bruce Holman January 30, 1939 – April 24, 2021   From the obituary: Dr. Holman held a PhD in fine arts, and before retirement was a tenured professor teaching drawing, painting and photography at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. He was also […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on L. Bruce Holman – RIP

David Simonson – RIP

Publisher, journalist, and cartoonist David Simonson has passed away.   David C. Simonson May 9, 1927 – August 27, 2021 Cartoonist, journalist, editor, publisher From the obituary: A life-long artist and journalist, at the age of 12, he and his political artwork were featured in LIFE magazine.  As a teenager, one of his oil paintings […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2021,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on David Simonson – RIP

Gag Cartoons and Diversity

Of the many challenges cartoonists face — rejection, money, drink, or lack of — one of the trickiest is the growing pressure to depict diversity. Nowadays readers often write to publications complaining about the dearth of ethnic minorities in our drawings and demand for cartoons to be more inclusive. Attempts to make cartoon characters more […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Gag Cartoons and Diversity

Comic Chronicles – Past Tents

   MAD and MAD images © EC Publications You may not immediately recognize the name John Caldwell of Ballston Lake. But if you’ve ever read MAD Magazine, National Lampoon, the Harvard Business Review, or a host of other magazines, or if you’ve ever sent a Recycled Paper greeting card or perused a collection of one […]

Posted on: Sep 2, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

The New Yorker on Food and Chicago Comics

The new New Yorker is a Food and Drink issue. One of the thrills of living in a big city, especially a cosmopolitan one like New York or London, where the cartoonist and artist Tom Gauld lives, is the abundance and variety of delicacies that are readily available to tempt even the most finicky of […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

Sam Ansell – RIP

Gag cartoonist Sam Ansell has passed away.   Samuel Tarshis (Sam) Ansell May 25, 1922 – August 1, 2021   From the obituary: Cartoonist, ad man and business man Samuel Ansell, 99, of Waltham, died on August 1st, 2021. Sam Ansell’s career changed course many times but cartooning was always part of it. His love […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2021,  Section: College cartoonists, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Sam Ansell – RIP

Hey Kids! Comics! Free Comic Book Day is Over

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Birth of a Beetle: The Magazine Cartoons of Mort Walker   Comic Book Artist Bullpen   Trubble Town   Red Lines   Big […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Free Comic Book Day is Over

A Cartoonist’s Life: Sunshine, Rainbows, Lollipops?

  Self portrait © by Stephan Donche Comics journalist and author Chris Arrrant asked Comic industry people: What’s something about your job that you wish more people understood? Chris got quite a response from cartoonists in various genres. A sampling: Making comics is HARD work. Just how labor intensive it is. (drawing, penciling/inking) Or how […]

Posted on: Aug 14, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment