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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

Cartoonists in the News

New Illustrator on Ripley’s Believe It or Not For the second time this year John Graziano has been replaced on Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The August 8, 2021 Sunday page was unsigned (and not Graziano art), then beginning Monday August 9, 2021 the dailies were by another artist. Unlike that May substitute this artist […]

Posted on: Aug 12, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists in the News

Don Margolis – RIP

Magazine cartoonist Don Margolis has passed away. Donald Eugene (Don) Margolis September 1932 – August 3, 2021 “He spent his career drawing cartoons, and his retirement making faces at his grandchildren.” Don’s career as described by comics historian Ken Quattro: The story, “I Married A Teen-Age Fly,” [1959] was actually parodying contemporary movies, such as […]

Posted on: Aug 11, 2021,  Section: Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartooning While Black

Really late on this exhibit. Chashama and Art To Ware present Cartooning While Black, a preview of the art from the upcoming One Idea Press title release, The Anti-Racism Activity Book. Art from the volume, written and illustrated by cartoonist and comedian Victor Varnado, is shown alongside fellow Black New Yorker cartoonists, Yasin Osman, Akeem […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartooning While Black

A New Yorker Cartoonist in Connecticut

© Geoffrey Kloske and Barry Blitt Canadian-born Barry Blitt came to New York in the 1990s to pursue a career as an illustrator. While he had been working in Canada, he felt the move to the big city would further his exposure. And indeed it did. In addition to countless prizes and accolades, in 2020 […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2021,  Section: Illustration, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on A New Yorker Cartoonist in Connecticut

Yet Another Round of Weekend Whatnots

CDC warns of swimming with diarrhea in animated tweet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a splash on social media when it warned Americans against swimming with diarrhea this summer — with some joking the agency’s animation went poo far. The N. Y. Post reports the Twitterverse ran with it.   Marvel does […]

Posted on: Jul 11, 2021,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Yet Another Round of Weekend Whatnots

A Desert Island Cartoon Before It Became Cliché

© Bill Griffith 2020 Of the 126 or so cliché cartoon gags probably none is as well known as the one with a palm tree on a small tract of land sticking up out of the ocean. After all, you aren’t asked what ten CDs you would want if you were abducted by aliens, or […]

Posted on: Jul 11, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

Comic Chronicles: Learning About Yesterday

This first one is for Kip. © Magazine Management(?) Charles Rodrigues, who was born in 1926 and died in 2004, was one of the most widely-published and beloved cartoonists of the latter half of the 20th Century. His cartoons appeared in scores of men’s magazines, from the low end, low circulation girlie mags and dozens […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments