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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

Niche Cartoons

Recently stumbled on a few sites that feature cartoons for specific audiences. Cartoonist Dan Thompson, of Brevity, Rip Haywire, KidSpot, Harley, Lost Sheep, and Humorous Maximus fame, began a new weekly gig earlier this year. © Classic Cars The Classic Carl Caption Contest is, you guessed it, a caption contest. It began in February of […]

Posted on: Jul 7, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Contests, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Don’t Know Much About History? Bob’ll Learn Ya

Robert C. Harvey is a well-known and well-learned comics historian and cartoonist.  Bob has been a long-time contributor to The Comics Journal (contributing an essay today) and he contributes a monthly column to Humor Times (usually in the first half of the month, so a new one should be just around the corner). R. C. […]

Posted on: Jul 7, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Don’t Know Much About History? Bob’ll Learn Ya

Danny Shanahan – RIP

Magazine cartoonist Danny Shanahan has passed away. Daniel Patrick (Danny) Shanahan July 11, 1957 – July 5, 2021    Michael Maslin is reporting the death of Danny Shanahan: The cartoonist, Danny Shanahan, who contributed drawings to The New Yorker from September of 1988 through last year,  died early this morning, according to his wife, Janet […]

Posted on: Jul 5, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Chicago Celebrates Its Classic Comics Culture

Who would have guessed that Chicago was the birthplace of comics? The exhibition focuses on the origins of the comics in popular publishing, the immeasurable importance of African-American cartoonists and publishing, the first woman cartoonists and editors, the first daily comic strip, and finally the art and comics of undeservedly forgotten Frank King, who with […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Will McPhail Answers Questions

Magazine cartoonist Will McPhail has a new book out and is making the rounds. Which was scarier? Sending your first cartoon to the New Yorker or sitting down to work on your debut graphic novel? Definitely The New Yorker. I had no idea that I was supposed to be scared of doing the graphic novel […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Will McPhail Answers Questions

Al Gottlieb – RIP

Gag writer and gatherer Al Gottlieb has passed away. Al Gottlieb ca. 1927 – May 2021 Van Scott, current editor of Gag Recap, passed on the sad news in late May: Jackie Rosenberg, the daughter of Al Gottlieb, Publisher of the Gag Recap for 36 years (1963-1999) informed me that Al passed away last week […]

Posted on: Jun 10, 2021,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Al Gottlieb – RIP

Mort Gerberg: NCS Gold Key/Hall of Fame Entry

The National Cartoonists Society takes great pleasure in announcing that the Gold Key Award will be presented this year to Mort Gerberg, for his widely-varied and successful career of over 60 years as a cartoonist. The Gold Key, awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, honors the recipient as a member of […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2021,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 1 Comment

Get a Leg Up on Being a New Yorker Cartoonist

Howdy. I’m Emma Allen, and I take it you want to be a New Yorker cartoonist. Before you uncap that pen or dip your quill in the blood of your frenemies, you might want to take these cartooning tips and tricks into account. Or not! Who am I to tell you what to do? Oh, […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Get a Leg Up on Being a New Yorker Cartoonist