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The End of an Error, uh, Era

It’s the end of an era, marking an error of MADdening proportions.   MAD covers and material is © E.C. Publications Above is MAD #15 (right and on sale now) and MAD #16 (left, on sale October 6, 2020). The major difference between the two issues, other than the cover, is that for the first […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazines, Publications, Comments: 0 Comments

Matt Bors: The Man Behind The Nib

Back in January, when the world was “different,” the Portland political cartoonist submitted entries for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. He became busy with other obvious pressing things to even think about the Pulitzer until Monday morning, May 4. “I wasn’t aware that I was a finalist until about two hours before (the […]

Posted on: May 12, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Matt Bors: The Man Behind The Nib

The Cartoonists Have Won

“Thirty years of avoiding other human beings . . . validated!” Read Chris Ware‘s comic strip in The New Yorker. Also: Chris Ware talks about his April 6, 2020 New Yorker COVID-19 cover.    

Posted on: Mar 30, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on The Cartoonists Have Won

DeBartolo Streak Ends; Aragonés Now Top Streaker

MAD #12 comes out tomorrow and does not contain NEW material from Dick DeBartolo. That ends a streak going back to the June 1966 dated MAD  and lasting to the February 2020 dated MAD, encompassing 459 issues! As Tom Richmond notes: It’s also very much worth noting that this issue of MAD magazine is the […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

This ‘n’ That, From Here ‘n’ There

Awwww. Avery’s Pikmin Adventure is a comic by cartoonist Chris Furniss. The Pikmin story is a “daily procedural comic, written and drawn on the fly”, with Chris’ son starring as the main character in the Pikmin universe. It’s actually made up of little note cards which are left for his [seven-year-old] son to read over […]

Posted on: Feb 6, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Books, Cartooning, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Magazines, Museums, Comments: 1 Comment

MAD Magazine Lives (in MADison Magazine)

THE spoof magazine, MAD itself, got spoofed by Madison Magazine. From Madison Magazine: We’ve gone MAD! Don’t think we haven’t heard the whispering behind our backs from people who don’t take our monthly publication as seriously as we do: “Madison Magazine? More like MAD magazine!” Well, to those folks we say: Your wish has been […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2020,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on MAD Magazine Lives (in MADison Magazine)

Willie and Joe and World War 3 (Mauldin, 1951)

Here’s the story in a nutshell. In May, 1952, after the Russian invasion of Yugoslavia, the principal United Nations countries and the United States declare war. The United States uses atomic bombs against Russian industrial complexes. Soviet forces invade West Germany, the Middle East and Alaska. US forces, in disarray, have retreated on all fronts. […]

Posted on: Dec 6, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

PS Magazine as Comic Book 1951-2019

Mike Rhode is reporting that PS: The Preventative Maintenance Monthly, a comic bookish instructional manual for the U. S. Army, will cease to exist as it has for 68 years: “Effective 1 Nov 2019, PS will cease publication of its monthly, illustrated magazine and move to a fully-online information resource. To read PS Magazine after […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

All-New Issue of MAD Coming in December

MAD is the magazine that just will not die. Quentin Tarantino‘s studio and MAD have once again collaborated to create an all-new issue of MAD. This time as a bonus for a collectors’ edition of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” as a blu-ray release in December 2019. Included, among other goodies, will be an […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on All-New Issue of MAD Coming in December

A MAD World for How Much Longer?

MAD Magazine #10, the last (for now) all-new issue, will soon hit the stands. Bloody-Disgusting.com previews the MAD #10 cover, and Sergio Aragonés’ A MAD Look at Alfred Hitchcock Movies. As mentioned this is the last ALL-NEW issue of MAD. Tom Richmond expands: There are a lot of rumors going around that MAD is ceasing […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on A MAD World for How Much Longer?

Newspaper Inc

SEC filings are typically dense bundles of legalese and boilerplate. The 384-page prospectus for the impending merger of GateHouse and Gannett, registered Aug. 29, is no exception. But the document also includes a remarkably detailed account of negotiations that spread over seven months and dozens of meetings before terms of the deal were made final […]

Posted on: Sep 7, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Magazines, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Newspaper Inc

Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

  With one exception, to please his evangelical base (“America’s Christian publishers no longer have to render to Caesar an extra 10 percent.”) and Rupert Murdoch, all material printed in China then sent to the United States will be taxed tariffed. The only print product completely removed from the list of proposed China tariffs was […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Magazines, Publications, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

Nemo Magazine Return is “Imminent”

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! The always interesting and educational Yesterday’s Papers site, whether it’s a John Adcock or a Richard Marschall post, is a must read every morning. But this morning it gave me a real thrill. To quote Richard: Searching for illustrations for the imminent revival of Nemo Magazine, I have been ransacking my bookshelves. […]

Posted on: Aug 12, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Publications, sports cartoons, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

MAD: To Be or Not To Be

Above is the last issue of MAD. (Or not.) #9 is dated October 2019 and on the shelves of bookstores, grocery stores, and newsstands now. Somehow I find it fitting that the latest issue of MAD has a television satire of a fake series. This is the big Tarantino issue with my cover and a […]

Posted on: Aug 8, 2019,  Section: Caricature, Comic history, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on MAD: To Be or Not To Be

Cartoonists and Contributors on ArMADageddon

  Eulogies for MAD magazine.   Clay Bennett     [Peter Kuper has] been drawing the Spy vs Spy cartoons in the magazine for the past 23 years. [Shortly after the bad MAD news broke] he spoke with As It Happens guest host Susan Bonner about what Mad means to him. In one form or another, […]

Posted on: Jul 6, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment