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Then There Was This (Weekend Whatnots)

Ninety-three-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and Village Voice veteran Jules Feiffer and his wife, JZ Holden, are listing their Shelter Island home for $1.2 million. Feiffer — who is also the illustrator of Gimme’s favorite childhood book, “The Phantom Tollbooth” — moved to Shelter Island full time in 2017.  The charming, shingle-style traditional home at 5 Emerson Lane, built in 2016, […]

Posted on: May 7, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Conventions, Events, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

Assorted Saturday Short Subjects

Reading The Funnies as a Family There’s a secret to the comics page, though. The secret is, you don’t need to be a kid tor even have kids to enjoy them. Just as most comic characters don’t age, the audience age group doesn’t change. In fact, now and then, some jokes might just fly over […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, College cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, How-to, Magazine cartoons, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Assorted Saturday Short Subjects

Friday Free-For-All

We’ve been on a bit of a book kick here lately, so let’s start with that. While every year is a good one for people who collect Peanuts books, this one looks to be a particularly prime one for people who collect not so much the books, but the boxes they come in. Peanuts maven […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Newspaper industry, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Friday Free-For-All

A WaPo Look at Newpapers

Gannett, the largest chain in the country, last month eliminated one day of print per week at 136 of its newspapers, including at the Beacon Journal. Another 50 will make the change by June, with most losing Saturday print editions. Executives insist readers will get the same quality of journalism. Elahe Izadi at The Washington […]

Posted on: Apr 12, 2022,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on A WaPo Look at Newpapers

Cartoon News Briefs

Keith Knight lives just outside of Chapel Hill, NC, these days, but from 1990-2008, he resided in San Francisco where he created his instantly recognizable comic strip “The K Chronicles,” the basis for Hulu comedy series “Woke.” Back in the city recently for a red-carpet event at the Cartoon Art Museum, celebrating both the exhibition […]

Posted on: Apr 7, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic strips, Exhibits, Newspaper industry, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoon News Briefs

In the Land of the Gannetts

Last Summer the good news was that Gannett/Gatehouse was unloading the local weeklies they had accumulated back into the hands of local owners. This year sees a new approach to local weeklies: reports: Starting in early May, at least 19 weekly newspapers across Massachusetts will shutter their print publications and go completely digital. Nine […]

Posted on: Mar 18, 2022,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on In the Land of the Gannetts

Question Re: Print v E-Edition Newspaper Comics

The Lewiston Tribune, along with its sister paper The Moscow-Pullman Daily News, has had some delivery problems with the hard copy editions of their newspaper: How we consume information is evolving. The same holds true for those of us in the business of sharing information. That hit close to home in recent weeks with the […]

Posted on: Mar 4, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Letters To and From Editors re: Ed-Op Cartoons

© Chris Britt At The Las Vegas Review-Journal: Regardless of political affiliation, I highly doubt that Republicans, Democrats or independents favor the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This Saturday syndicated cartoon by Chris Britt stating that the entire GOP is in support of the invasion is disgusting and offensive.   Steve Kelly, © Pittsburgh Post-Gazette At […]

Posted on: Mar 3, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Letters To and From Editors re: Ed-Op Cartoons

The Newspaper Business – Gannett, Lee

February 24 report from CNBC: Gannett (GCI) – The USA Today publisher’s shares tumbled 13.6% in the premarket after it posted a wider-than-expected loss for its latest quarter and revenue below estimates. Gannett also said it expects revenue to fall this year, although it still expects to be profitable. From Poynter on February 24: Gannett […]

Posted on: Mar 1, 2022,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

The Incredible Shrinking Doom

February 27, 2022 Prickly City © Scott Stantis   July 15, 2009 Doonesbury © G. B. Trudeau   Jim Keefe (Sally Forth, Flash Gordon) recently posted about the sad state of print comic strips, focusing on the Sunday Funnies. Comic strips reigned supreme back in the 1930s. The Sunday sections were printed much larger than […]

Posted on: Feb 27, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

The Morning Chex-Press by Ron Goulart

The recent death of author Ron Goulart has brought up his early compositions for an advertising agency that had a wider audience than any of his later writing (a “circulation” of 50 million copies).   From and © The New York Times of April 27, 1962:   We have no idea how many editions appeared, […]

Posted on: Jan 20, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Newspaper industry, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Scatological Humor in the Newspaper Funnies

Twenty years ago at The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: After the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette cancelled the comic strip “Lola” over a fart joke in July, the paper was hit with a flood with letters from angry readers, the Arkansas Times reported in August. No scandal, including the impeachment of native son President Clinton, has rivaled the response to […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Citrus County Chronicle Changes Comics Codex

The Citrus County (Crystal River, Fl.) Chronicle recently changed the comics lineup of both the daily page and the Sunday supplement, apparently without warning.                                            From today’s Chronicle: I’m wondering who decides which comic strips are taken off out of […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 3 Comments

Newspaper Wars: Lee vs. Alden

The attempt by Alden Global Capital to acquire full control of Lee Enterprises group of newspapers has taken an unexpected turn as the stock of Lee has doubled since the initial Alden offering. From Poynter (December 14): In a surprise development as Alden Global Capital pursues a hostile bid to acquire Lee Enterprises, Lee’s shares […]

Posted on: Dec 17, 2021,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Throwin’ It At the Wall Thursday

The L. A. Times gets letters about 9 Chickweed Lane © Brooke McEldowney The Los Angeles Times received hundreds of letters from fans of their comics page about dropping the 9 Chickweed Lane strip, and printed a few of them. They prefaced the letters with further explanation for the drop. To our readers: We gave […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Exhibits, Movies, Museums, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment