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The Old Frontiers with Charles M. Russell

In the mid-1910s famed “Cowboys and Indians” artist Charles M. Russell began a new phase of his storied career – contributing illustrations and tales to newspapers, mostly for local Montana papers through the Montana Newspaper Association (MNA). The MNA offered Montana papers a four page ready print insert of Montana news and related stories, allowing […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Nibsy the Newsboy’s Trip Through Newspaperland

Two longtime Warren County residents and former executives of The Indianola Record-Herald and Indianola Tribune are buying the newspaper from Gannett Co. Inc. and plan to continue publishing a weekly print edition. The buyers are Amy Duncan, a former editor and publisher, and her husband, Mark Davitt, a former managing editor. The couple, who live […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2022,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Nibsy the Newsboy’s Trip Through Newspaperland

Fitz Opines on Gannett Having No Opinion

Editorial Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, who is no stranger to creating reader reaction (see above), has returned from vacation to learn that the Gannett newspapers are adverse to opinion pages. This lucky cartoonist, as I often note, is also fortunate because my weekly cartoons are syndicated globally by Daryl Cagle’s Cagle Cartoons, Incorporated. When I returned […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Fitz Opines on Gannett Having No Opinion

Los Angeles Times Overhauls Comics Pages

The Los Angeles Times has revamped it daily and Sunday comics pages. We’re excited to introduce five cartoons to our readers, beginning with the June 27 print edition and eNewspaper. These are the results of an overall review of the syndicated comics that The Times publishes, which we promised to readers after printing a “9 […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 9 Comments

130 Years Ago The First U.S. Newspaper Color Supplement Appears in The Chicago Inter Ocean

June 23, 1892: Comic strip historians credit H.H. Kohlsaat as the grandfather of the Sunday comic supplement. Though he was not involved in the launch of the Sunday comic supplement, his brainchild — The Inter Ocean Illustrated Supplement — inspired it. On Thursday, June 23, 1892, Kohlsaat launched The Inter Ocean Illustrated Supplement, an eight […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on 130 Years Ago The First U.S. Newspaper Color Supplement Appears in The Chicago Inter Ocean

Weekend Roundup Come On a Monday This Month

As a cartoonist, I’m always asked about my greatest influences. I have quite a few, but my earliest — like many, many cartoonists — was Charles Schulz (Peanuts). Therefore, you can imagine how honored I am to be speaking at the Charles M Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA on Saturday, June 25! It’s a […]

Posted on: Jun 20, 2022,  Section: Animation, Charity, Comic strips, Exhibits, International, Newspaper industry, Speaking Engagements, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Weekend Roundup Come On a Monday This Month

Editorial Cartoonist David Cohen Gets a Letter

Like most of us in the world of journalism, Citizen Times cartoonist David Cohen has developed a pretty thick skin over the years. More like a hide, you could call it. When you skewer politicians, public officials and other prominent folks in your editorial cartoons for 17 years, you’re going to ruffle some feathers, irritate some […]

Posted on: Jun 11, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Editorial Cartoonist David Cohen Gets a Letter

And Then? And Then?

Thirty years ago (give or take) new Sunday Popeye cartoonist Randy Milholland had his dreams bashed by his first grade teacher. And then… © Randy Milholland   New York magazine audio editorial director Hanna Rosin tweeted about a new movie. And then… And then… After deleting the tweet, Rosin issued an apology. Vanity Fair carries […]

Posted on: Jun 8, 2022,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, sports cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on And Then? And Then?

Gannett Cuts Op-Ed Pages to the Bone

© Dave Whamond When we noted earlier this week that The Canton Repository was drastically cutting its editorial and opinion pages (with a corresponding cut of editorial cartoons) we did note it was a Gannett newspaper. What we should have realized is that if one Gannett newspaper makes such a major decision it is probably […]

Posted on: Jun 3, 2022,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Canton Repository Cuts Op-Eds, Signs Jerry King

The phone calls and emails roll in every so often. Readers want to complain about the opinion pages. Yes, even though it may shock some of you, I receive complaints about the pages leaning both far-left and far-right. It may be more surprising for some of you to learn that if you’re reading the opinion pages at all, […]

Posted on: May 29, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 4 Comments

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: Comments Off on Then There Was This (Weekend Whatnots)

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