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Book Publishers Antitrust Trial: PRH/S&S v. DOJ

Book publishers just spent 3 weeks in court arguing they have no idea what they’re doing On August 22, oral arguments ended in the Justice Department’s antitrust trial to block the book publisher Penguin Random House from merging with rival Simon & Schuster. The result of the trial, which is expected to be decided later […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2022,  Section: Books, Legal, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Book Publishers Antitrust Trial: PRH/S&S v. DOJ

A Couple Classic Comic Publishers Partner Up

Two of the handful of premiere publishers of classic comic strips have entered a publishing and distribution agreement. Fantagraphics and Sunday Press announced they would be entering a partnership deal last week. From now on, Fantagraphics will be distributing the existing catalogue of Sunday Press titles and from 2023 new books will be published under […]

Posted on: Jul 26, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on A Couple Classic Comic Publishers Partner Up

Sunday Sundries and Weekend Whatnots

    Publishers Weekly reports the death of Blanche Cirker. Blanche Cirker, co-founder of Dover Publications, died last week at the age of 104. Cirker and her husband, Hayward, who died in March 2000, founded Dover in 1941. Dover Publications was famous to comic strip fans as the publisher of “treasury-size” editions of Little Nemo […]

Posted on: Jun 5, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Obituary, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Sunday Sundries and Weekend Whatnots

Good Booking at Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publishers Weekly recently reported on AMP. “In early 2020, we were holding our breath—we didn’t know what to expect,” said Andrews McMeel Publishing president and publisher Kirsty Melville. “It turned out to be a very good year, and 2021 just continued that momentum.” Sales last year were up 25% from 2019, she added. AMP, a […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Good Booking at Andrews McMeel Publishing

Sandra Boynton Gets Boynton Bookworks Imprint

Publisher Simon & Schuster has created Boynton Bookworks, an imprint dedicated solely to the creative output of Sandra Boynton.                               From Associated Press via Kansas City Star: Sandra Boynton’s prolific career as an author, cartoonist and songwriter has reached the point where a publisher has formed an imprint dedicated solely to her books. On Thursday, […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2022,  Section: Children's Books, New Launches, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Sandra Boynton Gets Boynton Bookworks Imprint

Job: Editorial Production Assistant – King Features

Editorial Production Assistant Orlando, FL, United States   We are seeking a talented assistant who wants to dive headfirst into the world of comics, puzzles, and columns. This role will give the right candidate an opportunity to learn the work of comics, puzzles, and columns editors. The Editorial Production Assistant will support all our distributed […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Publishers, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on Job: Editorial Production Assistant – King Features

Library of American Comics Teams w/ Clover Press

Dean Mullaney has announced that beginning in 2022 The Library of American Comics publishing imprint will primarily be in partnership with Clover Press going forward. The Library of American Comics founder and Creative Director Dean Mullaney announced that beginning in 2022 the primary home for LOAC and its sister imprint EuroComics will be Clover Press, […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Library of American Comics Teams w/ Clover Press

Why Not a Few Friday Whatnots?

This Is Fine/Dumpster Fire Mashup Toy Sometimes, it feels like the world is both a dumpster fire and a living embodiment of the “This is Fine” comic strip … So on days when you just cannot anymore, it’s reassuring to know you’re not the only one feeling that way. And that’s when you need this […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2021,  Section: Books, Legal, Newspaper industry, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Why Not a Few Friday Whatnots?

More Weekend Whatnots

Alfred E. Neuman Funky Pop Funko has released a Pop figure of MAD mascot Alfred E. Neuman; this one more aligned with the current look of their collectibles rather than the 2012 edition. Though Tom Richmond, with the help of Photoshop, corrected a couple discrepancies. © EC Publications   SOI Maurice Sendak Exhibit and Bake […]

Posted on: Apr 3, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic strips, Exhibits, Licensing, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on More Weekend Whatnots

Comic and Cartooning News Items

© King Features Syndicate Hägar the Horrible is slated for prime time animation. From Deadline: Hägar the Horrible is set to make a raid on the small screen with an animated family sitcom series in development. Fresh Off the Boat writer and producer Eric Ziobrowski is writing the adaptation, which comes from King Features, the […]

Posted on: Nov 10, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Publishers, web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

Andrews McMeel Universal, Champion of Business

  Once again the Kansas City Business Journal has named Andrews McMeel Universal to its Champions of Business list., an award that honors Kansas City companies that set the gold standard for financial performance, innovation and community involvement. From the KC Business Journal: Andrews McMeel Universal hasn’t changed much inits 50 years. Yet it’s also […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2020,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Awards, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: 1 Comment

Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Famed comics publisher James Warren turns 90 today – born July 29, 1930. I guess technically he should be an Honorary Senior Stripper since Jim didn’t write or draw comics. But he certainly was a major supporter and influencer of comic books with his black and white magazines. During The Sixties and into The Seventies […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

The Fall of British Publishing

It is the end of an era for one of the most famous names in book publishing. Penguin is being sold by Pearson, its owner for the last half-century, as the company focuses its activities exclusively on education. The sale means that none of the so-called ‘Big Five’ of English-language book publishing remain in British […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2019,  Section: Books, Publishers, Comments: 1 Comment

Dav Pilkey is Publishers Weekly Person of the Year

Publishers Weekly has named Dav Pilkey their 2019 Person of the Year. Dav is the author/illustrator of the hugely successful Captain Underpants series, and has moved on to the just-as-successful Dog Man graphic novels. Pilkey’s Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, the ninth book in his popular children’s novel series, published in […]

Posted on: Dec 20, 2019,  Section: Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Dav Pilkey is Publishers Weekly Person of the Year

Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Asterix, the Franco-Belgian comic book character celebrating his 60th anniversary this year, is finally going to be getting the attention he deserves in the U.S. Independent publisher Papercutz will take over the American license for the property next year, with an ambitious publishing plan underway to bring the scrappy Gaul to […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)