Bill Watterson and Richard Thompson interviewed on the state of cartooning

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Yep you head me right. This weekend the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and LIbrary in Columbus Ohio will open two incredible shows, The Irresistible Force Meets The Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective and Exploring Calvin And Hobbes and in advance of the show Jenny Robb has interviewed Bill Watterson and Caitlin McGurk has interviewed […]

Bill Watterson creates poster art for STRIPPED

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While the odds are still low on him showing up to fulfill his duties as Grand Prix winner, Bill Watterson is slightly less reclusive of late than he has been for most of the 19 years since he quite Calvin and Hobbes. For instance he has drawn the poster for the film STRIPPED, a documentary about comic strip artists which also features an interview with Watterson. The piece is billed as Watterson’s first cartoon in 19 years (he’s shown a painting since then, a contribution to Project Cul-de-sac.)

Checker Books is back (?) with The Winsor McCay Project

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Back in the day Checker Books was a company that specialized in reprinting old comic strips and books, including a bunchy of Winsor McCay comics. Run by Mark Christopher Thompson, the company kind of faded away after a dispute with Diamond, although Thompson later teamed up with the relaunched Devil’s Due. Well, they’re back, sorta […]

RIP: Morrie Turner

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Morrie Turner, creator of Wee Pals, and the first African-American cartoonist with a nationally syndicated strip, passed away Saturday at the age of 90. He had been undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney ailments. Turner won the Milton Cainiff award in 2003 and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian award in 2012. Turner was inspired by Charles Schulz […]

Mark Trail in black fly shocker

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It all started when someone wrote to The Black Mountain News of North Carolina to point out a shocking misstatement in a recent Mark Trail comic strip: There was a very misleading cartoon in the Jan. 12 Citizen-Times. Mark Trail supposedly gives worthwhile advice about spending time in the great outdoors. This particular cartoon implied […]

Extremely rare Bill Watterson Interview: “I suspect comics will have less widespread cultural impact and make a lot less money.”

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  Comics very own JD Salinger*, Calvin & Hobbes artist Bill Watterson has been making very very tentative moves to emerge from his hobbit hole, helping out with some of the Richard Thompson benefits, and even, by one eyewitness account I heard, getting out of the house to see some comics exhibits. And now, the […]

Nice Art: When Anarchy Ruled the Funny Pages

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Designer Steven Heller profiles the latest in Pete Maresca’s oversized collections of turn of the century comic strips Society Is Nix: Gleeful Anarchy at the Dawn of The American Comic Strip 1895-1915. Maresca’s Sunday Press Books measure 14″x17″ and predate similarly sized efforts from Kramers Ergot and IDW. His first two book reprinted Little Nemo […]

Let’s Play Comics and Captions!

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In 1983, the Dayton Daily News accidentally switched the captions for “Dennis the Menace” and “The Far Side”.  And then, a few days later, they did it again. So that got me to thinking… Scott McCloud invented “Five Card Nancy“, using panels from Ernie Bushmiller’s “Nancy” comic strip. Could I make a similar game, using […]

RIP: Stan Lynde

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Artist Stan Lynde, creator of the comic strip Rick O’Shay and one of the best known Western comics artists, has died at age 81. The cause was cancer. Back in November, it was reported that Lynde was retiring and planning a move to Ecuador with his wife…hope he had as much adventure as his last […]

Peanuts: It takes a nation of millions to hold Franklin back

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Here’s a window into comics as social history as Nat Gertler write about this history of Franklin, the black kid in Peanuts which began with a request from a white schoolteacher named Harriet Glickman in 1968: That request earned a personal reply from Schulz, who noted that such ideas had been discussed with fellow cartoonists, […]

Derf’s The City strip ends in the Cleveland Plain Dealer

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As the newspaper industry slowly spirals into the birdcage lining industry, acclaimed cartoonist Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer) has announced that his strip The City will cease running in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, which is going to three-times-weekly home delivery among other budget cutting measures. Yesterday’s strip was the last one. Derf waxes philosophical about the end of newspaper strip cartooning and muses on his future:

Neil the Horse to be reprinted by Hermes Press

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For several dozen people out there, this will be the biggest news of the year. Katherine Collin’s Neil The Horse is going to be reprinted by Hermes Press later this year! Originally published in the 80s by Aardvark-Vanaheim and later Renegade Press—although it had enjoyed an earlier life as a series of comic strips dating […]

Kerry Callen returns with the secret of the Bat-cave…

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Kerry Callen’s back with another of his great super parody strips, this time solving the mystery behind Batman’s cluttered Bat-cave. If you’ve ever wondered just why a rather grim soul like old Bats keeps around things like giant pennies, typewriters and T-Rex models (although T-Rex models are just COOL aren’t they?), you have come to […]

Book Review | Every/Body: An Open Discussion Of Gender + Body

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When I went up to the Toronto Comics and Art Fest, I came across Every/body in my search for comics, zines, or books that focus on gender, body issues, feminism, abuse, and similar topics.  This sweet comic/zine culture anthology is all about becoming comfortable in your own skin (even though the cover model doesn’t have […]

Crane and Kirkman share the Reuben Award; Ware, Chast, Wrightson win

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The annual Reuben Awards were handed out on Saturday Night, and the top award, known as the Reuben for cartoonist of the year, ws shared by Brian Crane of “Pickles” (above) and Rick Kirkman, co-creator of “Baby Blues”. It was only the second tie in history (Johnny Hart and Pat Oliphaunt tied in 1968.) Many […]

Webcomic alert: Park Slope Family Circus

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Okay I guess you have to live in or around Brooklyn, land of entitled single child families and artisinal everything—to get Park Slope Family Circus…but maybe not. Park Slope is a region of Brooklyn that is near both a park and a slope. Streets full of elegant brownstones have led to a well-to-do suburban population […]