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 […]

This Weekend: Pittsburgh is Comics Town USA with NCS in town

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[Art: Tom Richmond cover for the NCS conference with Mo Willems, Brad Anderson, Drew Freidman, Jason Chatfield, Lee Salem, Rob Rogers, Joe Wos and Terri Libenson.] This weekend the traditional Memorial Day annual meeting of the National Cartoonists Society will be held in Pittsburgh, PA. Although Saturday’s Reuben Awards banquet is a private affair, the […]