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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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TweetKerry 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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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Tweet 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.) […]

Webcomic alert: Park Slope Family Circus

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Tweet 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 […]

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

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Tweet [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, […]

National Cartoonists Society announces Reuben nominees

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While the three nominees for THE Reuben, the top award of the year from the National Cartoonists Society, have been announced —and they are Brian Crane, Rick Kirkman and Stephan Pastis, the NCS has just announced the nominees in the divisional races. Many familiar names in many catgories, and the new spliut wbcomics division—one for long form and one for short form—makes is debut.

Kickwatcher: Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton Present GOLDTIGER

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TweetHere’s a real Kickstarter based on a fake artist whose real work has been forged by Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton, both of whom are real living people and are not figments of fiction, unlike the artist who didn’t draw this comic strip, because he never existed. Got that? This is GOLDTIGER.

Erin Polgreen has a gorgeous Krazy Kat lamp

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It’s a one of a kind gift, so don’t go looking for one.

Tom Tomorrow wins Herblock prize

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Tom Tomorrow, creator of This Modern World, is this year’s Herblock Prize winner. Established in 2004, and nemed for famed editorial cartoonist Herblock, the prize is given for distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous standard set by Herblock and is judged by a panel of outside experts. The finalist this year was Jack Ohman, who left his post at The Oregonian last year.

Nice art: Jackie Ormes!

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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog has a nice post onJackie Ormes, creator of Torchy and the first African-American woman cartoonist of note. And she did get note in her day:

Meet your new Annie: Quvenzhane Wallis

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That sturdy comic strip-to-stage-to-movie warhorse Little Orphan Annie is getting a remake and now a star: Quvenzhane Wallis. he Beast of the Southern Wild star, the youngest ever Best Actress Oscar nominee, will star in a modernized remake of the stage musical. 9-year-old Wallis attended last nights Oscars looking fine, and appropriate and carrying a puppy purse.

Process: Jeffrey Brown’s Vader’s Little Princess

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Following up on last year’s bestselling Vader and Son, Jeffrey Brown is back this April with Vader’s Little Princess a series of gags based on Vader as dad to little Leia, from toddler to teen. Art Director Steve Mockus has a process post on putting together the book’s cover; since it covered an age range the idea wasn’t immediately apparent.

Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: Hardcovers 2012

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TweetSo as the new year approaches, I continue my look back at the graphic novels which made the New York Times bestseller lists in 2012.

Go listen: BBC presents Modesty Blaise radio drama

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Tweet When it comes to kickass heroines, Modesty Blaise stands with the best of them. Originally created as a Brit comic strip in 1963 by Peter O’Donnell and Jim Holdaway, espionage agent Modesty was the female James Bond, stylish, sexy and very Sixties. Since then she’s been adapted into novels and mostly forgettable movies (although […]