Team Cul De Sac Auction Goes Live!

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When Richard Thompson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, fellow cartoonists created Team Cul de Sac, donating original artwork to benefit The Micheal J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. A benefit book is forthcoming, and the artwork is up for auction! Read on for more information, and selected artwork!

2012 NCS Award Winners; Tom Richmond nabs the Reuben

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The 2012 ‘Reuben’ awards were given out by the NCS (National Cartoonists Society) on Saturday night, although only one is actually called the Reuben. The full list of winners is here, but Tom Richmond, best known for his work on MAD Magazine won the top spot, otherwise known as THE REUBEN AWARD for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Richmond is a fairly prolific blogger, and has already recorded his initial thoughts:

Must cry: The Cartoon Crier

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We mentioned this in our official MoCCA report for Publishers Weekly, but if there is one must-read this week, it’s The Cartoon Crier from The Center for Cartoon Studies. Distributed as a lovely free paper at MoCCA, you can now read it in Issu form at the link.

But we must warn you. DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE NOT SAD. Because it will make you sad.

Matt Wuerker wins Pulitzer Prize for cartooning; Bors and Ohman finalists

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POLITICO’s Matt Wuerker has wonthis year’s Pulitzer Prize for cartooning, an award presented for “his consistently fresh, funny cartoons, especially memorable for lampooning the partisan conflict that engulfed Washington.”

Coming Attractions: March 2012, Part Two

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. Here are a selection of books due out this month. All of the information presented below [aside from my aside/snide comments] are from publisher or distributor websites. ALL information is subject to change, and something which might ship this month to a comics shop might show up months later in regular bookstores.  So, if […]

"Reuben" Award nominees announced–with first ever webcomics category

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Yes, we know that there is only one Reuben Award, the big one, but for the sake of a headline, here are the NCS divisional nominees.

This is the first time the NCS Awards have recognized webcomics, a welcome and inevitable move towards modernization. The choices — The Oatmeal, Penny Arcade and Scenes from a Multiverse (above)—aren’t too groundbreaking but they are all good strips.

The winners will be announced Memorial Day weekend at the annual NCS meeting, to be held this year in Las Vegas.

New Yorker cartoons analyzed….again

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An anonymous critics has started a Shit My New Yorker Cartoons Tumblr, which parses the ineffable humor of New Yorker cartoons:

Revealed: The cover for the final Popeye volume

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Fantagraphics has released the cover for Popeye Vol. 6, the final volume of their handsome reprint series of E.C. Segar’s immortal Thimble Theater strips. We’re eager to get this if only to finish selling out POPEYE on the back of the books. Great design, great strip—one of those “must haves” for every well-stocked comics library for sure.

‘Cul de Sac’ goes on hiatus

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Probably the most universally admired comic strip running right now is going on hiatus for a few weeks: via his blog, Richard Thompson announced a hiatus while he receives treatment for his Parkinson’s Disease.

NCS announces first Reuben Award for webcomics

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National Cartoonists Society president Tom Richmond announces a major, inevitable evolution of the comic strip with a new webcomics division for the Reuben Awards. The Reubens have traditionally honored the best in comic strips and illustration — two artforms now mostly associated with Mad Men-era martinis and horn rim glasses on the “up to date” scale. Richmond’s post has all the salient background info but here are the guidelines and the screening committee:

Nice art: Tony Millionaire's Griffith Observatory

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Tony Millionaire reposts this full page wonder from the LA Weekly when alt.comix strips were an important feature and people actually read alternative newspapers.

Gil, A New Strip by Norm Feuti, Debuts Nationwide

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A new comic strip debuts nationwide (yes, newspapers are still being sold) and it’s quite good!

The Perfect Cartoon?

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New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff asks cartoonist Michael Maslin, and the results are two by James Thurber, a man who created many perfect cartoons. Although one of the picks is one of Thurber’s best known, we’d like to spotlight the above, along with Maslin’s analysis — of course, analyzing any humor — especially New Yorker cartoons — is like programming your Garage Band to the sound of one hand clapping….but sometimes you have to try:

Coming Attractions: Fall 2011: Miscellaneous

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Looking for the unusual? The overlooked? Something a bit different? Take a look here!

Russ Cochran launches SUNDAY FUNNIES

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Russ Cochran, a pioneer of deluxe comic reprints through his past efforts reprinting classic comics of the 50s, has just launched a new publication called SUNDAY FUNNIES, which will reprint classic Sunday comic strips in full color:

Reconciling Strip, Film and Cartoon: Reviewing Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1

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By Todd Allen Flash Gordon is a media property has been around long enough that people know it from a few different sources.  The original comic strip, may be the least common exposure.  You’ve got the 1936 movie serial which has been rerun on TV at regular intervals to this day (and holds up better […]