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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Tweet. 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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TweetBy 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 […]

PREVIEW: IDW to publish Skippy

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Okay you can mark off one more from the list of great comic strips without a deluxe reprint series: Percy Crosby’s Skippy is getting the Library of American Comics treatment. The whimsical childhood strip was immensely popular in its day — the film version starring Jackie Coogan was nominated for four Academy Awards — but Crosby eventually ran into severe personal problems and spent the last years of his life in a mental hospital.

Despite Crosby’s sad story, the strip remains a much loved gem that influenced the great kid strips like Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, and Cul de Sac. Library of American Comics Series co-editor Dean Mullaney sent along a swell preview of the first volume, which is due next summer.

Bil Keane remembered

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Following the death of Bil Keane yesterday, remembrances are coming out. In a widely linked to piece, Lynda Barry explains how the idyllic family served as an inspiration for her growing up in a broken home:

Coming Attractions: Fall 2011: Fantagraphics

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Mark Twain and Flannery O’Connor! Estonia and the Andes! Armed Gardens and Treasure Island! Joe Kubert, Tony Millionaire, Jack Davis! Old Comedians and Young Romance! And Gahan Wilson’s Nuts!