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Before “meta” was physical, before Modernism became Posted, before Art Popped, cartoonists drew stories about cartoonists and cartooning!

Some of it was autobiographical (or possibly semi-auto… I doubt Milt Gross almost became Batman!), some of it was pure fantasy.  (The pygmalian dream of a drawing come to life is represented twice in this volume, and I know of two more “adult” versions, one furry!) And some of it, well, there was probably a deadline looming, so why not draw a comic about how hard it is to draw a comic?

Craig Yoe, comics historian and archeologist, has collected some of the best comics about cartoonists, by noted and forgotten talent, into a new tome titled, appropriately enough, Comics About Cartoonists: Stories About the World’s Oddest Profession.  Most of it obscure, but looking at the names below, you’ll discover a Hall of Fame of comics talent!  Scroll down for some teaser images!  If the table of contents doesn’t convince you to buy this book, then images by Webster, Kirby, Gross, Segar, Eisner, and Wood will!  230 pages of full color fun!  Get your copy today!

PR below the previews!

The Table of Contents:

 Artist Loves Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Kirby
 The Amazing Story of Walt Disney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edd Ashe
 Inkie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Cole
 Inkie/Do You Believe in Lucky Tokens? . . . . . . . . . .  Milt Stein
 Scribbly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Sheldon Mayer
 Joe Palooka and Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ham Fisher
 Dick Tracy and Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chester Gould
 Nancy and Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ernie Bushmiller
 Steve Canyon and Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milton Caniff  
 Kar Toon and His Copy Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Martin Filchock
 G.I. Joe: Beautiful Benny of Company B . . . . . . .  Ernie Schroeder 
 The Mad Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Stahl 
 Pen Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Klaus Nordling 
 The Thrill That Comes Once in a Lifetime . . . . . . . . H.T. Webster 
 Our Boyhood Ambitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  H.T. Webster
 Untitled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H.T. Webster
 Life’s Darkest Moment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .H.T. Webster
 Li’l Abner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Capp & Frank Frazetta
 Night-Monster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jay Disbrow 
 Covering the Cartoonists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Various 
 Suzie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attributed to Harry Sahle
 Grossly Xaggerated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milt Gross 
 Grossly Xaggerated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milt Gross 
 Hey Look . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harvey Kurtzman 
 Frankenstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dick Briefer 
 The Blue Men of Bantro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Steve Ditko 
 The Peculiar Pacifier . . . .  Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, John Sikela
 Tale of Terror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lin Streeter 
 Thimble Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elzie Segar
 Sergeant Spook . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Kapitan & John Jordan 
 Squeedlegump . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Ken Hultgre
 The Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Will Eisner 
 Scoop Scuttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Basil Wolverton 
 Dream of the Rarebit Fiend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winsor McCay 
 Dream of the Rarebit Fiend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winsor McCay 
 Midsummer Day Dreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winsor McCay 
 Comic Valentine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ogden Whitney 
 My Daddy Should Have Listened . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Vince Napoli 
 My World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Al Feldstein & Wally Wood

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The PR from IDW:

San Diego, CA (January 9, 2013) – Have you ever wanted to know what the life of a cartoonist is like?  Well, if you don’t have one handy, why not have Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, Frank Frazetta, Charles Schulz, Jack Cole, Dick Briefer, Winsor McCay, Chester Gould, Sheldon Mayer, Milton Caniff, Ernie Bushmiller, Basil Wolverton, B. Kliban, Rube Goldberg, Jack Chick, Milt Gross, Siegel and Shuster, Will Eisner, Elzie Segar, Harvey Kurtzman, and many, many more tell you by drawing a comic or cartoon to explain about the cartoonist’s life?

Surely, we jest! The bounds of time and space must certainly render this endeavor impossible!
“Nay!” says Eisner-winner Craig Yoe, the acclaimed editor and designer!

For the first time, decades of rare work about their lives and craft by these famous cartoonists has been collected into one mind-blowing, meta-tacular book: Comics About Cartoonists: The World’s Oddest Profession! Get the inside scoop from some of the most lauded and legendary names in the history of comics and learn what truly propels the cartooning soul. The comics and cartoons gathered here are both autobiographical fact and far-out fiction. The fanciful comics feature cartoonists as protagonists in nearly every genre, superheroes, science fiction, crime, funny animals, romance, war comics, teen-age humor and plenty of horror. Yoe has left no drawing table unturned, ensuring this full-color, hardcover collection will be as eye-popping as it is intriguing and entertaining.

Yoe asserts, “Cartoonists are my heroes. That makes this book featuring comics about the ink-slingers themselves drawn by the cartoonists themselves my very favorite book I’ve done. Cartoonists and the people that love them are going to go ape-poop over this one!”

The spectacular hardcover volume hits shelves today and has already earned some high praise!

“The book is fantastic. Unusual stories and seeing them collected in such a beautiful package is a real treat!” – Brigid Alverson, Comic Book Resources

Comics About Cartoonists: Stories About the World’s Oddest Profession, is a mind-blowing, gorgeous, 4-color look at the “meta” concept of cartoonists in their own comics. Classic comic creators such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Will Eisner, and more present stories about their own unique profession — some cheerful, and some full of pathos.” – Valerie Gallaher, MTV Geek

“IDW Publishing’s Yoe Books, is a one-stop shop for visual thrills about comics and pop culture.” – Michael Dooley, In Print Magazine

Let’s face it, there simply isn’t another lineup like the one in Comics About Cartoonists!

Craig Yoe is available for convention appearances and interviews with the press in regards to this and his other books. Find Yoe Books’ online at http://yoebooks.com and http://www.youtube.com/theyoetube.

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Comments

  1. Andrew Farago says:

    You had me at “Scribbly.”

  2. andrew, wait till you see who where scribbly goes and who he meets!!!

  3. Cool book and art and Site. :—)

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