Fifty-three:March 14, 2001
We Forget: Beetle Bailey’s 50th and Mort Walker’s
Fifty-four: March 28, 2001
Distress: William Gaines’ Venerable Lampoon Magazine Starts
Taking Advertising with What Disastrous Results?
Fifty-five: March 28, 2001
Speaks: Excerpts from An Interview with the Notable Comic Strip
Recluse in Early 2001
Fifty-six: April 11, 2001
Reviewed are the Spirit Millennium Edition
from DC, 10th Muse, Harvey Pekar’s return in
American Splendor’s 25th Anniversary, Image Two-in-One
(a 24-hour comic by Larsen and Eliopoulos), Image’s Double
Image No. 2, Kurt Busiek’s Superstar, Allison Dare:
Little Miss Adventure, Green Arrow No. 2, and Citymouth
from England’s stellar Hunt Emerson.
57: April 25, 2001
Current titles on the stands reviewed are Tellos, Heavy Metal
with another appearance by Serpieri’s Druuna, the Dodsons’
Harley Quinn No. 7, Alan Moore’s Tom Strong, the latest
issue of Desperate Times, Eduardo Risso’s work in 100
Bullets and Weird Western Tales, and a new reprint volume from
Andrews McMeel of Darby Conley’s Get Fuzzy comic strip.
58: April 25, 2001
This year’s Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning goes
to Ann Telnaes, only the second woman to win in this category,
and a novel with a Superman aura.
59: (May 9, 2001)
Discusssions of some recent graphic novels—Dixie Road,
Raptors II, and Gipsy as well as Rick Geary’s delicious
latest (all from NBM) and a new collection of Alex Toth art,
not to mention an obit on Big Daddy Roth
60: May 23, 2001
Reviews of comics on the stands at this date include premiere
issues of Bazooka Jules, Codename Knockout, Desperadoes,
and Randy O’Donnell as well as Kane, Private
Beach, Tom Strong, and Joe Sacco’s reportorial cartooning
61: May 29, 2001
Jack Davis, EC’s legend and a world-class caricaturist
and cover artist, won the NCS Reuben as "cartoonist of the year’
for the year 2000; all other winners of Reuben "division" awards
are also listed.
June 6, 2001
Editorial cartoonist Steve Kelley
is fired at the San Diego Union-Tribune and other news
from hither and yon.
June 6, 2001
Remembering Hank Ketcham, who died
64: A New Outrage from a Familiar Source & Some Quick Reviews
(June 20, 2001)
Reviewed are 2024,Ted Rall’s latest work, and some newsstand
comics (Daredevil Yellow, Savage Dragon No. 85, Herobear and
the Kid, Scary Godmother, 10th Muse, and the "first" issue of
Codename Knockout) as well as notes on the latest development
in the Steve Kelley firing and the Happy Harv’s last word
on whether he (or Douglas Sirk) is alive or fictional.
65: The Ladies on the Cover and a Dose of News and Reviews (July
A book about Robert McGinnis paperback book covers, a
footnote the Steve Kelley firing, a visit to a clutch of old
time New Yorker cartoonists, and reviews of a few comic books.
Another Con Job and News and Reviews (August 1, 2001)
A glimpse of what went on at the San Diego ComiCon, some book
reviews and news, rapid rabbit reviews of a few new comics (Stan
Lee’s Just Imagine, Codename Knockout again, and Robert
Gregory’s newest Bitchy Bitch and the new Elektra), and
trolling for comics in mainstream mags.
67: A Few Curves and None Too Soon (August 15, 200l)
Cover girls with comics connections—Julie Strain and Stacy
E. Walker—and reviews of a spate of space adventuress
material from the extra-talented off-shore Alfonzo Azpiri (who
knows how to draw a pretty sexy girl).
68: Good Ol’ Mary, News & Notes, and Pithy Pronouncements
(August 29, 2001)
The Real Truth about Apple Mary and Mary Worth (and the syndicate’s
recent snafu), news about the International Museum of Cartoon
Art closing its doors in Boca Raton and Erik Larsen revealing
the Savage Dragon’s origins in February, and reviews of
Stan Lee’s Wonder Woman, Gleason’s Daredevil, Dick
Tracy’s Sam Catchem, Vandala II, Dollz, Dexter’s
Lab, Samurai Jack, Angel and the Ape, Hunter, Prime8, and Oni’s
Color Special 2001.
Ol’ Hatchet-jaw Hits 70 (September 12)
Dick Tracy reaches his 70th but his anniversary is celebrated
in Jim Scancarelli’s Gasoline Alley.
70: Muse, Reviews, and News (September 26)
The question of laughter in cartoons in the wake of the 9eleven
atrocity is examined and then come reviews of The Good Girl
Art of Bob Lubbers, John Buscema Sketchbook, Jake Cole and Plastic
Man and news about the forthcoming Will Eisner book,
The Name of the Game, a new collection of Peanuts strips
and art, Spy vs. Spy, and the latest skirmish in the
Peanut Butter Battle over Percy Crosby’s famed Skippy.
Laughter and a Festival of Cartoonery (October 10)
After a brief notice that we’re laughing again in the
wake of the September 11th atrocity, we sample the festivities
at the 7th triennial Festival of Cartoon Art at Ohio State University.
72: Reviews and the Simpsons and the Right to Know (October
Reviews of Savage Dragon, Harley & Ivy: Love on the Lam,
Codename: Knockout, Astra, Battle Pope, Usagi Yojimbo, Hammer
of the Gods, Stan Lee’s Superman, Vamperotica,
Harvey Kurtzman’s The Grasshopper and the Ant,
and the latest strip reprints for Baby Blues, Zits, Baldo,
Grand Avenue, Lola, Dilbert, For Better or For Worse, Mutts
(Sundays). We also ridicule scholarly attention to the
Simpsons, and ask what became of our "right to know"?
73: A Ramble through the New Yorker’s Cartoon Issue, Two
New Books, and Some Tantalizing Pretty Girl Art (November 7)
Reviews of The New Yorker’s annual cartoon issue,
Chip Kidd’s Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz,
Great Comic Cats (reprised), Danger Girl Sketchbook,
Draw No. 1, Sketch No. 4, and the first issue of Bloodstone
or Tombstone or Bloodraider or what-have-you.
74: Back to Print (November 21)
Notes on the Harry Potter movie and recent events on newspaper
comics pages, plus reviews of Heavy Metal’s Attila
and Women of Manara, Garth Ennis’ oafish Rifle
Brigade, and Ron Goulart’s superior up-dated history
E&P Awards and Other Fresh News plus Reviews (December 5)
Lynn Johnston and Clay Bennett are picked as "cartoonists of
the year" (strip and editorial), plus reviews of various comic
76: NBM's Quarter Century (December 21)
NBM's 25 years in the business--with reviews of line and some
of its current graphic novels and other titles.
77: Happy Year's End (January 2, 2002)
Highlighting events of the last month of the year: a nifty new
book about Hal Foster, Walt Kelly's version of comics history,
heroic images for Twin Towers Fund, Eduardo Risso again and
again, Dark Horse's latest imported graphic novels, and the
Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year.
78: Two Line King Books and Comic Book Reviews (January 16,
Two new books of the great Al Hirschfeld's work, Hirschfeld's
New York and Hollywood: The Film Art of Hirschfeld,
are reviewed, as are several comic books: Catwoman 2, TV
Western, Some Trouble of a Serrious [sic] Nature, Shades of
Blue, Justice League Adventures 1, DC's reprint of Jack
Kirby's Green Arrow stories, Jack Kirby Collector 9, Tom
Strong 15, Stan Lee imagining the JLA anew, Groo: Death
and Taxes, Batman: The 10-cent Adventure, Eightball 22 (in
79: Still Having Fun Yet Plus Reviews (January 30, 2002).
How Zippy survived an attempt on his San Francisco life
plus reviews of Will Eisner's The Name of the Game, Steve
Gerber's new Howard the Duck, and other works by Stan
Sakai, C. Scott Morse, Terry Moore, Greg Rucka, Eric Coile,
and Devon Massey, who doubles his fun.
Opus 80: Fanny Valentine, Wonder
Woman, News, and Olymping (February 13, 2002).
A long-eared look at Little Annie Fanny: Volume II,
1970-1988 from Dark Horse, Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth
from DC, a few odds & addenda of news, and a parting reminder
of what the Olympics are all about.
81: News & Comment, Four-Color Rambling about Female Anatomy,
Punch and Judy, and Frank Miller's DK2, plus Pithy Pronouncements
(February 27, 2002).
A statue of Prince Valiant, Aaron McGruder
and NAACP, Disney and Pooh, plus a rambling essay on Arthur
Adams' Jonni Future and female anatomy in the funnybooks, Punch
and Judy and newspapering, Frank Miller's DK2 and short reviews
of Queen & Country, America Century, Amazing Spider-Man,
Superman in Tarzan's jungle and vice versa, and Eustace Tilley's
82: News & Reviews, Appalling Rall, Toppling Kopple, Piraro's
Sunday Bizarro, Arnold Roth's Free Lance and Others (March 13,
Ted Rall's "Terror Widows" cartoon, Letterman's
good taste, Griffith's spite, Piraro's Bizarro collection, Arnold
Roth's 50-year retrospective and such comic books as Trout,
Spider-Man's Tangled Web, Catwoman, Howard the Duck, Love Bunny
and Mr. Hell, Ruse, and Ring of the Nibelung.
83: More Roiling about Rall (March 20, 2002).
Ted Rall attracts online fire from Alan
Keyes, who is then admonished by the Association of American
Editorial Cartoonists, after which Rall outrages NY firefighters,
and then, in appearing on MSNBC to defend himself, betrays editorial
cartooning, saying "It's just a cartoon."
84: Controversy, News & Reviews (March 27, 2002).
Ted Rall strikes back, Oliphant
and the Church, Modesty Blaise movie, religion in the comics,
the demise of Comic Relief, R. Crumb in the world of
"fine" art, recipients of this year's Sparky Awards, and reviews
of The Sword of Zorro from AC, Stan Lee and John Byrne
on Robin, and Bluntman and Chronic.
85: Awards and Alarums, Rescue and Reviews, and Other News (April
Clay Bennett wins the Pulitzer,
nominees for the NCS Reuben, Oliphant and the power of pictures,
Tom Toles replaces Herblock at the Washington Post, Top
Shelf rescued by comics fans, some other online comics columns,
Brooke McEldowney's 9 Chickweed Lane (a masterpiece that
you can now sample in a new Andrews McMeel book), the latest
Dilbert book, and--as a Special Bonus--the entire, UNADULTERATED
(which is to say "fully adulterated"?) "Catching Up with Craig
Yoe" article that I produced, at great pains, for CBG but which,
due to their rigid rules about length, they shredded to a mere
shadow of its magnificent self when publishing it.
86: Marvel Hype, Movies & Reviews (April 24, 2002).
hype (including a fiscal fact or two), Marvelous movies, and
reviews of Strangers In Paradise, Paradise Too, Deadline, My Friend Dahmer, King David, Perdida (Part
I), and AC's latest title, America's Greatest Comics.
87: Spider-Man in Motion and the Fate of Four-color Comics (May
Spider-Man movie and how it relates to comic books, plus
news about nudity, the Simpsons almost sued, museums of cartooning
arts, and reviews of DC's replica edition of Sugar and Spike,
the inaugural issue of Bastard Samurai, Powers No.
19, and Howard the Duck No. 4.
88: News, The Pro Forthcoming, and Reviews (May 24).
Yambar's slam and DK2, comic strips rib Episode II, a long and
loving anticipation of The Pro and Marc Hempel's Naked Brain
3-issue series, reviews of the latest strip reprints (Ziggy,
Zits) and comic books (Pantheon No. 11, Fables No. 1, Queen
and Country No. 8, Stan Lee imagining Catwoman), and Batman
in the Fifties.
89: Reuben Winners (May 28).
and winners of the National Cartoonists Society awards for 2001
90: NCS Corrections, Spider-Man Too Evocative, Outlaw Nation
and The Big Hoax (June 5).
to Opus 89's report on the Reubens, David Broder's attack on
the Spider-Man movie, memorial statues abound,
and reviews of Outlaw Nation, The Big Hoax, Oddballz,
and the current issue of Hogan's Alley.
91: The Filth, Guardian Angel, and Cages (June 14).
of the first issues of The Filth and Guardian Angel and of NBM's
re-issue of the monumental Cages.
92: More Liberty Meadows and Nancy Drew's Guide to Life (June
Cho wins Max and Moritz Award and Liberty Meadows goes into
overseas syndication, plus a glimpse at NBM's forthcoming titles
and a fond look at the real Nancy Drew.
93: Strip Contest, Punch, Work for Editoonists,
and a Monument to Dick Tracy (June 26).
many entered the Beetle Bailey naming contest, Punch's
demise (again), Doug Marlette and Steve Kelley find editoonery
berths, and an absolutely colossal encyclopedia about Dick
Spider-Man, Larsen's Dragon, Ida Red & Bastard Samurai and Reprint Collections (July 5).
reviews of Mad No. 418's Spider-Man spoofs, Kanigher's
contribution to the Webslinger flick,
Savage Dragon Nos. 98-99, Mutant Texas: Tales of Sheriff Ida
Red, and Bastard Samurai No. 2, plus an extended examination
of the Andrews McMeel reprint of Mark
Tonra's James strip and a glimpse
of Bill Amend's latest Foxtrot collection.
95: Tina's Groove and the Big Thousand-plus (July 17).
A new strip
that seems likely to threaten Cathy and a list of the strips
in 1,000 or more newspapers.
96: Reviews and A Trip Report (July 29).
of Marc Hempel's Naked Brain, Elektra:
Glimpse & Echo, Y-The Last Man, 100%, Apache Skies, the
new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Hellboy's
"The Third Wish," plus-a somewhat perverse travelogue about
Harv's recent sojourn in England.
97: News, Stan Lee's Autobiography, San Diego's Con, Martha's
Fate (August 14).
Contemplating the forthcoming Nine Eleven, Stan Lee's autobiography, the
stupendousness of the San Diego Comic-Con,
and Martha Stewart's fate.
98: Cleavage Mags, Copyright Law, News, Teddy Bears, the Marvel
Family (Fawcett's), and Reviews (August 29, 2002).
at the Cartoon Bank on the anniversary of 9/11, and reviews
of The Pro, Decoy: Storm of the Century, Big Daddy Danger, Gotham
Girls and the Wertham snare, Live Nude Girls No. 2, Selina's
Big Score and DC's Shazam Annual No.1. And some Bushwah.
99: News, Defining Comics (Again), Funnybook Review, Milton
Caniff Profiled, Newspapers for the Elderly (September 11, 2002).
reviews of Fred the Clown, Y: The Last Man, League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen, Fables, Max Hamm: Fairy
Tale Detective, Milton Caniff Profile book from Italy, and a
plea for newspapers to attend to the richest demographic.
100: Number Ones and Al Capp's Shmoo
(September 15, 2002).
of freshly minted Number Ones: Dungeon, Paradigm, 21 Down, Crime
Comics, Spider-Man and the Black Cat, and the first issue of
Liberty Meadows from Frank Cho's new
publisher, Image; plus, a review of The Life and Times of the
101: Pogo's 60th, The Sopranos and Dubya, and Red and Rover
and Brian Basset (October 4, 2002).
the 60th anniversary of Pogo's birth with a smattering of misbegotten
history and a review of a freshly minted Pogo video, plus some
Bushwah on the Sopranos and reviews of comic strip reprint albums
from Andrews McMeel.
102: Misleading Bushwah, Mr. Magoo, the Mickey Mouse Copyright
Law, Editorial Cartooning with Female Candidates, and Sherman's
Lagoon (October 10, 2002).
political commentary and comics news, including the McFarlane
vs. Gaiman case, brief reviews of current funnybooks and of
two reprints of Sherman's Lagoon, with a short history
of Jim Toomey
103: Negative TV Ads, Reviews, Corrections, Islam and Bushwah
of 21 Down 2, The Goon 1, Black Widow 3, Ballad of Utopia 1-3,
Hawkman 7, and some Own Fitzgerald and Jim Mahfood, Gonick's
latest History of the Universe, the most recent Rose Is Rose
reprint and other new tomes from Andrews McMeel.
Fresh Number Ones and Volume 2 of Giardino's Pasaran (November
news and the usual Bush League bashing.
105: Reviews of Comics New and Old and News about Cartoonists
of the Year, plus the Usual Bushwah (November 29).
Mayer's famed Scribbly re-visited and reviews of Jane's World,
Truth, 3 Days in Europe, Marville, and a reprint collection
of Non Sequitur, plus news about the Superman movie, John Cleese,
Stan Lee's suit, Don Rosa's strike, Steve Geppi's Disney contract,
Blondie's greeting card, Jules Feiffer's latest book, Schulz
suing Walker, and an assortment of notes about the last national
106: Liberal Bias, New Yorker Profit, A Christmas Graphic Novel,
and a Dual Autobiography (December 13, 2002).
vacancy at Garfield, Bizarro changes syndicates, more on the
Schulz suit against the Walker museum, and a review of the autobiography
of Stan and Jan Berenstain.
107: Rawhide Gaiety, the Berenstains
Mystery, Disney's Treasure, and Crankshaft (January 15, 2003).
promotion of the new Rawhide Kid, the Berenstains
mystery solved, plus reviews of Disney's Treasure Planet and
a lingering look at the latest Crankshaft collection.
Rawhide Kidding, Copyright Extension, and the Columbia Disaster
(February 24, 2003).
Reflections the Gay Caballero, news and my view about the copyright
decision from the Supremes, another installment in the Schulz-Walker
Museum case, Dale Messick, what funnybooks the Happy Harv is
reading and enjoying these days, a footnote on the Columbia
Harvey Pekar Cops a Prize, Art Spiegelman Bows Out, the Yellow
Jar, and the Impending War (March 6, 2003).
including American Spendor's Sundance win, Spiegelman's anguish,
and the Big Lie in American political life, plus a review of
NBM's The Yellow Jar
110: Award Finalists, Songs of the Pogo, and Controversy over
Comics for Kids (March 13).
of the new CD "Songs of the Pogo" and of Rawhide No. 2, finalists
in the Pulitzer and Reuben competitions, Biljo White and Bill
Woggon, and whether comic books are for kids anymore.
111: Playboy's Erich Sokol Dies, Sinfest Emerges, and Rancid
Raves on the War (March 22).
of Sinfest, an online masterpiece now in book format, and the
new syndicated strip, Pearls before Swine, plus news about Bloom
County's return, superhero movies, Berry's World, and Annie.
Interviews with R. Crumb and Carl Barks, News Round-up, War
Commentary (April 15).
editoonery that opposes the war, Daredevil movie review, Popeye's
forthcoming anniversary bread, Stan Lee's latest ventures into
reality tv, more real life in Edge City, Campbell's farewell
to self-publishing, and a few thoughts about horses.
113: 2002 Pulitzer Winner, NCS Nominees, Editoonist Ranks Dwindling,
Fond Farewells, and Shrink-squeezing (April 20, 2003).
John Byrne drawing Funky Winkerbean, Kirk Anderson getting laid
off, Mike Luckovich getting spiked, good-bye to Codename: Knockout
and (for the time being) Howard the Duck, and the history of
Chester Gould's strips-within-a-strip.
114: National Cartoon Appreciation Week, the Age of Schulz,
and the Feiffer Show (May 4, 2003).
Plus news about Beetle, the IMCA, cheesey superhero
movies, and a little commentary on the so-called war.
115: The Eisners, Reprint Reviews, and the Rawhide Kid Finale
(May 18, 2003).
A few nasty
comments about the Eisner Awards and reviews of reprint books
(Zits and Get Fuzzy), plus an apostrophe to the Jewish creators
of the Golden Age and a final lambast for the Rawhide Kid.
116: Reubens Winners 2003 and Reprint Reviews (June 1, 2003).
of the annual honors at the National Cartoonists Society plus
reviews of Andrews McMeel reprint tomes (Pooch Cafe, Zits and
Get Fuzzy), a few nasty comments about the Eisner Awards, an
apostrophe to the Jewish creators of the Golden Age, and a final
lambast for the Rawhide Kid.
117: CartooNews, Criticism of Israel
and Anti-Semiticism, FCC and The Media, and
the Growing Oilogarchy (June 15, 2003).
Fantagraphics survives, an unauthorized bio of Stan Lee, Tony
the Tiger's 50th, new chief at the Mouse House and U.S. colonialism.
118: Reviews of Comic Books, Hulk Movie, and Stan Lee's Role
in Marvel History (June 29, 2003).
Baker, John Byrne, insights from Larry Gonick, the History Channel's
so-called history of superhero comics, and (sigh) Stripperella's
119: Comic Strip News and Reviews of
Sinbad and the Krause Catalog of Comic Books (July 13, 2003).
about Marvin, Popeye, Disney being sued, nipple coverage, Zits
sucks, Chickweed Lane's 10th, reprints s of Get Fuzzy and Tiny
Sepuku and cautionary notes about fundamentalism.
120: News and Reviews of Two Number Ones, Plagiarism and Swipes,
Ditko and Spider-Man (August 3, 2003).
Miramax's Archie's movie deal, "Spawns of Insomnia," editorial
cartoonist being investigated by John Ashcroft's minions, Mickey
Mouse being revamped for his 75th, law suit against Stan Lee
from "Stripperella," Hugh Hefner as a new cartoon character,
graphic novels triumph at the BookExpo in L.A., Eisner's latest
graphic novel and racism, and the usual Bushwah. Beam up by
Opus 121: Con Report, Airport Security Alarums, and Reviews
of The Last of the Independents and
Persepolis (August 17, 2003).
Eggo's con and Wizard World Chicago, plus reviews of The Last
of the Independents and Persepolis a screed about Airport Security.
122: Anniversary Reprints of Two Classic Comic Strips, Editorial
Cartoonery, and NBM's Latest (August 31, 2003).
firing of an editorial cartoonist for views that some allege
are anti-Semitic, reprints of Al Capp's Li'l Abner and V.T.
Hamlin's Alley Oop to celebrate their August anniversaries,
recent reprints from Andrews McMeel (including the last Pat
Oliphant collection from 2001 and the first Lola), Gil Thorp
and "the Rapture," and remembering fan publisher and Caniff
Camp Follower Carl Horak.
123: Breathed's Back and a New Masterwork of a Graphic Novel
(September 24, 2003)
Vertigo's tenth anniversary, reviews of two Number Ones, the
Archival Plastic Man, plus snide remarks about Trouble and Freudian
analysis of Bad Girls with a wink at the Mona Lisa, and Craig
Thompson's superlative Blankets.
124: Peanuts Reprint, Opus' Ambitious Conditions for Return,
Rose Is Rose Reprint, and Geary's Gore, (September 28, 2003).
Plus T&A on the cover of Previews, a comic strip for us
old coots, and reviews of Heroes Anonymous and three graphic
novels, Farewell, Georgia; Sweater Weather; and Pop Gun War.
125: Harvey Pekar the Movie, Luann the Comic Strip, Taboos on
Sunday (October 12, 2003).
Splendor on the screen, plus the Herblock prize for editooning,
Doonesbury's masturbation and Endless Nights' castigation.
126: William Steig's Art (October 26, 2003).
Aaron McGruder and Condi Rice, Dilbert and the Weasel Awards
and the mystery cartoonists doing Scott Adams' strip, reaction
to Rush's disgrace in The Boondocks and in Mallard
Fillmore, snippets from an interview with Kyle Baker, and
reviews of books about Paul Murray, Jefferson Machamer, and
127: Bazooka Joe's 50th Anniversary, Editorial Cartooning
and the First Amendment, and Soup to Nutz Appreciated (November
Berke Breathed staking out Opus' half-page turf and managing,
at the same time, to insult all other working cartoonists-which
prompts Mort Walker to respond; the Rush-beau and Harv's conservative
imperative; Pekar's talk show, Herman's 30th, and
128: Disney's Achievements and The New Yorker's Annual Cartoon
Issue (November 23, 2003).
Vernon Grant, Hirschfeld's Speakeasies, The Norm, Mark Evanier's
new book, Steve Canyon's flawed come-back, Frazetta's Schwarzenegger,
Don Simpson and Al Franken, and a mysterious windbreak.
129: Rudy Park, B.C.'s Anti-Islam Gag, and Playboy's 50th (December 14, 2003).
Plus homoeroticism in the tv Batman of the sixties,
comics-inspired movies for 2004 and reviews of Dark Horse's
Conan revival, Caper, Teen Titans Go, and Kyle Baker's Plastic
Man, and a look at an index to Lewis Carroll's Alice in the comics.
Opus 130: The Year's
Best Editorial Cartoons, Herman, Marmaduke, and the Born Again
Penguin (January 11, 2004).
of various tomes featuring the female form, notes about The
Norm, Heart of the City, and three notable records for 2003.
131: Jud Hurd Recognized, Kevin & Kell Debut in Print, Jane's
World Doesn't, Popeye's 75th, and Obits of Notable
'Tooners (January 25, 2004).
Also religious bias in B.C. again and anti-Semitism
in a British cartoon; obits for comics historian Martin Sheridan,
Ozark Ike's Ray Gotto, Tug McGraw, and Arkansas editoonist George
Fisher, plus Barbie's history and reviews of College Cartoons
and Floyd Norman's insight into animation studio life.
132: Cathy's Engagement & Janet's Jug and the Radical Nipple
(February 8, 2004).
Plus reviews of graphic novels Like a River and The
Bloody Streets of Paris; Pixar deserting Disney and other misfortunes
at the Mouse House, and funnybook reviews of Caper (again),
My Faith in Frankie, Vertical, Kyle Baker Cartoonist, Wonder
Woman no. 200, The Unfunnies, and Desperate Times and the anniversary
Popeye Sunday strip.
133: More on Cathy's Engagement, Julie Schwartz Remembered,
Art Spiegelman's Views, and the Doonesbury Contest to Help Dubya
(February 29, 2004).
Plus more on Janet Jackson's exploding bodice and a
caption-writing contest (with the first photo of the adorned
object), Will Eisner's Fagin the Jew and The Plot, Eustace Tilley
and The New Yorker, and Opus' wastrel ways.
134: Dr. Seuss, Ted Rall's Alternate
Cartoonists, the State of Editoonery Today (March 14, 2004).
Plus the crime of Martha Stewart, Johnny Hart's latest
offense, the growing timidity of editors, Doonesbury's search
for Dubya's Alabama past, and a review of Scott Bateman's strange
and wonderful book, Scan.
135: Mad-nesses Galore, Triplets, and Keith Knight (March 28, 2004).
Reviews of Mad
Art and Will Elder:
Mad Playboy of Art, coupled to brief biographies of Harvey
Kurtzman and Will
Elder; plus reviews of "The Triplets of Belleville,"
Mister O, Happy Halloween Li'l Santa, Greg Theakston's Thrill Book
(of pre-Code 1950s horror and sf stories), AC's Golden-Age Greats Spotlight (Vol. 2), and of reprint tomes of The Boondocks, Baby Blues, and previews
of Fantagraphics' massive Peanuts
project, a new artist on Prince
Valiant, new writer on Gil
Thorp, and a round-up of cartooning prize winners and contenders,
concluding with a long-deserved honor for Jules
Opus 136: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons,
Sacco's Fixer, Chabon's Novel and Comic Book (April 14, 2004).
Plus the winner of this year's
Pulitzer for editorial cartooning, the secret in Gasoline Alley, the death of pioneering African-American cartoonist
Chester Commodore, all the nominees for the Reuben Division
Awards from the National Cartoonists Society, Skippy's
last chance at justice, Aaron McGruder profiled in The New Yorker, the demise of animation at Disney and another tantalizing
body part from Janet Jackson.
137: B.D.'s Leg, Cartoon Appreciation Week, Reviews of Peanuts
Reprints and Mutts Art (May 1, 2004).
Plus the annual convention of the Association of American
Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC), Larry Flynt and freedom of speech,
how comics have gone to war in America's bellicose past, the transition
in Jane's World, and
the new depths of Aaron McGruder's machinations.
138: More Outrage at Rall (Again) and Raymond Chandler in Graphic
Novel Form (May 16, 2004).
An analysis of Ted Rall's Pat Tillman cartoon, plus
race comics in South Africa, Lalo Alcaraz activities,
and other controversies festering in the funnies.
139: Inside NCS's Reuben Awards (June 6, 2004)
Plus tributes to Syd Hoff,
Gil Fox, and Jack Bradbury, reviews of the Best Editoons
of the Year 2003, two new Gil Kane books, and Jim Scancarelli's
140: The Reagan
Road Show, CBG's Monthly Examined,
Kubert's Yossel & Jews and the Comics (June 20, 2004).
Plus the a-borning Batmovie, news about Donald Duck,
Popeye, and Tintin, the invasion of manga, and the outcome of
Jimmy Johnson's poll to decide how Janis should wear her hair.
141: The Harvey Awards, Schulz's Li'l Folks, and Fahrenheit 9/11 (July 5, 2004)
Plus a short history of the Puck building, a cartooning
shrine, and extensive quotes from Neil Gaiman's Harvey Awards
keynote, comics as a natural human manifestation that will never
die, celebrating free speech, the decline and fall of a commander-in-chief
and other news flashes.
142: John Cullen Murphy Obit, Wild Bill Is Dead Graphic Novel,
and Ari Avid as Savior (July 18, 2004)
Plus psychological comedy in funnybooks, Heroes Anonymous and Dr. Blink, Lynn Johnston's retiring, Annie's new artist, and Australian cartooners'
80 years as a club, and more, including some recent examples of gross media malfunction,
including the fumbling over Dick Cheney's F-word and the persecution
of Michael Moore.
143: San Diego Con, Doonesbury and Controversy, and Graphic
Short Stories (August 1, 2004).
Plus an anthology of Between Friends and For Better
or For Worse after 2007.
144: Ted Rall and Generalissimo El Busho, and Tom Toles' Replacement
(August 30, 2004).
Plus four new strips (Franklin Fibbs, Todd the Dinosaur, Silo Roberts, Mullets), Ronin Ro's
Tales to Astonish,
the line-up at the Festival of Cartoon Art at Ohio State University,
Zippy on stage, and the new Schulz book.
145: Birth of a Nation and Legacy Strips Forever? (September 12, 2004).
Plus news about Stan Lee's bunnies, "Father of
the Pride," the fourth Presidential Candidate, and a little
Bushwhacking and Outfoxing
146: Milo Manara's The
Model, & Opus and the Ailing American Newspaper (September 26, 2004).
Plus news about Zippy, comics on museum walls, and reviews
of new comic books-Hawaiian Dick, Forsaken, Ballad of Sleeping
Beauty, The Milkman Murders-and Murray Olderman's book of sports
reminiscences, Mingling with Lions.
147: Get Fuzzy Review and the Presidential Debate (October 10, 2004).
Also reviews of comic books Gray Area and Bloodhound
and badinage about such topics as the deterioration of confidence
in the so-called "news" media, Mickey Mouse's religion,
anti-Semitic comic books in WWII's France, and the latest disturbance
in The Boondocks.
148: Festival of Cartoon Art and In the Shadow of No Towers
(October 25, 2004).
Speech-by-speech summary of the 2004 Festival, plus
reviews of Jeff Danziger's latest book of incendiary political
cartoons, the reprint tome of La Cucaracha and vintage Alex
Raymond Flash Gordon.
149: Persepolis 2, Ann Telnaes, and Steve Roper (November 8, 2004).
Satrapi's second graphic novel, Telnaes' hard-hitting
elegantly rendered editorial cartoons, and a eulogy a 68-year
old strip about to end.
150: Strip Reprint Books and The Comic Book Nation (November 22, 2004).
Reprints reviewed: Hi and Lois (with a short history), Baby Blues, Zits, FoxTrot, Luann, The Other Coast, and Fantagraphics'
second volume of Peanuts
(1953-54), plus Ted Rall's latest adventure and Scott Kurtz's
151: All the Cartoons of the New Yorker & the Plight of
the Animated Cartoon (December 5, 2004).
reviews of comic strip reprints—For Better or For Worse,
Opus, Dilbert, Sherman's Lagoon, Mutts, and Rudy Park
—and of the new Will Eisner Companion from
DC, the new Hardy Boys from NBM, and first issues of
Wild Girl, Angeltown, and Gravedigger.
Opus 152: Still
More Comic Strip Reprints, and the Brilliance of Maitena (December 22, 2004).
from Andrews McMeel (Shoe,
Doonesbury, the surprising Rugrats,
Tom the Dancing Bug, In the Bleachers, and Ziggy)
plus Last Kiss, Prickly City, Chrismahanukwanzakah, and the reason for Tintin's
Opus 153: Notable
Comics Events of the Year, It's a Bird, & Calendar Girls
(January 3, 2005).
Will Eisner's death (see Harv's Hindsights for an appreciation),
new Krazy Kat reprints, voice actors, J.R. Williams' classic
cartoons, Eric Vincent's Ten Miles of Bad Road, the syndication
of website comics, the death of Bernie Lansky, Berke Breathed's
latest pronouncements, and Art Spiegelman's comments on his
latest book and his status with The
Opus 154: The Plight
and Proud History of Editorial Cartooning, Edgy Comic Strips,
and Farewell to Kelly Freas (January 30, 2005).
Stan Lee's win, The Norm's
return, SpongeBob SquarePants' gaiety, a Kirby classic,
more Eisner works, and reviews of Identity
Crisis, Gotham Central, Conan and the Daughters of Midora,
Tim Sale in Solo, Concrete, Hellboy, and
an unusual turn in 100
Opus 155: E. Sims
Campbell, Frank Cho's Shanna, Stan Lee on 60 Minutes (February
reviews of Concrete: The
Human Dilemma, Gun Fu, The Wicked West, Wyatt Earp: Dodge City,
and Angeltown; and news of the Spirit movie, Zippy's secret, Cathy's wedding,
Ted Rall and Pat Tillman again, Garry Trudeau's Honey, and Prickly City being dropped.
Opus 156: Black
Images in Comics, New Yorker Anniversary, Hunter S. Thompson,
& Alleged Bigotry in Editoons (February 28, 2005).
Turner's Wee Pals, Marvel's
Black Panther and Keith Knight's latest book.
Opus 157: Daryl Cagle's Best
Editoons of the Year, Modesty Blaise, & the Duke of Doonesbury
(March 14, 2005).
news about awards, comic book store raid in Funky
Winkerbean, McGruder's interpretation of GeeDubya's drug
use and odds adenda.
Opus 158: Cartooning
at The New Yorker, Trudeau's Gonzo Achievement & The Long
Haul (April 3, 2005).
critic Richard Goldstein's hopelessly inadequate assessment
of political cartoons, "Sin City" previews, 9
Chickweed Lane's artistry, and some reviews of first issues,
including Stan Lee's Alexa.
Opus 159: Appreciating
Dale Messick & Sin City Reviews (April 17, 2005).
reports of reader ire, cutback in domestic manga production,
Pulitzer winner, the two tooners who made Time's most influential
roster and a review of The Irregulars.
Opus 160: Will
Eisner's The Plot (April 24, 2005).
it: Eisner's last work, another pace-setter.
Opus 161: Mort
Walker, Robert Crumb, Chuck Jones & Carl Rose's Spinach
Cartoon (May 2, 2005).
books on the first three, Stan Lee's latest adventures, and
remembering Andre Francois and John Gallagher.
Opus 162: Abe Martin
and Kin Hubbard & Jiggs, McManus and the Zeke Zekley Mystery
(May 22, 2005).
Zeke Zekley didn't inherit the strip he'd assisted on for twenty
years, plus Calvin and Hobbes originals, the Spirit
movie, bashing The Plot,
Buzz Bunny re-styled, Born
Loser's 40th, a new triple threat strip from
King, and funnybook reviews of Street Angel, City of Tomorrow, Red Sonja,
The Atheist, and Kiss
Opus 163: Reuben
Winner(s) (June 5, 2005).
a review of Jud Hurd's Cartooning
Opus 164: Editorial
Cartoonists Convention & Farley's Anniversary (June 19,
persecution of editoonists here and abroad, plus new Gasoline Alley reprints and the line-up of other classic comic reprints
from Spec Productions (Moon
Mullins, Alley Oop, Rip Kirby, etc.).
Opus 165: Mickey
and Perpetual Copyright, Batman Begins Again, Pearls' Swinishness,
Chickweed's Daring, & Geary's Lincoln (July 10, 2005).
reviews of The Pirates
and the Mouse and The
New West, Judo Girl, Shanna, Heroes Anonymous, Dr. Blink, and
Black Panther, racial
stereotyping on a Mexican postage stamp, and the deaths of Selby Kelly, Rowland B. Wilson, and Bruce Hamilton.
Opus 166: Anniversaries
for Blondie and Grimm & Reviewing Mother, Come Home (July
about Mother Goose and Grimm's manic creator, Mike Peters, plus
obit for Rowland B. Wilson, review of Modern Arf, Trudeau's
turd, three cartoonists who are screwing up America, a screed
about anonymous sources, and a long report on your reporter's
recent sojourn in Ye Olde Merrie.
Opus 167: Clyde
Fans, Baby Blues, & Wizard Comicon in Chicago (August 14,
reviews of Nat Turner, JSA Classified, and
The Ride- a regular festival of sex and violence; and insights
into the artistry of Alex Ruiz, Andy Lee, Adam Hughes, and Alex
Opus 168: Goulart's Encyclopedia,
Legacy Strips, & Dagwood Mysteries Solved (August 28, 2005).
a new home for Mort Walker's National Cartoon Museum,
The New Yorker's single-sponsor issue (is
it a sin against journalistic integrity?), obit for Jerry Marcus, and Intelligent (?) Design.
Opus 169: New Nemo & Old Blondie (September 11,
2005; posted October 4).
and Peter Maresca's spectacular Little
Nemo reprint, plus news about the National Cartoon Museum
and a re-vamped website of editoonery.
Opus 170: Jud Hurd Dies & Calvin and Hobbes
Returns (October 16, 2005).
reviews of A History of Violence and Capote in Kansas, the New York Times’ new Funny Pages and Pat Bagley’s book about Clueless George, some first issue funny books, and what’s happening
in 9 Chickweed Lane and
in Over the Hedge.
Opus 171: Doonesbury’s 35th,
Embroideries, Tom Gill, Walt Disney & the Anti-Christ (October 30, 2005).
Walt Kelly and Edward R. Murrow take on Joseph McCarthy and
Scott Kurtz postpones the end of newspaper syndication.
Opus 172: Animated Boondocks,
Calvin and Hobbes, Dennis the Menace & Marvel Signs Stephen
King (November 14, 2005).
the fight for Skippy and reviews of Revelations,
Loveless, Jack Cross, Fell, Paris, Army of Darkness, Advent
Rising, Wha...Huh?, Shaolin Cowboy, Y: The Last Man, and
Opus 173: Doomed Editoonists, Comics in
Museums, Ted Rall’s Alti Books & Lou Myers (November 28, 2005).
Australia’s Cartoonist of the Year, a conservative superhero comic book, Eldon
Dedini’s one-man show, reviews of Rudy
Park, Candorville, DC’s archival Spirit and Plastic Man, Joe Sacco’s War’s End, and funnybooks Rex Libris, Hellboy: The Island, Wildsiderz, and Ferro City; Ten Comics That
Shook the World, and the identity of the person who wrote Shakespeare’s plays.
Opus 174: Comics Before 1945, More
Disaster for Editooners, & Stan Berenstain’s Cartooning Career (December
Ink Monday, the editooner protest, plus the Korean manhwa invasion, DC on
postage stamps, Christopher Robin fired, pointed comment in Zippy, Candorville, Pearls before Swine,
Herb and Jamaal, and 9 Chickweed Lane and Luckovich’s 2,000 cartoon; reviews of first issues of Down and Chicano, a Bernet hardback and Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner No. 2.
Opus 175: McGruder’s Xmas Satire,
Results of Black Ink Monday, Dilbert Reconsidered & Graphic Novel
Appreciation (Christmas 2005).
the Muslims upset by Danish cartoonists, dire plagiarisms, and Paul Gravett’s
absolutely outstanding book introducing graphic novels.
Opus 176: The Cartooning Year in
Review, Best Editorial Cartoons of 2005 & Farewell to Bud Blake (January 8,
reviews of Daryl Cagle’s Best Editoons of the Year, Scoop’s top ten comic
books, Time.com’s top ten graphic novels, the irony of Michael Ramirez’s new
job, and Time magazine’s sell-out.
Opus 177: Farewell to Eldon Dedini,
Louise Brooks & Disney and Pixar (January 22, 2006).
the long lost Little Chief, a comic
strip by and about a Native American, and reviews of Loveless, Jack Cross, Superman and Shazam: First Thunder, Boy Wonder, Sable and Fortune, The Exterminators,
Marlene, plus Weiner’s 101 Best Graphic Novels and DeForest’s Storytelling in the Pulps, Comics, and Radio.
Opus 178: The Danish Dozen, the Toles Flap,
& the New Adventurous Decade (February 13, 2006).
of the Muslim protest, links to the offensive images, and a score or more of
opinions on the subject. Plus Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’s return to Disney, the
best scholarly source on comics, New
Yorker cartoons and the tradition of excellence, and reviews of Nextwave, Revelations, and the graphic
novel Earthboy Jacobus.
Opus 179: More Danish Dozen, Winsor
McCay Books, & Modern Masters of Comic Books (February 27, 2006).
editor reveals his reasons, plus a new home for Mort Walker’s cartoon museum
and the retirement of Judge Parker’s Harold LeDoux.
Opus 180: Moore’s Vendetta, McGruder’s
Sabbatical & the Gasoline Alley Epic (March 27, 2006).
reviews of Jim Whiting’s autobiography, the graphic novel The King, and news about the implications for editorial cartooning
of the Knight Ridder sale, Scientology in South Park, and the Over the Hedge movie, and an essay about
whether religion is the problem.
Opus 181: Superboy’s Owners, Best
Editoons of the Year, & Frazz and Big Top (April 10, 2006).
Humor Times, a book on African-American comics and cartoonists, Reuben
nominees, a new Will Elder collection, and reviews of first issues of Blue Beetle, Tag and Bink II, Pat Novak,
Batman: Year 100, and Anthem.
Opus 182: Luckovich Wins Pulitzer, Dick
Rockwell Dies & Gerald Scarfe’s Book (April 24, 2006).
reviews of funnybooks American Virgin,
Painkiller Jane, Hysteria: One Man Gang, The Middleman, Super Real, and the
Andrews McMeel reprint of Bo Nanas
Opus 183: Danish Dozen Mantra, First
Graphic Novel (?), & Pearls Gets Fuzzier (May 8, 2006).
reviews of a new Victor Moscoso book, the latest Peanuts reprint, and Milt Gross’s classic, He Done Her Wrong, and a shortchanged history of Islam.
Opus 184: Candorville, Bad Art vs. Ugly
Art & the Excellence of Guiseppe Ferrario (May 22, 2006).
Art Spiegelman’s examination of the Danish Dozen in the June Harper’s, and reviews American Virgin, Next Wave, and Truth, Justin and the American Way and Liberality for All, and how there are
no cartoons of Muhammad in the NCS Reuben program booklet.
Opus 185: Reuben Winners, Alex Toth
Dies, & Lipstick Lesbian Batwoman Comes Alive (June 5, 2006).
new artist on Judge Parker, two new
comic strips: A Lawyer, A Doctor and A
Cop and Pajama Diaries; and
reviews of Arf Museum, The Long Road Home, and The Big Book of Zonker.
Opus 186: Good Girl Art of Wonder
Women, Marvel’s Red and Blue Civil War, & Surreal Pantomime in a New Strip
(June 19, 2006).
lead female characters” analyzed, plus Superman as Jesus, Superman as gay icon,
the annual Superman festival in Metropolis, Illinois, and the Raggedy Ann
annual shindig in Arcola, Illinois, with a short bio of her cartoonist creator,
Opus 187: Herriman’s Non-racial Krazy
Kat & Scandalous Editoonery (July 17, 2006).
Plus Doonesbury wins awards, Time’s 1944 obit for Herriman, vintage
strips win reader polls, Sandy Eggo of yore, better art in Judge Parker, and the ideological stereotyping of editoonists.
Opus 188: Poetry and Comics &
Milton Caniff on the Endangered Comic Strip (July 31, 2006).
of The Adapted Victor Hugo and City of Glass.
Opus 189: Funnybook Cons in San Diego
and Chicago & A Last Furtive Word on the Reuben Award (August 14, 2006).
Plus Playboy in Indonesia, 50 historic sidekicks (with some conspicuous omissions, alas),
and political cartoons having clout
Opus 190: Russell Patterson, Sex and Faith in
American Virgin, & Anti-Semitic Cartoons in Iran (August 28, 2006).
Plus Mart Nodell’s creation
of the Golden Age Green Lantern and reviews of some comic book first issues:
Casandra, Sidekick, Umbra, Jack of Fables,The Next; and of American Virgin,
Jonah Hex, Marvel Westerns, Bomb Queen and Ant.
Opus 191: Manga’s Origins in Hokusai’s
Sketchbooks, Tatsumi’s Push Man & Another Revival of Captain Marvel
(September 11, 2006).
Marvel’s postage stamps, Iran’s exhibition of bigotry, and reviews of Superman Batman, Wonder Woman No. 2, JLA Classified No. 16, Loveless, Civil War, 52, The Escapists.
Opus 192: Boondocks Bails, Art
Spiegelman Withdraws, the Lone Ranger Rides Again, & the Latest Zits
Compilation (October 4, 2006).
Harlan Ellison sues Fantagraphics, editoonists rejoice in political lunacies,
including the Pope’s slur on Islam, and the ranks of nationally distributed
women editoonists gains a new member.
Opus 193: Michelle Urry and Hilda Terry
Obits, Dedini Retrospective, & The Complete Far Side (October 26, 2006).
a new Barks book, a new answer to the question Where’s Judge Parker? and a new
war graphic novel.
Opus 194: Chas Addams & The Jungle
(October 31, 2006).
a list of the 25 most important but under reported newsstories of 2005.
Opus 195: Cartoon America, Pride of
Baghdad & Tributes to Jack Davis and Sergio Aragones (November 14, 2006).
Plus Doonesbury’s latest invention, The
Sandbox, plagiarism in editorial cartooning, and a new comic strip.
Opus 196: Obits and Appreciations for
Fandom Founder Jerry Bails and for Australian Paul Rigby & Review of Over
the Hedge (November 28, 2006).
reviews of the most recent For Better or
For Worse reprint, with Lynn Johnston talking about the impending end of
the strip next fall, a swarm of comic book titles, and the first volume of the
complete collected Dick Tracy.
Opus 197: Fun Home Graphic Novel &
The New Yorker’s Annual Failure (December 11, 2006).
a look at Darwyn Cooke’s first visual interpretation of Will Eisner’s Spirit.
Opus 200: The Anniversary Celebration:
Masters of Comics Artistry, Lots of Top Tens, Milestones in Fandom & Some
Harv Art (January 31, 2007).
of the Masters of American Comics and the return of Dunston Barswig, who has a
view or two about the arts of cartooning.
Opus 201: Best Editoon Books,
Experimentation with Wiley Miller, Lynn Johnston’s Hybrid, & Scott Adams on
Torture (February 14, 2007)
more on the aftermath of the Danish Dozen, Jeff Smith’s Shazam, the Dismal
Plight of Editorial/Political Cartooners, the Man who Co-created Archie. (No,
not John Goldwater; he’s the fraud.)
Opus 202: Death of Captain America,
Jane and Other Stripping in Britain, & Zodiac Cartoonist (March 12, 2007).
about cartooning in other countries, plus the fate of American newspapers and
Roy Lichtenstein, the bitterly
disappointed would-be comic book cartooner.
Opus 203: : Miller’s “300,” Reuben
Finalists, & La Perdida (April
Red Rall pleading for Ann Coulter, Bill Mauldin, and short reviews of Killed Cartoons and American Gone Wild, a fond farewell to Jay Kennedy and another to
Opus 204: Johnny Hart
and Brant Parker Remembered (April 28, 2007).
religious issues in comic strips.
Opus 205: Art Out of Time, Betty and
Veronica’s New Look, New Monarch at King, & Opus Death Throes (May 16, 2007).
a short review of Cancer Vixen, more about the death of Captain America,
Doonesbury calling for GeeDubya’s impeachment, editoonery awards, the Simpsons
in Playboy, and what political cartooners think about during a two-year Presidential
Opus 206: Cartoonist of the Year, the
Legacy Question, & Edge City Reviewed (June 5, 2007).
correcting the death of Opus, torture comic book, Falwell farewell cartoons,
and the Gotham Book Mart.
Opus 207: Roger Armstrong
& Kunzle and Topffer (June 26,
Plus, Mutt and Jeff
co-habitating and two new strips, Cul de Sac and Little Dog Lost.
Editorial Cartoonists Convention & Obits for Doug Marlette et al (
July 20, 2007
Most of this edition is devoted to political cartooning,
past, present, and, perhaps, future. We also review a truly stupendous (that’s
good, kimo sabe) book, Dreams of the
Tony the Tiger, Alex Raymond & Tatsumi’s New Book (
August 3, 2007
Opus 210: Two
New Graphic Novels, Some Great Photography & An Excerpt from the Milton
September 2, 2007
Reviews of The Black Diamond Detective Agency, The
Professor’s Daughter and The Artist Within.
Opus 211: Muslims
Upset Again, Sandy Eggo Wrap-up,
Domicile & Phil Frank Obit (
September 20, 2007
The racism of McCay and Herge, two new comic book
stars (Paris Hilton and Jenna Jameson), plus reviews of the reprint of Girls & Sports comic strip and Rick
Veitch’s Army @ Love.
Eightball Labeled Porn & Milton Caniff’s “Best Times” in
(another excerpt from Meanwhile)(
October 6, 2007
We vent our disgust at the forced resignation of an
English teacher whose crime was recommending Daniel Clowes’ Eightball No.
22 to a 13-year-old female student, and we applaud the only professional job of
reporting on the incident, by quoting the entire article.
Naked Cartoonists, Silverstein Around the World & The Art of Ill Will (October 15, 2007).
Plus reviews of The
Last Fantastic Four Story, Casanova No. 9, and Groo at 25, and the latest Muhammad uprising, La Cucaracha’s
banishment, Boondocks’ return to late-night tv, the cancer fund from Funky
Winkerbean, sexual intercourse in the funnies, farting in Zits, Bill O’Reilly in Candorville,
and the very funny work of Richard Thompson.
Opus 214: Ninth Festival or
Cartoon Art & Books for Christmas Giving (November 28, 2007)
Book reviews and obits for Bob Bindig and Paul
Norris, plus what’s going on in some of the strips in the funnies.
215: Teddy Bear Blasphemy, Gay Romance Manga, Sunday Press Books &
Farewell to James Kemsley (December 10,
the surprising health of newspapers, Pat Bagley’s emergence,
Gordon Lee trial ends ignominiously for the prosecution, reviews of
Graveslinger, Deadlander, Brawl, Simon Dark, Green Arrow and Black
Canary, and the Femlin book and Jim Silke’s Betty.
216: Events of the Cartooning Year Reviewed, Al Scaduto Remembered &
Meanwhile Excerpted (Christmas 2007, December
year’s best books, best strips, best comics, etc., plus the
outing of Mitt Romney, the pagan and Christian origins of Hallowe’en
and Christmas, and some antique Christmas cards.
217: Best Editoons of 2007, Anniversaries in 2008 & Tokenism for
Black Cartooners (January 27, 2008).
celebrating Christmas in the funnies, Vol. 3 of On Stage reprints,
Dondi ditto, Vol. 2 of Rejection Collection, and the nearly naked
Bomb Queen funnybook.
218: Black Cartoonists’ “Sit-in” Fails and
Succeeds, Danish Cartoonist’s Brush with Terrorists, &
Persepolis the Movie (February 25, 2008).
the B.C. reprint book and Pat Oliphant’s latest, with notes on
Mort Gerber and Nicole Hollander’s new books, NBM’s Tales
from the Crypt, and a Warren Ellis prose novel.
219: Jackie Ormes, Paul Conrad, & Finales for Cooke’s
Spirit and Y: The Last Man (March 23, 2008).
Reuben Nominees, Pulitzer Predictions, Earl Oliver Hurst, and more
220: History of Comics Criticism & Sexism in Editooning (March
the forthcoming re-issue of Chaykin’s American Flagg!, book
reviews, and the latest Danish Dozen scandals.
221: Superman’s Copyright Re-assigned, Editoon Pulitzer Winner
& Evanier’s New Jack Kirby Book (April
first issue reviews of RASL, Echo, Kick-Ass, Comic Book Comics, John
Byrne’s FX, and the TwoMorrows’ Modern Masters series.
222: New York Comic-Con & Superhero Summer (April
sarcastic remarks about Ten-Cent Plague: The
Great Comic Book Scare and a nice review of Percy Gloom and some
223: The World’s Largest Collection of Original Cartoon Art,
Wordless Woodcut Novels, & How Cable TV News Is Trivializing
Political Cartooning (May 24, 2008).
Free Comic Book Day 2008, Chinese students quaked by American
editoonists, a final interim tally shows 101 full-time staff
editorial cartoonists still at work, Baba Wawa’s unprofessional
autobiography, and fond farewells to Ted Key and Will Elder.
224: Reuben Winners & Brooks’ Best Editorial Cartoons of
the Year (May 31, 2008).
a short history of Ed Stein’s Denver Square strip,
the last of the local-focus newspaper strips and a discussion about
how animated editorial cartoons should make their points with
225: Graphic Novel Blue Pills, Exemplary Animation in Editoonery &
the Ends of Lobster Johnson and Loveless (June
Plus Working with Walt: Interviews with Disney
Artists, Frank Miller on his Spirit, expanded
space for CRL at OSU, Messner-Loebs is back, and funnybook reviews
226: Editoonists Meet at the Alamo & Jack Cole’s Betsy and
Me (July 13, 2008).
a rare artifact, Texas History Movies, and we also unwittingly
perpetuate a Bushmiller hoax, about which you can read the
explanation in Opus 227.
227: The Workings and Misfirings of Satire with Chester the Molester
and The New Yorker’s Obama Cover & A Short History of the
Founding of the San Diego Comic-Con (July 31,
Pickles 500th and
501st, the demise
of Diesel Sweeties, and the endless fakery going on in Get Your War
On. And we admit to being hoaxed in Opus 226 on the
228: American Muslim Khalil Bendib’s Anti-stereotypical
Editoons & Jules Feiffer’s Explainers (August
obit for EC Comics artist Jack Kamen.
229: Eight New Comic Strips Reviewed & John Read Profiled (August
are: Argyle Sweater, Arctic Circle,
Ollie and Quentin, My Cage, Deflocked, Home and Away, Family Tree,
and Knight Life
230: Mickey Mouse Loose, Superman’s Various Origins & FBOFW
Changes (September 15, 2008).
reviews of Comic Arf and the big IDW Sickles book, and some
funnybooks—Hunkel’s Captain Marvel, The Helm, and Black
Summer—and Charles Solomon’s appreciation of the late
231: Breathed Leaves Opus in the Lurch Again (October
232: The Politickle Issue, an Election Eve Extravaganza Revealing
Politics in Every Cartooning Genre; and Ethics for Editoonists (October 31, 2008).
addition to the Election Eve screed, reviews of three campaign
cartoon collections, Obama and McCain comic books, and politics in
233: Dick Tracy Doomed?, David Levine Going Blind & Editoonist
Ranks Shrink by 10 Since May (November 10,
Berkeley Breathed departs; and how the Election was “reported”
in strips and editoons.
234: Tracy Lives Still, Playboy Running Fewer Cartoons & Mr.
Playboy’s Sex Life (December 3, 2008).
masterful storytelling in 9 Chickweed Lane and
reviews of Fringe, A Cartoon History of the
George Dubya Bush Years; Little Nemo in Slumberland: Many More
Splendid Sundays; Rick Geary’s Latest, The Lindbergh
Child; Jaro Fabry: The Art of Fashion, Style and Hollywood in the
1930s and 1940s; Artzybasheff’s As I See It; Comics Studies Reader; David
Levine’s American Presidents; Brian
Walker’s Comics: The Complete
235: The Legendary Landon Course, Editoonists and Newspapers on the
Brink of Death, & A Shopping List of Books (December
the second half of the review of Brian Walker’s Comics:
The Complete Collection, obits for Forrest J
Ackerman and Bettie Page, comic book store financial news, and a
review of the Punisher movie.
236: Year’s Best Editoons and Other Highlights of 2008 (January
reviews of The Alcoholic,
volume one of a complete reprinting of Beetle
Bailey, and a fond look back at Bettie and
237: Frank Miller’s Spirit, Expiring Editoonists and Their
Newspapers & John Updike, Cartoonist (January
revealing inside information about Dennis the Menace and 9 Chickweed
Lane and reviews of six comic book first issues: Spider-Man Noir,
X-Men Noir, Greatest American Hero, Mister X, Jungle Girl: Season 2,
and Sir Apropos of Nothing.
238: The Excellence of Kirk Anderson’s Banana Republic &
Biography of Shel Silverstein (February 15,
reviews of Garry Trudeau: Doonesbury and the
Aesthetics of Satire, Bagley’s Guide to Utah, Basil Wolverton’s
Bible, and comic books, El
Diablo, Femme Noir: Dirty City Diaries, Smoke and Guns
239: Sex Fiends Violate Manga Collector’s Privacy & Racist
Editorial Cartoon and Obama Caricatures (March
Bagley wins Herblock, Rocky Mtn News dies,
short history of Scripps, Steve Geppi’s financial woes, Mike
Peters’ law suit, Maus in the Top 25, and NY Times inaugurates
graphic novel bestseller list.
240: Post-Intelligencer Folds, Reviews of Watchmen, Shuster’s
Kinky Book & Humbug Reprint (April 8, 2009).
updating the tally of fired editoonists and reviews of funnybooks Soul Kiss, some Batbooks, The Great Unknown, Frank
Frazetta’s Moon Maid, Bang! Tango, and Patsy Walker
241: Sam’s Strip, Jerry Dumas, Zapiro Threatened & Frank
Springer and Jim Lange (April 29, 2009).
Pulitzer winner Steve Breen, some current strips that are
occasionally about being comic strips, Schulz gift to OSU’s
Cartoon Library & Museum, reviews of Incognegro, Incognito,
No Hero, and Uslan’s Spirit
242: Tenth Anniversary of Rancid Raves, Reuben Winner, New Breakdowns
& Draper Hill Obit (May 27, 2009).
pages of Zero Hero, 10 of Harv’s gag cartoons, 10 of Webby
243: Child Porn Laws Threaten Collectors, Cartoonist Abuse Abroad,
Roy Peterson Laid Off & Al Williamson’s Oeuvre (June
reviews of Waid’s Irredeemable, Power Girl, a couple of
Marvel’s noirs, the end of 100 Bullets, and the Vigilante
244: Suppressing Cartoons, Anti-Semitism in Doonesbury, Boobs and
Other Taboo Subjects, Underground Comix Histories, Four-color
Supermen & Mallard Fillmore’s 15th (June 29, 2009).
Happy Harv’s casualties and reviews of wartime cartoons,
Galveston, Marvel noirs, and Chaykin’s American Flagg, and an
explanation for the demise of the Rocky
245: Song of the South Racial Controversy & Michael Jackson Dies
in Editoons (July 19, 2009).
Joel Chandler Harris and short reviews of A.B. Frost’s Stuff and Nonsense, George Sprott, Bringing Up Father reprint,
scholarly books about Alan Moore and Osamu Tezuka, Art
of Harvey Kurtzman, Nexus reprint and graphic
novels Lawless and Bad
Night, Rick Geary’s Famous
Players, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Adventures
of Blanche; Power Up, American Jesus, & Asterios Polyp.
246: Sandy Eggo Comic-Con, Exiled Iranian Editoonist Views the Riots
in Tehran & Reviews (August 4, 2009).
of No Pasaran, Streets of Glory, Skitzy, Therefore Repent!; and more
Abe Martin, glimpses of the forthcoming 12th Complete Peanuts, On Stage, Juliet Jones, and more campaign cartoons,
plus the state of American journalism with examples Walter Cronkite,
Sonia Sotomayor, and the front porch arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Opus 247: Wimpy Wizard World, Health Care Debate in Editoons & Bob Novak (August 30, 2009).
Plus reviews of Unthinkable and Kid Colt, product placement in comic strips, “the
Family” in Doonesbury explained, Tank McNamara gets nixed; notices about the new
Bone book and Wimpy Dog Days
Opus 248: Marvel Goes Disney, Editoonists Go After the Hypocritical Right Wing
& Reviews of Kevin and Kell and Ploog’s Spirit (September 30, 2009).
Plus reviews of graphic novels The Hunter and Filthy Rich and first issues of Dominic
Fortune, Starstruck, Red Herring, Sweet Tooth and Chew.
Opus 249: Archie Commits Bigamy, Marge Simpson Undresses for Playboy &
Classic Children’s Comics Restored (October 25, 2009).
Plus Spidey’s new sex life, JumpStart’s 20th, zombies and vampires galore, Hispanic
Heritage Month, and Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics and 1,000 Comic
Books You Must Read.
Opus 250: Comics Journal Changes, Herriman’s Sacred Place & The Man with No
Face and You Have Killed Me (Hallowe’en 2009)
Plus Stantis joins Chicago Tribune, Islamic Hoodlums’ plot to kill Danish cartoonists, The New
Yorker’s Cartoon Issue, and Doug Marlette’s classic In Your Face: A Cartoonist at Work.
Opus 251: Remembering Shel Dorf (November 10, 2009)
An affectionate obit for the Founder of the San Diego Comic-Con.
Opus 252: Crumb’s Genesis, NEA’s Anyule Strip & How Newspapers Aren’t Dying
After All (November 30, 2009).
Plus reviews of Fantagraphics’ new Prince Valiant, Verbeek’s Upside-Downs, Johnny
Cash graphic novel, Crime Stories, Carol Lay’s Skinny; Stumptown and Body Bags.
Opus 253: Nell Brinkley, Eddie Campbell, Rip Kirby & Logicomix (Christmas 2009).
Plus obits for Ken Krueger and Irving Tripp and reviews of 18 books, 5 graphic novels,
and a wimpy parody—Part 2 of our anyule shopping list.
Opus 254: The Best in 2009 Cartooning, the Latest in Islamic Hooliganism &
Farewell to David Levine (January 13, 2010).
A healthy sampling of superb editorial cartoons and the best graphic novels, reprints,
books about cartooning and/or cartoonists, and the like—plus “words of the year,”
newspapers aren’t (actually) dying, and deception at the Comics Buyer’s Guide and Playboy.
Opus 255: Playboy’s First Decade, Gaiman in The New Yorker, Scouting’s
Centennial & Daytripper (February 3, 2010).
Plus Bill Watterson interview and reviews of funnybooks: Dominick Fortune (Nos. 1-4),
Archie Nuptial Saga (Nos. 603-605), Stumptown (No.2), The Last Resort, 28 Days
Later, Glamourpuss (No. 10); and some first issues: Daytripper, Cowboy Ninja Viking,
Nomad: Girl Without a World, Greek Street, The Eternal Conflicts of the Cosmic
Warrior & Black Widow: Deadly Origin.
Opus 256: God of Manga, Comics Shrink & Dustin Debuts (February 14, 2010).
Abram’s tome on Osamu Tezuka, plus The Art of Japanese Paper Theater, Connie
Reprints, Wimpy Kid Revisited, Mauldin’s Willie and Joe t-shirts, and Mr. Fish on
comics in alties.
Opus 257: Five Black Cartoonists & The Knock of the Gestapo (February 28,
Morrie Turner, Ted Shearer, Ray Billingsley, and Milton Knight, plus the national
disgrace of the Christopher Handley case.
Opus 258: Reuben’s Shortcomings, Islamic Hooliganism and Artistic Freedoms,
& Reviews of Herblock, Simon and Kirby’s Sandman and Family Circus Reprint (March 16, 2010).
Plus Denver Post drops a third of its comics line-up, the Glyph Awards nominees, and
reviews of a new Herblock book and IDW’s Family Circus reprint, The Best of Punch,
Garfield from the Trash Bin, King Aroo, Simon and Kirby’s Sandman.
Opus 259: Jiggs’ Tour, Luann’s 25th, Web Comics Sites & Manga Child Porn (March 30, 2010).
Plus Stephen King on American Vampire, Wolverton’s caricatures, Frazz Sundays and
a short history of toilet paper.
Opus 260: Animated Editoons Win Pulitzer, Pickles is 20, iPad and the Future of
Comics, Pope and Sexual Abuse & Why I Killed Peter (April 23, 2010).
Plus the “Kick-Ass” movie (briefly), the first annual Fips Award for political cartooning,
teabaggers defined, Jerry Robinson biog coming, The Knight Life reprint, Schulz’ s Life
with Charlie Brown, Abrams’ gorgeous Jaime Hernandez volume, and reviews of Incorruptible, God Complex, Supergod, Shuddertown, New Ultimates, Girl Comics and Green Hornet; and obits for Dick Giordano and Henry Scapelli.
Rall=s Year of Loving Dangerously, South
Park=s Muhammad, Peanuts Rights &
Archie Comics in the 21st Century (May 6, 2010).
issue reviews of Turf, Black Widow, and Kill Shakespeare, and we
examine the history of Palestine and our news media=s failure to be objective about it.
Day of Effigy Defended, Hitler Metaphor in Editoons on Arizona, Kagan=s Kandidacy & Frank Frazetta and
Peter O=Donnell (May 28, 2010).
Plus the impending
death of Newsweek, and funnybook reviews: The Light, Electric Ant,
Killing the Cobra, Hellboy in Mexico, and Archie at the altar or not.
Day of Effigy Revisited, Zapiro and Muhammad and Zuma, Reuben Awards &
Gahan Wilson’s Playboy Cartoons (June
whole problem of drawing Muhammad, which, it turns out, is counterproductive.
Review of Footnotes in Gaza, Report on AAEC Convention & Remembering Al
Williamson (July 5,
of X-Men: Xenogenesis; Buzzard, Rawhide Kid: The Sensational Seven; DV8:
Gods and Monsters; Diva, Fin Fang Four Return, Iron Man: Armor Wars; Tom Strong
and the Robots of Doom; Dead Run; Kato, Green Hornet: Year One, Green Hornet;
Avengers Prime; Darkstalkers, Devil, and Joe the Barbarian.
Bunny Bonus–Harvey Pekar, Rest in Splendor (July 17, 2010).
Pekar, plus Hefner’s offer to buy back Playboy.
The 41st San Diego Comic-Con & Farewell to John Callahan (August 10, 2010).
Goldwater and Stan Lee, the chances of the Sandy Eggo Con moving out of San
Diego, and photos galore, plus Arlo & Janis’ 25th, the
Bard in two panels, and a Muslim cartoonist talking about Draw Muhammad Day.
Beetle’s 60, Cathy Quits & Newsboy Legion Reprint (August 30, 2010).
comics from Cathy to kick-butt cuties in superheroine comic books and on the
Big Screen, plus Wonder Woman’s new duds, DC’s The Newsboy Legion reprint, and
Comic Book Sales, Comic-Con’s New Home, Cathy’s Last, More Danish Dozen Antics
& Rancid Raves’ Pledge to America (October
of IDW’s King Aroo, Rip Kirby (Vol. 2), Li’l Abner, Blondie; Fantagraphics’
Popeye, Prince Valiant, Captain Easy, Peanuts (at the halfway point), Krazy Kat
Marches On in Beauty, Complete Pogo; and zombie caricatures in Repuglicans,
Ronnie Del Carmen’s And There You Are, and Doonesbury’s Signature Wound, and
discussion of the question: Are the Sunday funnies doomed?
Milt Gross, Al Williamson’s Corrigan, Leo Cullum, Alex Anderson &
Candidates for Cathy’s Replacement (November
for Leo Cullum and Alex Anderson, spiked editorial cartoons, and comic book
future as seen from Portand comic shops.
New Yorker’s Flawed Cartoon Issue, Rall’s Afghanistan, Papercutz Books, Peyo
and Smurfing & Non-movie for Wonder Woman (December 9, 2010).
of Papercutz Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, Harry Potty satire with Rick Parker,
Stan Lee’s Hero Zero and the latest casualties among the editorial cartooning
NBM History and Books & Stan Lee’s Boom Books (December 31, 2010).
Spider-Man on Broadway, More Islamic Hooliganism, Zuma Sues Zapiro, the Meaning
of Life in a Sentence, and reviews of NBM books, Corto Maltese, The Story of
O, First Time, Aldana, A Home for Mr. Easter, Salvatore, Elephant Man, and
Papercutz’s Cyrano de Bergerac (to name a few); and funnybooks—Stan
Lee’s Soldier Zero (again), Traveler, and Starborn, Risso’s Jonah Hex, Route Des Maisons Rouge
Book Reviews Galore, Beetle Bailey Can’t Be Stopped & Skippy’s Expose (January 18, 2011).
Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Comics, Luann 25 Years, Bizarro
and Other Strange Manifestations of the Art of Dan Piraro, Comics Shop, Graphic
Classics: H.P. Lovecraft (and others), George Herriman’s Krazy & Ignatz in
Tiger Tea, Shazam: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal, The Classic
Era of American Comics, 75 YEARS OF DC COMICS: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, DC
Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle, Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein, Chic
Young’s Blondie: The Complete Daily Comic Strips from 1930-33; graphic novels:
Motel Art Improvement Service, The Playwright
Year End Review of 2010, Best of the Year, Editooning the Tucson Tragedy &
Mark Twain Purified (February
of The Cape and Pelican’s Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year (with a short bio
of editor Charles Brooks).
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Festival of Cartoon Art, Spider-Man
Lambasted, Wizard Ceases, Black Cartoonists Remembered & Sergio’s New Book (February 28, 2011)
Ireland’s biography and reviews of a new history of American Political
Cartooning and The Punch Brotherhood plus John Byrne’s Next Men and Fantastic
Four No. 587 wherein the Human Torch goes out. Also: Superman flick cast,
Trudeau’s data verified, Reuben finalists announced, Carl Barks makes cameo
appearances in anniversary issues of Disney comics, and obits for Bill Crouch
and Dwayne McDuffie.
Comics on Broadway, Jefferson Machamer, New and Old Tracy & Only in the
Comics (April 4,
irreverent “Book of Mormon,” Hajdu’s pose as a comics historian, Dick Tracy and Vitamin Flintheart and reviews of The Comics: The Complete Edition, Edie
Ernest: USO Singer, Allied Spy, The Cardboard Valise, Happiness Is a Warm
Blanket, Charlie Brown; Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist (DVD),
Secret Origins of the Super DC Heroes (a 1976 effusion), and funnybooks Lady
Mechanika, Human Target, and Random Acts of Violence.
Winners of Pulitzer and Herblock Prizes, Critique of Alleged Criteria &
Village Voice Assesses Cartooning as a Poor-paying Profession (May 5, 2011).
reason Blackbeard died without our knowing, long-lost Seuss story, editoons on
the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the Ziggy scandal, and reviews of Skippy
vs. the Mob, Working with Disney, Denis Kitchen’s Chipboard Sketchbook, 101
Funny Things about Global Warning, Old Farts Are Forever, Wild Wood [Wally]:
100 Pages of Art and Text, Edie Ernst: USO Singer and Allied Spy, The Complete
Peanuts: 1979-1980, Erik Larsen’s Herculian, Butcher Baker, Last Issue of
Fantastic Four, Stan Lee’s Starborn No. 4, and The Mission.
Bill Gallo RIP, FreeComicBookDay Comics, 1941 Disney Strike & Watterson Art (May 27, 2011).
alimentary practices in comic strips and Liza Donnelly’s book about being
female in America, and we ponder what’s missing at Playboy.
Reporting the Reubens Winners & Reforming Congress (June 14, 2011).
A rundown of
the doings of the Reubens Weekend, listing all winners, including Richard
Thompson, “cartoonist of the year”; with a special sarcastic note on Tom
Gammill’s video satirizing Meanwhile.
Happy Birthday Garfield (June
without Garfield and Diamond Li’l.
New York Times Drops Weekly Cartoon Round-up, Some of Harv’s Antique Girlie
Cartoons & The NCS Roastee Responds (July 5, 2011).
Plant is selling out, satyrical cartoonist Hefner gets left at the altar,
Tr!ckster to debut at Sandy Eggo, DC’s fresh Number Ones, the symbolism of
windows with curtains flapping, Maxine’s maker; and reviews of Jerry Robinson’s
revised and up-dated history, The Comics; The Horror! The Horror! (horror
comics in the 1950s), Flashpoint: Batman the Knight of Vengeance, Reed
Gunther, Drums, 50 Girls 50 and Kevin Keller.
Editoonery Outrage at Recent Congressional Shenanigans, AAEC Convention &
New Archie Books (August
of The Cape (the second No. 1 and the first No. 1), Jonah Hex No.
69, Captain America and Bucky No. 620, and the first four issues of Fear
Itself and an illustrated explanation of why Steranko’s Red Tide is
not a graphic novel.
Sandy Eggo Comic-Con Notes, Crumb Doesn’t Go Down Under & The Essential
Dykes to Watch Out For (August
Plus an essay
on sexism in comic books, both female and male biases.
NineEleven Anniversary in the Funnies & Syrian Cartoonist’s Hands Broken (September 8, 2011).
A list of all
comic strips that commemorated the 10th anniversary of NineEleven.
284: Doonesbury Dropped, Editoonists on NineEleven & Mike Diana (September 24, 2011).
11 book reviews: Too Small to Fail: Another th(ink) Anthology; The Complete
Peanuts: 1981-1982; The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti; Guerillas: Volume 1; The
Big Hoax; Lincoln from Rail-Splitter to Icon; Blackjacked and Pistol-Whipped: A
Crime Does Not Pay Primer; Willie & Joe Back Home; The Peanuts Collection;
How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less; Aaron and Ahmed
DC’s New 52, Miller’s Holy Terror, Tracy’s 80th & Election News (October 31, 2011).
New Yorker’s so-called Cartoon Issue.
Cartoonists and Occupy, Herge’s Reputation, Keefe’s Retirement, Keane’s Death
& Shopping Guide to Christmas Book Gifts (December 5, 2011).
reviewed: Pogo: Through the Wild Blue Yonder; Caniff: A Visual Biography; It
Was the War of the Trenches; Complete Little Orphan Annie, 1936-38; 100 Sexiest
Women of Comics, Good Girl Art by Ron Goulart, The Pin-Up Art of Humorama., Not
Just Another Pretty Face: The Confessions and Confections of a Girlie
Cartoonist (by R.C. Harvey); 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die, Code
Word: Geronimo; Joe Palooka MMA; Liar’s Kiss (Graphic Novel); and these
funnybooks: Peanuts Comic Book, Catwoman No. 3, Wolverine and the X-Men, No.1, John
Byrne’s Cold War No.1, Neal Adams’ Batman Odyssey No.1; Aquaman No.1; The
Kents, No.1, Shade No.1, Jonny Double No.1 (graphic novelish), Who Is Jake
Ellis ends; ditto The Last of the Innocent
Sixteen More Books Suitable as Christmas Gifts (December 20, 2011).
African-American Classics, Dr. Seuss & Co. Go To War, Cartoon Marriage:
Adventures in Love and Matrimony by The New Yorker’s Cartooning Couple; I
Thought You Would Be Funnier, What I Hate From A to Z, Milton Caniff’s Steve
Canyon (comic book): The Complete Series, Volume One; Milton Caniff’s Male
Call: The Complete Newspaper Strips; 1942-1946; Setting the Standard: Comics by
Alex Toth, 1952-1954; Alex Toth: Last Chance; Genius Isolated: The Life and Art
of Alex Toth; The Quality Companion; Will Eisner Conversations; Walt Disney’s
Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes; De: Tales: Stories from Urban Brazil; Nuts: A
Graphic Novel; The Adventures of Herge (in graphic novel form).
Fond Farewell to Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon (January 9, 2012).
Christmas in the funnies and reviews of first issues of Green Wake, Blue
Estate, Spaceman and Kents No. 2, Catwoman No. 4, Cold War No. 2
Adieu to Ronald Searle, Year 2011 in Review, Best Editoons of the Year &
Reuben Nominees (February
American cartooning, Silberkleit banned at Archie, Kevin’s wedding, Watchmen prequels,
Doonesbury pulled, NY Times offer to editoonists, and obits for Blaine and Al Rio, Richard Alf, Milburn (Pelican) Calhoun, and John Celardo.
Bunny Bonus—the Editoon Hilarities Provoked by Rush Limbaugh’s Latest Antic (March 9, 2012).
Rape in Doonesbury Banned, Plagiarists Detected & Obits for Jan Berenstain
and Shelly Moldoff (March
and the realism sprouting in Riverdale.
Sylvia Retires from Print, the F-Word, Krassner Offenses, Pulitzer and Other
Awards for Unconventional Editoonery & Obits for Babin, Moebius, Matera and
Mike Wallace (April
Capp’s sobering up, Corey Randolph’s retirement of The Elderberries,
unwed motherhood in 9 Chickweed Lane, the resolution of the disgraceful
case of Canadian border guards seizing a computer and its owner for allegedly
possessing child porn (it was manga), plus reviews of Stan Lee’s Mighty7 and commentary on Catwoman, Franchesco’s She Dragon, Fatale, Lobster
Johnson, Batman, Mud Man, and All Star Western.
Reuben Nominees, Rage Comics, Salacious Paperback Covers of Yore,
Pulitzer-winner Matt Wuerker, The Sign of Four Graphic Novel & Maurice
Sendak’s Obit (May
scholarly effort to find evidence of Jewish culture in comics, homophobia in Funky
Winkerbean and Edda’s pregnancy resolved in 9 Chickweed Lane, and a
review A Parent’s Guide to Kids’ Comics and farewells Tony DeZuniga,
Ernie Chan, and Paul Gringle.
Reuben Winners, KAL’s Editoon with Impact & Blown Covers Review (June 2, 2012).
reviews of the first issues of Valiant’s X-O: Manowar and Fury Max.
Denver’s First Comic-Con, Che Image and Biography, Hell Ends, Comics Fan
Bradbury & Neiman and the Femlin (July
of: Allan Holtz’s Encyclopedic American Newspaper Comics Guide, Health Care
Reform (graphic novel), Sunday Funnies, Best of the Three Stooges Comicbooks,
Adventures Into the Unknown: Pre-code Horror Anthology, Crime Does Not Pay,
Issues 1-4, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody
Rogers, The Revolutionary Icon: Che; and a handful of funnybooks—Minutemen, Dan
the Unharmable, Fury Max, Powers, Super Crooks, All Star Western, Bad Medicine,
The Spider. And obits for Ray Bradbury (with an emphasis on his engagement in
comics and the Sandy Eggo Con), LeRoy Neiman (and the Femlin), and Herman’s Jim
Sexual Assaults in the Military, Mike Lester’s New Strip & Reviews of Drawn
Together and Holtz’s Encyclopedia (July
Plus a near
sexual encounter in Luann and reviews of the first issues of Hardcore and Harbringer.
Batmovie’s Midnight Massacre, Stupendous Sandy Eggo & Book Reviews (July 26, 2012).
Versus the Ku Klux Clan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the
Men of Hate, by Rick
Bowers; Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero by
Larry Tye, plus Vol. 2 of Crime Does Not Pay.
Political Issue, Editorial Cartoons & the GOP (August 31, 2012).
correction: the Dirks Case Didn’t Set the Legal Precedent but Established ZZZs;
and the Execrable Racist Poster of Obama.
Before Watchmen Comic Books and Other Number Ones, End of Cul De Sac & Joe
Kubert Obit (September
of Archie No.635 (Occupy Riverdale); Fatale No.6; Daredevil Nos.12-16; Superman
No.11; Resident Alien No.3; Batman No.11; Penguin Nos1-2; Stan Lee’s Mighty 7
Nos. 2-3; Stripperella; Black Kiss (Second Series) No.1; plus Before Watchmen
Titles: Comedian Nos.1-2; Rorschach No.1; Nite Owl Nos.1-2; Ozymandias Nos.1-2;
Minutemen No.2; Dr. Manhattan No.1; Silk Spectre Nos.1-2, and a review of The
Art of Amanda Conner.
Zunar’s Dubious Win, Last Cul De Sac, Porn at Chickweed Lane (?) & Holtz’s Encyclopedic
Reference Guide Celebrated Again (September
of recent and/or landmark tomes: The Sincerest Form of Parody; Bloom County,
The Complete Library: Volume One, 1980-1982; Action! Mystery! Thrills! Comic
Book Covers of the Golden Age; and The Collected Doug Wright: Canada’s
Master Cartoonist. Forthcoming: Bazooka Joe.
Report on the Annual Editoonists Convention, the Prez Campaign in Editorial
Cartoons & Caricaturing Obama (November
of Odds & Ends from R. Crumb and Naked Cartoonists: Drawers
Drawing Themselves without Drawers; and Steve Kelley to edit BECY for
The Post-Election Report & Reviewing Playboy (November 10, 2012).
A survey of
editorial cartoons on the re-election of Bronco Bama, the myopia of the
Republicons, and the current viability of Playboy (plus a review of the Playboy
Covers tome), Sandy Eggo Con stays in San Diego again, Mad’s 60th,
the validity of the Superman wars
Zuma Drops Suit against Zapiro, S. Clay Wilson Recovering (Slowly) & Marvel
Comics History with Steve Ditko and Stan Lee and Others (December 20, 2012).
Art of S. Clay Wilson, Comics about Cartoonists, The Lost Art of Zim, Matt
Baker: The Art of Glamour, Marie Severin: Mirthful Mistress of Comics, Totally
Mad: 60 Year Anniversary, Mort Drucker: 50 Years of His Art, Ralph Steadman’s
Extinct Boids, Lover’s Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery; & comic books: Batman:
The Dark Knight, nos. 10-11; Happy, Wolverine Max, no. 2; Black Kiss II,
Daredevil, nos. 18-20; Hawkeye, no. 4; Superman, no. 14; Lobster Johnson, Where
Is Jake Ellis, The Creep, Bad Medicine, Criminal Macabre, The Saint (Eduardo
Barreto) and Punk Rock Jesus: The Best Comic Book of the Year.
Comics Buyer’s Guide Killed, Ditto Spider-Man & A Solution to Gun Violence (January 17, 2013).
short history of CBG, plus short reviews of Black Kiss II, Hawkeye, Comeback,
Foster, Black Beetle and All-New X-Men
Al Capp Biography Reviewed, Latest Edition of Best Editoons of the Year,
Plagiarism Again & the Phoney Claims to Superiority of Stickfigure Funnies
on the Web (February
Bill Day is
the ludicrously alleged “self-plagiarist”; plus the supposed anti-Semitism of a
recent cartoon by Brit cartoonist Gerald Scarfe
Wertham Proved a Fraud, Herblock Winner & the End of Black Kiss 2 (March 8, 2013).
reviewing Tardi’s graphic novel, Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot.
Reubens Nominees, Editoons on Sequestering, Guns, Gay Marriage, the Pope &
Batman Copying the Shadow (March
of Hawkeye, Black Beetle, and The Shadow from DE.
DC Unhires Anti-Gay Writer, Reviews of a Dozen Books & How Superman Destroyed
the Infant Comic Book Industry (April
Public Schools bans Persepolis, Siegel heirs lose again, some of the best
editoons of the month, plus reviews of: Icons of the American Comic Book,
Silver Streak Archives, Vols. 1 and 2; Crime Does Not Pay, Vol.3; Adventures
Into the Unknown: Pre-code Horror; Forbidden Worlds, Vol.1; The Best From the
Tomb, Ditko Monsters: Gorgo!, The Complete Peanuts: 1985-1986 & 1987-1988,
From the Files of Mike Hammer; The Golden Age of DC Comics: 1935-1956; American
Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-65; and funnybooks Snapshot, No.1; Sledgehammer 44,
No.1; Sex, No.1; and obits for Carmine Infantino and Bob Clarke.
Interviewing for a New Cartooning Documentary, Visiting the Schulz Museum,
Pulitzer Winner & Editoons on the Boston Bombing and Gun Control in the
Senate (April 26,
Andrew Farago, Jean Schultz, Tom Yeates and Morrie Turner, winners of other
editorial cartooning awards, reviews of Sex, Sledgehammer, and Daredevil: The
End of Days.
Examining the Before Watchmen Prequel & the Current Crop of Editoons Hazing
Pandering Politicos, plus Ethics among Editoonists (May 22, 2013).
Cartoonists Day fizzle, Free Comic Book Day, guns and cleavage in Archie, and
the latest adventures in Funky Winkerbean, Gasoline Alley; and obit for New
Yorker’s Ed Fisher.
Reubens Winners (May
Pittsburgh: Brian Crane and Rick Kirkman; plus Stan Lee stiffs Denver Comic
“Man of Steel” Stinks, Denver Comic Con Succeeds, Four Wallace Wood Works &
Graphic Classics History (June
desecration of a Superman shrine in Cleveland, the courage of Syrian cartoonist
Ali Ferzat, and the current status of Mike Diana (by reviewing the crime
against him). And we review “The Illusionist,” and numerous books: Forbidden
Worlds, Vol. 2: Nos.5-8; Black Cherry, Ratfist; Woodworks— Against the Grain,
Wally’s World, Woodwork: Wallace Wood, 1927-1981, Came the Dawn and Other EC
Stories by Wood; Halloween Classics: Graphic Classics, Vol.23; Native American
Classics: Graphic Classics, Vol.24; Daggers Drawn: 35 Years of Kal Cartoons in
The Economist; The Graphic Canon: Adapting 19th Century Literary
Works to Comics Form—and we rehearse the history of Graphic Classics.
Editoonists’ Annual Convening, Asay Retires, Plagiarism and Codes of Ethics (July 18, 2013).
Pat Oliphant, why no editoons for NSA or Zimmerman, Chuck Asay’s retirement,
plus reviews of Uslan’s Shadow and Green Hornet, Neil Gaiman’s new Sandman,
Harold Ross and John Held, Jr.’s impact on cartooning; Kitchen Sink’s return,
Jim Ivey’s comic strip word game, and Hawkeye’s dog and the end of Fury’s Wars
San Diego Comic-Con Report, Editoons on Zimmerman Verdict & Howard
Chaykin’s Latest Pronouncements (July
Locher Legend, debunking the myth about Bob Kane’s “better” contract with DC,
the origins of the Sandy Eggo Toucan, Chip Kidd’s wit at the Eisners, Harv’s
dubious plagiarism, Chaykin’s Wobblie Buck Rogers, Satellite Sam and his other
Rumble in Riverdale, Editoons on Syria and Obamacare, Editoonist Roster Up by
One & Stan Lynde Obit (September
Creators Quit, Spidey Stumbles on Broadway (and a dish memoir arrives)—plus
some of the best editoons on the crises of August, reviews of Market Place,
Elwell Enigma, The Education of Hopey Glass, Society Is Nix, Gail Simone’s Red
Sonja, Sergio Aragones’ Funnies, Lady Rawhide, Thumbprint, Lazarus; and
reports on Egyptian cartoonists, Doonesbury’s return on Sunday, and Mort
Colorado Flood, Batwoman Future, September Editoons & Pete Hoffman Obit (September 29, 2013).
winners, Dark Horse’s Original Daredevil Archive and the PBS 3-hour Superheroes
program and some news : Harvey winners, manga in Japan threatened by 2020
Olympics, the comic-con record in Salt Lake City, Disney owns Marvel
characters, Facebook suppresses naked man, editoonist gets a day in Lexington,
“Luann” co-writing Luann, Bezos at the Post.
Watterson Interview, Editoons on GOP Shutdown et al, PBS Superhero Documentary,
Peyo’s Benny, Syrian Cartoonist Killed? & Roy Peterson Obit (October 31, 2013).
of Matt Bors new book, Blondie’s first year of marriage, and Hand of Fire
(Charles Hatfield’s book analyzing Jack Kirby’s legacy).
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Opens, the Festival of Cartoon Art
at OSU, Crisis in Newspaper Comics Debunked & Stanley Winners in Australia (November 23, 2013).
of the Zits novel, Gaimen’s Unfortunately the Milk, Andy Gump novel, The
Madam Paul Affair, Lost in the Alps, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
(Gentleman) and Apple’s banning Sex Criminals, Fantagraphics getting
Kickstarted, and Mickey Mouse putting on gloves and other news.
The Sandman Overture, The Gumps, Jeet Heer’s Francoise Mouly, Breaking Taboos
in Comic Strips & Secret History of Marvel Comics (December 12, 2013).
issue includes book reviews of: Polly and Her Pals: A Complete Year of
Surrealist Hilarity; John K Presents Spumco Comic Book; Frank Frazetta: Art and
Remembrances; Adventures into the Unknown: Pre-code Horror Anthology, Nos.
9-12; Graphic Novels Zombillenium; Geary’s Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder
of Standford White; Chaykin’s Century West; and funnybooks Afterlife with
Archie and Velvet—plus comic strip potty humor and other taboos of yore, Playboy’s 60th and Garrincha’s new strip at GoComics, and Al Plastino
Bunny Bonus—Legalizing Pot in Colorado & Editoons on 2013's Big Newsstories (January 10, 2014).
Stan Lee’s Legacy, Rudolph’s Red-nosed History, Will Eisner’s Lie and His Canny
Humanity, Comics in 2013, Stan Sakai and Usagi Yojimbo, David Axe Books by Bors
and Hamilton & Gary Arlington Obit (January 30, 2014).
analytical comics histories, artist changes at Rex Morgan and Sally
Forth, The Nib’s line-up of cartoonists, a cartoon depicting JFK being shot
on the day he was, classic Phantom Lady reprint, and reviews of Captain
Midnight, Damian, Criminal Macabre: Eyes of Frankenstein, Daredevil No.24, 25;
Tom Strong, The Saviors, 47 Ronin (5-issue series), and the possibly
metaphysical Shaolin Cowboy) and a dozen books, including Cartoons of World War
II, The Complete Colonel Blimp, The Best of the Comix Book, Bad Girls Need Love
Too, This Book Contains Graphic Language, Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, and
Will Eisner: A Dreamer’s Life in Comics (brief).
Editorial Cartoons of January (February
Reuben Nominees, Rube Goldberg, Doonesbury’s Hiatus, Lester’s Mike Du Jour,
George Wunder’s Terry, Oop’s Time Travel Debut, Jonah Hex Stuffed Again &
Sins Being Committed in the Name of “Graphic Novel” (March 14, 2014).
first Watterson cartoon in 18 years, a historic comics mural being threatened,
taboos being violated in newspaper comics, and reviews of some graphic novels
and a half-dozen books (including a new “biographical dictionary” of
Feiffer’s First Graphic Novel, Archie on Death Row, NCS Division Nominees, New
Animated Peanuts, Stan Lee in Playboy & Fred Kida Obit (April 17, 2014).
Plus new bio
of Robert Ripley, comic book first issues (Moon Knight, White Suits, Veil,
Starlight) and others (Ms. Marvel Improved, Wolverine, Captain Marvel—All the
Same Stuff; Daredevil and Hawkeye, Still Superior; Savage Dragon Starts Over;
The Saviors, Brother Lono Ends); and new animated Peanuts, the plethora of
superflicks, and weed in Colorado.
324: Racism Attacked, Pulitzers and Other Awards Announced, Censored Books
Listed, Vip and Rodrigues Extolled & Obits for Feldstein and Ayers (May 27, 2004).
the 50th anniversary of the Fold-In, a review of Bill O’Reilly’s
Killing Jesus and a report on South Carolina’s defunding a college because it
put Fun Home on its reading list. And more—including paintings by modern
masters GeeDubya and RCH.
325: Reubens Report on Who Won What, Wiley Miller’s Innovative Career &
Obit for Morris Weiss (June
New York Post drops its comics section, shreds and patches of NCS history and
cartooning lore (Who drew the Golden Age G.I. Joe? How the Milt Gross Fund got
its name), a rare glimpse of Harv’s Navy cartoon character Cumshaw, and
more taboos being broken daily on the comics pages of the nation’s newspapers.
Bunny Bonus Bulletin: Watterson in Pearls(June 10, 2014).
Watterson shows up in Pearls.
Getting Comic-Conned in Denver and Everywhere Else & Obits for Greats
Charley Barsotti and Etta Hulme (July
current state of the comic-con “industry,” plus a sampling of the month’s
editorial cartoonists and reviews of Southern Bastards, Dicks, Five Ghosts, The
Massive, Time Lincoln Continental, Sandman Overture No.2, United States of
Murder, Inc., and a report on Dick Tracy’s four-month search for Little Orphan
Opus 328: Sandy
Eggo Comic-Con Critique, Death of Archie & Gahan Wilson Born Dead (August 14, 2014).
Award winners, comic strips that celebrated the Sandy Eggo Con, some antique
magazine cartoons, and editorial cartoons of the month.
Family Guy-Simpsons Crossover, the Summer’s ComicBook Movies, Pat Oliphant on
the State of Editooning, Superheroines as Pin-Ups & Obit for Stan Goldberg (September 17, 2014).
anti-bullying comics, Sandy Eggo’s law suit against Salt Lake, Frank Miller on
making movies, Nate Beeler’s winning jubilant editoon, and superheroine pin-ups
(including Milo Manara’s erotic twerking of Spider-Woman) and reviews of
Outside the Box (a book of interviews with graphic autobiographers), Miss
Mizzou beyond the comic strip, Terminal Man, Hexed, Howtoons, and The Bunker,
and a fond adieu to Stan Goldberg.
Editoons on the Mess in the Mideast and Ferguson & Obitoons on Robin
Williams, Lauren Bacall, Joan Rivers (September
Plus obit for
Opus 331: A
New Record at the New York Comic Con & the Future of Comic Cons (October 31, 2014).
Mountain Con, the Moscow Comic-con, EC Horror Lives on USA Today Weekend,
Gibbons Gets Laureate, NCS Revamps Awards Process, Girls Getting Into Comics,
and How the Shuster, the Oppression of Cartoonists in Turkey and Venezula,
Kirby and Stan Lee Media Court Cases Are Faring.
Editorial Cartoonists Convention, Four New Pogo Books, Wonder Woman Exposed
& Anniversaries in Comic Strips (November
Reviews of Ripley’s
Believe It Or Not reprints, a couple 75th anniversary books
(Marvel and Batman), and a volume of Puck color cartoons; anniversaries in Luann,
Mother Goose and Grimm, Hi and Lois, and Dick Tracy, comic books Men
of Wrath, The October Faction, Batgirl No.35 and Detective No.35 and
some of the earliest post-Midterm Election editorial cartoons (plus some about
ebola and the White House intruder).
The PC of Zombies, Endings for Glasbergen’s Better Half, Jonah Hex & Best
American Comics (November
Watterson’s latest artwork, Batman postage stamps, Wizard of Id’s 50th anniversary, Marvel’s growing diversity, and reviews of: Joyce Babner’s graphic
novel, Alice in Comicland, Bobby London’s Popeye (with a report of his firing
in 1992 for attacking anti-abortion advocates), a book about New Yorker
cartoonists, Bob Powell’s Terror Comics, Masterful Marks (Cartoonists Who
Changed the World), Kim’s booty, and another end, that of Jonah Hex; plus
reviews of War Stories, the new (and Wholly Unsatisfactory) Lobo and editoons
on post-election shenanigans, Bill Cosby and Ferguson, with an obit for
editoonist and collector Art Wood.
Book Reviews for Xmas & 43 New Scholarly Tomes (December 27, 2014).
Vip’s Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher, The Art of Robert E. McGinnis, Frank
Robbins’ Johnny Hazard (plus the end of the War in Caniff’s Terry & Crane’s
Buz Sawyer); Death, Disability and the Superhero in the Silver Age and Beyond;
Alex Toth’s Zorro, Classic Phantom Lady (not by Matt Baker it seems), Matt
Baker’s Canteen Kate, (2 competing volumes of it), Bob Powell’s Cave Girl,
Sheena Queen of the Jungle, The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage (Queen of
Pulp Pin-up Art), Percy Crosby’s Skippy, and graphic novels— Silent Partner,
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Woman Rebel: the Margaret Sanger
Story; The Beats: A Graphic History. And comic books: Deadpool, The Wake,
Starlight, Ms. Marvel, Tuki, Chaykin’s Satellite Sam, Chaykin’s The Shadow:
Midnight in Moscow.
Islamist Hooligans Kill Cartoonists in Paris & Cartoonists and Governments
React Worldwide (January 16, 2015).
samples of Charlie Hebdo’s iconoclastic, irreverent cartoons plus
cartoonists’ cartoon reactions world-wide and the role of cartoons in free
Analysis of Charlie Hebdo’s Scandalous Cover Cartoons, Depicting Muhammad,
Freedom of Expression & More Cartoonists Reactions (January 29, 2015).
offensiveness in cartoons, alleged Islamophobia at Charlie Hebdo, Daryl
Cagle’s massive online exhibit, the “survivors” issue of Charlie and a
bibliography of articles in Print on censorship and related matters by
After Charlie—Advocating Freedom of Expression, 2014's Top Ten Newsstories in
Cartoons & the World’s Worst Comic Strip (February 12, 2015).
freedom of expression vs. offensiveness in U.S., Palestine, Israel, Angouleme,
and Malaysia; plus terrible WuMo, reviews of Lunar Park and Sabrina,
Word of the Year, and obits for comics historian Cole Johnson and New Yorker cartoonist Joseph Farris.
Black Comics and Cartoonists, Gunfire in Copenhagen and Freedom of Expression
& the Meaning of Life (March
winners Trudeau, KAL, Bennett; threatened cartoonists in other countries;
Tempus Todd, George Lee, Bass Reeves; editoon roundup, topless strip in
London’s Sun, reviews of Rasputin and Casanova IV.
History of the Teddy Bear, Reubens Nominees, Trudeau on Charlie Hebdo, Cartoonists in Oppressive Countries, 16 Book Reviews & 7 Obits (April 19, 2015).
Reviews of The
Sculptor, Heroes of Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books Jack
Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture, A Career Retrospective; Foolbert Funnies:
Histories and Other Fictions (Frank Stack); Law of the Desert Born; The
Cisco Kid, Vol. 1, 1951-1953; Wally Wood: Classic Tales of Torrid Romance;
Wally Wood: Strange Worlds of Science Fiction; Cannon; The Art of Ramona
Fradon; Berlin: Books One and Two; Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies,
Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig; Sherlock Holmes in a Study in Scarlet (delicious
Gris Grimly illos); Lincoln for Beginners; Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic
Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson; Bully! The Life and Times of Theodore
Roosevelt. Plus: Frank Cho’s Manara cover spoof, Eric Larsen vs. “the vocal
minority”; and reviews of funnybooks (Lady Killer, King Comics: Prince
Valiant, The Phantom, Mandrake, Jungle Jim, Flash Gordon; Howard the Duck,
Zombie Tramp; obits for Jim Whiting, Irwin Hasen, Fred Fredericks, Jim
Berry, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Roger Slifer, Stan Freberg.
Offensiveness and Freedom of Expression after Charlie Hebdo, Garry
Trudeau on Hate Speech, PEN’s Protesters & Draw Muhammad Contest Shot Up (May 30, 2015).
failed Kickstarter, Denver Comic-Con report, and reviews of Goodbye God? by
Hunt Emerson, Weird Al’s Mad, The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson, Vol. 1;
Howard Chaykin’s Black Kiss XXXmas in July; The Big Con Job, Tales
from the Con, Red One by Terry and Rachel Dodson.
Cartoonist in Iran Faces Jail Term, Editoons on Supreme Court Decisions,
Confederate Flag = White Supremacy, Gun Control & DC’s Convergence Series (June 30, 2015).
Plus reviews of
graphic novels—Moore’s Nemo books (Heart of Ice and The Roses of
Berlin), Geary’s Louise Brooks: Detective; and Tardi’s Run Like
Crazy, Run Like Hell—and Comic Book People, Mineshaft (vestige of
comix), and Airboy.
New Archie, San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel’s Secret Wars, New Seuss, & Return
of Opus (July 31,
Plus reviews of Rowland B. Wilson’s Trade Secrets and The People Inside (a poetic
graphic novel), a new Hirschfeld book, Wagner’s failed revival of Eisner’s
Spirit, the month’s editorial cartoons and Peanuts Tribute to Charles M.
Schulz, Celebrity Caricature in America, The Complete Cul de Sac (in
Two Volumes), Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (forthcoming), and, among funnybooks, more Lady Killer, 1872 and Korvac
Saga; Starve, Sex, Final Flop Issue of The Big Con Job and an obit
for Leonard Starr.
Does the “Firing” of Freelance Editoonist Ted Rall Mean We’re in a Police
State? (August 26,
Historic Caricaturists, Trump and Editoonery, Regrettable Superheroes &
The First Folio (September
Reading, great caricaturists (Max Beerbohm, Ralph Barton and Aubrey Beardsley
plus Oscar Wilde, Frank Harris, Bernard Shaw and Shakespeare—for the First
Folio), and several reviews—first issues of Prez, Dark Corridor, Barb Wire,
Eight; Summer Blonde, Desmond Puckett, early Jonah Hex, Bravo for
Adventure—and the news (Iranian artist gets courage award, presidential
candidates in funnybooks, Alcaraz joins Disney, alarm about Playboy’s
Editoonists Meet Under Guard, New Yorker Cartoonist BEK & Pin-up Covers of
Superheroine Comics (September
Plus reviews Graphic
Canon Vol.3, Loisel’s Peter Pan, funnybooks Welcome Back No.1, We
Are Robin, Romita’s Superman, 1872, IDW’s Sherlock Holmes, and news
about Charlie Hebdo’s latest, Farghadani’s indecency, Warren Ellis’ forthcoming James Bond, “The O’Reilly Factoid,” and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the Bible
and its reputed prohibitions, and an obit for Brad “Marmaduke” Anderson.
Editooning Friday the 13th in Paris (November 20, 2015).
Free Speech Ten Years after the Danish Dozen, Defending Roy Crane, the Jane
Eliot Story, CXC Success, Politics in Strips & Pope Francis Comic Strip (October 30, 2015).
virginity test, Playmates denuded, a new comic-con about women cartooners, plus
reviews of comic books— Twilight Children, Mockingbird, Dr. Strange; and books— Mad’s Original Idiots, Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz,
Milt Gross’ New York, Comics (A Global History), King of Comics, Walt Kelly’s
Fairy Tale Parade, The War to End All Wars, and obits for Murphy Anderson
and Roger Bollen
Peanuts Movie and New Book, Stan Lee Graphic Memoir, Books about Will Eisner,
Charlie Hebdo’s Status & Political Correctness in Editoons (November 30, 2015).
Plus the new
Jughead, Sean Murphy’s latest masterful work, the looming Playboy purge, war
cartooning, The System graphic novel by Peter Kuper, Flannery O’Connor’s
cartoons, and recent comic books— Tokyo Ghost, Call of Duty: Black Ops III;
Joe Golem, Gravedigger, All Star Section Eight, Citizen Jack.
Ted Cruz Makes a Monkey of Himself, Vintage Christmas Strips, Nine First Issue
Funnybooks & Ten Book Reviews, including Eisner Champion of Graphic Novels (December 31, 2015).
are Miller’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race, Fourth Issue of the New Archie,
New Daredevil, Superman: Lois and Clark, Captain America White, Huck,
Goddamned, New Shield, New Hawkeye, New Wolverine— plus Womanthology Heroic,
Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel; Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking;
The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas: 50 Years; A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making
of a Tradition; Twelve Terrors of Christmas (Edward Gorey) and some graphic
novels (Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage; Ann Tenna: A Novel; and
The True Death of Billy the Kid) and The Life and Art of Wesley Morse of
Tijuana Bible fame, plus Edge City ends.
Editoonists View Big News of 2015, Angouleme Fails Women Cartoonists, & Wesley Morse Biography,
Bazooka Joe and Misguided Extinction of Cliff Huxtable (February 7, 2016).
Plus a review
of Ted Rall’s Snowden, women in comics with Ally Sloper (two new names for the
roster), the Dick Tracy and On the Fastrack cross-over
(mentioning also the two other daily strips Bill Holbrook does), Charlie Hebdo
a year later, and flaws in New Yorker cartoons.
No-Nudes Playboy (and NO CARTOONS either), New Yorker Cartooning, KREMOS’ Girls
& Review of Griffith’s Invisible Ink (February 29, 2016).
1940s anti-Wertham comic book, CRNI’s protest of Atena’s incarceration, Fiore’s
Herblock win with only animated cartoons, Luann’s self-declared lesbian
character, a list of scholarly books on comics; plus reviews of Will
Eisner’s PS Magazine; Lost and Found: Griffith’s Comics 1969-2003; and
graphic novels Trashed, Tex the Lonesome Rider, Fist Stick Knife Gun.
Big 350th Celebration with A Fling for the Occasion, Dennis the
Menace Anniversary, Playboy’s Explanation & Trumpery and the Fearsome Megyn
Kelly Pinups (April 1,
no foolin’, 2016).
the occasion, a profusely illustrated history of Harv’s eroticartoon for Fling
in the late 1970s, plus Pat Oliphant’s “retirement,” Playboy’s lame explanation
for giving up on cartoons, guest artists on Dilbert, and Murphy Anderson’s Buck
Reuben Nominees, Ohman’s Pulitzer & Reviews of New Black Panther, New Moon
Knight, New Black Widow, Dell’s Pogo, Mandrake, and Graphic Novels Drama, and
Magic Pen (April 30,
Sousanis’s Lynn Ward win, banned graphic novels, and an essay on Comic Books
Corrupted by Movie Versions a review of Balls of Fire: More Snuffy Smith
Comics; farewells to The New Yorker’s William Hamilton, Dick
Hodgins, Jr., Paddington’s Peggy Fortnum, and Mad’s Lenny “The Beard” Brenner.
Bunny Bonus: Iranian Artist Freed, Iowa Freelance Editoonist Fired &
Trumpery in the Wake of the Indiana Primaries (May 7, 2016).
Bunny Bonus: Reuben Awards Winners (June
Bobby London’s Firing Revisited, the Complete Peanuts Completed & Ted
Rall’s Bernie Graphic Novel (June
Plus reviews of
“cartoons” in Playboy, America in Cartoons: A History in Pictures; Dictators
in Cartoons: Unmasking Monsters and Mocking Tyrants; Black Hand Comics and The
New Yorker zoo cartoons and appreciating Darwyn Cooke and Mell Lazarus.
NCS Reubens Weekend, Alex Raymond Art Book & The Book of Hope Graphic Novel (June 17, 2016).
America: Civil War,” Frank Miller’s Daredevil and the Ends of Heroism,
Mignola leaves Hellboy, Prez satire, the last Snyder/Capullo issues of Batman,
and Muhammad Ali whuppin’ Superman in 1978, plus some old postcards, an old
magazine, and the passing of The New Yorker’s Frank Modell.
Denver Comic Con, the Threat of Social Media, Walt Kelly’s Fables and Funnies
& Wallace Wood’s Shattuck (July
so-called “cartoonists,” Red Ryder’s Fred Harman, and first issues (Midnight
of the Soul, Renato Jones: The One %, Wagner’s Shadow) and Yuge: 30
Years of Doonesbury on Trump, Graphic Classics: H.G. Wells, Geary’s Murder
at the Hollywood Hotel, The Tipping Point, and The Story of My Tits (graphic novel).
Atena Speaks, Frank Cho Quits, Editooning in July, Hughes’ Betty and Veronica,
Farewell to Jack Davis and Richard Thompson & My Last Sandy Eggo Con (August 20, 2016).
Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes, Garrett Price’s unique White Boy, and a clutch
of barenekkidwimmin comic books, one of which veers off into sadistic
eroticism, and why superheroines won’t work in a politically correct
Editoons in the Season of Trumpery, Alan Moore’s Huge Prose Novel & Eight
Comic Book First Issues (September
Graphic novels The
White Donkey (U.S. marines in Afghanistan) and Templar (during the
Crusades), Charles Rodrigues’ cartoons in Gag on This, comic book first
issues: Kill or Be Killed, Lucas Stand, Lady Killer 2, Kingsway West,
Control, The Violent, The Fix, Black Monday Murders, and Lake of Fire, and
porn covers on funnybooks.
Convention of Editoonists, Trump Editoons and Corruptions, the Debates &
Pioneering Cartoonists of Color, a Review (October 13, 2016).
convention, a gallery of Trumpix, a book of Kelly’s Onion kartoons,
Wonder Woman’s sexuality, Cerebus’ damnation, a do-nothing Congress, and
Trudeau’s six recommended books in The Week.
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, Wonder Woman All Over & Trump and the Election (November 5, 2016).
caricatures, reviews of first issues of Moonshine, Cage, Shipwreck, Midnighter
and Apollo; and of books—The Minicomix Revolution 1969-1989, Your Brain on
Latino Comics, Latinix Comic Book Storytelling, The Best American Comics 2016.
Bunny Bonus: A Sampling of Editoons about the Recently Concluded Presidential
Election (November 12,
A review of
editorial cartoons published in the aftermath of the Election.
Reviews of More than 15 Books for Christmas, Preview of George Herriman
Biography & Obits for Bob Webber and Jerry Dumas (December 16, 2016).
She Changed Comics: Untold Story of Women Who Changed Free Expression in
Comics; The Incredible Herb Trimpe; Extra Cheesy Zits; Alamo All-Stars: A Texas
Tale; The Lost Work of Will Eisner; Tim Tyler’s Luck: 1934 (Alex Raymond’s
debut); Krazy Kat: 1934; Step Aside, Pops; Jack Cole’s Deadly Horror; Super
Weird Heroes: Outrageous But Real!; The Editorial Cartoons of Lee Judge, and
graphic novels— Black Dahlia (Rick Geary); Strange Fruit; Trump: A Graphic
Biography (Ted Rall); The Fun Family (satire of Bil Keane’s The Family Circus);
The Funnies (prose novel); Cousin Joseph (Feiffer’s new graphic novel); Citizen
13660 (Japanese Internment, 1942-45); plus reviews of first issues of comic
books— Frank Cho’s Skybourne; Terry Moore’s Motor Girl; and second looks at
Moonshine, Cage, Shipwreck, Adam Hughes’ Betty & Veronica; also Resident
Alien 3, Lady Killer 3, Kill or Be Killed 3/4, Renato Jones: The One % 5, Sex
32 and the regrettable ending of Prez in Catwoman Election Night No.1. Plus
survey of editoons of the month, and Brad and Toni’s wedding.
Reviews of More than a Dozen Books, DC’s Forthcoming Watchmen Series &
Editorial Cartoons about the Trump Transition and Inauguration (January 21, 2017).
Complete Peanuts: Comics & Stories; Ditko Monsters: Konga; Bloom County on
Face Book; Peyo’s Pussycat; Serpieri’s Anima; Overstreet Comic Book Price
Guide, No.46; Love Is Love (Benefit Anthology for Orlando); New Yorker Cartoons
of 2016 (Generously Sampled); The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study; Walt
Kelly’s Pogo: The Complete Dell Comics, Volume Four; Panel to Screen: Comic
Books and Film; The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books; and Thoreau, a graphic
novel. We also survey editorial cartoons about Trump’s transition and
inauguration, quote Merle Streep’s full acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.
Editoons on Trump’s First Month, Wallace Wood Life and Legend, Nudes Return to
Playboy, Word of the Year, Trump the Fourth-Grader & Obits for Jack
Mendelsohn, Herb Galewitz and Dan Spiegle (February 28, 2017).
Also reviews of
Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, Vols. 6-9; Mary Astor’s Purple Diary (Edward Sorel
illos); The Best of Archie Comics: 75 Years, 75 Stories; “Riverdale”—Archie on
Television; Black History in Its Own Words; Jim Davis’ Garfield Original Daily
and Sunday Art in new Hermes Press volume; plus first issues of Francesco
Francavilla’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit, The Few, and Bullseye. And—: Pat Oliphant’s
brief return to editooning, politics in comic strips, NY Times drops Graphic
Novel Bestseller lists, more awards for March: Book Three; another Resist! (with samples from the first issue), doubtful anti-Semitism.
Corto Maltese, Dieter Lumpen, Mankoff’s Autobiography, Jack Cole’s Cuties,
Stein Cartooning Again, Reuben Nominees, Editooning the Health Care Debacle
(and Other Trump Malfeasances) & Obits for Jay Lynch, Skip Williamson,
Bernie Wrightson, James Stevenson and Howard Shoemaker (March 31, 2017).
of two great graphic novels—Corto Maltese, back in a new translation, and
Dieter Lumpen, at least Corto’s equal in the adventuring game; with Corto
review, a virtual history of the character and his creator, Hugo Pratt.
Politics Sneaked into Marvel Comic, Suppression and Censorship of Cartoonists,
Women Cartoonists Cracking the Ceiling, Analysis of Batman, the Spirit Joins
Tracy & Other Eisner Centennial Celebrations (May 6, 2017).
Yorker’s Bob Mankoff
goes to Esquire; the Denver Independent Comics and Art Expo (DINK); how
Staton and Curtis got the Dick Tracy gig, plus reviews of an expanded
albeit faulty biography of Will Eisner, and graphic novels Eisner’s A
Contract with God (revisited) and Blacksad. Plus notes about comic books Snotgirl,
Tank Girl, I Hate Fairyland, All Star Section Eight, Grass Kings, and American
Opus 366: Celebrating 18 Years Online with a
Lavish Gallery of Illustrations, Pepe the Frog=s Death by Cyber Bullying, the
Delusional Prez & the Failures of Coates= Black Panther (May 26, 2017).
Harv=s history with college magazines, plus Al Plastino=s Peanuts comic strips, Milton Caniff=s World War II lecture on the dangers of VD, the new
cartoon editor at The New Yorker and obits for Jay Disbrow and Carolyn
Bunny BonusCAnnouncing the award winners at the NCS
Reubens Weekend Just Concluded (June
“Wonder Woman” (Superb), NCS Reubens Weekend in Portland & Social Media vs
Bill Maher (June 30,
musical and first issues Renato Jones (Round Two) and Grrl Scouts, the Cartoons
of Homer Davenport, Strange World of Your Dreams, plus obits for Adam West and
Comic Cons—the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (July 26, 2017).
Con and various rants about the San Diego Comic-Con (booth prices, hotel room
rates, declining attendance, origin stories), plus increasing sexless covers on
comics, the Harvey Girl, and a new comic strip.
Comic Stripping with Rina Piccolo, Editooning with Pulitzer-winning Morin, Gag
Cartooning with New Yorker’s Tom Toro, History of Uncle Sam, the State of the
Cartooning Industry & the New Surreal Weird at The New Yorker (August 9, 2017).
Plus the untold
history of Uncle Sam and reviews of first issues of Jazz Maynard, Jimmy’s
Bastard, Normany Gold, and Accell, plus reviews of three books, 20th Century in Cartoons, Hitler in Cartoons, and Cartoons Against the Holocaust;
also What Roger Ailes Wrought and Alan Moore’s last comic book; obits for Joan
Lee, Bob Lubbers, and “Fabulous Flo.”
The Political Issue—Trumpet Antics Post-Charlottesville and Before & Dick
Locher Obit (August 31,
over Charlottesville, his racism and harangue against news media and
Cartoons Debut at Esquire, Graphic Novels at Libraries, Archie’s New Comics, Savage
Dragon Still Savaging, Reed Crandall Biog, Jefferson MacHamer & Spectacular
Sisterhood of Superwomen (September
first issues of comic books Divided States of Hysteria, Dark Days - The Forge;
and of books, Behaving Madly (Mad imitations), Playboy landmarks in comedy,
Trump Tweets Illustrated, and graphic novel Rolling Blackouts, plus editoons
that offend, Cartoon Bank gyping cartoonists (?), Beetle’s birthday, Charlie
Hebdo’s new offense, the Lone Ranger mystery, and obit for Tom Eaton of Pedro
Rocky Mountain Comic Con, Hef Dies, the Month’s Editoons & Dr. Seuss,
America First, and Racial Controversy (October
burns but Museum is okay, Pepe fights back, The New Yorker’s “what if” cover,
and a long segment on Dr. Seuss, his anti-America First stance in WWII
political cartoons, the new Seuss Museum and the accompanying racist
controversy from Right Thinkers.
Sheena, Moneypenny and Black Terror Funnybooks, Source of Ideas, Esquire
Cartoons Analyzed, Mort Meskin and Jerry Robinson Books, Rube Goldberg’s
Foolish Questions, Baker Street Four & Corto Maltese in Siberia (October 22, 2017).
Plus review of Shoe comic strip reprint, Hank Ketcham’s scarred visage, “line tangent” explained,
lampooning at the National Cartoonists Society, and obits for Len Wein and the
Summer of Love.
Editoonists Convention, Two New Black Comics Resources, Cartoons Return to
Playboy & Books Sampling the War Years of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (November 18, 2017).
Gadot’s stand on sexual harassment, South Park’s failure to satirize Trump, the Art of Garfield and the first issue of Batman White Knight, plus
a count of editorial cartoonists, and “retired” editoonist Bill Sanders on
Trump, Ed Stein on tax reform, Ted Rall’s suit, Hirschfeld biography held up.
Part One: Christmas Shopping List of Book Reviews (10), the Legal Status of
“Comic Con” & Ben Garrison Rogue Editoonist (December 22, 2017).
Farewell to the
New York Mad and reviews of— Babes in Arms: Women in the Comics During
WWII; Terry and the Pirates by George Wunder, Vol. 2; Oswald the Lucky Rabbit:
The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons; The Bible by Joe Kubert and Nestor
Redondo; Oh My God—They Printed That?!; Walt Kelly’s Pogo: The Complete Dell
Comics, Vol. 5; Blitt (cover artist for The New Yorker); and graphic novels The
Man Who Laughs; The Man from the Great North by Hugo Pratt; and Calamity Jane
Part Two: December’s Editoons, Doomsday Clock & A Seminar on Sexual Harassment (January 3, 2018).
editoons examined, and the fates of Garrison Keillor and Al Franken are
Editoons at the End of Trump’s First Year, New Comic Book Publisher, State of
Gag Cartooning & Black Comic Book Heroes on TV and in Movies (February 15, 2018).
Plus reviews of
7 new books, among them Watchmen Annotated and The Realist Cartoons, another watershed
moment in comics. And photos of Stormy Daniels.
Black Panther Success, Editoons on Mass Shootings and Guns, Reviews of Six New
Books & Another Seminar on Sexual Harassment (February 28, 2018).
harassment cliche cartoons plus reviews of The Art of James Montgomery Flagg
The Best of Hagar the Horrible, Cartoon County (Fairfield, Connecticut
Cartoonists), Big Ben Bolt (reprints of the strip), The Prince Valiant Page
(and a Valiant Try-Out that Failed), and Lemire’s Roughneck graphic novel.
Sitcomics’ Binge Books, Stan Lee’s Situation, Magazine Cartooning & Playboy’s Reaction to Sexual Harassment (April
Trina Robbins’ autobiography, Nicole Hollander’s memoir, Cap Stubbs and Tippie,
West Coast Mad, and graphic novels Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge by Tardi and
The New Deal, plus nominees for the NCS Reuben, and Black Panther being
co-opted by alt-right, Stormy Daniels and Spanky, and a ringing
statement supporting freedom of the press.
The Pulitzer Fiasco, the New Mad No.1 & Denver’s Boutique Comic-con DiNK (April 25, 2018)
Plus the New
York Times report on Stan Lee’s situation and editoons for March and April.
Underground Comics 50th, Cartoonists as Goat Getters, Wallace Wood
Volume 2, Action Comics No.1000 and Captain America No.700 & Sex and
Surprises in Savage Dragon (May
Plus a report
on FCBD at Mile High Comics and the surprising long life of Elfquest, the conning
of Stan Lee, new cartoonist on Nancy, the origin of Tom the Dancing Bug and Lee
Bunny Bonus Report on the Reubens Awards of the National Cartoonists Society (June 4, 2018).