Author Archives: Mark Newgarden

In Praise Of Popnut Skrummies: An Elmo Conversation With Frank M. Young

Mark Newgarden and Frank M. Young discuss their love for Cecil Jensen’s Elmo, and the reason Young decided to make this unheralded classic available again via print on demand. Continue reading

 

A Brief History of Ernie Bushmiller’s Dirtiest Comic Strip

Although intended only as a cheap laugh for his Dutch Treat Club cronies, “How To Housebreak Your Dog” assumed an illustrious afterlife. Continue reading

 

Are We Long-Form Yet?: A Chat with Bill Griffith

The longtime Zippy the Pinhead cartoonist talks about his latest book, the transition from strips to longform comics, why he chose to depict the innocent Schlitzie rather than the fraudulent Zip, and the insidious appeal of cuteness. Continue reading

 

The Importance of Being Ogdred: A Conversation with Mark Dery

Mark Dery is an essayist, educator, and cultural critic whose work you should know. Hopefully, his new biography will kick-start a reawakening: Edward Gorey was one of the darkest and lightest, funniest and dismalest, most original and most historically-rooted visual storytellers of his (or any other) time. Continue reading

 

From Pulps to Panels: A Conversation with Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

Talking to the granddaughter of comics pioneer Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, whose company evolved into the DC Comics we know today. Continue reading

 

Getting the Goat Getters: A Conversation with Eddie Campbell

The great cartoonist and idiosyncratic historian Eddie Campbell discusses what he considers the misunderstood true origins of the comic strip. Continue reading

 

The Inkwell, Continued: “All Ye Who Enter Herein Leave All Dopes Behind”

Back to The Inkwell, a now-forgotten postwar New York establishment that once catered to the cartooning elite, including Caniff, Soglow, Gross, Bushmiller, and many more. Continue reading

 

The Inkwell: “Dan O’Connor’s Bar, Grill, and School of Higher Journalism and Car-toonacy”

A look back at The Inkwell, a now-forgotten postwar New York establishment that once catered to the cartooning elite, including Caniff, Soglow, Gross, Bushmiller, and many more. Continue reading

 
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