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Alex Raymond: Becoming a Cartoonist

An encyclopedic look at the master of fantasy and romance. Continue reading


Social Media, Freedom of Speech, and Editorial Cartooning

Ann Telnaes, editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post, discussed recently the implications for her profession of the social media reactions to the notorious “Ted Cruz monkey children” cartoon she drew last December. Continue reading


Outcault, Goddard, the Comics, and the Yellow Kid

How They Unwittingly Conspired To Bring a New Mass Medium into Popular Culture. Continue reading


Smokestack Foo-mania

The Life and Notary Sojac of Bill Holman Continue reading


Consider the Source of the Crisis in the Newspaper Comics Strip Kingdom

A Perverse and Cynical Contrary View Full of Hope. Continue reading


The Economics of Comics: How Money Influenced the Art

It is ironic that the economics of the industry have for so much of its history worked against the art. Continue reading


Ted Rall vs the Los Angeles Times

A look at the varying accounts surrounding the Los Angeles Times’ firing of Ted Rall, and whether the LAPD told the newspaper to do it. Continue reading


Modesty Blaise and Peter O’Donnell and the Last Great Adventure Strip

To me, Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin are a literary pair that ranks with Damon and Phintias. Or Roland and Oliver. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Continue reading