I feel very lucky to have worked on this with such amazing cartoonists! The idea was very simple, a card set featuring portraits of master cartoonists drawn by current cartoonists. With the tireless help of J Jonny Shaw and contributions by my favorite active cartoonists it became a reality!
In her books she talks about how money issues have made her life hard. Even though she’s a legendary and popular cartoonist for decades, in modern times with print publications folding and gay publications combining, there have been fewer paying customers for her work.
It really made me sad to read about a hero having trouble paying her bills, even while working! Seeing this news makes me smile ear to ear. ONE MILLION LIKES.
The recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" — a no-strings attached, five-year, $625,000 award given to individuals who show “exceptional creativity in their work” — were announced Wednesday and among them was a true star: Alison Bechdel.
Bechdel, 54, is a well-known cartoonist whose comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” achieved cult status for its honest and hilarious representation of queer culture. She’s also an accomplished author — her 2006 graphic memoir appeared on the New York Times best-seller list and won an Eisner Award.
“Bechdel is changing our notions of the contemporary memoir and expanding the expressive potential of the graphic form,” the MacArthur Foundation wrote in choosing her.
Snuck out in the usual DC Comics PR is a little gift to discerning readers that may demonstrate that DC’s digital wing really know what it’s doing. Gilbert Hernandez, the legendary Love & Rockets cartoonist who gave the world Heartbreak Soup and Palomar, is going to write and draw a Wonder Woman story. Like, for real.
Gilbert Hernandez is not a complete stranger to DC Comics. He co-authored nine issues of the Vertigo book Yeah! with Peter Bagge in 1999/2000, and his Vertigo series Grip: The Strange World of Men ran for five issues in 2002 — but those were obviously very different times for the publisher. Idiosyncratic indie artists like Hernandez don’t fit the mold of the more conservative New 52-era DC.
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman is one of the West Coast office’s out-of-continuity anthologies, outside the auspices of the New 52, which presumably gives Hernandez fairly wide scope. Digital titles like Legends of the Dark Knight and Adventures of Superman have become showcases for some of the more unconventional and interesting stories coming out of DC — and they’ve given creators a chance to tell stories unhindered by the aesthetic and narrative restrictions of the New 52.
The ninth class of California Hall of Fame inductees comprises: acclaimed actor Robert Downey Jr; celebrated artist David Hockney; journalist and news anchor Lester Holt; martial arts superstar Bruce Lee; space pioneer Ellen Ochoa; country music icon Buck Owens; legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi. All living inductees will attend in person.
This weekend I got to see “I thought I told you to shut up!” A short by the talented @charlietyrell about the legendary Cartoonist David Boswell and the film that never was about the popular character ‘Reid Flemming’ @fredbread and I did a bit of animation work on it - it turned out incredible. Once it’s gone through the festival circuit il be sure to share a link cc : @harrison.music ✨
We lost Stan Goldberg yesterday evening. Mark Evanier broke the news on his blog, which I’ve been following closely since he informed us of Mr. Goldberg’s move to hospice care a couple weeks back. It’s moments like this that remind us what a young medium comics is. Some of the pioneers, some of the greatest contributors and voices of this medium are still with us, and it feels like we’re losing them with alarming frequency.
Stan Goldberg was a colorist at Marvel during the company’s explosive innovation in the 1960’s. He was a student of Dan Decarlo’s Archie house style and implemented it at Archie, Marvel, and DC for years before growing into a style that was truly his own. Stan worked at Archie up until a few years ago, when he stopped receiving assignments from them. He quickly popped up over at Papercutz, drawing their Nancy Drew and Three Stooges books.
Stan was there. He worked in the industry that we love for decades, and most, if not all of that time, as a freelancer. We’ve all heard horror stories of folks working freelance in the comics industry, and it seemed from an outsider perspective that Stan was able to navigate that world and sort of beat the odds and have a long, successful career. I’m not exactly sure how he did it, but I have to assume, and his vast body of work would suggest, that he worked hard.
He worked hard, and we benefited. We’ll continue to benefit from Stan’s creations as we see his work reprinted in nearly every digest that Archie publishes. With any luck, children growing up today, and their children to follow, will read and enjoy the work of Stan Goldberg.
Thanks for everything, Stan. You will truly be missed.
Legendary “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles M. Schulz was born on this day in 1922. The stories of Charlie Brown and his merry band of neighborhood friends rank among the most iconic comic strips of all time.
The next volume of our critically acclaimed EC Comics Library series takes us into outer space via the fine, meticulous brushwork of legendary cartoonist Wallace Wood. Spawn of Mars and Other Stories will collect over two dozen stories written by Al Feldstein, including such science fiction titles as “The Dark Side of the Moon,” “A Trip to a Star,” “The Secret of Saturn’s Ring,” and, of course, “Spawn of Mars.”
And for you eager fans asking about our next EC box set, fear not! We’ll have more updates for you soon over on the Flog. Plans are solidly underway to begin putting together our next luscious EC Comics Library Box Set!
S. Clay Wilson’s taboo-busting, eyeball-blistering comics changed the course of the medium. Best known for his Checkered Demon character and as one of the co-founders of the seminal Zap Comix anthology, Wilson cannonballed the collective — which includes legendary underground cartoonist R. Crumb — to even greater heights of artistic depravity. The first of three volumes, this documentary-style biography — told both in his own words and in firsthand accounts from his peers — and retrospective includes Wilson’s childhood drawings, his early contributions to Zap, his collaborations with William S. Burroughs, and his work for Arcade. Preeminent underground comics scholar Patrick Rosenkranz (Rebel Visions) paints a revealing portrait of the Midwestern artist who hid his shyness behind an outré persona — and held a cutlass to the throat of the establishment.