A Fanzine Editor's 60-Year Love Affair with 1950s Comics

There’s this comic-book story about space aliens who try to save our planet from self-annihilation. But they arrive too late: We’d already destroyed ourselves in an atomic war. They land their rocket ship on a chunk of a devastated earth …

Long Beach Comic Con: My "7 Highlights" List

  These days, the so-called San Diego “Comic”-Con‘s main attraction is sugary TV and movie confectionery. But if you enjoy graphic novels and cartoons – and, well, scary stuff – you may have attended the recent Comic & Horror Con …

Stop Those Damn Pictures!

William Marcy “Boss” Tweed, the corrupt politician who ruled New York’s Tammany Hall during the late 19th Century and diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from the city to his ring’s pockets, was literally brought down by a cartoon. The …

Crime, Corruption, Copyright, and a Kids’ Comic: Skippy

. Before Peanuts, there was Skippy. And Always Belittlin’. And The Clancy Kids. And a wealth of other illustrations by Percy Crosby, one of America’s most talented comic strip artists. Born in Brooklyn in 1891, Crosby’s illustrious career began when …

An Illustrator "Celebrity Cruises" The Animation Waters

This’ll be the first of many posts (once a month, hopefully) presenting work I’ve done and the process used to produce it. When my wife Patrice and I originally opened the studio, it was to offer up to advertising clients …

Jared Andrew Schorr: Handy Work

There are illustrators. And then there are illustrators–the dripping with personality, oozing with expression, can’t-peel-your-eyes-away-from-the-page storytelling kind. Speaking of the latter, Southern California-based ink-to-paper maker, Jared Andrew Schorr, is a definite cut above the rest. From monsters to retro radios, hotdog-shaped …

It's Time for Some Love For Peter Bagge

I recently saw this poster outside a restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and was instantly smitten with Peter Bagge. Once I finished laughing, I realized I’d never heard of the man, (and here I thought I was a serious underground comic …

Writers in Wax

The following is an excerpt of the letter above, which I recently found in a collection of papers. December 3rd, 1927 Dear Mr. Adams, I am enclosing herewith a set of photographs which I feel sure will interest you. They …

Jeff Smith Opens Up About the Upcoming Bone Film

[Ed. note: Academy Award-winning animator John Canemaker will be writing a monthly column about animation for Print. This is his first entry.] I met master cartoonist Jeff Smith last November when he attended my lecture on Winsor McCay at the …