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September Mourning

above: "Morning Music" by Sempé © Condé Nast

The new issue of The New Yorker (dated September 5, 2022) features a cover by JJ Sempé (the 114th) in tribute to the artist who died earlier this month. The Cover Story feature:

The French artist’s widow describes Sempé’s decades-long relationship with the magazine and her deep appreciation for its spirit, staff and readers.

Caricature for funny pages

above: screen grabs from the Funny Pages trailer

When Owen Klin was 14 years old, he wrote cartoonist Johnny Ryan a fan letter… Years later, Kline, now 30, went to see Ryan while he was working on his first feature film, the “Funny Pages” distributed by A24.

Kline needed drawings to represent all of his protagonist’s work, and soon Ryan was on the case. “When you go through the portfolio at first, it was pretty much me riffing,” Ryan said. “And Owen’s direction was just kind of like, ‘It can be as dirty or crazy as you want it to be.'”

IndieWire talks to Owen Kline and Johnny Ryan about filming comics and cartoons for the cinema.

Initially, Kline had approached another figure from alternative comics, Rick Altergot, but his art was “too lavish” for what a high school student would produce. “It’s kind of between caricature and this dark, Charles Burns, gripping realism,” Kline said. Kline decided that Altergott would provide the drawings to Robert’s teacher, Mr. Katano (Stephen Adly Guirgis), and Ryan’s style would suit Robert better.

The return of Lum and Abner and Donnie Pitchford

© the Estate of Chester H. Lauck Jr.

Donnie Pitford had high level missions that took a bit of time
of his Lum and Abner comic, but now they’re back.

Yes the designer did nothing but hang around the beach with our old friends Lum and Abner! NAH! In fact, I was quite busy, often working day and night to complete a series of portrait plates of Buddy Holly, David Frizzell and the Texas Tenors for the Induction into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame 2022.

What else happened?
Well, I was honored with an article in our county magazine, Crossroads Panola, by editor-writer Kay Hubbard!
They no longer operate a website, but you can read or download a PDF here.

And Lum and Abner the comic will return to their weekly schedule next Sunday.

A cracked look at Calvin and Hobbes – the story continues

© Bill Watterson

Last week we mentioned that Cracked.com was reviewing the Calvin and Hobbes Comic. In case you haven’t been following Chris Corlew’s five-part series, here are the final three.

6 Reasons Calvin & Hobbes Still Works Decades Later

#3 It’s always funny

7 moments of philosophical genius at Calvin & Hobbes

#3 When you think you’re the smartest, someone (rightly) makes fun of you.

6 Brutal Lessons Calvin and Hobbes Don’t Spare

#3 In space, people always make you cite sources

Cracked keeps counting the paths

© PAWS Inc.

Garfield was specifically created to be the most universally appealing and marketable comic book of all time; something your uncle MAGA and cousin Antifa can read and… well, maybe not laugh to, but certainly recognize as something intended to be somewhat humorous. So how did such a harmless character get mixed up in so many bizarre real-life situations? Situations like…

Four times Garfield Derailed by Maxwell Yezpitelok

Solve the Slylock Fox credits riddle

A few weeks ago, Reed Brennan informed her clients about how
the Slylock Fox and children’s comics feature must be credited:


Please note that King Features’ daily and Sunday comic book signature SLYLOCK FOX AND COMICS FOR KIDS has changed and should be updated on all designs and layouts, print and online.

The comic book signature should read “by Bob Weber, Jr.”

Thanks, King Features

And that’s how the header banner on the page reads (see above).

Yet both Sunday title panels since this notice still work with the old credit.

© King Features Syndicate

(Aside reveal: when scrolling through my Comics Kingdom favorites, I can’t help but stop at Slylock Fox because I find the “Spot Six Differences Between These Panels” puzzle irresistible.)

Binky Brown’s funeral pyre

© the Estate of Justin Green

Justin made it clear in his final days that he did not want traditional burials. Instead, he requested an art exhibition at his youngest daughter’s gallery. At the time, he thought he could orchestrate it from a hospital bed and, in a truly tortured way, have the opening when he was literally on his last breath. So weakened by his failing body, Justin could only title the exhibition and make a few sketches. It is our honor as his family to make his wish come true and showcase his life of genius.

Binky Brown’s Funeral Pyre is a comprehensive exhibit honoring comic book legend Justin Green…

Details of the memorial and exhibit are available here.

Donations can be made through the link above or through a gofundme account.

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