Thursday, February 19, 2015


Whoops! I have to be out of town for a week. In the meantime, this entry will be up, encouraging you to buy the work of some award-winning cartoonists! Kids, it's only $5. Please consider this! You will not be disappointed. Plus: you get an autograph and sketch from me.

This comic book will be shipped out next week.

(Above: the front and back gatefold cover to RACONTEUR #6 drawn by Mike Lynch.)

Our first issue for 2015!

RACONTEUR #6 is a 24 page comic book of true stories drawn by cartoonists.

Cartoonists in this issue:
  • Isabella Bannerman - SIX CHIX KIng Features comic strip
  • John Klossner - New Yorker cartoonist
  • Mike Lynch - You know me. I do this here blog.
  • Mark Parisi - OFF THE MARK newspaper cartoon panel
This is a great issue of RACONTEUR and I am so glad to have Isabella Bannerman as part of the gang.

Did you miss RACONTEUR #5? Order here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Where's Your Blog Entry for Today, Mike?

I'm shoveling snow off the roof this morning.

I know, I know: I should live blog my snow shoveling. But this is best done offline.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pat Mallet Cartoons

Pat Mallet (1941-2012) was a prolific cartoonist, creating long-form comic stories for the European comics Magazines Spirou ("Pegg le Robot" and "Xing and Xot") and Pilote ("Zourri"). He was perhaps best known for his "little green men" comics, for which he won the Grand Prix Internationale de la Caricature in Montreal twice (in 1972 and 78).

He was very active in advertising, with clients like Xerox and Paris Match. He was deaf since the age of nine, and produced much art for the school of the deaf in Paris.

Here are a few cartoons from WIE DAS LEBEN SO SPIELT. The cartoons are copyright 1983 by Mr. Mallet.

You can see he has a breezy, energetic style. His line is so alive, it almost has coffee nerves. Like a lot of cartoonists in multi-lingual Europe, he favors the wordless cartoon that appeals to all.

I kicked all these up to super-size, so a few appear cropped. Sorry about that. I thought this was a good idea so you could really see his ink line. If you want no cropping, just open these in a new window.

-- From a blog entry dated 9/10/13.

Monday, February 16, 2015

THE SECRET OF MAJOR THOMPSON Illustrations by Walter Goetz

THE SECRET OF MAJOR THOMPSON by Pierre Daninos, with illustrations by Walter Goetz, was one of a series of Major Thompson books. This one is copyright 1957 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

It started in 1955 with MAJOR THOMPSON LIVES IN FRANCE AND DISCOVERS THE FRENCH, which spoofed British and American ways of life. The book was culled from a series of columns Mr. Daninos had written for the magazine Le Figaro. It was a surprise success, translated into 28 languages, and, of course, sequels came along, through the year 2000.

This is the book I have. The first sequel to the original. I loved the ink line of Walter Goetz, and his ability to put quite a lot of detail into these pen drawings, while still maintaining a looseness of line. He was a self-taught artist, born in Cologne, Germany in 1911. He was educated in Great Britain, and became a naturalized citizen in 1934. While he painted landscapes, he was also a prolific humorous illustrator and cartoonist, with his work appearing in Punch and many of the publications of the time.

Pierre Daninos obituary from The Independent (2005)
Short Regent House Gallery bio of Walter Goetz

Saturday, February 14, 2015

We Are Getting Another 18-24 Inches of Snow

EDIT: It only turned out to be about 6-7 inches, but, oh boy, it's cold and windy.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Chat Online Friday with Cartoonist Mark Anderson

From my pal Mark Anderson comes this invitation:

Hey, the good folks at GoComics are hosting a live Q&A with me on Twitter this Friday at 1:30 PM CT.
So if you have any questions, now’s your chance! See you there!

Disappearing Comic Strip Characters

Above: Charlotte Braun, a supporting character from Charles Schulz' PEANUTS strip. She first appeared on November 30, 1954. Her final appearance was on February 1, 1955. She was never to be seen again.

Comic strip characters who suddenly disappear without reason is the topic of The Mysterious Disappearance of Four Comic Book Characters at the Neatorama blog.

Despite the title, it's about 4 comic strip characters from PEANUTS, CALVIN AND HOBBES, FOXTROT and GARFIELD.

A drawing by Schulz of Charlotte Braun getting "the ax" from a letter reprinted from the Letters of Note blog. 

There must be some more examples.

For instance, the grandma character from the early BARNABY strips by Crockett Johnson. She was literally cut out of those strips when they were reprinted in the 1940s and again in the Dover 1960s editions -- until Del Rey's 1980s paperbacks and Fantagraphics current hardcover reprint books have returned her.

Is Castor Oyl still in POPEYE?

And what about entire episodes of characters' lives that are referred to and never seen. For instance:

The Noodle Incident - CALVIN AND HOBBES

Let me know if you can think up more.

Kinda related: Unseen TV Characters

-- Edited from a blog entry dated November 9, 2009.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Remembering Charles Schulz who died this day fifteen years ago.

LOTS OF LIMERICKS illustrations by R. Taylor

LOTS OF LIMERICKS is a handy little hardcover full of limericks edited by Louis Untermeyer and with a lot of illustrations by R. Taylor. The illustrations and text are copyright 1961 by the artist and author. It was published that year by Doubleday.

Of course most of the limericks here are ancient groaners. But the art is wonderful. Here's a sampling of both.