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December 9, 2012 |
Jeff Millar, the wordsmith behind the long-running comic strip "Tank McNamara," which evolved into a biting satire of the sports world, died Nov. 30. He was 70. The Texas native, who also was a longtime film critic and columnist for the Houston Chronicle, died at his Houston-area home after an almost four-year battle with bile-duct cancer, said his wife, Peg. The daily, syndicated comic strip - with a hefty-jawed protagonist who matured from...
November 28, 2012 |
I first encountered Julia Wertz with her 2010 graphic memoir “Drinking at the Movies,” a relentless and, at times, lacerating self-portrait of the artist as a young woman wrestling with alcohol. “Drinking at the Movies” was not Wertz's first autobiographical comic - her earlier work is gathered in two collections, “The Fart Party Vol. 1” and “The Fart Party Vol. 2” - but it represents a bridge between the narrow form of the comic strip (many of its chapters are a single page)
August 21, 2012 |
Maybe most recognizable for sharp, crudely drawn comics explaining dog behavior or the music industry , Web comic strip the Oatmeal has moved into the fundraising arena with a recent campaign in support of a Nikola Tesla museum in Shoreham, N.Y. The comic's creator Matthew Inman called Tesla, the Serbian American inventor of alternating current, "the greatest geek who ever lived" in a recent strip (which, be forewarned, features the...
April 4, 2012 |
Tony Millionaire spends his nights in the garage. That's where you'll find him, in a space built just wide enough for a Model T, bent over his drawing table until 4 a.m., a beer never far from his fingertips. The wife and kids can hear him in there, listening to talk radio or laughing and shouting, with the occasional crash when things are not going well. He is happy this way, a cartoonist left to his own whims and solitude at his 1926 home in Pasadena, drawing his weekly "Maakies" comic strip about a hard-drinking, suicidal crow or his ongoing series of portraits of the famous and infamous for publications such as the Believer and New York Magazine.
March 28, 2012 |
If there's a common thread among bestselling books for elementary school boys, it's the merry mischief maker traipsing through a comics-laden landscape. It is now a common literary trajectory that boys begin their independent reading lives following Dav Pilkey's prankster duo in the "Captain Underpants" series before moving on to Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books and the more recent phenom, "Big Nate," from author and illustrator Lincoln Peirce. Peirce isn't as well known as Pilkey or Kinney, though all three authors are in their 40s. Peirce has racked up 4 million sales since his first book was published in 2009, but that pales next to Pilkey (with more than 50 million copies in print)
February 4, 2012 |
Every presidential campaign turns out to be a quadrennial godsend for editorial cartoonists, but for Lalo Alcaraz, 2012 is a jubilee year. Herman Cain, chowing down at a Miami restaurant, asks, “How do you say 'delicious' in Cuban?” Newt Gingrich uses “bilingual education” and “language of living in a ghetto” in the same sentence. And then there's Mitt Romney, son of a Mexican-born Mormon who also ran for president of the United States. Or the “United Estates,” according to Romney's mysterious alter-Tweeter, @MexicanMitt , who's muy simpatico with his staunch “supporter” Alcaraz.