Thursday, June 21, 2018

NYC Society of Illustrators: Funny Ladies at The New Yorker: Cartoonists Then and Now

Above cartoon by Nurit Karlin.

NYC: Liza Donnelly curates Funny Ladies at The New Yorker: Cartoonists Then and Now, a new gallery show of female New Yorker magazine cartoonists at the Society of Illustrators, July 24, 2018 to October 13, 2018. There will be a panel discussion and reception on July 26th.

In art, when the standards for what is considered  "good"  are broadened to include more approaches, it leads to more diversity of thought and more creativity. That’s what happened under Lee Lorenz and Harold Ross’ editorship. In addition, the increase of women cartoonists under their editorships happened during times of positive cultural change in attitudes towards women. This is happening now. As the result of an effort led by senior editor David Remnick and newly hired cartoon editor, Emma Allen, The New Yorker now has a greater percentage of women cartoonists than ever.
This exhibition is a commemoration of some of the women who drew cartoons for The New Yorker past and present. It's a celebration of their creativity and fortitude as they pushed past cultural stereotypes to create humor and offer the world laughter from all points of view.
-Liza Donnelly, Curator, "Funny Ladies at The New Yorker: Cartoonists Then and Now"

NYC Transit Museum Gallery Show: Underground Heroes: New York Transit in Comics

Underground Heroes: New York Transit In Comics opens today at the New York Transit Museum and runs until January 06, 2019:

"New York’s rich visual vernacular is a colorful setting for illustrated stories, so it comes as no surprise that our iconic transportation system plays a starring role in comics and graphic novels. Drawing on satirical cartoons, comic strips and comic books from the 19th through the 21st centuries, Underground Heroes: New York Transit in Comics is a raucous ride through New York’s transit system from a range of visual storytellers. The exhibit includes such luminaries as Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, Roz Chast, Ronald Wimberly and Julia Wertz whose work demonstrates the influence that mass transit has on the stories that are irrevocably woven into the cultural fabric of New York City."

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Totally Wordless Gag Cartoons 1948 - 1965

From the tall, teetering towering clip file tower of vintage gag cartoons of Dick Buchanan's, here is a trove of wordless gag cartoons. Dick has showcased a selection of vintage wordless single panel cartoons before, but these are 100% without words. Thanks -- and I'm handing today's blog entry to you, Dick:


I meant what I said,

I said what I meant,

These cartoons are wordless

One hundred percent.

Totally Wordless

GAG Cartoons

1948 - 1965

Back by popular demand, some more wordless cartoons from the seemingly bottomless Cartoon Clip File. This time absolutely no words anywhere.  Look and see.

1. ROBERT BROGDEN.  Collier’s April 26, 1952.

2.  GARDNER REA.  1000 Jokes Magazine  February, 1962.

4.  SAM COBEAN.  True Magazine June 1950.

 5.  JOHN DEMPSEY.  1000 Jokes Magazine  June-August, 1958.

 6. JOHN GALLAGHER. The Saturday Evening Post April 17, 1954.

7. LARRY HARRIS. Collier’s October 28, 1950.

8. ROY JACK. Boys’ Life January, 1951.

9. CLYDE LAMB. The Saturday Evening Post February 11, 1950.

10. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s April 21, 1951.

11. LEE PURCELL. The Saturday Evening Post February 11, 1950.

12. AL ROSS. Look Magazine March 19, 1957.

13. MORT TEMES. True Magazine August 1955.

14. ROY WILLIAMS. American Legion Magazine May, 1948.

15. GAHAN WILSON. 1000 Jokes Magazine December, 1964 -- February 1965

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rob Rogers Is Now at GoComics

Here's Rob on his first day as a freelancer. Be sure to bookmark his new GoComics site:

Here is my first cartoon as a freelance syndicated cartoonist without a staff job. This story about the immigrant children makes me ashamed to be an American. #TrumpConcentrationCamps #Trump #TrumpCamps #ImmigrantChildren #Immigration

2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards: "Black Panther" Star Chadwick Boseman Wins Best Hero and Honors James Shaw Jr.

Chadwick Boseman talks about the importance of "Black Panther" and presents his Golden Popcorn to James Shaw Jr., the Waffle House real-life hero, while accepting the "Best Hero" award at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Garden As of Mid-June 2018

Here are the three raised garden beds. On the left, the one with the big, black weed cloth, there are tomatoes at the far end, some cucumbers and a lone lupin in front. The middle bed will be nothing but zinnias, which are germinating below the warm loam. The far right one ... well, it's lying fallow for now. We'll see.

But the perennials are in flower, so here are some good pics of those. Many happy bees and hummingbirds visit.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Editorial Cartoonist Rob Rogers Fired; Please Fire the Post Gazette Back

A day after President Trump tweeted that the news media is "our country's biggest enemy," Pittsburgh Post Gazette editorial director Keith Burris fired editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers.

Anne Telnaes via Twitter:

An American editorial cartoonist was first muzzled, and now fired for his cartoons criticizing President Trump.

Steve Brodner from his Facebook page:

Rob Rogers was fired today. Time to stay loud. This is the march of the fascists, taking one more beach. Give them Hell.

Email, Editor Burris:, call the paper, ask to speak to the editorial page editor, 412 263 1100.

The Toonseum, despite its building being shuttered, is still “at large.” Here’s their very, very calm response. It’s a mistake. It should have been very angry. Rob was a board member and former president of the cartoon museum.

Cartooning and journalism share a history of intermittent publishing restrictions meant to limit their reach and power; they also share a spirit of resilience and perseverance that sustains the American tenets of free speech and the right to speak truth to power and keep the public well-informed.

The ToonSeum supports its former president Rob Rogers and his artwork, which has always managed to engage audiences with humor throughout difficult conversations, respected the humanity of subjects during tumultuous circumstances, and called for those in power to wield it with dignity and fairness.

Rob’s work contributes to our intellectual and cultural landscape and should continue to be published. It’s our most sincere wish that his work finds a new and deserving home in Pittsburgh that fully respects his talent and opinions.

~ The Board and Staff of The ToonSeum

 I wrote this is response:

This is all too kind and calm. The Toonseum is in a leadership position here. Why not advocate? Why not shout that this is wrong? Why not remind people that they have a voice and they can use it? Dammit, Rob was a guiding light, a past president and board member. Stand up. Fight. What do you have to lose? Email, Editor Keith Burris:, and/or call the paper, ask to speak to the editorial page editor, 412 263-1100.

More coverage:

Huffington Post
American Association of Editorial Cartoonists

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Post-Gazette Editorial Cartoonist Rob Rogers: ‘I Was Fired’

Via CBS News: Rob Rogers, Editorial Cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was fired today.

Very sad news and it makes me angry. The paper, for which Rob drew cartoons for 25 years, has new editorial leadership and did not publish nineteen of his cartoons since March. The cartoons were critical of President Trump.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist says he's been fired after Trump cartoons were killed

Why the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Won't Run Its Editorial Cartoonist's Cartoons

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Clyde Lamb Roughs 1946 - 65

Yesterday, Dick showed us all some great Clyde Lamb cartoons. Today, we go behind the scenes and look at some Clyde Lamb roughs.

Take it away, Dick!




1946 - 1965

Clyde Lamb was a self-taught artist and cartoonist who gained national attention in 1940’s when his gag cartoons began appearing in major magazines while he was serving two consecutive 25-year terms in the Indiana State Penitentiary. The resulting publicity led to his parole and a successful career as a gag cartoonist and artist.

Here is a batch of roughs by Clyde Lamb that have never been seen, except by the handful of cartoon editors who passed on these gags more than 70 years ago. The Cartoon Clip File asks the question “Would you pick any of these for your magazine?”

A tip of the Clip File hat to self-styled wit, Jerome Wrinkle, who furnished these roughs from his humor collection.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Clyde Lamb Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1965

There is not a lot about drawing for a living that is action-filled. It is a quiet, sedentary existence, bent over your drawing board. No dashing in front of trains, committing armed robbery or escaping the police. Unless you are cartoonist Clyde Lamb.

Here's Dick Buchanan with an explanation and sixteen great Clyde Lamb cartoons:




1946 - 1965

Born in Sidney, Montana, Clyde Lamb was drawing while he was in the Montana Industrial School of boys at 17.  After one year of high school he left Montana and wound up in Memphis, Tennessee where he was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to 5 years. He escaped after 18 months and was working as a sign painter in 1934 when he was once again arrested for armed robbery in Hammond, Indiana.  Allowed to visit his pregnant wife in Chicago, he escaped his escorts by dashing in front of an oncoming train.  He was recaptured a few months later, suffering a gunshot wound. He wound up in the Indiana State Penitentiary, to serve 2 Consecutive 25 year terms.

Lamb began drawing in prison, just has he had done in reform school.  At first he painted and then began drawing cartoons for the amusement of his fellow prisoners.  The prison arts and craft director encouraged him to submit his efforts to magazines. Lamb gave it a try and began to sell cartoons. His early efforts appeared in Judge, later his drawings appeared Collier’s, This Week, The Saturday Evening Post, True, Argosy and others.

In one year Clyde Lamb reportedly earned $11,000—an impressive income for anyone in the mid-forties. National attention was focused on Lamb and he was pardoned in June 1947, returning to Montana to pursue a career drawing simple cartoons.

1. Judge March 1946.


2. Judge February 1947.

3. The Saturday Evening Post June 14, 1947.

4. The Saturday Evening Post August 7, 1948.

5. Argosy April, 1950.

6. The Saturday Evening Post September 8, 1951.

7. Boys’ Life February 1951.

8. Judge October 1953.

9. American Legion Magazine June 1954.

10. The Saturday Evening Post December 10, 1955.

11. American Legion Magazine March 1956.

12. 1000 Jokes Magazine August-October, 1955.

13. True Magazine March 1949.

14. Boys’ Life August 1950.

15. Lamb was a Boys’ Life regular. Millicent, a panel cartoon featuring a mischievous elephant, appeared in the monthly until 1966. Boys’ Life August 1955.

16. Lamb created a panel cartoon, "Open Season" for the Iowa Tribune & Register Syndicate in 1957. Brown & Bigelow subsequently reprinted some of these cartoons in a booklet called Call of the Wild. Call of the Wild circa 1950’s.