If you work in the world of syndicated cartooning or publishing, you know the name Dave Astor.
COMIC (AND COLUMN) CONFESSIONAL (with the subtitle Finding Myself While Covering Syndicates, Celebrities and a Changing Media World) is Dave's book about his 25 years of reporting on syndication for Editor & Publisher Magazine. So, there are lots of stories about cartoonists from those years -- and Dave intertwines his own personal story here too. One that I did not know. There's more about that at the bottom of the entry, in the photo of the back cover.
Here are a few photos from the book:
Garry Trudeau and wife Jane Pauley, 1990.
Milton Caniff and Charles Schulz, 1987.
The part-humorous Comic (and Column) Confessional -- which has endorsements from Gary Larson ("The Far Side"), Lynn Johnston ("For Better or For Worse"), Mort Walker ("Beetle Bailey"), and others on its back cover -- includes anecdotes about cartoonists, material about changes in the syndication and media worlds, personal stuff, and much more.
Interested readers of a possible mention you do could order a signed copy of the book directly from me (by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org) or order via Amazon.
The just-posted listing has several temporary errors, including the wrong publication year (it's 2012 not 2008) and the wrong publisher (Xenos not Lulu; the book is not self-published). But the book can still be ordered via Amazon despite the errors.
Since leaving E&P, I've worked as a Huffington Post blogger; my pieces about books (http://www.huffingtonpost.
com/dave-astor) have drawn more than 2,000 "fans" and many hundreds of comments since 2011. I also write an award-winning weekly humor column for The Montclair (N.J.) Times and serve on the board of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
I hope you will consider buying this terrific book.