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U.S. Rep. John Lewis Discusses His Graphic Novel “March”

The following is a recording of a panel held on Aug. 31, 2014, at DragonCon in Atlanta. At that panel, U.S. Rep. John… more »

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Flannery O’Connor: Cartoonist

Though hailed as one of America’s most influential post-World War II authors, Flannery O’Connor’s lifelong interest in cartooning has been, at best, only… more »

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Cartoonists Gone Wild! The 2014 Reuben Weekend in Pictures

The glitz! The glamour! The chilling sight of alcohol-based life forms poured into tuxedos! (Not to mention a dash of Grammy-winning celebrity.) We… more »

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Happy Father’s Day! A Look at Some Famous Cartoon Dads

This Father’s Day, we wanted to celebrate the dads who have been a part of the comics from the medium’s inception. Of course,… more »

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Swine Connoisseur: The Stephan Pastis Interview

Stephan Pastis—the creator of the bracingly acerbic Pearls Before Swine—talks to Tom Heintjes about lucky breaks, practicing law and why you don’t mess… more »

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Who Will Win? Our Fearless Predictions!

Cartoonists spend 364 days a year hidden from the world in their cork-lined garrets, suffering for their art. But for one glorious day… more »

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Happy Mother’s Day! A Look at Some Famous Cartoon Moms

This Mother’s Day, we wanted to celebrate the moms (and mother figures) who have been a part of the comics from the medium’s… more »

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The Life (and Death?) of Robin: Bob Lubbers’ “Robin Malone”

One day in September 1969, a skinny nine-year-old opened up the local newspaper to the comics page. One strip caught his eye, introducing… more »

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Looking Back at the Class of ’34

The Year of the Adventure Strip Has Its Anniversary: Celebrating Alumnae Alex Raymond, Milt Caniff, Al Capp and Lee Falk By Rick Marschall… more »

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A Look Back at Jefferson Machamer’s “Gags & Gals”

Comics historian Ron Goulart looks at Jefferson Machamer’s Gags & Gals Sunday feature. Jefferson Machamer was one of the several cartoonists who rose… more »

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Web Extras: Hogan’s Alley #19

Even with as much as we packed into Hogan’s Alley #19, we have material that we wanted to share with readers. So here,… more »

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Universal Soldier: The Lee Salem Interview

Editor’s note: This interview first appeared in Hogan’s Alley #7, published in 2000. Few have had the vantage point on the comic-strip business… more »

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Walt Disney’s First Star: The Virginia Davis Interview

JOHN PROVINCE talks with Virginia Davis, the first star in Walt Disney’s fledgling studio Note: This interview first appeared in Hogan’s Alley #3,… more »

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When the Bungles Mixed It Up with Their Neighbors on the Battlegrounds of Sunken Heights

BILL BLACKBEARD examines The Bungle Family, the Great Domestic Epic of the Newspaper Strips Note: Throughout the article, click on the art to… more »

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Crossing the Color Line (in Black and White): Franklin in “Peanuts”

Like many other venues in 1960s America, the comics page was essentially racially segregated. The diversification of the comics required the mainstream acceptance… more »

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Madge’s Magic: A Look at a Forgotten Graphic Masterpiece

Jenny E. Robb and Richard D. Olson examine Madge, the Magician’s Daughter by the little-known W.O. Wilson. In 1906 and 1907, W.O. Wilson… more »

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Fritzi Ritz Before Bushmiller: She’s Come a Long Way, Baby!

Who created Nancy? You’re unlikely to stump any reasonably knowledgeable comics fan with that question. (If you don’t know that the response to… more »

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Whatever Happened to Total TeleVision productions?

The story behind the Total TeleVision studio—birthplace of Underdog and Tennessee Tuxedo, among many other characters—has contained more questions than answers. Mark Arnold… more »

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Everybody’s Friend: Remembering Stan Lee and Dan DeCarlo’s “My Friend Irma”

You’re not familiar with Irma Peterson? In the ’50s, she was Queen of All Media. Andrew Pepoy examines her comic strip incarnation (Note:… more »

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Excavating Bedrock: Reminiscences of “The Flintstones”

John Province talks to some of the key architects of the modern Stone Age family. When you’re with the Flintstones, you’ll have a… more »

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Funny Business: The Rise and Fall of Johnstone and Cushing

Dik Browne ran through the lobby shrieking, his bloody shirt tattered and flapping in his wake. Al Stenzel, art director at Johnstone and… more »

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The Oral History of SpongeBob SquarePants

More than a decade has passed since Stephen Hillenburg’s porous protagonist established Bikini Bottom as a must-see outpost of popular culture. Tom Heintjes… more »

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The Thin Black Line: Jay Irving and His Cartoon Cops

Rob Stolzer surveys the life and art of Jay Irving, the cartoonist who brought law and order to the comics page. A bigfoot… more »

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The View from On High: Dudley Fisher’s “Right Around Home”

In Right Around Home, readers enjoyed a bird’s-eye view of a fictional all-American neighborhood, an innovative narrative point of view that distinguished the… more »

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Though hailed as one of America’s most influential post-World War II authors, Flannery O’Connor’s lifelong interest in cartooning has been, at best, only… more »

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Happy Father’s Day! A Look at Some Famous Cartoon Dads

This Father’s Day, we wanted to celebrate the dads who have been a part of the comics from the medium’s inception. Of course,… more »

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Who Will Win? Our Fearless Predictions!

Cartoonists spend 364 days a year hidden from the world in their cork-lined garrets, suffering for their art. But for one glorious day… more »

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This Mother’s Day, we wanted to celebrate the moms (and mother figures) who have been a part of the comics from the medium’s… more »

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One day in September 1969, a skinny nine-year-old opened up the local newspaper to the comics page. One strip caught his eye, introducing… more »

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Looking Back at the Class of ’34

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