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ASK THE ARCHIVIST: THE DREAMS OF WINSOR McCAY

Our founder, William Randolph Hearst, had a great eye for talent when it came to cartoonists of his era, and he would always pay handsomely to acquire and keep the services of  the best. Unquestionably one of that number was Winsor McCay (1869-1934), forever to be remembered for Little Nemo In Slumberland, the foremost fantasy/science [...] Keep Reading

ASK THE ARCHIVIST: BOB BARNES CENTENNIAL

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we’ll look at the Bob Barnes, a classic mid-century gag panel cartoonist, toiling for years at his craft before finding syndication success with THE BETTER HALF. Barnes had gone to a commercial art school in the 1930s, and found early work in trade publications and some advertising in several papers, including The [...] Keep Reading

ASK THE ARCHIVIST: THE LAST OF E. C. SEGAR

Seventy-five years have passed since Elzie Segar passed away. He created probably the most popular, profitable and enduring cartoon character ever, Popeye. Originally he worked for the tiny but lively Chicago Herald (“J. KEELEY”) syndicate doing titles like “Barry The Boob” and a turn at the “Charlie Chaplin’s Comic Capers” series, he joined King Features [...] Keep Reading

What Artist Would You Like To See Potentially Design The Next Great Mandrake Storyline?

Categories: Comics, Announcements

We are so enthused by the response to our potential next act for Mandrake the Magician. While King Features traditionally creates and invests in content for sale to newspapers and other publishers, our Kickstarter project is strictly for and directly to the fans. Rather than take the “if you build it they will come” approach, [...] Keep Reading

Movember Gets a Boost from “Bizarro” Cartoonist Dan Piraro

Categories: Comics, Announcements

Throughout the month of November, Bizarro cartoonist Dan Piraro will be adding a little levity to a serious subject: men’s health. He will be hiding moustaches in unexpected places in his daily comic strip, Bizarro, as a way of creating awareness of Movember, the global men’s health charity encouraging men to grow and women to [...] Keep Reading

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