Screwball Sunday: Social Distancing in 1902 with Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman

Below: “A Sardonic Soliloquy” Judge, January 17, 1903 From roughly 1890 to 1910 Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman enjoyed national prominence as the star cartoonist for Judge magazine. Emulating its predecessor, Puck, each issue of the humor weekly was stuffed with cartoons and funny prose. Much of the content was topical, reflecting both political and social issues […]

Screwball Sunday: Ving Fuller and the Unofficial Betty Boop Strip

Ving Fuller created the first newspaper comic strip adaptation of the wildly popular animated character, Betty Boop—sort of. The strip was called The Original Boop-Boop-A-Doop Girl and the byline read “by Helen Kane.” The first five strips are drawn by Ving Fuller, who even signed his name on most of them. The below cartoon was […]

Screwball Sunday: Milt Gross and the Moose-ick of Nize Baby

Below: Nize Baby – February 20, 1927 Nize Baby may be one of the few, if only, comic strips a cartoonist based on their own bestselling book. When publisher George H. Doran unleashed their modest orange hardback book entitled Nize Baby, in April of 1926 it became a bestselling sensation and catapulted Gross to national […]

Screwball Sunday: Rube Goldberg, Dadaist

There are five rare early Boob McNutt Sundays in full-color reprinted in Screwball! Today’s page is one that is not in the book. It is of special interest because the last panel was cut out, trimmed, and pasted into the famed 1921 magazine, New York dada, edited by Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. Note the […]

Eisner Award Nomination Spotlight: Gramercy Park

“It’s exciting to see noted YA author Timothée de Fombelle’s first foray into comics nominated for both the Eisner and Angoulême awards,” says editor Dean Mullaney. “I fell in love with Gramercy Park before I even read a word. Christian Cailleaux’s drawings so captivated me that I didn’t even wait for a translation before acquiring the […]

Two Eisner Award Nominations for LOAC and EuroComics!

Comic-Con International has just announced the 2020 Eisner Award Nominations! We are so pleased to announced that we have received two nominations this year! BEST COMICS RELATED BOOK:Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny, by Paul Tumey (Library of American Comics/IDW) BEST US EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL:Gramercy Park, by Timothée de Fombelle and Christian Cailleaux, translation […]

Foo a Little Ballyhoo

Promotional ads touting the debut of six great comic strips that have been collected in LOAC editions.

Screwball Sunday: George Herriman and Stumble Inn

Welcome to Screwball Sunday. Here you can get your weekly fix of absurdist-driven comic strip comedy. Each post will share new art and information related to Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny. In a recent podcast episode devoted to a discussion of screwball comics, cartoonist Noah Van Sciver (Blammo, The Hypo, Fante Bukowski) […]