King Jake by Frederick Opper – January 5, 1908 King Jake is a comic strip about the nature of humor. Specifically how what can be a real knee-slapper to one person is infuriating to another. And we, as the reader, get to observe both the jokester and his victims entwined in a series of causes […]
Comic-Con 2020 maybe be canceled in the physical sense, but they have prepared an incredible line up of over 350 panels for people all over the world to stream and enjoy from their homes for free! Dean Mullaney will be representing the Library of American Comics on Saturday, July 25. Here are the details: Fantagraphics […]
Above: The Squirrel Cage by Gene Ahern – December 13, 1936 You can’t outrace yourself but you can sure try hard. This is shown in today’s Screwball Sunday, an eructation-producing episode of The Squirrel Cage by that irrepressible devotee of ridiculous folly: Gene Ahern. Running as a topper to Ahern’s Room and Board from 1936 […]
When Mort Walker began Beetle Bailey way back in 1950, he mostly likely never knew that it would become a world wide phenomenon seventy years later and a legacy that includes his three sons. Mort Walker passed away in 2018, but before he passed, his grandson, David, shot a documentary about the legendary cartoonist and […]
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 […]
Concluding our look back on our first two hundred releases, we check out LOAC books number one hundred fifty-one to two hundred, spanning the years 2016 to 2019. Here’s the list of those titles: … And here are my strongest recollections about these twenty-six months of LOAC history. As with previous installments of this series, […]
Happy New Year to LOAC readers and all visitors to this space! To mark the beginning of the end of the second decade of the 21st Century (yes, it’s true — while the 2020s are starting this year, the century’s second decade ends this year — since the very first year is Year 1, the […]
We had the pleasure of seeing Rubén Pellejero and his wife Mercè at a dinner with the fine folks at Casterman, where Rubén also introduced us to Juan Diaz Canales, his co-creator on the new Corto Maltese stories.