Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bunny Bash 2015

If you've read some of my older posts, you may know that Bunny Hoest, writer of The Lockhorns, hosts a big party every June for cartoonists and their families and friends. Patty and I missed last year's Bunny Bash because I had work commitments, but fortunately we could get there this year. It was also the first Bash for our friend, artist Joe Liotta.

I've got to start out with a shot of Bunny's beautiful house on the north shore of Long Island. The weather was perfect, and the patio was packed with creative people.
And when we wanted to get a few minutes away from the crowd, it was a short walk to the beach.

 Bunny's family has two very large Bernese mountain dogs, Oz and Ziggy. This friendly fellow we met on the beach wasn't either one of them. He may have been a party crasher, but Patty had fun with him anyway.

Here's a shot of animator Howard Beckerman with Joe and Patty.

 Adrian Sinnott, president of the Berndt Toast Gang, is seen here wishing cartoonist/musician Roberta Fabiano a happy birthday. Adrian also presented the first annual "Toasty" awards to honor cartoonists' spouses.

 Here's a picture of me with Joe Giella (The Flash, Batman, Mary Worth) and Sy Barry (The Phantom, the Phantom Stranger). The Grand Comics Database helped me determine that the first Giella-inked comic book I ever read was The Flash #156 (December 1965), so I dug it out and brought it along and asked Joe to autograph it.
And here is Joe's autograph. I had forgotten that my mother had written my name and age on the comic in light pencil 50 years ago ("Bobby 6"). That probably brings its collectible resale value down somewhat, but it multiplies its personal value to me several times over.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Newspapers Cut Comic Strips

I have no idea why people suddenly decided to start posting comments on this five-year-old ABC News article today. But considering that this is National Cartoonists Day, it's well-timed. Happy Inko de Mayo, everybody!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fix Your Links!

It's been almost two years since I last posted anything here. Other life events have taken priority, and this site has taken a backseat. I hope to get back to actively blogging soon.

But if you've followed me in the past, I want to give you an early warning. My domain name, cartoonacy.net, is expiring in 30 days, and I haven't decided whether or not I'm going to renew it. If you have a link or a bookmark set to that name, please change it now to cartoonacy.blogspot.com. The old name may not work anymore after the end of February.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Super Celebration

I've never visited Metropolis, Illinois --  the Home of Superman -- but I'd like to someday. Their annual Superman Celebration is on the weekend of June 6 - 9 this year. With this being Superman's 75th anniversary year, and the opening of Man of Steel in theaters next month, this ought to be a big one. Click on the image above for more information.

The phrase "Celebrating 35 Years" in the logo refers to the number of years that Metropolis has been hosting the Superman Celebration. The original superhero himself has been around for 75, and Metropolis was declared Superman's Hometown in 1972, which was 41 years ago. Thirty-five years ago was 1978, which was also the year that the first Superman feature film starring Christopher Reeve was released.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Septuagenarian of Steel

Happy 75th Birthday, Superman!

According to The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books by Ernst and Mary Gerber, Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, was published on April 18, 1938. That makes today Superman's platinum anniversary. Or diamond, depending on which guide you prefer.

Actually, the word "septuagenarian" refers to anyone between 70 and 79, so Superman's been one for five years already. I couldn't find a word for just 75, though, so I'll have to settle for this title.

Update: I wanted to do something to celebrate the day, so I bought myself a copy of the recently published Superman: the Unauthorized Biography by Glen Weldon, the "go-to comic book guy" of National Public Radio. It looks like a fun book. I'll review it here after I've finished it.