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IIllustrator Robb Armstrong sometimes refers to his time at Syracuse University as “The Syracuse Years”, like a flashback chapter in a comic book.

On September 30, Armstrong will return to Syracuse University to receive an alumni award for his long career in comics. He previously received SU’s George Arents Award for excellence in his field, as the creator of “JumpStart”, one of the most circulated comics by a black artist or any artist, which follows the joys and daily trials of an African American. family.

© Ruff Sketch, Inc. profiles designer Robb Armstrong including behind the scenes episodes:

One of the administrators at the school had a daughter in her twenties who was looking for inches of newspaper. Her name was Signe Wilkinson, and a decade later she would become the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. She agreed to let Armstrong do her apprenticeship for her.

“I was getting a lot of pats on the head at that time, like, ‘Oh boy, you really like that cartoon stuff,'” Armstrong said. “But Signe said, ‘Yeah, we can go further. “”

She criticized his work and took him with her to knock on newsroom doors. Sometimes she sold her work, sometimes publishers showed her the door. “But she was unfazed,” Armstrong said.

“I really felt like I could do it,” he said. “She made me feel like I could do it.”

MSN also carries the story for those who don’t go past the Syracuse paywall.

More behind the scenes stuff.

© King Features Syndicate

One of those establishment plans that takes forever to lay out and draw. I watch comics from the 30s and 40s and the amount of work/detail put together and I just don’t know how they did it on a weekly schedule. For the whole gang, check out

Jim Keefe and Francesco Marciuliano are good at sharing.

You know those generic horoscope and fortune cookie bromides?

This Peanuts personality quiz has nothing to do with that.

Answer the 10 questions in this Peanuts quiz to find out which character you are most like. Whether you’re kind and loyal like Charlie Brown, imaginative and dramatic like Snoopy, or… uh, confident like Lucy, each character had something adorable about them.

© Peanuts Worldwide

As we prepare for the next wave of AI and its consequences (which have been part of human discourse ever since science fiction became a genre), artists are trying to adapt through serious experimentation and satirical commentary. . The latest graphic novel by Brian Fies, The last mechanical monster (Abrams Books), sits somewhere in between as a human tragedy of a man gone wrong with a wicked compulsion to nurture mechanical intelligence as an extension of himself and personal calculation.

Steven Heller interviews the cartoonist Brian Fies on his webcomic-turned-graphic-novel.

First of all, why, after doing your previous work, which was more emotionally heavy, did you choose this comedic and apocalyptic theme?
I really like the “apocalyptic comedy”! I kind of needed to remind myself that while comics can be as mature, serious, and adult as any literary medium — which is pretty much my wheelhouse — sometimes they should be fun. I wanted a palate cleanser that didn’t involve cancer, disaster, or compiling 2,000 pages of research. It’s also pure fiction, which I hadn’t really done before. It was a refreshing stretch for me. And funny!

© Brian Fies

Cartoonists! Live! In person!

© Cathy Guisewite

Space is limited for this year’s in-person Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, scheduled for October 20-22 at the University of Dayton.

This year, one of the guest speakers is a Dayton native known for the comic book that bears her name: Cathy Guisewite.

“I grew up in the Erma Bombeck era and it seeped into my young mind,” she said. “She threw real life on the page, and I started doing it. Every problem I had, I could use and get revenge on people and work things out with my mom. It’s therapeutic to do the kind of writing that Erma did. Commenting on real life.

Interviews with Cathy Guisewite before its appearance.

© Charlie Daniel

Join the crowds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 8 at River Falls Park for fun, games, a photo and a handshake with Hall of Fame cartoonist and community leader Charlie Daniel.

According to a press release, Daniel will return from Knoxville, Tennessee, and sign his well-known cartoon, Weldon Rock Star, and have his photo taken with fans young and old.

The Daily Herald celebrates the Charlie Daniel back to basics with a short profile.

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