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Deadlines

This year, the deadline to submit tax returns for most Americans is Monday, April 15. Millions of taxpayers will undoubtedly be scrambling frantically over the weekend to finish filling out their forms.  This annual event always presents a challenge for many of us in the funnies business – how to find humor in an obligatory task that the majority of our readers regard as tedious and unrewarding.
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Rube Goldberg

I recently wrote a biographical essay for The Art of Rube Goldberg, which will be published by Abrams ComicArts in November 2013.  Rube Goldberg had a long and distinguished career as a sports cartoonist, newspaper comics artist, political cartoonist, columnist, author, sculptor, vaudeville entertainer and toastmaster.

The most famous of all Rube Goldberg’s creations were his invention cartoons.  His clever graphic solutions to everyday problems eventually became synonymous with his name. In 1966, the Random House Dictionary of the English Language made the designation official when they defined a “Rube Goldberg” device as “having a fantastically complicated improvised appearance,” or as “deviously complex and impractical.”
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Color Them Suburban

There have been many attempts at publishing magazines devoted exclusively to comic art.  One of the longest running was Jud Hurd’s Cartoonist PROfiles, which came out quarterly from March 1969 to June 2005.  The Comics Journal, published by Fantagraphics since 1977, was a semi-monthly for many years until switching over to an annual edition.  There were thirty-two issues of Nemo from Fantagraphics between June 1983 and January 1992 and twelve issues of Inks published by Ohio State University Press from February 1994 to November 1997.  Hogan’s Alley, which began in the autumn of 1994, still comes out annually.  Among the many other comic-related periodicals that have come and gone over the years are:  Cartoonews, Comic Art, Comic Book Marketplace, Comics Buyers Guide, Comic Book Artist, Stay Tooned! and Inklings from the Museum of Cartoon Art.
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