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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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An Easter Story

Over the years, Easter Sunday has presented an ideal opportunity to do special holiday-themed Hi and Lois Sunday pages.  Our readers come from many different religious backgrounds, so it is exclusionary to focus on the Christian traditions of Easter.  Although we occasionally make references to God in the strip, we try not to be too specific about the religious beliefs of the Flagston family.  Most of the Easter strips we do deal with bunnies, baskets, eggs and chocolate.
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