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Shout Out to Jerry Craft

Spotlight on writer/illustrator Jerry Craft! Jerry is an African American Literary Award winner (five times no less) and cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. In addition to his numerous graphic novels and books he’s illustrated, Jerry … Continue reading

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Bud Grace Retiring – Piranha Club Comes to an End

After 30 years Bud Grace’s Piranha Club has come to an end. When the comic strip started it was originally called “Ernie.” Here’s the very first Ernie Sunday from February 7, 1988. The strip’s name was changed to “Piranha Club” … Continue reading

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Artist Spotlight: Al Baruch (1928-2015)

I first met Al Baruch back in 2003. He was head of the Cartooning department at Hofstra University’s UCCE Youth Programs at the time and hired me as one of the teachers. A Navy veteran, Al had studied at the Art Students … Continue reading

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John Romita – The Crying Game

John Romita’s artwork is pretty much a staple of romance comics from the 1950s on, and for good reason. Here’s a quick sampling… When Romita took over drawing Spider-Man from Steve Ditko, it was inevitable his strength for the Sturm und Drang of romance … Continue reading

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Hy Eisman’s 90th!

It’s Hy Eisman’s 90th Birthday! (Born March 27, 1927) I had Hy as a teacher for my first year of the Joe Kubert School (circa 1986-87). Hy taught lettering; which in those days meant Ames guide, a B6 lettering nib and india … Continue reading

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