Tom Wilson Sr., the creator of the iconic Ziggy comic strip passed away last Friday at the age of 80. From Universal Uclick: Ziggy which celebrated 40 years in syndication in June 2011, continues to be produced by Wilson’s son, Tom Wilson Jr., who has handled the day-to-day operation of the panel since 1987. Ziggy [...]
Sad news from Mike Lynch: Veteran cartoonist, animator and creator of the popular DRAW 50 how-to-draw cartoon book series Lee Ames died in a Huntington, NY nursing home last week. He was 90 years old. The cause was congestive heart failure.
The Stafford County Sun has announced that its cartoonist Frank Lewis has passed away at age 89. Frank also drew for its parent company News & Messenger.
We’re moving quickly into 2011, but a few blog posts are still recounting the goings on of 2010. Three have posted lists of who passed away last year having some connection to the cartooning arts. Daryl Cagle posts the names of editorial cartoonists and samples of their work. Michael Cavna posts his 10 greats. Mike [...]
John D’Agostino, who worked with legendary figures in comics such as Stan Lee and Stan Goldberg has passed away at the age of 81. John was hired in 1965 by Archie Comics where he became one of their most prominent artists. In addition to his work with Archie Comics he also worked for other titles. [...]
According to the Daily Breeze, a public memorial service for Paul Conrad is set for this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. Paul passed away last Saturday at the age of 86. You can read obituaries from the NY Times and the LA Times
Three time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Conrad has passed away at the age of 86 surrounded by family MSNBC reports. He was fierce in his liberalism and expressed it with a stark, unmistakable visual style. Southern California political junkies for decades would start their day either outraged or delighted at a Conrad drawing. The Times [...]
John Callahan, a local cartoonist, children’s book author in Portland, OR, has passed away at the age of 59. He lived in Northwest Portland and was a fixture in the community. He could often be easily spotted by his bright red hair as he piloted his powered wheelchair through the area. Callahan had been a [...]
The Mainichi Daily News reports that Kimihiko Tsukuda, the creator of the longest-running serialized comic strip in Japanese newspapers, has passed away at the age of 80. His comic strip Honobono-kun, dubbed the “Japanese Charlie Brown,” first appeared in newspapers in 1956 and ran through 2007 after Kimihiko fell ill.
Comic book legend Harvey Pekar was found dead this morning at age 70. The cause of death has not been announced, but police have ruled out foul play. Harvey had a history of medical issues including asthma, depression, high blood pressure, and a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Pekar wrote the autobiographical comic book series [...]
‘Edward Ashley, the editorial cartoonist for The Blade (OH) during the 70′s and 80′s, has passed away at the age of 88. The announcement in the Toledo Blade offered a comment by current cartoonist Kirk Walters. “He was a great guy and one of the best cartoonists,” said Kirk Walters, who succeeded Mr. Ashley in [...]
Ted Dawson notes over his blog that Joe Messerli has passed away at the age of 80. Ted writes: Joe Messerli was a rare talent. Several days ago I wrote that someone should interview this interesting man, as his career spanned several important decades and venues in cartooning, animation and design. Mr. Messerli was one [...]
Tony Dipreta who drew Joe Palooka and Rex Morgan, M.D. died last week at the age of 88. Eventually, DiPreta made his way to New York City, where he met legendary comic book writer and editor Stan Lee, who gave him “Porky Pig” to ink. From 1945 to 1955, DiPreta also worked on the popular [...]
The AP is reporting that Mexican cartoonist Gabriel Vargas passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Gabriel was the creator of La Familia Burron – “one of the greatest representatives of the golden age of Mexican comics” and an “undeniable reference point for the nation’s popular culture” according to the The National Council of [...]
Joel Barbee, a National Free Press editorial cartoonist, passed away last Thursday. He drew cartoons for the NFP since 2006. During his career he worked as a staff illustrator at the aerospace division of Ford Motor Company. He spent was a professional freelancer since 1970. His clients included Walt Disney, Hallmark, and Carls Junior.