The final cover for Birch Squatch: The Last Bigfoot by Caleb Goellner. The issue will be available on Gumroad soon, as well as Rose City Comic Con! Get ready!
Come see us on Saturday y’all … #southerbastards
H/t to comicsreporter for making me aware of this.
I saw you walk by - said hi - I thought you’d stop and browse the back issues - but you kept going - I yelled your name to no avail. Sorry dude - I should have grabbed you.
another spx this year.
i sat alone for the first time (in my 5 years of attending) which sucked. being hung over from friday didnt help.
i was wearing my bullet club shirt and a bunch of strangers came up and too sweet-ed me which was awesome. next year im going to try to double that by wearing a throwback NWO shirt.
i skipped the ignatz to watch ROH on the hotel tv and snuck down to the catered food area early to eat a bunch of mini cheeseburgers before anyone else was around. i went to bed early saturday and missed the party.
i saw a bunch of important bloggers, reviewers, and comic academics skip over my table and refuse my eye contact.
i barely sold any comics and was really anti-social most the time.
see you next year! (probably not)
As mentioned last week, we’ve got the first boxed set of The Complete Peanuts Vols. 1-2, paperback edition, coming out in October along with the release of volume 2. These paperback volumes have been redesigned inside and out, including the slipcase cover for this first boxed set. It’s like discovering Charles M. Schulz's work all over again!
Polar season 3 begins tomorrow! / La tercera temporada de Polar empieza mañana!
Because otherwise I would have to do something I should be doing.
Really? Back from a con and a little broken. Just sort of counter-punching to random asks is a good warm up to actually thinking again.
Another reminder for retailers that this Monday is FOC for the 2014 Liberty Annual!
I edited a story in this! You should pick this up!
It’d be one thing if this had been done in the 1930s, but Hank Ketcham, clearly an asshole, drew this racist Dennis the Menace panel in 1970!
One can see what oldshowbiz means, of course, but if other source material is to be believed—this was Ketchum’s effort to show support for civil rights, disturbingly enough.
First up, the not always reliable Wikipedia:
“in the late 1960s, Ketcham decided to add an African American character named Jackson to the cast. Ketcham designed Jackson in the tradition of a stereotypical cartoon pickaninny, with huge lips, big white eyes, and just a suggestion of an Afro hair style. A panel from May 13, 1970 depicted Jackson and Dennis playing in the backyard, with Dennis saying to his father, ‘I’m havin’ some race trouble with Jackson. He runs FASTER than I do!’ The attempt to integrate the feature did not go over well. Protests erupted in Detroit, Little Rock, Miami, and St. Louis, and debris was thrown at the offices of the Post Dispatch. Taken aback, Ketcham issued a statement explaining that his intentions were innocent, and Jackson went back into the ink bottle.”
“In an attempt to reach out to a more diverse readership in the late 1960s, Ketcham created a Black playmate and neighbor for Dennis. Inspired by the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the era of civil rights, he was determined to do his small part and be more inclusive.
Unfortunately, this particular experiment in cartoon integration backfired. The character’s appearance caused some public outcry and the artist was accused of perpetuating negative stereotypes. For some readers Jackson too closely resembled Little Black Sambo.
Ketcham, who was out of the country at the time of the strip’s release, was shocked when he was notified of the negative public reaction. In his opinion, all cartoon characters are merely caricatures of real people and not to be taken too seriously.
He pointed out that Henry Mitchell, Dennis’ father, has a needle nose and Mr. Wilson, his neighbor, has a pot belly. Ketcham even conceded that Dennis looks like a midget running around with a load in his pants! In his view, once you got to know and love the characters, the image wasn’t as important.
He summed up hearing about the incident in his autobiographic book, The Merchant of Menace: ‘The rumble started in Detroit, and then moved south to St. Louis where bottles and rocks were thrown through the window of the Post-Dispatch. Newspaper delivery boys were being chased and hassled in Little Rock and in Miami some Herald editors were being threatened. The cancer quickly spread to other larger cities.’
He wrote: ‘I was shocked, then frustrated, then mad as hell. I dictated a response to the client newspapers involved. I made a point not to apologize but to express my dismay at the absurd reaction to my innocent cartoon.’”
One final aspect to consider—sure Ketcham drew it—but how many editors (at the syndicate and at the individual newspapers) just let this one fly without expressing a concern. Clearly in 1970, this was still acceptable to many on some level.