Posts Tagged ‘Comics’
Larger versions of these comics, and many more, at the Walker’s MNArtists blog.
As we wax philosophical, we might recall that it was on this date in 2001 that the British government, making good on an election pledge, dropped all entry fees to 13 of Britain’s most popular government-sponsored museums, including the National History Museum and the Victoria and Albert. Shortly, others– including the Tate Modern and the Imperial War Museum– followed; and over the ensuing decade, attendance rose by over 150%.
Sometime editor of the Illustrated London News and authority on the Brontës and Napoleon, Clement K. Shorter was in the middle of a flourishing career when his list of the “hundred best novels ever written” appeared in the monthly journal The Bookman. He doesn’t explain what exactly makes a book one of the “best”, only that he has deliberately limited himself to one novel per novelist. Living authors are excluded – although he cannot resist adding a rider of eight works by “writers whose reputations are too well established for their juniors to feel towards them any sentiments other than those of reverence and regard”…
Names and dates are as Shorter gives them:
1. Don Quixote - 1604 – Miguel de Cervantes
2. The Holy War - 1682 – John Bunyan
3. Gil Blas - 1715 – Alain René le Sage
4. Robinson Crusoe - 1719 – Daniel Defoe
5. Gulliver’s Travels - 1726 – Jonathan Swift
6. Roderick Random - 1748 – Tobias Smollett
7. Clarissa - 1749 – Samuel Richardson
8. Tom Jones - 1749 – Henry Fielding
9. Candide - 1756 – Françoise de Voltaire
10. Rasselas - 1759 – Samuel Johnson
11. The Castle of Otranto - 1764 – Horace Walpole
12. The Vicar of Wakefield - 1766 – Oliver Goldsmith
13. The Old English Baron - 1777 – Clara Reeve
14. Evelina - 1778 – Fanny Burney
15. Vathek - 1787 – William Beckford
And those lucky living eight:
An Egyptian Princess - 1864 – Georg Ebers
Rhoda Fleming - 1865 – George Meredith
Lorna Doone - 1869 – R. D. Blackmore
Anna Karenina - 1875 – Count Leo Tolstoi
The Return of the Native - 1878 – Thomas Hardy
Daisy Miller - 1878 – Henry James
Mark Rutherford - 1881 – W. Hale White
Le Rêve - 1889 – Emile Zola
Read the full story and see the whole list at the TLS: “Not the hundred best novels?“
As we marvel at the power of perspective, we might recall that it was on this date in 1894 that the first multi-panel comic strip ran in a newspaper: “Origin of the Species, or the Evolution of the Crocodile Explained,” by Richard F. Outcault, appeared in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. Outcault went on to introduce the speech balloon in the wildly-popular The Yellow Kid, and later still, created Buster Brown.
As we celebrate simplicity, we might recall that it was on this date in 1929 that Popeye met Olive Oyl (in Elzie Segar’s daily comic strip “Thimble Theater”). Olive had been a regular since the comic premiered a decade before; Popeye had been introduced 7 days before… but became so popular (both via “Thimble Theatre” and thanks to Max and Dave Fleischer’s Popeye cartoons, which began in 1933) that the strip was renamed in his honor.
(Some of) the comic stylings of Tom Gauld…
Ladies and gentlemen, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack!
As we parse our predicaments into panels, we might recall that this was the cover date, in 1882, of the first issue of Golden Argosy, which featured stories by Horatio Alger, Jr. and Edward S. Ellis. The first “pulp” magazine in the U.S., Golden Argosy (soon renamed simply Argosy) went on to publish such authors as Frank Converse, Malcolm Davis, Upton Sinclair, Zane Grey, and dime novelist William Wallace Cook.
From Portland-based comic artist Ben Dewey, one’s worst nightmares…
More at Tragedy Series.
[TotH to Laughing Squid]
As we count our blessings, we might send quickly-but-beautifully-drawn birthday greetings to Sergio Aragonés; he was born on this date in 1937. An illustrator and comic artist, Aragonés has been a frequent contributor to Mad Magazine, and has created a number of comic series (Groo the Wanderer and others), and drawn many more (including, since #50, Bart Simpson). Aragonés has won every major comic award (including the Harvey, the Reuben, the Eisner, and the Shazam); but he is perhaps best know for his prolific output. Al Jaffee once said, “Sergio has, quite literally, drawn more cartoons on napkins in restaurants than most cartoonists draw in their entire careers”; Mark Evanier estimated that, as of 2002, Aragonés had written and drawn more than 12,000 gag cartoons for Mad alone. Indeed, Mad editor Al Feldstein suggested, “He could have drawn the whole magazine if we’d let him.”