Great Golf Gags from Classic Cartoonists

For twentieth century cartoonists, while art may have been their calling, golf was almost always their obsession. Much of the time spent away from the drawing board was spent on the links, with all the frustrations and quirky habits that come from trying to get a tiny ball into a distant hole. Little wonder that so many combined their vocation and their avocation, drawing cartoons that found the funny side of the game and the people who play it.
About Comics has just released a new book collecting golf cartoons from some of the most respected names in cartooning. Great Golf Gags by Classic Cartoonists includes cartoons by six top names of the newspaper and magazine cartooning world: “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz, Playboy cartoonist Eldon Dedini, Dennis the Menace creator Hank Ketcham, “Two Little Nuns” and “Golf Fore Fun” cartoonist Bill O’Malley, “Big George” creator Virgil Partch, and Gus Arriola, creator of “Gordo.” Most of these cartoons are available nowhere else, often not having seen print in half a century.
“Most of these cartoons were created to celebrate the annual Pro-Am charity golf tournament that Bing Crosby used to host,” explains Nat Gertler, editor of the volume. “The tournament was very cartoonist-friendly, with various cartoonists being included in the lineup of celebrity amateur players. Starting before the launch of ‘Dennis the Menace; and going on for years after, Hank Ketcham handled the design and coordination of the tournament’s souvenir program. So it’s really not a surprise that the programs began including a fair number of cartoons… a tradition launched while Ketcham was handling the program in the 1950s and continued well into the 1980s.”
Golf tournament programs are not the only source for the cartoons. In additions to the cartoons that Schulz created for the Crosby “clambake” (as it was less formally known), there are also dozens of golfing cartoons that he did for “It’s Only a Game”, a feature that ran in newspapers in the late 1950s.
Eldon Dedini brings both his line-art cartooning and the lusher style he used in Playboy into the golf game. While the focus is on the golfers, the nymphs and fawns of his Playboy work are not entirely absent. The book’s wrap-around color cover is itself another Dedini work. Virgil Partch’s cartoons bring the same sense of awkwardness and absurdity that made his series “Big George” so popular. (Partch was such a dedicated cartoonist that, when he died, there were still six years worth of his daily panel ready to be run.)
As for Gus Arriola, Gertler notes “a lot of readers aren’t going to be familiar with Gus’s work. While his strip ‘Gordo’ was around for more than four decades, the last strip was in 1985 and it hasn’t been reprinted in a long while. But Gus was a cartoonist’s cartoonist – talk to folks who have been in the cartooning business for a while, and they’ll talk about his beautiful linework and his lovable characters. There’s only about half a dozen cartoons of his in the book, but I think people will like getting a taste of his work.”

List Price: $9.99
5.25″ x 8″ (13.335 x 20.32 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
104 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404735
ISBN-10: 1936404737
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Sports

 

XVI Short Stories

Working on comic art since the early 1980s, Bernie Mireault has created numerous short stories that are collected for the first time here and presented with notes on story provenance and art production along with various strips and illustrations.

While greatly influenced by the North American mainstream superhero comic book tradition, Mireault is also attracted to the North American underground, European and Japanese comic art, all of which are combined in his approach to storytelling. The stories presented here were all created in perfect creative freedom and free of interference. Included in this collection are the first four stories to feature Mireault’s best-known character, “The Jam,” the original comics being hard to find.

List Price: $19.99
7″ x 10″
Black & White Bleed on White paper
128 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404698
ISBN-10: 1936404699
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / Anthologies

Bridge Mix: the Bridge cartoons of Charles M. Schulz

by Charles M. Schulz with Jim Sasseville

bridgemixFrom the mind of Charles M. Schulz, the world’s most beloved cartoonist, comes these funny looks at the game of Bridge. The game, the culture, and the very human foibles of those who play it all come under his masterful attention.

List Price: $8.99
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
64 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404254
ISBN-10: 1936404257
BISAC: Games / Card Games / Bridge
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The Weasel Patrol

wp13 short, rambunctious tales about The Weasel Patrol, an unlikely and all-weaselly force of intergalactic troopers. These stories, fun enough for kids and far funnier than funny enough for adults, originally appearing in anthologies, where they built a loyal fan base. The first time in book form, it contains such tales as “The Intergalactic Crimefighters Convention”, “Big Bob’s Eat & Fill”, and “Roboweasel”.List Price: $9.99
7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
104 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0979075087
ISBN-10: 0979075084
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / General
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It’s Only a Game – Color Edition

it's only a game color editionby Charles M. Schulz with Jim Sasseville

In the late 1950s, amidst the surging popularity of Peanuts and during a strongly creative period, Charles M. Schulz created his only other syndicated newspaper comic. It’s Only a Game focused on the fun and foibles of people and their pastimes. Schulz targets those who play bridge and those who bowl, little leaguers and horse track regulars, those who rush across the gridiron and those who hunch over the chessboard. This full-color collection offers up the series in its full Sunday format. Commentary and insight are provided by artist and cartoonist Jim Sasseville, who worked with Schulz on the feature.

To facilitate the best display of the art, this book is in a special format: the pages flip up like a calendar, rather than to the left like a regular book. For those readers used to the Sunday newspaper funnies, this makes for a familiar and comfortable reading experience.

List Price: $17.99
8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Full Color on White paper
64 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1490927541
ISBN-10: 1490927549
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / General

 

They Called Him “Sparky”: Friends’ Reminiscences of Charles Schulz

SparkyCover600x900Compiled by David Liverett
with cartoons by Charles M. Schulz

Take an intimate look at one slice of the life of the world’s most beloved cartoonist, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

Through this collection of personal reminiscences and correspondences from Schulz’s fellow members in the Church of God in his days living in St. Paul, Minnesota, you can get a full picture of the man behind the art… the very human, very thoughtful, very spiritual soul who gave the world so much pleasure through his delightful and insightful cartoons. Illustrated with dozens of cartoons that Schulz did for Church Of God publications and drawings created just for friends, this book is full of insight for anyone interested in the career and creativity of this great man.

List Price: $14.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
116 pages
a co-publication of Chinaberry House and About Comics
ISBN-13: 978-0974241098
ISBN-10: 0974241091
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Artists, Architects, Photographers
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JFK Coloring Book

JFKcover600x800How did a coloring book spend 14 weeks on the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list???

The year was 1962. America was in love with the young family in the White House, speaking of them with awe and reverence.

Then the JFK Coloring Book was released, and punctured all that.

Conceived by publisher Alexander A. Roman, with drawings by Mad Magazine’s master caricaturist Mort Drucker and text by his Mad cohort Paul Laikin and Ratfink Room comedian Jackie Kannon, the book used the form of a coloring book supposedly crafted by four year old Caroline Kennedy to poke fun at the whole Kennedy clan, their friends and their fellow players on the political scene, including every one from Frank Sinatra to Jimmy Hoffa. The publication of this unique volume lead off a whole Kennedy comedy stampede, with things like Vaughn Meader’s First Family albums coming in its wake.

Comedy was replaced by tragedy with JFK’s assassination, and the Coloring Book which had once had print runs in the hundreds of thousands disappeared from bookstore shelves, not to return for over half a century. Now the time has come to remember Kennedy and his family not just as tragic figures, but as the way they were and the way we saw them then.

As an added bonus, this edition also includes Political Wind-ups, another book full of Drucker caricatures, with text by Roman and Rochelle Davis, taking a look at the political figures of the day (Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard  Nixon, and many more) and asking a vital question: if this person were a wind-up toy, what would it do when you wound it up?

Annotations have been included for both of the books, to educate those who are too young to have lived through the times and to remind those who may no longer remember the details.

Since the release of this new edition, the JFK Coloring Book has been discussed on NPR’s On The Media and in the pages of the New Republic. It’s a book the world is clearly ready for again!

List Price: $7.99
8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
76 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404483
ISBN-10: 1936404486
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Political
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Fusion: The Devastator Affair (volume 3 in the Fusion series)

Fusion: The Devastator Affair coverWritten by Steve Gallacci, Michael Reaves, Christy Marx, Axel Shaikman, and Brynne Stephens.
Drawn by Lela Dowling, Larry Dixon, and Judy Meadows.

Before the Guardians of the Galaxy gathered, before Firefly flew, there was FUSION.

The Tsunami is a cargo ship. Things get put into her, taken across space, and taken out. There’s nothing unusual about that.

The crew, now that’s another matter. Sure, Captain Indio Tremaine is human, and so is her first mate, the handsome and indestructible gambler Dow Cook. But the rest of the crew are genetic constructs of fur, wings, and claws. Tan, the engineer, is one wily weasel, and that’s no metaphor. Together, they are rated “high-risk indy,” suited to take on the least likely, most dangerous deliveries. They’re the team you want when you have cargo to be delivered and you need things to go right… or when they’ve already gone wrong.

Do things go wrong? This wouldn’t be much of a book if everything went smoothly, now would it?

This collection features four science fiction tales with a very human sensibility, even if the characters are not strictly human.

List Price: $9.99
7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
128 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404537
ISBN-10: 1936404532
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
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Fusion: Spring rolls (volume 2 in the Fusion series)

FusionVol2cover700x1000Written by Steve Gallacci, Michael Reaves, Peter Morwood, and Dave Simons.
Drawn by Lela Dowling, Steve Gallacci, Phil Foglio, Tim Burgard, Dave Simons, Larry Dixon, Joe Pearson, and Monika Livingston.
Edited by Lex Nakashima
The Tsunami is a cargo ship. Things get put into her, taken across space, and taken out. There’s nothing unusual about that.


The crew, now that’s another matter. Sure, Captain Indio Tremaine is human, and so is her first mate, the handsome and indestructible gambler Dow Cook. But the rest of the crew are genetic constructs of fur, wings, and claws. Tan, the engineer, is one wily weasel, and that’s no metaphor. Together, they are rated “high-risk indy,” suited to take on the least likely, most dangerous deliveries. They’re the team you want when you have cargo to be delivered and you need things to go right… or when they’ve already gone wrong.

Do things go wrong? This wouldn’t be much of a book if everything went smoothly, now would it?

FUSION: SPRING ROLLS is a short story collection featuring eight tales of high-flying high adventure and hijinx, told by a team of writers who have written acclaimed novels, TV shows, and checks, and artists who have drawn praise, awards, and salaries.

List Price: $9.99
7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
128 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404520
ISBN-10: 1936404524
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
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Fusion: The Soulstar Commission (volume 1 in the Fusion series)

Fusion: The Soulstar Commission (volume 1)Written by Steven Barnes, drawn by Steve Gallacci and Lela Dowling, edited by Lex Nakashima

Before the Guardians of the Galaxy gathered, before Firefly flew, there was FUSION. Now the graphic novel that launched the series is in book form for the very first time.

The Tsunami is a cargo ship. Things get put into her, taken across space, and taken out. There’s nothing unusual about that.

The crew, now that’s another matter. Sure, Captain Indio Tremaine is human, and so is her first mate, the handsome and indestructible gambler Dow Cook. But the rest of the crew are genetic constructs of fur, wings, and claws. Tan, the engineer, is one wily weasel, and that’s no metaphor. Together, they are rated “high-risk indy,” suited to take on the least likely, most dangerous deliveries. They’re the team you want when you have cargo to be delivered and you need things to go right… or when they’ve already gone wrong.

But what if there is no cargo? Then things can go very wrong indeed…

List Price: $9.99
7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
108 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404490
ISBN-10: 1936404494
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction