Robert ("All I Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten") Fulghum, in one of his essay books of the 1980's, had a chapter about finding a box of unopened Christmas cards in the middle of the summer and how much true joy he got from laying on his hammock in the backyard and sipping lemonade and feeling the Yuletide in the summer sun. There's no expiration date or statute of limitation on these things, folks. Go ahead and appreciate them anytime!
This issue starts out with a great selection of largely unseen Christmas cards from famous cartoonists to their friends and family. Real treasures!
That's pretty much where the Christmas theme stops. But it's a nice change of pace here on July 18th if you ask me.
Next, again Nemo interviews a contemporary cartoonist. Mel Lazarus of "Miss Peach" and "Momma" fame.
"Fantasy in the Comics" hits on the complex art stylings of Gustave Verbeek and his strip "The Upside Downs". Make sure you download these images so you can rotate them in your image viewer or else you'll miss half the fun.
Nemo uses it's far reaching expertise to expose us all to some artists from Europe that we're not often exposed to and the influence they have.
Bill Blackbeard looks back at the time in 1952 when Bud Fisher reviewed his own work from 30 years earlier in an introspective "Mutt and Jeff" sequence. Unique and insightful.
Part 6 of the Allen Saunders autobiography, "Playwrite for Paper Actors", offers more insider info from this long term comics professional.