UPDATE: Curtis cartoonist Ray Billingsley Takes a Poke!

Curtis by Ray Billingsley

Curtis by Ray Billingsley

The most talked about “Mr. Media Interview” to date – by far – was the one with “Curtis” cartoonist Ray Billingsley. He hit a nerve by taking issue with book publishers who have been unwilling to produce a collection of his strip in nearly two decades. The interview led to not one but two stories on EditorandPublisher.com – including a condemnation of his remarks by the current president of the National Cartoonists Society, Rick Stromoski (“Soup to Nutz”) – and a lengthy discussion on the popular web site, The Comics Curmudgeon.

Billingsley isn’t letting the issue die down, either, with the NCS’ annual Reuben Awards just around the corner. A recent Sunday strip has generated even more controversy, this time on The Comics Journal Message Board. Read the strip and what’s been written here. Or feel free to click on “Comments” below and add your thoughts here.

Cartoonist Ray Billingsley

Cartoonist Ray Billingsley

What I find interesting is that Billingsley hasn’t directly mention the name of the publisher of the vast majority of comic strip compilations – even though it’s pretty obvious with whom he’s so frustrated.

I also wonder why no Black-oriented book publisher has stepped forward – yet.

If you’d like to hear more from Billingsley on this subject – live and in person, he’ll be one of the guest speakers at the Festival of Cartoon Art, Oct. 25-27, 2007, sponsored by Ohio State University’s Cartoon Research Library.


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