Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The final Hearst Building at Market and Third in San Francisco, 2017

[1] Hearst Building.
WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST, for his daily newspaper The Examiner, used several buildings in San Francisco, California. His final one still stands, on the corner of Market and Third — the rebuilt office tower from 1911. The city had eight cable car routes at the time and many cable cars crossed in front of the building. But paper as well as cable cars have since long moved elsewhere. These photos were especially taken for Yesterday's Papers on the 4th of February, 2017.

Photos by Bas Peters
[2] In 1938, the 1911 front and lobby were revamped.
[4] The cut-off SE corner with front entrance. View into Third Street at the South of Market side.
[5] Market Street. View southwest, to Upper Market. Hearst’s earlier office in Market Street (1887 to 1898) was just a block away on the right, corner of Market and Grant.
[6] Market Street. View northeast, to the Ferry Building. Palace Hotel second block on the right. Former San Francisco Chronicle building on the left. Drive down or zoom in on the Ferry tower…
[8] Entrance to the cocktail bar now housed in Hearst’s former printing basement. Huge rolls of newsprint for The Examiner were loaded down here since 1898 in Hearst’s first office tower, a building destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. 


More about Hearst in the upcoming biography and reading of Jimmy Swinnerton (1875-1974) by Huib van Opstal.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Respectable Papers of Boston and Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck, 1842

Gloucester Telegraph, Sep 16, 1842

EXTRA, NO. IX. The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck, often labeled “the first American comic book”, first issued to subscribers as a 40-page ‘Extra, No. IX’ issue of Brother Jonathan weekly in New York, and dated September 14, 1842, was a reworked bootleg version in English of Swiss cartoonist Rodolphe Töpffer’s comic strip Les Amours de Mr. Vieux Bois or Histoire de Mr. Vieux Bois (1827, Geneva album published 1837). 

If Oldbuck might be called the first American comic book, the following short newspaper quip might be called the first criticism of comic books in America,
Does the “Brother Jonathan” often humbug the public with such trash as the “Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck”? The respectable papers of Boston should not become a party to such impositions by puffing them. — Gloucester [Massachusetts] Telegraph, Sep 16, 1842

Rodolphe Töpffer (1799-1846), self-portrait

Friday, January 20, 2017

HARLEY by Dan Thompson

 DAN THOMPSON  is a member of the national Cartoonist Society and lives in North Carolina. His first cartoon was called LOST SHEEP, a web comic posted by Comic Sherpa HERE. His second, the exciting adventure strip RIP HAYWIRE, is syndicated by Andrews McMeel Syndicate and can be ogled HERE. Rip Haywire dates back to the first week of January 2009 and has been issued in six reprint volumes so far. His 100-page graphic novel titled Rip Haywire and the Curse of Tangaroa! was published by IDW Publishing in October 2011. March 2016 he published a chapter book for kids under the title Li’l Rip Haywire Adventures; Escape from Camp Cooties.

 Author-artist  Thompson is an avid reader of reprinted collections starring Captain Easy, Buz Sawyer, Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon and Dick Tracy. He likes to keep busy — he also draws the features BREVITY [HERE] and KIDSPOT [HERE] for Universal Uclick. His newest comic strip is HARLEY which will start March 6 on GoComics. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Angoulême 44 in France, a truly International Comic Book Festival

Cartooning For Peace.

THE PRESS KIT for this year’s Angoulême fest is produced by 9eArt+ and designed by Le Goff & Gabarra, the ‘Wise Design Studio’ of creative directors Camille Gabarra and Tugdual Le Goff. See their beautiful work HERE.

A highlight in Angoulême is the exhibit about Petite histoire de la révolution française, by Grégory Jarry et Otto T.

The Grand Jury of 2017 is presided by Posy Simmonds from London, England, who’s against a Brexit.

This year’s attractions are, among others and in no particular order, Hermann, Will Eisner, Franquin, Mézières et Christin, Alex Alice, Kazuo Kamimura, Loo Hui Phang, Outsider Comics, Disney artists, Sophie Guerrive, Philippe Dupuy, French Marvel Panini Comics, Grégory Jarry & Otto T.

See some of the latest French books on Disney’s Mickey Mouse, HERE.

This is the 57-page Press Kit for the 44th edition. The cover and poster show mainly male attributes connected to war and battle.

All Festival Cats are drawn by Lewis Trondheim.