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#InMemoriam2017
R.I.P. Skip Williamson ( http://ow.ly/3qfW30acRmi )

"Skip" Williamson (August 19, 1944 –March 16, 2017) was an American underground cartoonist and central figure in the underground comix movement.

Williamson's first published cartoon was in Harvey Kurtzman's Help! magazine in 1961. The cartoon was accepted by then Help! editor Gloria Steinem. The cartoon was of two New Orleans trash cans. One was labeled "Negro Trash" the other "White Trash". Subsequently, comedian Dick Gregory went on The Tonight Show and showed the cartoon on national television, launching Williamson into the mainstream.

Williamson moved to Chicago in 1967 to help long time friend Jay Lynch publish The Chicago Mirror. In 1968, Williamson, Lynch, and Robert Crumb rechristened the Chicago Mirror as Bijou Funnies, which became one of the earliest and longest running underground comix titles. Williamson’s character Snappy Sammy Smoot became popular enough to appear (played by Carl Reiner) on the 1960s television program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.[5] Some years later the Comix Journal said, "Skip Williamson is still the quintessential underground comix artist." and that "where (Robert) Crumb’s primary comix aim was introspective… Williamson took a broader look, skewering both left-wing trendiness and right-wing over-reaction at a time of much-publicized left-wing trendiness… Crumb’s approach may have been more…artistically "legitimate", but to those struggling to make sense of the socio-political chaos, Williamson was frequently the funnier."
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Raina Telgemeier ( http://ow.ly/d8DQ30abQS5 )

Raina Telgemeier (born May 26, 1977) is an American cartoonist whose works include the autobiographic webcomic Smile (A Dental Drama), which was published by Scholastic Press's Graphix imprint as a full-color graphic novel in February 2010. That book, as well as the follow-up Sisters and the fiction graphic novel Drama have all been on the New York Times Best Seller lists.

Telgemeier was nominated for the 2005 Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition, and the 2003 Ignatz Award in the categories of Promising New Talent and Outstanding Mini-comic. She was awarded Friends of Lulu's Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent in 2003. She has twice been nominated for the Web Cartoonists' Choice Award for Outstanding Slice-of-Life webcomic, for her webcomic Smile (A Dental Drama). In 2015, she won the Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist for her graphic novel Sisters.

The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Kristy's Great Idea was picked by YALSA for their 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, as well as ALA ’s Booklist 2007 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth list.

Smile, her graphic novel based on her webcomic is a 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor title. This is the first time a graphic novel has been nominated for or won this award. Smile was a 2010 New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2010, a 2011 ALA Notable Children's Book, a 2011 YALSA Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens pick, and a Children's Choice Book Award Finalist. In 2011, the book won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens.

Drama won the 2013 Stonewall Book Award Honor, which is an award from the American Library Association that recognizes authors who discuss homosexual, bi-sexual, and transgender-related topics in their works.

excerpted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raina_Telgemeier
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Danielle Corsetto (born 23 March 1981, USA) is a comics creator who began her career by ripping off ‘Garfield’ when she was in the eighth grade. She published comics in her high school paper, her college paper, and her hometown paper.

In 2004, she created the popular and acclaimed webcomic “Girls with Slingshots”. The strip continued until 2015 and is collected in 10 volumes.

Corsetto took over Peter Bagge’s strip ‘Adventures of Bat Boy’ in “Weekly World News” and continued it until the paper ended its print edition (2006–2007).

She drew “Crazy Papers” (2006), written by Jim Dougan. She contributed to “Plastic Farm” (2008) and “Secret Loves of Geek Girls” (2015).

Corsetto has also written three ‘Adventure Time’ original graphic novels, including “Playing with Fire” and “Pixel Princesses” drawn by Zach Sterling.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girls_With_Slingshots
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/nWDt30aaOb3

(Corsetto created the cover of “Girls with Slingshots” #3, 2011)
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Chuck Bordell (23 March 1968, USA) was born a poor transistor farmer in the rust belt of western Pennsylvania.

His childhood was filled with polluted rivers that he fell in love with anyway, the sound of railroad cars crashing together, and dreams of lusty women of dubious reputation.

Eventually, he tired of all things iron and decided to trade rust for heavy metals, moving to Missoula, MT in 1987.

At Montana Book Festival 2015 — https://montanabookfestival2015.sched.org/speaker/chuck_bordell.1u3z74ag
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/ZPNUh (some explicit images)

(Joe Staton penciled and Bordell inked the cover of “E-Man” #1, Oct 1993)
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‘Géri’ is the pen-name of Henri Ghion (23 March 1934 – 3 February 2015, Belgium) began working at Studio Hergé in 1953. At first a colorist and background artist, he later became a regular cover and story artist in “Tintin”.

He is best known for ‘Mr. Magellan’, a spy feature with science fiction elements. It appeared in “Tintin” and “Nouveau Tintin” from 1969 to 1982 and released in eight albums. The first two stories were written by Jean Van Hamme and the other six by André-Paul Dûchateau.

Géri left comics after ‘Lady Black face au diable’ in “Tintin” (1980) because his right hand had become paralysed. Before his death, though, he taught himself to paint with his left hand.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/geri.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/ZPOzN

(Géri created the ‘Mr. Magellan’ art on the cover of “Kuifje” #11/1972, 14 March 1972)
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Lois Lane ( http://ow.ly/YkXN30a9DkT )

Lois Lane was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, first appearing in Action Comics #1 (June 1938). Lois is a reporter for the Metropolis newspaper, the Daily Planet, an award-winning journalist and the primary love interest of Superman.

Aspects of Lois' personality have varied over the years, depending on the comic book writers handling of the character and American social attitudes toward women at the time. In most incarnations, Lois has been depicted as a smart, determined, strong-willed and independent person.

In the 1940s, Lois had her own newspaper comic strip, Lois Lane, Girl Reporter, a direct spin-off of the Superman comic strip running at the time. A similar title comic series began appearing in Superman comic book in 1944 (starting with Superman #28) ran for a number of years. In 1958, DC Comics gave Lois her own comic book series Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane. The series focus on her solo adventures and began publication in April 1958. In the 1960s, the series was one of DC's most popular titles and was the top ten best-selling comic books in America. She had a series featured in The Superman Family comic book from 1974 to 1982. In 2015, she received her own young adult novel series, which focus on a teenage Lois Lane. The first book, Lois Lane: Fallout, was published by Switch Press in May 2015.

Throughout the character's long history, she has always been the most prominent love interest in Superman/Clark Kent's life. In the 1990s, after Clark proposed to Lois and reveals to her that he is Superman, she married him in the 1996 comic book special Superman: The Wedding Album. The couple's biological child in DC Comics canon was born in Convergence: Superman #2 (July 2015) a son named Jonathan Samuel Kent, who eventually becomes Superboy.

excerpted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lois_Lane
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Babs Tarr ( http://ow.ly/DcSz30a8sHE )

Babs Tarr is an American comic book artist, known for her work on Batgirl .
Tarr grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. She went to Bishop England High School, after which she studied Printmaking at Osaka University of Arts and Illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Tarr worked as a game artist at MindSnacks.

In 2014, her Japanese-influenced fan art caught the eye of DC Comics which hired her to draw a new Batgirl series. As her previous focus was primarily illustration, early issues of her work on Batgirl were laid out by Cameron Stewart, with finishes by Tarr.
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Naughty Bits ( http://ow.ly/4dbf30a8qb4 )

Naughty Bits was a comic book series written and illustrated by Roberta Gregory, and published by Fantagraphics Books. The series ran from March 1991 to July 2004, totalling 40 issues.

Naughty Bits is the story of Midge McCracken, aka Bitchy Bitch, an everyday woman angry at the world who frequently explodes with rage. The character made her first appearance in the Fantagraphics anthology Graphic Story Monthly #6 (June 1990).

Paul Constant of The Stranger called Naughty Bits "one of the best comic series I've ever read. ... It's basically a biography of one normal—albeit kinda hateful—woman, and it's insightful, funny, and true."

Naughy Bits was nominated for Best New Series in the 1992 Harvey Awards, and was nominated for Best Humor Publication in the 1992 Eisner Awards. "Hippie Bitch Gets Laid," in Naughty Bits #6, was nominated for Best Short Story in the 1993 Eisners. That same year, Gregory was nominated for the Best Writer and Best Writer/Artist Eisner Awards. Naughty Bits #6-8, the "Abortion Trilogy", was nominated for a 1994 Eisner for Best Serialized Story, and Gregory was again nominated in the Best Writer/Artist category. "Bye-Bye, Muffy," in Naughty Bits #28, was nominated for Best Short Story in the 2000 Eisner Awards.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naughty_Bits
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Linda Fite ( http://ow.ly/sgqk30a6fxy )

Linda Fite was hired by Marvel as an editorial assistant/production assistant. Though she continually appealed to editor Roy Thomas for writing assignments, from 1968–1971 she was given only short back-up features in The Uncanny X-Men and Rawhide Kid. In 1972 she got her first offer to be a regular writer, on Claws of the Cat, an early and unsuccessful attempt to appeal to female superhero comic readers. Fite was selected because Marvel's editorial staff thought a series targeted toward female readers should have a female creative team.

Fite has said that she found the character unappealing: "I thought, 'A cat? Oh, my God, how original. We’ll have a woman and we’ll call her Cat and she can be in catfights.' But I was just happy to have the chance to do it." She infused the series with a woman's liberation tone, but it was cancelled after four issues due to poor sales. She had already completed the never-published fifth issue.

Other stories she wrote included a fill-in issue of Night Nurse. Fite wrote and illustrated a one-page story for an East Coast independent/underground comic published by Flo Steinberg, Big Apple Comix (Sept. 1975).

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Fite
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Gallieno Ferri (21 March 1929 – 2 April 2016, Italy) was a popular and prolific comics creator for 75 years.

His career began in 1948. Among other work, he drew early episodes of ‘Maskar’. He created the Canadian Mountie feature ‘Thunder Jack’.

By the late 1950s he was publishing in the UK (‘Dick Daring of the Mounties’) and in France as well as Italy.

He and Sergio Bonelli created ‘Zagor’ in 1961. Set in the forests of northeast Pennsylvania in the early 19th Century, the title character “fights to maintain peace over all his territory, protect the Indian tribes and hunt down criminals.”

In 1975, they collaborated again on ‘Mister No’. This series is set in Brazil in the 1950s and 1960s, featuring a USA adventurer who served in World War II and his best friend, a German veteran of the same war.

Ferri drew over a hundred ‘Zagor’ stories and all of the nearly 600 covers of the Italian series. He drew the earliest stories and the first 100+ covers of ‘Mister No’.

In 2009, he received the Romics d’Oro award in Rome. Just weeks before his death in 2016, his handprints were added to the ‘Walk of Fame’ collection during Lucca Comics & Games.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/ferri_gallieno.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallieno_Ferri
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/tUKi30a6bWA

(Ferri created the cover art on “Rocky” #1, 1964, the German translation of ‘Zagor’)
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