Sunday, December 13, 2009


Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics

Two books by Jim Ivey are available at or direct from the author:

Graphic Shorthand: Jim Ivey teaches the fundamentals of cartooning in his own inimitable style. 128 pages, coil-bound. Lulu $19.95 plus shipping, direct $25 postpaid.

Cartoons I Liked,Jim Ivey's career retrospective; he picks his own favorite cartoons from a 40-year editorial cartooning career. Lulu $11.95, direct $20 postpaid.

Send your order to:

Jim Ivey
5840 Dahlia Dr. #7
Orlando FL 32807

When ordered direct, either book will include an original Ivey sketch.


I added a paragraph about proof sheets to the Wikipedia entry on comic srips, with a quote from an article on when King Features donated their's to MSU and Ohio State U. Do syndicates still use proofs or has electronical means supplanted them? Does the reference need any tweaking? I was surprised a Google of the term didn't readily find a good online definition or description, and it seemed to be appropriate to include it in this entry
Hi Dana --
Some clients, fewer and fewer these days, still request printed proof sheets, but they are definitely on their way out. For instance, I seem to recall hearing that King Features had either recently dropped them entirely, or were feeling out their last remaining clients in order to do so.

Some syndicates used to supply either proofs or mats. Mats are plastic or cardboard 'trays' in which molten metal is poured in order to make plates. Mats eliminate a step in the newspaper's process of getting comics on the printed page.

Some syndicates back in the day would even supply strips in plate form, ready to be put directly on the printing press.

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