I’m not aware of any Kansas City connection for the late Bill Blackbeard, but his recent passing is noteworthy. Blackbeard was not a comics creator, retailer, or publisher; he was essentially a comic strip collector. An obsessive comic strip collector. Blackbeard’s immense collection of newspaper comic strips preserved entire runs of strips that might otherwise have been lost as newspapers began purging their bound libraries of back issues in the 1970s.
Blackbeard’s archives became the essential resource for books collecting classic comic strips of the early 20th century. Those books, including Blackbeard’s The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics, influenced a great number of young readers to create their own comics.
Kansas City cartoonist Daniel Spottswood pays tribute to Bill Blackbeard:
[singlepic id=85 w=320 h=240 float=right]Sunday at Planet Comicon wasn’t as packed as Saturday, but don’t think for a minute that it wasn’t fun. I’m a little biased since I coordinated the panel programming, but I believe Planet Comicon 2010 was the biggest, best comics convention that Kansas City has ever seen.
Were you there? Give us your feedback. What can we do next year to make it even better. Be sure to contact the convention organizer Chris Jackson at email@example.com. I’d also like to hear your comments on the programming in the panel room: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Daniel Spottswood has immortalized his Planet Comicon experience â€“ including the panel I moderated â€“ here.
I’m a huge fan of Daniel’s Disquietville work, by the way. This poster-like image is one of the most amazing works of cartoon art I’ve ever seen.