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Notable events of 2003 in comics. See also List of years in comics.



Events

Year overall

  • The AOL name was finally dropped from Time Warner, reverted to the Time Warner name.

April

June

  • Wolverine vol. 2 is canceled by Marvel with issue #189.
  • June 10 - Manhwa Dragon Hunter begins publication[1]

July

  • July 18: The first issue of the Croatian comics magazine Q strip is published. It will last until 2013.

September

October

  • October 18-19: During the Stripdagen in Alphen aan den Rijn John Reid, Bastiaan Geleijnse and Jean-Marc van Tol receive the Stripschapprijs. [3] [4] Gerard Roord, publisher of Illustrated Classics wins the Hans P. Frankfurtherprijs. [5] Henk Sprenger, Wim Meuldijk and Gerrit Stapel are the first people to receive a new award, the Bulletje en Boonestaakschaal. [6]

December

  • December 24: The final issue of the Flemish comics magazine Suske en Wiske Weekblad is published.[7]

Deaths

January

  • January 1: Warren Whipple, American comics artist (continued There Oughta Be a Law!), dies at age 92. [8]
  • January 2: Jack Keller, American comics artist (Kid Colt) dies at age 80.[9]
  • January 8: Franz Drappier, aka Franz, Belgian comics artist (Hypérion, Lester Cockney, Thomas Noland, continued Jugurtha and Jerry Spring), dies at age 54.[10]
  • January 10: Ramón Sabatés, Spanish comics artist (Casimiro Noteví, Agente tel TBI, worked on Los Grandes Inventos de TBO), dies at age 87.[11]
  • January 14: Rémy Bordelet, French comics artist (continued Big Bill le Casseur), dies at age 71. [12]
  • January 20: Mose, French comics artist (Zano, Roméo), dies at age 85. [13]
  • January 28: Leoncio Rojas Cruzat, aka Leo, Chilean comics artist (Macabeo, Castañita, Hurgando el Deporte, Pasionario, Contrafuegos, Solterina), dies at age 83.[14]
  • January 30: Guido Zamperoni, aka Guy Zam, Italian comics artist, dies at age 90. [15]

February

  • February 26: Carlos Freixas, Spanish comics artist (Pistol Jim, Darío Malbrán Psicoanalista, Elmer King, Tucho, de Canilla a Campeón), dies at age 79.[16]
  • February 28: Pete Millar, American comics artist (Drag Cartoons, co-creator of CARtoons Magazine), dies at age 73.[17]

March

  • March 2: Bill Woggon, American comics artist (Katy Keene), dies at age 92.[18]
  • March 3: Dave Pascal, American cartoonist and comics artist (The New Yorker), dies at age 84.[19]
  • March 12: Branco Karabajic, Croatian comics artist and animator (Rolf Kauka comics, Pauli, Familie Mausbein), dies at age 77.[20]
  • March 22: Fernando Carpucino, Italian painter, illustrator and comics artist, dies at the age of 80.[21]

April

  • April 3: Karel Boumans, aka Kabou, Belgian comics artist (De Avonturen van Olivier, Studio Vandersteen), dies at age 71.[22]
  • April 9: Jerry Bittle, American comics artist (Geech, Shirley and Son), dies at age 53.[23]
  • April 14: Ric Hugo, American comics artist (Soliloquy), dies at age 75 or 76.[24]
  • April 14: John Kent, New Zealand cartoonist and comics artist (Varoomshka), passes away at age 65.[25]

May

  • May 2: Peter Jackson, British comics artist (London Is Stranger Than Fiction), dies at age 81. [26]
  • May 23: Pierce Rice, American comics artist (worked for Harvey Comics), dies at age 86 or 87.[27]
  • May 27: Al Hartley, American comics artist (Archie Comics, Christian comics), dies at age 81.[28]

June

  • June 9: Georges Pichard, French comics artist and writer (Ténébrax, Submerman, Blanche Epiphanie, Paulette).[29]

July

August

  • August 9: Bert Wunderink, Dutch comics artist (Bram en Sijm en de Bende van Zwarte Dolf), dies at age 80.[34]
  • August 31: Dave Gerard, American comics artist (Citizen Smith, Will-Yum), dies at age 94. [35]

September

  • September 25: Herb Gardner, American playwright, screenwriter and comics artist (The Nebbishes), passes away at age 68 from lung disease.

October

  • October 12: Pete Morisi, American comics artist (Thunderbolts), dies at age 75.[36]
  • October 14: Ned Riddle, American cartoonist and comics artist (Mr. Tweedy), dies at age 90 and 91.[37]

November

  • November 12: John Tartaglione, American comics artist and inker (Marvel Comics, made comics biographies about John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa), dies at age 82.[38]
  • November 29: Len Lawson, Australian comics artist (The Lone Avenger, The Hooded Rider, Diana, Queen of the Apes) and convicted rapist and murderer, dies at the age of 76 from a heart attack in his cell.[39]
  • November 30: Kin Platt, American caricaturist, radio writer, TV writer, animation writer, comics artist (Mr. and Mrs., Supermouse), dies at age 91.[40]

December

  • December 5: Bob Gregory, American comics writer/artist (Donald Duck comics, Hanna-Barbera comics) dies at age 82.[41]
  • December 20:
    • Edgar Ley, Chinese-born, Belgian comics artist (Frank, various historical comics), dies at age 85 or 86. [42]
    • Hector Saavedra, Argentine comics artist (Disney comics, Looney Tunes comics), passes away at age 49 or 50.[43]
  • December 25: Art Wetherell, British illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 42. [44]
  • December 27: Pete Alvarado, American animator and comics artist (Disney comics, Warner Bros. comics, Hanna-Barbera comics), dies at age 83.[45]
  • December 29: Don Lawrence, British comics artist, (Storm), dies at age 75.[46]
  • Specific date in December unknown: Oliver Passingham, British comics artist and animator (Leslie Shane, Jane Fortune, Rick Martin, Sally Marsh, Zoe Fair, Rick Random), dies at age 78. [47]

Specific date unknown

  • Antonio Correa Expósito, Spanish comics artist, dies at age 62 or 63. [48]

Exhibitions

Conventions

First issues by title

Confidential Assassination Troop
Release: by Tong Li Comics. Writer & Artist: Fung Chin Pang
Fluffy
Release: by Jonathan Cape. Writer & Artist: Simone Lia
Opus
Release: November 23 by The Washington Post Company. Writer: Berkeley Breathed Artist: Berkeley Breathed.
xxxHolic
Release: February 24 by Kodansha. Authors: Clamp.

Notes

  1. Anime-and-Manga | Dragon Hunter Vol. 1[dead link], Storenvy
  2. "Albert Uderzo commandeurdes Arts et Lettres". https://www.nouvelobs.com/culture/20030917.OBS6588/albert-uderzo-commandeur-des-arts-et-lettres.html. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  3. "Stripdagen 2003 – De Harmonie". http://www.deharmonie.nl/2003/10/13/stripdagen-2003/. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  4. "Stripschapprijs voor Fokke & Sukke". https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dst22082003_047. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  5. https://www.stripschap.nl/pages/stripschapprijzen/p.-hans-frankfurtherprijs/complete-lijst.php
  6. https://www.stripschap.nl/pages/stripschapprijzen/b-en-b-schaal.php
  7. "Suske en Wiske weekblad". http://suskeenwiske.ophetwww.net/weekblad/. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  8. "Warren Whipple". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/whipple_warren.htm. Retrieved October 18, 2020. 
  9. "Jack Keller". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/keller_jack.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  10. "Franz". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/franz.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  11. "Ramón Sabatés". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sabates_ramon.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  12. "Rémy Bordelet". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bordelet_remy.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  13. "Mose". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mose.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  14. "Leo". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/leo-rojas-cruzat.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  15. "Guido Zamperoni". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/z/zamperoni.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  16. https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/freixas_carlos.htm
  17. "Pete Millar". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/millar_pete.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  18. "Bill Woggon". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/woggon_bill.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  19. "David Pascal". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pascal_david.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  20. "Branco Karabajic". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/karabajic_branco.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  21. "Fernando Carcupino". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/carcupino_fernando.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  22. "Karel Boumans". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/boumans_karel.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  23. "Jerry Bittle". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bittle_jerry.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  24. "Ric Hugo". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hugo_ric.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  25. "John Kent". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kent_john.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  26. "Peter Jackson". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/j/jackson_peter.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  27. "Pierce Rice". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/rice_pierce.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  28. "Al Hartley". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hartley_al.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  29. "Georges Pichard". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pichard.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  30. "Cosper". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cosper.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  31. Oliver, Myrna (10 August 2003). "William Woolfolk, 86; Novelist Wrote for Television, Comics". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2003/aug/10/local/me-woolfolk10. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  32. "Warren Kremer". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kremer_warren.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  33. "Guido Crepax". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/crepax.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  34. "Bert Wunderink". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/wunderink_bert.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  35. "Dave Gerard". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gerard_dave.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  36. "Archived copy". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/morisi_pete.htm. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  37. "Ned Riddle". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/riddle_ned.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  38. "John Tartaglione". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/tartaglione_john.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  39. "Len Lawson". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lawson_len.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  40. "Kin Platt". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/platt_kin.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  41. "Bob Gregory". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gregory_bob.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  42. "Edgar Ley". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/ley_e.htm. Retrieved 18 October 2020. 
  43. "Horacio Saavedra". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/saavedra_hector.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  44. "Art Wetherell". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/wetherell_art.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  45. "Pete Alvarado". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/alvarado_pete.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  46. "Don Lawrence". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lawrence.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  47. "Oliver Passingham". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/passingham_oliver.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  48. https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/correa_exposito_antonio.htm
  49. "Ohio State University Libraries: Ohio Cartoonists: A Bicentennial Celebration: Frederick Burr Opper, 2003.". Archived from the original on December 6, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20071206153319/http://library.osu.edu/sites/exhibits/cartoonists/opper.html. Retrieved May 15, 2020. 
  50. "Heroes, Heartthrobs and Horrors: Celebrating Connecticut’s Invention of the Comic Book," Connecticut Historical Society official website. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  51. "Homegrown artists at Comicon," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (25 April 2003), p. 30.
  52. Press release. "2003 Harvey Awards Banquet Cancelled, Awards Unaffected, Comic Book Resources (Jan. 24, 2003).
  53. Broussard, Meredith. "In Full Color: The 2nd Annual East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention," Sun Reporter (26 June 2003), p. 4.
  54. 54.0 54.1 Allass, Marcia. "Lovely Bristols," Sequential Tart vol. 6, issue #6 (June 2003).
  55. Kempeneers, Michel. "Selected Highlights of the XIVth Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada da Amadora," International Journal of Comic Art, vol. 6, #1 (Spring 2004) pp. 365-367.
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