Notable events of 2020 in comics. See also List of years in comics.



This is a list of comics-related events in 2020. It includes any relevant comics-related events, deaths of notable comics-related people, conventions and first issues by title.

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Events

January

  • January 20: Legendary comics writer René Goscinny receives a statue in Paris. He is the first comics artist to be honoured this way in the French capital.[1][2]
  • January 29: Dutch comics artist Wasco wins the Stripschapprijs.[3] On 8 February it is announced that Bas Schuddeboom and Kjell Knudde, editors of the comics encyclopedia website Comiclopedia, connected to the Amsterdam comics store Lambiek, win the P. Hans Frankfurther Prize.[4][5]

February

March

  • March 23: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown Diamond Comic Distributors stops sending comics to retail shops until further notice. Issues of comics with United States release dates of April 1 or later, and with United Kingdom release dates of March 25 or later, will not be shipped until normal operations resume.[7]

April

  • April 1: De Kiekeboes are from now on drawn digitally rather than by hand. Creator Merho passes his pencil on to his successors: Kristof Fagard and Steve Van Bael, though keeps writing the scripts.[8]

May

  • May 7: To support comics stores who had to close down several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown various Dutch and Flemish comics artists release a free collective comic book titled Striphelden versus Corona, which is handed out in stores to everybody who buys a comic for minimum 15 euro.[9][10]
  • May 20: For the first time since his retirement in 2002, Paul Geerts presents a new Suske en Wiske story, drawn by himself: De Preutse Prinses. The title was set to be presented in March, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the release had to be postponed.[11][12]

June

July

August

September

October

  • October 2:
    • During the Stripdagen in Haarlem Herman Roozen is named the new Dutch Stripmaker des Vaderlands (Comics Laureate of the Netherlands).[22]
    • During the Stripdagen in Haarlem Bas Schuddeboom and Kjell Knudde, writers and editors of Lambiek's comics encyclopedia Comiclopedia, receive the P. Hans Frankfurtherprijs.[23][24]

Deaths

January

  • January 2: Bogusław Polch, Polish comics artist (Funky Koval, Wiedźmin), passes away at age 78.[25]
  • January 7: Tobias Tak, Dutch comics artist (Gaboon, Zizmo the cat), dies at age 65.[26]
  • January 11: Steve Stiles, American comics artist, dies at age 76.[27]
  • January 19: Pirana, Belgian cartoonist and comics artist (Mevrouw Dallemans), dies at age 72 from euthanasia.[28]
  • January 20: Wolfgang J. Fuchs, German author, historian (co-author of Anatomie eines Massenmediums and Comics-Handbuch with Reinhold Reitberger [29]) and comic book translator, passes away at age 74.[30][31]
  • January 25: Horst Alisch, German illustrator, animator and comics artist (Bürokrates, Sohn des Pedantes, Ali und Archibald, Emmy and Käpt'n Lütt), dies at age 94.[32]
  • Specific date unknown: Raymond Larrett, aka Norman Dog, American illustrator and comics artist (Bad Habits), dies at an unknown age.[33]

February

  • February 3: Philippe Adamov, French illustrator, animator and comics artist (Seule au Monde, Le Vent des Dieux, Dayak, L'Impératrice Rouge, Le Malédiction de Zener, Dakota), dies at age 63.[34]
  • February 8: Victor Gorelick, American comic book editor (Archie Comics), passes away at age 78.[35]
  • February 10: Claire Bretécher, French comics artist (Les Frustrés, Hector, Agrippine, Celullite) and editor (co-founder of L'Écho des Savanes), passes away at age 79.[36]
  • February 12: Hubert Boulard aka Hubert, French comics writer (Le Legs de l'alchimiste, Miss Pas Touche, Beauté, Les Ogres-Dieux) and colorist, dies at age 49.[37]
  • February 21: Nick Cuti, American comics writer (E-Man, Michael Mauser, Captain Cosmos), editor, animator and artist (Moonchild), passes away at age 75.[38]
  • February 23: Comics maven, historian, archivist, dealer, and publisher Russ Cochran has passes away at 82.
  • Specific date unknown: Alice Schenker, American underground comix and poster publisher (Print Mint Press), passes away at age 88.[39]

March

April

  • April 2: Juan Giménez, Argentine comics artist (Metabarons), dies at age 76 from COVID-19.[60]
  • April 4:
  • April 8: Mort Drucker, American comics artist, illustrator and caricaturist (the film and TV parodies in Mad Magazine, Benchley), dies at age 91.[65]
  • April 16:
    • Gene Deitch, American animator, animated film director and comics artist (The Cat, Terr'ble Thompson, Maly Svet), passes away at age 95.[66]
    • Tonet Timmermans, Belgian illustrator and comics artist (Genoveva van Brabant), dies at age 94.[67]
  • April 26: Jean-Claude Pertuzé, French comics artist, dies at age 70.[68]

May

June

July

August

  • August 3: Sean Martin, Canadian comics artist and graphic artist (Doc and Raider), dies at age 59 from pancreatic cancer.[15]
  • August 10: Laurent Vicomte, French comics artist (La Balade au Bout du Monde, Sasmira), dies at age 64.[85]
  • August 11: Edmond Kiraz, Egyptian-French comics artist (Line, Les Parisiennes, erotic cartoons in Playboy), passes away at age 96.[86]
  • August 13: Harald Stricker, Brazilian illustrator, podcaster and comics artist (Independência ou Mortos), dies at age 47.[87]
  • August 14: Svetozar Obradović, Serbian novelist, radio scriptwriter and comics writer (Lieutenant Tara, Cat Claw, Kobra), dies at age 69.[88][89]
  • August 17: Claude Laverdure, Belgian comics artist (assistant of Edouard Aidans and Chris Lamquet, drew a biographical comic about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry), dies at age 73.[90]
  • August 23:

September

  • September 6: Bob Fujitani, American comics artist (Judge Wright, continued Rip Kirby), dies at age 98.[94]
  • September 13: Bruno Madaule, French comics artist (Eglantine et Diégo, Les Givrés, Les Blagues Suisses, Les Winners), dies at age 49 from cancer.[95]
  • September 14: Fer, Spanish comics artist (Puticlub, El Urelio, Historias Fermosas), dies at age 71.[96]
  • September 20: John Allen, American cartoonist (Undissolved Mysteries), dies from brain cancer at an unknown age.[97]
  • September 21: Ron Cobb, American cartoonist, animator, film set designer, TV director and scriptwriter, dies at age 83.[98]
  • September 30: Quino, Argentine comics artist (Mafalda), dies at age 88.[99]

October

  • October 20: Alex Varenne, French comics writer and artist (Ardeur, Erma Jaguar), dies at age 81. [100]

Conventions

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

  • November 7–8: Akron Comicon, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • November 27–29: NorthEast Comicon and Collectibles Extravaganza, Boxborough, Massachusetts

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