In Memoriam: Cartoonist and Comic Archivist John Adcock

John Adcock, publisher of “Yesterday’s Papers”

We’re sorry to report the passing of cartoonist, illustrator, storyteller and comic archivist John Adcock, best known, perhaps, to many downthetubes readers for his fantastic blog, Yesterday’s Papers. He was 74, and had been unwell for some time.

Born in Nelson, British Columbia in May 1950, raised in Trail, John was a huge lover of music and books, nature and animals who lived in Edmonton, Alberta. He was a contributor to various fanzines, including Chronicle, Weirdom, and Visions, and illustrated Ronald and the Dragon by Lawrie Peters in 1975.

He spent numerous years in the early 1980s airbrushing vehicles and signs in and around Edmonton.

Sharing his vast knowledge since 2003, he started numerous platforms online, leading to Yesterday’s Papers, launched in early 2008, a fantastic historiography of comics, cartoons, penny dreadfuls and dime novels. A must-read for anyone interested in 19th and early 20th Century cartooning, John’s final post was made just month.

He previously published Punch in Canada until 2020, and Doggone That Train, until 2015, reflecting his musical tastes.

A local obituary notes John will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his daughter, Lana (Rick Dupuis) and son Bryan (Donna Yaschyshyn); his grandchildren: Zachary, Cody, Taylor, Dustin, and Samantha; his great-grandchildren: Brantley, Ayla, and Oaklen; his brother, Richard (Sheila); niece, Roxanne; his dear friend, Andrea Schmidt; as well as numerous family and friends from far and wide.

“John Adcock will be greatly missed by his extended family of comic art historians and all of us who read and contributed to his wonderful blog,” said author Bill Leach, a contributor to Yesterday’s Papers, providing articles on Ally Sloper, and more. “I will miss his unwavering enthusiasm for our hobby/addiction and our interesting email interactions regarding comic art history and the creators behind so many published books and newspapers. He has left a huge set of shoes to fill.

“Rest easy, my friend. I know you are already interviewing all the comic creators that left us in the past. We will carry on in your honour.”

John Adcock, publisher of “Yesterday’s Papers”

John Kenneth Adcock, May 1950 – 1st June 2024

Yesterday’s Papers

A Celebration of Life will be held at a date and place to be announced later by the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pilgrims Hospice Society, who cared for John in his final year

With thanks to Alan Clark

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