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Comics pages make room for manga

USA Today has an write up about the growing popularity of Manga and the two newspapers (LA Times and Seattle Post) that now carry syndicated manga. TOKYOPOP founder Stuart Levy acknowledges that manga is not yet as popular in the USA as it is in Japan, but he expects that will change soon. “It’s like […]

Posted on: Dec 29, 2005,  Section: Cartoons, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Comics pages make room for manga

Disgruntled reader claims his mother is the original Ooola

John C. Shaw, a reader of Alley Oop was recently disgruntled over whether Carol and Jack Bender who now do the Alley Oop strip, were using the word “abdominal” vs “abominable” correctly. He then claims that his mother, Jane, was the original inspiration for the character Ooola back before World War II. John asked Jane […]

Posted on: Dec 28, 2005,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Disgruntled reader claims his mother is the original Ooola

Des Moines Register picks up ‘Brevity’

In the one year since the launch of Brevity, the creators, Guy Endore-Kaiser and Rodd Perry have picked up 150 papers. Now the Des Moines Register is one of them. The Register has done a good write up about the success and origin of Brevity. The whole thing started when Endore-Kaiser dropped a couple of […]

Posted on: Dec 28, 2005,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Des Moines Register picks up ‘Brevity’

Cartoonists try to save a dying art

Another ‘save the editorial cartoonist’ story – this time in the Buffalo News. “Television and radio can’t do this,” said Bennett, who has won numerous awards for his work over the past two decades and is a five-time nominated finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. “There’s something very personal and special about an editorial cartoon in […]

Posted on: Dec 28, 2005,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Museum of Modern Art features Pixar

Slightly off topic, but the Museum of Modern Art has a exhibit called “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation.” The exhibit runs through February 6. In celebration of Pixar Animation Studios? twentieth anniversary in 2006, and as part of its exhibition of Pixar animation art, MoMA presents a complete retrospective of the company?s theatrical shorts and […]

Posted on: Dec 28, 2005,  Section: Exhibits, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Museum of Modern Art features Pixar

Steve Kelley bringing humor back to the Big Easy

This is one of the better write-ups about the adventures of Steve Kelley, editorial cartoonist for the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. He talks about Katrina and his use of stand up comedy, cartooning to help people laugh again. He also does standup comedy, having appeared on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” several times, as […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2005,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Steve Kelley bringing humor back to the Big Easy

Cartoons of the Year: 2005

Time Magazine has posted their recap of 2005 in editorial cartoons.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2005,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoons of the Year: 2005

Over The Hedge movie trailer posted

I noticed that the Madagascar DVD had a work in progress teaser for the “Over The Hedge” movie coming out this summer. Apple’s movie trailer site also has an ‘Over The Hedge’ trailer posted.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2005,  Section: Comic strips, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Over The Hedge movie trailer posted

Half page Spider-Man insert coming in 2006

According to this report, Spider-Man is coming back to newspapers in a big way. News America Marketing and Marvel Entertainment are reintroducing Spider-Man as a weekly half page insert. NEW YORK News America Marketing and Marvel Entertainment are teaming up to distribute collectible editions of “Amazing Spider-Man” in Sunday papers beginning in late summer 2006. […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2005,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Half page Spider-Man insert coming in 2006

Trib readers give Dog Eat Doug a thumbs-up

Brian Anderson’s Dog Eat Doug continues to pick up papers and the occassional headline. The Pittsburg Tribune-Review has picked up the strip and added it to their line up. They’ve also posted a story about the creator. “Really, I see it animated in my head,” he says. “So all I’m doing is picking out still […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2005,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Trib readers give Dog Eat Doug a thumbs-up

Sun-Times posts 21% decline in circulation

The Sun-Times’s new paid circulation numbers are down 100,000 papers. “That’s dramatic,” said John Morton, an industry analyst based in Silver Spring, Md. “It’s huge. It’s an enormous reduction, and we’ll see how they recover from it. In the current environment for the newspaper business, it’s very difficult to add to circulation, and I’m sure […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2005,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Sun-Times posts 21% decline in circulation

‘Mutts’ creator makes NYT Best seller list top 10

Patrick McDonnell’s first story book “The Gift of Nothing” has made it to #8 on the NYT Beset Seller list for Children’s books according to his web site. It is with great pleasure to annouce that Patrick’s first storybook, “The Gift of Nothing” has made it to #8 on the New York Times Best Seller […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2005,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on ‘Mutts’ creator makes NYT Best seller list top 10

White House uses ‘Family Circus’ cartoon

From editor and publisher: NEW YORK “The Family Circus” creator Bil Keane drew a cartoon for a 2006 calendar distributed by The White House Commission on Remembrance. This month, the commission sent thousands of the poster-sized calendars to U.S. troops around the world and to children who have lost a loved one in the service […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2005,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on White House uses ‘Family Circus’ cartoon

Daily Cartoonist closed for Christmas holiday

In observance of the Christmas holiday, I will not be updating the Daily Cartoonist over the Christmas weekend. I’ll resume posting on December 27th. I appreciate the encouragement received from you, the Daily Cartoonist visitors and subscribers. I wish you all a warm and pleasant Christmas/holiday. All the Best, Alan Gardner

Posted on: Dec 22, 2005,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: 10 Comments

More cartoons go mobile

I noticed gocomics.com when I was visiting Gardfield‘s web site a couple of days ago, so I assumed that GoComics was an established product/feature, but the press release announcing the services hit the wire today. From the press release: With a huge list of popular comic strips, GoComics lets fans put their favorite characters on […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2005,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Technology, Comments: 2 Comments