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Discussion: I’d rather lose my left (or right) hand if I had to give up using…

Back in the mid-90’s I was watching a video that Tribune Media Services distributed to newspapers to promote Jeff MacNelly. Half way through I noticed Jeff was using some kind of pen that made thin and narrow strokes like it was a brush – but it definitely was a pen.  I did slow-mo several times trying to figure out what he was using. I finally emailed Chris Cassatt who was Jeff’s assistant at the time and asked him what he was using. He wrote back telling me it was a brush pen that could only be purchased from an art store in Canada and also gave me contact information on how to order one – which I immediately did.  Since then, that brush pen (I still use the original) has been irreplaceable. I love the freedom of being able to work away from my desk and not have to carry around an ink bottle and cup of water to clean the brush.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2006,  Section: Discussion, Comments: 27 Comments

Wedding day for Scott Adams

According to his blog, Scott Adams is getting married today.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2006,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Orphan Works Act update – please read!

I’ve been following the Orphan Works Act and it looks like it’s making good speed through the House.  Over a Cagle’s blog, he’s posted a stirring story from Michiko Stehrenberger, a cartoon illustrator and character designer who took on a big tobacco company who used her work illegally. Because of current copyright law, she was able to win, but if the Orphan Woks Act were in effect she would have never had a chance.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2006,  Section: Controversies, Comments: Comments Off on Orphan Works Act update – please read!

Garry Trudeau awarded President’s Award for Excellence

On the surface one would wonder why the Vietnam Veteran’s of America would ever give an unapologetic anti-war activist, Garry Trudeau an award, but last week, Garry received the President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for his work to support the soldiers who have little control over where and when they are deployed around the world.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2006,  Section: Awards, Comic strips, Comments: 25 Comments

Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett talk about the creation of On a Claire Day

The Portsmouth Herald has an interesting write-up on husband-wife creators of On a Claire Day. Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett’s feature was launched in April by Creators.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett talk about the creation of On a Claire Day

Jill Kaplan picks up two new papers and then picks up after her kids

The Republican (no, really, a newspaper in Massachusetts called the Republican!), has picked up the Pajama Diaries while Cathy is away on vacation and The Chronicle-Telegram (Ohio) has picked up the Sunday version.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Jill Kaplan picks up two new papers and then picks up after her kids

Terri Libenson picks up two new papers and then picks up after her kids

The Republican (no, really, a newspaper in Massachusetts called the Republican!), has picked up the Pajama Diaries while Cathy is away on vacation and The Chronicle-Telegram (Ohio) has picked up the Sunday version.Meanwhile, Terri Libenson, Pajama Diaries creator, is getting a favorable write up about her balancing working as a writer for American Greetings, comic stripper, AND work from home mother of two.  The Chronicle article also has tidbits on her goals for the strip.She was also a guest on the Washington Post’s Meet the Artist live chat last Friday.Pajama Diaries was launched back in April by King Features.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Terri Libenson picks up two new papers and then picks up after her kids

Henry Payne illustrates children’s book on balding

Detroit News editorial cartoonist, Henry Payne has collaborated with a local first-time author Joe O’Connor to create a book called “Where Did Daddy’s Hair Go? The book, published by Random House Children’s Books is about an inquisitive boy and his bald father.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2006,  Section: Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Henry Payne illustrates children’s book on balding

Can you do better than Mike Luckovich?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial cartoonist Mike Luckhovich is taking a vacation and the editorial board is running a contest called “Think you can do better?” wherein they invite readers to submit their own editorial cartoon for a chance to appear on the editorial page.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2006,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Cartoonists attending San Diego Comic-Con (Updated)

Here’s what I’ve been able to come up with as a list of who to expect at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con:

Posted on: Jul 17, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Speaking Engagements, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists attending San Diego Comic-Con (Updated)

Portsmouth Herald comic survey results posted

The Portsmouth Herald has posted the results of their comic survey with 502 respondents. The article did provide the score for all of their features, but this is what I’ve put together based on what numbers were given (ordered by positive number of votes). The score after the feature title is positive/negative votes.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 12 Comments

Orphaned Works Act may make copyright protections history

Over on Daryl Cagle’s blog, he’s posted a very stirring reminder of a current bill making its way through the House that makes it easier for companies to reprint an artists work without proper compensation if the artist can not be identified.  As Daryl explains it:

Posted on: Jul 17, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Orphaned Works Act may make copyright protections history

Herblock exhibit opens at Library Of Congress

The venerable Herbert Block, best known as Herblock will have his own exhibit with the Library of Congress. The exhibit that opens today is small but only a preview of a much larger exhibit that will open up in 2009 to commemorate his 100th birthday. 

Posted on: Jul 17, 2006,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Herblock exhibit opens at Library Of Congress

Steve Moore movie “Open Season” opens September 29th

Steve Moore, creator of In the Bleachers is an executive producer and co-creator of the upcoming movie Open Season that hits the theaters on September 29th. While Steve is no stranger to animation (he’s created animation shorts for ESPN and a children’s television series), this is his first feature film.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Movies, Comments: 6 Comments

Jules Feiffer book to be made into theatrical production

Disney Theatrical Productions has announced that they will be making a musical based on Jules Feiffer’s book The Man in the CeilingThe music and lyrics will be done by Andrew Lippa.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2006,  Section: Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Jules Feiffer book to be made into theatrical production