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Archives for June, 2009

2009 Harvey Awards nominees announced

The 2009 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. They will be presented October 10, 2009 in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con. Final ballots are due to […]

Posted on: Jun 30, 2009,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comments: 9 Comments

Mike Cope pledges percent of sales to Schulz challenge

Mike Cope, cartoonist, illustrator and author of “Last of the Funnies” is making a generous pledge to support the Schulz Challenge that is raising money for the Ohio State’s Cartoon Library & Museum. Mike is donating $2 for every copy his timely science fiction, which explores the future of the funnies in a virtually paperless […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2009,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Museums, Comments: 2 Comments

Interview: Corey Pandolph on doing 4 strips simultaneously

I had never heard of Corey Pandolph or Barkeater Lake until a couple of years ago. He sent me an email explaining that Barkeater Lake was leaving comics.com and that he had plans to turn it into a webcomic. Back then, my news gathering operation wasn’t as sophisticated as it is now and, well, I’d […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 11 Comments

King Features launches new “Captionary” feature

King Features Syndicate is launching a new interactive feature called “Captionary” for it’s Comics Kingdom product. The new feature allows readers to write the captions of cartoons drawn by Dan Piraro, Mike Peters, Hilary Price, Vic Lee and Rina Piccolo. “In the same way people are attracted to The New Yorker CaptionIt contests, news sites […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Web Sites, Comments: 6 Comments

News briefs for June 25, 2009

Books » I believe I mentioned this. There will be a collection of Johnny Hart’s religiously themed B.C. comic strips. » Barnes and Noble have once again steeply discounted Bill Mauldin’s collection “Willie & Joe: The WWII Years.” The books are listed at $65 but are on sale for $17.98 (no free shipping). Books are […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2009,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

Ponyo trailer released

We’ve discussed the upcoming release of Ponyo by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki. There is now an official trailer for movie. Stylistically it is way different than American films a nod to its Japanese culture and the fact that it is not a CG film.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2009,  Section: Animation, Movies, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic page changes for the week

» The Herald Palladium is introducing Steve Sicula’s Home and Away to their readers. » The Kansas City Star is polling to see which feature should be dropped. On the chopping block: B.C., Beetle Bailey, Bizarro, For Better or for Worse, Cathy, Mark Trail, Marmaduke, Real Life Adventures, Shoe, and Wizard of Id. » Derek […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 14 Comments

Proposal: Locher award winner gets cash, no trip to AAEC convo

Over on Steve Greenberg’s blog comes news that a proposal is being floated to give future AAEC/John Locher award winners a cash prize instead of the traditional all-expense paid trip to that year’s convention. Steve wonders if the proposed change is an acknowledgement that the profession is bleak, but then counters why a cash prize […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2009,  Section: AAEC, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Jake Thompson wins John Locher Memorial Award

Jake Thompson, a student at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, is this year’s winner of the AAEC/John Locher Memorial Award. Jake is a junior and studying advertising. As this years winner, he will receive an all-expense paid trip to this year’s AAEC convention in Seattle.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2009,  Section: AAEC, Awards, College cartoonists, Comments: Comments Off on Jake Thompson wins John Locher Memorial Award

Stephen Silver releases 5th book, “Passion for Life”

Character designer Stephen Silver will release his fifth book, Passion for Life, July 1, 2009, which gives insights into his philosophies of life drawing and life itself. “The title ‘Passion for Life’ came to me on the day that my fifty-year-old cousin Ellen Wahl passed away,” he writes in the book. “It is not only […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2009,  Section: Books, Comments: 1 Comment

Spiegelman reviews 1939 editorial cartoonists’ reactions to rejected Jewish refugee boat

The Washington Post has a comic editorial by Art Spiegelman exploring editorial cartoonists reaction to a 1939 refugee boat full of 900 European Jews fleeing Nazi German who were turned back when they reached the United States. Interesting review of editorial cartooning history and a not so subtle jab at the modern profession.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2009,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 56 Comments

Uclick creates Eisner Awards app for iPhone, iPod

Uclick has announced the release of a new Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards app for iPhone and iPod Touch. The app celebrates the comics industry’s most prestigious awards by providing details on Will Eisner and the Eisner Awards, as well as the entire list of award categories in a tap-and-swipe menu, with information on each […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2009,  Section: Awards, mobile, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on Uclick creates Eisner Awards app for iPhone, iPod

News Briefs for June 23, 2009

Comic Strips » A humorous story about Ernie Harwell who in 1953 conceived of a comic strip featuring a baseball country boy named Amby Dexter. The strip was written at the request of his neighbor who was the head of national sales at United Media. They liked Earnie’s writing, but needed an illustrator. Unfortunately the […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Museums, Newspaper industry, web comics, Comments: 6 Comments

Naperville to become home for Dick Tracy statue

The Naperville Sun reports that a statue commemorating the Dick Tracy character will be constructed in Naperville, home of current Dick Tracy cartoonist Dick Locher. The article goes on to summarize Dick’s career and long association with the famous detective character. The Dick Tracy Museum in Woodstock, IL closed last summer due to insufficient funds.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2009,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Naperville to become home for Dick Tracy statue

From Iran: jailed cartoonist, twitter and offensive cartoons

Reporters Without Borders reports that some 23 reporters have been arrested since the riots began in Iran and the government shut down foreign news coverage. One of the reporters arrested is Behzad Basho. I tried to find any information on Behzad’s work, but could not find any. In related news. The newspaper, Velayat, has been […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Controversies, International, Comments: 3 Comments