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News briefs for August 25, 2009

Books

» John Kovaleski’s new graphic novelette entitled “Great Scott: A Day in the Life” is now available.

Comic Strips

» The News and Advance talks with Mary Lou Parker, wife of the late â??Wizard of Idâ?? cartoonist Brant Parker.

Calendars

» Richard Thompson will have a Cul de Sac calendar in 2010.

Interviews

» Tom Racine interviews Jeff Keane about legacy strips, taking over for a legend, and the future of the NCS and newspapers.

» Ariel Contrivance Workshop interviews Molly and the Bear creator Bob Scott.

Video

» Mike Lynch finds this video of Jack & Carole Bender who produce Alley Oop.

Community Comments

#1 Henry Clausner
August/25/2009
@ 9:31 pm

Brant Parker was a talened person.I enjoyed the Wizard of Id….

#2 Mark_Tatulli
August/25/2009
@ 10:53 pm

You all should really check out his interview that Tom did with Jeff. Really nice back and forth between the two of them. Very informative and Tom is just a master at keeping the conversation interesting and Jeff has tons of stories…in fact, I don’t think that we’ve even stratched the surface of what Jeff has been exposed to through the years. A really cool listen that I highly recommend.

#3 Norm Feuti
August/26/2009
@ 6:24 am

The Jeff Keane interview was great. All of the Tall Tale Radio interviews are great. Tom is a great interviewer and friend to the industry.

#4 danthompson
August/26/2009
@ 8:15 am

Man, That Jeff Keane interview was really,really entertaining, I really enjoyed it. BIG fan of legend Bil Keane and Jeff Keane’s work. And Tom “The Voice” Racine is always entertaining..

#5 Henry Clausner
August/26/2009
@ 8:34 am

Saw the Jeff Keane interview…good stuff

#6 Mark_Tatulli
August/26/2009
@ 9:34 am

Yes, I’d have to agree with Norm here…Tom always does a great job!

Another podcast worth checking out is comics coast to coast: http://comicscoasttocoast.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

which is hosted by cartoonists Justin Thompson, Brian Dunaway, and new addition John Sanford (who is a concept/storyboard man for Dreamworks animation) Smart and thoughtful guys, all three.

They recently had a discussion about the UPS/Amazon comic strip contest that mirrored our own discussion here. Hopefully they soon will have someone on that can answer questions about the contest.

#7 Mark_Tatulli
August/26/2009
@ 9:42 am

Yes, I’d have to agree with Norm here…Tom always does a great job!

Another podcast worth checking out is comics coast to coast: http://comicscoasttocoast.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

which is hosted by cartoonists Justin Thompson, Brian Dunaway, and new addition John Sanford (who is a concept/storyboard man for Dreamworks animation) Smart and thoughtful guys, all three.

They recently had a discussion about the UPS/Amazon comic strip contest that mirrored our own discussion here. Hopefully they soon will have someone on that can answer questions about the contest in more depth.

#8 Mike Cope
August/26/2009
@ 9:51 am

A comment so nice, he pays it twice :)

Both shows are inspiring and informative. We’re so lucky to have guys like Tom, Brian, Justin, and John podcasting such a wonderful light on the industry!

#9 Lucas Turnbloom
August/26/2009
@ 10:35 am

I’m going to sing Tom’s praises as well.
His interviews informative, entertaining, hilarious and fun to do! He’s a true gem to the industry.

#10 Tom Racine
August/26/2009
@ 11:40 am

A gem? Cool…I wonder if I can pawn myself and start making a living. :) Thanks so much for the kudos, boys and girls. I’m having a blast doing it…it’s really become MY webcomic. Trying to approach it with the same passion. And the cartoonists have all been so responsive and open to coming on the show. (I do find it ironic that when I was pursuing cartooning, I knew no one and got nowhere…and after I gave it up, I know so many of these pros personally and have met so many more.)

And Comics Coast to Coast is where I got my start, and I love those guys. Hopefully we’re both doing the industry credit. And while we’re on the mutual admiration society, give it up for Alan Gardner…seriously. What a great site this is…I’ve learned more here than I could’ve imagined back in the pre-internet days.

#11 Alan Gardner
August/26/2009
@ 12:35 pm

And while weâ??re on the mutual admiration society, give it up for Alan Gardnerâ?¦seriously

Remember that all. :) The yearly support The Daily Cartoonist fund-raiser begins in about 5 weeks!

#12 Henry Clausner
August/26/2009
@ 2:00 pm

it’s getting mushy in here….Alan, I’m going on vacation in 5 weeks,,,(just kidding)

#13 J Read
August/26/2009
@ 3:17 pm

And just wait ’til you see Tom’s amazing half-page ad in the upcoming fourth issue of STAY TOONED! Magazine. Like all of his interviews, it’s a joy and not to be missed!

Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Love you, Tom.

#14 J Read
August/26/2009
@ 3:23 pm

By the way, since we’re talking about interviews, I’ve got eight new interviews calculated to drive you MAD (with the likes of Jack Davis, Sergio Aragones, Paul Coker, Don Edwing, Tom Richmond, Ted Rall, John Kovaleski and Scott Nickel!) in the upcoming fourth issue of STAY TOONED! Magazine.

…in addition to a bunch of other neato cartooning goodness, including a Daily Cartoonist ad. :o)

#15 J Read
August/26/2009
@ 3:26 pm

Speaking of Jack Davis and Don Edwing, they’ll be joining former MAD colleague Nick Meglin as special guests for a day of “shop talk” during the NCS Southeast Chapter’s annual meeting (September 26th) in Asheville, NC. Ya’ll come, here?

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