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Hackers break into King Features Comics Kingdom

The Washington Post computer security blog is reporting that readers of the Timesunion.com Comics Kingdom section was compromised by hackers who injected code that prompted readers to download malicious software. The exploit was a newly discovered security flaw in Adobe Reader and Acrobat. The Comics Kingdom is King Features’ online revenue sharing comic product for […]

Posted on: Dec 21, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Comments: Comments Off on Hackers break into King Features Comics Kingdom

Tim Quinn found dead in apartment

Editorial cartoonist Tim Quinn was found dead Saturday. Tim has been the editorial cartoonist for the Sequim Gazette (WA) since 1984 and established himself as a multi-faceted artist working in chain saw carvings, stained glass, painting and drawing. Police do not suspect foul play, but natural causes. An autopsy will still be performed. Tim was […]

Posted on: Dec 21, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 4 Comments

Planned Pearls, Ziggy jokes lost due to mix-up

Wednesday’s Pearls Before Swine was the culmination of a story-line regarding Rat’s protest that the Ziggy character never wears pants. Pearls creator Stephan Pastis writes on his blog that he had a telephone conversation with Ziggy cartoonist Tom Wilson explaining the story-line and asking if on December 16, if Ziggy could wear pants to coincide […]

Posted on: Dec 18, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Top 10 interesting faces to caricature in 2009

The International Society of Caricature Artists polled their members to come up with their top 10 most interesting faces to caricature in 2009. The list includes: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rod Blagojevich, Susan Boyle, Michael Jackson, Kim Jong Il, Bernard Madoff, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Herman Van Rompuy, and Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. Visit their website to find […]

Posted on: Dec 18, 2009,  Section: Caricature, Comments: 1 Comment

Fort Knox cartoonist creates art for USO contest

Fort Knox cartoonist Paul Jon has created five special pieces of line art for a USO coloring contest for kids. The art features Fort Knox characters, Major Joe Knox, his wife, Jane, and their two boys, Donald and Wesley, as well as typical scenes of USO events for kids. The top entries will be featured […]

Posted on: Dec 18, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Disney releases Alice in Wonderland trailer

Based on what I see in the trailer, this is going to be a must see.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2009,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Disney releases Alice in Wonderland trailer

Cartoonists groups respond to difficult times

Joe Strupp, writing in Editor & Publisher look at how the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) and National Cartoonists Society (NCS) are holding up in this struggling economy with membership numbers and conference attendance. Rex Babin, president of the AAEC talks about membership in his organization: “We are not solely a newspaper editorial cartoonists […]

Posted on: Dec 17, 2009,  Section: AAEC, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 2 Comments

First glimpse of Marmaduke movie

USA Today has photos, video and interview with the director of the production of the live action Marmaduke movie. Director Tom Dey: “We’ve approached the movie like a John Hughes movie with dogs,” Dey says. “The dog park is like high school for dogs. To make this kind of movie, you really have to understand […]

Posted on: Dec 17, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Movies, Comments: 2 Comments

News briefs for December 16, 2009

Comic history » Allan Holtz looks at the cartoonists of the former DBR Media syndicate. Comic Strips » Richard Thompson reminisces on his first meeting with Wizard of Id co-creator Brant Parker. Humor » The Salt Lake Tribune ran a story about how Cal Grondahl broken open the stoic, stuff culture of Mormonism with his […]

Posted on: Dec 16, 2009,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on News briefs for December 16, 2009

Editor & Publisher closing round-up

Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher since 2002 writes of receiving the news of the publication’s closing and the outpouring of attention the announcement has received. He also hints that there is a small chance the publication will continue in some form. In any case, the outpouring of support â?? staggering, really â?? has […]

Posted on: Dec 16, 2009,  Section: Magazines, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Editor & Publisher closing round-up

National Newspaper Award rules changes announced

The deadline for the National Newspaper Award has been announced: January 11, 2010. The Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists websites notes that the required number of cartoons increased to five editorial cartoons instead of the “up to three” in previous years.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2009,  Section: Contests, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on National Newspaper Award rules changes announced

Peanuts online Beethoven exhibit launches today

Last week I mentioned that an online exhibit of Beethoven’s work that has been featured in Charles Schulz’ Peanuts was going to launch and today, Beethoven’s birthday, the site is now live. The exhibit features 60 or so Peanuts cartoons where Schroeder is playing Beethoven and the musical notes above the piano are actual music […]

Posted on: Dec 16, 2009,  Section: Comic history, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Peanuts online Beethoven exhibit launches today

Jay Kennedy Scholarship deadline announced for 2010

The National Cartoonists Society Foundation has announced the deadline for the Jay Kennedy Scholarship for the best college cartoonist. Students in North America (Mexico, U.S., Canada) are eligible. Entries and samples must be postmarked by February 6, 2010. The winner is treated to the annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards weekend. Visit the NCSF website […]

Posted on: Dec 15, 2009,  Section: College cartoonists, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 22 Comments

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice trailer posted

Gotta admit, the special effects look incredible. There’s even a flash of a scene that looks like things got out of hand with mops and buckets of water like in Mickey’s episode in Fantasia. The one thing that has me wondering if I’ll see it: Nicholas Cage.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2009,  Section: Movies, Comments: 6 Comments

The Simpsons turn 20; Is it time for it to end?

Todd Leopold, writing on CNN.com, looks into the success and slow fade of “The Simpsons” as it turns 20 years old this Thursday. As it turns 20 on Thursday, “The Simpsons’ ” greatest enemy may be itself. For many fans — particularly hard-core followers in the mold of the show’s sneering Comic Book Guy — […]

Posted on: Dec 15, 2009,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 3 Comments