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Archives for August, 2010

Library of Congress opens Fredric Werthams files

From Boing Boing comes this little nugget of comic book history: The Library of Congress has just opened up 222 boxes worth of files and papers on Fredric Wertham, the scaremonger whose book Seduction of the Innocent led to widespread bans, burnings and censorship of American comic books. Wertham wasnt just a nutcase pro-censorship crusader: […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2010,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comments: 1 Comment

2010 Harvey Award winners

The 2010 Harvey Award winners were announced over the weekend. Here are the winners: Best Writer – Robert Kirkman, “THE WALKING DEAD”, Image Comics Best Artist – Robert Crumb, “BOOK OF GENESIS”, W.W. Norton Best Cartoonist – Darwyn Cooke, “RICHARD STARK’S PARKER: THE HUNTER”, IDW Best Letterer- David Mazzucchelli, “ASTERIOS POLYP”, Pantheon Best Inker – […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2010,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Toy Story 3 hits $1 billion milestone

Box Office Mojo is reporting that Toy Story 3 has become the seventh movie to gross over $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts. It is the first animated movie to ever pass the billion mark.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Toy Story 3 hits $1 billion milestone

Belated happy 3rd anniversary to Arctic Circle

Alex Hallatt’s Arctic Circle turned three last week. Alex has posted a recap of her syndication experience so far and how the strip has evolved. Congrats, Alex.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2010,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments

Looking for Calvin goes to paperback

Nevin Martell’s book Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip is now available in paperback. Nevin tells me that the paperback has a new bonus chapter that includes material about of Bill Watterson’s life that came to light after the hardcover was published. Right now, Amazon […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2010,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: 1 Comment

Randy Wicks collection to leave Santa Clarita

Randy Wicks, the cartoonist for “The Signal” (Santa Clarita, CA), until his untimely death in 1996, has had his life’s work in the city’s library, but the city has voted to secede from the Los Angeles County Library system and the Wicks family is wary of how the collection will be treated. The family wants […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2010,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 10 Comments

Next Great Cartoonist contest winner begins 4 week run

The winner of the Washingtonpost.com’s Next Great Cartoonist contest began its four-week run in the Style section. You can also see Olivia Walch’s Imogen Quest on the Comics Riff blog for those outside of the Post’s circulation area.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2010,  Section: Awards, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Boston Globe tailors newspaper for 3 remaining readers

Funny, but ouch! From the Onion: Boston Globe Tailors Print Edition For Three Remaining Subscribers

Posted on: Aug 30, 2010,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

One Fine Sunday exhibit to end in Toonseum

Just got word from John Read, curator of the One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages exhibit and not to mention editor/publisher of Stay Tooned! magazine. He tells me it is now confirmed, that his traveling exhibit will run through December 2011 closing in the Toonseum in Pittsburg. The show is next heading to Marceline, […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: 2 Comments

Mr. Media interviews Denis Kitchen

Bob Andelman, AKA Mr. Media has an excellent interview with Denis Kitchen. Denis is an underground cartoonist, publisher, and founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. This is a rare creative animal who has thrived in roles both creative and corporate, even if he met the latter challenge kicking and screaming all the way […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2010,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoons, Comic history, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Mr. Media interviews Denis Kitchen

Beetle Bailey turns 60 this Saturday

The AP has story about Mort Walker’s Beetle Bailey turning 60 this Saturday. Mort Walker, who conjured up Beetle and has been putting him on paper every day for all those decades, says he’ll continue with his creation until he’s no longer able. “I don’t know how I’d be retired,” said Walker, 86. “I wake […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2010,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 16 Comments

Piccolo temporarily takes over Rhymes with Orange

Hilary Price took a vacation in August and left two weeks of her strip in the hands of Tina’s Groove creator Rina Piccolo. Rina’s work on Rhymes with Orange hits newspapers today. Hilary has posted photos of her road trip from California to Massachusetts “the long way” on her blog. Correction: Rina is only taking […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Piccolo temporarily takes over Rhymes with Orange

3D movie attendance is trending downward

The Wrap reports that 3D movies are not doing well in theaters anymore citing higher ticket costs and lesser quality movies rushing in to capitalize on the craze. After nearly 80 percent of those who saw “Avatar” saw it in 3D, it was assumed that the format would quickly overtake theatrical distribution. But 3D’s box-office […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2010,  Section: Animation, Movies, Comments: 9 Comments

Lex Luthor, Joker parody of Calvin & Hobbes

The latest issue of Superman/Batman contains an awesome parody of Calvin and Hobbes featuring Lex Luther and the Joker as they discuss ways to destroy their arch enemies. The cartoon was down by Brian Azzerello and Lee Bermejo and is brilliantly executed – line and ink work are very Watterson-esque. Click image above for larger […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Norris under FBI protection, reaches out to Muslims

Pete Jackson has interviewed Molly Norris, the accidental creator of “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day.” He reports that she is under FBI protection after radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki placed her on a execution list. He also details how Molly has reached out to members of the Muslim community and has received a cold shoulder from […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2010,  Section: Controversies, Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: Comments Off on Norris under FBI protection, reaches out to Muslims