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Support for Ali Ferzat grows; new details emerging

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat was beaten and hands broken by Syrian thugs in an attempt to quiet his work last week. The brutality of the attack has gained international attention. The US State Department has condemned the act. Victoria Nuland, US state department spokeswoman, called the beating (and other such tactics against the Syrian people) […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Support for Ali Ferzat grows; new details emerging

Success in Comics Seminar II set for February

After much talk and rumors, Bill Kellogg and Chad Carpenter are announcing they will again hold their “Success in the World of Comics Seminar” this February 25-26 in Las Vegas, NV. Bill has a great line-up which include: Chad Carpenter, Tundra and Bill Kellogg, founder of Ink Bottle Syndicate and marketing genius behind Tundra. Tom […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 11 Comments

Cartoonists Rights Network International condemns Ali Fersat beating

The Cartoonists Rights Network International has also issued a statement condemning the brutal attack on Syrican cartoonists Ali Fersat whose hands were broken by pro-Assad thugs. Here is their statement in full: Cartoonists Rights Network International condemns in the strongest possible terms the vicious attack against. Syrian cartoonist Ali Fersat. On the morning of Thursday […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists Rights Network International condemns Ali Fersat beating

AAEC responds to beating of Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat

The American Association of Editorial Cartoonists has released a statement condemning the cruel beating of Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat. The full statement reads: The American Association of Editorial Cartoonists strongly condemns the brutal treatment of the Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat at the hands of his government. The AAEC urges individuals and governments to join the […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on AAEC responds to beating of Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat

Tony Carillo facilities marriage proposal through F Minus

A young Sacramento man proposed to his girlfriend through Tony Carillo’s F Minus comic strip. Kevin Timpson approached Tony asking if he’d be willing to run the marriage proposal in his comic – the couple were fans of the strip. Tony has posted the email request on his blog. The ask went something like this: […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Signe Wilkinson ends Family Tree

Philadelphia Daily News’ Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Signe Wikinson has announced that she’s ending her comic strip Family Tree after a three and half year run. The strip was signed by United Media and recently moved to Universal Uclick when United Media outsourced all their syndication to Universal. The final strip ends this Saturday, […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 14 Comments

Check out rejected comic strip by Jack Davis

Renee French has posted samples of a comic strip submitted for syndication by Jack Davis. The comic was entitled Bo Reargard and was about a soldier in the Civil War. Renee opines that the syndicates weren’t interested because, “it was from a Southern point of view and many Northern papers wouldn’t want to carry it.” […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Kellett, Schroeder raising funds for comic documentary

Dave Kellett (creator of Sheldon and Drive) and cinematographer Fred Schroeder are now into the post-production process of their Stripped documentary. The feature-length documentary features 60 of the world’s best and most famous cartoonists to talk about the art of cartooning. The two have started a Kickstarter project to raise $58,000 needed to finish off […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Syrian security forces beat editorial cartoonist

Syrian’s most prominent editorial cartoonist, Ali Ferzat, was kidnapped and beaten by Syrian security forces as they crack down on vocal dissidents. From the Guardian: Fame has in the past offered a measure of protection from the full force of the regime, allowing outspoken cultural figures to get away with more criticism than others. But […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2011,  Section: International, Comments: 3 Comments

New Peanuts comic book to appear in January

BOOM! Studios is working with Peanuts Worldwide and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates to produce a new monthly Peanuts comic book to be released in January. A special edition #0 will be released in November. The November sneak peak comic will cost a buck and claims to include “a new original story and supplementary material.” […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 13 Comments

Sturm writes about trying to get into the New Yorker

An interesting read by Center for Cartoon Studies co-founder James Sturm and his experience submitting to The New Yorker for the first time. If making graphic novels felt like a staid long-term relationship, then doing gag comics is like playing the field. One day I could draw a fortuneteller; the next, an astronaut. I went […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2011,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: 9 Comments

Disney/Pixar end boycott against Annie Awards

Disney/Pixar will be entering submissions into this year’s Annie Awards. Last year, they “withdrew its support” for the annual awards sponsored by the International Animated Film Society to protest the rules and judging procedures. Apparently enough changes were made in the procedures that the animation studio has reversed course. From TheWrap.com At this year’s awards […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2011,  Section: Animation, Comments: 1 Comment

Tornoe: Staff Cartoonists Make a Comeback

Rob Tornoe has a piece over at Editor & Publisher entitled “Staff Cartoonists Make a Comeback.” The column isn’t so much as newspapers are hiring staff cartoonists again, but focuses on the changing role of the staff cartoonist. Rob cites Scott Stantis (Chicago Tribune) for his role in expanding the avenues for “readers to communicate […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

The Complete Pogo is finally on the press

The long overdue Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips is now at the printers according to The Beat Each volume contains two years of Walt Kelly’s magnum opus. Since the first year started in mid-year, there’s room in the book to also include the pre-syndication Pogo strips he did for The New York […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Stan Lee sues to reclaim Conan rights

Here’s the news: Stan Lee is suing the producers of the new Conan the Barbarian movie alleging that he bought the rights to the character in 2000 and during the 2001 bankruptcy his attorney made an illegal deal giving away the rights. According to Craveonline.com, the company that bought the rights has been using the […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2011,  Section: Legal, Comments: 6 Comments