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Archives for June, 2012

Hogan’s Alley posts photos of 2012 Reuben Award Weekend

Hogan’s Alley has posted over 250 photos from this year’s Reuben Award Weekend in Las Vegas. Photographer is David Folkman who was rarely seen not looking through the camera that weekend.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2012,  Section: National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 4 Comments

Did Seth MacFarlane plagiarize Imagine This?

Tall Tale Radio podcaster Tom Racine noticed several similarities between scenes in the trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s new movie Ted and Lucas Turnbloom’s webcomic Imagine This. Tom created a side-by-side comparison of some of the images from the trailer with Imagine This. You can see some similarities. Click for larger view But the question boils […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2012,  Section: web comics, Comments: 39 Comments

Universal Uclick leadership changes for Lee Salem, John Glynn

From a trusted source I’ve learned that that there has been a couple of leadership changes inside Universal Uclick. Lee Salem has announced that he has relinquished his title of Editor. He started with the company since 1974 as an assistant editor before rising through the ranks to President in 2006. Since then he has […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 23 Comments

Firefighter groups call Andy Marlette cartoon unfair

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and local fire fighters are calling foul to a recent cartoon by Andy Marlette depicting firefighters hosing down two African-Americans with a caption that reads, “Don’t worry, since they laid off all the journalists in Alabama we can get away with this kind of stuff again!” The cartoon […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

Maurice Sendak fantasized about assassinating Bush, Chenney

The Comics Journal ran a sneak peak of an interview between Gary Groth and “Where the Wild Things Are” author Maurice Sendak, where it’s revealed that Maurice thought about assassinating President George Bush and Vice President Dick Chenney with a suicide bomb and said the act would have been a “very brave and wonderful thing.” […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 31 Comments

New book: American Newspaper Comics

University of Michigan Press is publishing “American Newspaper Comics, An Encyclopedic Reference Guide” by comic strip historian Allan Holtz. The book will be 624 pages with over 3,100 color and B&W comic strips. The description: From its earliest appearance in the 1890s, the newspaper comic strip has told the story of America, from the Irish […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2012,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Washington Examiner removes all cartoons from op-ed page

The Washington Examiner has announced that they’re reworking their editorial page after the loss of Nate Beeler who took a job with the Columbus Dispatch. Their revamp includes not only NOT filling Nate’s position, but removing all cartoons and comics from the editorial page. Starting today, the Washington Examiner has a new weapon in its […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

WPWG merges with Washington Post News Service

Rob Tornoe reports that The Washington Post has merged two of it’s properties – The Washington Post Writers Group and The Washington Post News Service into one media service called The Washington Post News Media Services. Here’s how Rob explains it: The Washington Post took a major step forward to combat these trends by creating […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Syndicates, WPWG, Comments: 1 Comment

The Oatmeal fundraiser takes in $220k

The final tally of Matthew Inman’s fundraiser for National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society is $220,024 – 11 times more than the $20,000 he hoped to raise in response to a legal defamation threat by FunnyJunk.com. Over 14,000 individuals donated money to the campaign. On the legal front, after being sued by Charles […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2012,  Section: web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

Rina Piccolo: Where ideas come from

And if ever an idea pops into your head without having to dig for it – and this sometimes happens – it’s rarely usable straight out of the gate. Ideas need to go through a process of development to become usable, and sellable. Those tools I’ve mentioned are in fact actual methods used to do […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

University of Texas cartoonist Stephanie Eisner learns her lesson

Reporting Texas, a student publication from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, has a favorable follow up article to the Stephanie Eisner controversy earlier this spring with her Trayvon Martin cartoon that sparked a campus and national uproar. Her cartoon appeared in The Daily Texan and was meant as a […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

Friday diversion: Skeleton structure of comic characters

Interesting art by Michael Paulus who sketches the skeletal structure of famous cartoon characters such as Charlie Brown, Lucy, Betty Boop, Fred Flinstone, Hello Kitty, Tweety Bird and many others. Via Florian Satzinger

Posted on: Jun 22, 2012,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

Learn to Draw: Gammill and son meets Mort Walker and kids

Tom Gammill showed us this Learn to Draw at the Reuben Awards. Plot: Tom want’s his son to work on The Doozies so he can take it over when he retires. To provide inspiration, he visits Mort Walker and his sons who are involved in the Beetle Bailey comic.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Stephan Pastis sells out first of two Pittsburgh events

Stephan Pastis is taking his game to Pittsburgh. He’ll be at the Toonseum this weekend for two engagements (first one is already sold out) – both require tickets. According to the promotional material, Stephan will talk about his strip, his conversion from lawyer to cartoonist and show some of his best work. A book signing […]

Posted on: Jun 21, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Seth Godin: Why Kickstarter projects fail or succeed

Many comic creators are turning to Kickstarter to fund publishing book collections and other projects. Rich Burlew raised $1.2 million; Jake Parker raised $80,000. Those are some of the major success stories. Seth Godin, author and authority on marketing in the internet era, has written an article worth reading on why some Kickstarter projects fail. […]

Posted on: Jun 21, 2012,  Section: Cartoons, Fund Raisers, Comments: 3 Comments