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Archives for August, 2012

Arctic Circle celebrates 5 years in syndication

Arctic Circle creator Alex Hallatt is celebrating five years in syndication with her strip. The strip was actually created in 1992, but didn’t appear in newspapers until 2007 after it ran as a guest strip in the Australian Rural Press. King Features picked it up in 2007. An eBook is also in the works.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 17 Comments

D’oh! Postal Service over produces millions of The Simpson stamps

From the Washington Post: In a move that wasted $1.2 million in printing costs, the Postal Service produced 1 billion of “The Simpsons” stamps. It sold 318 million. A Postal Service inspector general’s report singled out the overproduction of stamps marking the 20th anniversary of the cartoon as an example of failing to align stamp […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2012,  Section: Animation, Comments: 9 Comments

Lost Jack Kirby strip found in France

Interesting find in France. After the screening (which went over well with the audience, thanks!), Bernard, Reed and I had a moment to chat, and, naturally, we discussed Kirby and the checklist. Bernard told us he remembered an obscure Kirby Western that came out in the late 1960s. As we weren’t familiar with it, two […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2012,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Des Moines to honor Ding Darling

Des Moines will honor Jay N. ‘Ding’ Darling – the twice Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Des Moines Register. Ding died 50 years ago and is being remembered for his cartooning as well as his environmental activism. Ding helped form the National Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Management Institute. On October 23, a […]

Posted on: Aug 22, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Des Moines to honor Ding Darling

Interviewed: Jeff Smith and post RASL projects

The Columbus Dispatch talks to Bone creator Jeff Smith about his RASL series and the projects he’s working on after it. Q: So what are you working on these days? A: I’ve mostly been recovering. The end of a huge project can be pretty nerve-racking… . I wasn’t taking any breaks and working nearly 20 […]

Posted on: Aug 22, 2012,  Section: Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Interviewed: Jeff Smith and post RASL projects

Matt Groening reflects on 32 years of Life in Hell

Great interview by Rob Tornoe talking to Life in Hell creator Matt Groening on the recent retirement of his strip. Among the gems is a disclosure on the real reason why Matt retired his strip and his reflections on the value of print comics: Sample: Have you always been a fan of print? I love […]

Posted on: Aug 22, 2012,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Find out how you can help Tom Racine and Tall Tale Radio

If you’ve spent anytime at the drawing board listening to Tom Racine’s Tall Tale Radio podcast, please help him raise money for new equipment and travel expenses. Any donation would be a great token of appreciation for his hard work. I’ve already donated.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Drawing Fire: Bill Mauldin exhibit

This summer is an exhibit called “Drawing Fire” at the The First Division Museum at Cantigny (Wheaton, IL) featuring the work of Bill Mauldin. The exhibit tells the GI story using Mauldin’s cartoons and the some of the museum’s extensive but rarely seen World War II collection. The visitor will see more than forty of […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 6 Comments

Well okay then. Why not naked cartoonists?

New book edited by Gary Groth called “Naked Cartoonists” will be released in October. My initial reaction was “really? people want to see cartoonists naked?” After perusing a few pages through Amazon’s preview feature, my reaction was, “what a fun project. Well done.” Cartoons (at least the ones in the preview) are safe. Lots of […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Mark Anderson on the life of a freelance cartoonist

Mark Anderson on the life of a freelance cartoonist Andertoons cartoonist Mark Anderson offers a peek at the challenging life of making it as a freelance cartoonist. The life of a freelance cartoonist is never boring. Fun, frightening, exhilarating, frustrating, goofy, overwhelming, and surprising, sure, but never boring. For me the key has been balancing […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Mark Anderson on the life of a freelance cartoonist

Profiled: Brad Anderson honored in hometown

July 16 was declared Brad Anderson Day in Brocton, NY. Brad Anderson is the creator of Marmaduke which launched in 1954. He grew up in Brocton and the town commemorated his work and achievements on July 16. A statue of Brad and Marmaduke have been commissioned and will be placed on town hall next summer. […]

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

Ali Ferzat to keynote AAEC convention

News from Tom Spurgeon Prominent Association of American Editorial Cartoonists member Matt Bors wrote last night to say that Syrian cartoonist and gallery owner Ali Ferzat will be appearing at that group’s convention in September and delivering their keynote address. That’s big news. All the more reason why this year’s convention is a must-attend.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Ali Ferzat to keynote AAEC convention

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning schedule

This one got past me. If you’re in the greater Wisconsin area, please carve out some time to visit the second year Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. It’s a great line-up. Festival runs Thursday, September 27th through Saturday, September 29th. Here’s the preliminary schedule: Thursday 9/27 8:00 am Interview with Greg Berg of WGTD for the […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Stacy Curtis on Richard Thompson’s decision to retire Cul de Sac

Stacy Curtis took over inking Richard Thompson?s Cul de Sac in March, so he had a first hand look at what went into Richard?s process for creating the strip and the factors in Richard?s decision to retire the strip. Regarding his short-run experience as the Cul de Sac inker, Stacy writes:: As you may know, […]

Posted on: Aug 20, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Dave Astor?s Comic and Column Confessional published

I reported back in January that former Editor & Publisher senior editor and syndication industry reporter Dave Astor was working on a humorous tell all of his 25 years reporting on the industry with many anecdotes about the columnists and cartoonist he covered. The book Comic (and Column) Confessional was picked up by Xenos Press, […]

Posted on: Aug 20, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments