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Sacramento Bee hires Jack Ohman as new editorial cartoonist

The Sacramento Bee has announced that it has hired former Oregonian editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman to fill the position left by the untimely death of Rex Babin who died in March of this year. Jack tells me that the move was a “perfect storm of luck” between an employee buyout offer at the Oregonian and […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments

Mr. Media interviews M. Tom Inge on Will Eisner

Bob Andelman (AKA Mr. Media) interviews M. Tom Inge about his new book “Will Eisner: Conversations (Conversations with Comic Artists).” From Amazon’s description: (Will Eisner: Conversations) collects the best interviews with Eisner (1917–2005) from 1965 to 2004. Taken together, the interviews cover the breadth of Eisner’s career with in-depth information about his creation of The […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2012,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Mr. Media interviews M. Tom Inge on Will Eisner

6 of the funniest Disney Star Wars Memes

Faster than Millennium Falcon can do the Kessel Run, the social internet started posting memes about yesterday’s announcement that Disney had purchased Lucas Film and with it the Star Wars franchise. Below are some of the funnier ones I found through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2012,  Section: Movies, Comments: 3 Comments

Family Circus statue proposed for Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley AZ wants to honor Family Circus creator Bil Keane with a sculpture of the Family Circus characters. Bill was a resident of the town for over 50 years. Former Vice Mayor Mary Hamway is spearheading the project, which received backing on Thursday night from the Town Council. “This doesn’t belong anywhere else but […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Disney buys Lucas Film; Star Wars 7 slated for 2015

I didn’t see this one coming. From ABC News: The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced today that it has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction valued at $4.05 billion. Lucasfilm is 100 percent owned by Lucasfilm chairman and founder, George Lucas. Under the agreement and based on the closing […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2012,  Section: Animation, Movies, Comments: 11 Comments

Free Neil Gaiman audio short story to benefit charity

Today and tomorrow, Neil Gaiman’s Click-Clack the Rattlebag is free over at Audible. Each download benefits educational charities. From their website: A few words from Neil: "Why tell ghost stories? Why read them or listen to them? Why take such pleasure in tales that have no purpose but, comfortably, to scare? “I don’t know. Not […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2012,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Free Neil Gaiman audio short story to benefit charity

Bill White passes at age 51

Cartoonist and animator Bill White has passed at the age of 51. His wife posted on his blog news that he passed last Saturday. She writes: His talent and humor were known by many, and his legacy will continue for years to come. Thank you for your continued support of Bill’s blog over the years. […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2012,  Section: Animation, Comic Books, Comments: 5 Comments

Jack Ohman leaves the Portland Oregonian

Jack Ohman, who has been with the Portland Oregonian for 29 years, has announced that he has left the paper. He made the announcement through his Facebook page. I’ve spoken with him and he’s confirmed that he has left voluntarily. As to the future, he tells me he’ll be able to share details of later […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Indian political party expels cartoonist Aseem Trivedi from reality TV show

The Republican Party of India has said it will take steps to remove Aseem Trivedi from the reality TV show Bigg Boss. Earlier this fall, Aseem was arrested and charged with sedition for drawing cartoons that insulted Indian national symbols and emblems. Aseem then announced he would be a contestant in “Bigg Boss” in an […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Indian political party expels cartoonist Aseem Trivedi from reality TV show

President Zuma drops suit against Zapiro

South African President Jacob Zuma has withdrawn his lawsuit against Jonathan Shapiro (AKA Zapiro) ending a four year case wherein Zuma alleged that a cartoon depicting him preparing to rape Lady Justice was defamation and impaired his dignity. Zuma contends that dropping the suit avoids setting a negative precedent: “The president… would like to avoid […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on President Zuma drops suit against Zapiro

AAEC #!&% Cartoon Festival videos now online

Matt Wuerker has announced that the Association of American Editorial Cartoonist’s “#!&% Cartoons! A Festival Celebrating Political Cartoons” videos have been posted online. Looks like all of them. My afternoon and weekend is officially blown. Too many to highlight. Here’s The Portland Oregonian’s Jack Ohman on the evolution of style.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2012,  Section: AAEC, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 20 Comments

Profiled: Ali Ferzat on the revolution in Syria

Rueters profiles Ali Ferzat, who is now living in Egypt. “Everyday the revolution inches a step forward. I am very optimistic. Do you see anyone turning back?,” he said, proudly gesturing with his hands to show they were back in action. “Fear has been defeated in Syria when the people marched 19 months ago against […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: Ali Ferzat on the revolution in Syria

President Zuma reduces claim against Zapiro in court case

South African President Jacob Zuma has reduced his claim against editorial cartoonist Jonthan Shapiro (AKA Zapiro) from R4-million to R100,000. The case stems from a 2008 cartoon in which Zapiro depicted Zuma preparing to rape Lady Justice. Zuma alleged that the cartoon harmed his dignity and damaged his reputation. Along with the reduction in the […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on President Zuma reduces claim against Zapiro in court case

Cartoonist Group launches cartoon the vote

The Cartoonist Group has launched two new websites to promote campaign and election cartoons of fifty cartoonists. Sara Thaves, the founder of the Cartoonist Group, says that they have over 1,800 election-related cartoons – even more if you count cartoons related to political issues such as economy, healthcare, immigration, and women’s rights. The two sites […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Group launches cartoon the vote

Politician cries foul to Clay Bennett character assassination cartoon

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais who is calling foul a Clay Bennett cartoon that depicts him with a gun in his mouth with the caption “The Character Assassination”. The cartoon comes after news broke that the politician, a Republican and Pro-Life candidate, was caught on a phone-call transcript urging a woman with whom he allegedly had […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments