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Profiled: KAL on editorial cartooning locally and internationally

Asia Society interviews The Economist editorial cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher. Your 1984 Economist cover of Indira Gandhi led to a nationwide suppression of the magazine. Has anything else you’ve drawn ever met with that kind of censorship – and does an editorial cartoonist feel any kind of pride when his work clearly touches a nerve […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: KAL on editorial cartooning locally and internationally

Schulz, Peanuts tribute by cartoonists

Monday, Charles Schulz would have turned 90 years old. Yahoo posted 10 Interesting Facts About the Peanuts Creator (but you probably did if you read the Schulz and Peanuts bio. But one of the tidbits they offered that you might not have seen are 42 tribute strips that ran back in 2000 on the day […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Spain Rodriguez passes at age 72

Underground pioneering cartoonist Spain Rodriguez has passed away at the age of 72. From the San Francisco Chronicle: “He was an archetypal character, somewhere between crazy artist crossed with left-wing radical crossed with working-class Latino hood,” Crumb, who lives in France, said in a documentary made this year by Rodriguez’s wife, journalist and filmmaker Susan […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2012,  Section: Alternative comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Tom Gammill’s The Doozies hits four year anniversary

Tom Gammill’s The Doozies will mark it’s fourth year on GoComics.com on December 1. Tom is a TV comedy writer (credits include some of the biggest shows on TV: “Seinfeld”, “The Simpsons”) and the creator of the “Learn to Draw with Tom Gammill” series. Congratulations, Tom.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 11 Comments

James Sturm publishes new Christmas graphic novel

James Sturm, graphic novelist and founding member or Center for Cartoon Studies, has created a new book about Santa’s quest to write a book to pull kids away from electronics. Book is entitled, “Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special”. The “Offline” project also gave me the idea for my new book, Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special!, […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Graphic Novels, Comments: 3 Comments

Warren Buffett bullish on newspaper’s future

From the New York Times: Mr. Buffett went on a newspaper spending spree this year by buying more than 60 newspapers from Media General and a small stake in the newspaper company Lee Enterprises, a chain of mostly small dailies based in Iowa. At the time, he stressed that he had great confidence that newspapers […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

Paper cancelled comic because it calls Bud Light: “diluted horse piss” UPDATED

Comicsbeat reports that Karl Stevens’s comic page Failure was cancelled because the strip referred to Bud Light as “Diluted Horse Piss.” Anheuser-Busch, which makes Bud Light, is an advertiser in the paper. The strip has been in the alt weekly publication since 2005. As noted in the comments, Tom Spurgeon contacted the editor of the […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Alternative comics, Comments: 13 Comments

Bluewater Productions, BS, and real numbers for creator owned revenue

The Columbian profiles biographic comic book publisher Darren Davis and his Bluewater Productions and his move to digital. Bluewater titles are typically biographic of celebrities and ripped from the headline stories. From the Columbian: “The biography comics changed the way that we published,” Davis said about adding nonfiction to his company’s catalog in 2008. “If […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 2 Comments

Adobe to forcing users to upgrade or pay full retail price

Adobe announced changes to their upgrade policy stating that only users of the latest version can upgrade to the next release at a discounted price, all other previous versions will need to pay full retail price to get the latest offerings. If you upgrade by the end of this year, you can avoid the full […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Technology, Comments: 22 Comments

Province newspaper reassigns cartoonists to web desk

The Vancouver Province sports cartoonist Bob Krieger announced he’s drawn his last cartoon for the paper but will be reassigned to work on the web desk along with editorial cartoonist Dan Murphy. Bob tells me the paper is short staffed so both he and Dan were reassigned as “the best way to manage resources.” This […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Brick and mortar bookstores push back on Amazon

Interesting read from The New York Times about the push back Amazon is getting from brick and mortar book stores and other retailers: Amazon inspires anxiety just about everywhere, but its publishing arm is getting pushback from all sorts of booksellers, who are scorning the imprint’s most prominent title, Timothy Ferriss’s “The 4-Hour Chef.” That […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Brick and mortar bookstores push back on Amazon

Profiled: Rick O’Shay creator to retire in Equador

Stan Lynde, creator of Rick O’Shay and Latigo is leaving Montana for Equador. The Montana Standard profiles Stan’s career in comics and his ties to the Big Sky Country. Lynde was turned down by 12 of the big cartoon syndicates, but number 13 was his big break. He met Maurice “Moe” Reilly, vice president of […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Steve McGarry’s Badlands lands on GoComics

From GoComics: Steve McGarry, creator of Biographic and TrivQuiz on GoComics, now brings us Badlands! About the Strip: Having debuted in 1988 in the short-lived British daily, The Post, Steve McGarry’s western spoof strip “Badlands” was snapped up the following year by The Sun, Britain’s best-selling newspaper. The silly and saucy antics of Marshal Mask […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Steve McGarry’s Badlands lands on GoComics

Barney Google to make rare appearance in Barney Google And Snuffy Smith

Next week’s Barney Google And Snuffy Smith will feature the rarely appearing title namesake character Barney Google. Barney Google was one of the original characters of the strip, but as the Snuffy Smith family gained popularity, Barney Google’s appearances faded. John Rose, current cartoonist for the strip, explained in an interview with King Features: Q: […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Books: BBXX Baby Blues Decades 1 & 2

Andrews McMeel knows how to print a really nice collection. “BBXX: Baby Blues: Decades 1 & 2” is as the title alludes the first 20 years of the comic strip Baby Blues by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott. The book is well bound and designed. But when in comes to books, it’s what is inside […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Books: BBXX Baby Blues Decades 1 & 2