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Archives for February, 2013

Interview archive: 1986 20/20 interviews Gary Larson

Here’s a gem from a 1986 20/20 interview with The Far Side creator Gary Larson. Via Tyson Cole

Posted on: Feb 28, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 13 Comments

Exit Interview: Jimmy Margulies laid off from The Record

After 22 years as the editorial cartooning voice of The Record (NJ), Jimmy Margulies was laid off last week. What has become tradition when a staff cartoonist loses their job, I present the Jimmy Margulies exit interview. AG: When we talked in December you indicated that things were stable at the paper. How much notice […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 16 Comments

Student physicists: Yes, spiderwebs could stop a runaway train

Student physicists from the University of Leicester have theoretically proven that spider webs, if scaled up in size, could have in fact stopped a runaway train as scene in Spider-Man 2 (see video below to refresh memory). From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: The students determined that a real spider’s web would, in a proportional scenario, […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2013,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 1 Comment

Al Capp for Senate? Almost happened

The Boston Globe has an interesting story about how the Massachusetts Republicans tried to convince Li’l Abner creator Al Capp to run for the Senate. The difficulties that Massachusetts Republicans face in recruiting Senate candidates are nothing new. In 1970 they needed someone to challenge the young Senator Edward Kennedy, and they went so far […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Tom Tomorrow wins 2013 Herblock Prize award

For the second year in a row, an “altie” has won the Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning. The 2013 winner announced today goes to Dan Perkins (AKA Tom Tomorrow) creator of This Modern World. Judging this year’s entries were last year’s winner Matt Bors, Jenny Rob of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

NSC to honor Lee Salem with Silver T-Square Award

The National Cartoonists Society has announced that this year’s Silver T-Square Award will be presented to Universal Uclick editor and President Lee Salem. Lee has been one of the most influential editors in comics having discovered and cultivated some of the most iconic comics in newspapers including: Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Original Calvin & Hobbes sold for $65,725

The original Calvin & Hobbes auctioned off by Brian Bassett’s ex-wife has been sold for a handsome $65,725 (link requires login). Late last year, the Red and Rover and Adam@Home sold an original hand-colored watercolor Sunday strip of Bill Wattereson’s famous comic strip for $203,150. For perspective on this auction, back in 2008, a daily […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Rina Piccolo: Writing for comic strips “sucks” sometimes

Tina’s Groove creator Rina Piccolo on why writing for syndicated comics sucks sometimes: This brings to mind the notion that comics – especially the ones in newspapers – are for kids. That is a crazy idea that only two types of people can entertain: those who are ignorant of comics, and those who are just […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 26 Comments

Interviewed: The Simpson’s James L. Brooks

Taking on an additional post to “David Silverman on Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’” post earlier, is another interview by The Simpsons executive producer James L. Brooks. Via: The Animation Blog

Posted on: Feb 22, 2013,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Interviewed: The Simpson’s James L. Brooks

Interviewed: David Silverman on Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’

David Silverman, animator/supervising director of The Simpsons, directed an animated short (Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’) that is up for an Academy Award this weekend. The short debuted before Ice Age: Continental Drift and was broadcast on Fox this last Sunday after the Simpsons. Hollywood reporter interviewed David about the short and The Simpsons.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2013,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Interviewed: David Silverman on Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’

Check out: Tales Calculated to Drive You MAD: Artist’s Edition

From Tom Richmond’s blog: I saw an unboxing video of this book some weeks ago and blogged about it being a drool-worthy, albeit expensive, item. Afraid it would sell out quickly, I immediately ordered a copy, much to the chagrin of my gift-idea-starved wife. I just got my copy and I can safely say it’s […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2013,  Section: Books, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

Crane, Kirkman and Pastis nominated for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year

The nominees for the 2012 National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” have been announced. Nominees are: Brian Crane, creator of Pickles, Rick Kirkman, co-creator of Baby Blues and Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine. This is Rick’s first nomination nod. Brian and Stephan have been nominated previously (third for […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Cartoon Movement cartoonist held by Israelis

From The Cartoon Movement: Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh was detained last Saturday by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at the at the Karame border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank. The Palestinian Journalist’s Syndicate denounced the arrest of Mohammad, and issued a press release stating the IDF is systematically targeting journalists and infringing their […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2013,  Section: International, Comments: 3 Comments

Interviewed: Stephan Pastis on ‘legacy’ strips

Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis was interviewed by the Duluth News Tribune who picked up his strip along with Blondie (see my post on Dean Young and Blondie). The interviewer takes Stephan into a line of questioning about the passing a comic strip on to a younger generation to produce. It’s a strongly worded […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 33 Comments

Interviewed: Dean Young on Blondie’s longevity

The Duluth News Tribune picked up Blondie and talked to Dean Young who now produces the comic his father created. Here’s the interesting tidbit: DNT: How about yourself growing up? What impact did the strip have on you? DY: I wanted to be something else. I wanted to own an ad agency. I can?t believe […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments