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Archives for February, 2013

Sneak Peek on MAD Mag’s Family Circus and Honey Boo Boo mash up

Last Sunday Tom Richmond gave attendees of the Success in Comics seminar a sneak peek at art he created for an upcoming MAD Magazine where he was asked to blend caricatures of Honey Boo Boo with the art and style of Bil Keane’s Family Circus. From his website: I have occasionally added cartoon characters in […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2013,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Thoughts on the 3rd-sort-of-annual Success in Comics

The third Success in Comics seminar is over. It was the first time it was held on the East Coast. The previous two seminars were held in Las Vegas. For those not familiar with the Success in Comics seminar, it’s organized by Tundra creator Chad Carpenter and his marketing/sales guy Bill Kellogg and it focuses […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 16 Comments

Success in cartooning speaker: Chad Carpenter

Chad Carpenter started his comic panel Tundra 21 years ago as a local comic in Alaska and it has since become the largest self-syndicated comic strip in the US boasting a client list of over 500 papers. Notes: Chad’s from Wasilla, Alaska and has been doing Tundra for 21 years. He was the most well […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Success in cartooning speakers: Bill Kellogg

Bill Kellogg is the marketing/sales person for the Tundra operation. He hooked up with Chad in 2005 to sell Tundra outside of Alaska. Tundra has since become the largest self-syndicated comic in the US. Notes: My job is to sell to newspapers To get into papers you must have a packet typically with 24 b/w […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Success in cartooning speaker: Amy Lago of Washington Post News Service

Amy Lago is the comics editor at Washington Post News Service (previously Washington Post Writers Group). She’s one of the best in the business. She walked through the stuff you can’t put in your comics if you’re publishing in newspapers. Notes Presentation title: How to succeed in comics without really trying Newspapers have a lot […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Success in cartooning speaker: Tom Gammill

Tom Gammill is a comedy writer. He’s worked on Seinfeld, David Letterman, Saturday Night Live and currently a writer on The Simpsons. Notes: Tom Gammill reviews how he got into writing and attributes it to his early attempts to write comics “You need to be nice to everyone” Tom showed us his early cartoons from […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Success in cartooning speaker: Tom Gammill

Success in cartooning speaker: Mark Simon

Mark Simon is a cartoonist, illustrator and animation producer. He gives a presentation called How to get millions of dollar with free advertising. Notes: How to get millions of dollar with free advertising Promotion is advertising What is promotion? Any coverage in media that you don’t pay for Promotion always tells a story; you give […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Success in cartooning speaker: Mark Simon

Success in cartooning speaker: Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is a single panel gag cartoonists who’s sold cartoons to some of the best known magazines. He also has developed one of the best pay-per-use comic sites on the web. Notes: Presentation Title: Finding your Path Mark grew up in Iowa and loved cartoons; Bill Hoest was a big influence in determining to […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Success in cartooning speaker: Mark Anderson

Success in cartooning speaker: Tom Richmond

Tom Richmond is a MAD Magazine cartoonist, freelance illustrator and current president of the National Cartoonist Society. Notes: Presentation: How to be a successful freelance illustrator Went to school in Wisconsin. Didn’t learn a thing about cartooning. It wasn’t very a positive environment Started drawing caricatures during the summer job in Chicago He wanted to […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Success in cartooning speaker: Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver is an caricaturist, illustrator, character designer and I dare say and after listening to him, I’d add motivational speaker for those in the arts. Notes: Nothing just happens. Effort determines the outcome Find what your passion is, make it your career Stephen grew up in England but family migrated to US Stephen would […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Success in cartooning speaker: Jeff Keane

Jeff Keane is a past National Cartoonist Society president and does the comic panel The Family Circus which was started by his father Bil Keane in 1960. His presentation gave us a look at how his father’s career started and evolved and eventually created one of the most iconic comics on the funny page. Notes […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Success in cartooning speaker: Tim Brennan

Tim Brennan is a founding partner in Reed Brennan and Associates a pagination and technology company owned by King Features. Got into newspapers in 1968. Tim was part of a project to study effects of information delivered electronically into homes in 1980’s Time ended the study in 1984. Tribune Media Services was formed based on […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Success in cartooning speaker: Tim Brennan

Success in cartooning speaker: Ed Steckley

Ed Steckely is a professional illustrator in New York City who contributes to MAD Magazine. He talked about how the majority of his income is now in advertising illustration and what that all entails. Notes: 80% of income now is advertising illustration Was a caricature artist at theme parks Stressed the importance of learning to […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Calvin & Hobbes placed Into real photos

A great catch from Tom Spurgeon. Someone inserted Calvin & Hobbes into real photos.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Stephen Colbert on George W. Bush’s paintings: ‘faces are hard’

Of the former president George W. Bush’s paintings that were made public by a hacker, Stephen Colbert [makes this great one-liner critique: “That is a bold, artistic vision that says ‘faces are hard.’](http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/colbert-george-bush-paintings.php?ref=fpnewsfeed)” The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive Maybe Bush should have taken up cartooning.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2013,  Section: Politics, Comments: 6 Comments