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Archives for January, 2014

Thank you to Smith Micro

Thanks goes out to this week’s sponsor, Smith Micro. Smith Micro is a company with software geared towards artists. Two such products include Anime Studio and MotionArtist. Anime Studio is a great piece of software for animating your cartoon. They sent me a demo version of Anime Studio a year or so ago and I […]

Posted on: Jan 31, 2014,  Section: Animation, Anime, Cartoons, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on Thank you to Smith Micro

A nice week in Vermont, but heading home

My apologies for the lack of updates this week. I’m traveling for work and it would seem blogging would be easier when I travel – especially to places like Vermont. It’s freezing cold outside – not much to do except stay inside and try to keep warm. But Vermont turned out to be a great […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2014,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: 1 Comment

Remembering Morrie Turner

Yesterday news broke the Wee Pals creator Morrie Turner had passed away. He was the first African-American to be syndicated. He impressed and inspired many. From Creators Syndicate where Morrie’s strip was syndicated: “Morrie was a pioneer with his ‘rainbow power’ message many decades before it became a household name,” said Rick Newcombe, founder of […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Remembering Morrie Turner

Check out Smith Micro’s Anime Studio and MotionArtist

This week’s sponsor is Smith Micro. Smith Micro has a number of software products that are specialized for artists such as Anime Studio and MotionArtists. Don’t let the name Anime Studio fool you – you don’t have to create Anime with it. It’s animation software to create 2D movies, cartoons and cut out animations. It […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2014,  Section: Anime, Comic strips, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on Check out Smith Micro’s Anime Studio and MotionArtist

Wee Pals creator Morris “Morrie” Turner passes at age 90

Wee Pals creator Morris “Morrie” Turner has passed at the the of 90. From KTVU: Turner developed the ethnically diverse comic strip in 1965 at the urging of his mentor Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. He was recognized in 2003 by the National Cartoonist Society for his work with the Milton […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Thank you King Features Syndicate

I’d like to thank King Features Syndicate for sponsoring The Daily Cartoonist this week and for being a great organization to work with in general. Their stable of cartoonists are pretty cool too! King Features just launched a complete revamp of their DailyInk comic portal under their Comics Kingdom branding. You can read all of […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Brian Crane beats out Brandon Flowers, Mitt Romney in coolest Mormon list

Pickles creator Brian Crane is a cool Mormon. A lot cooler than other celebrity Mormons according to a Utah magazine polling readers for their top 50 Coolest Mormon Men Alive. Brian came in at #16 beating out nationally and internationally men such as #40 Mitt Romney (politician), #19 Brandon Flowers (frontman for The Killers), #32 […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Sexualized Powerpuff Girls cover pulled

The Cartoon Network has pulled a subscription-only cover to the sixth issue of the IDW Publishing?s The Powerpuff Girls comic book series because of complaints that the cover created by Mimi Yoon depicts the Powerpuff Girls in an overly sexualized manner. The girls were drawn in skintight mini-skirts and white stockings. The Powerpuff Girls are […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 4 Comments

Palestinian cartoonist apologizes for cartoon criticizing Hamas

Palestinian cartoonist Majedah Shaheen has posted an apology on her Facebook page after many Palestinians denounced her as a “Zionist agent,” “traitor” and “prostitute” according the the Jerusalem Post. From the Jerusalem Post: The controversial cartoon refers to Hamas efforts to rein in Islamic Jihad’s military wing, Al-Quds Battalions, whose members are believed to have […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014,  Section: AAEC-feed, International, Comments: Comments Off on Palestinian cartoonist apologizes for cartoon criticizing Hamas

New York Times executive editor: NYT is missing cartoons

Buried at the end of this interview between John Seigenthaler of Aljazeera and Executive Editor of the New York Times Jill Abramson is an admission that if there was one thing that was missing from the New York Times is that there are no cartoons. Here’s the pertinent snippet: What do you think is missing […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Pixar demos new painting style animation technique

I’ll admit the first three minutes went right over my head, but from then on I got excited with the possibilities. One step closer to blurring the lines (visually) between computer generated and hand drawn animation. I hope someone is getting a sizable Christmas bonus.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2014,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Pixar demos new painting style animation technique

Check out Watterson, Schulz snowman comics

Dave Coate has an excellent round-up of comic strips by legendary cartoonists Charles Schulz and Bill Watterson on the theme of snowmen. Snowmen have so much potential for humor and both cartoonists mined it well. Here’s a sample.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Complete Cul-de-Sac ready for pre-order

If there is but one book I’ll be purchasing this year, this is it. More details over at GoComics, or hells bells – head over to Amazon and pre-order.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Herblock prize expands eligibility to monthly newspaper and magazines

The board of the Herblock Foundation has voted to expand the eligibility for entrants for the Herblock Prize to include cartoonists whose work appears in monthly newspaper and magazines. The stated eligibility now states: “The Herblock Prize contest is open to any newspaper, magazine, wire service or syndicate cartoonist for editorial or political cartoons published […]

Posted on: Jan 22, 2014,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Herblock prize expands eligibility to monthly newspaper and magazines

Watch HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE on HBO

The HERBLOCK: The Black & the White documentary premiered on HBO last night, but will re-air several more times in the next two weeks. I saw portions of the film when it screened in Salt Lake City during the AAEC convention. It’s a fair documentary and worth your time. From the description: This feature documentary […]

Posted on: Jan 22, 2014,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Television, Comments: 1 Comment