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Archives for July, 2014

Harvey Awards Nominees announced

The 2014 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced. Final winners will be annouced at the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con September 6, 2014. The awards are to recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. BEST LETTERER Deron Bennett, CYBORG 009, Archaia Dave Lanphear, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment Terry Moore, RACHEL RISING, Abstract […]

Posted on: Jul 17, 2014,  Section: Awards, Comments: Comments Off on Harvey Awards Nominees announced

Conan, Letterman make fun of Archie’s death

The late night comedians took up the announced death of Archie. David Letterman used the announced (“What’s next? Dagwood Bumstead chokes on one of those sandwiches?”) to offer the “Top Ten Memorable Moments In Comic Strip History”. Crowd did not react well to the Beetle Bailey joke. Conan O’Brian looks at rejected ways of killing […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014,  Section: Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Newsday hires Matt Davies

Fabulous news from Newsday. The paper has hired Pulitzer Prize-winning Matt Davies as their new staff editorial cartoonist. He’ll begin his job in September. Rita Ciolli, editor of Newsday’s editorial pages, called Matt “a singular talent in the cartooning world”. Matt replaces Walt Handelsman who left the paper for The Advocate in New Orleans.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

Archie circulation numbers heading into ground, but how unusual is that?

Yesterday, I joked that the new Life With Archie comic in which the title character is killed was a desperate attempt to remain relevant. This morning I read a post over on Comic Chron that tracked the height of Archie’s popularity (spoiler: peaking in 1958) and the long decline since. For those of us who […]

Posted on: Jul 15, 2014,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 3 Comments

50 year illustrated history of Australian cartoonists

Great presentation by The Australian of a “tour our gallery of The Australian?s best cartoons and illustrations through the decades.” The must-check-out link of the day. An illustrated history Bill Leak, Eric Lobbecke, Bill Mitchell, Larry Pickering, Peter Nicholson and of course the incomparable Bruce Petty…what would a big news day be without the wit […]

Posted on: Jul 15, 2014,  Section: Cartoons, International, Comments: 1 Comment

Pastis, Watterson original art now available for bidding

Break out the credit cards and take out a second mortgage. The Stephan Pastis and Bill Watterson original Pearls Before Swine strips are now officially up for auction. Here are the strips in question below. Click through on them to see a really big, big version where you can see the pencil markings and other […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Pastis, Watterson original art now available for bidding

Archie set to die saving gay friend’s life

Back in April, it was announced that Archie was going to die heroically in a futuristic story-line “Life With Archie”. Now we learn that heroic manner is to take a bullet for his gay best friend. From WILX.com: Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater says he wants Andrews’ death to be a lesson about gun violence […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 3 Comments

Trudeau: Doonesbury was great proving ground for Alpha House

The LA Times has a story on how decades of creating Doonesbury has helped Garry Trudeau write and produce the TV show Alpha House. From the LA Times: “Alpha House’s” executive producer, Jonathan Alter, a former Newsweek senior editor, said that’s where Trudeau excels. “One of the great things about Doonesbury that I noticed many […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Trudeau: Doonesbury was great proving ground for Alpha House

Lum and Abner characters to appear in Dick Tracy on Sunday

From the Longview News-Journal (Longview, TX): Carthage cartoonist Donnie Pitchford?s characters Lum and Abner will guest-star in the award-winning “Dick Tracy” comic strip on Sunday, July 20. ?Lum and Abner, those two loveable characters from Pine Ridge, Ark. will be part of a unique series in which the great detective rescues another famous comic character, […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Molly Crabapple paints murals for displaced Syrian children

From Molly Crabapple’s blog: In June, Molly Crabapple was invited by the Karam Foundation to the Salam School in Turkey, a mentorship program for children displaced by the Syrian War. While there, she covered the walls with her drawings and wheat pastes based on many Syrian fables. What a great opportunity. Click through below to […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014,  Section: International, Comments: Comments Off on Molly Crabapple paints murals for displaced Syrian children

Aussie cartoonists invade France

Four members of The Australian Cartoonists Association will be attending this years 2014 International Cartoon Festival of Saint Just le Martel. About 50 ACA members contributed to an exhibit of work “Australian view of the World and Australian Humour”. The four that will be attending are Eric Lobbecke, Judy Horacek, Ward O’Neill and Christophe Granet. […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014,  Section: Cartoons, International, Comments: 1 Comment

Rina Piccolo adds audio commentary to Tina’s Groove

Tina’s Groove creator Rina Piccolo is experimenting with audio with her comic strip this week. Each day this week her feature appears in newspapers as usual along with a message to visit her website to hear audio commentary about that day’s strip. From her blog: What Is It and How Will It Work? The 6-day […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Sorensen, Tomorrow, Rogers win Association of Alternative Newsmedia awards

The Association of Alternative Newsmedia has announced this year’s awards for best in alternative journalism. In the category for cartooning, first place this year goes to Jen Sorensen (Slowpoke Comics), second place goes to Tom Tomorrow (This Modern World) and Cullum Rogers (INDY Week). Congratulations!

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Sorensen, Tomorrow, Rogers win Association of Alternative Newsmedia awards

ISIL calls for death of creator of comic book “The 99”

From Kuwaiti Times: The creator of an Islam inspired popular comic series said that he takes death threats made by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Qaeda seriously. Following their recent call to kill former MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei, ISIL has called for killing psychiatrist Dr Nayef Al-Mutawa, the creator of ?The […]

Posted on: Jul 11, 2014,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 1 Comment

Randy Glasbergen illustrates book on keeping couples together

Randy Glasbergen who must draw 20 or 90 cartoons a day to keep up with his syndicated panels The Better Half and Thin Lines and his freelance/cartoon service empire has illustrated a new book called Laugh Together, Stay Together

Posted on: Jul 11, 2014,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comments: 6 Comments