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Archives for November, 2019

Stephan Pastis Auctioning a ‘Pearls’ Original to Benefit ‘Homes for Our Troops’

Current bid is more than $800. From ebay: Winning bidder will receive an original Pearls Before Swine comic strip, custom signed to winning bidder by Stephan Pastis, pen and ink on 17″ by 5.5″ paper A Letter of Authenticity for this item will be provided by Homes For Our Troops. Item Details: Cartoonist: Stephan Pastis […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: The Homogenization of America

Amid all the cartoons of kids-saluting-ghosts and variations on Iwo Jima, Paul Fell drops an observation which is less cynical than simply realistic. You could write a book called “Whatever Happened To Veteran’s Day?” as part of a series, or bundle it all into a single book called “The Homogenization of America.” I don’t have […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

When War and Life Interrupt the Dream

His whole life, Howard Weistling wanted to be a comic strip artist. But in December 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. And Weistling felt compelled to enlist. He trained to be an aircraft mechanic with the Army in Gila Bend. [Howard Weistling’s grandson] Mike, who lives in Flagstaff, said after flight engineer training Howard was […]

Posted on: Nov 10, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Not a Made Utah Politician Until Bagley Draws

To be recognized in Utah politics one needs to appear in a Pat Bagley cartoon. For a Utah politician, there might be no higher honor than being mocked in a Pat Bagley cartoon. “If you’re the subject of a Bagley cartoon, you must be doing something right,” said former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who […]

Posted on: Nov 10, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Nothing Is Revealed

I heard someone on NPR yesterday say, in the context of the upcoming televised hearings, that a major difference between this scandal and Watergate is that, in the case of Watergate, people watched because they wanted to see the evidence. In this case, people have decided who’s right and who’s wrong and will only be […]

Posted on: Nov 10, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Caricatures vs. Generics vs. Symbols

I am always a wee bit disappointed when Paul Berge doesn’t spend Saturdays 100 years in the past, but today is a not-altogether-unusual exception. Paul’s blog this Saturday has an intriguing short essay on how and when he, as an editorial cartoonist, chooses to use caricatures or the standard elephant and donkey symbols when drawing […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Caricature, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Johannes Leak Continues a Cartooning Tradition

In the tradition of George Cruikshank, Cal Alley, John Dirks, Barbara Brandon, and many others, Johannes Leak is following in the footsteps of his father Bill Leak. The void left at The Australian by cartoonist Bill Leak – who passed away in 2017, aged 61 – will be filled by his son, Johannes. “If anyone […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Plain Speaking

David Rowe is best loved in these parts for adding a level of vitriolic abuse most American editors would spike, though it’s a part of editorial cartooning tradition that lives on in Australia and Britain. Vitriol often comes at the expense of commentary, which is to say that an insulting portrait of a leader — […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

100-Year-Old Felix the Cat

Although there were earlier cats animated by the Pat Sullivan Studios, it is generally agreed that Feline Funnies, released on November 9, 1919, is the first appearance of Felix the Cat. And the cat became the world’s first animated superstar.   Although Pat Sulivan is officially credited as the creator of Felix the Cat, it […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2019,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 0 Comments

Letters: Distasteful, Over the Line, Offensive

Newspaper editors get letters. Distasteful Jeff Stahler Monday’s editorial cartoon by Jeff Stahler was not only out of line, but also totally distasteful. If it was meant to be amusing, it certainly went over my head. There is nothing funny about wildfires, and the evacuation of 200,000 families personifies that fact. No, Stahler, I was […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Richard Marschall and Theodore Roosevelt

The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University was built to study and analyze the life and legacy of the 26th President. The university recently hired a cartoon archivist who will add to Roosevelt’s legacy, and he says it’s a position you can’t find anywhere else. And that cartoon archivist? To continue making this digital […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, book, Caricature, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies – Okay Junior

Over at Vintage Thimble Theater (1936), the gang is just beginning to learn about Eugene the Jeep, who lives in the Fourth Dimension and so, among other things, has access to race results. We’re not sure what else he’s capable of, but, as we’ve seen in the last few days, he’s at least capable of […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Asterix, the Franco-Belgian comic book character celebrating his 60th anniversary this year, is finally going to be getting the attention he deserves in the U.S. Independent publisher Papercutz will take over the American license for the property next year, with an ambitious publishing plan underway to bring the scrappy Gaul to […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

The Cartoon World of Marshall Ramsey

The University of Tennessee is celebrating 225 years by profiling alumni. A week ago the UT’s Daily Beacon newspaper ran a piece on Marshall Ramsey. Now Marshall reminisces about his college days for Torchbearer magazine. Ramsey has stayed close with his alma mater over the years, too. In 2009, he did a cartoon celebrating the […]

Posted on: Nov 7, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, College cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Pat Bagley – 40 Years Looking for That 1 Cartoon

Pat Bagley and The Salt Lake Tribune are celebrating 40 years together. Artists of Utah joins in the celebration by posting a profile from earlier this year. On the flip side, the theory of the great cartoon keeps him motivated: “There is the Platonic ideal of a cartoon out there and if I could just […]

Posted on: Nov 7, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment