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Listing Toward the End of the Year

Lists and Best-Ofs will be coming fast and furious. Here’s a few before the rush.

Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons of 2021

Do you use Instagram? Or does Instagram use you? Whatever the answer is, let’s hope that it results in personal gain for Mark Zuckerberg—he’s had a tough time recently and really deserves a win.

 
cartoon by Paul Noth and © Condé Nast

The New Yorker has a gallery of their cartoons that garnered the most Instagram likes.
The cartoons aren’t necessarily from 2021 (my favorite is from 2010).

 

Multiversity Year in Review: Best Cartoonist

Some comics are a team effort, with various folks chipping in parts both large and small to make a comic get in front of you. But sometimes, there are folks who take on the lion’s share of the responsibility, writing and illustrating – and sometimes coloring and/or lettering – their own work. These are, in some ways, the purest expressions of creativity we see in comics. Today, we honor those doing the heavy lifting.

    

Multiversity picks the best of the year. Categories for Cartoonist, Webcomic, and Digital First Comic.
All the (primarily comic book) categories can be gotten from this page.

 

Best Movies and TV Shows Based on Comic Strips

Comic strips are usually pretty simple. Oftentimes they are only a handful of panels. And yet, sometimes they are still adapted into more meaty forms of storytelling. There have been several movies and TV shows based on comic strips created over the years. This includes “The Snoopy Show,” which is coming to Apple TV+ in 2021. Beyond that show, here are some more films and TV shows based on comic strips. We didn’t overload any specific strip, though, so that this isn’t all “Peanuts” and “Garfield.”

The only 2021 thing about this Yardbarker list is it came out a day ago.

 

2021 Additions to the National Film Registry

Two-color Technicolor had already been employed in several Hollywood features in the late 1920s and early ’30s (including “The Vagabond King,” “King of Jazz,” and “Under a Texas Moon”), but it paled against the rich hues available through the new three-strip Technicolor process. Walt Disney was the first filmmaker to utilize it with this short “Silly Symphony” cartoon, whose vibrant hand-drawn animation charmed audiences … “Flowers and Trees” is also notable for being the first animated film to win an Oscar.


© Disney

Again the only 2021 thing is that this is the year these films were voted in (via CBS).

 

It’s the Summer Solstice!

Behind the Lines – The Year in Political Cartoons 2021

In a year where Australians sought consolation in statistical models and predictions, one thing became clear: you just can’t predict the future.

And that’s exactly what’s on display at this year’s Behind the Lines political cartoon exhibition.

The annual exhibition offers up a satirical summary of the year that was in politics with 126 different artworks from more than 40 cartoonists.

 
© Glen Le Lievre

The Australia Broadcasting Corporation’s article about the annual exhibition down under.

One is that politicians will, day in, day out, provide ample fodder for political cartoonists to comment on and ridicule.

This was borne out at the launch of Behind the Lines – The Year in Political Cartoons at the Museum of Australian Democracy on Tuesday.

Curated, for the third time, by Holly Williams, this year’s Behind the Lines selection was the biggest to date, with 126 cartoons from 42 cartoonists.

The Canberra Times article with an emphasis on Political Cartoonist of the Year Glen Le Lievre.

In addition to some talented familiar faces, led by our Political Cartoonist of the Year, Glen Le Lievre, Behind the Lines is introducing several first-time contributors into the mix who reflect our dynamic democracy. Curator Holly Williams presents her highlights from this year’s exhibition.

The Museum of Australian Democracy on their exhibit.

 

Community Comments

#1 Ben R.
December/22/2021
@ 8:45 am

Is The Born Loser comic strip going to end?

To the Daily Cartoonist, I have seen your article about Chip Sansom took a Sabbatical and getting surgery, I’m sorry about his surgery, I hope he gets better soon. And I noticed that The Born Loser is in reruns. Is Chip Sansom going to retire The Born Loser or will he pass it on to the third artist?

Personally, I have never really liked The Born Loser comic strip Chip Sansom and Art Sansom writes as I find it very outdated and problematic, for starters the jokes about fat shaming, Rancid Brutus boss constantly bullying Brutus at work, stereotypes about women including Ramona bullying Brutus about his weight, jokes about being sick including the April Fools 2020 joke, and the most disturbing comic strip on 7-26-1996 about an adult joke about women being lust objects in a family friendly themed comic has not aged well.

I want Chip Sansom to stop with the fat shaming jokes and Rancid constant bullying Brutus at work, and the characters negativity. Chip Sansom is embarrassing me and the readers, they are offensive to me and my friends who are overweight.

Chip Sansom is continuing to write outdated comic strips like they’re in the 1990s that The Born Loser is notable for. Most people have moved on to better comic strips that are more empowering than The Born Loser. I don’t read The Born Loser much anymore because of that controversial 7-26-1996 joke about women being lust objects featured at Gocomics website I found which shocked me that Andrew Features Syndicate would approve the The Born Loser comic strip about an adult joke on women being lust objects is not appropriate for families reading online.

If anything, I wish to see The Born Loser come to an end, I want it removed from Newspapers including the Daily Herald.
Let me know if Chip Sansom does decide to retire The Born Loser or pass it on to a third artist.
I’ll be waiting for it to end which I hope is in 2022.

#2 D. D. Degg
December/22/2021
@ 10:11 am

As far as The Daily Cartoonist knows Chip will return to The Born Loser as soon as possible after healing from surgery.

#3 Paul Fischer
December/22/2021
@ 3:26 pm

Mr. R (or crosswalk x) – Wow. You appear to have a serious problem being so fixated on 20+ year old strips from a comic you don’t read much anymore. If you completely quit reading it, then it, effectively for you, WOULD come to an end. You really stretch the concepts of fat shaming and lust, which often appear in many other comic strips. The energy you’re expending in an attempt to censor an artist would better be spent in myriad other ways.

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