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Cartooning History, Lessons #243 – 247

  The Origins of Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies Gorey’s darkly droll tales touch—lightly—on weighty matters: the death of God, the meaning of life, and, always and everywhere, our impending mortality. Emblems of innocence and naïveté, children make perfect victims, as Gorey told the New Yorker. “It’s just so obvious,” he said. “They’re the easiest targets.” […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2018,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartooning History, Lessons #243 – 247

CSotD: Short Takes

First, this note to editorial cartoonists: If Elizabeth Warren had — without claiming any advantage for it — said that her family spoke of African-American heritage, was mocked and called “Aunt Jemima” for it, but then took a DNA test that bore out her claim, would you depict her as a triumphant minstrel-show mammy? Don’t […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2018,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Roz Chast Honored by Moore College of Art

The Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia has announced that New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is to receive their “Visionary Woman Award”.  From their site: Since joining The New Yorker in 1978, Roz Chast has established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of the anxieties, superstitions, furies, insecurities and surreal imaginings of modern […]

Posted on: Aug 7, 2018,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Disney’s/Campbell’s Mickey Mouse

Mickey at 90 The Mickey Mouse Campbell’s Soup Cans have been announced by the brand in collaboration with Disney to help celebrate the iconic mouse cartoon character’s 90th birthday. The limited-edition soup packaging has been created with three different variations with the varying styles of the character in mind to commemorate its iconic popularity. The […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2018,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Disney’s/Campbell’s Mickey Mouse

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? On a U.S. Stamp!

Scooby Doo becomes the latest cartoon character to appear on a United States postage stamp. Linn’s Stamp News reports: Cartoon canine Scooby-Doo is taking time out from solving spooky mysteries to help solve the world’s environmental challenges. As part of his new quest, the animated Great Dane is appearing on a new United States postage […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2018,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? On a U.S. Stamp!

Angouleme Festival presents fake awards; upset everyone

Brigid Alverson writes at Robot6: The ceremony began with comedian Richard Gaitet, clad in a neon-blue suit and red bow tie, announcing, ?This will be the shortest ceremony in history, because all we want to do is drink and dance.? He proceeded to present nine awards in rapid succession, including the award for best series […]

Posted on: Feb 1, 2016,  Section: Cartoons, International, Comments: 3 Comments

Hilary Price to teach class on cartooning

Rhymes with Orange creator Hilary Price will be teaching a class on cartooning in April. The description from the course website: What are the components of a caption cartoon? (Plot, setting, characters, surprise… all in a snapshot.) Each day’s lecture will focus on a different element of panel cartooning and I’ll assign exercises to strengthen that […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2016,  Section: Cartoons, comic, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Scottish Parliament proposes January 7 Cartoonists Day to highlight free speech

Cartoonists Rights Network International reports that one member of the Scottish Parliament is proposing that January 7, the anniversary of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices, become Cartoonists day. French-born MSP Christian Allard proposed the motion that the parliament ?reflect on the events that took place in Paris on 7 January 2015 at the […]

Posted on: Jan 11, 2016,  Section: Cartoons, International, Comments: Comments Off on Scottish Parliament proposes January 7 Cartoonists Day to highlight free speech

Angouleme International Comics Festival opens Grand Prix into a write-in

From the Guardian: This week the largest comics festival in France announced its 30 nominees for what many consider the most prestigious prize in comics, the Grand Prix. Not one nominee was a woman. Usually there are at least few women on the longlist for the Angoulême International Comics Festival (known in French as the […]

Posted on: Jan 11, 2016,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, International, Comments: Comments Off on Angouleme International Comics Festival opens Grand Prix into a write-in

Cartoonist call for boycot of Grand Prix d’ Angouleme

The Grand Prix d’ Angouleme is one of the highest awards that can be conferred upon a cartoonist. Previous American honorees include Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, R. Crumb and Bill Watterson. This year’s list of 30 nominees did not include the name of any woman and that has many cartoonists upset. Leading the charge is Jessica […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2016,  Section: Cartoons, International, Comments: 2 Comments

Will Terry Reviews the iPad Pro as a professional illustration tool

Children’s book illustrator Will Terry reviews Apple’s iPad Pro as a professional illustration device.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2015,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Technology, Comments: 2 Comments

AAEC releases statesment supporting Ann Telnaes

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has issues the following statement supporting editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) stands in support with Ann Telnaes and her right to call out presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz for politicizing his daughters in a campaign attack ad. While it would be in bad […]

Posted on: Dec 24, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: 6 Comments

Rex Babin honored with journalism award

The late Rex Babin, editorial cartoonist for The Sacramento Bee, was honored with the Mark Twain Award for Journalistic Excellence by the California Press Foundation. His family received the award on his behalf.  From the Sacramento Bee Babin, 49, died in March 2012 after a 15-month struggle with cancer. The annual award honors writers and […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Rex Babin honored with journalism award

2016 Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning speakers announced

Exciting news from Kenosha Festival of Cartooning founder and Director Anne Morse Hambrock. Next year’s line up will include: Ann Telnaes, Jen Sorensen, Wiley Miller, John Hambrock, Rob Harrell and Eddie Pittman. This is a great line-up. The festival will run September 15-17.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

My thoughts on the documentary Very Semi-Serious

I know I’ve mentioned the documentary “Very Semi-Serious” here before. It will air next Monday on HBO. I was kindly offered a sneak peak last night (which was also the night of the screening in New York City with the New Yorker cast of cartoonists – wouldn’t that have been fun to attend). A few […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment