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Back in the day, Phil Donahue was the king of day-time talk shows. If I remember right his show, and competing shows, were topical and dealt with mostly social issues. I’m not sure which show first decided to introduce or change their format to “freak,” but for several years day-time talk shows all raced to […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2010,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Discussion, Comments: 55 Comments

Stephen Silver to release “The Master’s Series”

Stephen Silver is releasing a video series entitled “The Master’s Series” this month which features Stephen visiting the homes and studios of famous cartoonists to talk about their careers, film their techniques as they draw, ink and color. The series is sold through Schoolism.com for $39. Have you ever wanted to sit in the studio […]

Posted on: Jan 5, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Discussion, How-to, Illustration, Interviews, video, Comments: 2 Comments

Open Discussion: verifying originality without being influenced

Wiley Miller made an interesting comment on the open discussion about using gag writers and how he handles blind submission from gag writers. He said, So without ever looking at the index cards (as I didn’t want to be unduly influenced by their material), I’d stick them right into the return envelope. I’ve heard variations […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Discussion, Comments: 44 Comments

Jon Stewart talks to Walter Isaacson about how to save newspapers

Jon Stewart talks to Walter Isaacson author of the Time cover story “How to Save Your Newspaper.”

1981 report on newspapers online is a story from KRON in San Francisco about The San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle’s forays into online news in 1981.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2009,  Section: Discussion, Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Strip Doctor Quits His Practice

David Malki, the self proclaimed comic strip doctor, has tired of his snarky ways and has decided to stop writing his columns. Continuing commitments with my own ongoing comic, writing, and film projects have precluded my spending further time on faux criticism, and frankly, I don’t even read newspaper comics anymore. So it’s been a […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2007,  Section: Discussion, Comments: 22 Comments

What do comics mean to you?

Last week, I enjoyed an email exchange with Rebecca Nappi of the The Spokesman Review. She’s renewed her interest in the funny pages after losing interest in them when she went away for college 34 years ago. She’s written a commentary about why the funnies have beaconed her return. The adult world is pretty scary […]

Posted on: Apr 2, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Discussion, Comments: 1 Comment

Discussion: I’d rather lose my left (or right) hand if I had to give up using…

Back in the mid-90’s I was watching a video that Tribune Media Services distributed to newspapers to promote Jeff MacNelly. Half way through I noticed Jeff was using some kind of pen that made thin and narrow strokes like it was a brush – but it definitely was a pen.  I did slow-mo several times trying to figure out what he was using. I finally emailed Chris Cassatt who was Jeff’s assistant at the time and asked him what he was using. He wrote back telling me it was a brush pen that could only be purchased from an art store in Canada and also gave me contact information on how to order one – which I immediately did.  Since then, that brush pen (I still use the original) has been irreplaceable. I love the freedom of being able to work away from my desk and not have to carry around an ink bottle and cup of water to clean the brush.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2006,  Section: Discussion, Comments: 27 Comments