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2018 NCS Divisional Nominees

The 2018 National Cartoonists Society Divisional Award nominees for the 73rd Annual NCS Reuben Awards! The winners will be announced on May 18th, 2019 in Huntington Beach, CA. The National Cartoonists Society  

Posted on: Mar 18, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Television, Comments: Comments Off on 2018 NCS Divisional Nominees

Cartoonists: Bill Griffith, Tom Scott, Steve Ditko, Rube Goldberg, Jeff Kinney, Will McPhail

  Interview: Bill Griffith, Nobody’s Fool, and a Grand Career in Comics In 1976, Zippy began to appear in about 50 alternative weekly newspapers–syndicated only by me. From ’76 to ’85, Zippy was a weekly strip that I syndicated alone. In 1985, the San Francisco Examiner, a daily Hearst paper, was given over to a […]

Posted on: Mar 11, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists: Bill Griffith, Tom Scott, Steve Ditko, Rube Goldberg, Jeff Kinney, Will McPhail

Spinning the Cartoon Wheel of Stuff

Wwwwhhhirrrrrr…tic….tic…..tic……tac   Merrie Melodies, Silly Symphonies, and Looney Tunes Meet The Queen’s Cartoonists, a New York jazz band bringing back cartoon music. As I watched The Queen’s Cartoonists slip and slide through decades of cartoon music in a matter of minutes, with the animations projected on a large screen behind them, I followed a captivated […]

Posted on: Mar 1, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Contests, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Spinning the Cartoon Wheel of Stuff

Society of Illustrators 2019 Hall of Fame

The Society of Illustrators has announced the inductees to their class of 2019 Hall of Fame and, as has been customary for the past 60 years, cartoonists are among the chosen.     Mary Petty (1899–1976) was a self-taught, prolific illustrator of books and magazines whose works appeared regularly on the covers of The New […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Society of Illustrators 2019 Hall of Fame

Cartoonists Remembering and Remembering Cartoonists

  A few days later I got calls from the highway department AND The Famous Artists Schools both saying that I was hired. What a dilemma. H-m-m-m, sweat all day in the broiling sun in a road gang … OR … sit at a drawing board all day and draw cartoons? Randy Enos‘ latest Caledonian […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

Interviews: Will McPhail, Nicole Hollander, and Lauren Weinstein

“There is something magical about three you know – a trio is tight and nicely economical.”   Ian Willliams Here’s trio of interviews with cartoonists. …it’s hard when one’s job is to get people laughing. An interview with Will McPhail: cartoonist for The New Yorker       The wonderful thing about black and white […]

Posted on: Feb 3, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Interviews: Will McPhail, Nicole Hollander, and Lauren Weinstein

Editorial and Magazine Cartoon News and such

  Why Trump is Cartoonist’s Target-in-Chief “You pick on Trump way more than you picked on Obama.” I started wondering if these people were on to something. Trump officially marks the middle of his term Sunday, so I decided to go back and count the cartoons I’ve done on him over the past two years […]

Posted on: Jan 20, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Editorial and Magazine Cartoon News and such

$800 Deluxe Edition: The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive

The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive : This monumental, two-volume, slip-cased collection includes nearly 10 decades worth of New Yorker cartoons selected and organized by subject with insightful commentary by Bob Mankoff and a foreword by David Remnick. “…the most ingenious collection of New Yorker cartoons published in book form, The […]

Posted on: Jun 10, 2018,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on $800 Deluxe Edition: The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive

The Incredible Shrinking Gag Cartoon Market

From cartoonist Mike Lynch: The new issue of Reader’s Digest is on the stands. And there are three cartoons in it. Not bad. One was originally published by The New Yorker magazine some years back. The cartoon was then bought by RD this year from the New Yorker’s Cartoonbank. There is a cartoon from Cartoonstock, […]

Posted on: May 3, 2018,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on The Incredible Shrinking Gag Cartoon Market

Rejection is a cartoonist’s constant companion.

Once upon a time, in the 20th century, cartoonists submitted gag cartoons to the top magazines – The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy. Gags rejected by those editors were recycled to the next tier – SatEvePost, Collier’s, True. And so on down the line to trade journals and then to those joke and cartoon magazines. By […]

Posted on: May 1, 2018,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 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

HBO acquires rights to run “Very Semi-Serious” documentary

From Real Screen HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Leah Wolchok?s Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists (pictured). Directed and produced by Wolchok, the film takes a look behind the scenes of the iconic American magazine and follows cartoon editor Bob Mankoff as he reviews piles of weekly […]

Posted on: Aug 5, 2015,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on HBO acquires rights to run “Very Semi-Serious” documentary

Mark Anderson’s Reuben Awards presentation

I’ve seen Mark present a couple of times now. He’s both funny and informative.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

The New Yorker cartoons found in Mad Men

Michael Maslin looks at the New Yorker cartoons used in the background of Peggy Olson’s office in the TV Show Mad Men One of those is copy chief Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss. In the fifth season episode ?Dark Shadows?, which takes place in 1966, Peggy opens a pitch meeting for a soft drink […]

Posted on: May 20, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Interviewed: Matthew Diffee on his latest book of rejected New Yorker cartoons

NPR interviewed New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee regarding his latest book Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People. The book comes out later this month. From NPR: On The New Yorker’s rejection rate It’s classically bad. … We’re supposed to turn in 10 gag ideas, you know, at a sketch level. And on a really […]

Posted on: May 11, 2015,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments