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Randy Glass’ stipple art profiled on Drawn!

Jon Heder by Randy Glass. Used by permission. This is slightly off topic, but easily justifiable as it is artwork that appears in the newspaper. Randy Glass, one of the illustrators at the Wall Street Journal, does that amazing stipple art portraits was mentioned yesterday on the Drawn! blog. I’ve been so impressed with stipple […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Randy Glass’ stipple art profiled on Drawn!

Simpsons movie to debut in 2007

Slightly Off-topic. It’s been rumored for quite sometime, then production started, now a release date of July 27, 2007 has been set for the full length animation movie of The Simpsons. A 25 second trailer has been showing in theaters before Ice Age 2. I’ll link to the trailer should it appear online. UPDATE: Looks […]

Posted on: Apr 3, 2006,  Section: Movies, Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Simpsons movie to debut in 2007

Rube Goldberg compitition is this weekend

The 19th annual Rube Goldberg competition is set for this weekend. The competition pays homage to late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who specialized in drawing extremely complex machines that performed very simple tasks. This year’s challenge is to build a mechanism that will individually cut or shred five sheets of 20-pound, 8-by-11-inch paper. About eight university […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Rube Goldberg compitition is this weekend

Marvel and DC want to own “super-hero” word

Slightly off topic – but Marvel and DC comics are demanding that they joint-own the word “super-hero.” Marvel Comics is continuing in its bid to steal the word “super-hero” from the public domain and put it in a lock-box to which it will control the key. Marvel and DC comics jointly filed a trademark on […]

Posted on: Mar 21, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Controversies, Off topic, Comments: 4 Comments

The art of pantomine in animation, comics

Slightly off-topic, but of interest. An article on this weekends NY Times about how chatty modern animation has become and how they’ve lost the art of pantomine. It’s an interesting read by itself, but with the announcement of a new feature called “Lio“by Mark Tatulli – which is being sold as a pantomine feature, I […]

Posted on: Mar 20, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Movies, Off topic, Comments: 28 Comments

Chinese college to launch degree course on cartooning

Slightly off topic, but interesting that a Chinese college is opening a three-year course for artist to learn cartooning. Full story below. BEIJING, March 10(Xinhuanet)– A Beijing-based college is to open a three-year course for budding artists interested in cartoon drawing, the first undergraduate course of its kind in China. Applicants are not required to […]

Posted on: Mar 10, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Off topic, Comments: 1 Comment

Iranians rename Danish pastries

Off topic, but interesting. When the Americans were angered by France’s unwillingness to support the Iraq war, we renamed our beloved french fries to “Freedom Fries.” Now, in what I can only hope as a small step forward in non-volient free speech – many Iranians are renaming their Danish Pastries to “Roses of the Prophet […]

Posted on: Feb 17, 2006,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Off topic, Comments: 2 Comments

Study: Women fall for the wittiest guy

Way off topic story here, but scientists are theorizing that women are attracted to funny men and that men (once they get past the “many other qualities admired by superficial man”) are attracted to women who laugh at their jokes.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Study: Women fall for the wittiest guy

Create your own Garfield strip

From a feature section in the Metro West Daily News comes this little tidbit. You know the drill, readers: Every so often, we compile enough strange, curious, and simply head-scratching Web sites to make an entire column out of them. And wouldn?t you know it? This is one of those weeks. Special thanks to the […]

Posted on: Jan 25, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Off topic, Comments: 2 Comments

New site to promote comics on iPods

Off topic, but interesting. A network has been created to get comics on iPods. Clickwheel is a whole new way of using your iPod, and a whole new way of reading comics. Looking for a simple innocent laugh? A dry, sophisticated chuckle? A true story of crime, disaster or ordinary life? A brain-bending exercise in […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Off topic, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on New site to promote comics on iPods

Hundreds of artists show off their Batgirls

Another fun but off-topic post. A couple of days ago a LiveJournal blogger invited artists on LiveJournal to draw a picture of Batgirl. Several hundred did. (Story continues below picture…) Batgirl is copyright by Clio Chiang, used by permission. One of the exciting things the internet is allowing artists to do is more communcal type […]

Posted on: Jan 20, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Hundreds of artists show off their Batgirls