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Archives for March, 2006

Bok, Horsey, Kelley, Luckovich, Ohman up for ‘The Week’ Award

E&P reports that finalists for the annual “The Week” awards have been announced. Those included for Editorial Cartoonist of the year are: Chip Bok, Akron Beacon Journal, Creators Syndicate; David Horsey, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Tribune Media Services; Steve Kelley, Times-Picayune, Creators Syndicate; Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creators Syndicate; Jack Ohman, The Oregonian, Tribune Media Services.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2006,  Section: Awards, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Bok, Horsey, Kelley, Luckovich, Ohman up for ‘The Week’ Award

Moderately Confused replaces The Phantom

The Baraboo News Republic (WI) is replacing The Phantom with Jeff Stahler’s Moderately Confused. No reasons were cited. The one-panel comic strip “Moderately Confused” will replace “The Phantom” on our comics page. “Moderately Confused” is drawn by Jeff Stahler, editorial cartoonist for The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. “Moderately Confused” was a finalist for the National Cartoonists […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Professional cartooning isn’t for ‘wimps’

There is a great piece in the Sacramento Bee about the challenges of being a professional cartoonist. It covers some of the cartoonists that took sabaticals or ended their feature early due to the relentless deadlines. Quoted in the article are Darby Conley who puts in 70 hours a week into his feature “Get Fuzzy“, […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Drew Sheneman: Are editorial cartoonist too hard on Bush?

In an opinion piece that was reprinted in the San Jose Mercury News, Star-Ledger editorial cartoonist Drew Sheneman opines about how fairly Bush is being treated on the opinion page by editorial cartoonists from around the country. Have cartoonists and satirists harped on these issues to the point of being vicious? I suppose that depends […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2006,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Funny pages shrink in Sacramento Bee

In a cost cutting move, the ‘Sacramento Bee is reducing the number of pages in it’s Sunday funnies from 8 to 6 pages. Four of the comics dropped from the smaller section will still run in the Bee on weekdays. They include “Bizarro,” “Garfield,” “Hi and Lois,” and “Rubes.” Strips being dropped entirely by the […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

David Catrow working on ‘Horton Hears a Who’ movie

From Cagle’s blog comes news that David Catrow is moving into animation and is working as a character designer for the upcoming movie “Horton Hears a Who.” Cagle also reports that David won’t be returning to editorial cartooning in the near future. Copley News Service announced that David was taking a sabbatical to work on […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2006,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Movies, Comments: 3 Comments

Editorial cartoonist symposium planned at Hamilton College

Hamilton College editorial cartoonist Thomas Booth has helped organize a symposium on the topic of Editorial cartooning and Illustration. Participating in the event will be Tony Auth, Rob Rogers and Steve Brodner (who’s illustrations appear frequently in Sports Illustrated and Business Week). All three artists will speak about their work and careers. Auth’s talk is […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2006,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Speaking Engagements, Comments: Comments Off on Editorial cartoonist symposium planned at Hamilton College

Boondock loses two-thirds of client list during hiatus

E&P is reporting that only about 1/3 of Aaron McGruder’s client list is running the re-runs for Boondock. “Boondocks” clients not using the reruns are replacing McGruder’s feature with various comics. For instance, the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal picked “Candorville” by Darrin Bell of the Washington Post Writers Group, while The Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal and […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Dallas Morning News trying out several news strips

The Dallas Morning News has posted a story (registration required) to inform it’s readers that while Boondocks is away, they will be trying out four new strips: Brevity, Prickly City, Lio and an unamed feature to be announced later. The won’t add any new features on the Sunday comics, but will run larger versions of […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Spot the Frog first collection book due in May

From a press release from United Media, Mark Heath’s feature “Spot the Frog” will get it’s first collection book this May (actually the press release says May, you can buy it now from Amazon). From the press release: Spot the Frog: A Cartoon Collection (Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, $10.95, May 2006) is the first book […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Spot the Frog first collection book due in May

Phil Frank talks about “Farley”

Phil Frank, creator of Farley was recently invited to speak at a local librar in Napa County (CA). There’s a good article about how his feature has evolved since it was first created back in 1975. “Farley was a kind of a wandering individual who was going from place to place as an interesting way […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Speaking Engagements, Comments: 4 Comments

Who created Felix the cat?

For those interested in comic history, there is an article over on the Hudson Reporter about the history of Felix the Cat. Felix quickly became the star of silent animation for audiences in the United States and Europe, and even starred in his own successful comic strip, which began in 1923. However, Messmer wasn’t always […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2006,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 2 Comments

NCS nominees posted

The National Cartoonists Society has posted the nominees for each of the Reuben award categories. Here is what has been announced so far: Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year “Foxtrot” creator BILL AMEND “Speed Bump” creator DAVE COVERLY “Pickles” creator BRIAN CRANE editorial cartoonist MIKE LUCKOVICH “Bizarro” creator DAN PIRARO Other categories: Advertising Illustration: ROY DOTY […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on NCS nominees posted

Non Sequitur takes Boondock’s place in AK

Wiley Miller’s “Non Sequitur” picks up a the Northwest Arkansas Times while Aaron McGruder is on hiatus. The Times did not say whether “Boondocks” will return to the funny pages once Aaron starts it up again. Non Sequitur, a comic by cartoonist Wiley Miller that examines the absurdities of life, begins today in the Northwest […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Real Life Adventures celebrates 15 years in the funnies

Lance Aldrich and Gary Wise’s feature “Real Life Adventures” is celebrating 15 years. Aldrich and Wise, after working with each other for 21 years, have developed an unconventional approach to collaboration: they stay away from each other. Working together through a series of faxes and phone calls between Aldrich’s home in rural Michigan (he is […]

Posted on: Mar 24, 2006,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment