Firstly, Darrin Bell’s Candorville will come out with its second collection this September…. The book is published through Andrews McMeel and can be pre-ordered through amazon.comSecondly, Bill Mauldin, a pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist and often best remembered for his cartoon characters of Joe and Willie during World War II, will have a series of books published by Fantagraphic according to Editor and Publisher (who cites the Comics Reporter).
The Bakersfield Californian has dropped Cleats – which it ran for a six week trial run – and has added The Pajama Diaries (registration required). The article doesn’t mention whether Terri Libenson’s feature is a permanent placement or only taking over the “test-comic position,” but the editor is inviting the public to send in their feedback.
Stephan Pastis’s Pearls Before Swine will be coming out in a comic collection book called “Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My!” this September. According to E&P, the book will contain a collection of unedited and unpublished strips.
The Deseret News in Salt Lake City will debut a new Sunday comic called Heaven’s Love Thrift Shop by Kevin Frank. Heaven’s Love is a Sunday only feature about a thrift shop owned by a church. The focus of the feature according to Kevin is, “to remind people there is a God, and God loves them, and then make them chuckle. But you can be sure I will avoid any heavy-handed ‘preachiness.”
Fans of Jules Fieffer will want to read this article from the Vineyard Gazette. The article covers much of Jule’s many accomplishments and that he retreats to Martha’s Vineyard to do writing, while New York City is where he does artwork. He is currently working on another children’s book, which would be his 10th.
John Rose writes in to announce that a collection of his editorial cartoons has been published by Parkway Publishers and is entitled, This Is Where I Draw the Line! John is the editorial cartoonist for the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, VA and also draws Barney Google and Snuffy Smith.
From Editorialcartoonists.com comes news that Stephan Templeton has won first place in editorial cartooning in the 2006 Excellence in Journalism Award from the Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists. Templeton draws for the Intelligencer.
Additionally, SW Parra has taken first place in editorial cartooning from the 2005 Better Newspapers Contents by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
With the success of the complete Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, Dennis the Menace, etc. IDW publishing will release a complete Dick Tracy collection in October.
According to the Reuter’s story the DVD will include a hybernated feature that can be activated after November 28 (presumably to coincide with peak Christmas buying season), a four minute mini-movie with all the original voice talent. The mini-movie is a parody of reality tv called “Hammy’s Boomerang Adventure.”The DVD also includes “Behind the Hedge,” a look at the real-life animals that inspired the film’s critters; filmmaker commentaries; a mock “infomercial” spoofing the career opportunities of pest control; a “making-of” documentary; cast interviews; and a virtual drawing lesson by a DreamWorks animator on how to sketch Hammy.Over the Hedge took in $151.7 million domestically.
The topic for this In Focus article has been rolling around in my mind for a few months now. Since October, when I started this blog, Iï¿½ve read several reports (usually around end of financial quarters) that bemoan the dropping circulations and overall readership of the newspaper. How was this trend affecting the big six syndicates who sell editorial cartoons and comic strips?ï¿½ Because their business is so closely dependent on the health of the newspaper industry ï¿½ what were syndicates doing to grow their business in this climate and ultimately, how would these trends affect the current or future syndicated cartoonist?
Darrin Bell took a jab at Republican Senator Jim Bunning through is Candorville strip earlier this month in response to Bunning’s complaints that the New York Times had committed treason by publishing a story about anti-terrorism programs used to track international money.
From the For Better or For Worse blog comes news of a new 16 month family planner to help organize the sometimes hectic family schedules.
King Features has announced that Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott’s Zits has crossed another client list milestone with over 1,500 subscribers worldwide. Zits was launched in 1997 and within it’s first four years had already surpassed 500 clients, according to Jay Kennedy, Editor in Chief of King Features.
According to the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, 75% of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 24 who said they read the a newspaper when they were younger (13-to-17) now read their local paper at least once a week.Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they read the local Sunday paper in the past four weeks and 66% said they read it last Sunday.MORI Research conducted the study on behalf of the NAA Foundation…. The study also noted that roughly 800 papers carry some sort of syndicated youth content for all ages.The study shows that when teens pick up the paper they are more attracted to stories written by their peers (but not by much).