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Archives for March, 2007

Peanuts used as model for visual language pattern study

Neil Cohn is a psychology student at Tufts University researching about visual language patterns and grammar. His current project is studying comics and as he says, “hopefully, by summer I should be testing peoples intutions on the grammar of these strips, and eventually looking at their brainwaves while processing them (fun!).” [sic]. Part of his […]

Posted on: Mar 29, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, New Launches, Comments: 3 Comments

Second annual “Science Idol” contest now open

Tom Toles, Garry Trudeau, Dave Coverly have been tapped to judge the second annual “Science Idol” cartoon contest to draw humorous attention to political interference in science. The winner of the contest receives a 3-day trip to Washington D.C. and a lunch with Tom. From the press release: All artists, amateur or professional, are welcome […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2007,  Section: Cartoons, Contests, Comments: Comments Off on Second annual “Science Idol” contest now open

Time Magazine touts the coming age of Web comics

Girls & Sports co-creator Andrew Feinstein writes in to point me to a recent article in Time magazine about how the web is reinvigorating comics. I found the article to be a bit amateurish – it was clear that the writer didn’t know a great deal about which he was writing. While there are some […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 15 Comments

Marshall Rogers passes at age 57

The LA Times is reporting that Marshall Rogers, best know of his work on the Batman comic book, passed away suddenly on Sunday at the age of 57. During his career he worked on other characters such as Silver Surfer, Mister Miracle, Dr. Strange, Iron Fist and G.I. Joe. He was the artist for a […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2007,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 3 Comments

16th Mutts collection book coming in May

According to E&P, Patrick McDonnell has a new Mutts collection (208 pages) that is due out in May. This is Patrick’s 16th Mutts collection book. The book is entitled: Animal Friendly

Posted on: Mar 28, 2007,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on 16th Mutts collection book coming in May

Comic cross-overs abound this week

Character cross-overs aren’t too unusual, but there seemed to be a spike in the number this week. In Sunday’s Lio, Mark Tatulli featured a dysfunctional For Better or For Worse family as hot-headed and short-tempered. Mark also brought in the Charlie Brown and Lucy for a gag yesterday. Stephan Pastis used Bucky from Get Fuzzy […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic cross-overs abound this week

Mutts takes the The Times slot

Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts has won a slot in The Times (Gainesville, AL) beating out Brian Crane’s Pickles narrowly with only 54 percent of the vote. While the paper has declared the winner in the “Comics March Madness” competition, it also concedes that there are more changes slated this summer.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Peanuts classic box set book coming in September

From the Aaugh blog comes news that a collectible Peanuts Classic Box Set will be released this September. The box set will have all eight of the Happiness is a Warm Puppy books that have been previously published – only now you get them in a nice box. The price varies depending on where you […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2007,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Peanuts classic box set book coming in September

Keith Knight speaks on racism and cartooning

Keith Knight, creator of (th)ink and the K-Chronicles, recently spoke at the University of Florida about his cartooning career, racism, terrorism and the Bush administration.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Speaking Engagements, Comments: Comments Off on Keith Knight speaks on racism and cartooning

Little Orphan Annie classic collection planned

For those who love the classic comics, IDW’s announcement that they are going to print a hard-bound collection of Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie is going to be good news. Perhaps even better, they’re going to start with the strips that appeared in the mid-1930s so as not to overlap the collection that Fantagraphics has […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2007,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: 4 Comments

Wrap up on the great Ohio road trip

If you’ve been following the blog the last couple of weeks, you know I was invited to speak at the Lakeland Community College Comic Symposium. Craig Boldman, the chairman of the Great Lakes Chapter of NCS, took it upon himself to give me a big Ohio welcome. He helped get me in touch with Lucy […]

Posted on: Mar 26, 2007,  Section: Gatherings, Comments: Comments Off on Wrap up on the great Ohio road trip

Pat Bagley still dishing it out in Utah

For those outside of Utah, the name Pat Bagley probably won’t mean much, but for us in Utah, Pat is THE big name in cartooning. For 27 years he’s been the editorial cartoonist at the Salt Lake Tribune and is either loved or reviled by politicians and other headliners. Last night the local news profiled […]

Posted on: Mar 26, 2007,  Section: Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Humorous Maximus launches Latigo classic comic strip

Dan Thompson, co-creator of the Humorous Maximums web site has announced the launch of the classic comic strip, “Latigo”. Latigo was created by Stan Lynde and is a western adventure (think Steve Canyon in cowboy boots) that ran from 1977 through 1983. Humorous Maximus has been granted the permission to run the full daily run. […]

Posted on: Mar 26, 2007,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Humorous Maximus launches Latigo classic comic strip

More stuff from Ohio on the way as well as today’s news

I’m running a bit behind after spending three days in Ohio. I’ve got some more stuff to post regarding the trip including a transcript of my presentation. The audio recording didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. My voice becomes inaudible at times depending on where I was standing on the stage. I’ll […]

Posted on: Mar 26, 2007,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: Comments Off on More stuff from Ohio on the way as well as today’s news

Visiting the OSU Cartoon Research Library

While visiting the Buckeye state, I was able to visit the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library in Columbus Ohio. Thanks to Craig Boldman who helped set things up, Jenny Robb, the library’s Associate Curator and Professor (what a cool job!) gave me a tour of the library and showed me their extensive collection. During […]

Posted on: Mar 26, 2007,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: 8 Comments