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Archives for June, 2007

Popeye’s suicide gag not funny for all

I don’t follow Popeye very much, so I was a bit perplexed when I came across this blog post in the Philadelphia weekly reporting on Wednesday and Thursday’s installment of the feature that depicts Olive Oyl with a gun to her head threatening suicide. Did Popeye cross a line? Is suicide a topic we can […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 15 Comments

Jim Babcock Passes at Age 87

From the Comics Reporter comes news that Jim Babcock who was an illustrator and sports cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee and Modesto Bee has died at the age of 87. In addition to illustrating articles, he made a Sunday historical cartoon called California Nuggets and created the popular Friday sports feature Sportoons, for which he […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2007,  Section: Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Pat Oliphant’s work included in UNICEF commemorative picture book (UPDATED)

Editorial Cartoonist Pat Oliphant has several drawings included in a new picture book commemorating the 60th anniversary of The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The book was published in Germany and has already been released to book stores this month. UPDATE: E&P reported that Signe Wilkinson is also in the book.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2007,  Section: Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Pat Oliphant’s work included in UNICEF commemorative picture book (UPDATED)

Charles Schulz biography due in October

I’ve mentioned the upcoming Charles M. Schulz biography before, now the Aaugh blog reports that the book now has a scheduled release date of October 16th.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2007,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Charles Schulz biography due in October

Bunny Bash photos posted

Mike Lynch, the ever present with camera cartoonist, has this year’s Bunny Bash documented with photos.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2007,  Section: Gatherings, Comments: Comments Off on Bunny Bash photos posted

Stone Soup Home Birth Met with Praise

Jan Eliot’s current story line about Joan’s pregnancy and baby delivery is being met by many midwives and mothers as a welcomed examination of alternative childbirth methods discussed on the comic pages. Jan is receiving many emails on a daily basis supporting the current story line. From one email: So many people believe that the […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Stone Soup Home Birth Met with Praise

Voting open for Science Idol editorial cartoon contest

The second annual Science Idol editorial cartoon contest is now open for public voting. The contest is sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists who use the competition to draw attention to political interference in scientific issues. The final judges are James McCloud (last year’s winner), Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Tom Toles (Washington Post) and Dave […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2007,  Section: Contests, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Retired Editorial Cartoonist Eldon Pletcher Profiled

Mike Lynch profiles editorial can gag cartoonist Eldon Pletcher, who once drew for the Souix City Journal (1949-1966) and New Orleans Times Picayune (1966-1983).

Posted on: Jun 28, 2007,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Guardian’s Steve Bell commemorates Tony Blair’s decade in office

Across the pond, the Guradian’s editorial cartoonist, Steve Bell, has posted a slide show of his cartoons depicting outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair over the years in office.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2007,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Guardian’s Steve Bell commemorates Tony Blair’s decade in office

Andy Capp Statue to be unveiled (UPDATED)

Comic Reporter Tom Spurgeon reports that the Andy Capp statue that was proposed last fall will be unveiled later this week. I haven’t been able to get to the Hartlepool Mail’s web site to actually read the details. Once the site is serving out pages again, I’ll see what new developments have been made. UPDATED: […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Andy Capp Statue to be unveiled (UPDATED)

PreTeena characters ‘join’ tween social web site

PreTeena creator Allison Barrows and some of her characters have joined a kids-safe networking site (AllyKatzz.com) for tween age girls (9-15) in efforts to “hear comments from the girls, gain suggestions, and really get into this age-group’s head.” The partnership offers Alison the opportunity to become engaged with her sample audience. It doesn’t appear that […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Andrews McMeel Universal Nominiated As Top 10 Kansas City Companies

Andrews McMeel Universal (the parent company of Universal Press Syndicate) has been nominated as a Top Company in Kansas City. The distinction is shared by 9 other companies and a single Top Company will be announced on August 24th. The criteria for this award include: “company’s contributions, innovations, work culture, customer service, transactions, challenges, community […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2007,  Section: Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonists in the news: Tom Stern

Forbes.com has a write up about Tom Stern’s CEO Dad book entitled How To Avoid Getting Fired By Your Family. Mentioned are Tom’s efforts to get his strip into television.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists in the news: Tom Stern

Reader takes Lynn Johnston to task on age disparities in FBOFW

Over on the For Better or For Worse web site, the blog that was maintained by fictional character April is now being maintained by fictional character Elly and non-fictional character Lynn (just roll with it – it’s all in fun). I laughed at one of the first new blog posts under this new arrangement as […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Interviewed: Dan Piraro on his cartooning

Over at Cecil Vortex’s blog, he has an interesting interview with Bizarro cartoonist Dan Piraro. CV: I understand that to syndicate a cartoon, you first need to stockpile a large number of comics. Was that a challenge for you? DP: Early on it was very hard. See, on the one hand, I really love starting […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment