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Archives for July, 2007

Off Topic: Learning Flash? Consider the Dangers (UPDATED)

For all those editorial cartoonists who are now cramming to learn Flash for better Pulitzer positioning next year may want to check out this little flash animation below as a fun little diversion. Enjoy. Animator vs. Animation by *alanbecker on deviantART UPDATE: Aaron Taylor writes in to point us to part two of the Animator […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2007,  Section: Animation, Comments: 7 Comments

Ted Slampyak shares how he creates Little Orphan Annie

Ted Slampyak, the artist behind Little Orphan Annie, has posted a review of his drawing process. The system I show won’t work for everyone. It may not even work for anyone, except that it works for me. Other comics artists use other systems — maybe some of them will comment here on theirs — but […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Ted Slampyak shares how he creates Little Orphan Annie

ToonSeum Gallery to open in Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will open up the ToonSeum Gallery this October that will feature exhibits of cartoon art from comic books, comic strips, illustrations, editorial cartooning and animation. The gallery’s first exhibit is entitled “From Illustration to Animation: Picture Books Come Alive Through the Art of Animation” and opens up in October of […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2007,  Section: Cartoons, Exhibits, Comments: 1 Comment

Matt Janz appears in Washington Post online chat

I missed this one. Matt Janz, creator of Out of the Gene Pool was last week’s Washington Post’s Meet the Comics Pages online chat guest. The transcript is still available online.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

GoComics to release first mobile phone comic book

From Universal Press Syndicate comes news that GoComics will be releasing the first mobile phone comic book on August 20th. The comic entitled, “Thunder Road” will be delivered as a slideshow to the phone. “Thunder Road” is created by Sean Demory and drawn by Steven Sanders and is a “post-apocalyptic, diesel punk action adventure” – […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Technology, Comments: 2 Comments

Washington Examiner replaces their comics with puzzles

From Mike Rhode comes news that the Washington Examiner has dropped all of their comics and replaced them with puzzles. Over the years, they went from two full pages, to one half page and now to none. They invite comments on their website. Perhaps they’ll take a cue from the L.A. Post-Telegram as well as […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Lio is an easy sell in Asia

Mark Tatulli’s wordless comic feature Lio is an easy sell in Asia. According to a press release from Universal Press Syndicate, Lio can be found in every major English language newspaper in Asia including the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, the Straits Time in Singapore, the New Straits Time in Malaysia and the […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Stone Soup Is Colored by a 15 Year-Old

Here’s an interesting story from The Register-Guard (Eugene OR) about 15 year-old Olivia Clingman-White who is Jan Eliot’s assistant on the Stone Soup comic. Olivia has been working with Jan for the last five years and is responsible for coloring the comic in Photoshop. She’s also been a source of inspiration for some of story […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Stone Soup Is Colored by a 15 Year-Old

Lee Judge: Endangered Species: Political Cartoonists

E&P reported that Kansas City Star editorial cartoonist Lee Judge will be speaking at the National Conference of Editorial Writers on September 29th. The topic of his speech? “Making the Case for an Endangered Species: Political Cartoonists.” When I wrote last week that today’s editorial cartoonists are “infatuated by their own victim status” this is […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2007,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 18 Comments

Mark Tatulli, cartoonist, motivational speaker

Mike Lynch has posted a motivational review of Mark Tatull’s rise as a comic strip cartoonist that was first posted on The Wisenheimer. So what’s the point of all this? Well, back in ’97 I thought it was all over. I had to give up my dream out of necessity. Sales weren’t there and there […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Berkeley Breathed interviewed by The Bat Segundo Show

The Bat Segundo Show (a literary podcast) recently interviewed Opus creator Berkeley Breathed. See part 1 and part 2. I’ve not listened to these so I have no idea what the content would be, but presumably it’s about Berkeley’s new book. Thanks Mike Rhode for the heads up.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2007,  Section: Blogs, Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Berkeley Breathed interviewed by The Bat Segundo Show

Jesse Springer wins this year’s American Science Idol

The Union of Concerned Scientists who sponsor the annual “American Science Idol” cartoon contest has announced this year’s winner. Jesse Springer of Eugene Oregon. Finalists (which will be featured in the calendar) include Matt Bors, Brian Orr, Matthew Shultz, Jen Sorensen, Tim White, Phil Witte, and Alejandro Yegros. Judges included Garry Trudeau, Tom Toles, and […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2007,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Steve Greenberg gets an updated blog

Ventura County Star editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg writes in to share news that his section of the paper’s web site has been updated to include a blog, better bio, space for larger images, and shorter URL. He mentions that he’s also started adding animations, sketches and commentary on the blog as well. The new URL […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2007,  Section: Blogs, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Steve Greenberg gets an updated blog

Bill Kitchen dies at age 78

Bill Kitchen, the former Miami Herald cartoonist, has died at the age of 78 of pancreatic cancer. Bill began working for the Herald in 1960 and officially retired in 1985 but continued to freelance to the paper until 2000. The Herald reports that in the 1960s, Bill was so popular that if he took a […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2007,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 5 Comments

Chan Lowe posted his first animated editorial cartoon

ComicDC blogger Mike Rhode writes in to alert Daily Cartoonists that Chan Lowe, editorial cartoonist for the Sun-Sentinel, has posted his first animated editorial cartoon. Chan is working with an animator who works in the Marketing Special Sections Department of the paper.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2007,  Section: Animation, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Chan Lowe posted his first animated editorial cartoon