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Archives for August, 2007

Arctic Circle Launched

The new King Features comic strip Arctic Circle, by Alex Hallatt launched yesterday. If it’s not running in your local paper, you can see samples over on KFS’ web site or through their Daily Ink subscription service. I’ve read through the press kit that contained samples of the first month of strips and highly enjoyed […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, New Launches, Comments: 8 Comments

Best of Bo Nanas to Run on Gocomics.Com

John Kovaleski writes in to alert Bo Nanas fans that a “best of” of his feature will be running on GoComics.com beginning yesterday. GoComics.com will run the last 4+ years of the features. John also mentions that he’s updated bonanas.com to include the last week of the original strip for those who may have missed […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Best of Bo Nanas to Run on Gocomics.Com

Elmer Sprunger, Bigfork Eagle Cartoonist Dies at Age 87

Elmer Sprunger, who has created cartoons for more than 20 years for the Bigfork Eagle (MT) has passed away at the age of 87. Elmer worked most of his life in blue-collar jobs such as road construction, logging and for a aluminum plant where he painted signs, illustrations and safety cartoons. He spent the last […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2007,  Section: Cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 5 Comments

Hattiesburg American picks up 3 new features; drops 2

Earlier this month, I reported that The Hattiesburg American (MS) was changing their line-up because Kudzu is no longer available. After polling their readers they’ve added three new features: Pickles, Pearls Before Swine and Little Dog Lost. On the outs include: Cathy and Mark Trail and of course Kudzu. On the Sunday pages, they’ve also […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hattiesburg American picks up 3 new features; drops 2

Rediscovered: Pat Oliphant’s ‘Sunday Punk’

Stripper Guide, Allan Holtz, posted samples of a brief lived Sunday feature by Pat Oliphant that ran in the 1980s. Sunday Punk starred Oliphant’s trademark penguin character from his daily editorial cartoons, and the character was pretty much used in the same way in the Sunday-only comic strip — making wry comments on politics and […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Rediscovered: Pat Oliphant’s ‘Sunday Punk’

Ed Gamble Will Keep His Job (UPDATED)

The Times-Union editorial cartoonist Ed Gamble made headlines last week as African-Americans in Jacksonville, as well as nationally, cried foul over Ed’s “Don’t Snitch” cartoon that also used the term “ho.” African-American leaders have demanded an apology, Ed’s dismissal and the inclusion of an African-American on the editorial board. According to an e-mail from Ed, […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2007,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 15 Comments

Lynn Johnston to Increase Her Content on the Web

A reader sent me the link to a CBC News interview with Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better or For Worse. It’s a typical interview with Lynn, but still a good read. A couple of items that I think qualifies for news is her intent to use her web site to post additional material regarding […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Web Sites, Comments: 1 Comment

Opus temporarily dropped in over 25 papers

Berkeley Breathed’s Opus has been temporarily dropped by 25 or more papers today and next week as the topic involves the Lola Granola’s character converting to “radical islamist.” Salon.com, carries the strip says many editors were afraid of offending muslim readers. Another aspect to the strip was a not-so-subtle reference to sex.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 9 Comments

Comic Strip Doctor Quits His Practice

David Malki, the self proclaimed comic strip doctor, has tired of his snarky ways and has decided to stop writing his columns. Continuing commitments with my own ongoing comic, writing, and film projects have precluded my spending further time on faux criticism, and frankly, I don’t even read newspaper comics anymore. So it’s been a […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2007,  Section: Discussion, Comments: 22 Comments

Marshall Ramsey blogs his 3000 blog post

Congrats to Marshall Ramsey who has past an impressive milestone of 3000 blog posts in just over a year. His milestone post? This won’t be long. Or flashy. I just have two words to say to all of you — thank you. This blog could be a ball and chain, another thing to eat up […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2007,  Section: Blogs, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Scott Adam’s Mentoring to Syndication Part 7 Posted

Scott Adams continues to post his advise to Scott Meyer who is trying to take his feature to syndication, Basic Instructions. Part 7 has now been posted. He’s posted several revisions of Basic Instructions in the new comic strip format.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Brevity Creators to Appear on Next Wpost Live Discussion

Guy Endore-Kaiser and Rodd Perry, creators of Brevity will be on the Washington Post’s live discussion tomorrow at 1:00 pm (EST). You can submit questions now.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Brevity Creators to Appear on Next Wpost Live Discussion

‘America’s Most Wanted Political Cartoonist’ Book Published

E&P writes that Khalil Bendib has a new book out entitled, Mission Accomplished: Wicked Cartoons By America’s Most Wanted Political Cartoonist. The book is a collection of hist cartoons. Khalil is perhaps the only Muslim-American editorial cartoonist in the United States. He self-syndicates to over “1,700 small and mid-sized newspapers as well as on Web […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2007,  Section: Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on ‘America’s Most Wanted Political Cartoonist’ Book Published

NCS Foundation Scholarship Available to College Students

The National Cartoonists Society Foundation is offering a number of scholarships to college students for the 2008-2009 academic year. For applicants who qualify, they must download an application and submit a 5 sample portfolio to the foundation for review. The site does not mention the criteria for selecting the winners. The number and amounts are […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2007,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Foundation Scholarship Available to College Students

Cagle Decries Cartoon Awards

MSNBC editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle has posted a brief criticism of cartoon awards and those who chase them. We’re a competitive bunch, and our profession has fallen on hard times, so I suppose it is natural for cartoonists to want to seek consolation in awards; that’s fine with me – but I think editorial cartoonists […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2007,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comments: 5 Comments