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Archives for November, 2007

Clay Bennett to be syndicated through Washington Post Writers Group

Washington Post Writers Group has announced that they have signed Pulitzer Prize winner Clay Bennett. Clay is leaving the Christian Science Monitor after nine years and taking the Chattanooga Times Free Press position starting in January. His work was syndicated through the Christian Science Monitor, but when he announced he was leaving, Clay also noted […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2007,  Section: Editorial cartooning, WPWG, Comments: 3 Comments

Patrick McDonnell releases new book “Hug Time”

The Asbury Park Press has a nice write-up about Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell and his new book “Hug Time.” “Hug Time” is McDonnell’s fourth children’s book and, like all his work, it is appropriate for ages zero to 110. His other kids’ books are “The Gift of Nothing,” “Art” and “Just Like Heaven,” which also […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2007,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Patrick McDonnell releases new book “Hug Time”

Doug Marlette is still receiving awards, exhibits

Doug Marlette has received another award for his second fictional novel “Magic Time.” The novel was awarded the 2007 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for the best work of fiction by a North Carolina writer by the The N.C. Literary and Historical Association. In addition to the award, the University of Mississippi has opened an exhibit […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2007,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: 1 Comment

More Mason Mastroianni’s take over of B.C.

The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin has a story about Mason Mastroianni’s taking on of the iconic B.C. comic strip. There’s a bit more information than my write-up on Mason about how the Hart family operates a team to produce the feature and a lot more personal stuff about Mason that I didn’t delve into.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Edison Lee begins 4 week trial at Winston-Salem Journal

John Hambrock’s, The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee, begins a four-week trial run at the Winston-Salem Journal starting today. The Journal has published a get-to-know you article about John (and his wife, Anne – a frequent commentor here) and his feature. Hambrock, who is 44, decided in 1991 that he wanted to be a cartoonist […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 35 Comments

Amazon’s Kindle – the reader we’ve been waiting for for comics?

There’s been some publicity about Amazon’s new Kindle product for electronic material (books, blogs, newspapers). We’ve had discussions on this blog about how newspapers may evolve and how mobile technology might play into that (see discussion in comments of this story). I look at this and wonder if products like this might be what comics […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2007,  Section: Technology, Comments: 21 Comments

Off the Mark hits 20th anniversary

E&P reports that Mark Parisi’s Off the Mark has turned 20 years old. Congratulations, Mark.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2007,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

United Media to launch new comic feature by Signe Wilkinson

United Media will be launching a new feature in January by Philadelphia Daily News editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson. The new featured, entitled “Family Tree” is described as a “topical without being overly political.” In talking with Editor and Publisher’s Dave Astor, Signe indicated that she was approached by United Media’s acquisition and development editor Ted […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, New Launches, Comments: 12 Comments

Interviewed: Bill Holbrook

Sequential Tart has posted a short interview with Fastrack and Safe Havens creator Bill Holbrook about his web feature, Kevin & Kell.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Interviewed: Bill Holbrook

Modesto Bee shrinks their Sunday Comics

The Modesto Bee has shrunk their Sunday comic pages. The paper used to run 29 features over six pages, but has reduced the comic section to 29 features on four pages. The editor cites cost cutting as the primary reason. He offers that a third party company that prints the comics has a new process […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2007,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 4 Comments

Boy On a Stick and Slither now in print

According to Steve Cloud’s blog, his feature Boy On a Stick and Slither which runs on comics.com is now running in the “Eye” – a free weekly published by the Charlotte Observer.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Boy On a Stick and Slither now in print

Are legacy strips stifling the funny pages?

There’s a story over in the Wall Street Journal about the competitive nature of the comic pages. The article focuses how hard it is for editors or the public to let go of older, legacy features. Generally, a strip has to end or be dropped by a paper in order for a new one to […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 59 Comments

Festival of Cartoon Art photo slideshow now posted

From Mike Rhode’s blog comes news that the Ohio State University’s Cartoon Research Library has posted various slideshows of this year’s Festival of Cartoon Art. There are three slideshows: Presentation Highlights, Forum Highlights and Exhibit Highlights.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2007,  Section: Exhibits, Festival of Cartoon Art, Comments: 1 Comment

The Cartoonist’s Cartoonists: Mort Walker

This week’s featured cartoonist is the legendary Mort Walker. Mort’s career began as a magazine editor for Dell Publishing, but his big break came with the creation of “Beetle Bailey” (1950) and “Hi and Lois” (1954). He received the Reuben Award in 1953 for “Beetle Bailey”, the National Cartoonist Society Humor Strip Award in 1966 […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2007,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comments: 15 Comments

Chris Browne talks about his move to Sioux Falls, SD

A local Sioux Falls SD news station has interviewed Chris Browne to talk to him about his recent (2006) move to the South Dakota from Sarasota FL. (See my previous stories) Chris took over on his father’s strip, Hagar the Horrible in 1988 when his father Dik Browne retired. You can also watch the news […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments