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Archives for February, 2008

Bill Mauldin Biography excerpt posted

Todd A. DePastino has written a biography of famed WWII cartoonist Bill Mauldin. The book is called “Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front.” The Wall Street Journal has posted an excerpt online that recounts how tens of thousands of veterans wrote him letters when they learned that he was dying and so many tried to […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2008,  Section: Books, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Bill Mauldin Biography excerpt posted

F Minus character death update

F Minus creator Tony Carillo announced last week that he would be killing off one of his characters, which perplexed many of us as there are no re-occurring characters in his feature. He has “confirmed” the rumors (that he started) and has clarified that there have been an estimated 800 characters that have appeared in […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Chad Carpenter: Alaska Cartoon Laureate?

Tundra creator Chad Carpenter may be honored as an official state laureate if a rumored (or wishful) legislative proclamation is passed. The proclamation would make Chad “Alaska’s Cartoon Laureate” (“like a poet laureate, but funny and easy to understand”). Chad is an Alaska native and the successful self-syndicated feature got its start in the Alaska […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2008,  Section: Awards, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Chad Carpenter: Alaska Cartoon Laureate?

Amend, Robb, Wilson named judges in Scripps Howard Journalism Awards

FoxTrot creator Bill Amend, Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library Associate Curator and Assistant Professor Jenny Robb and United Media Syndicate Senior VP/General Manager Lisa Klem Wilson were named among the 43 journalism professionals that will be judging in this year’s National Journalism Awards. The announcement does not specify which category the three will judge, […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2008,  Section: Awards, College cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Museums, United Media, Comments: Comments Off on Amend, Robb, Wilson named judges in Scripps Howard Journalism Awards

Watch Stephan Pastis’ Big Idea interview

Earlier this month I told you that Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis would be on CNBC’s “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch”. Someone has uploaded his segment on to YouTube. It runs a bit over 8 minutes and details how he got his break into syndication.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Television, Comments: 8 Comments

Early Pogo clips of animated show on YouTube

Here are a couple of interesting clips of an early Pogo animated show that according to Mike Lynch, the animated show was never completed due to the poor health of Pogo creator Walt Kelly Go see Part one and part 2.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2008,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comments: 2 Comments

News Briefs for February 22, 2008

» Wednesday’s Baldo paid a special tribute to Gus Arriola, creator of Gordo. Hector Cantu told E&P that “Gus broke ground for Latino strips. He was a tremendous inspiration to me and Carlos.” Gus passed away earlier this month at the age of 90. » Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk will be the featured guest […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for February 22, 2008

Star-Ledger drops two pages of comics

According to Dave Astor, The Star-Ledger has shrunk its Sunday comics from eight pages to six . The move resulted in only one dropped feature (39 to 38), but Dave says “many of the 38 strips ran very small on Feb. 17. Several of the pages had seven comics crammed into them — including a […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 47 Comments

Newspaper changes across the nation

This blog deals primarily with newspaper based cartooning and as such major and minor shifts in the industry can have an impact on most of my readers. I subscribe to various newspaper and media related RSS feeds to keep track of the rumblings in the industry. Here are some of the recent changes that have […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2008,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 8 Comments

Payback for the man fired for hanging up a Dilbert cartoon

Back in December, I wrote about a Illinois man who was fired from his job after management used security cameras to find out that he posted a Dilbert cartoon up in the break room. The cartoon joked that management decisions were made by “drunken lemurs.” Beginning on Wednesday of this week, Scott Adams has used […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

A F Minus character to die

2007 was the year we saw perhaps the most comic characters die (at least temporarily). Only 7 weeks into the new year, we’ve got our first 2008 death announcement. Tony Carrillo, creator of F Minus, has announced on this blog that “that one of his characters will be ‘killed off’ next week.” He later mentions […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments

Stay Tooned! magazine delayed

Just received a FYI email from John Read. Due to problems with printers he’s had to delay the launch of his new magazine Stay Tooned!. He’s optimistic that the first edition will be available during the first week of March.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2008,  Section: Publications, Comments: 5 Comments

Herblock Prize goes to John Sherffius (UPDATED…again)

This year’s Herblock Prize has been awarded to John Sherffius of the Camera of Boulder, Colorado. From the judges: “John’s work exemplifies the best the art of editorial cartooning has to offer. Through a potent combination of excellent drawing technique, striking original imagery, and passionate conviction, his cartoons kick you in the gut. They are […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2008,  Section: Awards, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

News briefs for February 20, 2008

Sean Hoy will be releasing his fifth book, Out of the Cup, a collection of coffee cartoons soon. Sean is an editorial cartoonist, illustrator out of Arizona and produces topical cartoon collections for golfers, dog lovers, cowboy/westerners, and office dwellers. You can check out his stuff at Off Kilter Cartoons Lio, and Heart of the […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2008,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Comic strips, Exhibits, Interviews, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic page changes

Here are a few of the changes on the comic pages: Lynn Johnston’s For Better or For Worse returns to the Sherman Denison Herald Democrat after it was dropped when the paper scaled down to a single page of comics. Tony Murphy’s recently launched It’s All About You has been picked up by the Tampa […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments