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Mike Shelton launches politicalbastards.com

Former The Orange County Register editorial cartoonist Mike Shelton, along with another former O.C. Register employee have launched a new web site for their animated editorial cartoons called politicalbastards.com (or the more mildly titled politicalbleep.com). “Animation is where the future of editorial cartooning is heading,” Shelton told E&P. The duo hopes the new site — […]

Posted on: May 30, 2008,  Section: Animation, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Bleak or Bright: The future of editorial cartoons

From an article in the L.A. Times we note that Daryl Cagle, editorial cartoonist and syndicate owner, and Bob Scheibel, a former journalism professor and comic collector, are neighbors – but their views of editorial cartooning are anything but. Scheibel view: Today’s political cartoons are too wishy-washy or wordy. He says newspaper staff cutbacks and […]

Posted on: May 30, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 35 Comments

Mel Casson passes away at age 87

Mel Casson, writer and illustrator for the Redeye comic strip passed away last week at the age of 87 of Alzheimer’s disease. For nearly 20 years, Mel illustrated “Redeye,” a parody strip about a 19th century tribe of Native Americans, for King Features Syndicate. When cartoonist Bill Yates, who wrote the “Redeye” scripts, retired in […]

Posted on: May 30, 2008,  Section: Comic history, Obituary, Comments: 3 Comments

Creators buys Copley to open more markets

Editor and Publisher’s Dave Astor has additional details to yesterday’s news that Creators Syndicate is purchasing Copley News Service. According to the report, Creators has had interest in Copley for many years and that Copley has decided to focus their energies elsewhere – opening up the possibility of selling the syndicate. When asked why CNS […]

Posted on: May 30, 2008,  Section: Creators, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Bleeker to appear in German newspaper

Jonathan Mahood’s Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog will begin appearing in Germany’s Die Zeit weekly newspaper for a 12 week run on their kid’ page. Die Zeit has a circulation of about 500,000 and an estimated readership of 2 million. Jonathan writes on his blog that “editors chose Bleeker because it appealed to both children and […]

Posted on: May 30, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, International, web comics, Comments: 7 Comments

News Briefs for May 29, 2008

» Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate is finally hitting the book shelves. The book is entitled “I Smell a Pop Quiz!: a Big Nate book,” and can be purchased through Lulu press. » Akron Beacon Journal editorial cartoonist Chip Bok jokes that he’s alive because of cartooning. » The New York Times writes about the popular […]

Posted on: May 29, 2008,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for May 29, 2008

ToonSeum presents Children in Cartoons and Comics

The Pittsburg based ToonSeum will open a new exhibit entitled “Just Kidding Around: Children in Cartoons and Comics” on June 7th. The exhibit explores children in comics from cartoons such as Little Orphan Annie, Henry, Family Circus, Rugrats, Dennis the Menace, Dog Eat Doug, Archie, Little Lulu, Nancy, Charlie Brown and many others. Visitors will […]

Posted on: May 29, 2008,  Section: Comic history, Museums, Comments: Comments Off on ToonSeum presents Children in Cartoons and Comics

Presto Chango short animation premieres with Wall-E

Pixar’s “Wall-E” will debut this June along with their latest short animation entitled “Presto Chango.” Animation World Magazine writes that the short is a departure from previous Pixar shorts and describes it more as a slapstick ode to Warner Bros. “Tom and Jerry.” It’s a slapstick ode to Warner Bros. and Tom and Jerry toons, […]

Posted on: May 29, 2008,  Section: Animation, Movies, Comments: 2 Comments

New websites for KAL, Six Chix, Meehan

A few new web sites have launched in the last couple of weeks. Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher has added a blog to his web site that will feature his sketches, roughs and commentary for his cartoons and animation. The Six Chix cartoonist now have a home on the web. The site offers a collection of Six […]

Posted on: May 29, 2008,  Section: Blogs, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Web Sites, Comments: 1 Comment

Drew Litton posts first sports animation

Rocky Mountain News sports cartoonist Drew Litton has posted his first sports animation. Last week he posted his first animation ever – a non sports cartoon he created to learn Flash. This new animation is the online version of an Avalanche cartoon that appeared last Friday. Now that I’m getting things to move it’s all […]

Posted on: May 29, 2008,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Drew Litton posts first sports animation

Creators Syndicate buys Copley News Service

Creators Syndicate has announced that they have purchased Copley News Service. The deal goes into effect July 1. Regarding the sale, Creators President Richard S. Newcombe said, “Copley News Service provides a great product and has a base of loyal newspaper and Internet customers. This purchase opens new markets for Creators columnists and cartoonists. By […]

Posted on: May 29, 2008,  Section: Creators, Syndicates, Comments: 3 Comments

News Briefs for May 28, 2008

» Peter Parker and Spidey are slated to hit to Broadway in late 2009 or 2010 in a musical directed by Julie Taymor (who won a Tony for her work on “Lion King”) and the music score by Bono and The Edge of U2. » Garfield will by highlighted in Total Licensing Magazine. » Andrews […]

Posted on: May 28, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Exhibits, Interviews, Licensing, Comments: 2 Comments

Kurt Westergaard honored with press freedom award

Kurt Westergaard, the controversial cartoonist drew the now infamous cartoonist of the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban was honored last week with the Sappho Award by the Danish Free Press Society. The award, named after the Greek poet Sappho, comes with a $4,200 prize and statue.

Posted on: May 28, 2008,  Section: International, Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: Comments Off on Kurt Westergaard honored with press freedom award

Comic creator leaves $250k to Cincinnati academy

Franklin Folger, creator of The Girls has left $250,000 to the Art Academy of Cincinnati to create an endowment to purchase artwork for the academy’s collections according to E&P. Franklin died last November.

Posted on: May 28, 2008,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Comic creator leaves $250k to Cincinnati academy

Koterba recounts quest to professional cartooning

In a three-part article, Omaha World-Herald editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba writes his personal history as a child discovering cartooning and his efforts to become a professional cartoonist. On my first day as The World-Herald’s new cartoonist, Frank Partsch, then the editor of the editorial pages, led me to what he called “the cartoonist’s office.” It […]

Posted on: May 28, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments