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Archives for July, 2008

Advice for a young man needing some direction

This is a bit off-topic for the usual TDC fair, but I thought it might be a good opportunity to offer advice to a young man who appears to have some skill but lacks a direction or outlet. If you think you’ve got some good advice, leave it in the comments or it to me […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2008,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 33 Comments

Jerry Robinson talks about the Joker

E&P’s Dave Astor interviewed Jerry Robinson, the creator of the Joker character who makes a return to the big screen with release of “The Dark Knight.” Jerry calls Heath Ledger’s performance “brilliant” and a much closer portrayal of the character than Jack Nicholson’s “TV take on the Joker” performance. The interview delves into Robinson’s roll […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2008,  Section: Interviews, Movies, Comments: 8 Comments

Clay Bennett’s work on exhibit in Chattanooga

Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial cartoonist Clay Bennett’s work will be on display at The Jewish Cultural Center in Chattanooga between August 4 through September 4. The exhibit is called “Think Globally, Draw Locally.” Clay will speak on August 19 at a luncheon.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: 1 Comment

DC Comics creates The Spirit collection

DC Comics will publish a reprinting of the 12-year run of The Spirit that ran as an newspaper supplement between 1940 and 1952. The 24 volume collection is the result of an eight year effort. The book is due out as early as September.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2008,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 1 Comment

Tunisian suspects held in custody

Earlier this month, I reported that one of the three Muslim men who were arrested for allegedly plotting to kill Kurt Westergaard was released for lack of evidence. The other two individuals, both from Tunisia, have been ordered to stay in state custody until August 12. Earlier this week, the Danish appeals court heard evidence […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2008,  Section: International, Comments: Comments Off on Tunisian suspects held in custody

Creig Flessel passes at 96

E&P is reporting that Creig Flessel has passed away at the age of 96. Craig was the assistant on the Dixie Dugan comic and Li’l Abner. He also worked in comic books and advertising.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2008,  Section: Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Matt Richtel responds to possible character death

Earlier this month we discussed the news that a Rudy Park character might die, or not, depending on reader response. The conversation devolved and eventually was shutdown. Matt Richtel (who pens the strip under the name Theron Heir) has sent me a response to the issue. I think his point of trying to adapt one’s […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2008,  Section: Controversies, Comments: 8 Comments

McGruder speaks on satire and transitioning to TV

Mike Cavna continues to provide interviews with cartoonists of note. Last week was Garry Trudeau on the topic of satire. This week we get a peak at Aaron McGruder’s view of satire and his transition to television. How difficult was the transition from a static newspaper strip to your animated show? McGRUDER: I went in […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2008,  Section: Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on McGruder speaks on satire and transitioning to TV

Dwane Powell resigns!

In an article in the LA Times is a mention that long time (33 years) editorial cartoonist Dwane Powell with the News & Observer is no longer a full-time editorial cartoonist, but has been dropped to a part-time position. Additionally, he has been restricted to local issues. UPDATE: According to Daryl Cagle, Dwayne has resigned […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 32 Comments

Mike Lester wins Better Newspaper Contest

Rome News-Tribune editorial cartoonist Mike Lester has been honored with “Best Original Editorial Cartoon” in this year’s Better Newspaper Contest (BNC) and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest (BNAC) sponsored by the National Newspaper Association. The award recognizes newspapers who “find new ways to entice readers to subscribe and convince businesses that their publications are still the […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2008,  Section: Awards, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Dick Adair loses Honolulu Advertiser job

The Honolulu Advertiser is planning on 50 or more cuts in its employees. While the exact number of jobs is still being worked out, Wayne Cahill, administrative officer of the Hawaii Newspaper Guild, has stated that longtime editorial cartoonist Dick Adair’s position will be eliminated.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Don Wright accepts Palm Beach Post buyout

Over 300 Palm Beach Post employees have applied and were granted buyouts in an announcement posted on a blog posting on the Broward Palm Beach web site. Among the list of employees is long time editorial cartoonist Don Wright who has been at the paper since 1988. In addition to the 300 who applied for […]

Posted on: Jul 18, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

African toonists post special cartoons for Mandela

Copyright Jeremy Nell. Today is former South African President Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Many (if not most) cartoonists are reportedly participating in a ‘toon in of sorts – posting their Mandela cartoons on a new web site called So far the first 100 or so cartoons are all on the topic of Nelson Mandela. Thanks […]

Posted on: Jul 18, 2008,  Section: International, Comments: 1 Comment

WSJ interviews Mort Walker about comic collection

A Wall Street Journal interview with Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker is posted below. Discussed are his career, his collection and the news that the collection is going to the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2008,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

OSU Cartoon Library gifted $1 Million endowment

Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library has received an anonymous donation of $1 million to fund an endownment. Lucy Shelton Caswell told E&P that the money will be used to enhance “every aspect of our operations, from exhibition catalogs to the number of student employees we can hire.” It’s money well needed with the addition […]

Posted on: Jul 17, 2008,  Section: Museums, Comments: 3 Comments