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Archives for August, 2008

Chad Carpenter named Cartoonist Laureate

Last February I reported that one Alaska legislator was hoping to name Tundra creator Chad Carpenter Alaska’s Cartoon Laureate (“like a poet laureate, but funny and easy to understand”). Today, Chad was officially recognized Alaska’s Cartoon Laureate for 2008. Representative Wes Keller pushed for the citation saying, “Chad is one of my most famous constituents. […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2008,  Section: Awards, Comic strips, Comments: 30 Comments

Post picks Little Dog Lost; 64% polled like FBOFW

As reported yesterday, the Washington Post has opted to drop For Better or For Worse – at least for print. It will keep it online. Starting Monday, the Post will run Little Dog Lost in the FBOFW slot. E&P has been watching an online poll conducted on the Post’s web site that reports that 64% […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Cartoonists covering the DNC part 4

Last night was the big one. The night that Barak Obama became the first African-American presidential nominee. Here’s how it was covered: » The prolific Rob Rogers tangles with security, meets Vice President nominee Joe Bidden, gets frustrated at security, CNN, but he’s really happy to be there and has some final thoughts on the […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists covering the DNC part 4

Mort Walker interviews on Comicology TV

Comicology.tv has posted an interview with Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker on the topic of “Early Artistry.” The original episode aired last year. Parts 2 and 3 will be posted later this year.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2008,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Mort Walker interviews on Comicology TV

Wash Post looks at both sides of FBoFW; drops it

The Washington Post ran two opposing views of Lynn Johnston’s For Better or For Worse comic strip. Mike Cavna writes a lengthy, but excellent article on Lynn’s career and accomplishments and Hank Stuever writes a piece entitled “Something for Everyone to Hate” which sums up his opinion. Mike Rhode notices that at the end of […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Features replacing For Better or For Worse

I’ll be out of town this weekend when many of the announcements are made regarding which papers are dropping For Better or For Worse and which features are taking its place. In an effort to document all the changes, I propose that we use the comments section as a central location to document the changes. […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 20 Comments

Paper starting to announce plans for FBOFW slot

I’m expecting a surge of announcements this weekend as papers announce changes on their comics pages. While I predict Lynn Johnston is going to keep the lion-share of the For Better or For Worse slots, there will be editors who take this opportunity to look at the “portfolio” and make a change. Already we’ve got […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Paper starting to announce plans for FBOFW slot

SPX to feature alt editorial cartooning

From Mike Rhode’s blog comes news that Tom Tomorrow and Lloyd Dangle will be appearing at this year’s Small Press Expo to talk about alternative editorial cartooning. The discussion is entitled “Outside Looking In: Alternative Political Cartooning In 2008” and will look back at the last 8 years and forward to the 2008 elections and […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on SPX to feature alt editorial cartooning

Mr. Media interviews Scott, Borgman, Kirkman

Bob Andelman recently interviewed Baby Blues creators Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman and Zits creators Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott. Topics discussed include raising their own kids, what they’d think if their kids wanted to become a cartoonist, collaborating with each other, side projects (or avoidance of), feature optioning, and coming up with the character’s […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Mr. Media interviews Scott, Borgman, Kirkman

Cartoonists covering the DNC part 3

Local coverage: » Rob Rogers Bill Clinton and Joseph Biden speeches: “He just bites his lower lip, squints his eyes and says with a slight southern drawl, “John McCain: bad … Barak Obama: good.” Joe Biden, although not quite as hypnotic, followed with even stronger words. He said, “John McCain: really bad … Barak Obama: […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Comments are now open

I’ve turned comments back on. Last night I ran into an issue where WordPress only displays usernames (not first and last names) of registered users in the comment section. Given that I’m asking everyone to use first and last name, it seems this must be resolved before I can move forward. If you’re a WordPress […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2008,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: 21 Comments

Apple bans comic book app for iPhones, iPods

The comic book blogosphere is a bit up in arms that a new app called “Comic Reader” has been banned from the iTunes App Store. The lead comic in the app is called Murderdrome which Fortune magazine describes as “a dark, bloody comic strip marked by the type of over-the-top violence.” Apple’s Software Developer Kit […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2008,  Section: Technology, Comments: 3 Comments

Cartoonists covering the DNC Part 2

Rob Rogers explains the caste system that is convention credentials and access to the great hall. Dan Perkins/Tom Tomorrow writes about Hillary’s speech: “But tonight, Hillary sang the song the audience needed to hear, and did it like a pro.” Remote coverage comes from David Horsey who explains why Michelle Obama is all-American, but not […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

News Briefs for August 26, 2008

» African cartoonist Jeremy Nell has been nominated for the Most Outstanding Cartoon in the South African Comedy Awards 2008. » One of the two Tunisians arrested on charges of allegedly planning to kill Kurt Westergaard has voluntarily left the country. I guess that will show him not to plot to kill cartoonists. » Chuckle […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, International, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for August 26, 2008

Comic page changes for the week

The newspaper market is ever changing these days. E&P is reporting that two papers in Texas have shrunk their comic selections down to one page. The Mineral Wells Index dropped Alley Oop, Soup to Nutz, Big Nate, Over the Hedge, and Monty. The Weatherford Democrat dropped Over the Hedge, Sam & Silo, and Monty. Both […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic page changes for the week