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Archives for November, 2008

Happy thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. I’m assuming if your visiting today, you’re patiently waiting for the dinner to begin or the bowl games. I’ll monitor the news this weekend and post anything that can’t wait until Monday, otherwise I’m taking the weekend off to spend with family and finish some personal projects. Again, Happy […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2008,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: 1 Comment

Editing cartoons: Good or bad for the industry

I was sent an email pointing me to an op-ed piece in The Herald (Rock Hill, SC) that apologized for an editorial cartoon that ran in their paper “depicting domestic auto companies’ logos on a turkey.” The publisher felt that it made light of a serious topic. Furthermore he announced that cartoons appearing in the […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 14 Comments

Ed Hall loses freelance client after controversial cartoon

Ed Hall, a Florida editorial cartoonist, has “temporarily” lost a client newspaper after a local cartoon criticized an area school district’s spending. The cartoon appeared in the St. Augustine Record depicting a large, overweight school administer listing the items they were cutting such as art, music, athletics and then goes on to say, “so we’re […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2008,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 23 Comments

How I became a syndicated cartoonist stories

I’m sure Sandra Bell-Lundy wasn’t the first to pen a multi-part narrative of her journey to become a syndicated cartoonist, but recently several others have offered up their stories as well. First we have John Hambrock with his feature The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee. Part 1, 2 and 3 The creation of an early […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Gasoline Alley turns 90 today

Gasoline Alley turns 90 today. The feature, created by Frank King, was first published in 1918 and is often cited as the first comic to age its characters. In an effort to attract more female readers to the Chicago Tribune, the editor asked Frank to introduce a baby – which posed a problem as the […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2008,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

George Herriman’s mixed race and its influence in Krazy Kat

The “Don’t Touch My Comics” blog over on at the Times-Union has an interesting post about the mixed race heritage of Krazy Kat creator George Herriman. Apparently, his true race is somewhat of a mystery. His birth certificate says “colored” and his death certificate says “caucasian”. Many feel he spent his whole life trying to […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2008,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 26 Comments

Life mag photos online include famous cartoonists

Google announced this week that it is hosting the photo repository for Life Magazine. The index is completely searchable by name and many are finding photos of famous cartoonists. The Aaugh Blog found four photos of Charles M. Schulz with family, friends; Three Men in a Tub found a photo of Johnny Hart. I found […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2008,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 10 Comments

Keith Knight allays racial tensions at U of A

The K Chronicles creator Keith Knight spoke at the University of Arizona last night to help put to rest the controversy that erupted after the student paper inadvertently ran one of his cartoons in which one of the comic characters twice used the n-word the day after the presidential election. Keith explained the told the […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Peanuts holiday countdown package now available

In addition to Universal’s Garfield countdown package, United Media is offering its annual Peanuts Christmas Countdown package to its subscribers at no charge. The syndicate has offered this package for decades and runs through the shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas and also comes in color or black and white. Tis the season!

Posted on: Nov 19, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, United Media, Comments: 5 Comments

Keith Knights visits ASU after n-word episode

Keith Knight will be on the campus of Arizona State University tonight to give a presentation of his work and discuss the cartoon using the “n-word” that created a controversy on campus. The event is sponsored by Associated Students of the University of Arizona, the Dean of Students Office and UA chapter of the Society […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Speaking Engagements, Comments: 1 Comment

Garfield holiday countdown offered to newspapers

Universal Press Syndicate is offering newspapers that subscribe to Jim Davis’ Garfield a Garfield Christmas Countdown at no additional cost. The special series begins this Saturday (Nov. 23) and includes one panel a day that runs through Dec. 25th. The series is available in black and white as well as color.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

UClick releases Bone on iPhone, iPod

UCLICK Digital Entertainment has recently launched Jeff Smith’s Bone comic for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The comic has been specifically tailored for the iPhone, taking full advantage of the full-color LCD screen and Multi-touch display. Fans can move back and forth through stories with a simple swipe of their finger. “Uclick has collected an […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2008,  Section: mobile, Comments: Comments Off on UClick releases Bone on iPhone, iPod

Mark Tatulli’s Heart of the City turns 10

Mark Tatulli’s Heart of the City is celebrating its 10th anniversary on November 22. The strip is centered on a city girl named Heart and her child-age trials and tribulations. Some of the storylines in “Heart” that Mark has received the most reader feedback from include his April 16, 2004, strip in which Heart gets […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2008,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 20 Comments

Comics Kingdom launches today

King Features officially launches its Comics Kingdom product today. Comics Kingdom is a new web application that newspapers can embed on their site and provides their readers with access to King Feature’s portfolio of 60+ strips. It also allows the newspapers to sell advertising to accompany the comic page. The premise behind this new type […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Comments: 17 Comments

Garry Trudeau writes rebuttal to critics in Stars and Stripes

Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau has written an article in today’s Stars and Stripes to rebut critics of his strip and his “anti-military” positions. Lately, however, I’ve been struck by the unusually harsh tone taken by some of your writers. I can only guess that they are either occasional readers who have no context for judging […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 18 Comments