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Archives for December, 2008

Florida Times-Union to drop 8 comics

The Florida Times-Union has announced that it will be cutting eight comics from their line up to save money. To accomplish the cutting, they’re opening up a poll asking for reader input to judge from a pool of 15 which one’s should go. The comics in the poll include: Andy Capp, Beetle Bailey, Brevity, Cathy, […]

Posted on: Dec 15, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Rob Tornoe laid off from

Rob Tornoe, who was hired last April as a full time editorial cartoonist for the multi-state political site, was laid off this morning along with several other employees. Rob tells me that he has slowly been building up a client list and hopes to continue doing cartoons as a freelancer.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Yet another how we’ll draw the new president

E&P has the latest traditional “how we’ll draw the president” article that runs every election cycle. Mark Fitzgerald interviews or quotes: Chuck Asay, Nick Anderson, Scott Stantis, Mike Luckovich, Mike Peters, and Rick McKee.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

MoCCA moves date and location for 2009

Publisher Weekly reports that the 2009 MoCCA show has changed its dates to June 6-7 and has selected a new venue – the the historic 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington and 26th. The previous location, the Puck Building, was much loved for its hardwood floors, gauzy white curtains, flattering lighting and downtown proximity, but it […]

Posted on: Dec 12, 2008,  Section: Gatherings, Museums, Comments: 1 Comment

News Briefs for December 11, 2009

» One of Richard Thompson’s illustrations of President Elect Barack Obama can now be had on shirts, mugs, etc. It’s a great piece of artwork and looks great on merchandise. » The Citizen Hotel has opened in Sacramento and upon its walls hangs various editorial cartoons, including some from Sacramento Bee cartoonist Rex Babin. » […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Time reveals their top 10 editorial cartoons

Time Magazine has posted their top 10 editorial cartoons for the year. Gary Varvel of the The Indianapolis Star took two of the slots. Heng Kim Song of Singapore and Matthew Diffee, a frequent New Yorker cartoonist, were two non-American-newspaper staff cartoonists to be so honored. Other cartoonists named in this years top 10 include: […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 53 Comments

Today’s Prickly city is 40% off – literally

I’m really enjoying getting a glimpse into the syndicate world through Universal Press’ new “From the Editors” blog. Today we learn a bit of background information on today’s Prickly City by Scott Stantis who drew only the first 40% of his cartoon to draw attention to the “impact of cuts being made in American businesses.” […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Deflowering characters on the funny pages

Back in November there was an email exchange between Mike Rhode and I and then with Bob Harvey and myself over a recent 9 Chickweed Lane sequence that intimated a sexual encounter between two characters – more specifically the loss of virginity of Amos and Edda. Unable to get a hold of Brooke McEldowney for […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2008,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

United Media launches Rip Haywire by Dan Thompson

United Media is launching a new contemporary action adventure comic strip on January 5, 2009 by Dan Thompson. The new feature is entitled Rip Haywire who is a soldier of fortune cast as a comic version of Indiana Jones, James Bond and Jason Bourne. Along for the ride in his adventures are his cowardly dog, […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, New Launches, Comments: 21 Comments

Duffy runs full page cartoon in competing paper

Brian Duffy, who was laid off from the Des Moines Register last week, took up an offer from a publisher of an alt-weekly paper to do a full page cartoon without restrictions according to cartoonist Rob Tornoe. The cartoon appeared in today’s CityView and depicts Brian walking into the sunset thinking “Sunset, no a […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments

News Briefs for December 10, 2008

» The Pulitzer Prize board has opened up the requirements to allow internet-only media to be considered for the prize. » uClick hopes to roll out hundreds of comics for the iPhone. » Bob Staake’s cover for Time magazine has been recognized as the best cover of 2008. » ABC is going to broadcast a […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, mobile, Movies, Television, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for December 10, 2008

TMS reassures its creators that business is good

With the news that Tribune Co. has filed for chapter 11 to protect itself from creditors while it restructures its debt, Mary Elson, Tribune Media Syndicate managing editor, has sent an email to its creators to reassure them that TMS is not going out of business and will operate business as usual. An excerpt from […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

News Briefs for December 9, 2008

» A list of upcoming professional journalism awards deadlines for editorial cartoonists has been compiled and posted on the AAEC’s web site for those vying for a major award. » Michael Cavna has interviewed Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell about this week’s Obama puppy vetting story-line. » One of the Tunisians that allegedly plotted to kill […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: 1 Comment

Recent comic Page changes

The Seattle Times reports that due to economic and revenue conditions it’s reducing the number of sections it prints from four to three on various days of the week. As a result they are discontinuing Lio, Candorville and On a Claire Day. In announcements earlier in the month (and the end of November): The Journal […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Recent comic Page changes

Aussie court rules fake Simpsons cartoon is porn

An Australian judge has ruled that an internet animation depicting “The Simpsons” cartoon characters engaging in sexual acts is child pornography and has declared a Sydney man guilty for having it on his computer. The defense argued that the cartoons were not real children no even realistic representations of humans, but the judge found that […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2008,  Section: Animation, Legal, Comments: 1 Comment