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Archives for December, 2008

Tribune Co. files for Chapter 11 and other woes

News broke yesterday that the Tribune Company, owner of eight major dailies, 23 television stations, baseball team and Tribune Media Syndicate, filed for chapter 11 to protect it from creditors. The company owes $13 billion and has only $7.6 billion in assets. It hopes to sell it’s baseball franchise and Wrigley Field and other assets […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2008,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

Mort Walker talks about International Museum of Cartoon Art

Mort and Greg Walker talk about the history of the International Museum of Cartoon Art, the inception, growth, and many triumphs and struggles over the years in an interview with Comicologytv. Earlier this year, Mort announced that he was donating the cartoon collection to the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2008,  Section: Comic history, Interviews, Museums, Comments: 7 Comments

Steve Breen uninvited to speak to students after anti-teacher union cartoon

© Steve Breen A recent cartoon depicting California’s teachers unions as pirates by Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune, got him uninvited to speak to students at Sunset View Elementary. Hot Air blog writer, Ed Morrissey questions what that teaches the students who were expecting to hear from Breen about his job as an […]

Posted on: Dec 8, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 23 Comments

Brian Duffy was fired, escorted out of building

Former Des Moines Register editorial cartoonist Brian Duffy was escorted out of the newspaper’s building after learning that his job was being eliminated in a cost cutting (slashing?) move by the paper’s parent company Gannett. He was not allowed to return to his office to collect his personal belongings, he says in an interview with […]

Posted on: Dec 8, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 15 Comments

Rall bullish on political cartooning industry

Ted Rall, this year’s president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, has written a bullish account of why he thinks that most of those in the editorial cartooning business will survive and that the art form will survive. Just as no two cartooning careers have ever been the same, each of us must find […]

Posted on: Dec 8, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Christmas cartoon collections popping up

Rich Diesslin, an active TDC participant has launched his sixth annual Carton Days of Christmas (TCDC) on Monday of this month and will run through January 5th. Contributing cartoonists include: Sean Boley, Rich Diesslin, Kevin Edler, Dale Hunt, Larry Miller, H. R., and Lan Hoang Vu (a.k.a. VAL) Hogan’s Alley has also posted a near […]

Posted on: Dec 5, 2008,  Section: Blogs, Cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

News Briefs for December 4, 2008

» Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles will be playing with his band “Suspicious Package” next Monday and Tuesday. The band plays mostly rock covers. » Atlanta Journal Constitution cartoonist Mike Luckovich was interviewed by Huffington Post and again laments that cartooning the Obama presidency might be tough if he ends up liking the guy. […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Nickelodeon creates first Comic Awards

Nickelodeon Magazine is recognizing their readers favorite comics by creating a Comics award to honor the best comic book, strips and graphic novels. The categories related to comic strips include: Cutest Comic Character: Snoopy (from Peanuts), Bartleby (from Bone), Super Diaper Baby (from Super Diaper Baby) and Manny (from Diary of a Wimpy Kid); Favorite […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2008,  Section: Awards, Comic strips, Comments: 17 Comments

Mutts storyline to discuss Obama’s puppy adoption

Next week’s Mutts will delve into politics – or at least the topic of President-Elect Barack Obama’s choice for first pet. In his election night victory speech, Obama promised his daughters that they “have earned the new puppy that’s coming with [them] to the White House.” The story-line runs all week with Mooch and Earl […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Mutts storyline to discuss Obama’s puppy adoption

Eric Devericks lands on feet – not in cartooning

An Associated Press article on Seattle Times cartoonist Eric Devericks indicates that Eric has an exit plan lined up when he leaves his job as the Times’ editorial cartoonist December 12. According to the article, after the near-miss layoff in April, Eric started an apparel company with a few friends to make clothing for the […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2008,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

Des Moines Register axes Brian Duffy

I finally have a second source confirming an earlier Editor and Publisher article that mentioned that editorial cartoonist Brian Duffy has been laid off from the Des Moines Register. It’s unclear whether he took a buyout or was let go. The Register has had a strong tradition of editorial cartooning that include two time Pulitzer […]

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

Universal Press launches editor’s blog

Universal Press Syndicate has started a new blog authored by comics editor John Glynn. From the email that I received from Kathie Kerr states that the purpose is to give comic fans a chance to see the inside workings of a syndicate. Inside the doors of Universal Press Syndicate are a lot of smart people, […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2008,  Section: Blogs, Universal Press, Comments: 1 Comment

Ed Hall loses another client

Ed Hall, who I reported last week as losing one of his client newspapers due to a cartoon that criticized the local school district, has lost St. Augustine Record permanently as a client (before the relationship was “temporarily” suspended). Ed reports on his blog that the paper ran a semi-apologetic letter to sooth the locals […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2008,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 36 Comments

Pibgorn, Basic Instructions on iPhone, iPod Touch

Uclick has announced that Brooke McEldowney’s Pibgorn and Scott Meyer’s webcomic Basic Instructions have been released for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Fans of Pibgorn can download three installments of “Mozart and the Demon Lover” – a time-swap story-line “in which Pibgorn and Geoff trade places in time with Wolfgang Amadeaus Mozart and Anna Gottleib. […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2008,  Section: mobile, Comments: Comments Off on Pibgorn, Basic Instructions on iPhone, iPod Touch

Moudakis ‘toon evokes backlash from auto industry

A recent editorial cartoon by Theo Moudakis, cartoonist for the Toronto Star, has created stir from those whose livelihoods (one in seven Canadians) are tied directly or indirectly on the “Big Three” automobile manufactures in Detroit. The cartoon depicts a couple doing holiday shopping under a banner labeled, “cheap crappy toys” and the wife asking […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2008,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 30 Comments