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Archives for January, 2009

Catch Cory Pandolph art on Comedy Central

Check out the background art work during the Comedy Central Presents Jamie Lissow program tomorrow night (10:30 p.m.). It should look familiar as it was created by Cory Pandolph. Cory is friends with Jamie, the featured comedian.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2009,  Section: Television, Comments: 2 Comments

Jim McCloskey marks 20 years at The News Leader

Jim McCloskey is celebrating 20 years with The News Leader in Staunton, VA. Earlier this week, the paper did a write-up on his career with the newspaper. Armed with some recognition and plenty of gumption, he blanketed several states with resumes. He was politely rejected by most, and the few nibbles he did get didn’t […]

Posted on: Jan 29, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

News Briefs for January 28 2009

» Boom Studios is bringing back The Muppets in comic form. Roger Langridge is the artist. Look for its debut in March. » Back in August I wrote about French cartoonist Maurice Sinet who wrote a column that ignited an uproar calling the column anti-Semitic. He’s now on trial. » Jeff Smith’s Bone will come […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, International, Podcasts, web comics, Comments: 17 Comments

Podcasts featuring: Cochran, Read, Rickard, Johnson

I’ve been re-missed in keeping track of who was featured on which podcast. Here are a few that I missed: Tall Tale Radio interviews TDC regular John Read, of Stay Tooned fame. Tall Tale Radio also interviewed Agnes creator Tony Cochran. Topics discussed: the genesis of Agnes, the state of newspapers today, and the worlds […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Podcasts featuring: Cochran, Read, Rickard, Johnson

Tool talk: Passion of the nibs

I got a kick out of Richard Thompson’s latest blog post about his favorite nib, including its history. In n earlier post, I’d driveled on at length about my favorite pen nib, the Hunt ##101 Imperial, shown above. I use a dip pen nib every day of my life and am therefor a leetle obsessive […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2009,  Section: Art Supplies, Cartoons, Comments: 59 Comments

More comic changes in print, web

» E&P is reporting that the Village Voice Media is “suspending all of its syndicated cartoons” across its alt-weekly chain. The decision hits Dan Perkins (Tom Tomorrow)’s This Modern World who loses 12 or so clients in one fell swoop » I received word after posting yesterday’s comic page changes that Darrin Bell’s Candorville has […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2009,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

News Briefs for January 26, 2009

» Politico has an article about the difficulty cartoonist will have skewering President Obama. Let’s see… no, this isn’t a re-print of an earlier article that we’ve talked about before (see here and here). Can we be officially done on this topic yet? Or better still, can editorial cartoonists, when asked this question, say emphatically, […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, International, Comments: 11 Comments

Comic page changes in Times-Union, Detroit News

The Florida Times-Union has posted the results of their comic survey. They had previously announced that they were going to drop up to eight comics, but have now said that they will not be making any cuts in their daily selections. The Sunday comic page will lose four: Prince Valiant, Watch Your Head, Cathy and […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 47 Comments

Rob Rogers to cover the Super Bowl

The Pittsburg Post-Gazette is sending their cartoonist Rob Rogers to Tampa to cover the Super Bowl. He left early this morning. Be sure to watch his blog for the updates. He tells me in an email, “I guess a newspapers isn’t completely dead if it covers the Steelers. The paper sent me to Tampa! Whoooo. […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2009,  Section: Blogs, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Tom Richmond opines on MAD’s new quarterly status

As promised, MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond has posted a lengthy and insightful article on the recent announcement that MAD Magazine was dropping to a quarterly after this April. MAD’s real problem is one they cannot avoid… they are a magazine. Name me a single magazine, outside tabloid trash peddlers, that isn’t struggling badly right […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2009,  Section: Magazine Cartoonist Bloggers, Magazines, Comments: 4 Comments

MAD to drop to quarterly magazine

Newsarama is reporting that MAD magazine will drop from a monthly magazine to quarterly after it’s April edition. According to Newsarama the magazine will expand to 56 pages from 48. Also announced that MAD kids and Mad Classics will be discontinued. MAD editor John Ficarra is reportedly quoted as saying “The feedback we’ve gotten from […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2009,  Section: Magazines, Comments: 16 Comments

More print cartoonists joining the blogosphere

I’ve been quietly adding print cartoonists to my list of cartoonist/bloggers on the homepage. Here are the new ones: Editorial Cartoonist Brian Fairrington Editorial Cartoonist Paul Szep Editorial Cartoonist Steve Greenberg Pearls Before Swine’s Stephan Pastis

Posted on: Jan 23, 2009,  Section: Blogs, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

News Briefs for January 23, 2009

» Charles Brubaker has found a video of an old Hank Ketcham animation before Hank created Dennis the Menace. » Former Springfield News-Sun cartoonist David Catrow will drawing caricatures of pets and their owners for a fund-raiser for his local Humane Society this Saturday. » Speaking of dogs, Vincent Frank, a retired engineer, was profiled […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2009,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Steve Greenberg’s cartoons now in VCReporter

Two months after being laid off by the Ventura County Star in Southern California, Steve Greenberg’s cartoons are back in Ventura County: the alternative-weekly VCReporter in Ventura jumped at the chance to “grab” him away from the competing daily after he’d approached them merely looking for a place to sell freelance illustrations. More than that, […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Scott Adams using strip to launch new business

Dilbert creator Scott Adams continues to push the Dilbert brand into new markets. Scott’s latest business is a file transfer service called “” which allows users to upload large files (that can’t be sent through email) that then can be downloaded later by another user. Scott wrote on his blog back in November that he […]

Posted on: Jan 22, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 28 Comments