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Archives for January, 2009

McGruder denies report regarding Obama’s race

Aaron McGruder, creator of the Boondocks comic strip and television show, has issued a statement regarding the flare up in the blogosphere that has arisen after the Palladium-Item reported that Aaron claimed President Barack Obama wasn’t black because he wasn’t a descendant of slaves during a speech at Earlham College on Martin Luther King day. […]

Posted on: Jan 21, 2009,  Section: Controversies, Speaking Engagements, Comments: 38 Comments

Webcomic News Briefs for January 21, 2009

» Webcomicker pro Dave Kellets, creator of Sheldon, will be at the Miami Books and Books talking about building a living wage career online with comics. I’m sure book signing is also in order as well as a Question & Answer period. » Tak Toyoshima, creator of Secret Asian Man, will be one of many […]

Posted on: Jan 21, 2009,  Section: Exhibits, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

Doozies meet Zits

Tom Gammill does a comic called The Doozies that runs on Over the last couple of months, he’s created several self-deprecating videos to help promote the strip. In his latest video, he features Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott, co-creators of Zits.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 25 Comments

Aaron McGruder’s MLK speech lands flat

Via ¡Journalista! comes a news report of a speech given by Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder to Earlham College to mark Martin Luther King day. The topic invariably turned to Barack Obama’s new administration. Here’s what Aaron had to say. “I don’t think you’re going to see any dramatic change from Barack Obama,” said McGruder, who […]

Posted on: Jan 20, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 110 Comments

Cartoonists marks Bush’s last day with unique art

JP Trostle is marking the final day of George W. Bush’s presidency with a unique piece of art that is on “display” for today only. The art piece, entitled “Legacy” is a black and silver monoprint of Bush which will be installed on a construction dumpster outside the Venable Center in Durham. When Bush leaves […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Boris Drucker passes at age 88

Boris Drucker was a popular cartoonist in The New Yorker, Saturday Evening Post, Punch, Playboy and Family Circle. He passed away last Thursday of a stroke. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: During World War II, he served in the Army in the China-Burma-India Theater. While completing meteorological reports for U.S. pilots flying over the Himalayas, he […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Boris Drucker passes at age 88

Atlanta Journal-Constitution restores two comics

After 18,000 votes, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has brought back two comics that were dropped last week. The two features returning are Kevin & Kell and Judge Parker. The exact votes were not reported for any of the poll results, but is the list of the features in descending order from high to low votes: Hagar […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 18 Comments

Cartoonists covering the Obama Inauguration

Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Dave Horsey is in D.C. for the Barack Obama Inauguration as is Rob Tornoe, a freelancer for Editor and Publisher. Already in the area, look for cartoons by Matt Wuerker of Politico, Nate Beeler of the Washington Examiner, Bill Garner of The Washington Times and Tom Toles of the Washington Post. Cul de […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Lost Jeff MacNelly painting found

A Jeff MacNelly painting of a local Inn in North Carolina that he created in the late 1960’s, while Jeff was still attending UNC-Chapel Hill, has been found after decades of being missing. Jeff painted the inn as a freelance project for needed cash and the painting quickly became the inn’s iconic image – used […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2009,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Lost Jeff MacNelly painting found

News Briefs for January 16, 2009

» Mike Cavna continues talking to editorial cartoonists and what they’ll miss about President George Bush. » Speaking of missing “W”, Daryl Cagle also writes about what it means to cartoonists not to have George Bush in the Oval Office. » Arizona Daily Star editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons will be featured at Clinton County Leadership […]

Posted on: Jan 16, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Speaking Engagements, Comments: 2 Comments

Dan Piraro paneling discussion on Western and Native portrayals in comics

Bizarro creator Dan Piraro will be featured along with writer John Ostrander (Batman, Star Wars, Wolverine, The Kents, Apache Skies) in a panel discussion entitled “Western and Native Portrayals in Comics” in Indianapolis, IN on January 24th at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Dan was invited because of his frequent use […]

Posted on: Jan 16, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Speaking Engagements, Comments: Comments Off on Dan Piraro paneling discussion on Western and Native portrayals in comics

Star Tribune files for bankruptcy

The second major paper to file bankruptcy is Minneapolis Star Tribune which made the filing to “reduce our operating costs, restructure our debt and create a financially viable business for the future” according to a report over at E&P. The filing was also a promise made good by the paper after failed negotiations between the […]

Posted on: Jan 16, 2009,  Section: Legal, Newspaper industry, Comments: 6 Comments

Atlanta Journal-Constitution cuts one full page of comics

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution announced earlier this week that they were cutting one full page of comics. I haven’t been able to find a list of which features were spared or cut. From a CNN blog, Todd Leopold ( Entertainment Producer) only mentions Judge Parker and Mary Worth as those among the cut with Curtis and […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 35 Comments

Peanuts Beethoven exhibit getting national attention

The New York Times ran a very interesting piece on the “Schulz’s Beethoven: Schroeder’s Muse” that opened earlier this fall. The exhibit demonstrates that Charles Schulz use of Beethoven’s music in the strip was deeply researched. When Sparky drew strips featuring Schroeder playing the piano, the musical notes drawn were actual notes from Beethoven work. […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2009,  Section: Comic history, Exhibits, Comments: 5 Comments

Thompson talks about his new Rip Haywire strip

Tom Mason over at Comix 411 has an interview with Dan Thompson about his newly launched comic strip, Rip Haywire. TOM: Can you trace the road from development to acceptance with Rip? How did it get from your desk to UFS and how long was the journey? DAN: Once I came up with the idea […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, New Launches, Comments: 4 Comments