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Archives for January, 2009

Wife Swap show looking for cartoonist

I was forwarded an email from the casting company for the reality TV show “Wife Swap.” They’re interested in casting a cartoonist or comic book artist. Details in the letter below. I have verified that this inquiry is legit. My name is Amanda Gershkowitz and I am a Casting Associate Producer for ABC families hit […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: 29 Comments

News Briefs for January 14, 2008

» Mike Cavna scores an interview with legendary Spider-Man creator Stan Lee about the recent changes to the Spider-Man franchise – comics, comic strip and movies. » The Swann Fellowship is awarded to qualified graduate student to support scholarly research into caricature and cartoons. The application deadline to be considered is February 13. The award […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Speaking Engagements, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for January 14, 2008

Mr. Mum returns after 50 years

The Strange World of Mr. Mum, which began a 12 year run in syndication between 1958 and 1970s, is back. This time the wordless panel is available as a daily email subscription offering. Mr. Mums was created by Irving Phillips who was humor editor of Esquire magazine and wrote gags for W.C. Fields and the […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

New newspaper taking blogs to print twice daily

With all the doom and gloom in the newspaper industry, I find this story interesting. Joshua Karp is launching a twice-daily free print newspaper in Chicago, San Francisco and later in New York City with content from blogs on January 27. The idea is to take local content from blogs and print them in tabloid […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2009,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 14 Comments

Get Your War On closes with Bush presidency

Opus wasn’t the only strip to come to a close with the Bush presidency. Webcomic Get Your War On by David Rees was a “hilarious and profane perspective on George W. Bush’s War on Terror.” His comic was printed in book collections and inspired a series of animated video adaptations. With the comic closure, Comic […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2009,  Section: web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

Coffee growers won’t sue Mike Peters

The Colombia’s coffee growers federation has opted to drop its $20 million lawsuit against Mother Goose and Grimm creator Mike Peters according to a report on Colombiareports.com. Citing sources within the federation, representatives of the association have met with Mike and have accepted his apology. They’ve also extended an invitation to Mike to travel to […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 9 Comments

Mullaney talks about Noel Sickles, Milton Caniff

Tom Mason has a great interview with Dean Mullaney, who started Eclipse Comics and most recently is editing and designing the Library of American Comics, a series of classy comic strip reprint hardcovers, published through IDW. The topic of the interview is Noel Sickles, a contemporary of Milt Caniff who create the action strip Scorchy […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2009,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Two other papers face bankruptcy, closure

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer isn’t the only troubled paper with a staff cartoonist. The Star Tribune, home of Steve Sack, has announced that it has not reached an agreement with the Newspaper Guild for concessions needed to service its debt load. The Minneapolis paper owes $400 million and last quarter skipped a $9 million payment to […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 3 Comments

News Briefs for January 12, 2009

» Mike Cavna asks editorial cartoonists what they’ll miss most about George W. Bush. » David Horsey posts a cartoon reacting to the news that his paper, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is going up for sale or possibly closing down. » Last week, Jeff Kinney, creator of the “Diary of the Wimpy Kid” series is profiled […]

Posted on: Jan 12, 2009,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for January 12, 2009

The Patrick O’Connor Exit Interview

Last week came news that L.A. Daily News editorial cartoonist Patrick O’Connor was being let go after 8+ years with the paper. I asked him, as I try to do with all cartoonists exiting their staff job, a few questions about their plans. Here is Patrick’s: 1. Did you have any advance notice? Last year […]

Posted on: Jan 12, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 14 Comments

Going down for service

If things start going weird – I’m doing some service on the site. Please come back in a few hours. UPDATE: Update is done. If you see anything going awry, please email me. Thanks, Alan

Posted on: Jan 10, 2009,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: 3 Comments

Seattle Post-Intelligencer up for sale

The rumor began circulating yesterday after a local Seattle television station reported that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was going to be put up for sale and even closed down if no buyer steps up, today it now official. Steven Swartz, president of the Hearst Corp.’s newspaper division which owns the P.I. made the announcement to staff […]

Posted on: Jan 9, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 25 Comments

News Briefs for January 9, 2008

Mother Goose and Grimm creator Mike Peters talks to Mike Cavna about the impending lawsuit by the The Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers. Phil Johnson does a weekly cartoon for ITworld.com called IT Underworld – geek humor for, well, geeks. The feature was picked up back in October as a trial, but the tech site […]

Posted on: Jan 9, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

Rob Tornoe to do cartoons for E&P

Former Politicker.com editorial cartoonist Rob Toronoe has picked up a gig with Editor and Publisher doing a weekly editorial cartoon on the media and journalism. Check out his work each Thursday over on E&P’s blog.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

Patrick O’Connor laid off from L.A. Daily News

LA Observed is reporting that Patrick O’Connor has been laid off from the L.A. Daily News. Patrick was one of nine that were let go. I’ll update this post with more details as I get them.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments