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Archives for January, 2009

Comic page changes

» The Valley Independent has dropped Monty, Herman, Alley Oop and Cow and Boy and replaced them with Blondie, The Family Circus. Looks like a net loss of two. » The Northwest Herald is dropping Spider-Man and Peanuts in favor of Pickles and Pearls Before Swine. » The News Review has picked up five new […]

Posted on: Jan 8, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Popeye is now public domain – at least in Europe

At the first of this year, the Popeye character entered into the public domain in Europe. In the US, the copyright is still in play until 2024 because US law protects works for 95 years after the death of the creator instead of the 70 years that Europe observes. That said, King Features still owns […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Popeye is now public domain – at least in Europe

Mike Peters sued for $20M over coffee cartoon

Mother Goose and Grimm creator Mike Peters has been sued by the The Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers over a cartoon published last week poking fun at Columbian Crime and Columbian coffee. The federation alleges that Mike’s cartoon “damages the intellectual heritage.” They’re asking for US$20 million. According to, Mike has apologized in a […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 31 Comments

News Briefs for January 6, 2009

» Magazine cartoonist Mark Anderson has relaunched his site with new features. » Jason Killingsworth writes in Paste Magazine the five reasons he still loves Calvin and Hobbes. » Lynn Johnston creates five cartoon thank you cards for med students to give to their patience whom they practice on. » Tom Richmond writes how to […]

Posted on: Jan 6, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 6 Comments

Jay Kennedy Scholarship deadline: February 6

This year’s Jay Kennedy Scholarship deadline for college students is February 6th. Applicants must be students in the US, Canada or Mexico that will be in their Junior or Senior year of college during the 2009-2010 academic year. Applicants DO NOT have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship. Those wishing to […]

Posted on: Jan 6, 2009,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Jay Kennedy Scholarship deadline: February 6

NCS division awards entries due January 30

Mike Lynch has posted the deadlines and requirements for submitting your entry for the National Cartoonist Society’s division awards. The deadline is January 30 and you do not have to be a member of the NCS to be considered, though the work should have been published between December 1 of 2007 and December 31 of […]

Posted on: Jan 6, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 12 Comments

Comic strip finalists announced for Weblogs Award

The 2008 Weblog Award finalists have been announced. In the category of best comic strip, the final 10 include: Day By Day, Calamities of Nature, Town Called Dobson, Garfield Minus Garfield, What The Duck, The Book of Biff, Medium Large, Dilbert, Jesus and Mo and xkcd. Voting begins sometime today through the 12th. On a […]

Posted on: Jan 5, 2009,  Section: Awards, Blogs, Comic strips, Contests, web comics, Comments: 9 Comments

Rall picks another fight, this one with Newsweek

After writing a plucky letter to Time Magazine for their selection of Top 10 editorial cartoons for 2008, AAEC President Ted Rall has written a letter to the editor of Newsweek regarding their cartoon selections. It reads: To the Editor: There’s a saying among political cartoonists: “I thought my cartoon was good. But then it […]

Posted on: Jan 5, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 77 Comments

Barkeater Lake turns 10; go read anniversary blog

Corey Pandolph’s Barkeater Lake turns 10 years old this year. It was first called Social Order and ran in the Casco Bay Weekly in Portland, ME before being picked up in 2002 by United Media and ran on with the new title Barkeater Lake. In commemoration of the last 10 years, Corey has launched […]

Posted on: Jan 5, 2009,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments