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News Briefs for March 31, 2009

» Robert Crumb has announced that he is finished with his satirical take on the Book of Genesis. The British publisher is predicting it will, “provoke the religious right.” Sounds about right. These days a drawing including nothing but a circle in the middle is going to generate backlash from some group. » Those in […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2009,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

Nickelodeon Mag. Comics Award winners announced

Last December I mentioned Nickelodeon Magazine’s first Comics Award. The votes are tallied and the winners are: Favorite Graphic Novel: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (series), by Jeff Kinney, Amulet Books/Harry Abrams Favorite Comic Book Series: “Simpsons comics”, Bongo Comics Cutest Comic Character: Snoopy – from Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz (United Feature Syndicate) Favorite […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2009,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

AAEC convention plans shaping up

Over on The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists web site is posted more information about this year’s convention in Seattle. Ted Rall, AAEC president, provides a fiery letter to its members about the need to attend and discuss solutions out of the present industry crisis. He writes: This year’s panelists and speakers will focus on […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2009,  Section: AAEC, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 182 Comments

Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes struggling

Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes, co-founded by Blondie cartoonist Dean Young who started the franchise back in 2006 to capitalize on the Dagwood sandwich made infamous in the Blondie comic, is struggling – at least in Clearwater Fl where the shop has laid off all by four employees – a skeleton crew. The company, which has national […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009,  Section: Licensing, Comments: 7 Comments

Tom Meyer takes buy-out from SF Chronicle (UPDATED)

I don’t have a lot of details, but according to one report,, San Francisco Chronicle editorial cartoonist Tom Meyer is one of those who have taken a buyout. The Chronicle has threatened to close down if it can’t make concessions with its union. UPDATE: Sacramento Business Journal also mentions Tom’s buyout.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Bad economy showing up in the comics

Two different comic stories have an underlining commonality. First, E&P reports that the Brenda Starr character (from the self named comic) will be furloughed from her job as a reporter. Mary Schmich, who pens the comics and is a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, tells E&P, “The budget cuts inside Starr’s fictional newsroom reflect the […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Pat Oliphant cartoon viewed as Anti-Semitic

A recent cartoon by Pat Oliphant depicting a goose-stepping soldier pushing the Star of David (that looks like a snake head) toward a woman and child (labeled “Gaza”) is being condemned by the Anti-Defamation League which has called the cartoon “hideously anti-Semitic.” From The Jerusalem Post: “Pat Oliphant’s outlandish and offensive use of the Star […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2009,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 50 Comments

Gene Weingarten working on a new comic strip

Gene Weingarten, the Washington Post columnist who won the Pulitzer Prize last year, is working on a comic strip for syndication. In his weekly online chat session yesterday, the topic of Doonesbury’s depth of characters was raised which parlayed in to a bit of information that Gene is working on a strip with his son. […]

Posted on: Mar 25, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

1973 ‘Peanuts’ Sunday strip goes up for auction

A 1973 Peanuts Sunday strip is up for auction. The signed Sunday comic dated April 1, 1973 features Lucy playing a April’s Fools joke on Charlie Brown by telling him the Red-Haired Girl was waiting outside for a hug and kiss. After Charlie Brown takes the bait, Lucy says, “just like shooting fish in a […]

Posted on: Mar 25, 2009,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comments: 2 Comments

Complete Reuben and Division Awards

Title: Complete Reuben and Division Awards Mike Lynch has posted the last remaining National Cartoonist Society’s division award (Book Illustration). The nominees are: Jim Benton Cherise the Niece, Stacy Curtis Raymond and Graham Rule the School and Mike Lester Cool Daddy Rat. Congrats to the nominees. The complete list is now: Reuben Award Dave Coverly […]

Posted on: Mar 25, 2009,  Section: Awards, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 17 Comments

TMS sues Warren Beatty over Dick Tracy rights

Tribune Media Services has filed a lawsuit against actor Warren Beatty to regain the TV and movie rights to the Dick Tracy property. TMS alleges that Beatty “wrongfully claims” executive motion picture and television rights. Beatty purchased the writes in 1985 and released the Dick Tracy movie in 1990 which starred Dustin Hoffman, Madonna and […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Movies, Television, Comments: 6 Comments

News Briefs for March 23, 2009

» New York Daily News cartoonist and writer Bill Gallo was the honored guest speaker at the fifth annual Honor the Free Press Day where he talked about his World War II experience and how it made him a better journalist. » The San Diego Union-Tribune found a buyer. I don’t know how that will […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Licensing, Comments: 1 Comment

Howard Tayler nominated for Hugo Award

The 2009 Hugo Awards nominations are out for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. Howard Tayler, creator of the successful webcomic Schlock Mercenary, has been nominated in the category of Best Graphic Story. The other nominees include: The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle Written by Jim Butcher, art by Ardian Syaf […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009,  Section: web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

Comic changes for the week

» The Gazette (Cedar Rapid, IA) is bringing back Get Fuzzy and Pearls Before Swine. In an ironic turn of events, the two strip that were cut are making a return because the paper is moving to a smaller page width. As the editor explains, as you reduce all 20 or so comics on the […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Review: Tundra’s new mobile app

Chad Carpenter’s Tundra is now available on the iTunes App Store as a iPhone/iPod Touch app. They have released two versions – a free app with 25 comics in it and a $.99 app with 100 of his comic. Over the last couple of months, I’ve downloaded a few comic apps to see how each […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, mobile, Comments: 2 Comments