See All Topics

Archives for March, 2009

Finalists for 2009 Doug Wright Awards announced

This year’s finalists for the 2009 Doug Wright Awards. The 2009 finalists for Best Book are: Burma Chronicles Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly) Drop-in Dave Lapp (Conundrum Press) Paul Goes Fishing Michel Rabagliati (Drawn & Quarterly) Skim Jillian & Mariko Tamaki (Groundwood Books) The 2009 finalists for Best Emerging Talent are: Kate Beaton (History Comics) […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Finalists for 2009 Doug Wright Awards announced

Argyle Sweater claims 200 clients in first year

Scott Hilburn’s comic The Argyle Sweater is coming up on its first anniversary as a syndicated comic strip and now appears in over 200 newspapers in the U.S. The strip started as a lowly webcomic on Comics Sherpa before moving up into and landing a development deal for print syndication. The panel comic was […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 12 Comments

The Daily Cartoonist is back up

Yesterday afternoon The Daily Cartoonist went down. The cause as far as I can determine was a rogue database query that pounded on the server. My hosting company disabled the account to protect other sites hosted on the same server. I’ve not been happy with said hosting company for a while now, so this seemed […]

Posted on: Mar 20, 2009,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: 5 Comments

Eddie Vedder urges fans to help dropped alt-comics

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is asking his fans to write the editors of alternative newspapers to ask them to bring back some of the comics like This Modern World and Life in Hell that have been dropped lately. Vedder called political cartoonists the “Jon Stewarts of their day” with a long and distinguished history. Vedder […]

Posted on: Mar 19, 2009,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Bill Day laid off from Commercial Appeal

Bill Day, who has been at the Memphis Commercial Appeal for the last 10 years has been laid off this afternoon. He will continue his syndicated cartoons through United Media. “It’s been a wonderful job to work for [Otis Standford, his editor]. He gave me complete freedom. It was wonderful. I loved every minute of […]

Posted on: Mar 18, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 33 Comments

Self Syndication seminar adds Daryl Cagle

Another big name will be attending the Self-Syndication seminar hosted by Tundra guys Chad Carpenter and Bill Kellogg. Daryl Cagle will also be on-hand to answer questions and talk to individuals about the market. Daryl runs one of the biggest cartoon websites at and started his own syndicate service in 2001 distributing over 50 […]

Posted on: Mar 18, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Gatherings, Self Syndication, Speaking Engagements, Comments: 2 Comments

Mike Smith covers NASCAR in addition to politics

Editorial cartoonists are known to cover political conventions and other big events, but Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoonist Mike Smith has a different beat. He covers NASCAR. He does the normal five editorial cartoons for the Sun, an additional one for USA Today and then does two NASCAR cartoons for the Sun and the other […]

Posted on: Mar 18, 2009,  Section: Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Mike Smith covers NASCAR in addition to politics

F Minus collection hits shelves today; appears on NPR

Tony Carrillo’s F Minus has a new collection that is now available in book stores. To commemorate the release, NPR looks at his career thus far and the state of the newspaper industry. Carrillo was an art student at Arizona State University when he started drawing for the student newspaper. At the end of his […]

Posted on: Mar 18, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Ed Stein may bring back Denver Square

By now many of you are aware that several former Rocky Mountain News journalists are starting a web-only newspaper called In Denver Times. It’s a subscription only product that will launch May 4th if they can gather 50,000 subscribers by April 23. Ed Stein is one of those involved with this venture. He notes on […]

Posted on: Mar 18, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Jim Brozman working with Locher on Dick Tracy

You might have noticed yesterday that Jim Brozman name was inked into the Dick Tracy comic strip. Mary Elson, Managing Editor at Tribune Media Syndicate, tells me that Jim has been collaborating with Dick Locher on the strip. Mary adds that the two are longtime associates and live in the Chicago area. Jim graduated with […]

Posted on: Mar 17, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Jim Brozman working with Locher on Dick Tracy

Seattle P-I goes web-only; runs last print edition

Today’s edition is the last edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The Hearst paper closed after an unsuccessful attempt to find a buyer. The paper will continue online with a bare-bones staff in a format that has been described as a Huffington Post of mainstream media. While a couple of small papers have made the jump […]

Posted on: Mar 17, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 7 Comments

Robert Ariail resigns from The State

Robert Ariail, who has been the editorial cartoonist for The State (Columbia, SC) since 1984, has announced that he is resigning from the paper after his position was reduced to part-time status. The paper laid off 38 individuals last week and cut pay for others. Robert’s last day will be Thursday. The announcement posted today […]

Posted on: Mar 17, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

News Briefs for March 16, 2009

» Ed Stein, isn’t bringing back his long running local comic Denver Square, but as he puts it, he “couldn?t resist doing a couple of sketches, using the characters, to comment on a couple of local stories” » This Thursday, J.C. Duffy’s The Fusco Brothers will announce whether the faithful canine companion is really a […]

Posted on: Mar 16, 2009,  Section: Awards, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Comments: 1 Comment

Sargent bids adieu to Austin American-Statesman

Ben Sargent finished out his employment with The Austin American-Statesman last Friday. He announced he was taking a buyout a few weeks ago. He has been with the paper since 1974 and brought home a Pulitzer in 1982 and was a finalist in 2000 and 2001. To commemorate his departure, Ben pulled from the archives […]

Posted on: Mar 16, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

More recent comic page changes

The Toronto Star has dropped Darby Conley’s Get Fuzzy in favor of Aaron Johnson’s new (at least in print) comic W.T. Duck. The editor noted the flood of calls from Get Fuzzy fans, but in the end the decision was made by “canvassing some newsroom comic page readers” and making “a judgment call.” Public Editor […]

Posted on: Mar 16, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 12 Comments