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Archives for May, 2009

Jeremy Love wins 5 Glyph Comic Awards

Jeremy Love’s Bayou took home five awards this year in the annual Glyph Comics Awards. Jeremy took the top spot for the best Story of the Year, Best Writer, Best Artist, Best Female Character, and Best Comic Strip. Other winners include Black Lighting (Grant Morrison, Writer; Matthew Clark, Norm Rapmund, Rob Hunter, and Don Ho, […]

Posted on: May 18, 2009,  Section: Awards, Comments: 1 Comment

Editorial cartoonist Draper Hill, dead at 73

Draper Hill, the long-time Detroit News cartoonist, and eminent cartoon historian, passed away earlier this week. In addition to his decades of work as a staff cartoonist, he published biographies of Thomas Nast and James Gillray, and was long considered the “institutional memory” of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC). A past president of […]

Posted on: May 15, 2009,  Section: AAEC, Cartoons, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Comments: 21 Comments

FOX cancels “Sit Down, Shut Up”

Sit Down, Shut Up, an animated sitcom that premiered on FOX in April, is shut down due to low ratings. The fifth episode, which was originally slated to air this Sunday, has been pulled from the schedule.

Posted on: May 15, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 18 Comments

Bookmark Bar: Order of Tales hits 300

Order of Tales is an epic/fantasy graphic novel about a Teller named Koark. The orphaned son of Duke Themb, he is on a quest to fulfill the last request of his father. His family was charged with collecting and preserving the tales of all of the races of “a strange world.” Through his adventures he […]

Posted on: May 15, 2009,  Section: web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Bookmark Bar: Order of Tales hits 300

News briefs for May 14, 2009

Animation » Gerald Scarfe, cartoonist and illustrator who directed animation for Walt Disney’s Hercules, will host this year’s annual Dundee Literary Festival in Dundee England. Festival runs June 25 to 28. Interviews » Stone Soup creator Jan Eliot on cartooning and blogging: “Being online doesn’t give me ideas. Daydreaming does.” Museums/Exhibits » Speaking once again […]

Posted on: May 14, 2009,  Section: Animation, Exhibits, Interviews, Museums, Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

Jeff Kinney: one of Time’s most influential people

Jeff Kinney, the creator of the “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series has been named as one of Time magazine’s World’s Most Influential People coming in at number 52. Kinney’s local upbringing and off-beat humor helped inspire his series of children’s books, “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” which chronicles the life of Greg […]

Posted on: May 14, 2009,  Section: Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: 5 Comments

News briefs for May 13, 2009

Comic Strips » Ziggy inks a greeting card deal with American Greetings » picks up Zits. Editorial Cartooning » Jon Stewart remarks that this news comedy show, “The Daily Show” is the equivalent of a 22 minute editorial cartoon. h/t Rob Tornoe Graphic Novels » Reviewed: “Modesty Blaise: The Lady Killers” by Peter O’Donnell […]

Posted on: May 13, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on News briefs for May 13, 2009

World’s largest comic strip recreated in Brussels

During a comic festival in Brussels, a scaled up reproduction of a Tintin adventure was created on the Brussels Grand Place. It measures 672 square meters (7,233 square feet). The article doesn’t mention if the feat was to be submitted to the Guinness Book of World records. The current record holder is a team in […]

Posted on: May 13, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on World’s largest comic strip recreated in Brussels

Jeff Smith documentary slated for next Friday

Bone creator Jeff Smith is the subject of a documentary entitled “The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics.” Unfortunately the movie is only showing at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio next Friday the 22nd. Here is the trailer. Hopefully it will be made available for purchase on […]

Posted on: May 13, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Movies, Comments: 5 Comments

Zapiro to remove shower head from Zuma’s head

Jonathan Shapiro (AKA “Zapiro”), the South African cartoonist who has drawn the ire, as well as law suits, from the new president Jacob Zuma, has decided to remove the shower head from atop Zuma’s cranium as a demonstration of optimism. I thought I will take stock of where we are and give the presidency a […]

Posted on: May 13, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: 3 Comments

Between Friends offers story-line for Canadian Cancer Society

Sandra Bell-Lundy, the creator of Between Friends, has created a three day story-line to promote breast cancer screenings for the Canadian Cancer Society to coincide with Mother’s Day. The strips were also given voice and animation for the web site. When I was approached to help out with this campaign, I was excited for […]

Posted on: May 13, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments adds 39 Creators comics, the new online venture by former Rocky Mountain News staffers, has added a comic section to their website “in response to overwhelming reader requests.” The news site added 39 comics using what appears to be Creator’s Rev Up comic service.

Posted on: May 13, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic strip changes for the week

» Tundra has been picked up by the News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) replacing F-Minus. » Over in RACs, a Philadelphia reader noted that the Philadelphia Inquirer added a page to their Sunday comics after readers complained that an earlier reduction in the size of the strips made them unreadable. » Also from RACs, D.D.Degg notes […]

Posted on: May 12, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 10 Comments

News Briefs for May 12, 2009

Cartooning » Benita Epstein is profiled twice this week. Enjoy Magazine talks about her work as a entomologist before becoming a cartoonist. A News Cafe reports her work is adorning the walls of GreenGo’s, a natural organic restaurant in Redding, CA. » The Daily News Miner profiles Dan Darrow. » The Index Journal profiles Mike […]

Posted on: May 12, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Interviews, Museums, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for May 12, 2009

Belgium experiencing shortage of comic writers

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on the shortage of sequential art writers in Belgium. Kids grow up wanting to be the illustrator/artist, not the writer. The article talks about Jean Van Hamme, a giant in the industry (he’s a writer) and his angst in finding good talent. Now, as Mr. Van Hamme […]

Posted on: May 12, 2009,  Section: Graphic Novels, International, Comments: 1 Comment