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Disney to release Ponyo – a Japanese animated film

The Movie Blog writes that Disney will be releasing a Japanese animated film in America. The film did well in Japan grossing $150 million. The plot is similar to The Little Mermaid wherein a little a little “girl-fish” wants to be human and explore life out of the underworld but the story is also based […]

Posted on: May 5, 2009,  Section: Animation, Movies, Comments: 4 Comments

More comic page changes

» Toby, Robot Satan has been cut from the NYC and Boston Metro papers to cut costs or someone put the fear of God in them. » The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA) has reduced the paper’s width which actually created more room on their comics page. They brought Dilbert back from the business section […]

Posted on: May 5, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean: “In Praise of Newspapers”

The Vinyl Café is an hour-long radio variety show, hosted by Canadian author and comedian, Stuart McLean, and heard across the U.S., Canada, and Britain each week. I have a vintage-style Mickey Mouse radio in my studio that’s usually softly tuned to CBC Radio One, but when Stuart comes on the air, his distinct voice […]

Posted on: May 5, 2009,  Section: Newspaper industry, Podcasts, Comments: 2 Comments

Eight cartoonists visit troops in US, Germany

Eight cartoonists, Jef Mallett (Frazz), Bill Amend (Fox Trot), Bill Hinds (Tank McNamara, Cleats, Buzz Beamer), Dave Coverly (Speed Bump), Jack Davis (Mad magazine), Michael Ramirez (editorial cartoonist for Investors Business Daily, Rob Smith Jr. (editorial cartoonist for Glen Beck) and Jeff Bacon (cartoonist for Navy Times and Marine Corps Times) recently visited wounded troops […]

Posted on: May 4, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments

News Briefs for May 4, 2009

Alt Comics » Slowpoke creator Jen Sorensen is profiled in the Washington Post. Children’s Books » Jules Feiffer spoke at Katonah Museum of Art to promote the second book that he collaborated on with his daughter Kate. The book is entitled “Which Puppy.” College Cartooning » Chris Sharron who cartoons for the Daily Kent Stater […]

Posted on: May 4, 2009,  Section: Alternative comics, Children's Books, College cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Museums, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for May 4, 2009

Funky Winkerbean features inter-racial relationship

The latest Funky Winkerbean story-line is taking widowed character Les into a bi-racial relationship. Les lost Lisa to cancer a couple of years ago in a multi-month story-arc that sparked a national dialog on the appropriateness of death on the comics page. So far, the inter-racial story-line hasn’t generated much discussion aside from a blurb […]

Posted on: May 4, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 82 Comments

ABC to premiere new animated prime-time show

The ABC network will premiere a new animated prime-time television series called “The Goode Family” created by “Beavis and Butthead” and “King of the Hill” creator Mike Judge. The show’s premise is centered around The Goode Family who is “obsessed with doing the ‘right’ thing whether it’s environmentally, politically or socially. Unfortunately their efforts often […]

Posted on: May 4, 2009,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 5 Comments

Comic page changes – who’s out or in?

» The Worcester Telegram & Gazette replaced Tokyopop’s Undertown with Frazz. » Mary Worth, Rex Morgan, M.D. and Mutts are dropped from the Herald-Tribune’s comics pages as of today. Dilbert was moved to the Business section and joining the line-up are Non Sequitur and Bliss. » Pharos Tribune (Logansport, IN) has picked up Get Fuzzy […]

Posted on: May 4, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Bookmark Bar: Jonny Crossbones Goes Daily

Les McClaine’s adventure comic Jonny Crossbones can only be described as a reincarnation of Tintin. The staggeringly accurate, yet stylized figure drawing contrasts perfectly with the constantly overwhelming landscapes to create a world that will suck you in immediately. Starting today, May 4, Johnny Crossbones is accelerating from a M-W-F schedule to full-on, five-times-a-week until […]

Posted on: May 4, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

NFB Canada running with Cordell Barker’s Runaway

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is featuring a series of short “Making of” documentaries and teasers online for Cordell Barker’s all new animated short, Runaway. Cordell Barker, who directed The Cat Came Back and Strange Invaders, is once again at his best with Runaway. Set to the music of Ben Charest (composer of […]

Posted on: May 4, 2009,  Section: Animation, International, video, Comments: 2 Comments

On the Topic of Topicality

The question was raised in another article about how comics artists feel about being topical with their comics. The “why” of being topical is obvious enough; to bring in fresh viewers that aren’t acclimated to your pre-existing story. But the “how” and “when” aspects of this conversation raise some pretty interesting points. Artist Jorge Cham […]

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