» A humorous story about Ernie Harwell who in 1953 conceived of a comic strip featuring a baseball country boy named Amby Dexter. The strip was written at the request of his neighbor who was the head of national sales at United Media. They liked Earnie’s writing, but needed an illustrator. Unfortunately the strip never saw print because Earnie’s neighbor rejected all the applicants including the legendary Jack Davis.
» The Daily Universe (campus paper for Brigham Young University) is typically quite clear why it makes certain decisions regarding the cartoons it runs (or doesn’t). This time, they explain why they dropped editorial cartoonist Clay Jones in favor of Steve Sack.
» Jeff Koterba, editorial cartoonist for the Omaha World-Herald, takes first place prize in the inaugural Great Plains Journalism Competition.
» The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco will host freelance artist and cartoonist Briana Miller on Saturday, July 18, 2009 from 1pm to 3pm.
» Fifty thousand copies of a prison newspaper were pulled after “diversity chiefs” became “extremely concerned” over a cartoon sketch of a sneezing, bearded pig wearing a turban was found accompanying an article by an inmate who “suggested that swine flu was the result of a failed plot by Osama Bin Laden to â??eradicate every pig in Christendomâ??.” (Hat Tip: Rob Tornoe.)
» David Reddick has announced the pre-ordering is now available for his Legends of Bill webcomic. The collection featurs 60 color strips, a five-page original story, guest strips, and sketches. Fans can pick the regular edition or artists edition which also includes a sketch card.