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Archives for June, 2009

Prison newspaper featuring bearded pig in turban pulled

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 […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2009,  Section: Controversies, Comments: 4 Comments

Longbox Digital Comics — Comic Book Resources Tells All

A new electronic comic reader was introduced at Heroes Con, called the Longbox. It’s a digital comics platform similar to iTunes, and it is expected to launch later this year as a free download for Mac, PC, and Linux.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, Technology, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

News Briefs for June 22, 2009

Interviews » Liz Kersjes interviews Jim Borgman about his comic strip Zits that he does with Jerry Scott » Tom Racine’s Tall Tale Features Radio features Australian writer and artist, Sarah Ellerton. She does the beautifully drawn and scripted web graphic novel, “The Phoenix Requiem,” and is the illustrator of “Dreamless,” over at Keenspot. Television […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Podcasts, Television, Comments: 1 Comment

Uclick rolls out improved GoComics.com

Last fall, I reviewed the new roll out of United Media’s comics.com and compared it to other major syndicate offerings, including uClick/Universal Press’ GoComics.com. Last month, uClick released a major upgrade/redesign to GoComics improving many of the features that were eclipsed by comics.com. uClick’s mobile friendly site. uClick has always had one of the better […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 9 Comments

Bill Bates passes away at age 79

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bill Bates has passed away a couple of weeks ago. He was 79. Bill was a local cartooning legend who had worked as a cartoonist for the Chronicle and the Carmel Pine Cone. In the 1980s, Bill met weekly with Hank Ketcham and Gus Arriola, two other legendary cartoonists […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

The Best of Simon and Kirby to be published

The guys that created Captain America and the artist that went on to create Iron Man, X-Men, Hulk and the Fantastic Four with Stan Lee, will have a collection of their work published by Titan Books. Jack Kirby (artist) and Joe (Simon) were two of the pioneering comic book creators in the early 1940s.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comments: 5 Comments

Dan Froomkin let go from Washington Post

On a somewhat related cartooning note, I received word that Dan Froomkin, who blogs for the Washington Post with the blog “White House Watch,” was given notice that his contract has been terminated. Dan had a daily feature called “Cartoon Watch” that offered up links to that days best editorial cartoons. His latest blog post […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Dan Froomkin let go from Washington Post

Are your cartoons being used without permission?

I received an email from one cartoonist who found his work on the social photo and video hosting site Photo Bucket without his permission. It appears a user “lynn5150” has been uploading several cartoons (editorial, syndicated comics, gag cartoons, etc.) from a variety of sources. There is over 50 pages of cartoons and images that […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Legal, Comments: 76 Comments

Washington Post Writers Group to launch Fort Knox

Washington Post Writers Group is set to launch a new feature entitled Fort Knox for debut on October 5. The new feature is by Paul Jon, a military brat whose taken his childhood experiences of constant moving and resettling and turned it into a strip featuring a military family (Major Joe Knox; Jane Knox; and […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, New Launches, Syndicates, WPWG, Comments: 12 Comments

News Briefs for June 17, 2009

Animation The Animation blog reports that Nickelodeon’s “The Penguins of Madagascar” averaged 3.7 million total viewers and ranked as the weekâ??s top kidsâ?? show. Books » Richard Thompson has a second collection of Cul de Sac due out in September. See the cover on his blog. Comic Strips » Tom Gammill’s latest “Learn to Draw” […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2009,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

Open Discussion: verifying originality without being influenced

Wiley Miller made an interesting comment on the open discussion about using gag writers and how he handles blind submission from gag writers. He said, So without ever looking at the index cards (as I didn’t want to be unduly influenced by their material), I’d stick them right into the return envelope. I’ve heard variations […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Discussion, Comments: 44 Comments

Jeremy Mullins passes at age 32

Tom Spurgeon is reporting that 32 year-old Jeremy Mullins has passed away from multiple injuries sustained while climbing in the Catskill mountains. Jeremy was a Savannah College of Art and Design, creator of the Sweetwater Is An Asshole webcomic.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2009,  Section: Obituary, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

Comic Distributor may in be in trouble, and it’s NOT a newspaper

D.J. Coffman says the comic book industry is on life support.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 3 Comments

News Briefs for June 16, 2009

Animation » Fox will premiere its animation powerhouse shows on Sunday September 27. Check out new episodes of “The Simpsons”, the “Family Guy” and its spinoff “The Cleveland Show” and “American Dad.” Comic Strips » An original 1983 Peanuts comic strip was recently auctioned off for $17,080. It had originally thought to sell for $10,000 […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2009,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for June 16, 2009

Open discussion: Gag writers: crutch or resource?

The St. Petersburg Time (FL) recently interviewed Robert Rafferty, a gag writer who sells his gags to freelance cartoonists, syndicated cartoonists and to Playboy magazine. The article never mentions which cartoonists use his work. Gag writers seem to be one of those hush topics in the industry. Everyone knows that they’re there and perhaps which […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 58 Comments