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Archives for July, 2009

Cartoon about speeding tickets, sex causes stir

The San Jose Mercury News ran a cartoon depicting actual excuses people have given police officers after being pulled over for speeding. The cartoons seemed harmless to me, but the mention of sex, breasts brought out the prudish readers and a lively discussion ensued in print. A round up of letters have been published with […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Controversies, Comments: 16 Comments

Tom Tomorrow creates Pearl Jam album cover

Tom Tomorrow has created the album-cover for the upcoming Pearl Jam new release in September. The band is doing a promotional game wherein fans can participate in an “internet Easter egg hunt” searching for all nine of Tom’s images, getting clues, and then using the clues to figure out where to download a free mp3 […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Tom Tomorrow creates Pearl Jam album cover

New Herblock exhibit to mark 100th birthday

The Library of Congress has announced an exhibit to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of political cartoonist Herb Block, aka Herblock. Herblock’s career spanned 72 years beginning in 1929 through 2001. The exhibit will feature 82 original cartoons from his collection. It runs October 13 through May 1 of 2010. H/T: Mike Rhode

Posted on: Jul 31, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: 1 Comment

Movie animation round-up

I read a couple of animation news blogs everyday and report what I believe would be of most interest to you all. If you’re highly interested in animation, I recommend you follow The Animation Blog, and Animated News. Here’s a couple of stories I found interesting from the aforementioned sites: » “Cloudy with a Chance […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2009,  Section: Animation, Movies, Comments: 5 Comments

Webcomic “Wide Awake” optioned for film rights

From the press release: Do-Over Productions has just announced that they have optioned the film rights to Wide Awake, the extraordinary webcomic written by Eric Trautmann and Brandon Jerwa, with art by Mirco Pierfederici and art direction by David Messina. As described in the press release from Do-Over, Wide Awake is the story of Amanda […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2009,  Section: Movies, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Webcomic “Wide Awake” optioned for film rights

TechCrunch Reports on Rise of New Media

The TechCrunch website just posted two articles with direct relevance to the ongoing discussions here at TDC about the demise of old media and the potential for webcomics. The first, AOL Newsroom Now Has (Wow) 1,500 Writers reports on just that, the growth of AOL’s reporting capability. Most of those writers were gained from old […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Technology, web comics, Comments: 4 Comments

Pilot created by Lincoln Peirce posted online

A pilot of Lincoln Peirce’s Spang Ho!, which was made for and rejected by Cartoon Network, has been posted online, along with a backstory on the making from the creator himself. Lincoln Peirce is a creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Big Nate.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2009,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Pilot created by Lincoln Peirce posted online

Self-syndicated Tundra hits 300 papers

The self-syndicated comic Tundra has hit the 300 papers milestone in just three years making it the most successful self-syndicated feature on the market. Chad Carpenter’s feature started in six newspapers in his home state of Alaska. A friend, Bill Kellogg offered to help sell it nationally. Bill says selling the strip is relatively easy. […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 20 Comments

News Briefs for July 29, 2009

Animation » Wallace & Gromit fans have something to look forward to in September. Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection will be released September 22 on DVD and Blu-Ray Books » The Cleveland Scene interviews Nevin Martell, the author of the upcoming book on Bill Watterson. Not a lot of new information. My understanding was […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2009,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Interviews, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Pixar to release Toy Story 1 & 2 double feature

Pixar announced that on October 2nd they are releasing a Toy Story double feature. The two week release will feature the first two Toy Story features and a 3D trailer of Toy Story 3. Toy Story 3 is due out June, 2010. Here is the double feature teaser:

Posted on: Jul 29, 2009,  Section: Animation, Comments: 2 Comments

Beatty deposition battle in Dick Tracy case

Last March I posted news that actor Warren Beatty and Tribune Media Services were in a legal scrap over the movie rights of the Dick Tracy character. Beatty had the rights and made the 1990 Dick Tracy movie in which he starred, however TMS says that the rights were lost after a decade. The latest […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2009,  Section: Legal, Comments: 9 Comments

An Interview with Lincoln Peirce

Lincoln Peirce, the cartoonist behind Big Nate, recently sat on a panel at the Maine Comics Arts Festival with Wiley Miller (Non Sequitur) and Corey Pandolph (Bark Eater Lake/The Elderberries). The subject discussed was around the subject â??Surviving as a Print Cartoonistâ? which you read more about on Mike Petersonâ??s â??Nellie Blogâ??. Iâ??m a fan […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Festival of Cartoon Art, Interviews, Comments: 7 Comments

News briefs for July 28, 2009

Books » Fantagraphics to publish the complete run of Ernie Bushmillerâ??s comic strip Nancy. Comic-Con » Michael Cavna was sent to cover the big Con. He’s taking questions during a live chat. » Rolling Stone reviews what was notable about the event. Comic Strips » A Charlie Brown Christmas will be released in Blu-Ray on […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2009,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

Miyazaki broke boycott of US to visit Comic Con

Miyazaki did not come to the 2003 Oscar ceremony, where he won the award for “Spirited Away”, because he was boycotting America to protest the Iraq War, according to LA Times. However, this year he broke his boycott to be in a panel at the San Diego Comic Con. “The reason I wasnâ??t here for […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2009,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Comments: 13 Comments

Important updated information for Comic Seminar

With two months to go before the Comic Seminar in Las Vegas, there has been some updates to the event that are worth noting. First, due to a new sponsor, the cost of the seminar has been reduced to $350 and that price is for everyone regardless of when they signed up. Secondly, the Monday-Tuesday […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2009,  Section: Gatherings, Self Syndication, Speaking Engagements, Comments: 6 Comments