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Archives for August, 2009

Disney to buy Marvel for $4 billion

The Walt Disney Co. said Monday it is acquiring Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock. Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of 5,000 Marvel characters.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, Licensing, Comments: 19 Comments

Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum on the move

ToonSeum, a Pittsburgh museum devoted exclusively to the cartoon arts, is moving to a new location. One reason for the move is space. At 1,000 square feet, the new location will be five times the size of the current one. The other reason is to broaden the kind of artwork the ToonSeum displays. “Our own […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Museums, Comments: 2 Comments

Stantis says good-bye to Birmingham

Scott Stantis, who begins September 1 as the Chicago Tribune’s staff editorial cartoonist, said good-bye as a member of The Birmingham News. His last cartoon for the newspaper can be seen here.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Stantis says good-bye to Birmingham

“World’s youngest professional cartoonist” pens new book

Alexa Kitchen, who is twelve years old, has a new book from Disney-Hyperion Books, “Grown-ups Are Dumb (No Offense).” She was nominated for two awards in 2007: a Harvey Award for Best New Talent and an Eisner Award for Best Publication for a Younger Audience.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2009,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comments: 6 Comments

‘Speed Bump’ turns 15, celebrates with exhibit

Dave Coverly, author of “Speed Bump,” will have a special exhibit in his honor at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts starting Saturday to mark the 15th anniversary of his comic.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: 1 Comment


The Journal News, which had previously announced that it was cutting Matt Davies’ staff position, has reversed their decision and will be keeping their Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist. Matt tells me, “I am not going anywhere. My paper looked down the cold and terrible barrel of not having an editorial cartoonist on staff and just […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 27 Comments

Aaron Taylor to be new TDC editor (temporarily)

Just a heads up, I will be handing over the reins of The Daily Cartoonist to my good friend Aaron Taylor whilst my family and I are away on vacation next week. He will keep the news delivered hot and ready each day next week. Please make it easy for him by minding the comment […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2009,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: 2 Comments

News briefs for August 28, 2009

Books » The Aaugh Blog reports that The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974 (the 12th volume in the series) is shipping now. Look for it in your favorite bookstore or online at Comic Strips » Alex Hallatt tells me that her strip Arctic Circle celebrated it’s second anniversary as a syndicated strip and has a new […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Robinson awarded $5.2 million in plagiarizing case

Canadian cartoonist Claude Robinson has been awarded C$5.2 million in a 14-year legal battle over alleged plagiarized animated work. Cinar, which was sold in 2004 and relaunched as Cookie Jar, has been ordered to pay cartoonist Claude Robinson C$5.2 million (S$6.8 million) for using his cartoon series Les aventures de Robinson Curiosite as the basis […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2009,  Section: Animation, International, Comments: 4 Comments

Michael Jantz launches 100+ page comic art novel

Michael Jantze has announced that he is launching an online “100-plus page comic art novel” that will launch this fall and continue through next year. The new feature is called Rave On and described as: When a down-on-his-luck orphan dies, no one notices except Saint Peter. The orphan learns, as in life, that death has […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2009,  Section: Graphic Novels, Comments: 5 Comments

Explanation of out outages

For the last couple of weeks, the traffic on TDC has been spiking and causing some above average processing power to keep the site running. Yesterday, my hosting company had to disable the site. After reviewing the stats with their customer support, they allowed me to bring back the site with some modifications that hopefully […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2009,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: 5 Comments

How cartoonists deal with Ted Kennedy’s death

Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon writes: With the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, you can expect to see the same dilemma played out that was on display after Michael Jackson died. Only this time it’s Chappaquiddick and the death of Mary Jo Kopechne versus Kennedy’s distinguished Senatorial career as opposed to Thriller versus the possibility Jackson […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

Harvey Award voting deadline is tomorrow

Just a reminder for those wanting to vote in this year’s Harvey Award, that tomorrow at midnight is the deadline to submit your ballot. You can download a ballot as a PDF documet or as text. You can e-mail ballots, using the text file. For those not familiar with the Harvey Awards, here is a […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on Harvey Award voting deadline is tomorrow

Malaysian government seizes cartoon magazine

Rob Tornoe spotted this story regarding the Malaysian government seizing the premiere issue of “Gedung Kartun” (translated: Cartoon Store) : Officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs seized over 400 copies of the inaugural issues of “Gedung Kartun” (Cartoon Store) from the publisher’s office in Kuala Lumpur. Zainal Abidin Othman, the home ministry’s chief enforcement […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazines, Comments: 3 Comments

Boston Globe posts Ted Kennedy cartoons

The Boston Globe has a slideshow of editorial cartoons of Senator Ted Kennedy going back to 1962. Over all 33 cartoons from the last four decades.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2009,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment