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Archives for October, 2009

Drew Litton lands Tribune sports cartoon gig

Former Rocky Mountain News sports cartoonist Drew Litton has landed a weekly spot on the Chicago Tribune’s sports page beginning tomorrow. The new locally themed sports cartoon entitled, “The Main Event,” will cover Chicago sports teams such as the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks. The new feature will run on Saturdays in print and […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 14 Comments

News briefs for October 29, 2009

Comic history » A letter written by Walt Disney is up for auction. The typed letter on company letterhead and signed by Disney is expected to sell for $3,500 and $5,000. Comic strips » Michael Cavna leads a crusade to get Doonesbury printed at a legible size in the Washington Post and wins. Graphic Novels […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2009,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Comments: 2 Comments

New Garfield CGI show to air on Cartoon Network

The Cartoon Network will begin running a new CGI TV program “The Garfield Show” starting next Monday. The show will run daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (EST). The show of course revolves around the surly cat Garfield. The show already runs throughout Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East. From the press […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2009,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Television, Comments: 7 Comments

Comics Journal expands online, consolidates print

The Comics Journal will be expanding its online offerings and consolidating its print publication to expanded semi-annual editions. From their press release: The expanded, full-service will deliver everything readers love â?? in-depth interviews, smart columns, sharp criticism, real journalism â?? on a daily basis. And not only will readers get the traditional Comics Journal […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2009,  Section: Cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

Amazon posts final 10 in Comic Strip Superstar contest

Amazon has posted the final 10 comic strips in their Comic Strip Superstar contest. I’ve listed the finalists below with a link to their samples. Voting begins to day and runs through November 6th with the winner announced on the 9th. Belle Plaine by Eric Gapstur Büni by Ryan Pagelow CounterCulture by Kory Merritt Evil […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Contests, Comments: 251 Comments

Cartoonists review their trip to Iraq

The cartoonists that too part in the NCS/USO trip to Washington D.C., Germany and on to Iraq have returned and are posting photos and reviews of their experience. The group met with soldiers to provide some humor in tough situations. MAD Magazine cartoonist Tom Richmond has written the first part of a review of his […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists review their trip to Iraq

2 Chicagoans allegedly plotted to kill Westergaard

From an AP story comes news that two men from Chicago were arrested for allegedly plotting attacks on overseas targets including Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Federal prosecutors have charged 49-year-old David Coleman Headley and 48-year-old Tahawwur Hussain Rana. Prosecutors contend Headley told FBI agents that the initial plan called for an attack against the newspaper […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2009,  Section: Controversies, International, Legal, Comments: 1 Comment

Jan Eliot reports back on her trip to Algiers

Jan Eliot was invited to speak at the 2eme Festival International de la Bande Dessinee in Algiers. The festival was an international event with cartoonists coming from all over Africa. She’s back and has a write-up of her experience on her blog. It was a real honor to meet these and other women cartoonists at […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, International, Comments: Comments Off on Jan Eliot reports back on her trip to Algiers

News briefs for October 27, 2009

Awards » The Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award Competition for 2009 is due November 12, 2009. Comic books » Joe Staton and his wife, children’s author Hilarie Staton, collaborated on Amy Goes Gluten Free a book on dealing with Celiac Disease. Comic strips » Brian Anderson, creator of Dog Eat Doug, gives us a peek […]

Posted on: Oct 27, 2009,  Section: Awards, Children's Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on News briefs for October 27, 2009

Would an Apple tablet boost digital comics?

There has been rumors for several months (if not years) that Apple, Inc will release a tablet computer. While the rumor swirls, Chicago Sun-Times technology writer Andy Ihnatko points to certain “evidences” that the rumor might be true and that such a tablet would be a boon for digital comics. Someone certainly has to. Digital […]

Posted on: Oct 27, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Technology, Comments: 11 Comments

Graph: weekday newspaper circulation since 1990

The Awl has graphed out the newspaper circulation rates for the major papers going back to 1990. The Wall Street Journal has gained; most other papers have ridden a downward roller-coaster; The L.A. Times has been in an horrifying free fall. From their blog post: Every six months, the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases data […]

Posted on: Oct 27, 2009,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 3 Comments

Pixar to air 20 shorts during 2-hour special

ABC Family will be airing 20 Pixar shorts back to back during their annual 25 Days of Christmas. Programming includes 15 Pixar shorts, 4 shorts from the Cars Toons mini-series and a Lucasfilm produced The Adventures of Andre and Wally B. The show is scheduled for December 2 with reruns running on December 18 and […]

Posted on: Oct 27, 2009,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Pixar to air 20 shorts during 2-hour special

Circulation numbers continue to slide nationwide

Editor and Publisher is reporting the results of a recent report by Audit Bureau of Circulations revealing that many of the largest papers in the U.S. took heavy hits in circulation during the last six months compared to rates during that same period last year. Only one paper, The Wall Street Journal, posted a gain […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2009,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 11 Comments

Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari jailed

Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari was arrested on October 22 according to Reporters without Borders. Heidari and several others were arrested in Tehran during a religious ceremony honoring political prisoners. Heidari was cultural editor of the banned daily Etemad-e Melli.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2009,  Section: International, Comments: Comments Off on Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari jailed

Caricature convention set to convene next month

The International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA, formerly known as the NCN) 2009 Annual Caricature Convention and Competition is set to hold it’s annual convention next week beginning Nov. 2 through 7th in Sandusky, OH. This year four special guests from MAD Magazine are scheduled which include Sam Viviano Longtime MAD artist and current art […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2009,  Section: Caricature, Gatherings, Comments: Comments Off on Caricature convention set to convene next month