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Archives for November, 2009

Yale to be chastised by 16 organizations

The Yale Daily News is reporting that 16 organizations, including American Civil Liberties Union, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the International Publishers Association, will chastise Yale University of “failing to stand up for free speech” in a statement released today. At issue is concern that Yale University Press capitulated to threats of […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2009,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Andy Donato wins tax battle with government

From the Globe and Mail comes news that Andy Donato, the editorial cartoonist for the Sun newspaper chain, has won a major legal battle against the Canadian Revenue Agency over charitable tax credits he claimed on his taxes after donating 710 cartoon originals to Touro College in New York and Ontario’s Brock University in 1999 […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Happy thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving to one and all. I’ll return on Monday to update the blog. Until then, enjoy the time with family.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2009,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: Comments Off on Happy thanksgiving

Plot to kill Westergaard expands to Pakistan

The two Chicago area men arrested last month who were allegedly plotting to kill Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard had ties to Pakistani army officers. According to a McClatchy article in the Miami Herald, five Pakistani army officers were taken in for questioning because of communications discovered between themselves and the two Chicago men. The five […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2009,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: 1 Comment

Penny Arcade launches own reality TV show

Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, creators of Penny Arcade, have launched a reality TV show based on the people and events surrounding the successful webcomic. The show, which is professionally filmed and produced, will be posted twice a month on their website. Several episodes have already been posted. From their blog: I have exciting news […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 7 Comments

News briefs for November 24, 2009

Comic strips » The Love is… spoof in an earlier Zits comic continues to prompt letters to the editor both positive and negative regarding the appropriateness of the lil’ nekkid Zit’s characters. » Julie Larson, creator of “The Dinette Set,” has issues with her syndicate and the internet. » I haven’t fact checked this one, […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, web comics, Comments: 11 Comments

Was Walt Disney a racist?

The LA Times has an essay written by Neal Gabler, the author of the recent book “Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination,” who takes on the question of whether Walt Disney was a racist – a charge that is sometimes leveled against him. Since he began making motion pictures, “The Princess and the […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2009,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comments: 10 Comments

Flight artists moved on to film; graphic novels

Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Flight comic anthology series, reports on where the artist of the first volume have gone in their careers since they were first featured in the 2004 anthology. From his blog: 7 out of 19 have worked on completed films, either as production designers or story artists: Enrico (Ratatouille, Up) Jake […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2009,  Section: Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: 2 Comments

KAL to perform with Baltimore improv group

The Economist editorial cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) will be joining The Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) on Saturday, November 28 for a live comedy show and improvised cartooning act. KAL is regularly featured with BIG and has performed previously in Chicago.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on KAL to perform with Baltimore improv group

Non Sequitur caption contest announced

Wiley Miller and Universal Uclick are holding a caption contest of sorts with today’s Non Sequitur. The familiar reader board in Wiley’s strip is left blank inviting fans to submit their best punch line which will be whittled down to four by Wiley. The remaining four contestants will then be selected by readers. The […]

Posted on: Nov 23, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 17 Comments

Cartoon museum features Fantastic Mr. Fox exhibit

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco will open an exhibit of original work from the upcoming feature film “Fantastic Mr. Fox” on November 23rd and will run through January 10, 2009. This exhibit features two sets from the stop motion animated film, “Flint Mine – We Took Everything” and “Farmer Scale Yellow Door,” which […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2009,  Section: Animation, Exhibits, Museums, Comments: 2 Comments

Gary Brookins taking break from editorial cartooning

Gary Brookins has taken a six month reprieve from doing editorial cartooning, according to an email posted on Daryl Cagle’s blog. Gary, who was laid off from the Richmond Times-Dispatch last spring, stepped away from editorial cartooning in June to concentrate on painting. I have taken a “vacation” from drawing editorial cartoons, and do not […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2009,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Gary Brookins taking break from editorial cartooning

Mike Keefe wins 2009 Berryman Award

Mike Keefe, editorial cartoonist for the Denver Post, has been awarded this year’s 2009 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning for a wide-ranging series of drawings that poked fun at politicians, journalists and public perceptions. Honorable mentions went to Matt Wuerker (Politico) and Ann Telnaes ( A Certificate of Merit was given to former Memphis Commercial-Appeal […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2009,  Section: Awards, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

News briefs for November 19, 2009

Animation » The Animation blog reports that Pixar is pushing “Up” heavily for a nomination for Best Picture. » The Washington Post profiles John Tayman who started the Bang Cartoons where he posts NFL related animated cartoons. Comic Strips » The Wizard of Id celebrates its 45 anniversary in newspapers last Monday. Editorial Cartooning » […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2009,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

Tom Wilson donating royalties to LIVESTRONG

Beginning yesterday, Ziggy cartoonist Tom Wilson is donating 100% of his personal royalties from his “Zig-Zagging: Loving Madly, Losing Badlyâ?¦How Ziggy Saved My Life” book to LIVESTRONG. LIVESTRONG is a foundation created by cycling legend Lance Armstrong to provide cancer awareness, support for those diagnosed and fund cancer research. Tom lost his wife Susan on […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2009,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Comments: 2 Comments