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Archives for April, 2010

New “Archie” character is gay

A new gay character is coming to the Archie universe. The new character, Kevin Keller, will debut in the Veronica comic (a spin-off from Archie) September issue. Glenn O’Leary, a comic shop owner opined about the development: Introducing an openly gay character brings Archie and his friends into the current world, O’Leary said. “It makes […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2010,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 58 Comments

Iconix, Schulz family buy Peanuts for $175M

Iconix Brand Group Inc. and the Charles M. Schulz family has bought the rights to the Peanuts comic strip and other assets from United Features Syndicate and E.W. Scripps Co for $175 Million. The family will have a 20% share of the rights. According the a Reuters story, Iconix projects a $75 million annual royalty […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, United Media, Comments: 23 Comments

Apple bans Cagle’s Tiger Woods cartoon app

Daryl Cagle has received word from Apple that his recently submitted Tiger Woods app has been rejected from the App Store. Apple’s letter states, Thank you for submitting Tiger Woods Cartoons to the App Store. We’ve reviewed Tiger Woods Cartoons and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, mobile, Comments: 13 Comments

Dilbert on the lost iPhone

The tech sector has been a buzz these last two weeks since Gizmodo, an electronics blog, published articles regarding a “lost” (perhaps stolen) prototype of Apple’s upcoming iPhone that it obtained. Even Dave Letterman did a Top 10 list on the lost iPhone. Apple is notoriously secretive about it’s products and has even sued bloggers […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, mobile, Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

Looney Tunes heading to Cartoon Network line-up

According to Hollywood Reporter, the Cartoon Network is releasing a new version of Looney Tunes. “The Looney Toons Show” will star Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, along with Yosemite Sam, Tweety, Sylvester — the whole gang. Weirdly, the network is having each episode as a half-hour story along with “cartoons within a cartoon.” The concept […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2010,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 12 Comments

Chris Ware Fortune magazine cover nixed

Can’t say that I blame Fortune Magazine for rejecting a commissioned cover by Chris Ware. The May 2010 cover depicts the United States with smaller images that include “Guantanamo Bay prisoners, Mexican factory workers, and a few potshots at business execs and money-grubbing politicians.” If the story was focused or mentioned these items (I’ve not […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2010,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 68 Comments

Dreamworks to release all Shrek films in 3D

Dreamworks is the process of converting the first three Shrek movies into 3D. The fourth film in the series, “Shrek Forever After” is already in 3D. For animated films like “Shrek,” the 3D process involves going back to files and rendering out another eye. The makers of the “Shrek” films are working in close collaboration […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2010,  Section: Animation, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Dreamworks to release all Shrek films in 3D

Pixar announces dates for Monsters Inc 2 and Brave

Box Office Mojo is reporting that Pixar will release Monsters Inc. 2 on Nov. 16, 2012. The film will be in 3D. Another movie, Brave will be released on June 15, 2012. Brave was previously named “The Bear and the Bow”. Brave features the voice talent of Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, and Julie […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2010,  Section: Animation, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Pixar announces dates for Monsters Inc 2 and Brave

AAEC to Apple: end ridicule public figures policy

After the ruckus caused by the rejection of Mark Fiore NewsToons app from the Apple iTunes App Store – and its later acceptance after Mark received the Pulitzer Prize, The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has penned an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs urging him to end the policy of rejecting apps solely […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2010,  Section: AAEC, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Berkeley Breathed’s Pete & Pickles coming to TV

Technicolor has announced that it is moving into television animated programming and will begin their efforts by bringing Berkeley Breathed’s Pete & Pickles to the small screen. “I told the folks at Technicolor,” recounts Breathed, “that the only way I could get lured to the world of small screen pixels is if a company were […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2010,  Section: Children's Books, Television, Comments: 2 Comments

Nate Beeler wins The Thomas Nast Award

Another award announcement. This time Nate Beeler, editorial cartoonist for the The Washington Examiner, is taking home this year’s The Thomas Nast Award. Judges’ remarks: Nate Beeler’s entries stood out for their powerful and vivid composition that brings the message home regardless of whether the cartoon centers on a conversation or a visual punch line. […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2010,  Section: Awards, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Dairy farmer association upset at Beakman and Jax

Last Sunday’s Beakman and Jax regarding a question about dairy farming has upset many dairy farmers. American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman has reportedly sent a letter to Beakman and Jax creator Jok Church and Universal Press. The comic, which answers children’s questions about science, responded to a question about the age of cows […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 24 Comments

Bill Day wins 2010 RFK Journalism Award

Former Commercial Appeal editorial cartoonist Bill Day was named the winner of the 2010 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for editorial cartooning. The award honors reporting on issues of “human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world.” Regarding his entry, the judges wrote, “Cartoonist Bill […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2010,  Section: Awards, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Tom the Dancing Bug now on Boing Boing

Proving the cliche “where one door closes – another one opens” Ruben Bolling has announced that his comic Tom the Dancing Bug will now appear on Boing Boing less than a month after being dropped from Salon.com. Boing Boing is a popular aggregator of news and entertainment the describes itself as, “Media Culture Brainwash for […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2010,  Section: Alternative comics, Comments: Comments Off on Tom the Dancing Bug now on Boing Boing

Rex Babin on AAEC Convention changes

This year’s president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, Rex Babin, has posted a letter to AAEC member about the upcoming convention in Portland, OR this June. This year’s convention will be held in conjunction with Portland State University. Born out of necessity in this day of disappearing newspapers, vanishing sponsorships and eliminated travel […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Gatherings, Comments: 2 Comments