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Archives for June, 2010

John Lasseter to co-direct Cars 2

Slashfilm is reporting that John Lasseter has been brought in to bring Cars 2 back from a near crash. Summary of events below. Less then a week later Blue Sky reported a rumor the John Lasseter, director of Toy Story 1 & 2, A Bug?s Life, Cars, and now the chief creative officer at Pixar […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2010,  Section: Animation, Movies, Comments: 17 Comments

Joe Messerli passes away at age 80

Ted Dawson notes over his blog that Joe Messerli has passed away at the age of 80. Ted writes: Joe Messerli was a rare talent. Several days ago I wrote that someone should interview this interesting man, as his career spanned several important decades and venues in cartooning, animation and design. Mr. Messerli was one […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2010,  Section: Cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

New Despicable Me trailer released

July 9 cannot come soon enough.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2010,  Section: Animation, Movies, Comments: 3 Comments

Jerry Scott interviewed on Tall Tale Radio

Tom Racine has posted this week’s Tall Tale Radio podcast with special guest Jerry Scott. Jerry collaborates with Jim Borgman on the strip Zits and with Rick Kirkman on Baby Blues. Tom writes: Fresh off his National Cartoonist Society win for “Best Newspaper Strip 2010,” Jerry Scott of “Zits” (and “Baby Blues”) joins me to […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 5 Comments

Eight cartoonists launch The Cartoonist Studio

A cross selection of cartoonists have founded a new website called “The Cartoonist Studio” as a way to show off their work environment (and their work) and eventually sell stuff. The eight cartoonists are: Tom Batiuk (Funky Winkerbean), Dave Coverly (Speed Bump), Greg Evans (Luanne), Peter Guren (Ask Shagg), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Rick […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2010,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 21 Comments

Gallery of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat

Golden Age Comic book stories blog has posted several (by several I mean “a lot”) of Krazy Kat strips. As always, worth the time. Hat tip to Tom Spurgeon.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Gallery of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat

Politics and Prose for sale; 20 interested buyers

The famous Washington D.C. book store Politics and Prose was recently put up for sale and already the owners have been approached by about 20 interested buyers. Mr. Sagalyn said he and Franklin Foer, editor of The New Republic and one of Mr. Sagalyn’s clients, have been in preliminary discussions with Ms. Meade and Ms. […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2010,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Politics and Prose for sale; 20 interested buyers

Five finalists posted in Post comic contest

Say that headline five times quickly! Comics Riff’s Michael Cavna has announced his comic contest has been whittled down to five. Finalists are: Hoxwinder Hall by Daniel Boris. Real Time by Bob Erskine Forever Endeavor by Thomas Mullany Stupid Inventor by Zachary Snyder Imogen Quest by Olivia Walch The final five now submit Sunday cartoons […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Contests, Comments: 13 Comments

Interviewed: Dick Locher talks about his cartooning career, future and Parkinson’s

During the American Editorial Cartoonists Association convention, I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down and talk with Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist and Dick Tracy cartoonist Dick Locher. He had mentioned in an earlier panel a couple of upcoming milestones in his career: drawing 10,000 cartoons, 40 years with the Chicago Tribune (stared in 1972) […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2010,  Section: AAEC, Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 22 Comments

Tony Murphy hits funding goal for coffee shop rag

It’s All About You creator Tony Murphy has hit his goal to raise $5,500 for a coffee shop comic newspaper. As of this writing, he has raised $5,555. Tony writes on the project’s blog: A huge THANK YOU to all donors and everyone involved for e-mailing, posting, listserving, tweeting, facebooking, blogging, flogging, tagging, link-commenting, reminding, […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Iranian recongnized for courage in cartooning

Iranian cartoonist Mana Neyestani was honored last Friday by the Cartoonists Rights Network International for courage in editorial cartooning after his arrest in Iran for a cartoon featuring a cockroach using a ethnic slang. Because the cartoon appeared in a government newspaper, Iranian Azeris decided they were being harassed and classed with cockroaches. In ensuing […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Iranian recongnized for courage in cartooning

Jonathan Rosenberg launches Scenes From A Multiverse

Goats creator Jonathan Rosenberg has launched a new daily webcomic entitled Scenes From A Multiverse. Jonathan describes the strip as “what it’s like to live in a multiverse. Each day, Monday through Friday, we’ll visit another location somewhere in an ordinary, everyday multiverse and see how folks there live and play.” He’s also set up […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 6 Comments

Stacy Curtis and the dueling banjo pigs

The headline sounds like a dive bar band from the deep south, but it’s really about a friendly challenge between two illustrators. Guy Francis challenged fellow illustrator Stacy Curtis to a duel of drawing pigs playing the banjo. Other illustrators have now contributed and Stacy has amassed a growing collection of over 70 drawings. You […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Horsey Father’s Day cartoon riles up dads

Hearst Corp/Seattle PI editorial cartoonist David Horsey’s Father’s Day cartoon caused a bit of a storm. The cartoon depicts a man in the kitchen standing in front of his daughter who asks, “Daddy, Since you lost your job and mommy is supporting us, should I give my Father’s Day card to her?” On his blog, […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

AAEC Weekend 2010 wrap up

Last weekend was my fourth AAEC (Association of American Editorial Cartoonists) convention. The previous three were back in mid to late ’90s. Back then job openings were few, but at least there was buzz about which slot might come available. Speakers were top tier politicians or wonks. The Las Vegas convention banquet dinner was keynoted […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2010,  Section: AAEC, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments