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2010 Ignatz Award nominees announced

The 2010 Ignatz Award nominees have been announced. The award is given for outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. Here are this year’s nominees: Outstanding Artist Eddie Campbell, Alec: The Years Have Pants (A Life-Sized Omnibus) (Top Shelf Productions) Al Columbia, Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days (Fantagraphics Books) Mike Dawson, Troop 142 (self-published […]

Posted on: Aug 20, 2010,  Section: Awards, Cartoons, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: 3 Comments

StoryCorps produces animated short series

Every Friday morning on my way to work, I listen to StoryCorp at the end of NPR’s Morning Edition. I was happy to see an email from StoryCorps telling me that they’ve produced a series of animated shorts of some of the stories collected through their program. You can check them out at their website. […]

Posted on: Aug 19, 2010,  Section: Animation, Comments: 4 Comments

National Portrait Gallery Presents Portrait of Charles M. Schulz

A photograph of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) will be presented to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in a ceremony for invited guests Oct. 1. The event recognizes the cartoonist’s impact on millions of people worldwide and coincides with commemorations surrounding the 60th anniversary of “Peanuts.” The 1986 photograph, created by acclaimed portraitist Yousuf […]

Posted on: Aug 19, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Museums, Comments: 1 Comment

Podcasts: Scott Stantis, Turnbloom, Bob Weber, Jr.

Prickly City creator and Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis is back into podcasting. This time with Tribune columnist Eric Zorn. The show is called Prickly Pair Podcast and is produced by Kristin Samuelson. Head over to Scott’s blog for details or click this link to download now. iTunes subscriptions are coming soon. Bob Weber […]

Posted on: Aug 19, 2010,  Section: Interviews, Podcasts, Comments: Comments Off on Podcasts: Scott Stantis, Turnbloom, Bob Weber, Jr.

Mankoff responds to New Yorker/Kanye tweet mashup

Cartooning “tweets” has been a rage of late. I’ve reported that Paul Sabourin started pairing New Yorker cartoons with Kanye West’s tweets and yesterday I posted news that Tina’s Groove creator Rina Piccolo was drawing original sketches of other people’s tweets. And with that post, I learned that BECK has been doing this for a […]

Posted on: Aug 19, 2010,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Archie comic heading into action adventure story

The Gazette (NJ) has a profile on Archie comic book artist Fernando Ruiz who was tapped to draw a action-adventure version of Archie that is due out in the latter part of September. The title of the four-part series is The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. a play on the 1960’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV series. […]

Posted on: Aug 19, 2010,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 5 Comments

Women still secondary characters in comics

A recent paper in presented to the American Sociological Association suggests that female characters in the largest (most read) comic strips in America treat women characters more as props than leading characters. Conclusions in the report are based on studying Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Family Circus, Hagar, Garfield and Dilbert for one full year. An analysis […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 33 Comments

Piccolo draws comics of tweets

A couple of weeks ago, I pointed out that Paul Sabourin was matching Kanye West’s tweets to New Yorker Cartoons. Tina’s Groove creator Rina Piccolo is taking it one step further and drawing original cartoons of other people’s Twitter tweets.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2010,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: 9 Comments

ArcaMax Publishing picks up five new comics

ArcaMax Publishing news and entertainment provider by email, has added five new comic strips to its Funnies page: Dilbert, Luann, Get Fuzzy, Pearls Before Swine and 9 Chickweed Lane. Each strip is available for free with an email subscription and featured in the Funnies section at The five strips are syndicated and distributed by […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Penny Arcade readers take offense to rape reference

Last week’s Penny Arcade has upset several readers. The comic used the phrase, “every night we are raped to sleep by dickwolves” in the build-up of a joke (not about rape) but the its reference was enough for some in the blogosphere to point out their outrage. Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, web comics, Comments: 18 Comments

Rina Piccolo: News papers are not dying

Tina’s Groove creator Rina Piccolo was a recent panelist at Mocca on the topic of “The Future Of The Traditional Comic Strip In An Era Of Dying Newspapers.” She’s posted seven reasons she believes comics are not dead yet. Her first two reasons: 1. Print syndication of comic strips to newspapers is still a business. […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 14 Comments

Tony Rubino interviewed by Mike Rhode

ComicsDC blogger Mike Rhode interviewed Daddy’s Home co-creator Tony Rubino for the Washington City Paper about his career in comics. WCP: Who are your influences? TR: Cartoon-wise, the usual suspects: Larson, Watterson, Schultz, Hart & Parker. And also, Callahan (RIP), Groening, who I first saw in the Washington City Paper long before The Simpsons when […]

Posted on: Aug 17, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Tony Rubino interviewed by Mike Rhode

ABC signs 5 year agreement to air Peanuts

Peanuts Worldwide, the newly formed joint venture between Iconix Brand Group (Nasdaq: ICON) and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates today announced that it has signed a new five year deal with ABC Network for the popular PEANUTS animated holiday specials. The beloved Emmy Award winning specials, including the iconic “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “A Charlie […]

Posted on: Aug 17, 2010,  Section: Licensing, Television, Comments: 3 Comments

Cathy Guisewhite talks about her upcoming retirement

Michael Cavna catches up with Cathy creator Cathy Guisewhite to talk about why she’s retiring and how the syndicate took the news. MC: So when did you seriously begin to contemplate retirement of the strip? Was this long in the works, or a fairly recent decision? CG: I think it was really within the last […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

Keep up with Bors, Cloud and Rall in Afghanistan

Last week the State Department issued a travel warning telling Americans not to go to Afghanistan stating: No part of Afghanistan should be considered immune from violence, and the potential exists throughout the country for hostile acts, either targeted or random, against American and other Western nationals at any time. Remnants of the former Taliban […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: 1 Comment