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Archives for October, 2010

Doonesbury turns 40 today

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Garry Trudeau’s Doonsbury strip. Here is the first strip: The Guardian reports that Garry’s career was somewhat an accident: The strip had come about almost by chance. Trudeau had been having a bit of fun as a third-year Yale student, dabbling with a sports cartoon called Bull Tales based […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Bill Hinds to hang up Cleats this Sunday

Bill Hinds, the creator of Cleats, has decided to bring his comic strip to a close citing the need to focus on other projects that are more economically profitable. The last strip will run this Sunday. Cleats was created back in 2000 at the request of Lee Salem at Universal Press. Bill had a successful […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments

Miami cartoonist beaten and arrested

You might recall news stories back in 2006 of Jose Varela, a freelanced editorial cartoonist of 13 years for El Nuevo Herald, who stormed the Miami Herald offices with a toy gun start a three hour stand-off with police. He was booked into Miami-Dade jail last week for battery and resisting arrest. According to NBCMiami.com […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Legal, Comments: 5 Comments

Rocky and Bullwinkle creator Alexander Anderson dies

Alexander Anderson, best known for his creation of the 1959 animated program Rocky and His Friends and its 1961 spin-off The Bullwinkle Show, known collectively as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, has passed away at the age of 90. After the war, Anderson went to work full-time for Terrytoons, in New Rochelle, N.Y. Movie attendance […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 4 Comments

Cartoons and Cocktails this Thursday

This year’s “Cartoons and Cocktails” will be held this Thursday. The annual event auctions off editorial cartoons donated by the top cartoonists in the country. The proceeds go to Young D.C. the independent newspaper by and for teenagers in the Washington Metropolitan area and the Cartoonists Rights Network International. This year the auction will include […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoons and Cocktails this Thursday

Mike Peterson takes on the comic poll

Frequent Daily Cartoonist commentator Mike Peterson looks at the reasons why comic polls are so popular. It’s also important to realize that, as much as today’s editor is a stickler for proper grammar and follows rules in a way that would make the most tightly-buttoned librarian look like Oscar Madison, journalism majors don’t study a […]

Posted on: Oct 22, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 15 Comments

Mike Smith interviewed in alumi magazine

Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoonist Mike Smith was recently interviewed in the alumni magazine of his alma mater Loyola Marymount University. If a student cartoonist at The Loyolan today asks you for advice, would you advise him or her to switch to computer animation? I would tell them that they need to be very versed […]

Posted on: Oct 22, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Mike Smith interviewed in alumi magazine

Millionaire cartoonist by age 19

Interesting story over on Yahoo finance which reports on six people who had made their first million before they turned 25. One of which was Juliette Brindak who started MissOandFriends.com – a website geared toward tweens. At 10, Brindak started drawing the “cool girls” cartoon figures who became stars in 2005 of her online community […]

Posted on: Oct 22, 2010,  Section: web comics, Comments: 16 Comments

More college cartoon controversies

And yet another college campus cartoon controversy. This time at the University of Connecticut where two cartoons have been deemed offensive to women. The two cartoons were published on September 21st – one re-writing the “Sugar and Spice” poem to read, “Forget sugar and spice and everything nice. Try crabs, scabs and everything viral. That’s […]

Posted on: Oct 22, 2010,  Section: College cartoonists, Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 16 Comments

Is C-Kennel copying Pooch Cafe?

The question of plagiarism in comics is always a tricky one especially in strips working in a similar space. A fan of Pooch Cafe sent Paul Gilligan a cartoon from the newly launched Dogs of C Kennel that was similar to one of his. Paul found a couple others and posted them on his blog. […]

Posted on: Oct 21, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 24 Comments

New Pearls Before Swine animations

Not sure how long the RingTales people have been producing Pearls Before Swine animations, but since I haven’t mentioned it before here’s a sample. You can find more over on Babelgum.com.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Learn to draw with Gammill, Groening

It’s been awhile since Tom Gammill has released a “Learn to Draw” video, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the latest one created for the “Evening with Matt Groening” at the Festival of Cartoon Art. It obviously stars The Simpson’s creator Matt Groening.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, video, Comments: 3 Comments

Man dies after comic book collection stolen

A 77 year old man died of heart failure after being roughed up by burglars who entered his home to steal his comic book collection. According to an article posted on Huffington Post, Homer Marciniak was looking for buyers for his collection that he started when he was six years old. The collection was valued […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2010,  Section: Children's Books, Comments: 21 Comments

Which comics benefited most from Cathy retirement?

After more than a week of gathering, analyzing, confirming data on which comic strips have benefited most from Cathy Guisewite’s retirement, I’m pretty confident in making the call. The last time I tried to do this was when Bill Amend retired his daily version of FoxTrot. Back then, I spent hours documenting what features picked […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 15 Comments

Fox to produce Napoleon Dynamite animated pilot

The Fox Network has approved a six episode pilot for an animated “Napoleon Dynamite” for their 2011-2012 season. The show is based on the 2004 cult hit comedy and will bring the original cast back together to voice the series. Mike Scully (The Simspons) is also reportedly being brought in as a writer and executive […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2010,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Fox to produce Napoleon Dynamite animated pilot