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Archives for November, 2010

WPWG to launch Reply All by Donna A. Lewis

Washington Post Writers Group is launching Donna A. Lewis’ Reply All on February 28. Donna’s strip is described as an exploration of the “value of honesty, the power of knowledge and the impact of a bad-hair day on one’s self-perception.” Donna is a D.C. attorney by profession. Her first foray into cartooning was a web […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, New Launches, Comments: 12 Comments

Sarah Palin comic book coming in December

Bluewater Productions is releasing a second Sarah Palin comic book in December. Female Force: Sarah Palin, Act 2 focuses on Palin’s life after the 2008 presidential elections. The book examines the reasons behind Palin’s increasing celebrity, and the threat that she might pose to both Democrats and mainstream Republicans should she decide to run in […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2010,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 9 Comments

Video: Green Lantern trailer posted

Gotta admit the Green Lantern wasn’t the super-hero I identified with. I wasn’t even aware there was an alien component in the story’s history. Movie due out June of next year.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2010,  Section: Comic Books, Movies, Comments: 2 Comments

Mort Walker’s military history behind Beetle Bailey

Wicked Local (Concord) has an article about Beetle Baily creator Mort Walker and his career and beginnings. After basic training, he found himself stationed at Camp Crowder, which was the Midwest training center for the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was to be a radio repair technician. Walker still has no idea why. ?Of all […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Tony Murphy to end It’s All About You

It’s All About You creator Tony Murphy has decide to end his strip citing lack of client papers. Tony’s strip has been in syndication for almost three years but dates back to 2004 when it ran in the Metro in New York and Boston. When asked what he enjoyed most about the strip he said, […]

Posted on: Nov 16, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 14 Comments

DailyInk to raise price; going mobile

King Features comic subscription product, DailyInk, is raising their yearly rate on December 15 from $15 to $19.99. New subscribers or renewing subscribers signing up before December 15 save the extra $4.99. DailyInk has also announced that they are soon taking their comics to the iPhone, iPod and Ipad in the near future. The app […]

Posted on: Nov 16, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 8 Comments

Babelgum presents Cartoon Masters

Babelgum and RingTales have posted a series of interviews with notable cartoonists about their process and their comics as animations. The series is entitled, Cartoon Masters. Masters presented so far include: Bob Mankoff Drew Dernavich Isaac Eddy Mark Tatulli Michael Fry Paul Gilligan Richard Thompson Stephan Pastis Here’s a sample with Richard Thompson.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2010,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Nicole Hollander starts a blog

Interesting story from the Chicago Tribune about Sylvia creator Nicole Hollander’s new blog. Having a blog isn’t new – a lot of artists have them. What I find interesting is how an artist feels about losing a paper – not just any client paper – but their hometown paper. When the Tribune dismissed “Sylvia” from […]

Posted on: Nov 15, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Cartoonist suspended for drawing campaign cartoons (UPDATED)

Argus-Courier freelance editorial cartoonist Steve Rustad has been suspended for allegedly drawing cartoons that appeared in campaign ads opposing Petaluma Mayor Pam Torliatt in the last election. The artwork was unsigned, but readers pointed out the similarities in drawing styles. The Argus-Courier, like The Press Democrat, is owned by the New York Times Co. Both […]

Posted on: Nov 15, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 32 Comments

Lucy Shelton Caswell retires from cartoon library

Lucy Shelton Caswell plans to retire as Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, effective December 31, 2010.  Starting in March, she will return part time as Curator for Special Projects.  In that role, Lucy will focus her energies and expertise on the project to renovate Sullivant Hall as the new home for […]

Posted on: Nov 12, 2010,  Section: Festival of Cartoon Art, Museums, Comments: 12 Comments

Friday Trailer: Kung Fu Panda 2

Just a teaser.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2010,  Section: Animation, Comments: 2 Comments

The Simpsons sign for 23rd season

Fox has announced that they have renewed “The Simpsons” for a 23rd season making it the longest running comedy in TV history. Guest stars lined up for the upcoming season include: Halle Berry, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Rachel Weisz, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Alyson Hannigan, Joe Mantegna, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Martha Stewart and Katy […]

Posted on: Nov 12, 2010,  Section: Animation, Comments: 5 Comments

Lichtenstein’s “Ohhh…Alright…” tops auction

Roy Lichtenstein’s famous “Ohhh…Alright…” comic strip painting took in whopping $42.6 million in a recent auction at Christie’s and Southeby’s. The Lichtenstein piece trumped Andy Warhol’s black and white coke bottle painting that went for $35 million earlier in the week.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Comments: 2 Comments

Today’s Garfield is bad timing, not anti-veteran

Today’s Garfield has raised eyebrows for some fans and readers. The strip depicts Garfield poised to kill a spider to which the spider responds by warning that if killed, the day would be an annual observance and ends with the words, “Does anyone here know why we celebrate ‘National Stupid Day’?” Garfield creator Jim Davis […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 134 Comments

Hazel is heading to Broadway

Ted Key’s Hazel is being adapted for a Broadway musical with music by composer Ron Abel and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. The two began negotiations for the rights before Ted passed in 2008 and were since able to secure the rights with the Key estate. Lissa Levin, the Edward Kleban Award-winning playwright and Emmy-nominated producer […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 2 Comments