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Archives for April, 2011

Team Cul de Sac adds notable writers to cause

Team Cul de Sac – a fund raising effort lead by Chris Sparks and Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson for a Parkinson Disease cure – is adding a zine with writer contributions lead by Craig Fischer. Craig writes: When I first visited this blog, I drooled over the terrific submissions that Chris and Richard […]

Posted on: Apr 29, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Mike Luckovich on political caricatures of Obama

Today on NPR, Atlanta Journal Constitution editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich joins Steven Hess, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, to discuss political caricatures of President Obama after a lady in Orange County photoshopped a picture of a Obama over the face of a family of monkeys. For the backstory, check out this LA Times: Marilyn […]

Posted on: Apr 28, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Newspaper advertising not rebounding

Alan Mutter writes on his blog, Reflections of a Newsosaur, that advertising revenue has not bounced back as other mediums have in this sluggish economy. Although television, online, radio and even magazine ad revenues all moved into positive territory by the end of 2010, newspaper sales dropped 6.3%. At the end of last year, annual […]

Posted on: Apr 28, 2011,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 16 Comments

Rare pre-Peanuts original up for auction

Heritage Auction is auctioning off a rare pre-Peanuts original created by Charles Schulz in the 1940’s. Auction ends May 5 and is expected to go for more than $20,000. Current bidding is just over $2,000.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2011,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 2 Comments

Judge dismisses case against Illustrators’ Partnership of America

I knew there was an organization that collected and distributed orphaned royalties, but wasn’t aware of the legal tussle between the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) against the Illustrators’ Partnership of America (IPA) – both trying to control the $1.5 million of royalties. A New York Supreme Court has dismissed the case brought by GAG against […]

Posted on: Apr 28, 2011,  Section: Legal, Comments: 4 Comments

Shannon Wheeler’s book left off Eisner ballot

The Eisner Award ballot was released last week for eligible cartoonists to vote for their favorites picks, but Shannon Wheeler?s I Thought You Would Be Funnier, was accidentally left off the ballot. The glitch has been fixed and those who have already voted are encouraged to go back and revote if necessary. I Thought You […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Comics scholar Bill Blackbeard passes at age 84

Bill Blackbeard, founder of the San Francisco Academy of Cartoon Art, has passed away at the age of 84. From Digital Spy: Born in Indiana in 1926, Blackbeard’s fascination with comics began after the discovery of a large collection of old newspapers in a neighbor’s garage. He acquired the bound copies of old newspapers kept […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2011,  Section: Comic history, Comments: Comments Off on Comics scholar Bill Blackbeard passes at age 84

Ted Rall auctioning off a future cartoon

Ted Rall, a cartoonist who needs no introduction, is auctioning off his cartooning services to the highest bidder. Ted posted himself on eBay stating that he’ll draw the auction winner a cartoon on any subject they want – with some caveats. The winner picks the topic, but Ted is free to approach the topic any […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Jim’s Journal now on

Scott Dikkers, founding and longtime editor of The Onion, is bringing back his classic comic strip Jim’s Journal to Jim’s Journal ran in 200 or so college papers in the 1990s. The Chicago Tribune called it “fabulous,” and described the offbeat strip: “There are no punch lines, no sight gags, just quirky observations and […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2011,  Section: web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Howard Tayler honored as Hugo Award nominee

I’m sure there are many worthy artists and writers who are up for this year’s Hugo Award, but I wanted to give a shout out to my friend and Schlock Mercenary creator Howard Tayler who has been nominated in two categories: Best Related Work for his podcast called Writing Excuses that he does with Brandon […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2011,  Section: web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

Anton Emdin’s inking tutorial back online

Last week I directed readers to Anton Emdin’s inking tutorial, but he had to pull the post due to a conflict. That tutorial is now back online. Below is his warm up video:

Posted on: Apr 26, 2011,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Profiled: Tom Toles “hated” editorial cartooning

Politico has written a pretty good profile of Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. Turner hired him part time as a caricature artist and, after a few months, started nudging him toward editorial cartoons. “I said ‘No, I don’t want to do that,’” Toles recalled. “‘I don’t have the skills. I don’t have the interest. […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: Tom Toles “hated” editorial cartooning

Roger Ebert wins New Yorker cartoon caption contest

Movie crittic Roger Ebert, who has entered the New Yorker caption contest regularly since it began, has finally won. Robert Mankoff writes about the win on his blog. Roger was being a bit hyperbolic when he claimed to have entered practically all of the contests since its inception. Out of a possible two hundred and […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2011,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Profiled: Nina Paley and “Sita Sings The Blues”

Women’s Voices for Change has profiled Nina Paley and discusses her film “Sita Sings The Blues: The Greatest Break-Up Story Every Told.” Kicked to the curb by a beloved husband, many women would turn off the phone, grab the H”aagen-Daz and crawl under the covers. But Nina Paley channeled her own sorrow and rage into […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2011,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: Nina Paley and “Sita Sings The Blues”

Eisner Award voting is now open

I’m reminded that Eisner Award voting is now open. If I understand the criteria – voting is open to: Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colorists) All nominees in any category Comic book/graphic novel publishers and editors Comics historians and educators Graphic novel librarians Owners and managers of comic book specialty […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2011,  Section: Awards, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Eisner Award voting is now open