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Archives for April, 2011

USA Today: The state of the big 6 animation studios

Pixar changed animation forever back in 1995. USA Today has posted a pretty good overview of the big six animation studios and what they’re releasing in the next couple of years. Regarding Dreamworks/Paramount: No fewer than 24 features are in various stages of production, including everything from a racing snail (Turbo) to a full-length film […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2011,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on USA Today: The state of the big 6 animation studios

Gary Varvel honored with Robert F. Kennedy award

I broke the news last week that Gary Varvel would be this year’s Robert F. Kennedy award for editorial cartooning and now it is official. The award is given to journalists to recognize their work on human rights, social justice, and the power of individuals to make a difference. Varvel’s 11-part series, “The Path of […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Gary Varvel honored with Robert F. Kennedy award

Bill Watterson submits original painting to Team Cul de Sac

Bill Watterson came out of retirement – albeit briefly – to submit a oil painting to Richard Thompson’s Team Cul de Sac effort to raise money for a cure for Parkinson Disease. As Richard tells it on his blog… So I was floored when I got a call yesterday from Chris [Sparks] saying that Caty […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

OH, BROTHER! contest winner announced

Oh Brother! co-creators Jay Stephens and Bob Weber, Jr.s ran a contest entitled, “Is Your Kid A Character?” to find a child who according to their parent’s account should be in a comic. The winner is drawn into a Oh Brother! panel (yesterday). The contest was judged by a panel of mommy bloggers. The winner, […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on OH, BROTHER! contest winner announced

Check out Voices of the Simpson’s infochart

You knew that there are only a handful of voice actors behind the myriad of Simpson’s characters, right? But did you know who voices which character? Hector Cortez, over at the Animation Blog, has posted an infochart on which voice talent is behind the various characters and towns peoples. Check out his blog for a […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2011,  Section: Animation, Comments: 1 Comment

Cagle: How to organize cartoons to create greater value

Daryl Cagle has written an interesting post about the perceived value of editorial cartoons on the web. With the poor performance of their artist-name cartoons page, there was no way I could convince the Yahoo News people that editorial cartoons had value ? even with the popularity of our topical cartoon content on Cagle.com. Unfortunately, […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 20 Comments

Bongo Comics to print Sergio Aragones Funnies

Famed MAD Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones will have his own comic book entitled, “Sergio Aragones Funnies.” Robot6 describes the comic as, “an assortment of autobiographical anecdotes, perplexing puzzles, slap-happy short stories, as well as Sergio’s unique and hilarious pantomimes and gags.” Bongo Comics is Matt Groening’s comic line and Serio has been contributing to Bongo […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2011,  Section: Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Bongo Comics to print Sergio Aragones Funnies

Ben Sargent exhibit to open in Austin

1982 Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Ben Sargent will be the focus of a new exhibit at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in Austin, TX. Ben was the editorial cartoonist for Austin American Statesman for 35 years. The exhibit, entitled Always Hitting a Nerve: Editorial Cartoons by Ben Sargent, contains original art from […]

Posted on: Apr 20, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Anton Emdin posts inking with a brush tutorial

Anton Emdin, one of this year’s NCS nominees in the Magazine Feature/Magazine Illustration category, has posted a tutorial on inking with a brush. Inking is fun! There’s something intoxicating and slightly scary about laying down permanent ink over a sketch you may have spent hours on. When I was starting out I often felt that […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2011,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 6 Comments

The post Pulitzer round-up

Yesterday Mike Keefe won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. I wanted to write a round-up of some of the loose ends regarding the Pulitzer selection that wasn’t available when I posted the announcement. From Mike’s editor we have a congratulatory statement accounting Mike’s longevity in the field: “This is fabulous for Mike Keefe,” said […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on The post Pulitzer round-up

Westergaard trial in Jordan begins next week

Kurt Westergaard, who penned the most infamous Mohammed cartoon depicting the prophet with a bomb on his head instead of a turban, will stand trial next week in the Jordanian capital of Amman. The summons was filed in 2008 with charges of “crimes of blasphemy” by 30 independent newspapers, websites and radio stations in Jordan. […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2011,  Section: Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: Comments Off on Westergaard trial in Jordan begins next week

Libyan cartoonist shot while drawing caricature of Gaddafi

From the New Yorker: Kais al-Hilali, a thirty-four-year-old Libyan cartoonist, was shot and killed late last month while painting one of the political street murals for which he was locally famous. According to witnesses, he had just drawn a caricature of Muammar Qaddafi on a wall in Benghazi (above) when the bullet hit. Several cartoonists […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2011,  Section: International, Comments: 5 Comments

Scott Adams admits he’s a troll online

Back when Dilbert creator Scott Adams was being castigated for a post he wrote on men’s rights which included comparing women’s preferential treatment to the mentally handicapped he made a curious statement: I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I was enjoying all of the negative attention on Twitter and wondered how I could keep it […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 25 Comments

Gary Varvel awarded Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award

According to a tweet by Gary Varvel earlier this afternoon, he will be honored with this year’s Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for editorial cartooning. Gary did a 11-part series highlighting some of the underprivileged living in the Indianapolis area. Here’s how I described it in an earlier post: The series is called “The Path […]

Posted on: Apr 18, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Mike Keefe wins 2011 Pulitzer Prize

Just announced – Mike Keefe has won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Mike is the editorial cartoonist for the The Denver Post where he has been since 1975. You can check out his award winning portfolio of work. In honoring Mike, the judges note: His widely ranging cartoons that employ a loose, expressive […]

Posted on: Apr 18, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 12 Comments