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Archives for July, 2011

Letterhead from rich and famous cartoonists

Letterheady is a site devoted to showcasing letterhead design. Tom Spurgeon linked to a copy of letterhead used by Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson. A bit of digging yields two different letterheads that Bill used. I also dug around to see what other cartoonists used a formal letterhead. I found one from Johnny Hart […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 11 Comments

Patrick McDonnell honored with 2011 Clampett Award

Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell was awarded the 2011 Clampett Award at the Eisner awards ceremony at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The award is named after Bob Clampett, director of countless popular Warner Bros. cartoons and the creator of Beany and Cecil. Past winners include Jeannie Schulz, Ray Bradbury, Sergio Aragonés, Archie Goodwin, Jack Kirby, […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Maurice Sendak to publish first book in 30 years

Maurice Sendak, probably most famous for his childrens book Where the Wild Things Are will be publishing his first in nearly 30 years. The new book is called Bumble-Ardy and will hit shelves in September. But in terms of a book completely his own, Bumble-Ardy is the first since 1981’s Outside Over There. Not that […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2011,  Section: Children's Books, Comments: 3 Comments

Slylock Fox Spot-the-Difference coming to iPhone/iPad

On the heals of the news of Bob Weber Jr. and Jay Steven’s ending of Oh Brother! comes more positive news for Bob. On August 12, 50 of his favorite Spot-The-Difference panels from his Slylock Fox and Comics for Kids feature will be available on the iPhone or iPad. The app will be introduced to […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Oh Brother! comes to an end

Jay Stephens and Bob Weber, Jr are ending Oh Brother! due to lack subscribing papers just after one year in syndication. The strip was launched June of 2010 by King Features. In an email to me, Bob writes: The Oh, Brother! syndication has ended. The comic failed to gain enough of a foothold. Obviously It […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 34 Comments

Suicide bomber hides bomb in turban

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed the mayor of Kandahar city by hiding the explosive device under his turban. The tactic is reminiscent of the Kurt Westergaard caricature of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban that incited protests and rioting that left over a 100 people dead. Adopting turban bomb as weapon […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2011,  Section: Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: 10 Comments

Center for Cartoon Studies awarded $255k grant

The governor of Vermont announced that the Center for Cartoon Studies and the town of Hartford have been awarded a $255,000 grant to launch the Inky Solomon Center. The center will be a “a state-of-the-art industry center designed to help CCS alumni launch projects, incubate start-up companies and create jobs.” Leveraging the world-class talent already […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2011,  Section: Graphic Novels, Comments: 4 Comments

Kelley suit against Union-Tribune reinstated

Former San Diego Union-Tribune editorial cartoonist Steve Kelley’s lawsuit against his former paper is heading back to court after an appellate court reinstated it after it was thrown out in 2009. At issue is whether the newspaper threatened Steve Breen with his job if he continued to collaborate with Kelley on the comic strip Dustin […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Kelley suit against Union-Tribune reinstated

DreamWorks wins legal case over Kung Fu Panda origins

A jury says DreamWorks Animation did not steal the idea of Kung Fu Panda from Terence Dunn who claimed he pitched the movie about a “spiritual kung-fu fighting panda bear” back in 2001. At one point, Dunn claimed he was entitled to a percentage of the hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from the […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2011,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on DreamWorks wins legal case over Kung Fu Panda origins

Reading comics makes you conservative

Hard to argue with this logic. Rob Miller writes pop culture commentary for the Norwich Bulletin

Posted on: Jul 26, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Anne Hambrock organizes cartooning festival

Anne Hambrock who works on her husband’s strip The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee has announced that she’s organized a new comic festival called the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. The project started when Carthage College Gallery Director inquired about bringing John Read’s “One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages” to Kenosha and Anne opted to […]

Posted on: Jul 26, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 15 Comments

Interviewed: Jeff Smith regarding Bone and RASL

IO9’s Cyriaque Lamar caught up with Bone creator Jeff Smith to talk about his 20th anniversary and RASL. When did you know you could keep going with the series? The first issue of Bone shipped 20 years ago this month, so this is our twentieth anniversary. I think it was really when we made the […]

Posted on: Jul 26, 2011,  Section: Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

Cut the Rope Om Nom gets own comic

The Om Nom character from the iPhone game Cut the Rope is getting it’s own digital comic. The hero of the game, the little green candy muncher Om Nom is getting his own digital comic. The comics will be designed by Ape Entertainment and are set to hit the Apple App Store in late August. […]

Posted on: Jul 26, 2011,  Section: mobile, Comments: Comments Off on Cut the Rope Om Nom gets own comic

Peter Brooks cartoon being called Rupert propaganda

Daryl Cagle points out that Times of London editorial cartoonist Peter Brookes is being accused of providing “pro-Murdoch propaganda” for a cartoon he drew featuring starving Somalians with the caption, “I’ve had a bellyful of phone-hacking…” It’s important to note that the Times of London is a Rupert Murdock owned newspaper. Regardless, Twitter went ablaze […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Peter Brooks cartoon being called Rupert propaganda

King Features launches new corporate site

King Features Syndicate has rolled out a new design for their corporate website. The new design is a great improvement over their older site. Better navigation and layout. Those hoping to read their favorite comics on the site however will be disappointed. You still need to subscribe to their DailyInk or download their DailyInk app […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on King Features launches new corporate site