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Archives for September, 2011

Charles Brooks, Sr. passes at age 91

I’ve just received word that Charles Brooks, Sr. best known as editor of the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year passed away last night. He will be buried in Birmingham on Monday. He was a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and editorial cartoonist for The Birmingham News for 38 years. The […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Norway charges 3 with conspiracy to commit terrorism

From the BBC: Prosecutors in Norway have charged three men with conspiracy to commit terrorism in connection with the 2005 Prophet Muhammad cartoon controversy. The three are accused of planning to attack Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and the newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which published his cartoons.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011,  Section: Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: 2 Comments

College cartoon causes controversy in California

Fall in is in the air. School is back in session. And just like clockwork we have a new college campus cartoon controversy. The cartoon in question ran in Solano Community College’s paper The Tempest and depicts black women calling black men worthless and wishing they’d all “go away.” The cartoon also ran under an […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011,  Section: College cartoonists, Comments: 1 Comment

Profiled: Tom Wilson Jr. on his father and Ziggy

Michael Cavna talks with Tom Wilson Jr. about his father who recently passed away and of course Ziggy. “When I was young, we would go to Bob’s Big Boy restaurants on Saturdays for breakfast,” the younger Wilson tells Comic Riffs of their Cleveland-area outings. “Dad would turn over their placemats and draw Ziggy about ready […]

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

The Daily struggles to gain subscribers

Bloomberg is reporting that Ruport Murdock’s much heralded The Daily is struggling to get enough subscribers to break even. The Daily’s daily usage is about 120,000 – much less than the 500,000 it needs to break even. News Corp.’s digital publication isn’t compelling enough to change people’s reading habits and its marketing push, including an […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

Newspapers giving tablets away, Amazon introduces Kindle Fire

Yesterday Amazon announced their new Kindle Fire tablet. The device is being hailed as the first serious tablet to compete against Apple’s iPad. It sells at $199 and has a whole bunch of features that you can see on their site. Here’s Bloomberg’s report about the Kindle Fire. In somewhat related news, at least two […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011,  Section: Newspaper industry, Technology, Comments: 7 Comments

Norm Feuti talks about his Gil comic strip reboot

Back in 2008, Retail creator Norm Feuti began posting a webcomic called Gill – a strip developed for syndication that didn’t get any takers. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that found the strip well written and in a polished state. It was sad to see a strip that had a likable and […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Turkish cartoonist on trial for renouncing god in cartoon

Turkish cartoonist Bahadir Baruter will be put on trial for “insulting the religious values adopted by a part of the population.” One of his cartoons depicted a group of men in a mosque praying but Bahadir wrote the words “There is no Allah, religion is a lie” in the decorations of the wall. A few […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2011,  Section: International, Comments: 15 Comments

Check out rare photo of Mort Walker’s 40th birthday

Mark Stokes has posted what he is calling a rare photo of a collection of cartoonist celebrating Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker’s 40th birthday. Photo was taken September 3, 1963 and includes: Jack Tippit, Bill Yates, Frank Roberge, Tony DiPreta, John Cullen Murphy, Gill Fox, Dik Browne; Bud Jones, Frank Johnson, Orlando Busino, Jerry Dumas, […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Aaron Johnson retires WT Duck

Last July WT Duck (or What The Duck for us fans before the title was changed for syndication) creator Aaron Johnson ended his syndication run after an even five years. Aaron cited wanting to have more time to devote to other projects. I asked him a few questions about his plans, his experience taking a […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

NYTimes launches animated viral video technology

The New York Times has partnered with Xtranormal provide animated satirical cartoons for their website. Xtranormal uses a technology that provides a cast of characters that can voice and act scripts uploaded by the public to produce a video that can be shared virally. The same technology was used in Renton, Washington police officer to […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2011,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 11 Comments

NPR takes a look at Hark! A Vagrant!

Glen Weldon on NPR talks about Kate Beaton’s new Hark! A Vagrant collection due out tomorrow. Beaton is the master of comic strip pacing; several of Hark! A Vagrant!’s funniest strips feature panels with no dialogue at all, just a character (Aquaman, say, or an unamused King, or Poe) regarding the reader with a hilarious […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2011,  Section: web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

See the personal projects of Dreamworks artists

Hat tip to Hector Cortez

Posted on: Sep 26, 2011,  Section: Animation, Comments: 3 Comments

Video: Watch warm-up sketch by Florian Satzinger

There’s A LOT of watch me draw videos out on the intertubes. One of my favorite artists is Florian Satzinger has posted a morning warm-up sketch. Work In Progress 7 (2) from Florian Satzinger on Vimeo.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2011,  Section: Animation, Comments: 6 Comments

Norm Feuti’s Gil to launch in 2012

Norm Feuti, creator of the comic Retail and the webcomic Gil has announced that his Gil comic has been picked up by King Features Syndicate for a launch in January 2012. You may remember Gil was launched as a webcomic back in 2008 about a little boy from a broken family. It was a bit […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 16 Comments