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Archives for September, 2011

MAD cadre to visit SCAD

If you’re near Savannah Georgia on November 12th, be sure to plan on attending the SCAD/MAD public panel. Michael Jantze, The Norm creator and Savannah College of Art Design instructor, has announced that the Southeastern chapter of the National Cartoonist Society and SCAD are hosting a public panel of famed MAD cartoonists Sergio Aragones, Paul […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Las Vegas Sun hires Mike Smith as contract employee

Mike Smith tells me that he’s been rehired as a contract employee at the Las Vegas Sun. Last week he was one of 12 individuals let go from the paper in a cost reduction effort. He’s been their editorial cartoonist since 1983.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 10 Comments

Jay Kennedy Scholarship deadline: December 15

College students with an interest and passion for cartooning please take note. The Jay Kennedy Scholarship application deadline is December 15. The annual Jay Kennedy Scholarship is awarded to a Junior or Senior enrolled in a 4-year college in North America who demonstrates talent and ambition in cartooning. The student doesn’t need to be an […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2011,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Niemann to attempt to live-draw a marathon run

The Gothamist reports that Abstract Sunday cartoonist Christoph Niemann will attempt to live-draw his first marathon. From the Gothamist: “It’s either the smartest or the most idiotic idea ever,” laughs Niemann. He wanted to tell a personal story-“but I realized I’m running out of stories, because my life isn’t that interesting.” So he signed up […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2011,  Section: Illustration, Comments: 10 Comments

Profiled: Maurice Sendak and his new book Bumble-Ardy

A good read in the Washington Post about an illustrator legend: Sendak feels old, but happy, relieved to have escaped youth and all its worries. After the death of his longtime partner, Eugene Glynn, and after triple bypass surgery, he continues to compose daily and is busy with a project about noses, the bigger the […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2011,  Section: Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: Maurice Sendak and his new book Bumble-Ardy

More Zen and Steve Jobs graphic novel released

As reported earlier, Forbes magazine will be printing a 60 page graphic novel detailing Steve Job’s introduction to Zen and its influence on his life and work at Apple. They’ve posted four more pages. Here’s their description of what was posted: The action takes place in the mid-1980s, after Steve left Apple and went on […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2011,  Section: Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

Profiled: Brian Crane and Pickles

Pickles creator Brian Crane was featured in BYU Magazine. The site appears to be down for the moment, but luckily YouTube isn’t. Here’s a video “The Art of Making Pickles” which includes some very early versions of his characters.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Toonseum to present Looney Tunes exhibit

The ToonSeum will open a new exhibit next Friday called “Overture: Looney Tunes Behind the Scenes” which will feature original art, character designs, model sheets, advertising artwork, animation pencil art, and comic book art of several headlining Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2011,  Section: Animation, Comments: 2 Comments

WSJ launches Facebook app

Jeff Sonderman reports over on Poynter that the Wall Street Journal launched a Facebook app to allow “friends” to personalize news that show up on their wall. Jeff points out three interesting things: Facebook users don’t click on links that go to WSJ – everything stays in Facebook. WSJ’s app uses ads and allows users […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2011,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on WSJ launches Facebook app

Check Out: Rare The Lion King concept art

Over on The Animation Blog Hector Cortez has posted some cool, rare concept art for Disney’s original Lion King animated feature film.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2011,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Check Out: Rare The Lion King concept art

CDC to fight HIV with digital comic books

Politico reports that the Centers for Disease Control has contracted with a comic book publisher to create digital motion comics for digital devices such as smartphonnes, iPads and Xbox 360s, etc. to build an awareness and educational HIV program targeted at 15 to 24 year-olds. The early success of the still-evolving motion comic animation field, […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2011,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on CDC to fight HIV with digital comic books

Interviewed: Kenosha Festival of Cartooning participants

The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning was last week. Here’s an radio interview featuring Tom Bancroft, Sandra Bell Lundy, Anne Hambrock, Paul Gilligan, John Hambrock, Michael Jantz, and Tom Richmond. Direct MP3 download. Paul has a small recap, Sandra has a lengthier one.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Check out: Most popular Ziggy cartoon of last year

In honor of the passing of Ziggy creator Tom Wilson Sr. , GoComics has posted the most visited Ziggy cartoon of the last 365 days. Here’s how they introduced it: I admit that I laughed and then I said eww, and then I washed my hands and drank a small non-toxic dose of some anti-bacterial […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Check out: Most popular Ziggy cartoon of last year

Which is more important in cartooning? Writing or art?

King Features comic editor Brendan Burford tackles the question – which is more important in cartooning the writing or art? I suppose I can agree that good writing can save bad art better than good art can save bad writing. But this whole debate frustrates me. Comics are a medium that relies on words and […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 40 Comments

Interviewed: Zunar and his struggles in Malaysia

Lim Cheng Tju of Singapore took an opportunity to meet and interview Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ul Haque better known as Zunar about his struggles with free speech in his country. Here’s an excerpt from the first question skipping the how he got interested in cartooning response: Q: How did you get started drawing […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2011,  Section: International, Comments: 1 Comment