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Archives for September, 2011

Hilary Price to teach gag cartooning

Rhymes with Orange creator Hilary Price will teach the Cartooning Master class at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco on October 19. She’ll teach students how to brainstorm and develop cartooning skills. Rhymes with Orange has been in syndication since 1995 and has twice won the NCS’ Best Newspaper Panel award. Visit the Cartoon […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

How Steve Jobs is making cartooning more difficult

Tom Pappalardo notes that many of the visual props (newspapers, televisions, music players) used to create context for comics are getting smaller and harder to use. The visual language is evolving as technology evolves: In many ways, technology?especially consumer-driven technology?has been striving for the same thing as cartoonists for years now. Simpler, smaller, more streamlined. […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 18 Comments

Interviewed: Candorville’s Darrin Bell

Michael Ventrella has posted an interview with Candorville creator Darrin Bell. Excerpt: VENTRELLA: How did that get you into doing comics as a career? BELL: In a roundabout way… I was in gifted and talented programs in Jr. High and High School, and I realized my interest in history and civics was outpacing my interest […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Ziggy creator Tom Wilson Sr. passes at age 80

Tom Wilson Sr., the creator of the iconic Ziggy comic strip passed away last Friday at the age of 80. From Universal Uclick: Ziggy which celebrated 40 years in syndication in June 2011, continues to be produced by Wilson’s son, Tom Wilson Jr., who has handled the day-to-day operation of the panel since 1987. Ziggy […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 9 Comments

Trudeau overplayed his hand with Palin series?

I’ve taken a couple of respectful lumps for siding with the newspapers that opted to drop Doonesbury for the week. Now that I’ve seen the entirety of the storyline, I can see how a reasonable editor would say, “this is out of bounds.” John Kass wrote an article for The Chicago Tribune about the whole […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 11 Comments

Las Vegas Sun lays off Mike Smith

The Las Vegas Sun has laid off 12 employees today citing lower profits derived from a joint operating agreement with the Review-Journal. Unfortunately one of those let go was editorial cartoonist Mike Smith. Mike has been with the Sun since 1983. His editorial cartons are syndicated though King Features and he also draws for USAToday. […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 10 Comments

I think newspapers were right to pull Doonesbury

I’ve read a few reactions to the news that some newspapers have pulled this week’s Doonesbury that mocked Sarah Palin. Here’s a quick recap of some of the voices and then I’ll add my own. Brigid Alverson from Comic Book Resources: On the one hand, I want to defend Trudeau’s right to publish his strip […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 21 Comments

Politico looks at Bluewater comic books of politicians

I’ve mentioned before that my impression of Bluewater’s comic books is that they are a supermarket tabloid in graphical form. After reading this story in Politico, I’m wondering if I misjudged. From Patrick Gavin’s piece in Politico regarding Bluewater trying to break the stereotype that comic books were all about men in tights. Defying that […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2011,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 1 Comment

New Pixar short: La Luna

Rick Marshall interviews Enrico Casarosa about the short. Watch the the teaser/trailer below. La Luna, the new Pixar short written and directed by Enrico Casarosa, has been the subject of much praise lately thanks to a series of well-received screenings at recent film festivals. Planned as the lead-in short for next year’s Brave, La Luna […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2011,  Section: Animation, Comments: 2 Comments

Journal-Constitution and Newsday also drop Doonesbury

Jim Romenesko reports (actually re-reports what Michael Cavna first reported) that in addition to The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Newsday have opted out of running this week’s Doonesbury. The editor of the AJC cites that the strip was axed because, “the book is not yet published, Ms. Palin has not had an opportunity […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 12 Comments

Mr. Media interviews Jeff Keane about 9/11

Another engaging interview by Bob Andelman, aka Mr. Media with Family Circus cartoonist Jeff Keane on the topic of the 9/11 and carrying on the legacy of Family Circus. Here’s the description: Jeff is now in charge of creating ?Family Circus,? the cartoon his father Bill started in 1960. He still seeks out his fathers? […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Susie Cagle: What Every Woman Should Know

Graphic novelist Susie Cagle has produced a new graphic report for Cartoon Movement entitled, “What Every Woman Should Know.” The report delves into the anti-abortion and woman’s rights in the U.S. “After visiting several local crisis pregnancy centers, I settled on First Resort as my sort of protagonist,” Cagle says, “as their commitment to being […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2011,  Section: Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

Garrity: 16 things to ensure Kickstarter success

Kickstarter is the rage right now. It’s allowing a lot of people match up their pursuits with willing donors willing to help fund it. Shaenon Garrity, creator of the webcomic Narbonic, recently needed $10,000 to create a printed collection of her work. Using Kickstarter she raised $27,226. She’s written a few things (16 to be […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2011,  Section: web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

Wacom announces 24 inch HD Cintiq

Lots of cartoonists are going digital due to its speed. Wacom has announced they’re going to sell a 24″ HD Cintiq. From Macworld: While the 24HD features the same 2048 levels of pressure-sensitive pen-and-screen technology you know and love from the Cintiq 21UX, it takes design cues more from a desktop easel than a traditional […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Toon Talk transitions to Facebook

Candorville creator Darrin Bell has announced he’s shutting down Toon Talk and migrating the conversation to an open Facebook Group. The forum started 10 years ago and enjoyed lively discussion about all things cartooning. Darrin moved Toon Talk to Ning (a social network platform) in 2008, but now cites that the service requires $250/year and […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment