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Archives for October, 2011

Profiled: Dick Locher’s career celebrated in Naperville

The Daily Herald profiles editorial cartoonist and former Dick Tracy cartoonist Dick Locher. Locher said Sunday that after working so long in newspapers, it pains him to see the industry in so much trouble today, especially when it comes to political cartoonists. “It won’t stay that way,” he said, adding that “a smart editor somewhere […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: Dick Locher’s career celebrated in Naperville

Checkout: Schulz reworking layout of Peanuts panel

Mark Stokes has posted another gem – this time a copy of a Peanuts panel by Charles Schulz that reveals his original pencil work. You can see how often he rearranged Charlie Brown and Luci to get the composition where he wanted them. Going through the process of developing a panel for a strip can […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Cartoonist Studio to hold 2nd cartooning contest

The fine folks over at The Cartoonist Studio are telling me that they will hold the second annual “So You Wanna Be a Cartoonist” contest. Details are still being hammered out, but what I do know is that the contest will start in January and that Universal Uclick will co-sponsor the contest. Some changes to […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 11 Comments

Why are women in comics so rare?

The Geek Out blog over on CNN takes up the topic on the rarity of women in the comics business. There are less women self-publishing or working on independent comics, which makes it harder for DC or Marvel to find female creators that can deliver quality work in a decent time frame. Asselin said having […]

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

Kevin McVey passes at age 83

Kevin McVey, co-founder of the New Jersey chapter of National Cartoonists Society, passed away last week at the age of 83. His career was one of an editorial cartoonist, courtroom artist, theatrical caricaturist and single panel cartoonist. Fellow New Jersey cartoonist Tom Stemmle writes about his friend: In the mid-sixties, McVey and Evers began gathering […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Kevin McVey passes at age 83

Simpson accused of plagiarizing MacNelly cartoon

A David Simpson editorial cartoon in the latest issue of The Urban Tulsa might look eerily familiar to fans of the late Jeff MacNelly. The original MacNelly cartoon depicts is a scene of a military junk yard with President Jimmy Carter trying to jump start an aged jet with a beat-up pickup truck. The Simpson […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 55 Comments

MUTTS to promote National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Patrick McDonnell will again use his strip to raise awareness for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week November 6-12. His strip will feature “Shelter Stories” about people who foster shelter animals.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Stephan Pastis’ Larry In Wonderland hits NYT at #1

Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis’ new collection Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers list in the Paperback Graphic Books category at number one. This week it’s still a ranking title at number three. Book is 128 pages and published by Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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

Profiled: Jack Newcombe as new Creators Syndicate boss

Rob Tornoe interviews Creators Syndicate President and Chief Operations Officer Jack Newcombe as he takes the reins of the syndicate started by his father Rick. How do you measure the success of these new features? By the checks that go out to the creators. Every single one comes across my desk and if it?s a […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: Jack Newcombe as new Creators Syndicate boss

Tablet users not paying more for news than others

As the rise of the iPhone Apps and other smart phones came on the market, there was a general feeling that if people weren’t willing pay for stuff they can get for free online, maybe they’d be willing to pay for it if it came packaged as an app. That seems to be true according […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2011,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

High school honors student arrested in connection to Jihad Jan

Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a high school honors student and Pakistani immigrant, was arrested last week on charges of “material support of terrorism” in connection to Colleen LaRose (AKA Jihad Jane) who was arrested for plotting to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. He was only 15 when he got involved (just turned 18 last week). The […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2011,  Section: Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: Comments Off on High school honors student arrested in connection to Jihad Jan

Mark Fiore mentioned in Steve Jobs’ biography

I haven’t received my copy yet, but according to The Guardian, the Steve Jobs biography mentions specifically Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Fiore and the embarrassing episode for Apple after Mark had won the Pulitzer and the public learned Apple had previously barred Mark’s cartoon app from their App Store because it criticized public figures. After […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Mark Fiore mentioned in Steve Jobs’ biography

10 NCS cartoonists tour Germany, Middle East with USO

Another group of National Cartoonists Society cartoonists have head out overseas with the USO to visit with troops serving in Germany and the Middle East. This year, the deployed cartoonists consisted of Todd Clark, Paul Combs, Bruce Higdon, Bill Janocha, T. Lewis, John Read III, Debbie Schafer, Rob Smith, Jr., Ed Steckley and Sam Viviano. […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2011,  Section: National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 7 Comments

Bob Artley passes at age 94

From Mike Rhode comes news that Bob Artley has passed away at the age of 94. Professionally he was the editorial cartoonist at the Des Moines Tribune, Worthington Globe, and was an illustrator and commercial artist in Akron, OH. In 1952 through 1957 he was employed as an editorial cartoonist with the Des Moines Tribune. […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2011,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Bob Artley passes at age 94

Check out: Stephanie Piro’s Halloween countdown

Interesting idea being executed by Six Chix Stephanie Piro: I’ve said before how much I LOVE Halloween. We have a lot to celebrate with scary movies, Halloween cartoons and I’ll be doing a Halloween Cartoon Club on Monday at the library. This week I was invited by a cartoon group called the Trees and Hills […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2011,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Check out: Stephanie Piro’s Halloween countdown