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Archives for February, 2012

Success in Comics: Stay Tooned! publisher John Read

John Read enjoyed a 21 year career in the entertainment industry (movies, commercials) and teaching cartooning to kids age 7-12. Inspired by Jud Hurd’s Cartoonists PROfiles, he started Stay Tooned! magazine. John shared the four things NOT to do with your cartooning career and the 12 you should. Notes: Stay Tooned! is an old school […]

Posted on: Feb 29, 2012,  Section: Magazines, Comments: 5 Comments

Success in Comics: Mark Parisi, Lynn Reznick Parisi

Mark Parisi is the creator of the comic panel Off The Mark and his wife, Lynn Reznick Parisi, is the business manager for the strip. Off the Mark has been sold both in and out of syndication (currently syndicated through Universal Uclick). He’s been doing paid cartooning professionally since 1987 when his feature was picked […]

Posted on: Feb 29, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Success in Comics: Chad Carpenter, Bill Kellogg

The first speakers in the Success in Comics Seminar were also the hosts: Chad Carpenter, creator of Tundra and Bill Kellogg who has sold the strip to over 500 newspapers. Chad first talked about getting into cartooning and how he made the strip a success as regional comic in Alaska and then Bill talked about […]

Posted on: Feb 29, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Mom group demand removal of Archie Comic gay wedding issue

The conservative group One Million Moms has demanded in a letter that Toys ‘R’ Us remove all Just Married – Archie comic books from their stores. In the issue the character Kevin Keller (the comic’s first gay character) gets married to his partner. The letter posted on Media Bistro: As a mother and a member […]

Posted on: Feb 29, 2012,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 34 Comments

Success in Comics: Girls with Slingshots creator Danielle Corsetto

Girls with Slingshots creator Danielle Corsetto represented the webcomics model at the Success in Comics seminar. She started her strip in 2004 when few were living off their webcomics. Her original intent was to follow her childhood dream of creating a comic strip for syndication, but as she developed and posted her strip online she […]

Posted on: Feb 28, 2012,  Section: web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

Success in Comics: Rob Tornoe

Rob Tornoe was the first speaker on Sunday. He’s a freelance cartoonist, columnist, editor and publisher of the Delaware magazine Punchline. He self-syndicates his work in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Notes from his talk: Doing local cartoons allows him to charge more than bundled material from syndicates Sports cartoons sell well as first time […]

Posted on: Feb 28, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Success in Comics: Pickles creator Brian Crane

Brian Crane was the last speaker on Saturday. He’s the creator of the comic Pickles which is now in 800 newspapers. His comic launched with only 24 newspapers and was told by his syndicate that he might even get up to 50. I’ve met Brian before this seminar and despite the accomplishment of being in […]

Posted on: Feb 28, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Jan Berenstain passes at age 88

Jan Berenstain, co-creator of the much loved Berenstain Bears books with her husband Stan, has passed away at the age of 88. According to NPR, she suffered a stroke while in her studio last Thursday and passed away on Friday. The first Berenstain Bear book was published in 1962 and more than 300 titles have […]

Posted on: Feb 28, 2012,  Section: Children's Books, Comments: 1 Comment

Success in Comics: Creator Syndicate President Jack Newcombe

Creators Syndicate president Jack Newcombe was the second speaker. In what I’m assuming was a grab the audience’s attention, he told us he was going to talk about pirates, porn and ________. It got my attention, but only 2/3 of it. “Did he just say porn?” By the time I refocused, I missed the third […]

Posted on: Feb 28, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Review of Success in Comics seminar

This last weekend was the 2nd Success in Comics seminar put on by Tundra creator Chad Carpenter and his marketing team of one Bill Kellogg. Attendee numbers were about double from the first one held two years ago with a mix of up-and-coming cartoonists and more established cartoonist. For those who have haven’t attended this […]

Posted on: Feb 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 13 Comments

Team Cul de Sac releases dust cover art

(Click to see larger image) Chris Sparks of Team Cul de Sac has released the dust cover art for their upcoming book of all the artists contributing to the fund raiser for Parkinson’s Disease. The book will feature Cul de Sac inspired art from over 150 cartoonists and artists. Buy either the regular edition book […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Locher award now includes $1,000 prize

The John Locher Memorial Award recognizing the best student editorial cartoonist in North America now offers a $1,000 prize in addition to the all expense paid trip to the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention in Washington D.C in September. The winners work will also be distribute to college newspapers nationally through McClatchy-Tribune Campus News […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2012,  Section: College cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Locher award now includes $1,000 prize

David Horsey profiled by PBS

Local Seattle PBS station KCTS9 did a 30 minute profile on LA Times editorial cartoonist David Horsey. He talks about his move to the LA Times for and his political blogging among other things. Watch David Horsey on PBS. See more from Conversations At KCTS 9.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on David Horsey profiled by PBS

Rare Calvin and Hobbes painting auctioned for $107k

That rare Bill Watterson watercolor of Calvin and Hobbes created for a 1989-90 calendar cover fetched a handsome $107,550.00 at auction (requires sign-in to see results). The art received 34,745 page views and was bid on 22 times. UPDATE: For confidentiality reasons, my contact at Heritage Auction couldn’t disclose the winning bidder, but he noted […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 11 Comments

Jim McCloskey leaves the News Leader for Mississippi

News Leader editorial cartoonist Jim McCloskey is leaving his post in Staunton, VA where he has spent 23 years as their editorial cartoonist and ad salesman. He is taking a similar position at the Sun-Herald in Gulfport, MS.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments