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Ruben Bolling: Inner Hive “largest single source of revenue”

Tom the Dancing Bug creator Ruben Bolling has posted results of his new INNER HIVE project. The INNER HIVE is a subscription model that gives subscribers a weekly private email that includes advance comics, contests, give-aways. It costs $9.99 for six months. As Ruben describes it: In fact, the INNER HIVE has gone so well, […]

Posted on: May 31, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Ruben Bolling: Inner Hive “largest single source of revenue”

Sun-Times: We are no longer a newspaper

The Chicago Sun-Times announced changes to its leadership and reorganizing of its newsroom recently. This quote caught my eye: “We are no longer a newspaper company,” Sun-Times Media Holdings LLC Editor-in-chief Jim Kirk said in a memo to staff. “We are a technology company that happens to publish a newspaper. We deliver content. And we […]

Posted on: May 31, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 9 Comments

Get an original Bill Watterson for less than $3,000

On Sunday, the Team Cul de Sac auction opened allowing the public to bid on original cartoon art donated by some of the biggest (and smallest) names in comics. Currently the big item – a Bill Watterson oil painting of Cul de Sac character Petey Otterloop is going for less than $3,000. Other notable pieces […]

Posted on: May 30, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments

Herman creator Jim Unger passes at age 75

Jim Unger, creator of Herman has passed away yesterday at age 75 at his home in British Columbia. His strip Herman ran from 1974 through 1992 and served as an inspiration to Gary Larson’s The Far Side. He was twice the recipient of the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Syndicated Panel. Dave Coverly, who has been […]

Posted on: May 29, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 13 Comments

Must watch: Neil Gaiman’s 2012 commencement address

Neil Gaiman, author of short stories, comic books, graphic novels, and movies (with a long list of awards to go with those genres), was the commencement speaker at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA). In my book, this speech ranks up there with Steve Jobs’ now famous 2005 Stanford University speech. Worth the 20 […]

Posted on: May 29, 2012,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Speaking Engagements, Comments: 4 Comments

Check out: Jack Davis Foundation

After this weekend in Vegas I can now say that I have met the great Jack Davis (and have a signed sketch!). He has an incredible story and career. A foundation has been set up to “facilitate the study and appreciation of Jack Davis’s contribution to 20th-century art through development of databases, archives, education and […]

Posted on: May 29, 2012,  Section: Comic history, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

Interviewed: NPR talks to Alison Bechdel

NPR talked to Alison Bechdel: Cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s first memoir came out in 2006. Called Fun Home, it dug deep into her complicated relationship with her father, a closeted gay man who poured his emotional energy into redecorating their Victorian Gothic home. He died, possibly a suicide, shortly after Bechdel herself came out as a […]

Posted on: May 29, 2012,  Section: Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

2013 Reuben Award Weekend to be held in Pittsburgh

Get ready Pennsylvania, next year’s National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards will be held in Pittsburgh. The official dates will be May 24-26 and be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel. So far the only thing planned this far in advance that I’m aware of is from The Toonseum which says they will be featuring […]

Posted on: May 29, 2012,  Section: National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 10 Comments

Team Cul de Sac Auction opens

At last the auction of all the generously donated art to The Team Cul de Sac book is now available for everyone to bid on. The book is a work of art by itself – if you’ve ordered a copy, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t, head over and do so. There are A […]

Posted on: May 27, 2012,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Tom Richmond wins 2012 Reuben Award; Division awards announced

Last night the National Cartoonists Society gathered in Las Vegas for their annual Reuben Award banquet. The top honor for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year went to MAD Magazine cartoonist Tom Richmond. Tom started his career doing caricatures and freelance work for magazines, publishers and advertisers. As a caricaturist, he has been honored by the […]

Posted on: May 27, 2012,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Caricature, Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Gatherings, Illustration, Magazines, National Cartoonist Society, web comics, Comments: 7 Comments

Reuben Award Weekend Notes: Stan Goldberg

Note: I live tweeted this session so in essence, by tweets are my notes. We’re starting up the panels and speakers for the day. First up: Stan Goldberg. Stan is also being inducted into NCS hall of fame tonight. Stan’s giving us a review of his early work in illustration/advertising and art school pieces. Started […]

Posted on: May 26, 2012,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Reuben Award Weekend Notes: Stan Goldberg

Reuben Award Weekend Notes: Garfield creator Jim Davis

Note: If you’re coming from Twitter and have been following my tweets all afternoon, much of this will be the same, but I did expand on some. Showing a photo of him at age 3 or 4 with a Dick Tracy comic book. In 1969 he became an assistant to tumbleweeds creator Tom Ryan. Tom […]

Posted on: May 26, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 5 Comments

What’s up with all the desert island cartoons?

Bruce Handy talks to New Yorker comic editor Bob Mankoff for Vanity Fair about the ever numerous desert-island cartoons that have been generated over the decades: As the magazine’s cartoon editor, do you feel you have to set a higher bar for desert-island cartoons? Oh yeah, there’s always a sliding scale. Desert-island cartoons are like […]

Posted on: May 26, 2012,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Reuben Award Winner announcements

The Internet at the hotel is horrible so I will be live Tweeting the announcements via texting. To learn who won the National Cartoonists Society winners tonight follow me on twitter: @dailycartoonist. I’ll post more notes and more details of the winners when I’m back to the hotel.

Posted on: May 26, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Reuben Award Winner announcements

Reuben Award Weekend Notes: Michael Jantze, Dave Kellett, John Lotshaw

Michael Jantze is a professor at Savanna College of Art and Design, creator of The Norm, and founder of Jantze Studios where they create animated shorts. He talked about the history of cartooning (business/client/distribution) and how that is changing and why. Dave Kellett creator of Sheldon, and Drive talked about the webcomic model and John […]

Posted on: May 26, 2012,  Section: National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 3 Comments