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Reuben Award Weekend Notes: Mark Simon

Mark Simon is a cartoonist, producer, director, writer, lecturer and he talked about how to get free advertising through publicity. It was a HUGE amount of information in a little over an hour’s time. He outlined 16 ways to get increase your visibility. I’ll outline them here. 1. Pitch a story, not a product to […]

Posted on: May 26, 2012,  Section: National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on Reuben Award Weekend Notes: Mark Simon

Andrews McMeel to launch kid focused graphic novels

]Andrews McMeel Publishig, the parent company of Universal Uclick, will launch a new line of comic graphic novels aimed at middle school grades late this summer . The paperback series will include titles from several comics strips such as: Lincoln Peirce’s comic Big Nate, Bill Amend’s FoxTrot and Mark Tatulli’s Lio. The first one (Big […]

Posted on: May 25, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Live coverage of this weekend’s Reuben Awards

I’m in Las Vegas attending this year’s National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award Weekend. Festivities kick off today and run through Sunday with the big awards dinner on Saturday night. For up-to-the second play by play of the awards dinner and winners – follow me on Twitter (@dailycartoonist). I intend to post photos and session notes […]

Posted on: May 25, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 1 Comment

CBS This Morning reports on Batuik’s Funky Winkerbean

CBS This Morning sent out a reporter to interview Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk about the current story-line discussing a gay couple wanting to attend prom together. The story delves into that, but also steps back and is a nice story about Tom’s work in general.

Posted on: May 25, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on CBS This Morning reports on Batuik’s Funky Winkerbean

Times-Picayune to drop to 3x weekly newspaper

The New Orleans Times-Picayune will soon cease to be a daily newspaper. The paper announced yesterday that it was moving to a three-times weekly schedule with greater emphasis on delivering the news at greater frequency through it’s website. From their website, Nola.com: With a reduced printing schedule starting in the fall, Amoss said, plans call […]

Posted on: May 25, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

AAEC to host a #!&%!! cartoon festival

Association of American Editorial Cartoonists will be hosting a political cartoon festival in conjunction with their annual convention in September. The Festival is entitled “#!&% CARTOONS!! A Festival Celebrating the Political Cartoon” and runs Sept. 14th & 15th at George Washington University. Special guests of the festival include François Mouly, Bob Staake and Steve Brodner. […]

Posted on: May 24, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on AAEC to host a #!&%!! cartoon festival

Team Cul de Sac book is fantastic

Yesterday, I received a review copy of Chris Sparks’ “Team Cul de Sac”. I’ll quote what I tweeted a half hour later, “It stopped everything until I thumbed through every page. Fantastic book!” The concept of having so many cartoonists from the biggest names in comics to the not so big all drawing on the […]

Posted on: May 23, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

DC Comics announces one of its iconic characters is gay, Marvel plans gay wedding

DC Comics announced it is going to out one of it’s ‘iconic’ characters as being gay next month and Marvel says that it’s character Northstar (already out of the closet since 1992) will marry his boyfriend. From ABCNews: DC Comics, whose portfolio includes such iconic characters as Batman and Robin, Superman, and Wonder Woman, plans […]

Posted on: May 23, 2012,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 21 Comments

Sherman’s Lagoon ebooks released for iOS devices

More and more comic collections are popping up in the Apple iBook Store. King Features Syndicate posts news that Jim Toomey’s Sherman’s Lagoon has been released as an ebook. Twelve of them actually. Books are $.99 and are between 17-20 pages each (which methinks is a small sample – even for $1). As KFS editor […]

Posted on: May 22, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Irrational exuberance or true appreciation for original comic art?

Gerry Giovinco looks at the uptick in value of comic related art as seen in recent auctions and speculates as to why. Forbes recently ran an article on their site that lists good reasons for investing in comic art but neglects the obvious: Supply and Demand. Though it may seem that there are tons of […]

Posted on: May 22, 2012,  Section: Auctions, Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on Irrational exuberance or true appreciation for original comic art?

Ronald Searle Remembered exhibit opens in London

An exhibit entitled “Ronald Searle Remembered” opens up in London today featuring more than 400 works by Ronald Searle. It includes some of the clandestine drawings he produced as an inmate of Changi Gaol, the notorious Japanese prisoner of war camp, Punch covers, such as the one above, plus book and magazine illustrations. St Trinian’s […]

Posted on: May 22, 2012,  Section: Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Ronald Searle Remembered exhibit opens in London

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Kickstarter is fully funded!

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning organizer (founder, director) Anne Hambrock has announced that her Kickstarter project to raise $10,000 for festival expenseshas been fully funded with another 24 hours to go. As of this morning, I reported that the project was $3,693 short of the goal. In just the last 6-8 hours, the project has doubled […]

Posted on: May 21, 2012,  Section: Festival of Cartoon Art, Comments: 9 Comments

KAL travels to Romania for Cartoon Diplomacy

Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher recently returned from Romania where he participated in “Cartoon Diplomacy” – an exhibit on editorial cartoons and their impact in politics. His tour included the exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary arts, a media outreach and lectures at schools and universities. From Agence France Presse: Kallaugher’s satirical drawings for The Economist […]

Posted on: May 21, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on KAL travels to Romania for Cartoon Diplomacy

Roger Langridge quits Marvel, DC due to creator rights

Michael Cavna interviews Roger Langridge about his recent decision to no longer work for Marvel or DC comics over ethical concerns about poor treatment of comic creators like Jack Kirby and Gary Friedrich. MICHAEL CAVNA: Can you describe how you came to this decision, Roger? What were the motivating factors and compelling forces – and […]

Posted on: May 21, 2012,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 1 Comment

Pakistan blocks Twitter on Everybody Draw Muhammad Day anniversary

The Washington Post reports that Pakistan shut down access to Twitter yesterday after the social network allegedly declined to remove tweets mentioning “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” Details on the allegedly offensive tweets were unavailable, but they apparently urged participation in “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day,” a campaign launched two years ago that Muslims worldwide have denounced […]

Posted on: May 21, 2012,  Section: Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: 2 Comments