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Archives for June, 2012

Video: Ali Farzat interviewed tells first hand account of beatings

The Guardian has a great interview with Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat whose hands were beaten and left for dead last August by pro-regime thugs trying to quiet his work. In this interview Ali gives a first hand account of what happened. He also talks about returning to cartooning after and it’s physically painful to draw […]

Posted on: Jun 21, 2012,  Section: International, Comments: 2 Comments

Stephan Pastis to release yet another collection

I gave Stephan Pastis a hard time when his last Pearls Before Swine collection came out because the title was so long (Because Sometimes You Just Gotta Draw a Cover with Your Left Hand: A Pearls Before Swine Collection) and the fact that it seemed like he came out with a book every other month. […]

Posted on: Jun 20, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Pat Bagley honored with Mayor’s Artist Awards

Salt Lake Tribune editorial cartoonist Pat Bagley will be one of five individuals honored this weekend for the 2012 Mayor’s Artist Awards. Pat is being recognized in the category of literary arts for his editorial cartooning. The awards are given to “individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the artistic landscape of the […]

Posted on: Jun 20, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Watch the teaser: Pixar’s Monsters University

Pixar will release their sequel to “Monsters Inc.” next summer called “Monsters University” that tells the tale of Mike and Sulley during their university years. Looks like most if not all of the major characters (and voice talent) from Inc. will be back in the sequel. Here’s the teaser they released today: Look for the […]

Posted on: Jun 20, 2012,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Watch the teaser: Pixar’s Monsters University

Matt Groening ends Life in Hell after 32 years

Despite great fame and fortune of creating and producing the longest running and most successful TV animation program in history, Matt Groening has quietly been drawing his alternative comic strip Life in Hell each week for 32 years. Until last week. He tell’s USA Today that the decision was to free up his time for […]

Posted on: Jun 20, 2012,  Section: Alternative comics, Comments: 5 Comments

The case against The Oatmeal; lawyers speak out against Carreon

Casey Johnston (writing on ArsTechnica) has one of the best plain english pieces on why Funky Junk attorney Charles Carreon has named Indiegogo, National Wildlife Federation and to the American Cancer Society in his suit against Matthew Inman. The charges against Inman’s fundraising may be the most serious, but they’re also the oddest. Carreon says […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2012,  Section: Legal, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

Help Stay Tooned! Magazine win small business grant

John Read, the publisher of Stay Tooned! magazine, has applied for a grant by Chase and LivingSocial for $250,000 and would like your support to qualify. To lend your support, visit and login (they make you use your Facebook credentials which means they will have access to certain information about you such as your […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2012,  Section: Magazines, Comments: 5 Comments

What will the new Microsoft Surface do for comic creators?

One of the criticism of the iPad when launched was that it was a device only for consuming content and not creating it. Yesterday Microsoft stepped into the tablet market announcing Microsoft Surface. The new tablet will be running the yet-to-launch Windows 8 OS and will be a full PC experience for its users. Where […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

FunnyJunk lawyer sues The Oatmeal, Indiegogo, charities

Charles Carreon, the lawyer originally hired by FunnyJunk to threaten Matthew Inman with a federal defamation lawsuit, has field a suit representing himself against Matthew, Indiegogo (the website where Matthew has raised nearly $200,000 for the National Wildlife Federation, and the American Cancer Society – AND named both charities in the suit. The suit alleges […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012,  Section: Legal, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

Ohio license plate won’t say “Birthplace of Superman”

Robot6 reports that the proposed Ohio license plate recognizing Superman and his Ohio connection to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster won’t include the phrase “Birthplace of Superman” after DC Comics objected stating that Superman’s birthplace was Krypton. Also reported was the news the license plate did not make it through the state’s Senate transportation committee […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 5 Comments

Joel Pett travels to China

Lexington Herald-Leader editorial cartoonist Joel Pett was invited by the State Department to tour China and give lectures and presentations on editorial cartooning in America. He’s written four briefs of his activities and impressions while traveling there. This one from his last one dated June 14: The Shanghai schedule has been packed with EXTREMELY IMPORTANT […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012,  Section: AAEC, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Fighting words to FunnyJunk lawyer: The Oatmeal will not cave

Last week we saw Matthew Inman’s response to the legal threat of defamation by FunnyJunk attorney Charles Carreon by mocking his demand for $20,000 and starting a fundraising effort – not to pay the legal fees but to instead raise $20,000 for the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society. To date, Matthew has […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012,  Section: web comics, Comments: 8 Comments

Is the Kindle the more lucrative ebook platform?

Here’s a must read for any cartoonist contemplating creating and selling an ebook of their cartoons on Amazon’s Kindle market. Andrew Hyde, an self-published author, recently released his book “This Book About Travel” as an Apple iBook, Kindle ebook, Nook ebook, and as a downloadable PDF. He did all the usual self-promotion, built a website, […]

Posted on: Jun 15, 2012,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Facebook bans Larry Pickering for Aussie PM cartoon

Australian political cartoonist Larry Pickering says he is banned from Facebook for three days after complaints about a recent cartoon depicting a naked Prime Minister Julia Gillard with a strap-on dildo saying “You’ll wake up on July 1st and nothing will have changed” (speaking of a carbon tax). He was threatened with permanent banning if […]

Posted on: Jun 15, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Video: Al Jaffee on creativity and professionalism

A quick two minute piece featuring Al Jaffee talking about his sense of professionalism in his work. Anyone who is going to accept your artwork is not there to solve your problems. You are there to solve their problems. When I get an assignment… I will not deliver it until I am satisfied that I […]

Posted on: Jun 14, 2012,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments