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Archives for November, 2012

iPad dominates mobile online shopping this last weekend

Interesting report from TAUW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) regarding the increase in the number of people shopping this last Black Friday from a mobile device: That usage trend is continuing, based on IBM’s retail analytics report covering Black Friday’s online shopping surge. With online sales on Friday up 20.7% year-over-year, there was a lot of […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012,  Section: Technology, Comments: Comments Off on iPad dominates mobile online shopping this last weekend

Cleveland Plain Dealer reporters try to stave off drop to thrice weekly publication

Marketplace reporter Dan Bobkoff looks at a “preemptive strike” by Cleveland Plain Dealer journalists who have organized a petition drive and endorsements to win public support against the paper scaling back to a three days a week print run. “If you have half the reporters, they’re asking half the questions, they’re writing half the stories,” […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Cleveland Plain Dealer reporters try to stave off drop to thrice weekly publication

Fundraiser campaign launched to save Bill Day’s home

Daryl Cagle kicks off an Indiegogo campain to raise money for Bill Day who lost his job with the Memphis Commercial Appeal back in 2009. Daryl added up Bill to his line-up of syndicated cartoonists in 2011. Now we learn that Bill is close to losing his home. From the campaign description: Our goal is […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Interviewed: Mort Walker on 50+ years in newspapers

The 25th Hour Radio Show talks to Beetle Bailey and Hi & Lois creator Mort Walker on his career in newspaper comics.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Interviewed: Mort Walker on 50+ years in newspapers

The value of an arts education during a recession

Amy Scott reporting for Marketplace looks at students pursuing a degree in the arts, racking up debt, and staring at an uncertain future. MICA senior Erica Sadler stopped by the food truck for a quick $4 quesadilla on her way from a work-study job. She’s an interdisciplinary sculpture major, which includes performance art and installation. […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012,  Section: College cartoonists, Comments: Comments Off on The value of an arts education during a recession

Happy Thanksgiving. See you next Monday

It’s Thanksgiving here in the US and so I won’t be updating the blog until Monday. Enjoy your time with family. Be safe if you’re traveling. –Alan

Posted on: Nov 22, 2012,  Section: Daily Cartoonist, Comments: 1 Comment

The Oatmeal sued for trademark infringement

The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman is being sued again. From Wired (UK): The comic teamed up with the company that owns the Papyrus chain of card and gift shops, Recycled Greetings, to sell paper greeting cards of his web comics via the The Oatmeal’s web store, along with other novelty items. But that caught the attention […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2012,  Section: Greeting Cards, Legal, web comics, Comments: 11 Comments

Matt Bors hits funding goal; plans to release second book

Editorial cartoonist Matt Bors’s Kickstarter campaign to fund a book collection of his work (Life Begins At Incorporation: cartoons and essays) has been fully funded. At this writing (with seven hours left) he’s raised just under $35,000. Having exceeded the original $20,000 goal, he’s promised a second book for those who contribute another $17 to […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Books: Speed Bump: Cartoons for Idea People by Dave Coverly

Unlike many books I receive for review, I sought this one out. When I contributed to the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning, one of the rewards was an autographed book and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get a autographed book collection from Speed Bump creator Dave Coverly. I would argue if there was any […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Steve Bell editorial cartoon called antisemitic

A recent cartoon by The Guardian’s editorial cartoonist Steve Bell is being attacked as antisemitic. The cartoon depicts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a puppet-master controlling Foreign Secretary William Hague and Tony Blair. A complaint has been lodged with Press Complaints Commission alleging the cartoon as “plainly antisemitic.” The Community Security Trust, a British […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 34 Comments

Video: Rippling, chesty NCS Reuben Award nominees

A video flashback from Michael Jantze: Tom Gammil, host of the NCS Reuben Awards, and I came up with a Las Vegas send up to announce the nominees for the Reuben Award, Outstanding Cartooning of the Year. Here’s Stephan Pastis, Tom Richmond and Brian Crane being forthright and magnanimous. Such gentlemen!

Posted on: Nov 20, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Video: Rippling, chesty NCS Reuben Award nominees

David Pope sweeps three categories including Cartoonist of Year

Australian cartoonist David Pope was honored with this year’s highest award given by the Australian Cartoonists’ Association: the Gold Stanley Award for cartoonist of the year. He was also honored in two other categories best caricaturist and best editorial political cartoonist. David is the editorial cartoonist for The Canberra Times. From The Canberra Times: Association […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on David Pope sweeps three categories including Cartoonist of Year

Bill Watterson Original Calvin & Hobbes sells for $203k

An original hand-colored 1986 Sunday Calvin & Hobbes original has been sold at auction for $203,150 (login required to see final bid amount). The strip was owed by Adam@Home and Red and Rover creator Brian Basset, who told me last September that he acquired the original back in 1986 after agreeing to exchange originals with […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 14 Comments

Success in Comics seminar heads to east coast

Chad Carpenter and Bill Kellogg’s Success in Comics seminar is heading to the east coast. The last two events were in Las Vegas. The duo is taking the show to Annapolis, MD February 16-17th. The line up looks top notch too. Chad Carpenter – Third time speaker, creator of Tundra the most widely self-syndicated strips […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2012,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Speaking Engagements, web comics, Comments: 15 Comments

Stephanie McMillan publishes American Fall

Stephanie McMillan’s graphic journalism book, “The Beginning of the American Fall: A Comics Journalist Inside the Occupy Wall Street Movement” is now available. The book is about the Wall Street Movement, in fact you might have seen parts of it over on Cartoon Movement.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments