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Archives for December, 2012

Secret love letters from Charles Schulz heading to auction

If you’ve read the “Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography”, it’s not a surprise to learn that Charles Schulz, creator of the beloved Peanuts comic strip had an extramarital affair while married to his first wife. The are several media stories now that report 44 love letters and original drawings by Sparky to his mistress Tracey […]

Posted on: Dec 5, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 21 Comments

Bazooka Joe is gone. And that’s fine. Really.

From Business Insider: As a part of Bazooka Gum’s new makeover ? and first advertising campaign in five years ? the company is getting rid of its beloved comic strip. So while you’ll start seeing the gum on the shelves of Target, 7-Eleven, and other stores that haven’t stocked it in years, it will be […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2012,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: 19 Comments

Today’s must read: The Future Of Digital

If you are a in the content producing industry, and that’s the vast majority of my readers, you’ll want to visit Business Insider. They posted the slide deck to a presentation given at IGNITION: Future of Digital given by Henry Blodget, Alex Cocotas and Marcelo Ballvé. In it it sums up several trends that are […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

2012 Annie Award nominations announced

This year’s Annie Award nominations have been announced. The Annie Award is the Oscar equivalent for the animation industry. The winners will be announced February 2, 2013. Production Categories Best Animated Feature Brave – Pixar Animation Studios Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation ParaNorman – Focus Features Rise of […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2012,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on 2012 Annie Award nominations announced

Jay Kennedy Scholarship deadline December 15

For those aspiring cartoonists in your life, please remind them the Jay Kennedy Scholarship entry is due December 15. Applicants must be Junior or Senior students during the 2013–2014 academic year at a 4-year college in the United States, Canada or Mexico. They do not have to be art majors to be eligible. Head over […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2012,  Section: College cartoonists, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 1 Comment

Richard’s Poor Almanac debuts on GoComics

Starting today Richard Thompson’s Richards Poor Almanac is available on GoComics. Richard’s Poor Almanac was my first introduction to Richard’s work and quickly won me over. Print copies of the collection, “Richard’s Poor Almanac: 12 Months of Misinformation in Handy Cartoon Form” are becoming more scarce. You can buy one from a reseller over on […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

News Corp to close down The Daily

The Daily, the much publicized first iPad only newspaper created by Ruport Murdock, is going to shut down just shy of two years. All Things D reports that the publication is being shuttered because it “could not find a large enough audience quickly enough” to make the endeavor sustainable long term. Last year it was […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2012,  Section: Technology, Comments: 2 Comments

Jeff Millar, co-creator of Tank McNamara, passes at age 70

Jeff Millar, retired Houston Chronicle film critic, humor columnist and co-creator of comic strip Tank McNamara, passed away last Friday after a four year battle with biliary cancer. He was 70 years old. He met up with a local illustrator, Bill Hinds, in 1974 and the two launched Tank McNamara – a satirical comic strip […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Profiled: ESPN writes about Rob Tornoe

Darren Rovell writing on The slow demise of old media, and lack of funds by newspapers and magazines, has pushed many cartoonists to the curb. Not Tornoe. “It’s not that cartoons are less relevant than before,” Tornoe said. “They’re actually more popular. You just have to figure out how to distribute your content.” This […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Dana Summers takes buyout from Orlando Sentinel

Dana Summers, editorial cartoonist for the Orlando Sentinel, announced on Facebook he was laid off from the paper due to cutbacks. Jim Romenesko reports that that several Sentinel employees, including Dana, took a buyout. Dana mentions that he’ll continue to syndicate editorial cartoons through his syndicate and focus on his two comic strips Bound and […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments