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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

Profiled: KAL on editorial cartooning locally and internationally

Asia Society interviews The Economist editorial cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher. Your 1984 Economist cover of Indira Gandhi led to a nationwide suppression of the magazine. Has anything else you’ve drawn ever met with that kind of censorship – and does an editorial cartoonist feel any kind of pride when his work clearly touches a nerve […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: KAL on editorial cartooning locally and internationally

Schulz, Peanuts tribute by cartoonists

Monday, Charles Schulz would have turned 90 years old. Yahoo posted 10 Interesting Facts About the Peanuts Creator (but you probably did if you read the Schulz and Peanuts bio. But one of the tidbits they offered that you might not have seen are 42 tribute strips that ran back in 2000 on the day […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Spain Rodriguez passes at age 72

Underground pioneering cartoonist Spain Rodriguez has passed away at the age of 72. From the San Francisco Chronicle: “He was an archetypal character, somewhere between crazy artist crossed with left-wing radical crossed with working-class Latino hood,” Crumb, who lives in France, said in a documentary made this year by Rodriguez’s wife, journalist and filmmaker Susan […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2012,  Section: Alternative comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Tom Gammill’s The Doozies hits four year anniversary

Tom Gammill’s The Doozies will mark it’s fourth year on on December 1. Tom is a TV comedy writer (credits include some of the biggest shows on TV: “Seinfeld”, “The Simpsons”) and the creator of the “Learn to Draw with Tom Gammill” series. Congratulations, Tom.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 11 Comments

James Sturm publishes new Christmas graphic novel

James Sturm, graphic novelist and founding member or Center for Cartoon Studies, has created a new book about Santa’s quest to write a book to pull kids away from electronics. Book is entitled, “Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special”. The “Offline” project also gave me the idea for my new book, Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special!, […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Graphic Novels, Comments: 3 Comments