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Warren Buffett bullish on newspaper’s future

From the New York Times: Mr. Buffett went on a newspaper spending spree this year by buying more than 60 newspapers from Media General and a small stake in the newspaper company Lee Enterprises, a chain of mostly small dailies based in Iowa. At the time, he stressed that he had great confidence that newspapers […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

Paper cancelled comic because it calls Bud Light: “diluted horse piss” UPDATED

Comicsbeat reports that Karl Stevens’s comic page Failure was cancelled because the strip referred to Bud Light as “Diluted Horse Piss.” Anheuser-Busch, which makes Bud Light, is an advertiser in the paper. The strip has been in the alt weekly publication since 2005. As noted in the comments, Tom Spurgeon contacted the editor of the […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Alternative comics, Comments: 13 Comments

Bluewater Productions, BS, and real numbers for creator owned revenue

The Columbian profiles biographic comic book publisher Darren Davis and his Bluewater Productions and his move to digital. Bluewater titles are typically biographic of celebrities and ripped from the headline stories. From the Columbian: “The biography comics changed the way that we published,” Davis said about adding nonfiction to his company’s catalog in 2008. “If […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 2 Comments

Adobe to forcing users to upgrade or pay full retail price

Adobe announced changes to their upgrade policy stating that only users of the latest version can upgrade to the next release at a discounted price, all other previous versions will need to pay full retail price to get the latest offerings. If you upgrade by the end of this year, you can avoid the full […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Technology, Comments: 22 Comments

Province newspaper reassigns cartoonists to web desk

The Vancouver Province sports cartoonist Bob Krieger announced he’s drawn his last cartoon for the paper but will be reassigned to work on the web desk along with editorial cartoonist Dan Murphy. Bob tells me the paper is short staffed so both he and Dan were reassigned as “the best way to manage resources.” This […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Brick and mortar bookstores push back on Amazon

Interesting read from The New York Times about the push back Amazon is getting from brick and mortar book stores and other retailers: Amazon inspires anxiety just about everywhere, but its publishing arm is getting pushback from all sorts of booksellers, who are scorning the imprint’s most prominent title, Timothy Ferriss’s “The 4-Hour Chef.” That […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Brick and mortar bookstores push back on Amazon

Profiled: Rick O’Shay creator to retire in Equador

Stan Lynde, creator of Rick O’Shay and Latigo is leaving Montana for Equador. The Montana Standard profiles Stan’s career in comics and his ties to the Big Sky Country. Lynde was turned down by 12 of the big cartoon syndicates, but number 13 was his big break. He met Maurice “Moe” Reilly, vice president of […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Steve McGarry’s Badlands lands on GoComics

From GoComics: Steve McGarry, creator of Biographic and TrivQuiz on GoComics, now brings us Badlands! About the Strip: Having debuted in 1988 in the short-lived British daily, The Post, Steve McGarry’s western spoof strip “Badlands” was snapped up the following year by The Sun, Britain’s best-selling newspaper. The silly and saucy antics of Marshal Mask […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Steve McGarry’s Badlands lands on GoComics

Barney Google to make rare appearance in Barney Google And Snuffy Smith

Next week’s Barney Google And Snuffy Smith will feature the rarely appearing title namesake character Barney Google. Barney Google was one of the original characters of the strip, but as the Snuffy Smith family gained popularity, Barney Google’s appearances faded. John Rose, current cartoonist for the strip, explained in an interview with King Features: Q: […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Books: BBXX Baby Blues Decades 1 & 2

Andrews McMeel knows how to print a really nice collection. “BBXX: Baby Blues: Decades 1 & 2” is as the title alludes the first 20 years of the comic strip Baby Blues by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott. The book is well bound and designed. But when in comes to books, it’s what is inside […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Books: BBXX Baby Blues Decades 1 & 2

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