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Archives for January, 2013

Wanna be on TV? Are you a walking cartooning encyclopedia?

I was forwarded a note that a casting agent is looking for someone with “encyclopedic knowledge of cartoons” to be on a prime-time TV game show. Here’s the information from Gina (the casting agent). Her email is below. Send her your info if you’re interested. If you are selected, please let me know so I […]

Posted on: Jan 31, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Corey Pandolph selling rejected New Yorker Cartoons to free his car

New Yorker cartoonist Corey Pandolph, (AKA Fake Rockstar, former Elderberries cartoonist, creator of Toby, Robot Satan and Barkeater Lake) woke up to find his car had been towed. As a struggling cartoonist/illustrator in New York, his income varied, so he took the creative route to raise the money to get it back by selling his […]

Posted on: Jan 31, 2013,  Section: Magazine Cartoonist Bloggers, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

Help fund MAD documentary looks like a great project. My name is Alan Bernstein – I am the Co/Producer and Director of the movie When We Went MAD! a documentary that explores the history and influence of MAD Magazine. Whether you grew up reading MAD, had a brother or sister who read it, or remember a parent who […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Help fund MAD documentary

Winsor McCay was targeted in shake-down scheme

Fascinating story about a woman who approached famed cartoonist Winsor McCay to threaten a lawsuit against him if he didn’t pay her money. The woman claimed his wife had broken up her marriage and she was prepared to go to the press. Irene Lamkin showed up with a man at the dressing room door of […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2013,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Did The Badger Herald pull comic due to race concerns

Gus McNair writes a column in The Badger Herald taking issue with the paper’s decision to pull a comic from an edition last week because the comic mentioned race. The comic in questions is by Vincent Cheng and the comic depicts a man deciding which music to “like” on Facebook that shows he has a […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2013,  Section: College cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments

B&N to close one-third of its stores in next decade

The Wall Street Journal (via Huffington Post) is reporting that Barnes & Noble has said that it will close about 20 stores a year for the next decade – about one-third of its stores. Since 2003, the company has shut an average of 15 stores a year – but it also opened more than 30 […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2013,  Section: Books, Comments: 21 Comments

MoCCA to honor Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith

The Society of Illustrators has named Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith as their guest of honor at this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival on April 6–7 which will also include an exhibition of his work. From King Features Syndicate: Bill Griffith?s earliest work debuted in New York?s underground press in 1969, appearing in venues including […]

Posted on: Jan 25, 2013,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Columbia University adds Superman and Batman material to Comics and Graphic Novels collections

From Columbia University: Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of two significant additions to its Comics and Graphic Novels collections: research materials for Larry Tye’s well-received 2012 book, Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Superhero, as well as six 1940’s Batman scripts from the estate […]

Posted on: Jan 25, 2013,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 2 Comments

Charlie Brown voice actor pleads not guilty to stalking

From the Daily Mail: The actor who portrayed the voice of Charlie Brown in Peanuts television shows has appeared in court charged with stalking his former girlfriend and a plastic surgeon who gave her a breast enhancement he apparently didn’t like. Shackled in chains, Peter Robbins pleaded not guilty at the San Diego Superior Court […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2013,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Locher Memorial Award entries due March 15

The John Locher Memorial Award for best college editorial cartoonist entry date is March 15. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize as well as all-expense paid trip to this year’s Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention hosted in Salt Lake City, UT. There is a $10 entry fee. Entrants must be 25 or younger […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2013,  Section: College cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments

Profiled: Brian McFadden

The Patriot Ledger profiles Brian McFadden who does cartoons for the weekly New York Times? Sunday Review section. McFadden’s work comments sardonically on everything from President Barack Obama to income inequality to the media itself. “I’ll call out the media as often as politicians, especially the national media in Washington,” he said. “They have their […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Penny Arcade’s Strip Search to debut next month

Earlier last year, the Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik and Robert Kho, president of operations and business development, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to eliminate ads from their website. One of the stretch goals was to create a strip search contest to find a worthy up-and-coming cartoonist. The contest, which […]

Posted on: Jan 22, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

AAEC statement on originality of cartoons

Last week, while not mentioning Bill Day or his alleged instance of plagiarism or reuse of his own cartoons, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists released a statement calling the practice of plagiarism damaging to the profession and the practice of reselling old cartoons with slight modifications is “just plain bad for both the art […]

Posted on: Jan 22, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments

Rick Stromoski launches second book collection Kickstarter campaign

Soup to Nutz creator Rick Stromoski has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of a second printed collection of his strip. The book will be 124 pages of his favorite dailies and Sundays from the fourth through sixth year of the feature’s run. Rick’s project needs $8,500 and just two days into it […]

Posted on: Jan 22, 2013,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Matt Wuerker, Scott Stantis on NPR talking about cartooning the president

NPR’s All Things Considered talks to Matt Wuerker and Scott Stantis on the evolving image presented by cartoonists after the first four years of Obama’s presidency. President Obama would not be the first president to suffer a diminishment of his cartoon image over eight years in office. Jimmy Carter, says Stantis, “was diminished to about […]

Posted on: Jan 21, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 23 Comments