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Archives for January, 2013

Another great obituary about Chris Cassatt

From the Treetops Tattler’s own Perfesser Cosmo Fishhawk (AKA Michael Cleverly, Chris’s oldest friend): Artist, cartoonist, writer, photographer, Chris Cassatt was sane?.pretty much. He reached the milestone of helming the nationally syndicated comic strip ?SHOE? for one thousand weeks (almost 13 years) in February of 2012, and at that time mental health professionals declared Cassatt […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Gary Brookins on the passing of Chris Cassatt

Gary Brookins has worked with Chris Cassatt for 15 years on Jeff MacNelly’s Pluggers panel cartoon and then later on Shoe. I asked him his thoughts on the passing of his friend and colleague. Gary writes: When Jeff turned ?Pluggers? over to me in 1997, he put me in touch with Chris via telephone. Thus […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Gary Brookins on the passing of Chris Cassatt

Shoe cartoonist Chris Cassatt passes at age 66

Chris Cassatt, who became Jeff MacNelly’s assistant in 1993 on the comic strip Shoe has passed away after battling cancer. Chris was introduced to Jeff through Mother Goose and Grimm creator Mike Peters and thus began a collaboration that lasted until Jeff’s passing in 2000. Chris was instrumental in helping Jeff use computers to streamline […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Mike Peters named grand marshal of Soulard Mardi Gras

Mother Goose and Grimm creator and editorial cartoonist Mike Peters is heading back home to St. Louis in February to lead the Soulard Mardi Gras parade as their grand marshall. Mike, quoted from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch," “I’m glad it doesn’t take too much” skill to be marshal, Peters said. “I think all you have […]

Posted on: Jan 16, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Mike Peters named grand marshal of Soulard Mardi Gras

How many times can Bill Day pass the same cartoon off as new?

After I posted news that Bill Day had allegedly used an image from Deviant Art in one of his cartoons without attribution, a reader posted a link in the comments to a Tumblr blog called That Cartoon Critic and it isn’t very kind to Bill. It’s like The Bad Cartoonist is back. Whomever this Cartoon […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 22 Comments

Plagiarism allegations hit Bill Day in closing days of fundraising campaign

Eleven days before the close of an Indiegogo campaign to raise $35,000 to support the continuation of editorial cartoonist Bill Day’s career, comes an allegation that Bill used an image from the website DeviantArt in one of his cartoons without citation. The cartoon, on the topic of gun control, features an assault rifle with a […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 38 Comments

KAL kicks off Kickstarter for 35 year retrospective book

Kevin (KAL) Kallauger, editorial cartoonist for the Economist and contributing cartoonist to the Baltimore Sun, will celebrate 35 years with the British magazine in April. Kevin has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for “a large retrospective collection of my cartoons and covers from the magazine titled Daggers Drawn.” As with most Kickstarter campaigns, […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

East Coast Success in Comics Seminar one month away

The third Success in the World of Comics Seminar being held in Annapolis, MD is drawing closer. The seminar is slated for February 16 & 17. Tundra creator Chad Carpenter and business partner Bill Kellogg do a great job hosting this informative event. If you’re interested in the business side of cartooning, this is the […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Jerry Robinson family donates originals to CAM

The family of Jerry Robinson, creator of Batman characters The Joker and Robin has donated 60 pieces of original cartoon art to the Cartoon Art Museum. Most pieces are art from other famous cartoonists such as George Herriman, Bud Fisher, Milton Caniff, Walt Kelly and Winsor McCay. From SFWeekly: The donation largely consists of comic […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Court: Superman belongs with Warner Bros, not heirs

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled that Warner Bros owns the Superman character and that a 2001 agreement between Warner Bros and the heirs of Jerry Siegel is legit giving the heirs 50% share of Superman. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer: The ruling Thursday trumps a 2008 trial court decision […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2013,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 3 Comments

Axe Cop animated series to debut in July

Axe Cop, the webcomic written by brothers Malachai Nicolle (age 5 when the webcomic was launched) and Ethan Nicolle (age 28 when launched) will debut on Fox’s Adult Swim-style Saturday-night on July 27. This is a Halloween themed teaser released last fall.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2013,  Section: Animation, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonist Studio announces 3rd cartooning contest

The fine folks over at The Cartoonist Studio have announced a third “So Ya Wanna Be A Cartoonist” contest. The 10-week contest is slated to launch by February 11. The contest prize has a financial award to the winner and a chance to be mentored by professional cartoonist in the studio who will also help […]

Posted on: Jan 10, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Contests, Comments: 5 Comments

Tall Tale Radio moves to GoComics

Tall Tale Radio comic podcaster Tom Racine is now on His guest for the first podcast on GoComics is Mark Tatulli, creator of Heart of the City and Lio. Past podcast interviews are still located on

Posted on: Jan 10, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Podcasts, Comments: 7 Comments

Interviewed: Mr. Media interviews Mark Anderson

Bob Andelman aka Mr. Media interviews Andertoons cartoonist Mark Anderson. But Anderson was driven to find a way. He worked a day job to pay the bills and spent his pre-dawn and late-night hours drawing comics for whatever customers he could find – magazines and newspapers, sure, but also greeting card companies, trade publications, corporations […]

Posted on: Jan 8, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

NCS expands criteria for webcomics award

The National Cartoonists Society has expanded the criteria for the new Online Comics Division Award that was introduced last year. The change splits the award into two categories – long form (think online comic books or graphic novels) and short form comics (think comic strips, panels). As they did last year, a panel will evaluate […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2013,  Section: web comics, Comments: 5 Comments