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Archives for July, 2013

Bob Mankoff memoir to be published next spring

A memoir penned by New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff is set to be released in March of next year. The book is entited, “How About Never–Is Never Good for You?: A Life in Cartoons” From the publisher’s description: With the help of myriad images and his funniest, most beloved cartoons, he traces his love […]

Posted on: Jul 18, 2013,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 2 Comments

How Man of Steel should have ended

Yeah, this is about right.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2013,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on How Man of Steel should have ended

Jen Sorensen wins Robert F. Kennedy Award

This year’s Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for editorial cartooning went to Jen Sorensen for her cartoon “An Open Letter To The Supreme Court About Health Insurance.” Click the image above to go read the full comic. It is very well done and deserving of this honor. The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards recognizes outstanding […]

Posted on: Jul 17, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 10 Comments

Jack Black to sign posters at NCS Comic Con table

Jack Black will be signing posters at the National Cartoonists Society’s San Diego Comic-Con table this Thursday at 4:00 pm. During this time Luke McGarry and Jack will be signing the limited edition posters for Jack’s upcoming Festival Supreme. The posters and festival website was created by Luke.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Jack Black to sign posters at NCS Comic Con table

Dear Mr. Watterson to be distributed by Gravitas Ventures

Great news from Variety: Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to “Dear Mr. Watterson,” Joel Allen Schroeder’s documentary about Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip. Gravitas Ventures will partner with Submarine Deluxe on a Nov. 15 theatrical release and VOD release.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Dear Mr. Watterson to be distributed by Gravitas Ventures

Charlie Brown, Luci named 100 Most influential people who never lived

Interesting catch by Nat Gertler of the Aaugh.com: Time Magazine has a book coming up announcing The 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived ? and the team of Charlie Brown and Lucy made the list! In a one-page essay written by Time?s pop culture writer James Poniewozik, the book reflects not so much on […]

Posted on: Jul 15, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Daddy’s Home to feature story-line on Hurricane Sandy relief

Next Monday, Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein’s Daddy’s Home will feature a week long story-line about Hurricane Sandy relief and restoration efforts. The cartoon will also feature a “How You Can Help” box which directs readers to visit the relief organization websites in New Jersey and New York. The American Red Cross, Salvation Army and […]

Posted on: Jul 15, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Daddy’s Home to feature story-line on Hurricane Sandy relief

Team Cul de Sac gets four Harvey Awards nominations

Congratulations to Chris Sparks and all those who contributed to the Team Cul De Sac: Cartoonists Draw The Line At Parkinson’s project. The book has been nominated for not one, but four Harvey Awards. The categories are: Special Award For Humor In Comics, Best Anthology, Special Award For Excellence In Presentation and Best Biographical, Historical, […]

Posted on: Jul 15, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Apple found guilty of ebook price fixing

This week a U.S. District Court has found that Apple Computer “facilitated a conspiracy” to fix ebook prices when it rolled out its iPad in 2010. From Time.com: ?The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013,  Section: eBooks, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on Apple found guilty of ebook price fixing

Al Jaffee donates life’s archive of work Columbia University Library

Columbia University Libraries has announced they have acquired the archives of famed MAD Magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee. The donation will include “artwork for Esquire and Playboy magazines, notebooks of ideas for Humbug and Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal, press clippings, tracings for cartoons in The Moshiach Times, fan mail, photocopies of strips never offered for […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Museums, Comments: 3 Comments

The current state of newspaper syndication

Rob Tornoe, writing for Editor & Publisher, has an interesting read about the current state of newspaper syndication. He confirms what most of us have observed in the last few years – new comic launches are few and far between. It’s a good read with a lot of information on the syndicates’ offerings both in […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Syndicates, Comments: 24 Comments

President Obama shows up in Spider-Man comic

President Obama came to the rescue in Tuesday’s The Amazing Spider-Man after the famed web-slinger needed to board a plane but couldn’t get past TSA agents while wearing his mask. The TSA agents offered to escalate Spidey’s request to higher authorities. Apparently TSA agents have access to President Obama for such cases as masked super […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on President Obama shows up in Spider-Man comic

The top 10 greatest syndicated comics?

Over on Listverse.com, someone has posted their top 10 Greatest Syndicated Comic Strips In American History. Their picks: 10. Krazy Kat 9. Liberty Meadows 8. Garfield 7. Li’l Abner 6. Opus 5. Doonesbury 4. Peanuts 3. Pogo 2. The Far Side 1. Calvin and Hobbes You can head over and read the justifications for each […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2013,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 23 Comments

Despicable Me 2 was the top 4th of July weekend flick

I took in Despicable Me 2 last Wednesday. So did a lot of other folks. The animated sequel was the top feature film for the five-day Fourth of July weekend taking in an estimated $142.1 million. As a comparison, Toy Story 3 took in $141 million its opening weekend. As far as my thoughts on […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2013,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on Despicable Me 2 was the top 4th of July weekend flick

Chuck Asay retires

Chuck Asay retired from The Gazette back in 2007, but continued to draw his syndicated editorial cartoons. The Gazette announced yesterday that he is stepping away from the drawing board completely. Above was his last cartoon. From Wayne Laugesen, his editor: Chuck skewered the left and held nothing back. He wasn’t polite. He wasn’t safe. […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments