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Check out this illustrated Watterson tribute

Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils has produced another illustrated speech from a famous individual – this last one from Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson given in 1990 at a graduation speech at Kenyon College. Click the image above to see the full comic.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Reviewed: Herblock: The Black & the White

Richard Schickel reviews the Herbert Block documentary “Herblock: The Black & the White” for But here’s a snippet from Schickel about Herblock: He seems to have had a quiet confidence, not particularly eager to force his favorites on those he consulted, apparently hiding his hand about the ideas he favored. He was, dammit, a […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Archie is back in animation

Comic Book Resources writes that Archie and his fellow friends will be back on television as an animated program. CBR also talks to Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater about the development. Goldwater on Archie and Archie returning to animation: My overall goals were to revitalize the publishing, see where we were in the digital landscape […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2013,  Section: Animation, Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on Archie is back in animation

Spider-Man broadway theater suffers record-low sales

For some reason, my internet connection isn’t getting to the original New York Times story, but the next best thing is available. From Robot6: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark grossed a record-low $966,952 in ticket sales last week, the first time since performances began in November 2010 that the musical – at $75 million, the […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2013,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 1 Comment

All things Batman, Affleck, Thor, Avengers, super-hero movies

I’ve been busy lately with a house move and a business trip to abroad, so this whole Ben Affleck as Batman thing snuck up and passed me in a internet meme minute. But never fear, if you want a larger view of all things super-hero-summer-block-buster-Marvel-DC-comics-for-the-next-three-years go ahead and read this looooong but everything you need […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2013,  Section: Comic Books, Movies, Comments: 1 Comment

Profiled: Dick Locher and his amazing career

Bob Harvey profiles the career of Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist and Dick Tracy cartoonist Dick Locher. Over the years, Locher reckons he’s had more than 10,000 cartoons published. “That’s a whole lot of getting mad six times a week,” he said. He has also racked up his share of awards and honors, including a […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Phil Hands added to staff at Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin state journal editorial cartoonist Phil Hands has been added to the staff roster after eight years as a freelancer. He’ll continue to do three cartoons a week and a caption contest. As a staff job, he’ll continue to draw the same number of cartoons but will also manage the features pages including the comics, […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Elle fashion spread gets Olive Oyl treatment in August issue

This August edition of Elle magazine has eight pages of Olive Oyl inspired fashion. Olive Oyl being the female love interest of E. C. Segar’s Popeye. The article is described as “Contrasting necklines and cuffs add new dimensions – and unexpected chic to Olive Oyl’s lanky proportions.” I haven’t considered Olive Oyl as some fashionista […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Archie comic executive files sexual harassment charges

From New York Daily News: Nancy Silberkleit, the co-CEO who was accused of harassing employees back in 2011, now claims she “has been and continues to be the subject of unwelcomed sexual harassment” at Archie’s offices in Mamaroneck, Westchester County. The worst offender, Silberkleit charges, is businessman and one-time friend Sam Levitin, who was supposed […]

Posted on: Aug 22, 2013,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 1 Comment

Jim Keefe: How to price your work

I missed this nugget when first posted last month, but Sally Forth cartoonist and Flash Gordon writer/artist Jim Keefe has a great piece on how to price your work and efforts in comics. A must read for anyone engaged in freelance (or any creative) work. Jeff: What you always have in your corner when negotiating […]

Posted on: Aug 22, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Help fund the Kenosha (mini) Festival

Anne Hambrock is hosting a one-day Kenosha Festival this year on November 2nd. Dubbed “Mini-Fest 2013”, she’s trying to raise $2,000 to cover the costs of the festival. So far $1,325 has been raised, but according to my math, she’s short $675. She has several excellent incentives for donors ranging from original MAD magazine art […]

Posted on: Aug 22, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Gatherings, Comments: 1 Comment

Terrible syndication comic ideas

From Universal Uclick President John Glynn comes examples of what NOT to do if seeking a syndication contract: But if I’m going to be honest with you (something I almost always insist upon), most of the submissions we get are not very good. Is that mean-spirited? I hope not. We had one dude who sent […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 10 Comments

Disney’s Planes: a model of sexist attitudes in animation movies

I haven’t seen Disney’s Planes movie, but as a consumer of family animation movies, it’s not hard to grasp what Margot Magowan describes as blatantly sexist movie – slow planes being called “ladies”; female plane characters being objectified, the number of female characters a fraction of the males, etc. When I saw the preview, I […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2013,  Section: Animation, Comments: 6 Comments

Rob Harrell releases Monster on the Hill

Rob Harrell has released his first graphic novel Monster on the Hill (Book 1). Rob is the creator of the comic Big Top and writes and draws the comic Adam@Home. Description from Amazon: In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster – much to the townsfolk’s delight! Each […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2013,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Rob Harrell releases Monster on the Hill

Wacom debuts two Cintiq tablets and new iPad stylus

Wacom has announced three new products – two of them tablets and the third a iPad stylus. As far as the tablets, there is the Cintiq Companion (starting at $1,999) – a 13 inch fully functional Cintiq tablet running Windows 8, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, etc. The second tablet is the Cintiq Companion hybrid (starting […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 3 Comments