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Archives for September, 2013

Readers Digest holds contest for college cartoonists

If you’re a budding college cartoonist, Readers Digest is holding a contest for “the Next Great Cartoonist contest.” If you’re between ages 14-23, with talent for creating funny cartoons, comics, animations, or other hilarious visuals, then the Reader’s Digest first annual Search for the Next Great Cartoonist contest is for you. Make Reader’s Digest judges […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013,  Section: College cartoonists, Comments: 1 Comment

Joe Wos tangles with The Trust over duck@%$!

Virginia Montanez has a highly entertaining post about a rubber duck death match between The Cultural Trust (Pittsburgh) and Toonseum founder Joe Woz. At issue is a local event featuring a giant floating rubber duck that will be built and floated down the river. The Cultural Trust has spent a tidy sum of money to […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013,  Section: Museums, Comments: Comments Off on Joe Wos tangles with The Trust over duck@%$!

Lynda Barry joins UW-Madison Department of Art

Cartoonist Lynda Barry has joined the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) and the UW-Madison Department of Art as an assistant professor. From the University of Wisconsin – Madison: Barry’s journey in studying the creative process originally brought her to the university in 2012 as an artist in residence at the Arts Institute. But beginning this […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

IDW to publish Sunday Superman collection

IDW Publishing’s Library of American Comics has announced that it will publish a 25 years of Superman comics that appeared in the Sunday comics from the 1940s through 1960s. The first volume includes comics from 1943 through 1946. The first volume in the Superman: Golden Age Sundays series will collect 170 sequential Sundays, from May […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2013,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Venezuelan president blames Spiderman, superheroes for local crime

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has stated that he believes superhero idolization – or the excessive exposure to them is resulting in youth violence in his country. “This kid, at 14 years old, carries a 9mm with a mind filled by thousands of hours of shows where people are killed,” the Venezuelan leader told La Opinion. […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2013,  Section: Comic Books, Comments: 3 Comments

Greg Evans daughter taking over writing of Luann

Luann creator Greg Evans is turning over the writing of his comic strip to his daughter, Karen. Karen holds a degree in writing and literature and is the dean of students at a charter middle school – a good combination for a comic strip about a teen girl. For several years, Evans said he had […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Video: Jeff, Christopher Keane talks about Bil Keane statue

Nice piece from 12News about the Giddy-up statue being cast and erected in Paradise Valley honoring Family Circus creator Bil Keane.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Video: Jeff, Christopher Keane talks about Bil Keane statue

Marketing lessons from the success of the Salt Lake Comic Con

The Salt Lake Comic Con set records for the biggest first year comic-con. Without a doubt there was a lot of untapped geeks in Utah, but what the organizers did with their social media campaign should be something to study for anyone promoting an event or product. Luckily Cheryl Conner wrote a piece for Forbes […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2013,  Section: Conventions, Comments: 3 Comments

Spider-man arrested for convenience store robbery

A University of Pittsburgh student was arrested this early this morning after robbing a convenience store dressed in a Spider-Man costume. By the reports from the local media (see video below), the caper didn’t work out so well for the faux web-head. He was tased by the convenience store clerk and arrested a block away […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Rare Asterix original up for sale

File this under I wish I had the cash to even think about it. From Bleeding Cool: Albert Uderzo is selling one of his original pages from Asterix And The Laurel Wreath, for charity. These pages are rarely sold, and the odds are it will attract considerable attention. Especially since Uderzo is no longer drawing […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2013,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, International, Comments: Comments Off on Rare Asterix original up for sale

Berkley Breathed’s Flawed Dogs movie to be directed by Noah Baumbach

Interesting news from Bleeding Cool: I’ve confirmed that Noah Baumbach, director of Frances Ha, Greenberg and The Squid and the Whale, has been secretly directing an animated movie for Dreamworks. He has some experience with both the form and the studio, having co-scripted Madagascar 3. This picture is an adaptation of Berkeley Breathed’s Flawed Dogs, […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2013,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Times-Picayune editorial cartoonist Eldon Pletcher passes

From The Times-Picayune: Eldon Pletcher, The Times-Picayune’s editorial cartoonist from 1966 to 1984, died Sunday of emphysema and congestive heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif. He was 91. … A native of Goshen, Ind., Mr. Pletcher studied at the Art Institute of Chicago before joining the Army in 1943. He served […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Times-Picayune editorial cartoonist Eldon Pletcher passes

No Good Dinosaur pushed to 2015; No Pixar film in 2014

For the first time since 2005, Pixar will not release a feature film next year. The Good Dinosaur was slated to be released next year, but after director Bob Peterson was removed from the project, Pixar president Ed Catmull remarked, “nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film, but they will remember a […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2013,  Section: Animation, Comments: Comments Off on No Good Dinosaur pushed to 2015; No Pixar film in 2014

Conrad’s Chain Reaction sculpture not a safety concern

Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic, notes that the reasoning behind Santa Barbara’s push to remove Paul Conrad’s Chain Reaction sculpture from Santa Monica Civic Center is suspect. A misguided ? and perhaps underhanded ? move is afoot to dismantle Paul Conrad’s “Chain Reaction,” a 26-foot-tall sculpture that has stood in place in the […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Conrad’s Chain Reaction sculpture not a safety concern

French newspaper tells Japan to lighten up

Last week Japanese officials said they’d file a compliant to the French embassy after a French newspaper ran a couple of cartoons (see one of them above) poking fun of Japan winning the 2020 Olympics depicting sumo wrestlers with four arms due to the nuclear disasters experienced after the devastating earthquakes in 2011. Now that […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, International, Comments: Comments Off on French newspaper tells Japan to lighten up