Weekend Quick Hits (6/17)

Fare Well Evelyn Smith!
John Kovaleski reveals that KFS editor Evelyn Smith is retiring.

Evelyn spent the 1980s and 1990s as Managing Editor for Tribune Media Services, the 2000s and 2010s as King Features Syndicate editor. The 2017 King Features Directory lists her as Senior Comics Editor.
We wish Evelyn the bluest skies.


Warner Bros. Announces New Looney Tunes Animated Shorts

Cartoon Brew reports that

They’re making 1,000 minutes of new shorts, and they’re promoting a “high production value” which is industry speak for a higher-than-usual production budget. The cartoons will vary in length, from one to six minutes, and everything — from the premise through the jokes — will take a “cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling.”

Reporter Amid Amidi opines that:

This is the closest we’ve been in a long time to the old Warner Bros. system where individual directors like Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Frank Tashlin, and Bob McKimson had free creative rein to make the cartoons they wanted to make.


Young Emma Hunsinger Fulfills a Cartoonist’s Dream

In 2015 Robert Mankoff, longtime cartoon editor for The New Yorker, told TIME magazine there were seven simple steps to getting a cartoon in the savvy, sophisticated publication. They included getting a day job, having an unmistakable voice and looking at the world as if you were an alien. Above all, he said, cartoonists who aim to publish in The New Yorker should aspire to have a distinctive style. “It’s not the ink,” he said, “it’s the think.”

In 2017, after years of drawing and redrawing, pitching and rejection, the self-proclaimed perpetual doodler’s perseverance paid off when her cartoon, “American Girl,” was published in the Nov. 27 issue [of The New Yorker].

An American Girl’s Story.


Fred Langridge Wants to Adapt P. G. Wodehouse

Fred Langridge has always wanted to do a P. G. Wodehouse graphic novel adaptation.


5 Pioneers of Early Animation Who Influenced the Future of Film

From hand-drawn illustrations to paper cut-out puppets, read on to learn about 5 famous animators who pioneered the art form.


A Landslide of Classic Art is about to Enter the Public Domain

above image via Comic Vine.