TCJ: And during this time you were submitting cartoons to other magazines and selling there?
Liza: By then I had met a bunch of other cartoonists. There was a cartoonists association. I met Sam Gross and Roz Chast and George Booth around that time. Particularly from Sam you learned about the other publications. The first cartoon I sold was to National Lampoon to Ted Mann, who was the editor there at the time. I sold a lot to Cosmopolitan and Working Women and Audubon. There were more publications then, of course.
Speaking of Funny Ladies…
“I guess it’s what I like to do.”
Starting my next project—a graphic biography of my cartoon hero, “Nancy” creator, Ernie Bushmiller.
M. William Krasilovsky
Copyright and royalty attorney Bill Krasilovsky has passed away and is remembered:
…One of these cases concerned the renewal copyrights for the character Popeye. The creator, Elzie C. Segar, had died in 1938 at the age of 43, leaving behind a wife and two small children. King Features Syndicate, Segar’s employer, had claimed the copyrights to the comic strip as a work for hire. After Segar’s death, King Features had stopped payment of all contractual royalties, depriving his family of that much-needed income stream. A New York court reinstated the contractual royalties in 1941, but Bill discovered almost 40 years later that the Segar heirs had a chance at recapturing the termination interest for the extended copyright term, despite the work-for-hire status claimed by King Features. It was a textbook example of a case destined for the U.S. Supreme Court, since it dealt with novel issues relating to works made for hire under the 1909 Copyright Act. Eager at the time to embark on a great legal adventure, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed when Bill was able to quickly negotiate a settlement that provided the heirs an annual lifetime annuity.
He’d send photocopies of Life In Hell back to friends in Portland and sell them for $2 at the record store he worked in. Before long the comic was picked up and published in WET, the “Magazine of Gourmet Bathing.”
Before The Simpsons, Matt Groening’s Life In Hell.
Exciting news! The Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum & Library will celebrate the great New Yorker artist, Barbara Shermund, with an exhibit, Tell Me A Story Where The Bad Girl Wins: The Life and Art of Barbara Shermund. This promises to be wonderful show, with “photographs, letters, original art, and books never before displayed…”
Michael Maslin shares the above news and a Barbara Shermund profile.
The comedic actor-turned-artist spoke about his painting, his political cartoons, and the Trump administration at the New Yorker Festival.
Artnet News covers Jim Carrey’s panel at the recent New Yorker Festival and Jim’s forthcoming exhibit.