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Greg Cravens Gets Stoned

The Buckets and Hubris cartoonist Greg Cravens and writer Gabriel DeRanzo’s latest paths have dovetailed into a joint effort: Stoned Ninja.

What did the inexperienced DeRanzo possess that nobody else had? A completed script. According to Cravens, who’s been around the block a time or two, that made all the difference.

“Other people may have had ideas,” Cravens says, explaining why he gravitated toward DeRanzo. “But he had a completed 5-page script.”

Stoned Ninja was originally inspired by the classic Kung Fu comedy Drunken Master

The comic book, published on hemp paper, will cost $4.20.

The Memphis Flyer has the story of the local boys hashing out their project.

 

 

 

The Family Circus Goes MAD

A few years ago Tom Richmond

did the art for this three page parody mash up of the TV reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and the long-running conic strip “The Family Circus”.

A few days ago Tom gave us the pencil sketches and the finals of that piece.

Check out the full pages at Tom Richmond’s blog.

 

 

 

No Reservations Needed to See This Exhibit

If you’re headed south for winter be sure to stop and check out Richard Caté’s Art Through Struggle exhibit. A number of the pieces on display originated with Richard’s Without Reservations comic strip.

DailyLobo has a story about the exhibit at Albuquerque’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center museum.

 

 

 

Complicating Things

If you’re staying up north check out the The Art of Rube Goldberg exhibit at Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel is trying to send people north for the winter.

 

 

 

In Nancy News…

The AV Club just listed its Best Comics of 2018 list. Among the 20 titles is one comic strip, Nancy.

[Olivia] Jaimes does an outstanding job exploring how technology changes the ways people interact with each other, but she still maintains the clever, playful spirit of classic Nancy.

As Charlie Upchurch notes there’s some nice Nancy feedback in the comments section.

And, while Nancy has become an internet sensation, print is coming round also.

From the Fitchburg (Mass.) Sentinel & Enterprise:

In addition, [editor Jim] Campanini noted that three new comic strips have made their debuts this week on the Fun and Games page in the newspaper’s back section. They are: “Macanudo,” drawn by Argentine native Liniers who resides in Vermont and is an instructor at Dartmouth; “Pearls Before Swine,” by UCLA Law School grad and attorney Stephan Pastis; and “Nancy,” the iconic strip first drawn by Eric Bushmiller in the 1930s and recently revived and updated by Olivia Jaimes (emphasis added).

 

 

 

Who’s the Real Menace?

It seems Dennis the Menace has complicated a Senate confirmation vote.

Mediaite reports:

The Senate has delayed a vote on the nomination of Ronald D. Vitiello, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the Director of ICE, over concern about his ability to lead the agency based in key part on the fact that he once “shared an image of Trump on Twitter that compared the president to the cartoon character Dennis the Menace.”

 

 

 

Movie Premiere

Every day, to millions of readers in almost every nation on earth, comic strip characters appear as familiar friends in newspapers and on the internet. Yet few of us know much about the cartoonists who created them. One-on-one interviews with twenty-one of the world’s most popular newspaper cartoonists, brings us up close and personal with these delightful creators.

The Folks Behind the Funnies is a loving tribute to the art of comic strips and the people behind them. These never-seen-before interviews are timeless.

Sari Armington premieres her film The Folks Behind the Funnies
at The San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum on December 7th, 2018.

 

 

 

Book Review

Boing Boing reviews the latest Laugh-Out-Loud Cats collection:

…it is the first Laugh-Out-Loud Cats I’ve read with my daughter Poesy, who is nearly now 11 years old (!). Poesy gave this book her ultimate stamp of approval: after we read the first 30 or so pages at bedtime, she picked it up the next morning and read it straight through, before school, and still let me read her more of it the next night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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