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Archives for February, 2019

CSotD: The Morning After

I still don’t understand how deadlines work for political cartoonists. There are cartoonists leaping to the fray with each wrinkle in the news and there are those who draw cartoons that sit for weeks. Sure, some are full-time and some have other duties, but do the cartoonists in that second group really have no ability […]

Posted on: Feb 28, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: The Morning After

That @$*#%! Gene Carr and His $%#@ Grawlix – Updated with 19th Century Grawlixes

  See that man below? The one with the foul mouth? He invented comic strip cursing. (Or not, see update below.) Not only that, he put it in a strip about a woman of high station and generous nature.   Recent research has pushed back the emergence of the grawlix      from 1902 to 1901. […]

Posted on: Feb 27, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

AAEC Officers 2018 – 2019

Here is the new roster of Officers for the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. AAEC Officers 2018-2019 President: Kevin Siers Vice President: Mike Thompson Secretary-Treasurer: Monte Wolverton Board of Directors: Ed Hall Lisa Donnelly Ann Cleaves Immediate Past President: Pat Bagley Digital Editor: JP Trostle   The AAEC revealed the election results on their news […]

Posted on: Feb 27, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on AAEC Officers 2018 – 2019

CSotD: Piercing the Cohen of Silence

RJ Matson offers one of the more neutral cartoons regarding Michael Cohen’s planned appearance today before the House Oversight Committee. Cohen blew a previous plea bargain by lying, and, as all fans of “Law & Order” (the TV show, not necessarily the concept) know, it’s standard procedure to attempt to impeach any witness — even an […]

Posted on: Feb 27, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

NCSFest 2019 Final Guest Line-up Confirmed

  NCSFest announces the full incredible line-up of world-renowned creators appearing at NCSFest 2019! From the world of comic strips come the creators of Zits, Baby Blues, Mutts, Cathy, The Family Circus, Luann, Lio, Popeye, Beetle Bailey and dozens more! Animation stars include the people  that bring you The Simpsons and Bojack Horseman, as well […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2019,  Section: National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 2 Comments

Lurking Danger for Editorial Cartoonists

  The Tucson Sentinel is reporting… A list of household names on the Arizona Daily Star staff must soon decide if they’ll stay on the job — the newspaper’s corporate owners have offered buyouts for older workers, with the veiled threat of potential layoffs pending if not enough staffers accept. At least a dozen journalists […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Mo Willems is Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence

  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced that Mo Willems-the beloved author and illustrator best known as the award-winning creator of The Pigeon series, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant & Piggie-will serve as its first Education Artist-in-Residence. Says Mo: “Being a kid is serious work. Children are constantly told to be […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comments: Comments Off on Mo Willems is Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence

CSotD: Belief vs Understanding

David Rowe on the conviction, in an Australian court, of George Cardinal Pell for sexually assaulting choir boys. Rowe has a well-earned reputation for amusingly ghastly depictions of people, but I think he wisely recognized that there’s no need for it this time, and that linked article, though a model of objective reporting, is horrific […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Belief vs Understanding

Here’s Some Funnies Folk

  The Story of Earl Musick, OCJ Cartoonist So how exactly does someone get the job of drawing the comic strip for Ohio’s Country Journal? Believe it or not, it started with the FBI. It was 14 years ago when he started doing cartoons for Ohio’s Country Journal. Musick made up for his limited agricultural […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Here’s Some Funnies Folk

The New Brouhaha in Editorial Cartooning

  From KGTV San Diego: San Diego Union Tribune cartoonist Steve Breen created a picture of authors James Baldwin and Toni Morrison, and actor Jussie Smollett, with the title “Famous African American Story Tellers,” according to Harris’ email. The image was published Friday, Harris said. “It was egregious to us all,” Harris said at his […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Kvetching and Komix

I’m in the mood to pick nits and perhaps fights this morning, and Drew Litton has the misfortune to serve up a slow, underhand ball with what is a frequent complaint: “Outrageous Player Salaries.” My usual response when football fans rant about this is to suggest they check with the 67,042 people who pay to […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Don Asmussen Health – Update

  Don Asmussen has updated his status. On Twitter: Update: I’ve got cancer. My S.F. Chronicle bosses have been great and very supportive as I work my way back. It has spread to my organs, including my brain (my very worst organ, as most of you know). I had brain surgery last November, and now […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Happy 90th Arnold Roth

Join us in wishing Arnold Roth a Happy Birthday! Born February 25, 1929 he becomes a member of our Senior Strippers Club (90+). The Reuben Award winner (and about a dozen other National Cartoonists Society divisional awards) and Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame member is a giant of the craft. Here, from Lambiek, is […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Happy 90th Arnold Roth

Serena Cartoon Passes Muster – ‘Non-Racist’

  The Mark Knight cartoon that showed Serena Williams throwing a temper tantrum on her way to losing last September’s U. S. Open has been determined to be “non-racist.” The cartoon had garnered international outrage and condemnation. After complaints that the cartoon was offensive, showing a “prejudicial racial stereotype” and “sexist representation,” the watchdog Australian […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Serena Cartoon Passes Muster – ‘Non-Racist’

Cowboy Cartoonists and Contemporary Cowboys

  J. R. Williams was a jack-of-all-trades before he settled down as a cartoonist, one of those was ranch hand. As the cartoonist of the Out Our Way panel Williams portrayed several different settings, one of those was the ranch. These were not rough and tumble adventures as seen in Fred Harman’s Red Ryder nor […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment