Cartoonist Clippings

Neil Gaiman Calls Out MoMA for Not Giving Cartoonist Credit

From MoMA, crediting the publisher but not the artist:

The source for his painting, Drowning Girl, is “Run for Love!,” the melodramatic lead story of Secret Love #83, a DC Comics comic book from 1962.

Follow Neil’s Twitter thread where other comics people comment.


Museum Uses Art After Artist Denies Them Permission (But Credits Her)

In recent years, for-profit companies from HBO to H&M have been caught using artworks without their creators’ permission. But in one recent case, the copyright infringer is a Belgian art foundation and art center, the Stichting Ijsberg in Damme, which used the work of Los Angeles artist Hallie Bateman to promote its exhibition—even after she had specifically declined to participate in the show.

Stichting Ijsberg’s defense was that it credited Hallie who had refused permission.

Artnet News carries the story and Mike Lynch has more.


The New Yorker Celebrates George Booth

The New Yorker’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, hosts the virtual première of “Drawing Life,” a short film by Nathan Fitch about the revered cartoonist George Booth. Known for his mischievous cartoon dogs, cats, mechanics, and porch-sitters, Booth, who turned ninety-five earlier this year, has contributed cartoons and covers to the magazine since 1969. After the film, the latest installment in the New Yorker Documentary series, the New Yorker cartoonists Mort Gerberg, Emily Flake, and Jeremy Nguyen will join Allen to discuss Booth’s singular style and influence.

Thursday, November 18th, 6—7 P.M Details Here.


Signed Gahan Wilson Print Sells for $64

A signed and numbered color print by Gahan Wilson (1930-2019) recently made the rounds on eBay, selling for a discounted $63.75. The seller failed to identify the subjects of the print: science fiction author Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) and the ghost of Sherlock Holmes emanating from his lit pipe. The art appeared on the cover of Asimov’s Sherlockian Limericks (1978).

Stephen Nadler’s Attempted Bloggery tells of the bargain.


Gahan Wilson From Prints to Cels

Wilson’s work was singularly distinctive and was generally considered impossible to animate.

However, that changed in July 1992 with the release of Gahan Wilson’s Diner, a six minute animated short written by Wilson and animated in his artistic style. It was directed by Karen Peterson and Graham Morris. It was actually produced by Marvel Productions Ltd. and released by 20th Century Fox.

Wilson told writer Richard Gehr in 2011: “The most difficult thing I’ve done so far was an animated short called Gahan Wilson’s Diner that was released in 1992 with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was in very bad taste but really good.

“They let me do the whole damn thing. And they took what I storyboarded and followed it meticulously. For some reason or another, they let me just do it. They didn’t fix it up.

Jim Korkis, at Cartoon Research, discusses the animated world of Gahan Wilson.


Dark Laughter Revisited: The Life and Times of Ollie Harrington

Harrington was an unapologetic activist and critic of racism and capitalism, who emigrated to Paris in 1952 and, ultimately to Berlin in 1961, in response to concerns about FBI surveillance due to his outspoken criticism of the U.S. government.


This retrospective exhibition features work from the private collection of Dr. Walter O. Evans as well as the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s Oliver Harrington Collection, acquired from his widow, Dr. Helma Harrington.

November 13, 2021 – May 8, 2022
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friends of the Libraries Gallery, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum



How Hank Ketcham Creates the Dennis the Menace Panel

A feature from the Dennis the Menace comic book of 1973.
It may or may not be by Hank Ketcham.

The Bristol Board carries the whole story.