Weekend Roundup – Late Edition

Announcing the 2022 Davenport International Cartoon Contest! A festival that honors a famous Political Cartoonist seems almost naked without some kind of competition focused on that endeavor. To that end, the International Cartoon Contest has returned! Also, since we have not changed either our entry fees or our prizes in over 30 years, we have sweetened the pot somewhat.

2022 Davenport Cartoon Contest Rules & Entry Forms

All entries must be received by 5:00 pm Friday, July 29, 2022.



For more than 200 years, the Copyright Act has served to offer authors, artists, and creators the protections they need to be able to excel in their work, and also to make a living doing it. It empowers authors with exclusive, marketable rights that protect them from having their work stolen and reproduced and distributed without their permission.

The Internet Archive seeks to evade those protections, having amassed a collection of more than three million e-books of every genre, which it makes available online, without paying the rights holders a cent for exploiting their works. That’s theft, plain and simple. In no other industry would it be seen as acceptable to simply reproduce and distribute somebody else’s product without their permission and without paying them.

Publishers Weekly hosts the Copyright Alliance’s case against the Internet Archive.


© Condé Nast; Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell

La Prenda Wines is pleased to announce two upcoming Cartooning Class with New Yorker cartoonist Hilary Campbell! Join Hilary at the La Prenda Tasting Room on either Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $50 which includes supplies and a glass of La Prenda wine.

Hilary will also be hosting a Comics and Zinemaking Class on Monday, August 1 thru Friday, August 5 at the Sonoma Community Center. Learn how to create comics and find your voice from New Yorker cartoonist Hilary Campbell! This one-week camp will explore the importance of self-expression through comics and cartoons.

More information at Wine Industry Advisor


Condé Nast, publisher of glossy titles like Vogue, Wired, The New Yorker, and GQ, is “no longer a magazine company,” its CEO Roger Lynch said.

With the arrival this past week of “The Family Issue,” The New Yorker‘s second digital issue (the first, the “Interviews Issue,” appeared last February), it might be time to crinkle our face and ask: is this The New Yorker‘s future? I haven’t a clue if these special digital issues are trial balloons, or just an exciting new way to present additional content to readers. If we were voting I’d enthusiastically vote for the latter.

Michael Maslin wonders if the print New Yorker will 100 years.

This digital issue’s contents, as introductory text informs, can be found “only on newyorker.com and in The New Yorker app.” Not only are the issue’s contents screen-only, but so is the special cover (shown here). There aren’t cartoons in the issue, but there is an animated series of drawings, something print obviously can’t do.


Google celebrated Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón’s 90th birthday (posthumously) with a Google Doodle for South and Central America and parts of Europe.

… better known by his pen name Quino, created the iconic comic strip Mafalda. It provided a voice for Latin America in times of political instability and censorship. Today’s Doodle celebrates the Argentinian-Spanish cartoonist’s 90th birthday and is illustrated by Buenos Aires-based guest artist Azul Portillo.

Time Bulletin also notes the Google Doodle.


If you’re at the San Diego Comic Con this coming weekend visit the National Cartoonists Society booth.


On January 1, 2022, the original Winnie-the-Pooh book fell into the public domain. That means any individual or corporation can now use the bear in new books or movies without paying a licensing fee to Disney, which has controlled the copyright to the character since the 1960s.

The next day, actor Ryan Reynolds marked the occasion with a YouTube ad for his wireless company, Mint Mobile. Reynolds read from a new book called Winnie-the-Screwed, about a bear who was paying too much for wireless service.

Disney doesn’t just control Pooh-related copyrights, it also holds trademarks for Pooh and his friends. In contrast to copyright, which protects creative works such as books and movies, a trademark protects the unique markings businesses use to identify their products. Unlike copyrights, trademarks do not automatically expire.

Timothy Lee, for Reason discusses Copyrights and Trademarks and Public Domain.


The nineteenth century was an important and productive period in the United States for popular literature, thanks to the rise of pocket-sized dime novels and weekly illustrated “story papers” that combined all the serialized fiction, gossip, jokes, art, and intrigue that a reader could want. In contrast to what people mostly thought of as “literature” at the time—structured, serious, and artistically edifying—these quick-and-dirty publications were designed to cater to the public taste as well and as fast as possible.

Betsy Golden Kellum, for JSTOR, tells about Dime Novels and Story Papers for Kids.