Tomorrow, or The Near Future (Maybe the Recent Past)

Brent Dyer, Douglas Coffin, Tom Batiuk, Keith Knight, Leigh Rubin, Ron Campbell, Norman Thelwell – Cartoonists on display.

Brent Dyer (aka E.A. Williams) will be showcasing some of his cartoons tomorrow.

Local cartoonist Brent Dyer will bring a collection of his works to the Aroostook Agency on Aging in February for a month-long exhibit. He will be in attendance and available to discuss his influences and methods during the Feb. 3 First Friday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. in the Artists for Aging  gallery.

© E. A. Williams (Brent Dyer)/The County

From The County:

Dyer’s earliest pieces were caricatures until nearly 10 years ago when he started creating editorial cartoons for local weekly newspapers under the pseudonym, E.A. Williams, coined after his three children, Elizabeth, Amelia, and William. 

More in Maine:

From The Penobscot Bay Pilot:

© Douglas Coffin

From The Penobscot Bay Pilot:

SEARSPORT — Carver Memorial Library will host local cartoonist and Maine native Douglas Coffin for an artist talk on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The talk accompanies an exhibit of his cartoons, which are on display in the downstairs hall gallery through February.

Coffin will talk about cartooning in general, explain what goes into making an editorial cartoon, and some of the constraints and pitfalls. He will also talk about comic strips (“the funnies”), and single-panel cartoons, such as those seen in The New Yorker.

Tom Batiuk On YouTube (no traveling):

Terrance Dollard on the Comics Culture channel interviews Tom Batiuk about “his decision to end Funky Winkerbean after 50 years, shifting tone, and his legacy.”

Keefer to Oregon

At the University of Oregon in Eugene:

Keith Knight, one of the most highly regarded cartoonists in the United States, will take a deep dive on 20 artists who inspired him to use his art to address social issues when he delivers the annual O’Fallon Lecture at the UO.

Knight is part of a generation of African American artists who were raised on hip-hop, infusing their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and themes of racial justice and equality. His talk, “The Intersection of Art and Social Justice,” will be Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Redwood Auditorium in the Erb Memorial Union.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be livestreamed and American Sign Language interpreted. Register on the center’s website. 

Leigh Rubin was also in Oregon, but for another reason.

© Leigh Rubin

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (CN) — After landing in Portland with a 3-month stash of art supplies, syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin immediately headed to the Providence Heart Clinic, where his childhood friend was waiting on a heart transplant.

“As it turns out, his new heart arrived the day I did, which was very thoughtful of him because he knows how much I hate to be kept waiting,” Rubin joked.

Pat Pemberton, for Courthouse News Service, on Rubin and his friend.

Ron Campbell exhibit and sale

Sadly, Campbell passed away in January 2021 at the age of 81 but he left behind dozens of paintings that he created during his retirement. These paintings were inspired by many of the beloved cartoons that he was involved with including the Saturday Morning Beatles cartoon series, Yellow Submarine, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, George of the Jungle, Jetsons, Flintstones and finishing his career with Ed, Edd n’Eddy. Ron Campbell‘s animation paintings will be on display and available for purchase at a special pop-up art exhibit for three days only – Friday, February 17th through Sunday, February 19th at Up Front Art Space, 127 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

Details and profile at Broadway World.

Norman Thelwell worth a trip to England.

Norman Thelwell/The National Trust

Fine Books Magazine informs us of an exhibition featuring one of the greats.

A major new display at The National Trust’s historic Mottisfont property in Hampshire focuses on the legacy of one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators and cartoonists, Norman Thelwell.

More than 150 works including his trademark ponies and cartoons, plus beautiful watercolours of landmarks and landscapes around Hampshire where Thelwell (1923 – 2004) lived are featured in 100 Years of Norman Thelwell. Many items are from from a vast family archive and have never been exhibited before.

100 years of Norman Thelwell runs until May 7, 2023.