In 1993, the New Yorker published a cartoon featuring two dogs sitting at a computer. With a paw resting on the keyboard, one says to the other: “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”
Today, the iconic image still resonates, holding the record as the most reprinted New Yorker cartoon in the magazine’s history. Earlier this month, it hit a new milestone: The original drawing sold at auction for $175,000, the highest amount ever paid for a single-panel cartoon.
All at PCO were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Tony Husband, one of the cartoon world’s all time greats.
There have already been numerous fine tributes written about Tony – here’s a great memoriam by John Freeman on Down The Tubes comics-related blog. Another excellent testimonial with wonderful photos and video links can be found on the Greater Mancunians site. The BBC also marked his passing and this from The Guardian.
For our own tribute, we asked our members to share some of their favourite cartoons from the ‘Husband’ archive. What better legacy could Tony have left but his joyous body of work.
Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation gathered a score of their members to pick their favorite Tony Husband cartoons in tribute to the cartoonist upon the occasion of his recent death.
Asterix is 60
The famous French comic strip is celebrating its birthday with a new volume – and for the first time, with a female leading character. Over the past six decades, more than 380 million Asterix comic books have been sold.
Guardian TV features a segment on celebrating the Asterix anniversary with a new album, stamps, and more.
The Israeli-Hamas War and cartooning.
An Israeli caricature website robbed one of my recent drawings published on Facebook, the artist Uri Fink replaced Netanyahu with Meltham and replaced Elias with a baby, this is a piracy growing from the inability of Israeli artists to create a compelling caricature idea and failure to justify the barbarism of their country that is visible to the world.
Albawaba, “your gateway to the Middle East.” reports on an Israeli site appropriating an Emad Hajjaj editorial. Cartoonists Rights’ Facebook page also notes.
Cartoonist Nathan Gelgud produces a graphic review of WHAAM! BLAM! Roy Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation for Hyperallergic.
Brilliant French cartoonist #GeorgesMillion channels #DavidLow to register his, and so many fellow cartoonists’ support for colleague #SteveBell (@BellBelltoons), who was unjustly fired by @guardiannews this month.
Credit to Million for crediting the original artist.
Winding up back in the U.S.A.
Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award Applications for 2024 open now!
This award of up to $2500 supports a researcher who needs to travel to Columbus, OH to use the collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. The award may be used to defray travel expenses, living expenses in Columbus, or research costs.
The award is open to non-OSU graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars (including scholars with or without advanced degrees or without institutional affiliations) who are at least 18 years old and live more than 60 miles from the Ohio State University’s main campus. Both foreign and domestic applicants are invited to apply.
Applications will be evaluated based on the originality and significance of the research topic, the potential of the project to contribute to new scholarship or creative works, the relevance of the collection materials to the project, and evidence of the need to use the materials on-site.
Deadline for applications is November 30, 2023.