Monday with Miss Cellany

What better way to start Monday than with Garfield. He’s got a new movie coming out next year.

Variety has some details and the just released trailer:

Chris Pratt embodies the world’s most sarcastic yet endearing orange feline in the trailer for “The Garfield Movie,” premiering in theaters on Feb. 16, 2024.

The new animated feature introduces new characters to comic creator Jim Davis’ universe, including Samuel L. Jackson as Vic, Garfield’s father.

In the trailer for “The Garfield Movie,” Pratt’s lovable fat cat explains how he adopted his owner, John. Before he dives into a tray of lasagna, he warns the audience, “I apologize in advance. The eating you’re about to see will not be pretty. And if you have young children, this would be a good time for them to leave the room.”


A reminder that it is Guest Jumbler Week 2023.

Check out the comic strip puzzles at The Chicago Tribune Jumble site (need to sit through an ad or two).


Stand up Cartoonists.

Funny on Paper – your favorite New Yorker cartoonists take to the stage for an evening of standup, games, and general nonsense.

Featuring: Victor Varnado, a comedian, filmmaker, and cartoonist, has showcased his diverse talents on esteemed platforms like Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live … Hilary Campbell is a comedian, author and New Yorker cartoonist. Her debut graphic memoir Murder Book was called ‘fun and freewheeling’ by Publisher’s Weekly … Jason Chatfield is an Australian cartoonist and comedian based in New York. He is Australia’s most widely-syndicated cartoonist, producing the iconic 102 year-old comic strip Ginger Meggs which is syndicated daily in over 30 countries through Andrews McMeel Syndication … Emily Flake is a cartoonist and a writer for the New Yorker, a sex columnist for the AARP’S site for Gen X men (yes, really!), an illustrator, a performer, and the founder of St. Nell’s Humor Residency here in Williamsport.

Patch has more about the fun(ny) evening. Is this different than those old “chalk talks?”


A retrospective to honour the work of renowned cartoonist

Bill Tidy MBE

This free exhibition will run from 9th November 2023 until February 2024

Hyatt Place London City East, 45 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DU

From Pocket Square:

From 9th November Hyatt Place London City East is honoured to launch a retrospective of the work of renowned cartoonist Bill Tidy MBE. The exhibition will be the first retrospective of Bill’s work since his passing in March of this year. The exhibition has been curated by Bill’s daughter Sylvia Tidy-Harris and sees thirty of Bill’s much loved cartoons displayed throughout the hotel with all the works available to buy.

More at the Bill Tidy website.


MAD Magazine dismisses counterclaim against Norma Martin.

Just the headlines from Bloomberg Law:

  • Bid to nix cartoonist widow’s ‘[Don] Martin’ trademark pending
  • Publisher trying to drop counterclaim after beating claims

MAD Magazine successfully dropped a district court bid to cancel longtime cartoonist Don Martin’s widow’s trademark Monday—days after the pending claim derailed her appeal of its escape from infringement claims.

E.C. Publications, which publishes MAD, and parent DC Comics won summary judgment over Norma Martin’s infringement claims last year. But that wasn’t a final order, and a counterclaim to cancel her [Don] Martin trademark registration—which MAD has since moved to drop—was pending when she appealed, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit said.

The Friday ruling dismissing the appeal for lack of jurisdiction denied a bid by Martin—representing …

And from Law 360.


Wile E. Coyote survives Warner Bros. pushing him off a cliff.

Days after reports that Warner Bros was shelving the completed Coyote vs Acme movie, WB has reversed that decision and is shopping it out to other outlets.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The studio will now allow director Dave Green to shop his live-action/animation hybrid movie to other potential buyers instead of shelving the project for a tax write off, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Amazon is said to be a contender in the mix, with screenings for potential buyers taking place this month. Puck was first to report the news on the reversal.

One thought on “Monday with Miss Cellany

  1. And my “what is happening to the country?” moment was finding out there’s *another* attempt at a Garfield movie and he’s being voiced by Chris Freaking Pratt???

    I know I can’t bring Lorenzo Music back from the dead, but my childhood is being utterly disrespected.

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