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Comics Stuff-ing

© Ward Sutton Ward Sutton and The Village Voice start us off with a Thanksgiving Day comic.   Roadside America takes us to Lancaster, Ohio where they celebrate local boy made good with the headline Richard Outcault: Inventor of the Comic Strip. Richard Outcault (1863-1928) was an American illustrator and creator of The Yellow Kid, […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: 0 Comments

British Cartoonist Mulls New Yorker Cartoons

‘I can explain the meaning of life, but not the meaning of New Yorker cartoons.’ So New Yorker gags are more philosophical than their British counterparts. Here, virtually anything goes — sick jokes, coarse jokes, badly drawn jokes, puns. The New Yorker has a metropolitan disdain for crudity and eschews wordplay. We reckon that if […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Tom Toro on Environmentalists’ Favorite Cartoon

It’s a case of life imitating art, or more specifically, life imitating a cartoon. A while back, Tom Toro published a cartoon in The New Yorker that exquisitely captures this sentiment, that our obsession with wealth continues to suffocate the will to ensure a livable planet. That cartoon was published in 2012. Since then, it […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Tom Toro on Environmentalists’ Favorite Cartoon

Weekend Roundup – Cartoonists and Comics

© DC Comics The Jewish co-creators of the comic book superhero Superman will be posthumously inducted into the Jewish American Hall of Fame (JAHF) in a virtual ceremony that will take place in November. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster developed the superhero as well as his companion characters Clark Kent, Lois Lane and others. It […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2021,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, How-to, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Weekend Roundup – Cartoonists and Comics

Tom Richmond: Ink Stained Wretch

Cartoonist Tom Richmond has decided to change the emphasis of his online presence. He broke the news on his Tom’s Mad Blog last week: This blog used to get average of 3.5K unique visitors per day at its peak in 2008. Today a really good day is less than 1K. It has become obvious to […]

Posted on: Oct 27, 2021,  Section: Blogs, Cartooning, News Stream, newsletters, Comments: 3 Comments

NCS Auction for The Benefit of St. Jude’s Children

Beginning on October 27th and running through November 3rd of this year, the National Cartoonists Society and the NCS Foundation will hold a major art auction online, with all proceeds going to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The NCS has enlisted the help of Heritage Auctions, the industry leader in the field of comic […]

Posted on: Oct 23, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Anniversaries, Auctions, Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, Fund Raisers, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Auction for The Benefit of St. Jude’s Children

Comic Art News and Reviews

Joe Dator puts a book together.    © Joe Dator What do you wish you had known before making a book? I wish I’d known even one single thing about book publishing. It was a massive learning experience, and I started from scratch. For one thing, I found out that what goes in the book […]

Posted on: Oct 20, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Art News and Reviews

Braddock At The Beacon – Past & Present Paige

Famed University of Tennessee alumna and former UT Daily Beacon contributor Paige Braddock will sit for a virtual Q & A session held by UT’s Pride Center on November 2, 2021. As a bit of a preview Paige recently answered some questions from current Daily Beacon Editor-in-Chief Sarah Rainey. Who are you, and what is […]

Posted on: Oct 13, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, College cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Braddock At The Beacon – Past & Present Paige

More Star Trek(ish) News – Won’t Boldly Go

(Reuters) – Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP and the makers of the Dr. Seuss/”Star Trek” mashup book “Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!” have settled Seuss’ copyright infringement claims, according to a Tuesday filing in San Diego federal court. In an agreement filed with the court, the parties agreed that the book infringes Seuss’ copyrights and […]

Posted on: Oct 12, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Legal, Comments: 4 Comments

2021 NCSFest and Reuben Award Trailers

The countdown begins with our 75th-anniversary celebrations for the Reuben Awards. This year we honor Mort Gerberg with the Gold Key Award, inducting him into the NCS Hall of Fame. We also have special messages from our 2020/21 Gold T-Square and Milt Caniff Award-winners, Garry Trudeau and Hy Eisman, along with our slate of talented […]

Posted on: Oct 11, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Conventions, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on 2021 NCSFest and Reuben Award Trailers

Conventions: The Convenient and the Conventional

Today is the day! Join the cartoonists of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists starting at 1:30pm ET for a free day-long series of conversations on the Pulitzer Prize, staying creative during a pandemic, handling legal challenges to parody, and a look at Season 2 of Keith Knight’s Woke. Register here, now! https://editorialcartoonists.com/aaec-zoomfest21/     […]

Posted on: Oct 9, 2021,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Comments: Comments Off on Conventions: The Convenient and the Conventional

Lynda Barry Teaches Cartooning to You and Me

Cartoonist and educator Lynda Barry is a favorite here at Open Culture. We’re always excited to share exercises from her books and intel on her classes at the University of Wisconsin, but nothing beats the warmth and humor of her live instruction… even when it’s delivered virtually. Last week, she took to Instagram to inform the fourteen lucky U of W students enrolled […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Lynda Barry Teaches Cartooning to You and Me

Cartooning for Fun & Profit – Jim Davis Report

                You thought it couldn’t true. Get rich doing the thing you love? But if a young man from Marion, Indiana can do it, why not you?                                 Wealthy Gorilla updates their Jim Davis profile. Jim Davis is an American cartoonist. … Davis grew up on a […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Cartooning for Fun & Profit – Jim Davis Report

Ralph Steadman Ale Art Banned in North Carolina

Ralph Steadman has been creating label art for Flying Dog craft beers for three decades and has been walking a line as to what is acceptable for public viewing on those labels. The latest example is the Freezin’ Season Winter Ale label, which North Carolina regulators have deemed inappropriate and rejected.  From Reason:  Alcohol regulators […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

Gag Cartoons and Diversity

Of the many challenges cartoonists face — rejection, money, drink, or lack of — one of the trickiest is the growing pressure to depict diversity. Nowadays readers often write to publications complaining about the dearth of ethnic minorities in our drawings and demand for cartoons to be more inclusive. Attempts to make cartoon characters more […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Gag Cartoons and Diversity