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The Art of Cartoon Art

  Cartoon critics Phil Witte and Rex Hesner look behind gags to debate what makes a cartoon tick. This week our intrepid critics examine the drawing behind some favorite cartoons. Line, crayon, more line, wash, much more line, tone. Frank Cotham, Robert Weber, Richard Taylor, Mick Stevens, Jack Ziegler, James Thurber, George Price, Alex Gregory, […]

Posted on: May 22, 2019,  Section: Art Supplies, Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Middle School Graphic Novels – It’s a Big Thing

Brian Hibbs, at ComicsBeat, goes in-depth for us examining the BookScan numbers for the 2018 Graphic Novel section. It’s time to look at graphic novel sales in 2018. Implausibly, this is the sixteenth annual report of something that is hard to exactly perceive and understand: the size and shape of the sales of graphic novels […]

Posted on: May 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

2019 NCSFest Cartoonist of the Year – The Reuben

The National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year presented May 18, 2019 (nominees listed, winner highlighted):   Lynda Barry Brian Basset Stephan Pastis Hilary Price Mark Tatulli   The 11th time is the charm for Stephan!! above photo via National Cartoonists Society   hat tip: Anne Morse-Hambrock and TomHeintjes      

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Greeting Cards, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

2019 NCSFest Reuben Divisional Awards

National Cartoonists Society Divisional Awards presented May 18, 2019. Nominees listed, winners highlighted   EDITORIAL CARTOONS Clay Bennett Michael Ramirez Rob Rogers   MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION Tom Bunk Amy Kurzweil Jim Woodring   FEATURE ANIMATION Shiyoon Kim – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Peter Ramsay – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Justin K. Thompson – Spider-Man: Into the […]

Posted on: May 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

Ed Koren Wins IBPA Gold

  Vermont artist Edward Koren’s new book “Koren. In the Wild” is the gold medal winner of the 31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for humor. Sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the award celebrates excellence in book editorial and design.     Koren, of Brookfield, a frequent contributor to New Yorker magazine, is […]

Posted on: May 18, 2019,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartooning, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

Political Cartoons are Relics, Replace with Memes

  As a scholar who studies social media and memetics, I wonder if political cartoons are the best way to connect with today’s diverse readership. Many crave searing, cutting political commentary – and they’re finding it in internet memes. What if internet memes were elevated – not only as a serious art form but also […]

Posted on: May 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Cartooning, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

The OCR and the OCW and the NCS(Fest)

Cartoonist Steve McGarry says that whenever he runs into people who insist they have no interest in the world of cartoons he likes to prove them wrong. “I don’t care who you are,” says McGarry, the president of the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, which will debut the inaugural NCS Fest in Huntington Beach this weekend. […]

Posted on: May 15, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Exhibits, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

Animator vs. Cartoonist – Drawing from Memory

  Animator vs. Cartoonist: Drawing Looney Tunes Characters From Memory. The gang tries to draw Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, and Marvin The Martian from memory. How well would -you- do? A BuzzFeed Video.            

Posted on: May 14, 2019,  Section: Animation, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Contests, Comments: 0 Comments

NCSFest – This Is The Week That Is

The NCSFest will begin this week Wednesday. And Steve McGarry is why. For McGarry’s festival, comic art will be nearly everywhere downtown. Original work will be displayed at select businesses along Main Street and at 5th and PCH, popular artwork will be on display for free under the Big Tent at Pier Plaza, and more […]

Posted on: May 12, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Exhibits, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Character as Presidential Nominee?

  Pogo, Howard the Duck, Snoopy, Bill the Cat, and other comic characters have had runs at being the President of the United States. Yes, even Alfred E. Neuman.   Now Alfred E. Neuman has been introduced into the 2020 race by President Trump. “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” Trump […]

Posted on: May 11, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Caricature, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 0 Comments

Cartoonists at Odds: Maslin v Mankoff

  It started with an interview, during which old-timer Robert Mankoff claimed about cartooning: It’s a young person’s game. The idea that creative comic art goes on forever. It doesn’t.     Not quite as old-timer Michael Maslin took issue with that statement: We’re reminded every so often that nothing lasts forever; I’ve found, however, […]

Posted on: May 10, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

The Pre-Reubens Weekend Weekend

  Next week is the NCSFest highlighted by The Reuben Dinner. The Huntington Beach Art Center is starting a wee bit earlier. Public Opening Reception: May 11th | 6–9pm Festival: NCSFest: May 17th–19th | www.ncsfest.com Art for Lunch: May 23rd | 11:30am–1:30pm Three free major exhibitions demonstrate the incredible range of comic art. Thought-provoking, fascinating […]

Posted on: May 8, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Exhibits, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on The Pre-Reubens Weekend Weekend

Mark Fiore Wins Robert F. Kennedy Award

  The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization has announced the winners of its annual awards. Cartoon “Family Separation in Cartoons” KQED News and online news outlets Mark Fiore Mark Fiore won the cartoon category for his series of child separation animations.   Mark will receive the award at a ceremony on Thursday, May 23 […]

Posted on: May 8, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Mark Fiore Wins Robert F. Kennedy Award

Maggie’s World Looks at Gag Cartoons

  The gag cartoon is in a category by itself: standing alone to evoke a reaction.   Is it funny? Is it understandable? Where do we go from here? Comics historian Maggie Thompson discusses gag cartooning.   Among single-panel newspaper gag creators was H.T. Webster, who provided gags on a series of topics. “The Timid […]

Posted on: May 7, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Maggie’s World Looks at Gag Cartoons

Happy National Cartoonists Day!

  above: the famous B. Kliban cartoon, below: W. C. Morris from circa 1908 Both the above and many more cartoonist related cartoons at Larry Rippee and Molly Rea‘s site.   Here is a Cartoonists Day celebration from Richard Thompson.   A couple cartoonist self-portraits:   Unbelievably, not everyone loves cartoonists.   Of course, when […]

Posted on: May 5, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Happy National Cartoonists Day!