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WaPo Kills Style Invitational; Staake Loses Job

After running for nearly 30 years (since March 7, 1993) The Washington Post has canceled their very popular Style Invitational feature. The news was mentioned as an aside in an item about laying off The Post’s dance critic Sarah L. Kaufman: The paper has also eliminated its weekly Style Invitational humor contest, which involved ending […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2022,  Section: Illustration, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

Clearing the Queue – Tales From Hither and Thither

The Evolving Art of Ruffling Feathers © Steve Nease Most newspapers had a full-time cartoonist on staff. Now, the juice just isn’t worth the squeeze. Steve Nease, one of Canada’s premier cartoonists, isn’t surprised. A lot of papers no longer run, not just his, but any cartoons. “Sometimes, it’s a cost-cutting matter,” he admits. Cartoonists aren’t […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2022,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

Vic Carrabotta – RIP

Comic book artist Vic Carrabotta has passed away.    Victor Salvatore (Vic) Carrabotta June 24, 1929 – November 22, 2022   Vic’s family and friends are sharing the news of his death on Facebook and Twitter. From the CBR obituary: Victor “Vic” Carrabotta, one of the last surviving comic book artists to have worked for […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Wayland Moore – RIP

Artist and cartoonist Wayland Moore has passed away. Wayland David Moore September 8, 1935 – November 7, 2022   From the obituary: Wayland David Moore, whose expressionistic paintings of dramatic action and brilliant color define an era in sports art, died on Monday, November 7, 2022, at his home in Decatur, GA. He was 87. […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 2 Comments

Charles Addams and George Booth to be Inducted into the 2022 Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame

Cartoonists Charles Addams and George Booth will be inducted into the 2022 Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame on November 3, 2022.   Charles Addams     George Booth        The other inductees are Emory Douglas Wendy and Brian Froud Reynold Ruffins Sarah Stilwell-Weber

Posted on: Oct 28, 2022,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Charles Addams and George Booth to be Inducted into the 2022 Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame

Lists: The Far Side, 2022 Graphic Novels, 2023 Stamps, Greatest Comic Artists, Calvin and Hobbes

Gary Larson’s 10 Best Comics, Ranked   © Gary Larson Screen Rant lists, what they purport to be, The 10 Best Cartoons from Gary Larson’s The Far Side. Gary Larson wrote his comic strips for syndication for over 15 years, each one is funny and some are perfect examples of what comic art can be. […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

William Hennessy New SCOTUSblog Artist

Famed court sketch artist William Hennessy has joined SCOTUSblog as their new graphics man.   While SCOTUSblog hasn’t welcomed Bill with an official article they have announced the new contributor with an October 3, 2022 Tweet featuring the above illustration: The new bench. By William Hennessy, longtime court artist and new SCOTUSblog contributor.   Here […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2022,  Section: Graphic Journalism, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on William Hennessy New SCOTUSblog Artist

A Comics, Candy, and Company Clambake

A Sunday Miracle © NEA For the first time in nearly four years Alley Oop and Ooola as adults appeared in the Sunday comic strip since Joey Alison Sayers and Jonathan Lemon took over. The last time they appeared as adults was in the January 6, 2019 Sunday rerun (last original Sunday appearance was August […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

Visiting a Gorey House for Halloween

On a June day too dank for the beach, a three-generation carload of Goreyphiles—fans of the American author, illustrator, and oddball genius Edward Gorey—pulled into a small parking lot in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. The Edward Gorey House, a sea captain’s home the artist bought in 1979, is now a museum that welcomes visitors from April […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2022,  Section: Illustration, Museums, Comments: Comments Off on Visiting a Gorey House for Halloween

The Tarot of Dunn (Breaking Cat News)

Fans of Breaking Cat News, The Tarot, and playing cards are being treated to an enchanting series created by Georgia Dunn and being shared on her Facebook page and on her Twitter feed. Says Georgia: For a while now I’ve wanted to create some BCN Tarot card themed art, just for fun! Recently I started […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! October BOOooks

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for October 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   We start with a set missed this past Summer. Rocky and Bullwinkle: The Complete Newspaper Comic Strip Collection – Volume 1 […]

Posted on: Oct 15, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Caricature, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! October BOOooks

Cartoonists Merry-Go-Round

Bill Holbrook informs us that it is October. “On the Fastrack” during October, every day (except for Sundays) will feature a different Halloween costume worn by Dethany. It started with the October 5 On The Fastrack (though there was an October 1 preview).   In the February-March 1945 issue of The Magazine of the Sigma […]

Posted on: Oct 10, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists Merry-Go-Round

Why a Cow? And Other Comic Animals

According to Larson, “I’ve always thought the word cow was funny, and cows are sort of tragic figures. Cows blur the line between tragedy and humor.” © Gary Larson Screen Rant delves into Gary Larson‘s background to try find Why The Far Side Comics Are So Obsessed With Cows.   It was a back injury […]

Posted on: Oct 7, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Why a Cow? And Other Comic Animals

Round ‘Em Up Weekend Report

Doonesbury for October 2, 2022 © G. B. Trudeau   Update on the Charles M. Schulz/USPS First Day Issue Event. Hundreds of “Peanuts” fans and stamp collectors turned out Friday at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa for the first day of issue for 10 new stamps featuring “Peanuts” characters. Fans of all […]

Posted on: Oct 1, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Events, Exhibits, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Round ‘Em Up Weekend Report

Postmedia Canada Adopts Printless Mondays and other Pre-Mortem Newspaper News

Postmedia Network Inc. says nine of its urban daily newspapers will no longer be printed and delivered on Mondays effective Oct. 17. Postmedia spokesperson Phyllise Gelfand says the Vancouver Sun, The Province, Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun and Montreal Gazette will all be affected.   The Canadian Broadcasting […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Postmedia Canada Adopts Printless Mondays and other Pre-Mortem Newspaper News