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Origins of a Cartoonist, Rich Sparks Style

Not long after Rich Sparks moved to Chicago in 1982, he started a job at Carnival Foods, a grocery store in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Working in the produce department, Sparks was tasked with updating a sign advising customers to “Ring Bell for Service,” and in short order he’d transformed it into a sort […]

Posted on: Jan 29, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Roz Chast Sez: Cartoonists Stay With Your Passion

Roz Chast has advice for young cartoonists: Chast said aspiring artists should not be deterred from their passion. “Listen to the people who understand what you’re trying to do, who could offer you good advice,” she said. “There are people not understanding what you’re trying to do and put you down and think you’re going […]

Posted on: Jan 29, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Events, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Roz Chast Sez: Cartoonists Stay With Your Passion

Kevin Cannon Named Minnesota State Fair Artist

The Minnesota State Fair has named Kevin Cannon as 2020 Commemorative Artist. Twin Cities Pioneer Press is reporting: Twin Cities cartoonist and illustrator Kevin Cannon has been selected to create the official 2020 Minnesota State Fair commemorative art. His original interpretation of the Great Minnesota Get-Together will be unveiled at the State Fairgrounds in June. […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Events, Illustration, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Kevin Cannon Named Minnesota State Fair Artist

Garry Trudeau’s Poster Things & Buttons & Bows

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise interview Garry Trudeau on his latest Zonker poster and button for the Saranac Winter Carnival. Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau answered questions by email over the weekend about designing the poster and button for this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, about his stepmother Ursula Trudeau — an artist and model from Montreal […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Illustration, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Garry Trudeau’s Poster Things & Buttons & Bows

Phil Hands, Editorial Cartoonist and More

The Wisconsin State Journal proudly proclaims of Phil Hands: We’ve got a full-time editorial cartoonist. Of course a full time newspaper cartoonist does more than political cartoons. Phil, who also handles our letters to the editor, creates three to four editorial cartoons for us each week, and at least one of those is syndicated nationally […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Phil Hands, Editorial Cartoonist and More

“Feiffer On Nixon” in the Trump Era

  “It’s déjà vu all over again.” – Yogi Berra So Michael Tisserand took 1974’s Feiffer On Nixon down from the shelf… Recently, I re-read Feiffer on Nixon while, in the background, live impeachment proceedings played over my computer. It produced a feeling that, at least for a short time, mimicked a sense of calm. […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

John Branch on Creating Local Editorial Cartoons

With no salaried editorial cartoonists in the state of Texas, the larger newspapers rely on freelancers for cartoons about local issues. John Branch is interviewed by the Houston Chronicle. Though most of the cartoons you see in the Opinion section come through national syndication, Houston-based cartoonist John Branch is a regular contributor on Sundays. Op-Ed […]

Posted on: Jan 5, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on John Branch on Creating Local Editorial Cartoons

“I sent him a few sketches and he liked them”

above: Specialty drawing by Ron Ferdinand NMCV:How did you get the job working on Dennis the Menace? Ron: I subscribed to a quarterly magazine called “Cartoonist Profiles.” In 1980, there was an interview with Hank Ketcham. He had just moved back to Monterey, CA from Geneva, Switzerland and was starting a training program. I sent […]

Posted on: Dec 24, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on “I sent him a few sketches and he liked them”

Clay Jones Interviewed

Freelance political cartoonist Clay Jones was recently interviewed by Mike Rhode. Why are you in Washington now? I moved to Fredericksburg in 1998 to work for The Free Lance-Star. I stayed in the area after I was laid off in 2012. What would you like to do or work on in the future? I would […]

Posted on: Dec 18, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Clay Jones Interviewed

Mary Worth Artist June Brigman Interviewed

Cartoonist June Brigman (Mary Worth, Brenda Starr, Power Pack, Captain Ginger) is interviewed by Comic Culture’s Terrance Dollard. June discusses taking over a comic strip from an established artist, getting old fans to adapt to her style, collaborating with Karen Moy, her work habits, adjusting from comic strip requirements to comic book layouts. and more. […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Mary Worth Artist June Brigman Interviewed

Thurber and Company

The 125th anniversary of James Thurber’s birth arrives on Sunday, December 8, and this year fans of the legendary humorist have extra reason to celebrate. Launched earlier this fall, A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber is a two-pronged presentation of Thurber’s drawings, both in an exhibition at the Columbus […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Exhibits, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Museums, Comments: Comments Off on Thurber and Company

Tauhid Bondia Interview

Webcomics. Far too many webcomics for me to follow, but there are a few I really enjoy. Among the webcomic creators whose work have touched me is Tauhid Bondia. I got started with his A Problem Like Jamal, and followed him over, laughing all the way, to his current Crabgrass. A recent, relatively speaking, find […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Tauhid Bondia Interview

Joy to the World – A Lynda Barry Interview

When are you officially too old to make a bad drawing? As kids, we would frequently scribble the wildest things across the page with zero inhibitions, but as we grow up, we often start judging the things we make. That’s where Lynda Barry comes in. Lynda Barry sits down for a twenty minute video interview. […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Joy to the World – A Lynda Barry Interview

Documents Illustrated – The Mueller Report

Ashlie D. Stevens: In March, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” to Attorney General William Barr. There had been a tremendous amount of speculation about its contents and what it would reveal about President Donald Trump and his relationship with the Russian government. […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

Ted Rall’s Got A Brand New Gig

So how is it that a politically potent art form has collapsed in the past few years to the point where perhaps two dozen full-time cartoonists work for US papers, as against hundreds a century ago? Simple, says Ted Rall, the country’s best-known “alternative” cartoonist: It was murdered. We think Ted Rall is right, which […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Ted Rall’s Got A Brand New Gig