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I’m Late, I’m Late, for a Very Important Date (Weekend Roundup)

September Mourn above: “Morning Music” by Sempé © Condé Nast The New Yorker’s new issue (dated September 5, 2022) features a J. J. Sempé cover (the 114th) in tribute to the artist who passed away earlier this month. The cover story feature: The French artist’s widow describes Sempé’s decades-long relationship with the magazine and his […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Events, Exhibits, Magazine cartoons, Movies, Profiles, Comments: 1 Comment

Throw-Stuff-At-The-Wall Thursday

As we jump all over the place let’s start with – The Are You Calvin or Are You Hobbes Quiz. Alison Doherty: I didn’t have the best introduction to Calvin and Hobbes, the comic strip by Bill Watterson that ran between 1985 and 1995 … I thought it was about an annoying, naughty boy with […]

Posted on: Aug 18, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Movies, sports cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Throw-Stuff-At-The-Wall Thursday

Weekend Whatnots on a Sunday Afternoon

Anything you can think of is controlled by a handful of companies After a flurry of last-minute filings and orders, the U.S. Department of Justice’s bid to block Penguin Random House’s acquisition of rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster is ready for court. Oral arguments are set to begin on August 1 before Judge […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2022,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Weekend Whatnots on a Sunday Afternoon

Ketching Up With the Movietone Newsreels

But before we get to the news… After a week of Comic Con intro panels to Mutts it would be a shame if you didn’t see the Sunday panel (and the inspiration):     Mutts © Patrick McDonnell; Hulk © Marvel Entertainment   I would say that eight-year-old Ciaunna Williams is going to be a […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Ketching Up With the Movietone Newsreels

Jules Feiffer at Sag Harbor

On May 28, there will be a 4 p.m. screening of “Popeye,” the film, at the Sag Harbor Cinema, followed by a Q&A with Feiffer. A collection of Feiffer’s work will be shown during a one-night exhibit at Julie Keyes Gallery in Sag Harbor after the film. Feiffer wrote a memoir, “Backing Into Forward,” reflecting […]

Posted on: May 25, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Interviews, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Jules Feiffer at Sag Harbor

Andrews McMeel Entertainment presents Marmaduke

So far this century Marvel Entertainment has ruled the comics inspired film world, that is about to change as Andrews McMeel Entertainment begins its challenge for supremacy. Until now I didn’t realize there was an Andrews McMeel film division. From Cartoon Brew: Originally set to release in 2020 but delayed by COVID-19 setbacks, the new […]

Posted on: Apr 10, 2022,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Andrews McMeel Entertainment presents Marmaduke

Comic Strips Adapted to Movies – Pop Quiz

From The Times Union: This got us thinking about…movies adapted from the funny pages.Draw on your memory banks for the latest quiz. 1. Penny Singleton played Blondie Bumstead … based on the long-running comic strip by Chic Young. In the 1960s, she turned to cartoons themselves, voicing one of the main characters in what animated […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Movies, Comments: 3 Comments

Listing Toward the End of the Year

Lists and Best-Ofs will be coming fast and furious. Here’s a few before the rush. Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons of 2021 Do you use Instagram? Or does Instagram use you? Whatever the answer is, let’s hope that it results in personal gain for Mark Zuckerberg—he’s had a tough time recently and really deserves a […]

Posted on: Dec 21, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazine cartoons, Movies, Television, Comments: 3 Comments

Throwin’ It At the Wall Thursday

The L. A. Times gets letters about 9 Chickweed Lane © Brooke McEldowney The Los Angeles Times received hundreds of letters from fans of their comics page about dropping the 9 Chickweed Lane strip, and printed a few of them. They prefaced the letters with further explanation for the drop. To our readers: We gave […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Exhibits, Movies, Museums, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Animator/Director Gerald Potterton Turns 90

Happy 90th Birthday to animator and director Gerald Potterton. Most famous for directing the animated Heavy Metal movie from 1981, Gerald also animated cartoons and directed live action films. From  Wikipedia: Potterton has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film: as director on the National Film Board of Canada […]

Posted on: Mar 8, 2021,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Animator/Director Gerald Potterton Turns 90

Clifford Controversy: Too Big, Wrong Red

Fans of Clifford The Big Red Dog are upset about the live-action movie since they saw CGI Clifford in the newly released movie teaser. Fans say Clifford is the size of a monster and the shade of red is all wrong. Clifford looks weird I don’t like it, why is it realistic clifford is already […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2020,  Section: Animation, Children's Books, Controversies, Movies, Comments: 2 Comments

A Cartooning Menagerie

Small Newspapers and Freelance Cartoonists Small Market Sports © Bill Charbonneau Darren Johnson on getting cartoons for small newspapers: Still, when I started publishing newspapers 11 years ago – after working at other publications – I imagined that a cartoonist would be important to this hoped-for media empire. I did an Internet search and found […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2020,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Movies, Newspaper industry, Television, Comments: 3 Comments

Mistakes Were Made (but not by Stephan Pastis)

Mistakes Were Made, the first Timmy Failure book by Stephan Pastis, has been adapted to the moving picture medium and will hit theaters early next month. Today Disney released the official trailer (above). Here The Oregonian previews the movie, shot on location in Portland, Oregon.  

Posted on: Jan 7, 2020,  Section: Books, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Mistakes Were Made (but not by Stephan Pastis)

Movie Promos of the Comic Strip Kind

Now playing in the local Bijou Theater are some movies that would seem custom-made for advertising in a comic strip format. That supposes movie companies spend money on print advertising these days.   In the past comic strips were used to promote movies, though I don’t want to imply that it was a frequent occurrence. […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Movie Promos of the Comic Strip Kind

Once Upon a Time … in MAD … with Tom Richmond

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood takes place in 1969 and it is filled with meticulously researched and re-created period detail. Leonardo DiCaprio plays television star Rick Dalton, whose western series was once a big hit but whose career has faded. How bad is it for Rick? He’s relegated to doing guest shots on […]

Posted on: Aug 2, 2019,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, How-to, Movies, Comments: 1 Comment