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Advice for a young man needing some direction

This is a bit off-topic for the usual TDC fair, but I thought it might be a good opportunity to offer advice to a young man who appears to have some skill but lacks a direction or outlet. If you think you’ve got some good advice, leave it in the comments or it to me […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2008,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 33 Comments

Happy 70th Birthday, Mom!

Rarely do I diverge from the hard news of the cartoon industry, but I’d like to take a personal moment to wish my Mom a happy birthday today. I think turning 70 is a milestone that should be celebrated, but she doesn’t seem to think so. She’s a bit self-conscience about things like that. Because […]

Posted on: May 28, 2008,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 9 Comments

New York Magazine: how did WSJ track down Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson’s review of the Schulz and Peanuts biography that appeared in the Wall Street Journal had New York Magazine wondering how the newspaper tracked down the reclusively retired cartoonist. Long story short – they went through the syndicate. The magazine references an article over at the Cleveland Scene who, in […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2007,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 6 Comments

Dagwood Sandwich shoppe reviewed in the Palm Beach Post

Dean Young, son of Blondie creator Chic Young opened up a chain of sandwich shops last year called Dagwood Sandwich Shoppe. The Palm Beach Post food critic, Charles Passy, has written up a review of his recent experience eating there. But the real appeal of Dagwood’s may be its signature Dagwood sandwich. It costs $9.69 […]

Posted on: Jun 8, 2007,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Dagwood Sandwich shoppe reviewed in the Palm Beach Post

Garfield hugger gets 90-day suspended sentence

Some belated news out of Indiana regarding the man who beheaded a Garfield statue with a “crazed hug (see back stories here, here and here.)” Joseph Savarino, age 23, was sentenced 90-day suspended sentence and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and pay $200 in restitution for his role in the decapitation of […]

Posted on: Apr 2, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Off topic, Comments: 3 Comments

Scott Adams supports Bill Gates for president

Last month, Scott Adams blogged/opined that he thought that Bill Gate should run for president. Such a casual mention of the topic seemed not worth a comment, but apparently the topic has been picked up in other regions of the blogosphere. Here is the pertinent post regarding his support for a Gates candidacy. I think […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Scott Adams supports Bill Gates for president

Norman Rockwell painting fetches $15.4 million

Last spring, I posted a story about Henry cartoonist Don Trachte Jr. who painted a forged Norman Rockwell painting and then hid the original in a false wall of his home during his divorce in 1970. The original painting was just discovered and according to E&P it was auctioned off at Sotheby’s for a mere […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Norman Rockwell painting fetches $15.4 million

Randy Glass’ stipple art profiled on Drawn!

Jon Heder by Randy Glass. Used by permission. This is slightly off topic, but easily justifiable as it is artwork that appears in the newspaper. Randy Glass, one of the illustrators at the Wall Street Journal, does that amazing stipple art portraits was mentioned yesterday on the Drawn! blog. I’ve been so impressed with stipple […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Randy Glass’ stipple art profiled on Drawn!

Simpsons movie to debut in 2007

Slightly Off-topic. It’s been rumored for quite sometime, then production started, now a release date of July 27, 2007 has been set for the full length animation movie of The Simpsons. A 25 second trailer has been showing in theaters before Ice Age 2. I’ll link to the trailer should it appear online. UPDATE: Looks […]

Posted on: Apr 3, 2006,  Section: Movies, Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Simpsons movie to debut in 2007

Rube Goldberg compitition is this weekend

The 19th annual Rube Goldberg competition is set for this weekend. The competition pays homage to late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who specialized in drawing extremely complex machines that performed very simple tasks. This year’s challenge is to build a mechanism that will individually cut or shred five sheets of 20-pound, 8-by-11-inch paper. About eight university […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Rube Goldberg compitition is this weekend

Marvel and DC want to own “super-hero” word

Slightly off topic – but Marvel and DC comics are demanding that they joint-own the word “super-hero.” Marvel Comics is continuing in its bid to steal the word “super-hero” from the public domain and put it in a lock-box to which it will control the key. Marvel and DC comics jointly filed a trademark on […]

Posted on: Mar 21, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Controversies, Off topic, Comments: 4 Comments

The art of pantomine in animation, comics

Slightly off-topic, but of interest. An article on this weekends NY Times about how chatty modern animation has become and how they’ve lost the art of pantomine. It’s an interesting read by itself, but with the announcement of a new feature called “Lio“by Mark Tatulli – which is being sold as a pantomine feature, I […]

Posted on: Mar 20, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Movies, Off topic, Comments: 28 Comments

Chinese college to launch degree course on cartooning

Slightly off topic, but interesting that a Chinese college is opening a three-year course for artist to learn cartooning. Full story below. BEIJING, March 10(Xinhuanet)– A Beijing-based college is to open a three-year course for budding artists interested in cartoon drawing, the first undergraduate course of its kind in China. Applicants are not required to […]

Posted on: Mar 10, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Off topic, Comments: 1 Comment

Iranians rename Danish pastries

Off topic, but interesting. When the Americans were angered by France’s unwillingness to support the Iraq war, we renamed our beloved french fries to “Freedom Fries.” Now, in what I can only hope as a small step forward in non-volient free speech – many Iranians are renaming their Danish Pastries to “Roses of the Prophet […]

Posted on: Feb 17, 2006,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Off topic, Comments: 2 Comments

Study: Women fall for the wittiest guy

Way off topic story here, but scientists are theorizing that women are attracted to funny men and that men (once they get past the “many other qualities admired by superficial man”) are attracted to women who laugh at their jokes.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Study: Women fall for the wittiest guy