Thursday, May 30, 2013

R.O. Blechman Retrospective at the Norman Rockwell Museum

R. O. Blechman in The Comics Journal.


R.O. Blechman is the subject of a retrospective, from May 11 to June 30, at the Norman Rockwell Museum, in Stockbridge MA, entitled The Inquiring Line
The following is his speech from the opening night.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The ($90,000) Duffy buck stops here, Bank of Canada decides



Veteran B.C. newspaper satirist Dan Murphy drew a funny editorial cartoon the other day. It looks like a $50 bill, except it’s for $90,000 and features a picture of Mike Duffy.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Egyptian Cartoonist Doaa El Adl

Olivia Stransky on Sampsonia Way Magazine.


Considered by many to be Egypt’s most famous female cartoonist, Doaa El Adl has been making Egyptian headlines with two of her recent cartoons. The first, which was published in February 2013 shows a man reaching a pair of scissors between a woman’s legs to cut off a red flower – a criticism of Female Genital Mutilation. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

2013 Reuben Awards Winners

From the NCS website.



The 67th Annual Reuben Awards dinner was held last night at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
This year’s winners:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Iranian Cartoonist Kianoush Ramezani on Three Kinds of Cartoons

From Sampsonia Way.



In 2009, following Iran’s controversial election, many Iranians took to the streets and the web to voice their dissatisfaction. One of those who participated was Kianoush Ramezani, who at that time was publishing cartoons online as well as in Shahrvand, a Persian magazine based in Canada. Ramezani drew several cartoons criticizing the election results. Over the next seven months, Ramezani watched as his friends and colleagues were arrested. It seemed inevitable that it would happen to him too. Finally Ramezani had no choice: He fled Iran in December of 2009 and was granted political asylum in France. Since then Ramezani has continued to draw and speak out against oppression in his home country.

In this interview, Ramezani describes the three kinds of cartoonists in Iran, how the government controls cultural institutions, and why the Iranian government will never be able to control the internet.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Cartoon of the week (24)

Viewed 340 times on Twitpic and reprinted on the iPolitics website.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is allegedly seen smoking crack on a video that the website Gawker is raising funds to purchase from the Somali dope dealers who filmed it.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Complete Autographed Calvin and Hobbes

Alan Gardner on The Daily Cartoonist blog.
Signed Complete Calvin and Hobbes


So you couldn’t afford an original Bill Watterson oil painting of Cul de Sac character Petey, or any of the two original strips that went to auction earlier this year. But maybe you can afford to buy one of five autographed paperback collection of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes or maybe even one of the five Watterson autographed Team Cul de Sac books.

Chris Sparks announced that Watterson has agreed to provide the autographed books to be sold and or auctioned off at Heroescon and other comic conventions this year. Proceeds to go to the Michael J Fox Foundation.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Editorial Cartoonists Are Toast at Postmedia

Paul Godfrey is CEO of Postmedia Networks and chair of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation 

After Roy Peterson (Vancouver Sun), Vance Rodewalt (Calgary Herald), Dan Murphy and Bob Krieger (Vancouver Province), Cameron Cardow (Ottawa Citizen) is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his staff position at a Postmedia daily newspaper.

UPDATE: Paul Godfrey was fired Thursday as chairman of the OLG board by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Magazine Reworks Mike Peters Anti-NRA Cartoon to Pro-NRA

lan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.

The pro-gun news web site Ammoland did a bit of Photoshopping recently to recreate a Mike Petersanti-NRA editorial cartoon into one with the exact opposite message and posted it on Facebook.

Here’s Mike’s original cartoon:


And the blatant rework:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Albert Chartier inducted in "The Giants of the North" Hall of Fame

Quebec cartoonist Albert Chartier was inducted Saturday in "The Giants of the North" Hall of Fame at the Doug Wright Awards in Toronto. Here is the medal and parchment that will be presented to his family.



Here is a sample of his work:

Saturday, May 11, 2013

"Sleepwalking" by Sebastian Krüger



"Sleepwalking", an exhibition of recent work by Sebastian Krüger, May 18 -September 1, 2013.

Time: Friday - Sunday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Museum im Kleihues Bau
Stuttgarter Straße 93
70806 Kornwestheim
Germany

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Image Duplicator Show

Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein currently has a show on at the Tate. While the public is intimately familiar with his work, what they may be unaware of is how closely many of his images were "appropriated" from comic artists like Irv NovickRuss HeathJack Kirby, John Romita and Joe Kubert, who received no fee or credit.

Is this an act of brilliant recontexturalisation? The elevation of commercial "low" art to "high" art? Art world snobbery? Artistic licence? Cultural annexation? Gallery shortsightedness? Or something else?



The Image Duplicator Show, May 16 - 31 (a week pre and post the end of the Tate's Lichtenstein show) at the Orbital Gallery, Leicester Square, London gives a chance for real comic-book artists (and other "commercial artists" - illustrators, designers etc) to ask these kinds of questions and share their views, via their work.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fougasse (1887-1965)


"Fougasse" is a type of bread typically associated with Provence but is also the nom de plume of London born cartoonist Cyril Kenneth Bird. His work first appeared in Punch in 1916 where he became Art Editor and then Editor from 1949 to 1952. He illustrated a number of books, including The Luck of the Draw (1936), Drawing the Line Somewhere (1937), and The Good Tempered Pencil (1956).

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

10th Toronto Comic Arts Festival

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2013 @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., May 11-12


Fans of comics, manga, and graphic literature will be clearing their calendars this May to attend the 10th Anniversary of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
Taking place May 11th and 12th 2013 at Toronto Reference Library & The Appel Salon, TCAF is expected to draw a record crowd of 20,000 across all festival events, and will reach new heights as one of the most celebrated literary comics events in the world!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Chapleau takes National Newspaper Awards 2012

The finalists in the Editorial Cartoon category were Serge Chapleau, Brian Gable and Andy Donato.

After Montreal, Laval, Mascouche... the brown envelopes reach Toronto!
Serge Chapleau, La Presse, Montreal

Friday, May 3, 2013

13th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition-Results

The jury of the 13th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition, composed of Rod Macdonell, Shawn McCarty and myself, met last month to choose the winners.
Our picks were announced today at the World Press Freedom Day Luncheon at the Ottawa Congress Centre.

Grand Prize: Leslie Ricciardi (Uruguay)

The theme:

Hard times and free speech

When journalists and cartoonist face economic uncertainty or threats to their employment, there is great pressure to give up on tackling tough stories, give in to self-censorship or give attention to sensationalist journalism in the service of commercial sustainability. But can free speech survive hard times?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

9th annual Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning


The poster for the 9th Annual Doug Wright Awards, drawn by Ethan Rilly.
The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning are proud to announce their 2013 finalists.
The nominees for the 9th annual awards include industry stalwarts (Michel Rabagliati, David Collier), past winners (Ethan Rilly, Michael DeForge, Michael Comeau) and an exciting pack of first-time nominees (Nina Bunjevac, George Walker, Eric Kostiuk Williams).

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"Steadman @ 77" at the Cartoon Museum




A major retrospective of the work of Ralph Steadman, to mark the acclaimed cartoonist’s 77th birthday, opened at the Cartoon Museum in London on May 1st.