Monday, June 30, 2014

A cartoon revival in Denmark

Bruce MacKinnon in The Halifax Herald.

Cartoon Contest organizers Poul Nielsen and Zoran Petrovic as seen by Bruce MacKinnon

Halifax Chronicle Herald’s Bruce MacKinnon travelled to Viborg, Denmark to pick up his second prize in the 2014 Niels Bugge Cartoon Award.

Here is the article he wrote about the the Cartoon Contest:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

1914: Day by Day Cartoons

Twelve cartoonists and graphic artists have responded to the events that happened across the world as the world was heading to war one hundred years ago.

Artists include Steve Bell (Guardian), Peter Brookes (The Times), Steven Camley (Glasgow Herald), Kate Charlesworth (The Cartoon History of Time), Achim Greser & Heribert Lenz (Frankfurter Allegemeine), John McCrea & Ferg Handley (Marvel/Lucasfilm & Marvel/Commando), Jon McNaught (Dockwood), Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip), Zoom Rockman (The Zoom!), Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe), Ralph Steadman (New Statesman), and Alan Cowsill & Lalit Kumar Sharma (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Marvel).

1914: Day by Day Cartoons: Steve Bell

Twelve British cartoonists and graphic artists have responded to the events that happened across the world as the world was heading to war one hundred years ago.

The dying Archduke said: "Sophie! Don't die! Stay alive for or children!" 
His aide: "Is your Imperial Highness suffering very badly?". 
Franz Ferdinand, dying said "It's nothing" several times.
Sophie was already dead. 
His children would never inherit the crown as their mother was a commoner. 

28 June 1914

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Etta Hulme (1923-2014)

Tim Madigan in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Etta Hulme, a longtime Star-Telegram editorial cartoonist who rose to national prominence with her understated drawing style and liberal-leaning wit, died Wednesday at her Arlington home.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Art of the Fat Cat

A  cartoon gallery, created by cartoonist Matt Wuerker, in Politico Magazine.

From left to right (top row) Thomas Nast, Dorman H. Smith, Victor Juhasz, Brad Holland, Tad, (middle row) Joseph Keppler, Frank Nankivell, Art Young, Herblock, Patrik Oliphant, (bottom row) Bill Crawford, Ann Telnaes, Gary Brookins, Martin Rowson, G. E. Ciani, J. Keppler, Alfred Owen Crozier and Matt Taibbi.

Down through the Gilded Ages and all the boom-to-bust bubbles, one icon of American cartoonography has proven unshakable. There’s something about the symbol of big money in politics that always bends toward the pinstriped cigar-chomping fat cat and the voracious vampire squid. Of course, Mr. Moneybags has had a makeover and update or two over the years, but our “malefactors of great wealth” haven’t been able to shake the avatar penned by us ink-stained wretches for a couple centuries now.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Interview with Cartoonist Ann Telnaes*

Here's a short video with the Pulitzer Prize winner:

*This post originally featured the video "Ann Telnaes: From sketch to animation" which can be found here.

Here is a link to her current cartoons:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Reprint on the "National Newswatch" website (6)

Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney

My cartoon in today's edition of Le Droit is reprinted on the National Newswatch website.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Reprint on the "Yahoo! Canada" website (9)

Minister of Justice Peter Mackay claims women prefer motherhood to the bench.

The above cartoon is featured today on the Yahoo! Canada website.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

All That Jazz (take 2)

Wonderful caricatures by David Cowles for the Rochester International Jazz Festival!

Last year's poster here.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"For No Good Reason"

Johnny Depp, who played Hunter S. Thompson in the film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas",  pays a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman and we take off on a high-spirited, lyrical, raging and soulful journey discovering the life and works of one of the most important radical British cartoonist and artist of modern times.

Johnny DeppTerry Gilliam and Jann Wenner appear as themselves in For No Good Reason, now playing in movie theatres.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Yorker cartoonist Charles Barsotti (1933-2014)

Edward M. Eveld in The Kansas City Star.

A single-panel cartoon shows an expressionless circus clown talking into the phone and, underneath, just five words: “What’s the next best medicine?”

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Very Funny Miriam Elia

From Ideas Tap.

Miriam Elia is a British comedian and visual artist whose work has ranged from radio sketches to art installations, books and Channel 4 shorts.

She talked last April to Rob Fred Parker about merging high and low art and why she’s moving away from stand up…

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Turkish cartoonist Mehmet Düzenli jailed on insult charges

From Reporters Without Borders.

Mehmet Düzenli

Cartoonist Mehmet Düzenli began serving a three-month prison sentence yesterday in the southern city of Alanya on charges of insulting Adnan Oktar, a controversial Muslim preacher who is well known for his creationist, anti-masonic, anti-Zionist and holocaust-denial views.

Friday, June 13, 2014

"Pastiche, Parody and Piracy" Exhibition at the Cob Gallery

British artist Miriam Elia, curator Camilla Ellingsen Webster and cartoonist Jeremy Banx seek to demonstrate the importance of appropriation in art and satire.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Sketches of Richard Thompson

David Apatoff in Illustration Art.

Regular readers know that I am a big fan of the brilliant Richard Thompson. I recently had the pleasure of working with five other fans to compile a book on the Art of Richard Thompson, available from Andrews McMeel on Amazon this fall:
As we get closer to the release date, I will tell you about the book and its beautiful full color paintings, complex illustrations and comic strips. But today I'd like to focus on the preliminary sketches and doodles that we found littering the floor of Richard's studio like used Kleenex. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Spanish Cartoonists Resign

From The Spain Report.

14 cartoonists have left satirical magazine El Jueves over the past 24 hours and leading Spanish daily El Mundo has suspended two correspondents over censorship accusations on Twitter.

Monday, June 9, 2014

'Comics Unmasked' at the British Library

Amelia Phillips in Dazed.

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK , at the British Library until August 19, shows us how powerful comic books can be at challenging authority, as a source for people power, a thorn inside the machine.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ creator Bill Watterson returns to the comics page

Michael Cavna in The Washington Post.

On Monday night, after he and I did a public Q&A for nearly 500 people at The Washington Post building, Stephan Pastis— acclaimed author of “Pearls Before Swine” and bestselling author of the “Timmy Failure” books — made a few self-deprecating jokes about his own drawing ability. Because Pastis and “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson have confirmed this exclusive report (below), I can now say: Pastis has just executed a gift at “drawing” that few cartoonists can top: 
1. Amazingly, he drew the long-retired, once-reclusive Watterson … out of retirement — and got him to create fresh art for this week’s “Pearls”; and 
2. Pastis managed to draw out his Watterson-week storyline brilliantly, layering humor upon meta-humor in a hilarious house-of-mirrors reflection on the comic-strip industry past and present. Has anyone in recent memory drawn such feats as that? It is special to have Watterson back into the comic-page spotlight, even if only for a few wonderful days.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Toronto Sun Cartoon Sparks Controversy

Andy Radia in Yahoo Canada.

There's a saying in the political cartoon business that goes something like this: "If you're not spurring controversy, you're not doing your job very well."

Andy Donato of the Toronto Sun certainly created some controversy earlier this week for a cartoon which depicted Ontario Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne after getting metaphorically pummeled during Tuesday night's debate.

Friday, June 6, 2014

"Never Again! World War I in Cartoon and Comic Art" at the Cartoon Museum

From The Cartoon Museum website.

Never Again! World War I in Cartoon and Comic Art
11 June - 19 October 2014
Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH
Tel: 0207 580 8155

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Quebec presence at the 2014 Joe Shuster Awards

From the Joe Shuster Awards website.

A number of Quebec creators have been nominated for the Joe Shuster Awards:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My Diffee Doodle

From Matthew Diffee's website.

Doodle # 0023
If you dig what I do, get on my mailing list. Everyone who does gets a free drawing until I come to my senses.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Icons of Animation

Opening this week at the Society of Illustrators of New York, will be a four-man show called Icons of Animation which will feature the work of the indefatigable Bill Plympton, the dazzling Carlos Nine, the fantastical William Joyce and Peter de Sève. On view will be over one hundred pieces of original works on paper for projects varying from the highly personal to the shamelessly commercial. Please join us Bill and Peter for the opening reception this Friday evening.
Details here!

This Thursday night, Bill and Peter will sit on a panel together discussing their experiences in the field of animation which will be moderated by J.J. Sedelmaier.
The event is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures and will take place at The Academy Theater at Lighthouse Guild.
Details here!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Another Catch for Bruce MacKinnon

Bruce MacKinnon

After the World Press Freedom and the NNA , Halifax Chronicle Herald’s Bruce MacKinnon has won second prize in the 2014 Niels Bugge Cartoon Award, based in Viborg, Denmark.

The theme of the competition was Oceans Are in Our Hands. It was open to cartoonists from across the globe.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bruce MacKinnon wins 2013 National Newspaper Award

The National Newspaper Awards were announced at an awards ceremony Friday night in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Top prize in the Editorial Cartoon category went to Bruce MacKinnon for this cartoon of Toronto mayor Rob Ford and disgraced Senator Mike Duffy.

Bruce MacKinnon, The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

The other finalists were Serge Chapleau and Brian Gable: