Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet

From Wired.




A skull which is also an ampersand: the monthly reference magazine of new technologies has selected a visual shocker.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The visual identity to mark Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017

Steven Heller on the Print website.

The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada asks: “As proud Canadians, do you want something truly memorable for Canada’s 150th anniversary logo? Help us send a loud and clear message to Ottawa about the identity development process for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Use the form below to send your message and sign the national petition:”

Canada’s Centennial Logo. Stuart Ash FGDC

Canadians are using this website to petition the Government to develop a Design Advisory Board for the 150th celebrations identity. We are recommending that the board have representation from each of Canada’s three design associations (GDC, SDGQ, RGD). Use the petition form to make your voice heard, show your support for Canada’s professional design community, and send a clear message to Ottawa about the development of the identity for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

UPDATE:
Canada’s 150th birthday will be ‘partisan’ bash without anniversary agency: NDP

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fleg Cartoon Goes Viral



More than 30,000 people have so far shared Fleg's "Bieber @ Ford" cartoon published in Yahoo! and Yahoo Québec. Facebook figures also show that more than 500,000 people have seen it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Let it snow

Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.


Dave Coate has an excellent round-up of comic strips by legendary cartoonists Charles Schulz and Bill Watterson on the theme of snowmen. Snowmen have so much potential for humor and both cartoonists mined it well.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

B’nai B’rith Canada Condemns Montreal Gazette Editorial Cartoon

From the Algemeiner.



Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, who traveled with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper this week to Israel, on Wednesday condemned an editorial cartoon by Aislin published on Tuesday in the Montreal Gazette, showing the prime minister defaced with an Israeli flag.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Archives: Edward Sorel Interview in Comics Journal

Excerpts from an April 1993 interview with Gary Groth in The Comics Journal.


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Cover illustration to Superpen: The Cartoons and Caricatures of Edward Sorel © 1977

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

That knob on Mort Drucker's lamp

David Apatoff on his blog Illustration Art.



Mort Drucker didn't like the way he drew this knob, so he painted it out and re-drew it.
The knob was located on the back of an electric lamp:



Monday, January 20, 2014

Cartoonist summoned after offending Ecuador's Correa

From Agence France Presse.



Ecuador's new media regulator, considered a censorship tool by the opposition, has opened proceedings against a press cartoonist whose drawing was considered offensive by President Rafael Correa.

Xavier Bonilla, who works for El Universo, one of Ecuador's main newspapers, which is known for its critical tone against the president, told AFP he had received notification of a summons January 15.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The drafting table is going the way of the Dodo bird

Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.

Jim Borgman studio
The drawing desk of Jim Borgman.

The fine folks over at King Features posted photos of some of their talent’s studios. I love photos like these. What stands out to me is the lack of the drafting tables. You know, the old tilted tables where you’d also dip a brush into an ink bottle and try not to spill the bottle on said desk so it wouldn’t run down the desk, across the artwork and on to your lap? By my count – more than half of the cartoonists (seven out of thirteen) featured here are working on normal office desks and most of those within arms length of a computer to check Facebook, Twitter and the email from editors asking if they had any concept of deadlines. Sure, some might have a portable board (Jim Borgman, Mort Walker, but the ol’ stand alone drafting table is the minority in these photo samples.

Next thing you know, they’ll be drawing directly on those computers!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I Wish I'd Drawn...(24)

...this wonderful cartoon by Peter Brookes.


More from the Times cartoonist:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Sketch Freedom Cartoon Expo" at the Gothenburg Film Festival


The 37th Göteborg International Film Festival (January 24-February 3) will host the "Sketch Freedom" Cartoon Exhibition with cartoonists Liza Donnelly, Cristina Sampaio, Ann Telnaes, Damien Glez, Vladimir Kazanevsky, Riber Hansson, Kianoush Ramezani and Jaume Capdevila.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bizarro Original Art for Sale

From the Bizarro blog.


I stopped doing drawings on paper in November of 2011 (I now draw directly on computer) so my original art from previous years is now all that will ever be available. A friend of mine has begun offering one image per week on eBay, which is a great way for you to get one for less than I normally charge. Here’s this week’s eBay listing of a Sunday cartoon which I have featured on this blog. I charge $600 for these but as I write this, the bid is less than $50! I’m late in posting this so there are only a couple of days left on this sale, I think. Hop on over there and pick it up, I need the money!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

USA Today swipes graphic from Scott Bateman

Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.

Scott Bateman’s infographic on the recent cold spell that he posted on his Tumblr site last Friday ended up in USA Today yesterday – kind of. The infographic that ran in USA Today was cleaned up (language), but essentially left intact (see below).


The incident was reported by Jim Romensko. USA Today’s editor-in-chief David Callaway apologized to Scott and assured that he was addressing the issue to make sure Scott receives the proper credit and the lapses inside the paper were addressed.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Art Of Rube Goldberg


Many people know Rube Goldberg as an adjective — a shorthand description for a convoluted device or contraption. But Rube Goldberg was a real person — one who earned a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning and who captivated imaginations with drawings of complex chain reactions that completed the simplest of tasks.

Goldberg died in 1970, but Jennifer George, his granddaughter, has collected the zany world he created in a coffee table book, The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Frédéric Back 1924-2013

From Sequential.


Oscar-winning animator of “The Man Who Planted Trees” started career as cartoonist on Quebec TV.

by BK Munn
Frédéric Back, the animator best known for his Academy Award-winning short films, The Man Who Planted Trees and Crac!, died December 24 after a long battle with cancer.