Thursday, July 31, 2014

1914: Day by Day Cartoons: Posy Simmonds

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.

Shadow Play by Posy Simmonds

31 July 1914

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Yorker Cartoonist Mick Stevens

Aaron Alexander in Comics Alternative.

"Any requests, babe, before I call it a night?"

Mick Stevens has been a cartoonist with the New Yorker for over three decades – selling his first drawing to them in 1979 – a contemporary of the magazine’s cartoon editor Robert Mankoff, as well as cartoonists Roz Chast, Jack Ziegler, and others.

Here are excerpts from the interview and some favourite cartoons:

Monday, July 28, 2014

Road to the universal runs through the local

Excerpts from an article by Ian McGillis in The Montreal Gazette.

If it hasn’t been said already, let me be the first: We are living in the golden age of graphic novels, and Montreal is one of the form’s spiritual homes. Keeping up with the ongoing wave of new releases would be a full-time job, but here, at least, are three recent highlights, all by locally based artists.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

1914: Day by Day Cartoons: Zoom Rockman

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 Bachelors Walk Incident by Zoom Rockman

27 July 1914

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I Wish I'd Drawn… (31)

... this poignant cartoon by Cathy Wilcox of The Adelaide Morning Star.

Friday, July 25, 2014

"A Long Drawn-Out Trip" by Gerald Scarfe

From Vice.

If you don’t read newspapers, then you may know Gerald Scarfe as the guy whose 1971 animated film, A Long Drawn-Out Trip, with its trippy, amorphous visuals and cut-and-paste soundtrack, brought stream-of-consciousness art into the worlds of film and music, and earned him a breakthrough job directing the animation in Pink Floyd’s 1982 film The Wall.

The genesis of the film:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NCS Foundation Issues The National Cartoonist Magazine

Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.

The National Cartoonists Society Foundation has issued the first of what may become many issues of The National Cartoonist. The new magazine which is intended primarily as a digital magazine, will celebrate “the best in cartooning, past and present, with extensive interviews, in-depth features and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of cartooning and comics, as well as beautiful reproductions of rare and, in many cases, previously unseen original art from some of our greatest luminaries!” The first issue is a printed souvenir edition being handed out at San Diego Comic-Con (booth #1307). 
For the rest of us non-SDCC-attendees, you can read the magazine online.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ann Telnaes Pounded over Cartoon

From Ann Telnaes' blog.

Early last week I created a cartoon about the bombings in Gaza. In editorial cartooning, there are some topics which will result in intense reactions from certain groups, as did this one. The series of events started with the Simon Wiesenthal Center issuing a press release last Friday from which the Jerusalem Post wrote a short article titled “US Jews furious over Washington Post cartoon showing Netanyahu punching Palestinian infant” (I’ll note the JP did not ask me for a comment). 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When Great Minds Think Alike (1)

The above cartoon marks the moment the proverbial earthquake rocked my afternoon yesterday and stopped time altogether.

Monday, July 21, 2014

This Is What Happens When Street Art Meets Nature

From DeMilked.

Urban environments and nature are usually held to be polar opposites, but even in the concrete jungle, street artists can find a way to incorporate nature into their street art. That’s exactly what the street artists who created these awesome pieces of street art did. 
We’ve seen street art that utilizes urban elements like signposts, wires or lights to its advantage, but trees, shrubs, or even grass breaking through cracks in the sidewalk can also be used. Street art like this seems like a fun way to highlight the presence of nature even in bleak urban environments.

Source: Bored Panda

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Reprint in Politico

The cartoon I drew last Friday was selected for the Politico Cartoon Carousel.

Every week political cartoonists across the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics.

The fruits of these labours are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here's an offering of the best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere.

Edited by Matt Wuerker.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

1914: Day by Day Cartoons: Jon McNaught

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.

19 July 1914

Friday, July 18, 2014

50th Anniversary of "The Australian"

An illustrated history in Pen & Ink.

Bill Leak, Eric Lobbecke, Bill Mitchell, Larry Pickering, Peter Nicholson and of course the incomparable Larry Pickering ... what would a big news day be without the wit and style of our brilliant cartoonists and artists?

Samples from the gallery of The Australian’s best cartoons and illustrations through the decades.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Editorial cartoonist Matt Davies joins Newsday

From Newsday.

Matt Davies, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, author and illustrator, is joining Newsday's staff, the newspaper announced today.

Davies won American journalism's highest prize in 2004, and has also won the 2004 Herblock Prize and the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize. He starts in September.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

1914: Day by Day Cartoons: Steven Camley

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 Great Illusion by Steven Camley

16 July 1914

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cartoon Innovator Target of ISIS Death Threats

From Cartoonists Rights Network.

A death sentence has been pronounced via Twitter for Kuwati-born comic-book innovator Naif Al-Mutawa by the jihadist militant group ISIS (also known as ISIL), according to reports out of the Middle East.

Dr. Al-Mutawa, whose groundbreaking comic THE 99 has sought to give the Muslim community its own superheroes while at the same time fostering a greater, more positive understanding of Islam among non-Muslim readers, is no stranger to criticism.

Monday, July 14, 2014

I Wish I'd Drawn… (30)

... this wonderful cartoon by The Globe and Mail's David Parkins.

Germany expels US Embassy's CIA bureau chief

Some recent cartoons:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The 5th International Tourism Cartoon Competition

The exhibition of the 5th International Tourism Cartoon Competition was held in Atila Ozer Cartoon House in Eskisehir, Turkey between June 11th and 15th.

Grand Prize
Andrei Popov, Russia

Friday, July 11, 2014

"Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy"

From Pro Cartoonists.

We like anything that bigs up the noble art of cartooning and a new French-made film called Cartoonists: Footsoldiers of Democracy does that with its title alone.

Details of a UK release date or TV screening have not been revealed but this English-subtitled trailer recently appeared on the internet, so hopefully we will get to see it.

The documentary, which focuses on 12 cartoonists from around the world, was screened earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. You can read a review here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Musical Portraits of Philip Burke

Carlos Santana, Rolling Stone, 1979

Philip Burke is another of those artists whose images are more commonly known than his name. Whether you’ve heard of Burke or not, you’ve probably seen his his wildly exaggerated portraits of rock stars, splashed with lurid colors and jumping out at you from the pages of popular magazines with expressionistic abandon.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Hidden Persuasion: 33 Psychological Influence Techniques in Advertising"

Visual messages are omnipresent in our daily life. They are constantly attempting to persuade us to buy, learn, and act. Some are more successful than others in influencing our behavior and choices.

What is the secret power of these messages? How do they succeed in changing our behavior?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

1914: Day by Day Cartoons: Peter Brookes

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.

A Blank Cheque for War... by Peter Brookes

5 July 1914

Friday, July 4, 2014

"Saul Steinberg: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of His Birth"

The March 29, 1976 issue of The New Yorker published an illustration that not only perfectly captured Manhattanites’ seeming attitudes about the rest of the country but also became one of the most celebrated — and parodied — magazine covers ever.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

"Foo" by a 15 year old R. Crumb

From  The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library Facebook page.

Found in the Collection! A personally addressed envelope from R. Crumb to a friend or subscriber, containing 3 issues of "FOO!" - the self-published comic made by Crumb, his brother Charles, and two other friends in 1958. Crumb would have been 15. Check out a peek at the inside of their first issue: