Sunday, July 31, 2016

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016

From Pro Cartoonists website.

Cartoon by the Independent cartoonist Dave Brown

The fourth Herne Bay Cartoon Festival takes place on Sunday 31 July. 
The festival’s flagship live event will be held, as usual, in the Bandstand on the seafront.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Comic Strip Pulled Over ISIS Reference

From National Coalition Against Censorship.

Cartoonist Stephen Pastis, creator of the popular comic Pearls Before Swine, announced on his Facebook yesterday that his July 27 strip was pulled by syndicators and newspapers for being overly offensive.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Australia's Cartoonists Rally to "Save Eaten Fish"

From Cartoonists Rights Network.

Cartoon by Christopher Downes

In 2013 an Iranian cartoonist named Ali arrived in Australia. He was 21 and hoped to live in a country that valued freedom, a country where he’d be safe. The Australian government put him in a detention camp. He’s been in a detention camp ever since.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Richard Thompson 1957-2016

Michael Cavna in Comic Riffs.

The Art of Richard Thompson on Vimeo

Richard Thompson, the “Cul de Sac” cartoonist who is widely considered one of the greatest comic-strip creators and illustrators of his generation, died Wednesday in Northern Virginia, family friends confirm. He was 58.

Thompson, who lived in Arlington, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease, the effects of which he had endured for eight years.

Jack Davis 1924-2016

From Comic Book and News From Me.

One of America's all-time great cartoonists has left us at the age of 91. Jack Davis made his initial fame in EC Comics like Tales from the Crypt and MAD but went on to become one of the most visible (and imitated) creators of advertising, movie posters and record album covers ever. 
His ability to make anything funnier when he drew it and his keen eye for caricatures could be seen darn near everywhere in this country for well more than half a century.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Aislin on 50 years of cartoon commentary

Nikki Wiart in Maclean's.

His career started with one Trudeau, and has carried on to another. Aislin, Montreal’s foremost cartoonist, talks to Maclean’s about half a century of pencils and politics.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sketching the Republican convention

From Ann Telnaes.

Ann Telnaes joined colleague Matt Bors to do some sketching during the 3rd night of the Republican convention in Cleveland. 

Head over to The Nib to see them all.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The secret to cartooning Donald Trump

Michael Cavna in The Washington Post.

Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune

To seek editorial enlightenment, The Post’s Comic Riffs turned to Nate BeelerBerkeley BreathedSteve BreenJack OhmanJen SorensenScott StantisSigne WilkinsonMatt Wuerker and Adam Zyglis nine of the nation’s top political artists.

The question: What aspects are the most intriguing, or challenging, in trying to skewer the The Donald?

Next week, we’ll take on Hillary Clinton.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Turk Satirical Magazine LeMan Banned from Newstands

From Cartoonists Rights Network.

I move the soldiers, Mehmet...
I see you... and raise the stakes by 50%...

The offices of LeMan, one of Turkey’s leading satirical magazines, have been reportedly attacked by supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after criticism of the magazine appeared in the pro-government newspaper, Yeni Safak.

 The latest issue of LeMan has also been banned from newstands according to numerous sources. The cover of the banned issue suggests that both soldiers and civilians involved in the country’s recent unsuccessful coup were pawns in a larger game.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Winners of the Just for Laughs International Visual Arts Contest

On the website of CIAV.

The Just for Laughs International Visual Arts Contest announced Tuesday the winners of its competition in the "gag cartoon" category.
The 4 winning works are displayed in the showroom of Place des Arts until July 30 as part of the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Diary of an Editorial Cartoonist

From The New York Times.

Times Insider shares insights into how we work at The New York Times. In this piece, Patrick Chappatte — whose editorial cartoons are published on Wednesdays and Saturdays in The Times’s international editions, on and on its social media pages — treats us to a behind-the-scenes look at his creative process, from thought bubble to flatbed scanner, with a dark-chocolate-and-Nespresso fix somewhere in between.
The evolution of an idea (or two):

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hergé at the Grand Palais

On the Grand Palais website.

Hergé at the Grand Palais
September 28, 2016 - January 15, 2017
Grand Palais

Monday, July 18, 2016

The American Bystander

Jason Zinoman in The New York Times.

Cover by Charles Barsotti, Issue #2, Spring 2016.

The first issue of The American Bystander, a new print-only humor magazine, began with a letter from the publisher predicting failure. “This is willfully re-launching the Titanic,” Michael Gerber wrote last fall, “knowing full well it will sink.”

Founding a magazine that you can’t read online does seem like the kind of thing Max Bialystock would do if he went into publishing instead of musical theater. But the old-fashioned form happens to be a perfect match for the refined pleasures of this delightful publication, an essential read for comedy nerds.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Carlos Nine 1944-2016

From Paul Gravett.

Sad to report, we have lost Carlos Nine (1944-2016), a fabulously baroque visionary artist from Argentina. In 2001 he won the best foreign album prize at Angoulême for Le Canard qui aimait les poules. I interviewed Nine (pronounced 'nee-nay') in 2010 when he came to London as part of Comica Festival with Thomas Dassance from the Viñetas Sueltas festival in Buenos Aires. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Geneviève Elverum 1981-2017

Brian K Munn in Sequential.

Geneviève Elverum, who published comics as Geneviève Castrée, died of pancreatic cancer on July 9.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

American democracy as seen by an Egyptian satirist

The famous Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef tackles American democracy in a new web series.

In “The Democracy Handbook,” Bassem travels across America to learn the lessons of our esteemed democracy. Between corporate lobbying, lax gun laws, rampant racism, and a slew of other problems in the U.S., he discovers that democracy here is one hot mess.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New Yorker Cartoonist Michael Crawford, 1941 – 2016

Michael Crawford, who began publishing his drawings in The New Yorker in 1984, passed away yesterday afternoon at age seventy-five.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The World This Week

You can see my cartoon at 10'40"

One of my cartoons about the gun debate in the USA was featured in the France 24 program "The World This Week" broadcast last Friday.
Here is the English version of the cartoon:

Monday, July 11, 2016

Secret Dr. Seuss Artwork Displayed in Vancouver

From CBC News.

After Dark in the Park

More than 40 reproductions spanning 50 years of Theodor Geisel's unknown artistry will be unveiled to the Canadian public today at the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver.

The limited edition illustrations, paintings and sculptures authorized by the Dr. Seuss Estate in California will be displayed until July 30.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Nease cartoons make a comeback in the Oakville Beaver

From The Oakville Beaver.

The familiar editorial cartoons of Steve Nease and his family-humour comic strip Pud have returned to the pages of the Oakville Beaver. They made their comeback on the editorial page in today’s edition.

Donald Trump Explained to Children

From Quartz.

For American adults, Donald Trump needs no introduction. But what does the next generation of voters, that yet unknown post-millennial Generation Z, need to know of the Republican presidential candidate?

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Great Trump Tax Mysteries

The complete article in Vanity Fair.

Illustration by Edward Sorel

Why won’t Donald Trump release his taxes? An investigation into the G.O.P. candidate’s finances—the extensive deductions he could claim, the F.E.C. filings from his Scottish and Irish golf resorts, and his declarations to the British government—reveals a disturbing pattern of mistakes, hype, and contradictions.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Boris joins Aislin at the Montreal Gazette

From the Montreal Gazette.

Regular readers will notice some new faces on our editorial page over the course of this summer.

Aislin, aka Terry Mosher, is the Gazette’s regular cartoonist — and, of course, one of the most celebrated editorial cartoonists in Canadian history. But over the past decade and a half, readers have also enjoyed regular freelance contributions by Pascal Élie, whose nom de plume is Pascal.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream" Exhibition at Ohio State

From the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

Little Nemo tribute by Yuko Shimizu

In 2014, Locust Moon published Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, a huge, full-color anthology featuring work by 100 comic artists and illustrators. Each of these artists was asked to create a new version of McCay’s famous strip, resulting in a rich and diverse collection of homages to a remarkable man.

This exhibit presents original artwork from the book, and featured artists include Peter Bagge, David Mack, Paul Pope, Carla Speed McNeil, Farel Dalrymple, and more. Ohio State’s iteration of this traveling exhibit, curated by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl and Chris Stevens, will also include McCay originals from The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum collection.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Steve Brodner: Drawing Trump and Clinton

From YouTube.

In this week's State of the Cartooning, renowned political cartoonist Steve Brodner talks about the complexities of drawing the presidential candidates.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Jailed Iranian Cartoonist Returns to Facebook

Matilda Battersby in The Independent

Iranian cartoonist, Atena Farghadani, has already posted a new cartoon on Facebook.

“I would rather go to jail than succumb to the regime”: these are the defiant words of Iranian satirical cartoonist Atena Farghadani, who is just the latest in a long history of extremely brave creative people to prove that brutal subjugation cannot subdue political protest through art.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fired Cartoonist Returns to Farm News

From KCCI Des Moines.

Rick Friday, a newspaper cartoonist fired after a company pulled their advertisements over a cartoon slamming big business, is back drawing cartoons for the very newspaper that fired him.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Canadian Editorial Cartoonists Discuss the Profession

From left to right: Susan Dewar (The Ottawa Sun), cohost Conrad Black, Terry Mosher aka Aislin (The Montreal Gazette), host Faith Goldy, Wes Tyrell (president of the ACC), Michael deAdder (The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax), Andy Donato (The Toronto Sun) and Malcolm Mayes (The Edmonton Journal)

The Association of Canadian Cartoonists held its' quasi annual convention in Toronto last month. While there we taped a segment at the studios of Zoomer to discuss our motivations, challenges and the future of the profession. The full segment can be seen here.