Saturday, December 31, 2011

Soviet Era Anti-American Posters

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of the Soviet Union.
Here, thanks to Copyranter, are a few posters from that era.

"Help for the starving, American style"

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"The Someday Funnies" reviewed in The Comics Journal

Bob Levin in The Comics Journal.

Time often gets a bad rap. It strips away. It erodes. It brings forth loss.  It guarantees the passage of all things. But sometimes time delivers a gift, like a sea washing up a pirate’s treasure on the shore.

In 2004, it was suggested I write about Michel Choquette and The Someday Funnies, a veritable Lost Dutchman’s lode of comic history.  

Monday, December 26, 2011

UK Student wins Best 2011 Political Cartoon of the Year

University of Westminster student Ben Jennings won the 2011 Political Cartoon of the Year beating out professional UK editorial cartoonists for the honor given by the Political Cartoon Society. Ben is an undergraduate working toward a BA Honours Illustration degree.
On his blog he reports he was “utterly gobsmacked” to receive the award.

Friday, December 23, 2011

"Sex Bomb"

An animated film, based on an Ann Telnaes cartoon, by first year students of the Gobelin school.

"Sex Bomb" par CartooningForPeace

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Photos of the Year 2011 by Reuters

Here are some of the most outstanding photographs of 2011 as selected by Reuters.

You can also see here, here and here a selection by The Boston Globe.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The "Black and White and Read All Over" Exhibition

The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to announce its latest exhibition, Black and White and Read All Over: Comics of the New Millennium, a showcase featuring nine comic strips introduced between the years 2000 and 2010. From talking animals to beleaguered cartoonists, childhood fears to childhood nightmares, the perils of adulthood to the trials of arrested development, the nonsensical to the political (which often goes right back around to nonsensical), the modern comic strip page really does include something for everyone.
Original comic strips on view live and in person in the exhibit are: 
La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz
Ollie and Quentin by Piers Baker
Arctic Circle by Alex Hallatt
The Knight Life by Keith Knight
Dustin by Jeff Parker & Steve Kelley
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Tina’s Groove by Rina Piccolo
Lío by Mark Tatulli
Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

Black and White and Read All Over:  Comics of the New Millennium
From December 17, 2011 to May 6, 2012.
Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) CAR-TOON or (415) 227-8666.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Coincidence or plagiarism for Jeff Stahler?

By Alan Gardner of The Daily Cartoonist.

The December 5 editorial cartoon by Columbus Dispatch cartoonist Jeff Stahler has a striking similarity to a 2009 New Yorker cartoon by David Sipress.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Jerry Robinson 1922-2011

I had the pleasure of having a cartoon of mine published in Jerry Robinson's The 1970's : Best Political Cartoons of the Decade published by McGraw-Hill in 1981. 
We both served, a few years later, with Hans Georg Rauch and Rinalto Traini, on the jury of the Montreal International Salon of Caricature. 
You can also see here a caricature he drew of me on a trip to a cartoon festival in St. Estève, France, in the early 90's.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dave Brown named British Cartoonist of the Year

From The Independent.

The Independent's Dave Brown has been named political cartoonist of the year by the Cartoon Art Trust. It is the second time Mr Brown has won the prestigious title in the past decade. He was presented with the award by the MP Alan Johnson, the former Home Secretary. Mr Brown produces political daily cartoons for The Independent and his selection by the panel of judges was a reflection of his consistent wit and incisiveness over the whole year. He said after being presented with the award at a ceremony held at the Mall Galleries in London: "It's very nice to be recognised. You do what you do but aren't quite sure if anyone is getting it. This shows they do."

To see his latest work, click here
To see other cartoons by Dave Brown on this blog, click here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Luke Davies: Hergé and me

(Thanks to Mike Lynch)

As a child, the empathy Luke Davies felt for fictional teen reporter Tintin led to a special relationship with the Belgian artist who created him. Four decades on, the Australian author still treasures their correspondence.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cartoonists and the Arab Spring

The Arab revolutions have provided great fodder for political cartoonists, even if some in the region have paid a high price for daring to illustrate what would have been unthinkable only a year ago.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cartoon of the week (10)

Viewed 235 times on Twitpic.

United Nations conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The State of Editorial Cartooning

The original article by Michael Cavna in Comic Riffs.

When someone asks me about the state of editorial cartooning for staff newspaper artists, I usually unfurl a long and winding answer about losses and gains and more losses, about diversifying and digital skills, about the rise of apps and animation. Yet today, I now have a pithy, one-word reply about the state of staff editorial cartooning. And that state is:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman (2)

From "The Comics Journal".

To say that Art Spiegelman’s Maus changed everything might seem like excessive hyperbole, but it did exactly that. The publication of the first volume twenty-five years ago (has it really been that long?), was like a warning shot that took everyone by surprise – and not just the comics-reading public, but mainstream America as well. 

“Attention everybody! Here’s what the medium is actually capable of.”

Monday, November 21, 2011

"My Toronto" by Dušan Petričić

Now available in bookstores.

"Polar Lines" Exhibition at the NAC

The "Polar Lines" exhibition was unveiled last November 2nd at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for the 40th anniversary celebration of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
In attendance were 4 cartoonists whose work can be found in the exhibition.

From left to right: Graeme Mackay (Hamilton Spectator), Terry Mosher aka. Aislin (Montreal Gazette), Wes Tyrell (freelance cartoonist) and Guy Badeaux aka. Bado (Le Droit, Ottawa).                                                                                                                                       Photo: Lois Siegel
An interview with cartoonist and "Polar Lines"curator Terry Mosher from NunatsiakOnline:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Benetton scandal

From the «Fait d'image» website.

Where do advertisers, who are well paid to do so, get all their ideas ?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"The Someday Funnies" in Mother Jones

From Mother Jones.

Michel Choquette at the "Someday Funnies" book launch at the McGill Faculty Club last Thursday.

An interview with editor Michel Choquette and selections from "Someday Funnies".

Monday, November 14, 2011

Canadian Cartoonists draw "Polar Lines"

"Polar Lines" is an exhibition of 100 Canadian editorial cartoons dealing with the North curated by Montreal's Gazette cartoonist Terry Mosher aka Aislin for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

Anita Kunz
An presentation by curator Terry Mosher, a selection of cartoons and the complete exhibition below:

Brad Holland in the New Yorker

At last, my favourite illustrator can now be found in the New Yorker.

Steven Pinker's history of violence, The New Yorker, October 3, 2011, p.75
More Brad Holland illustrations and an interview by Irene Gallo on the Tor-Com website.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Why Are Political Cartoons Incendiary?

Victor S. Navasky reacts to the attack on Charlie Hebdo in the New York Times Sunday Review.

Honoré Daumier was thrown in jail for his depiction of King Louis-Philippe as Gargantua.

As the founding editor and publisher in the late 1950’s of Monocle,  a “leisurely quarterly of political satire” (that meant we came out twice a year) whose motto was “In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king,” whenever the offices of a satirical magazine are firebombed, I’m interested.

Cartoon of the week (9)

Viewed 324 times on Twitpic*.

*Thanks to a retweet by Colombian cartoonist Vladdo.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Resurrection of Gahan Wilson’s 'Nuts'

Steve Bunche in Publishers Weekly.

Fantagraphics has done readers a great favor by releasing the first full collection of Nuts, the hilarious cult strip by famed Playboy and National Lampoon cartoonist Gahan Wilson.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cartoonists Who Are Women

From the "dscriber" website

Women Cartoonists
05 November 2011

Please follow the link for complete profiles of the cartoonists.