Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sacramento Bee Cartoonist Rex Babin Dies of Cancer

From Daryl Cagle's Cartoon Blog:

I’m very sad to report that my friend Rex Babin, the brilliant cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee and a longtime contributor to, passed away this morning after a two year long fight with stomach cancer. A little over a year ago, Rex took a medical leave from his position as the paper’s staff cartoonist, and has been drawing off and on since.

Rex was a friend, and a mainstay of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, serving as president in 2010. He was the winner of the National Press Foundation’s 2001 Berryman Award and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons were nationally syndicated by King Features.

My thoughts go out to his family, especially his wife Kathleen and their son Sebastian. What a sad day and a terrible loss for the profession.

Here is his last cartoon, which appeared in the Bee on March 4:

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Story Behind my National Newspaper Award

While attending the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists' convention in Memphis, Tennessee in 1991, Martyn Turner, of the Irish Times, Roar Hagen, of Verdens Gang in Norway, Signe Wilkinson, of the Philadelphia Daily News and myself decided to skip the business meeting and visit some famous Civil War battlefields down Highway 61.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Arnold Roth Exhibition

From Mike Lynch Cartoons.

Princeton, NJ – On Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 4 – 6 PM, the Arts Council of Princeton will present a free illustrated lecture and opening reception for its special exhibition “Arnold Roth: A Selection of Work from Area Collections.” 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ali Ferzat Exhibition in London

Venue: Mica Gallery, Studio 2, 259A Pavilion Road, Sloane Square, SW1X 0BP
Dates: 20th March to 29th March 2012
Times: Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm Saturdays: 11am – 6pm (strictly by appointment only)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Doonesbury 1985 Spiked Abortion Strips

This week’s much censored Doonesbury isn’t the first time the strip’s creator Garry Trudeau has delved into the heated debate on abortion. Back in 1985, he did a week series on the topic but it never got to the newspapers because his syndicate felt it would be “deeply harmful to the feature.

Garry Trudeau has now posted that series on his website.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jean Giraud 1938-2012

© Eric Dessons / JDD / SIPA
It's with great sadness that we learn the passing of Jean Giraud, better known to SF fans as Moebius.

2011 NNA Finalists

The Editorial Cartooning finalists for this year's awards are Marc BeaudetBrian Gable and
Bruce Mackinnon.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Soviet Era Dark Humor Makes a Comeback

From PRI's The World.

'Goodbye Putin!' – reference to the German film “Goodbye Lenin!”, uses a well recognized poster for that film as a visual point of reference.