Friday, June 29, 2012

"Cartoon Canada" Opening

This caricature of Le Devoir's GarnotteAislin of The GazetteSerge Chapleau of La Presse and André-Philippe Côté of Le Soleil was offered to the cartoonists by Gilles Duceppe at the opening of the "Cartoon Canada" exhibition at the McCord Museum. 

"...and tomorrow I visit a condom factory. Don't miss it!" _Gilles Duceppe
The cartoon is a humorous response to Chapleau's May 1, 1997 cartoon in La Presse:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

"Cartoon Canada"

Members of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists were asked to submit their favourite cartoon for an exhibition at the McCord Museum to open during their convention in Montreal.

The catalogue of the exhibition will be published on July 1, Canada Day, by Linda Leith Publishing.

"Cartoon Canada" in the National Post

The National Post's books editor Mark Medley interviews Montreal Gazette cartoonist Terry Mosher (Aislin) about Cartoon Canada, a newly published survey of Canadian political cartoons.

Theo Moudakis (Mou), The Toronto Star.

Justin Trudeau at the New Yorker panel discussion

Member of Parliament for Papineau riding, Justin Trudeau is a surprise guest at the convention of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists where he pretty much announces his candidacy for the Liberal Party leadership race.

You can see the Gazette video here.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Matt Groening ends "Life in Hell" after 32 years

Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.

The last original “Life in Hell” comic, Mr. Groening’s 1,669th strip, was released on June 15.
Despite great fame and fortune of creating and producing the longest running and most successful TV animation program in history, Matt Groening has quietly been drawing his alternative comic strip Life in Hell each week for 32 years. Until last week. He tell’s USA Today that the decision was to free up his time for other things:
“Life in Hell ‘prevented me from doing other projects,’ he says, ‘because every week I had to go back to the same drawing table.’ Quitting ‘will open me up to new things, more animation, more stuff. I may just sit and stare into space.’”

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Archives: Clay Bennett on Editorial Cartooning

Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Clay Bennett interviewed in 2005 ago by Leonard Witt.

In December 2005 editorial cartoonists let the Tribune Company have it with their Black Ink Monday protest against the slow demise of editorial cartoons in newspapers. In this Leonard Witt IM Interview Clay Bennett, the then president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, offered his opinion on why editorial cartoons are vital to the long-term survival of newspapers. This interview was part of Witt’s Journalism and the Public: Restoring the Trust IM Interviews series, underwritten in part by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

"Cartooning Calamities!" (exclusive cartoons)

Here are the exclusive cartoons commissioned by the McCord Museum for the "Cartooning Calamities" exhibition.

This time, it’s for real! -The end is near! (on sign)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Lorenzo Mattoti awarded "Max und Moritz" Lifetime Achievement Award

The liberation of comics from a form of entertainment to a medium that is on an equal level with other phenomena of literature and art has a number of father figures. For France, one may mention Jean Giraud, for Latin America Alberto Breccia, for the USA Art Spiegelman. For Italy, Lorenzo Mattotti must be included in this illustrious group. As his own scenarist, he liberated comics narration toward poetry with works such as “Spartaco” or “Fires”. With his painterly brushstroke in “Fires” or “Caboto” as well as his graphic precision in “The Man at the Window” or “Stigmata”, he has transformed panels into a basis for art exhibitions. Even if he has been very successful as an illustrator and visual artist for a long time, narrative imagery is still his “amour fou”, as he once confessed. He has shared this inoperable passion with different scenarists such as Jerry Kramsky or Lilia Ambrosi. Every scenario emanates from Mattotti’s grand main subjects such as loneliness, dreams and metamorphosis. Lorenzo Mattotti is a revolutionary of the comics genre who has inspired many artists and scenarists to find their own individual and challenging style. That is the reason he is being honored with the “Max und Moritz” -Lifetime Achievement Award for his life’s work.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Times-Picayune lays off cartoonist Steve Kelly

From The Daily Cartoonist.

The big story in journalism today was the announcement that the New Orleans Times-Picayune is to lay off one third of its newsroom as it transitions to a thrice weekly newspaper. Among those told they will not have a job come October 1 is editorial cartoonist Steve Kelley who will soon complete 10 years at the paper.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Cartooning Calamities!"

"Cartooning Calamities!" will strike the McCord Museum from June 20, 2012 to January 26, 2013!

With the Mayan calendar predicting doom, gloom, and the imminent end of humanity, the Museum presents the very timely Cartooning Calamities! Covering almost 150 years of current events, the exhibition explores all things catastrophic as seen through the eyes of 16 Quebec editorial cartoonists, including Aislin, Bado, Beaudet, Chapleau, Garnotte, Godin and Pascal. Taking a humorous look at a preoccupation that never ceases to spur conversation, the exhibition allows us to reflect on the issues of the day from a perspective that only an editorial cartoon provides.

The exhibition is divided into five separate themes: political calamities; major upheavals affecting humanity; death before the end of the world; calamities that never were; and the end of the blue planet.
Here is the original cartoon I drew for the occasion:

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Guy, a Palm Tree, and a Desert Island: The Cartoon Genre That Just Won’t Die

Bruce Handy in Vanity Fair.

You’d think by now, in a world equipped with G.P.S. and Google Earth, cartoonists would have wrung every last drop of humor from the premise of castaways marooned on desert islands. After all, they seem to have finally run through ladies trying to return hats and dresses for frivolous reasons, and explorers stewing in cannibal pots. And won’t the castaways reveal themselves, anyway, when they inevitably check in on FourSquare, so where’s the joke?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Malaysia bans cartoons during election but Zunar will defy the ruling

Press statement by Zunar
I would like to refer to the ruling made by the Election Commission of Malaysia which bans the use of cartoons in the campaigns for the up-coming General Election. (General election's date in Malaysia can only be decided by the Prime Minister, but must be called before the current term ends in March 2013).

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ed Stein retires from editorial cartooning

From The Daily Cartoonist.

Ed Stein, who drew editorial cartoons for ever 30 years at the Rocky Mountain News before it closed in 2009, has decided to retire from editorial cartooning. He drew his last cartoon on May 31 (above). For over 10 years he drew a local comic strip called Denver Squares for the Rocky Mountain News and brought that to an end in 2008. The strip was reworked and launched as a nationally syndicated feature called Freshly Squeezed in 2010. Ed will continue creating Fresh Squeezed.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

KAL on the Baltimore Sun's 175th Anniversary

From The Daily Cartoonist.

Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) was asked to create a cartoon to celebrate the 175th anniversary of The Baltimore Sun. He posted this cartoon on his blog with the comment, “I choose to create something that celebrated the proud tradition of editorial cartooning at The Sun over the decades. I hope the tradition continues for another 100 years.”

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Denmark jails Prophet cartoon plot gang for 12 years

Mette Fraende for Reuters.

Four men were jailed for 12 years each on Monday for plotting a gun attack on a Danish newspaper over its cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, whose publication in 2005 sparked deadly riots across the Muslim world.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Meet "The Receptionist"

If Mad Men were set at the offices of a legendary magazine and told from the point of view of the receptionist, it would mirror Janet Groth’s seductive and entertaining look back at her twenty-one years (1957-1978) at The New Yorker.

This memoir of a particular time and place is as much about why Groth never advanced at the magazine as it is about Groth’s fascinating relationships with poet John Berryman (who proposed marriage), essayist Joseph Mitchell (who took her to lunch every Friday), and playwright Muriel Spark (who invited her to Christmas dinner in Tuscany), as well as E.J. Kahn, Calvin Trillin, Renata Adler, Peter DeVries, Charles Addams, and many other New Yorker contributors and bohemian denizens of Greenwich Village in its heyday. 

Here, Janet Groth answers questions about those people and that place…

Monday, June 4, 2012

Guy Delisle: 'The challenge is not to explain too much'

Veteran graphic novelist Guy Delisle talks to Rachel Cooke of The Guardian about his acclaimed travelogues and the art of telling a tale at street level

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Guy Delisle in Regent's Park, London. Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Observer New Review

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bruce Roberts Runner-Up #5 in Blown Cover Weekly Contest

I am happy to report that  Bruce Roberts has struck again with a cartoon posted in Françoise Mouly's Blown Covers blog. The subject this week: "Weddings".

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Cam on the end of The Sunday Ottawa Citizen

From Daryl Cagle's Cartoon Blog.

In an effort to cut costs, some newspapers in the U.S. and Canada have announced they are shedding print editions and moving to digital delivery of news. The Ottawa Citizen, owned by Postmedia Network Inc., will print its last Sunday paper on July 15, and plans on eliminating 20 newsroom jobs.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Get an original Bill Watterson for $5,500.

From The Daily Cartoonist.

On Sunday, the Team Cul de Sac auction opened allowing the public to bid on original cartoon art donated by some of the biggest (and smallest) names in comics.

Currently the big item – a Bill Watterson oil painting of Cul de Sac character Petey Otterloop is going for  $5,500.