Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Captain Canuck filming planned for next summer

Glen Schaefer in The Ottawa Citizen.

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann

Canadian producers are aiming to give 1970s cult superhero Captain Canuck his big-screen debut - and they're planning to begin filming the storied crimefighter's story as early as next summer.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The God of ‘SNL’ Will See You Now

From the New York Times blog.

How do you please Lorne Michaels? Twenty-two ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast members – and one who came close – share tales of the audition that can make or break a career.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Eurocon 2013

Eurocon 2013 welcomes to Vienna, from August 28th to 31th, 4 international superstars of caricature: Jean Mulatier (France), Jan op de Beeck (Belgium), Jason Seiler (USA) and Nate Kapnicky (USA).

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Yorker Cartoonist George Booth

One of the most whimsical cartoonist at the New Yorker is certainly George Booth.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The 50 greatest graphic novels of all time

... according to a survey done by Teddy Jamieson of the Herald Scotland.

The humble comic-strip can trace its origins to Hogarth and the painters of Japan's Edo period, but for most of the 20th century it was regarded as a second-rate pulp form.

That reputation has changed dramatically in recent years. Now, the graphic novel (a catch-all term at best) has embraced Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirs, hard-hitting journalism and astute social commentary. Cartoonists get nominated for the Costa Prize and the Edinburgh International Book Festival has a whole strand - Stripped - dedicated to graphic fiction.

So we thought we'd ask cartoonists, novelists, critics, publishers, journalists, comic historians, comedians and the odd musician what books should be in everybody's library.

Here are the 50 graphic novels you need to read.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The conflict in Egypt through the eyes of cartoonists

From The Cartoon Movement.

Cartoon by Enrico Bertuccioli

In a study about political cartoons and their role in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, social researcher Ilan Danjoux concluded that cartoons have no power to predict events. But he did discover that they are accurate gauges of public opinion; they chronicle events, not neccesarily in terms of facts, but in terms of opinions.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The 2013 Festival of Cartoon Art

From the Ohio State University website.

2013 Festival of Cartoon Art artwork provided by Paul Hornschemeier.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is pleased to announce our Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art, to be held at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from November 14th-17th. The Festival, a celebration of cartoons, comics and their creators, is held every three years. This year we have more to celebrate than ever: the opening of our new expanded facility in Sullivant Hall.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Jean-Claude Suarès 1942-2013

"The Preservation of Muteness" (1973) by Jean-Claude Suarès.

Jean-Claude Suarès, an illustrator who radically altered the way editorial illustration was used at The New York Times as the first art director of its Op-Ed page, died on July 30 in Engelwood, N.J.. He was 71.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Marie-Louise Gay honoured by Canada Post

Bernie Goedhart in The Gazette.

Marie-Louise Gay admits she shares certain traits with her best-known creation, the exuberant Stella. That tousled head of hair, for example — although Stella’s curls are long and red, while Gay’s sport blond streaks and are cut shorter these days.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Joe Heller laid off from The Green Bay Press-Gazette

Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.

After 28 years at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, editorial cartoonist Joe Heller was told he was part of a Gannett-wide layoff plan. As with many, many others who have faced this scenario, I asked Joe to give me an exit interview.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

An iconic Internet cartoon turns 20

Michael Cavna in  Comic Riffs

It began as something its creator had no real fondness for. Even to this day, the man behind the artwork feels no special attachment to it. It was a bit of a toss-off that he tossed in.