Monday, September 30, 2013

Two new books by Michael de Adder

Bill Spurr in The Chonicle Herald

Features writer Bill Spurr talks with cartoonist Michael de Adder about finding the funny side of East Coast foibles.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pat Oliphant

Dave Coates celebrates cartoonist extraordinaire Pat Oliphant in GoComics

A selection of his cartoons:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Comic Arts" by Paul Gravett

John Freeman in Down the Tubes

Cover by Joost Swarte

On November 7th, the Tate Gallery will publish Comics Art, a new book on the comics form by Paul Gravett, designed by Peter Stanbury.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

2013 Ottawa International Animation Festival

Amid Amidi in Cartoon Brew (with notes from the Bytowne Film Guide)

North America’s biggest animation festival, the Ottawa International Animation Festival,  will take place in Canada’s capital city from September 18-22.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Santa Monica bid to remove Paul Conrad's 'Chain Reaction' nonsensical

Christopher Knight in The LA Times

Chain Reaction by Paul Conrad

Paul Conrad's 'Chain Reaction' remains a vital message and safety concerns have been debunked, so why is Santa Monica determined to dismantle the sculpture?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Arab Uprisings Through the Eyes of Cartoonists

From The Cartoon Movement

UK's Channel 4 has broadcasted a report on the Arab uprisings and the role of cartoonists, featuring an interview with Khalid Albaih, and also showing the work of Doaa Eladl

Thursday, September 19, 2013

AAEC Members Elect New Board of Directors

The 2013-14 Board of Directors of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is as follows:

President: Mark Fiore, self-syndicated
President-Elect: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee (CA)
Vice President: Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News (NY)
Secretary-Treasurer: Robert C. Harvey, Perpendicular Pronoun Press
Directors: Jen Sorensen, Daily Kos
                Ann Telnaes, The Washington Post
                Monte Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons.

Matt Wuerker, Politico, will also serve on the 2013-14 Board as Immediate Past President.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Randall Enos Revives "Chicken Gutz"

Steven Heller in Print

Randall Enos, whose comic linoleum cuts graced the pages of magazines and newspapers everywhere, was known for a crazy, gag-riddled comic strip called “Chicken Gutz” that first appeared in the January 1972 issue of the National Lampoon and ran in each issue for about 12 years.

All this time later, Enos has revived his characters for the “Chicken Gutz” blog, which promises to feature a new strip every day — all new dailies. In between yesterday’s marathon drawing session, Enos took time to reply to the following:

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Reprint on the "Yahoo! Canada" website (2)

The English version of the cartoon I drew in last Monday's edition of Le Droit ran on Yahoo! Canada

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Marilena Nardi and Doaa El Adl Honoured in Forte dei Marmi, Italy

From Fany-Blog

Today the "Oscars" of Italian satire are being awarded in Forte dei Marmi.
Italian cartoonist Marilena Nardi and Egyptian cartoonist Doaa Eladl are among the political satirists honoured.

Pooch Café hits 5000th Strip!

From Pooch Café

Paul Gilligan writes the following on the occasion of his 5000th Pooch Café comic strip:

"Holy snap. I can feel the bones in my drawing hand creaking. I had to do the calculation three times. I had to use an abacus, because apparently those were all the rage around the time I started drawing this strip, which debuted on Jan 3, 2000, (“The first strip of the new millennium”, I coined it). It coincided relatively closely with Charles Schulz’s announcement that he was retiring Peanuts, and I was quickly misquoted in a newspaper interview as calling Poncho “the new Snoopy.” My first reporter twisting of words! I had entered the public eye.

Friday, September 13, 2013

French Fukushima cartoon offends Japan

From The Guardian

"Marvellous! Thanks to Fukushima, sumo is now an Olympic sport."

Japan is to lodge an official complaint about a cartoon in a French newspaper that links the Fukushima nuclear disaster with Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dave Brown's "Rogue's Gallery" Exhibition

From Procartoonists

The latest entry in the Rogues' Gallery, inspired by Alfred Elmore

The Cartoon Cafe in Eastbourne will be showing 40 of Dave Brown‘s art-inspired Rogues’ Gallery cartoons, from October 5 until January 20, 2014.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Joel Pett: A 30-Year Retrospective

From Tom Eblen's column in the Lexington Herald-Leader

Joel Pett just turned 60, and he has spent a lot of time lately going through his three decades of editorial cartoons for a retrospective exhibit at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

“If you ever want a humbling experience,” Pett said, “I recommend you look through your entire life’s work.”

Monday, September 9, 2013

DC Comics Contest: Draw a Naked Woman Committing Suicide

Callie Beusman at Jezebel.

DC Comics has been having a bad week. Last Thursday, two members of the Batwoman editorial team quit after their publishers refused to allow Batwoman (who is a lesbian character) to marry her partner. And now the comic company has provoked even more outrage by hosting a contest in which they readers to draw Harley Quinn, a popular villain, preparing to commit suicide. Naked.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Françoise Mouly profile in Maclean's

Anne Kingston in Maclean's

Photograph by Sarah Shatz

If you have been delighted or moved or provoked by a New Yorker cover in the past two decades, you’re familiar with the genius of Françoise Mouly—though you likely don’t know it. As the magazine’s art director and visual editor since 1993, when new editor Tina Brown hired her to enliven the then-fuddy-duddy publication, Mouly is responsible for a parade of images seared into the cultural imagination: a Hasidic Jew kissing a black woman created by her husband, Art Spiegelman, in 1993; the black-on-black depiction of the twin towers she created with Spiegelman just hours after 9/11; her 2004 cover depicting the American flag stained by the shadow of a tortured Abu Ghraib prisoner; Barry Blitt’s fist bump between the Obamas in 2008 and, more recently, John Cuneo’s depiction of Anthony Weiner sexting astride the Chrysler Building.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Bombing For Peace....

From the Robert T. Peters blog.

I designed this poster in 2005, as one of 24 individuals invited to contribute to Lest We Forget: Canadian Designers on War, an exhibit at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta. 

I first saw the ironic message on a photograph (shown below) of two women participating in a San Francisco peace rally in 2003 on the eve of the U.S.-led war on Iraq.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The art of Ralph Steadman

A short interview with cartoonist Ralph Steadman here.
You can visit his current exhibition "Steadman@77" at the Cartoon Museum in Little Russell Street, London.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Reprint on the "Yahoo! Canada" website

The English version of the cartoon I drew in Saturday's edition of Le Droit is now on Yahoo! Canada

"VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch"

Fantagraphics has made available a 26-page PDF preview (download here) of their forthcoming Virgil ‘VIP’ Partch retrospective book that confirms this will be one of the must-have cartoon-related books of 2013. The preview will be of particular interest to readers of this site as it contains gag cartoons and other assorted drawings from Partch’s Disney animation years.

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Red Lines

Steve Bell, The Guardian

Cartoonists the world over have seized on Obama's "red line" declaration about the use of chemical weapons by Syria's al-Assad.