Saturday, May 30, 2015

About Face: The Art of Jota Leal

From Amazon.

This remarkable compilation brings together the best of painter Jota Leal's surreal celebrity portraits. This volume has something for anybody who is captivated by the famous and iconic figures around us. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

1st International Cartoon Exhibition Sisak 2015

Drawings by Zoran Petrovic

Here is the poster of the first international exhibition of caricatures in Sisak (MIKS) 2015.
The theme of the exhibition is "Jazz & Blues".
Deadline for receiving cartoons is June 30, 2015
Rules & Regulations:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Citizen photographer Julie Oliver wins National Newspaper Award

From The Ottawa Citizen.

Citizen photographer Julie Oliver has won a National Newspaper Award for a series of photos she took of Ottawa's 14-year-old "butterfly child," Jonathan Pitre, seen here staying warm in front of a heater as he waits for his bandages to be reapplied. Jonathan suffers from the rare disease Epidermolysis Bullosa, which leaves his skin severely blistered.
The Ottawa Citizen won two National Newspaper Awards Friday evening for photography and feature writing.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Political Satire in Alberta" at the Glenbow Museum

From the Glenbow website.

Tom Innes, The Calgary Herald

Sometimes irreverent, sometimes contentious, always thought-provoking: this exhibition of political cartoons includes 60 works from Alberta editorial cartoonists working throughout the 20th Century.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat

This wry cartoon by Signe Wilkinson, which won the 2015 World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon competition, sums up the dangers faced by cartoonists, which include censorship, lawsuits, attacks, and murder. 

On January 7, two gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing eight journalists and bringing into focus the risks cartoonists face. But with the ability of their work to transcend borders and languages, and to simplify complex political situations, the threats faced by cartoonists around the world—who are being imprisoned, forced into hiding, threatened with legal action or killed—far exceed Islamic extremism.

"Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat", a Committee to Protect Journalists special report by Shawn W. Crispin can be found here.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bruce MacKinnon wins 2014 National Newspaper Award

The National Newspaper Awards were announced at an awards ceremony Friday night in Toronto.
Top prize in the Editorial Cartoon category, as well as nomination for best journalist of the year, went to Bruce MacKinnon for this cartoon on the assassination of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Bruce MacKinnon, Halifax Chronicle Herald

The other finalists:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Reuben Awards 2015

From the National Cartoonists Society website.

Art by Tom Richmond

The 69th Annual Reuben Awards Weekend will be held this weekend in Washington D.C.
Here is the speaker lineup and special award winners:

Mort Drucker- First recipient of the “NCS Medal of Honor”; Speaker
Jeff Keane- Recipient of the NCS “Silver T-Square” for outstanding dedication to the Society
Brian Crane- Reuben winning creator of the syndicated comic strip “Pickles”; speaker
Doug Mahnke- Superstar comic book artist; speaker
Mark Anderson- Gag cartoonist, “”; speaker
Juana Medina- Illustrator, first recipient of the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship; speaker
Nick Galifianakis- Cartoonist, author, illustrator; speaker
Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist; moderating a panel on “Cartooning and Free Speech”


Thursday, May 21, 2015

The New Yorker cartoons in Mad Men

New Yorker Cartoonist Joe Dator Tells Us About “The Cartoons on Peggy Olson’s Wall” in Inkspill.

In the seventh season episodes “Severance” and “New Business” there are four New Yorker cartoons visible on the wall.
True to the production’s meticulous attention to detail, all of them were published prior to those episodes April 1970 setting. 

Let’s take a closer look.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

"Hooked" on BBC

Press release from Tayo Fatunla.

I am so proud to announce, the launch of the Digital comic which I produced in conjunction with Positive Negatives and titled...Hooked, and produced by the BBC. 
Hooked begins on 18th May and will run daily on TV and online at until 22nd May. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 Doug Wright Awards

BK Munn in Sequential.

It’s been a big weekend for comics news. First we had the announcement Friday that Chris Oliveros is stepping down as publisher of Drawn & Quarterly, to be replaced by Peggy Burns and Tom Devlin, and second, the winners of the 2015 Doug Wright awards for Canadian Cartooning were announced during TCAF on Saturday night.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People" by Matthew Diffee

From NPR Books.

Matthew Diffee has been drawing cartoons for The New Yorker since 1999. When asked which comes first, the image or the words, he tells NPR's Scott Simon, "They both come at the same time. I start with words, but while I'm thinking words I'm picturing the drawing already."

Diffee has edited a best-selling volume of rejected New Yorker cartoons, and he has been honored by the National Cartoonists Society with a Reuben Award, which may be one of the few awards named for a deli sandwich. His new collection is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.

Interview Highlights:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Press Gallery Dinners have made news since Parliament's early days

Jennifer Ditchburn for The Canadian Press.

Photo: Fred Chartrand, The Canadian Press

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt (left) prompts Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to stop her speech and leave the stage at the Annual Parliamentary National Press Gallery, Saturday May 9, 2015 in Ottawa. Alcohol, politics, risque jokes and sometimes even real news —it's all been on the menu for the parliamentary press gallery dinner since at least the 1870s.

The editorial cartoons so far:

Monday, May 11, 2015

SNL's Prophet Muhammad sketch is a lot like old 22 Minutes joke

From The CBC website.

Saturday Night Live is taking some heat for a controversial sketch from this weekend's broadcast that plays on the danger of depicting the Prophet Muhammed, but it appears the NBC sketch comedy show may have stolen the punchline from CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

The SNL sketch, titled "Picture Perfect," featured host Reese Witherspoon and Bobby Moynihan on a team in a Win, Lose, or Draw-style game show. But things get awkward when Moynihan is asked to draw the Prophet Muhammed for the grand prize of $1 million.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

25 years of Drawn & Quarterly

Mark Medley in The Globe & Mail.

Photo: Christinne Muschi for The Globe and Mail

Drawn & Quarterly's founder and publisher Chris Oliveros, left, creative director Tom Devlin, centre, and associate publisher Peggy Burns have built what many regard as one of the world's best comic publishers from modest beginnings in Montreal.

Friday, May 8, 2015

"The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld"

The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld examines his influences, his iconography, and his techniques, from his earliest works to his last drawings. Visitors will have the opportunity to trace this unique artist's evolution by viewing his own body of work, including drawings, paintings, selections from sketchbooks, ephemera, and video. The exhibition is being organized in partnership with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and is guest-curated by David Leopold, the Foundation's Archivist.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Top cartoonists endorse Charlie Hebdo’s PEN Award

Michael Cavna in The Washington Post.

Ann Telnaes / The Washington Post
Cartoonists Art Spiegelman (“Maus”), Neil Gaiman (“The Sandman”) Alison Bechdel (“Fun Home”) and Jules Feiffer as well as New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly endorse PEN’s decision to present its Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Two gunmen killed outside Muhammed cartoon contest

GARLAND, Texas -- Two armed men who opened fire on a security officer outside of a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have been killed, authorities in the Dallas suburb of Garland said Sunday night.