Out of the YouTube archives (also known as old video uploaded 3 days ago), comes a CNN report about the changes Mort Walker made in Beetle Bailey after complaints of sexism. Video was aired in 1997. Definitely a change for the better.
I’m struck by how many cartoonists were working in the same building. How times have changed.
John Gruber, of Mac blog Daringfireball fame, noted the increasing number of times he sees people use (*cough*) as a visual indicator of a verbal response to something the author just stated. After tweeting his curiosity on the matter, David Friedman ran it through Google Books looking to see when it started *cough* came into [...]
I was forwarded a note that a casting agent is looking for someone with “encyclopedic knowledge of cartoons” to be on a prime-time TV game show. Here’s the information from Gina (the casting agent). Her email is below. Send her your info if you’re interested. If you are selected, please let me know so I [...]
Fascinating story about a woman who approached famed cartoonist Winsor McCay to threaten a lawsuit against him if he didn’t pay her money. The woman claimed his wife had broken up her marriage and she was prepared to go to the press. Irene Lamkin showed up with a man at the dressing room door of [...]
The family of Jerry Robinson, creator of Batman characters The Joker and Robin has donated 60 pieces of original cartoon art to the Cartoon Art Museum. Most pieces are art from other famous cartoonists such as George Herriman, Bud Fisher, Milton Caniff, Walt Kelly and Winsor McCay. From SFWeekly: The donation largely consists of comic [...]
Today’s Google Doodle (Google logo on its homepage) pays tribute to Winsor McCay with an interactive display of art reminiscent of McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland. Today is the 107th anniversary of the birth of the iconic strip. Michael Cavna gives us details of Google’s approach to the topic of Winsor McCay and a history [...]
Interesting find in France. After the screening (which went over well with the audience, thanks!), Bernard, Reed and I had a moment to chat, and, naturally, we discussed Kirby and the checklist. Bernard told us he remembered an obscure Kirby Western that came out in the late 1960s. As we weren’t familiar with it, two [...]
This summer is an exhibit called “Drawing Fire” at the The First Division Museum at Cantigny (Wheaton, IL) featuring the work of Bill Mauldin. The exhibit tells the GI story using Mauldin’s cartoons and the some of the museum’s extensive but rarely seen World War II collection. The visitor will see more than forty of [...]
Comic legend Joe Kubert has passed away at age 85. Tom Spurgeon, as usual, has the obit of record. Like many cartoonists born in the 1920s, Kubert was a precocious drawer. He first drew around the home and in the neighborhood, encouraged by his family and neighbors. “I was really blessed and fortunate that I [...]
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has a blanket or quilt with 120 classic cartoon characters stitched into it. They’ve identified most of them, but there are some still needing to be identified and they’re asking for your help. From their blog: When we received the Bill Blackbeard collection, among it was this textile [...]
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) has announced it is transferring all its assets to the Society of Illustrators. From the press release: Commenting on the transfer of MoCCA’s assets, including its permanent art collection and the MoCCA Fest name, Society Executive Director Anelle Miller observed, “The Society of Illustrators has a long, [...]
In the St. Louis area? Check out the new Al Hirschfeld exhibit set to open September 7. Al is best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. The exhibit includes 100 original pieces of drawings, paintings, prints etc. from his career. Al was born in St. Louis.
R.C. Harvey has an interesting write-up over on The Comics Journal about the trouble Milt Caniff would get into with editors over the women he drew – more accurately the plunging necklines he often drew. A little over a year later, Caniff made another foray into the forbidden territory. A woman called Fancy, another version [...]
Somehow I missed these from Mike Lynch who has posted six pages of photos of some of the biggest names from the Golden age of comics. Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five Part Six