It was less than a year ago that I noted that Stan Lynde, creator of Rick O’Shay and Latigo was leaving Montana to retire in Equador. According to an article in the Montana Standard, Stan did make it to Equador, but was diagnosed with cancer. He passed yesterday. From the Montana Standard: When Lynde grew […]
Over on Listverse.com, someone has posted their top 10 Greatest Syndicated Comic Strips In American History. Their picks: 10. Krazy Kat 9. Liberty Meadows 8. Garfield 7. Li’l Abner 6. Opus 5. Doonesbury 4. Peanuts 3. Pogo 2. The Far Side 1. Calvin and Hobbes You can head over and read the justifications for each […]
Mark Anderson has posted several images of a 1971 card game featuring the Lone Ranger. The game was produced by Mattel who commissioned Jack Kirby to do the art.
The portrait of Calvin discoverying Hobbes again by comedian Craig Mahoney is said to induce uncontrollable tears by the Huffington Post. Stuff says it was the number one story on Huff Post. I count myself as a Calvin & Hobbes fan, like most, but Mahoney’s work just doesn’t stir any emotion from me. Now had […]
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 […]