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.
The Eisner Award nominees have been announced. Several nominees are of interest to readers of this blog. Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman are nominated in the category of Best Humor Publication for their collection BBXX: Baby Blues Decades 1 & 2. Also in this category is a nomination for Naked Cartoonists edited by Gary Groth. [...]
The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson debuted in Cleveland yesterday. I’ve mentioned it several times on this blog. Word and Film talks to Joel Schroeder, the director. I know there’s been some criticism about the film as invading the privacy of Bill Watterson, but I think the record is pretty straight what this film is trying [...]
Last January, the Daily Mail reported that Peter Robbins, the man who voiced Charlie Brown in the Peanuts tv shows, pled not guilty to charges of stalking a girlfriend and her plastic surgeon. The Daily Mail is now reporting that Robbins has now pled guilty. He will be sentenced next month and could get up [...]
Universal Uclick editor Lucas Wetzel pulls a few of his favorite comics that reference the late Roger Ebert. While I could go on expressing my admiration for Roger and the joy de vivre with which he approached his life’s work, instead I’d like to pull a few classics from the GoComics vault to show how [...]
Salon looks at the reclusive nature of Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson: Some say that the “recluse” is an endangered species, but to my knowledge, there’s still one artist who is keeping the idea of the private public figure alive: Bill Watterson, writer and illustrator of the beloved comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes.” Depicting [...]
King Features has posted a Question and Answer with Bill Bettwy, the creator of the new launched strip Take It From the Tinkersons. Q: Is there a character that most resembles you and your personality? Bill: Hands down, Ted. I didn’t intend for Ted to resemble me, but I have been getting that a lot [...]
We’re well int award season. The nominees for the Glyph Comic Award have been announced. The winner will be announced on May 17 at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia. The nominees are: Story of the year The Call, Steve Broome, writer and artist KOBK, C. J. Johnson, writer and SMACK!, [...]
Not sure how many years Jonathan Mahood has been using his strip Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog to promote National Robotics Week, but he’s doing it again this year. The weeklong series runs April 6-14. From King Features: This time, Karl takes center stage as he and the gang eagerly participates in all the week’s fun [...]
Earlier last month, Adam Brown, animator for Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans, animated one of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes Sunday strips with really good results. You can read about it on my earlier post, but unfortunately the video has gone “private”. The blog Geekologie found this kid’s room all Calvinized. Nicely done. But now someone [...]
From the Arizona Republic: Hamway said that since an Arizona Republic article about the looming deadline was published March 23, at least one large donation has come in, putting fundraising above the minimum goal of $75,000. Hamway said the fundraising effort also was helped by coverage of the fundraising effort in other media. Manya Long, [...]
King Features has launched a new strip to newspapers called Take It From The Tinkersons created by Bill Bettwy. The press release says it launched in over 50 papers. The strip is centered a family named The Tinkersons. Here’s the write up from KFS: Bill Bettwy’s Take It From The Tinkersons is a contemporary daily [...]
Bob Andelman (AKA Mr. Media) has been busy interviewing cartoonists of late. He just posted an interview with one of this year’s Reuben Award Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year Rick Kirkman. Rick is the co-creator of the strip Baby Blues. Listen to the interview: Bob also interviewed Nate Fakes, creator of Break of Day. Nate [...]
Comic Book Resources used Women’s History Month to highlight female creators in the industry. Creators included: Becky Cloonan, Danielle Corsetto, Joyce Farmer, Marjorie Liu, Ann Nocenti, Trina Robbins, Louise Simonson, and Noelle Stevenson. It’s an interesting series wherein the artists talk about gender roles in comics, gender gaps, and abortion, anger and Underground Comix.
Author and illustrator Mark Pett has released his second picture book today entitled The Boy and the Airplane. It’s a wordless story about a boy who receives a toy airplane as a gift. He plays with it. He loves it. He throws it. In throwing it, he finds it stuck on a nearby roof. The [...]