Pull Quotes: Cartoonists and the recession

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Peter Brookes, editorial cartoonist at Times of London, is one of my cartoonists interviewed at Bloomberg about the state of editorial cartooning worldwide. Of course, the recession is on everyone’s mind — but does it make good fodder for cartoons? Brookes has gotten some good mileage out of the subject (above), but he says it’s […]

NYC Graphic site launches

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Photographer Seth Kushner, whose portraits of various comical types have been appearing online in advance of a book, to be written by Christopher Irving, announced a new website today: NYC Graphic . Kushner has more on his blog: This Tuesday, January 6th, photographer Seth Kushner (The Brooklynites) and comic book journalist/historian Christopher Irving (Comic Book […]

Pegg and Frost to play Thompson Twins

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No, not the ’80s synth emo band, but rather, the bumbling detectives in the Spielberg/Jackson TINTIN movie! Brit funnymen Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been cast. Pegg and Frost have worked together often. They came to the fore in cult Brit TV laffer ‘Spaced,’ before successfully reteaming in box-office successes ‘Shaun of the Dead’ […]

PREVIEW: 08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail

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Dan Goldman has a 20 page excerpt of his 08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail posted at his website. Relive the thrilling days of summer!

HELP Nina Paley and Mike Fiffe!

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§ Animator/cartoonist Nina Paley is looking for someone to help scan her old comic strip: It’s time to copyleft ALL of my old Nina’s Adventures comics! But the thought of digging through all those old drawings, re-scanning them, cleaning them up in Photoshop and uploading them to archive.org, is more than I can bear. That’s […]

The Beat’s Annual Yearend Survey, 2009 Edition: Part II

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Welcome to part II! We got so many responses, there’s going to be a part III! And also please note that there are quite a few news bits and art previews within here, as well as thoughtful mini-essays on the economics of comics past and present. Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer. […]

Kyle Baker’s review of THE SPIRIT

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You must follow the link, as it’s heavily illustrated, but here is a wee sample: There is a reason the Spirit has long been one of the most popular cartoon characters in the world. A reason children repeat his well-known catch phrase. A reason Eisner’s stories have so often been adapted into movies, television, and […]

Attention! The color of the year!

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Pantone has announced that the color of the year is 14-0848 Mimosa: “The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that […]