Bernie Wrightson is in hospital but doing well

wrightson_heroes.jpg

Tweet He was just at HeroesCon, running around, smiling and putting this amazing work (done with Scott Hampton) in the auction (I know it doesn’t photograph well but it had everyone amazed), but according to social media, legendary horror artist Bernie Wrighton has been hospitalized following a series of small strokes. Steve Niles has been […]

Cartoonist Anders Nilsen is taking on Amazon with two new projects

conversationgardening.jpg

Tweet Anders Nilsen—Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, Big Questions, Rage of Poseidon—is surely one of the finest cartoonists of the last decade. Big Questions won lots of awards and helped further the cause of the graphic novel’s literary worth when it came out in 2011. The fold-out book Poseidon is an object d’art in […]

RIP: Charles Barsotti

movedbowl.jpg

Tweet Famed New Yorker cartoonist Charles Barsotti has passed away at age 80. He was 80. Barsotti had been suffering from brain cancer since last year, and he died quietly at home yesterday. With his extreme simple line style, and talking and thinking dogs, Barsotti was most often compared to James Thurber, and his whimsical […]

Derf ends THE CITY comic strip

THECITY_finalstrip.jpg

Tweet On his blog yesterday, cartoonist Derf announced the end of his strip THE CITY after 24 years. It’s a miracle any alt-weekly cartoonist was still going, but Derf’s humorous look at Cleveland life had a good run, outlasting most of the papers that once carried it. He wrote: I know some of you will […]

Comics’ secret economy: animation hiring boom

201405151338.jpg

Tweet While walking around TCAF a ton of conversations I overheard involved boarding, backgrounds and other animation type gigs. One publisher even wondered aloud what would happen if Adventure Time went off the air. And this Deadline story tells the story: LA-Area Animation Jobs At All-Time High. While there’s lots of film work, it’s also […]

TCAF panels in audio: Brubaker, Phillips, Robbins, Johnston, Beaton and more!

beat-default

TweetJamie Coville has done his usual amazing job of recording panels from TCAF, including several from the librarian and educator conference, Trina Robbins talk on Nell Brinkley, and the Doug Wright Awards. He also has photos up here and here. Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) 2014 (May 9 – 11) –  210 Photos Note: Friday […]

Help Seth Kushner Find a Bone Marrow Donor

SethKushner_HulkSmash.jpg

Tweet Photographer and comics writer (Schmuck) Seth Kushner is one of the really good guys and just a few weeks ago he was spotted at MoCCA FESt happily manning the Hang Dai Studios booth and talking about his successful Kickstarter campaign for SCHMUCK. Thus it came as a complete shock to his friends in the […]

A few notes on SVA’s Fresh Meat 2014

IMG_7412.jpg

Tweet I meant to get this post up many days ago but it’s been that kinda week. Last Friday I went to SVA’s comics/zine fest Fresh Meat where seniors—and some undergrads—learn how to sit behind a table and smile while selling their print comics. It’s valuable training for would be cartoonists, and a sharp preview […]

MoCCA Award of Excellence Winners announced — and here’s where you can get them

plunkert-heroical-coverphoto2-stor.jpg

TweetSaturday night at a rockin party at the Socirty of Illustrators, the winners of the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence were announced. Winners were all on sale at the festival and were selected by a jury consisting of Gregory Benton (a winner last year), D&Q’s Tracy Hurren, AdHouse publisher Chris Pitzer, designer Chip […]

There’s a movie about Bryan Talbot…and here’s the trailer

201403250324.jpg

Tweet There is to be a documentary about Bryan Talbot, the creator of he Tale of One Bad Rat, Luther Arkwright, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, Grandville and many more. I can’t think of a better storyteller among our contemporary cartoonists, so he seems like a great subject for a documentary. The trailer has folks […]

New Yorker cartoonists spotlighted in delightful 60 Minutes segment

532fbcbfd535cf6d52000004.jpg

Tweet Even in a world where major media coverage of comics personnel is a daily habit, this profile of The New Yorker’s cartoon process by Morley Safer is a delight. The occasion is the release of cartoon editor Robert Mankoff’s book How about Never—is Never good for you? whih is also excellent, but the taped […]

Bill Watterson and Richard Thompson interviewed on the state of cartooning

201403201259.jpg

Tweet Yep you head me right. This weekend the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and LIbrary in Columbus Ohio will open two incredible shows, The Irresistible Force Meets The Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective and Exploring Calvin And Hobbes and in advance of the show Jenny Robb has interviewed Bill Watterson and Caitlin McGurk has […]

Fun times with Abe Vigoda and Drew Friedman at the Society of Illustrators

Abe_Vigoda1.jpg

Tweet It is not every day you see Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds and legend Abe Vigoda in the same place (as seen on Reynolds’ FB page.). But it happened last night at the Society of Illustrators opening for Drew Friedman’s Old Jewish Comedians show. Also in attendance: Gilbert Gottfried, Paul Shaffer, Robert Klein and […]

Interview: Jeff McComsey on FUBAR: Mother Russia Post-Kickstarter

1262744_568035493244126_2078566283_o

TweetBy Matt O’Keefe Since 2008 Jeff McComsey has been immersed in all things FUBAR. The New York Times best selling zombie series has consisted of three anthology-style graphic novels and a number of individual issues. In September Jeff ran a wildly successful Kickstarter for Mother Russia, the first FUBAR graphic novel to feature one extended story. I talked to him […]

Jen Sorensen wins the Herblock Prize

201403041535.jpg

Tweet Jen Sorenson has become the first woman to win the Herblock Prize, awarded each year to an editorial cartoonist “to encourage editorial cartooning as an essential tool for preserving the rights of the American people through freedom of speech and the right of expression.” Along with the praise, it offers a $15,000 prize. Sorenson’s […]

Bill Watterson creates poster art for STRIPPED

scbu9ja0h58dzhgdlzne.jpg

While the odds are still low on him showing up to fulfill his duties as Grand Prix winner, Bill Watterson is slightly less reclusive of late than he has been for most of the 19 years since he quite Calvin and Hobbes. For instance he has drawn the poster for the film STRIPPED, a documentary about comic strip artists which also features an interview with Watterson. The piece is billed as Watterson’s first cartoon in 19 years (he’s shown a painting since then, a contribution to Project Cul-de-sac.)