Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Some Photos From the 69th Annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards Weekend

Here are a few photos of some of the cartoonists at the 2015 Reubens.



Mort Drucker had a panel with John Reiner hosting. That's him on the left. And Mr. Drucker, Nick Meglin and Sam Viviano.


Our private bus to the Library of Congress got lost, so a lot of us were late to the King Features' 100th anniversary event.

Once at the LoC, we did get to see some wonderful original comic strip art culled from the Art Wood collection.


 SKIPPY by Percy Crosby


 POLLY AND HER PALS by Cliff Sterrett


The above is the original patent request by Richard Outcault for THE YELLOW KID!


Ray Alma, Anton Emdin, Sophie and Jason Chatfield


"Mr. King  Features" Joe D'Angelo and Bunny Hoest


Kerry G. Washington and the one and only Ray Billingsley.


My dear friends Margie and Mark Anderson.


My talented friend Juana Medina and myself.


That's Mo Willems and Patrick McDonnell. Sorry to say I am blanking on the very nice woman in the middle! 


Michael Ramirez and Guy Gilchrist. 


Rachel Kochman, Larry Katzman and Charlie Kochman.


Alex and Ken Krimstein.


Love it! The title of Mark Anderson's presentation: "I Don't Know, Give It a Try, See What Happens." 


Roz Chast had to be in Chicago, and could not be in DC for the Reubens festivities. She prerecorded an acceptance speech which was sweet and funny. She began by thanking cartoonist Bill Woodman for his description of the "blazing field of white," describing the blank sheet of paper. 

And, finally, I'll close with this graphic from the C and J Portsmouth-to-NYC Bus graphic which seems to concern BREAKING BAD's Walter White's bathroom habits. 


Thursday, May 21, 2015

The 69th Annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards Weekend

I'll be there for a while.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then I'll have updates and photos.

The blog may be quiet during the holiday weekend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Video: Juana Medina



The Politics and Prose Bookstore has a video of my friend and illustrator and writer Juana Medina. She talks about her process, and her upcoming autobiographical book. She's one of my favorite people in the industry, and this was my first chance to see her in her own studio, talking about what she does.

You might know her from her tweets and Facebook postings, where she puts a natural object on her drawing paper and then makes an amazing image with ink around it. Like this:



Here's the short interview with Juana Medina as posted by the Politics and Prose people:



She did the illustrations for SMICK, a new picture book from Penguin by Doreen Cronin:



Go buy a copy. I did!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

First Australian Animation: Cartoons of the Moment (1915)

Here's a animated short, "Cartoons of the Moment," by newspaper cartoonist and caricaturist Harry Julius (1885-1938). It's from the Australasian Gazette newsreel. This clip is silent. 
This collection of eight cartoons stretch between January to June 1915. All items concern the First World War, and as any evidence of exactly when they were screened is hard to come by, we can estimate a date on the basis of the news reports that Harry Julius may have consulted. The cartoons are not in chronological order but rather the in the order in which the NFSA received them.
The "Cartoons of the Moment" cartoons were the first Australian animation.




Video: Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar in Conversation with Martin Rowson



Malaysian cartoonist Zunar talks with cartoonist Martin Rowson about his work and trial on nine charges under Malaysia's sedition act.

Monday, May 18, 2015

MAD MEN: The Cartoons on Peggy Olson's Wall



It's so nice when you have a problem and someone just comes along and fixes it without you saying a thing.

On MAD MEN that there were these single panel cartoons on the wall of Peggy's office, but I could never get a good enough look at 'em to see what they were.

Ooh! It was quietly driving me crazy. Okay, granted: this is a pretty minor problem.

Enter New Yorker cartoonist Joe Dator.

Joe not only did a great screen capture of those cartoons (above), but he also IDed the cartoons and writes about them at Michael Maslin's Inkspill blog. 

He got four of the eight cartoons. They are all from February and March 1969 New Yorker issues. The others were most likely from another magazine of the time and are not readily identifiable.

William Steig


Dana Fradon:


Dana Fradon:


 Warren Miller:



Friday, May 15, 2015

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