Friday, June 30, 2017

New Yorker cartoon trolls Trump for fake Time magazine cover

From Yahoo Finance.

A sharp New Yorker cartoon by John Mavroudis lampoons President Donald Trump for the fake Time magazine covers recently found to be hanging in some of his hotels.

The New Yorker joked in the description of the cartoon that it was "one of President Trump's prized possessions."

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Troubling similarities at the Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition

From Karikatür Haber.

Cartoons by Ross Thompson, unknown and Matt Davies.

The Karikatür Haber website has drawn attention to disturbing similarities between some cartoons that were rewarded at the 34th edition of the Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition and works which have won prizes in the past.

Some likeness are quite blatant whereas others should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank archive finds a home

Steven Heller in Print.

Still from The Soldier’s Tale

R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank archive will have a home within the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.

The Ink Tank archive includes the production materials for more than 350 commercials as well as the films Simple Gifts and The Soldier’s Tale, based on the Stravinsky composition, plus short animations for NBC, CBS and other clients.

There is an unfinished film version of Candide. But beyond the films and media, there are many, many drawings, animation cels, background paintings, storyboards and other production materials, as well as business materials and documents.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cartoonist Merle Tingley saw humour in the commonplace

Susan Ferrier Mackay in The Globe and Mail.

During the Second World War, Merle Tingley was the official cartoonist for the Canadian army magazine, Khaki. (Canadian Armed Forces)

Editorial cartoonist Merle (Ting) Tingley’s most famous creation was a whimsical worm named Luke. In 1948, the jaunty, pipe-smoking invertebrate wriggled off the tip of Mr. Tingley’s bored pen and into the middle of a highly technical drawing. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Vintage Cartoons at the Library of Congress

From Open Culture.

 “Where there’s smoke there’s fire” by Russell Patterson 

The work of Gillray, George Cruikshank, and other famous cartoon artists of the “golden Georgian age” (1770-1820) appear in a British Collection that showcases “approximately 9,000 prints” highlighting “British political life, society, fashion, manners, and theater.” 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Chuck Asay announces retirement

From the AAEC website.

Long-time political cartoonist Chuck Asay has announced his retirement. Again.

Asay stepped down from his post at the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2007, but continued to draw for Creators Syndicate until 2013.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Second Prize in the "Land Degradation and Climate" Cartoon Contest

The jury of the International Editorial Cartoon Competition, under the theme "Land Degradation and Climate: Europe and the World Facing the Ultimate Borders", selected 33 drawings to be exhibited at the Strasbourg City Hall from June 26 to 30 as part of the Desertification Summit 2017.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why Newspapers Need to Invest More in Political Cartoons

Rob Tornoe in Editor & Publisher.

After an era marked by downsizing and low morale, many newspapers are experiencing a rebirth of their journalistic vigor thanks to the campaign and subsequent election of Donald Trump as president.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Sunday Times and Gerald Scarfe part ways

From The Times.

Today, after a remarkable 50 years, we say goodbye to Gerald Scarfe. For half a century his superb weekly Sunday Times cartoons have lacerated generations of British political leaders from Harold Wilson to Theresa May. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Create the National Portrait Gallery of Canada

From Change Org.

There are strong rumours that Justin Trudeau will NOT allow the former U.S. Embassy across from Parliament Hill to be used for the creation of a long-recommended National Portrait Gallery of Canada but will use it instead for political purposes.

PLEASE show your support for creating such a gallery NOW before it is too late!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Carl Giles Cartoon Exhibition

From Eventbrite.

The Political Cartoon Gallery will be presenting an exhibition of Carl Giles’s original cartoons, to be opened by Alan Frame, a former editor of the Daily Express on Tuesday 4 July.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The 2017 George Townsend Award

Since 2015, the Association  of Canadian Cartoonists has presented the George Townsend Award, named after the first Canadian cartoonist, to the member of the association it deems to have created the best drawing of the year.

Bruce MacKinnon of The Halifax Chronicle-Herald won the honour this year, followed by retired Ottawa Sun cartoonist Sue Dewar.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Seth on Virtual Memories podcast

From Chimera Obscura.

In the episode 220 of Virtual Memories, cartoonist Seth talks about Palookaville, making a living, his changing relationship to comics and cartoonists, his retrospection on the ’90s cohort he came up with, the creative sanctity of the studio and the creation of art no one will see, finishing his Clyde Fans serial after 20 years (and what he wants to work on next), being the subject of a documentary, seeing his work animated, doing collaborative work, taking up photography, a key lesson he learned about marriage, the disadvantages of being a people pleaser, why Kickstarter may be like an IQ test, and more!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Merle “Ting” Tinley 1922-2017

Merle “Ting” Tingley, the editorial cartoonist for The London Free Press from 1948 to 1986, died last Sunday at the age of 95.

Born and raised in Montreal, he studied art for one year and then worked briefly as a draughtsman until joining the army at the beginning of the Second World War.

Known for his pipe-smoking worm named Luke Worm by a reader, he received the National Newspaper Award for editorial cartooning in 1955.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

6 Films About Comics and Their Creators

From the NFB blog.

Comic strips and comic books are universal art forms, and give their creators a direct line to wide, wide audiences. Some comics are serials, some are satirical, some offer insight, and some just want to make you laugh.

Here is a look, from political cartoonists to the creator of a world-famous superhero, at a variety of comic strips and their creators who have been the subject of an NFB film. 

  • Seth’s Dominion (featuring Seth)
  • Laughter in my Soul (featuring Jacob Maydanyk)
  • The Persistent Peddler (by Claude Cloutier)
  • The Death of Kao-Kuk (a Seth comic animated by Luc Chamberland)
  • The Devil You Know (featuring Todd McFarlane)
  • Understanding the Law: The Worm (by Diane Obomsawin, aka Obom)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The First Woman To Draw ‘Wonder Woman’ Series

Joanna Molloy in Fresh Toast.

Trina Robbins is the artist behind 'The Legend of Wonder Woman,' which envisioned the amazing Amazon with a female focus.

Friday, June 2, 2017

4th Rosemère International Caricature Biennial

The City of Rosemère, in the lower Laurentians, will present, from Friday June 2 to Sunday June 4, the fourth edition of its' International Caricature Biennial, in the H.-J.-Hemens Municipal Library . 

The 2017 edition will be held under the honorary chairmanship of Serge Chapleau, editorial cartoonist at La Presse.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

CNN cuts ties with Kathy Griffin for gruesome Trump video

From CTV News.

Cartoon by Michael Ramirez
Comic Kathy Griffin has lost a decade-long gig ringing in the new year for CNN as a backlash builds over her video displaying a likeness of U.S. President Donald Trump's severed head.