Friday, February 28, 2014

Brad Holland's Rejects

From Poor Bradford's Almanach.

Heavy Medals

Discover in the article 13 of Brad Holland's favorite Society of Illustrators rejects.
Here are two others:

2013 NCS Cartoonist of the Year Nominees

From the National Cartoonists Society website.

NCS membership nomination voting has been tabulated, and the nominees for the 2013 Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” are: Wiley Miller, Stephan Pastis, Hilary Price and Mark Tatulli.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bill Watterson Draws Poster for "Stripped" Documentary

From The New York Times Arts Beat:

In putting together “Stripped,” a documentary exploring the art and evolution of newspaper comic strips, Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder, the co-directors, interviewed more than 70 cartoonists. One of the biggest gets was Bill Watterson, the reclusive creator of “Calvin & Hobbes,” the beloved newspaper strip about a mischievous boy and his stuffed tiger, which ran from 1985 to 1995.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

German newspaper blamed for anti-Semitic cartoon

From The Mail Online.

Zuckerberg Octopus: The cartoon was published in Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper last week and has led to accusations of anti-Semitism.

The German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, has been accused of anti-Semitism after it published a cartoon depicting Mark Zuckerberg as an octopus controlling the world.

The cartoon was published in the newspaper last Friday after the announcement that Facebook had purchased Whatsapp. Two versions were published, one with the caption ‘Krake Zuckerberg’, the other ‘Krake Facebook’ – Facebook Octopus and Zuckerberg Octopus.

In the drawing, the 29-year-old Facebook founder is portrayed with a hooked nose, fleshy lips and curly hair, features ascribed to Jewish people in Nazi cartoons.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Spitting Image: From Start to Finish"

From Procartoonists.

The exhibition Spitting Image: From Start to Finish opens at the Cartoon Museum in London tomorrow (26 February) – 30 years to the day since the TV series burst into our living rooms and put satire back at the heart of British comedy.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Martyn Turner: the Gentle Giant of Cartoons

From Procartoonists.


Andy Davey talks to editorial cartoonist Martyn Turner who has been drawing for The Irish Times for more than 40 years.

Friday, February 21, 2014

"The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective"

From the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Richard Thompson, the 2011 winner of the Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year,” will be featured in the exhibition, The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective. This exhibit, curated by Caitlin McGurk, will not only include gorgeously hand-watercolored Sunday originals and black-and-white dailies from Thompson’s popular comic strip Cul de Sac, but will celebrate his lesser-known abilities as a master of caricature, gags, and editorial cartoons— both as cartoonist and painter.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Exploring Calvin and Hobbes" (2)

From the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Exploring Calvin and Hobbes revisits the beloved comic strip created by Watterson from 1985 to 1995. The exhibition will feature original Calvin and Hobbes dailies and Sundays as well as specialty pieces by Watterson from his collection of more than 3,000 originals housed at the BICLM. This is only the second exhibition devoted to Calvin and Hobbes, which appeared in 2,400 newspapers worldwide at the height of its popularity. Watterson won the National Cartoonists Society’s prestigious Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” in both 1986 and 1988.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

CalArts, A113, and Bill Moore

From Ann Telnaes' blog.

THE KIDS FROM CALARTS From left: Steve Hillenburg, Tim Burton, Brad Bird, Mark Andrews (in ape suit), Jerry Rees, Chris Buck (with Viking helmet), John Musker, Genndy Tartakovsky, Leslie Gorin, Mike Giaimo, Brenda Chapman, Glen Keane, Kirk Wise (in beige sweater), Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter (with Lei), Rob Minkoff, Rich Moore, John Lasseter, and Henry Selick, in the famed CalArts classroom A113.

The March issue of Vanity Fair has an article about the the early character animation program at California Institute of the Arts, better known as CalArts. It focuses mainly on the students who attended when the program first started in 1975 and a few years afterwards.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

World Press Photo 2014

African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night

 The international jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by American photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013.

Reprint on the "National Newswatch" website (3)

The cartoon I drew in last yesterday's Le Droit was featured on the National Newswatch website.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Oscar Cahén: The Power of Illustration

Jaleen Grove in Canadian Design Source.

Illustrator and painter Oscar Cahén was one of the most versatile and avant-garde artists of the mid-twentieth century in Canada. He was also a powerful advocate for the artistic and social potential of illustration. That he is not a household name is wrong, and speaks to the historical neglect design history has suffered in Canada. Subsequent generations have been deprived of the opportunity to learn from his example, and Canadian illustration has not really expanded beyond what Cahén did more than half a century ago.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"100 Illustrators" edited by Julius Wiedemann and Steven Heller

Making the selections for a book like 100 Illustrators (published by Taschen) is an exercise on many levels. You want to feature the work of the artists you not just like, but have also followed for years, but you also need to think about each one’s contribution to the field of illustration: who they inspire, their unmistakable style, and the bulk of work they have produced and continue to make. It’s a lot to take into consideration. Over the last seven years, we have profiled over 700 illustrators for the Illustration Now! series, as well as collaborated on books covering portrait and fashion illustration. But recently, we decided it was time to whittle down the list and create the most important book that’s been produced in the field in decades. It is not a showcase. It is an art book about the art of illustration. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Trudeau puts daily ‘Doonesbury’ on long-term hiatus to work on renewed ‘Alpha House’

Michael Cavna in Comic Riffs.

At this point in Garry Trudeau’s career, John Goodman has just proved to be more irresistible a roommate than Zonker.

Hello, daily call sheet; goodbye for now, daily comics page.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bill Watterson Interviewed in Comics Journal

Excerpts from a Richard Samuel West interview in The Comics Journal #127 (March 1989).

Bill Watterson values his privacy and only rarely gives interviews. He agreed to do this one on the grounds that Calvin and Hobbes be the center of discussion. The interview was conducted, transcribed, and edited by Richard West, editor of the late and lamented political cartoon journal Target, and longtime friend of Watterson.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Artist Re-Creates Iconic Portraits With Thousands of Found Objects

From Demilked.

British artist Jane Perkins calls herself a re-maker, as she uses found objects of various shapes, sizes and hues to replicate the most famous paintings and portraits of our times. In her gorgeous mosaic series “Plastic Classics”, Perkins combines all sorts of plastic objects – buttons, LEGO pieces, beads, figurines – and matches their shapes and authentic hues so well that the works look strikingly similar to the originals. These artworks resemble the impressionistic tradition, as they can be appreciated both from a distance as well as up close.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Chester Gould family donates Dick Tracy collection to Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.

From the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum:
The family of the late Dick Tracy cartoonist Chester Gould has donated a substantial collection of original Dick Tracy comic strips and related materials to The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM). Gould wrote and drew Dick Tracy, one of the most popular and successful newspaper comic strips of all time, from 1931 until his retirement in 1977.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bill Watterson wins Grand Prix at Angoulême

Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson received the Grand Prix award this weekend in France at the 41st annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, honoring his lifetime achievement.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

I Wish I'd Drawn... (25)

This wonderful caricature of Pete Seeger.

Pete Seeger (1919-2014) by Taylor Jones