Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Website skewers Stephen Harper to lure young voters

Bruce DeMara in the Toronto Star.

Cartoon by Greg Perry for Harpoon.

Combine “lampoon” with the last name of Stephen Harper and you end up with Harpoon, a website launching this week that aims to energize younger voters by mercilessly skewering our prime minister.

With a federal election on the horizon in the fall, a group of mostly young activists hopes to combine fun factoids, social media and the talents of several well-known cartoonists to raise the dismally low rates of participation of young Canadians in the political process.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Superheroes a 'cultural catastrophe', says comics guru Alan Moore

From The Guardian.

Watchmen author tells interviewer that they have become a dangerous distraction, and that he plans to withdraw from public life.

Comics god Alan Moore has issued a comprehensive sign-off from public life after shooting down accusations that his stories feature racist characters and an excessive amount of sexual violence towards women.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kenyan Cartoonists Take On Barack Obama

Alyssa Klein in OKAfrica.

Victor Ndula (@ndula_victor)

As Nairobi prepares to welcome Barack Obama for the first time since he took office, a group of Kenyan cartoonists are looking to “take on” the U.S. president. Opening Friday at Nairobi creative space PAWA254, the Obama Cartoon Exhibition looks to trace Kenyan-Obama relations in light of the President’s first visit to his father’s home country since taking office. According to the show’s organizer, Nairobi-based cartoonist Patrick Gathara, the exhibition seeks to track how perceptions of Barack Obama have evolved in Kenya through his work as well as those of Celeste, Gado, GammzMaddo and Ndula.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

André Carrilho wins the Grand Prize at World Press Cartoon 2015

The jury of World Press Cartoon 2015 was composed of albanian Agim Sulaj; spaniard Xaquín Marin, iranian Firoozeh Mozaffari, and portuguese Augusto Cid and Antonio Antunes.

The winners:

Friday, July 17, 2015

Jacques Nadeau, Le Devoir photographer, robbed of his life's work

From the CBC News.

Former premier Jacques Parizeau at his home in Bromont, Quebec in 2003. (Jacques Nadeau)

A well-known Montreal photojournalist says a thief has stolen his life's work.

Le Devoir's Jacques Nadeau says earlier this week, someone broke into his home in Outremont and took hard drives containing more than three decades of photos, along with several prints.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Adrian Raeside Victim of Budget Cuts

Jack Knox in The Times Colonist.

After 36 years of drawing editorial cartoons for the Victoria Times Colonist, Adrian Raeside's position was eliminated on Friday, a victim of budget cuts.

His strip, The Other Coast, will still run in the comics, but the insightful, satirical, witty pieces of social commentary for which he is famous will no longer grace the opinion pages.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

"Slinging Satire: Political Cartoons and the First Amendment"

Illustration by Rob Rogers, editorial cartoonist of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The ToonSeum, in Pittsburgh, is proud to announce the opening of Slinging Satire: Political Cartoons and the First Amendment.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Art of Circumventing Rigid Requirements

Michael Zhang in PetaPixel.

Illustration by Francis Desharnais for Le Soleil

The Washington City Post recently decided to boycott the Foo Fighters’ restrictive concert photo contract by buying photos from fans instead. Now a different paper is protesting that same contract in a much different way.

This past weekend, the Quebec newspaper Le Soleil decided to send a cartoon sketch artist to cover a Foo Fighters’ concert instead of putting a photographer in the media area.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Bizarro Life of Cartoonist Dan Piraro

Zachary Crockett in Priceonomics.

“My first royalty check was $90 for an entire month of cartoons. That was a very disappointing day.”
~ Dan Piraro, creator of Bizarro

The comics section of most newspapers is a time machine. 
In an era where breaking stories can be shared in real-time on the Internet, it’s odd to hold a paper that literally contains yesterday’s news — and comics are no exception: reprints of old Garfield, Peanuts, and Dennis the Menace strips fill the page. The world has moved on, but in the newspaper, Garfield still loves lasagna, Lucy is still pulling away the football, and Dennis is still menacing.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pat Oliphant, Will Eisner elected into Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame

The Society of Illustrators has inducted two cartoonists to the Hall of Fame: Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit and editorial cartoonist Pat Oliphant.

P. J. O’Rourke wrote the induction to Oliphant.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

"The Hirschfeld Century"

David Gordon in Theater Mania.

Al Hirschfeld works on a drawing at his desk in 2002, a year before his death.
(© Louise Kerz Hirschfeld)
For over a decade, David Leopold had a uniquely difficult, yet entirely pleasure-filled, task: He was the archivist for the prolific theatrical artist Al Hirschfeld. "I thought it would be a two-year job," Leopold says of getting hired in 1990 by the then-86-year-old Hirschfeld. The job would end up continuing for 13 years, until Hirschfeld's 2003 death at the age of 99. "It was like King Tut's Tomb," Leopold recalls. "He had everything. When I first met him and I came up to the studio, I thought he was just a big packrat. It turns out, all of the magazines and stacks of newspaper clippings all had Hirschfeld drawings [in them].

Sunday, July 5, 2015

"Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America"

From Fantagraphics.

Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and MAD revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman's groundwork as the original editor, artist, and sole writer of MAD provided the foundation for one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent MAD, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst nova-like onto the American scene?

Friday, July 3, 2015

WARNING: Graphic Content

On Amazon.

Have your IDs ready and your intolerance for incendiary pictures and controversial ideas checked at the door for it’s time to step into the head of the unabashedly liberal, award-winning cartoonist and writer Dwayne Booth (aka “Mr. Fish”), where inflammatory ideas meet deep insights and something like inspiring woe, discouraging indifference and gleeful nihilism are born!