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December 1, 2012 in General, Links, News

Raymond Briggs at work @ Procartoonists.org

Raymond Briggs – author and illustrator of The Snowman, When The Wind Blows, Fungus The Bogeyman and many others – has been made the first entrant to the British Comic Awards Hall of Fame. Cartoonist Adam Cadwell explains why here. Briggs himself is excited about a Snowman sequel, set to air on Channel 4 this Christmas.

Giles Coren has attracted the ire of comic-book creators and readers with a typically provocative piece for The Spectator, in which he argues that literary prizes and “karmicbwurks” shouldn’t mix (he is referring to this recent story). Meanwhile, a classic Judge Dredd collection has been selected as one of 20 books for World Book Night 2013.

As newspaper cutbacks continue to threaten the professional cartoonist, Daryl Cagle has turned to crowd-funding to help support fellow cartoonist Bill Day.

Photoshop users take note: Adobe is changing its upgrade policy.

Lastly, we are sad to report that influential underground comics artist Spain Rodriguez has died, aged 72. The Comics Journal looks in detail at his life and work.

© Spain Rodriguez @Procartoonists.org

 

 

 

The Round-up

August 19, 2012 in General, Links, News

© DC Thomson

The Dandy has received a huge amount of media interest since our post earlier this week about the comic’s struggle for survival, and sadly it has now been announced the last print edition will be published in December.

Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner has paid tribute to the comic, and the Dandy cartoonists Jamie Smart, Lew Stringer and Procartoonists.org member Alexander Matthews have all said their piece in support of the comic, which will continue online. In a report for the BBC, Anita O’Brien, curator at The Cartoon Museum in London, points out that this does not signal the demise of comics as a format.

In happier Dandy-related news, publisher DC Thomson has teamed up with the University of Dundee to launch a competition asking cartoonists to revamp one of the comic’s old characters. Read more here.

Cartoonist Joe Sacco talks about the inevitable impact of subjectivity and morality on his war reportage, while a thought-provoking article considers the importance of truth and honesty in autobiographical comics.

Finally, Matt Pritchett, the celebrated pocket cartoonist for The Telegraph, tells the paper about how his experience of the housing market has inspired some of his pithiest cartoons.

Round up : What the Bloghorn saw

July 22, 2011 in Comment, News

Rob Murray writes:

A handsome new book about the use of cartoons in early advertising is released this month by graphic novel and comic art publisher Fantagraphics Books. In 128 full-colur pages, Drawing Power spans from the 1870s to the 1940s and features lesser-known work by cartoonists such as Peter Arno, Thomas Nast, George Herriman and Dr Seuss. More information on the book, including a slideshow of many of the cartoons featured, can be found here.

The News International phone-hacking scandal has made headlines around the world, and reminds Vancouver Sun writer Darah Hansen of a classic Doonesbury strip, as she explains here.

Judge Dredd, the iconic star of long-running UK sci-fi comic 2000 AD, is getting a second chance at movie stardom – this time without Sylvester Stallone – in a new film due early next year.

Last but by no means least, the UK Professional Cartoonists Organisation – which runs the Bloghorn – has this week unveiled its portfolio website. Take a look, if you haven’t already. We will be moving to the new site in due course.