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April 27, 2012 in General, News

Ali Ferzat

Ali Ferzat © Time magazine

Ali Ferzat, the Syrian cartoonist brutally beaten by members of the Assad regime, has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. See the magazine’s reasoning here, and read more about Ferzat in a previous post.

Popeye returns to comics in a new series this month, and the first issue features a variant cover by the Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, which you can see here. Comic Book Resources gives it a positive review and asks for more.

Forbidden Planet last week highlighted the remarkable similarities between the poster design for an upcoming Brit flick and a piece of cover art from 2000AD. The film’s production company has since indicated on Twitter that it has recalled the image, but you can still compare the lookalikes here.

Rosie Brooks, “professional doodler” and Procartoonists member, has won a nine-day trip to Cuba. Increase your sense of envy by reading this.

While not specifically about cartooning, a well thought out piece from the Online Journalism Blog underlines the point that creative people are being routinely pressured into working for free, and that this can harm the industry they work in, as well as their own pockets. Read it here.

What the Bloghorn Saw…

November 4, 2011 in News

Foghorn Bloghorn for The UK Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation Rob Murray writes:

Bloghorn is sad to note the death of Tony Reeve, the much-loved gag and strip cartoonist for Private Eye, Punch, The Spectator and others. He was joking to the end, contributing a gag to the Eye as recently as last month that was drawn up by his friend Steve Way. Another of Tony’s friends, Geoffrey Notkin, has written a touching tribute over at the Tucson Citizen.

After its offices were firebombed following the publication of a front-cover cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammad, French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has reprinted the offending image in a supplement distributed with a leading newspaper. Reuters has more here.

In the US, cartoonist Mort Walker – creator of the long-running newspaper comic strip Beetle Bailey – is to receive a military award.

Having brought the Smurfs to cinemas earlier this year, Sony Pictures is mining comic strips once more, with a 3D animated Popeye movie. With any luck the character design will stay true to the established version of the cartoon sailor, and won’t strive too hard for realism.

Bloghorn is made on behalf of the UK Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation

 

Popeye is out of copyright…

January 14, 2009 in Comment

…in Europe at least. The copyright on the spinach-munching sailor passed into the public domain under European copyright law as of the 1st January. 2009 marks 70 years since the death of Popeye‘s creator, cartoonist Elzie Segar, although his creation is still covered in the US until 2024 by their longer 95 year rule. According to the Times:

The copyright expiry means that, from Thursday, anyone can print and sell Popeye posters, T-shirts and even create new comic strips, without the need for authorisation or to make royalty payments.

Inevitably though, things are more complex than that. The Popeye trademark is retained by King Features, the US comic synidicate, and it is unlikely that they will let unauthorised use go unchallenged.

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