As Google continues to expand into new areas, it has entered the world of cartoons with its own take on the traditional caption competition. has more details here, and you can submit your captions for Google cartoons here.

In the US, presidential hopefuls including Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are getting the comic book treatment.

Philadelphia Daily News cartoonist Signe Wilkinson came up with a novel solution to fill her regular slot in the paper while she took a year-end break, by having local politicians draw the cartoons instead. Philadelphia’s mayor, Michael Nutter, was the first to take up the challenge. Wilkinson told blogger Jim Romanesko that by inviting two female officials to take part, “I’ve significantly upped the number of women editorial cartoonists in America”.

Pop artist James Rizzi, known for his cartoony paintings and sculptures, has died aged 61.

Having appeared in a sketch for Stewart Lee‘s recent BBC2 show, comics writer and occultist Alan Moore has collaborated with the comedian again, providing the Thought For The Day when Lee guest-edited Radio 4’s Today programme on New Year’s Eve. Forbidden Planet has links and the transcript, in which Moore explains why he worships a god he knows doesn’t exist.

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