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The Round-up

April 12, 2013 in General, Links, News

© Ed Fisher/Cartoon Bank @Procartoonists.org

Cartoon captions are a major theme in this week’s Round-up. Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker, looks back at the work of Ed Fisher (including the excellent meta-cartoon above), and also recalls some of the best caption contest entries by Roger Ebert. Both Ebert and Fisher passed away recently.

Over at The Telegraph, editorial cartoonist Christian Adams has unveiled his first caption competition, and is offering the original artwork as a prize for the best suggestion. Each contest will be topical, and this week’s features the late Baroness Thatcher. Head over to his blog to enter.

Unsurprisingly, Thatcher has been the subject of many cartoons in the past week or so. Gerald Scarfe, a cartoonist famous for his savage depictions of the former PM, talks about his relationship to his subject in this Q&A for the BBC. Elsewhere, David Ziggy Greene posts a piece he wrote and drew for French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo back in 2010. Read it here.

One of our members, the delightfully talented Gabriel Alborozo, has launched a new project. Simple Pleasures celebrates those small moments in life that make everything a little better. Alongside his own ideas, Gabe is taking suggestions from visitors to the site. You can also follow the project.

A new documentary film, Dear Mr. Watterson, celebrates the world of Calvin and Hobbes, while the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, is also discussed in this article from Salon which argues that we should all respect the great man’s privacy.

The Round-up

February 24, 2012 in General, Links

Alex, Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor‘s City comic strip for The Daily Telegraph, is celebrating 25 satirical years. BBC Radio 4’s Today programme interviews the strip’s eponymous banker, left, and gets his take on the current state of the economy here. Meanwhile, academics at Oxford University say the Alex strip can be used to forecast the performance of financial markets.

Timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens‘ birth earlier this month, the New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff took a look back at some of the Dickensian cartoons by the late Bud Handelsman. If you haven’t already seen them, it’s worth a look.

A piece of original Calvin and Hobbes artwork by creator Bill Watterson has been sold for over $107,000.

Elsewhere, one man’s inherited comic collection has been auctioned off this week for $3.5 million.

Finally, Royal Mail are to celebrate 75 years of British comics next month with a new range of stamps, and Comic Book Alliance is offering a limited edition First Day Cover featuring all 10.

Cartoons and cartoonists to feature on US postage stamps

January 6, 2010 in Comment

mauldinstampThe US Postal Service is to honour cartoonist Bill Mauldin with a postage stamp, due to be released in March 2010. Mauldin, who served with the 44th Infantry Division during World War II drew cartoons about ordinary soldiers for Stars and Stripes, the US Army’s newspaper. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 and died in 2003 aged 81.

calvinandhobbesstamp-456Also released this year is a series of stamps featuring characters from US comic strips, including Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield and Beetle Bailey. The set, titled Sunday Funnies is due to go on sale in July.

Bloghorn asks: What cartoonists or comic characters would you like to see on British postage stamps?

Creative Christmas

December 18, 2009 in Comment


This features the genius of Bill Watterson’s much-loved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. It also highlights the good and bad nature of digital distribution of imagery, because strictly, this is a copyright violation. What do you think about it? Please tell us in the comments below. Spotted by Royston Robertson.