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Everyone’s a cartoonist nowadays

January 6, 2014 in Comment, General, News

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© Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons @ Procartoonists.org

Regular readers of this blog will be unsurprised to learn that automation has struck once more with Google receiving a patent for the ‘‘self-creation of comic strips in social networks and other communications’’.

The advertising giant is following in the footsteps of other digital toolmakers such as Bitstrips.

Digital automation of cartoon formats for display is inevitable in a time of growing digital processing power, and it means that now everyone can be a cartoonist.

Procartoonists.org believes that quality will out, however.

Booting up a PC © Colin Thompson @ procartoonists.org

Booting up a PC © Colin Thompson @ Procartoonists.org

The Round-up

January 6, 2012 in Links

As Google continues to expand into new areas, it has entered the world of cartoons with its own take on the traditional caption competition. Mashable.com 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.

Most high-profile cartoon in the world

September 5, 2011 in Comment, News

The Google doodles – the drawings which accompany the advertising company’s ubiquitous search engine – are the most read cartoons in the world.

Bloghorn admires the company’s long-term use of drawn imagery as a piece of business promotion (do visit the archives.) Today they have moved the still cartoon image into a animated video celebrating the memory of the flamboyant leader singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury.

Agree with our view on the most high-profile cartoon in the world? Please have your say in the comments below.

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

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Google's cartoon logo

March 2, 2009 in Comment

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Google likes to change its logo now and then, to mark certain events, and today it honours the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the American cartoonist who is better known as Dr Seuss, creator of children’s books such as The Cat in the Hat.

Google goes cartoon

July 7, 2008 in General


The New York Times reports Google will back exclusive cartoon content for entirely digital distribution this autumn. The search company have a deal with Seth MacFarlane, creator of the American animated series, Family Guy, to produce fifty cartoon shorts. MacFarlane describes the work as “animated versions of the one-frame cartoons you might see in The New Yorker, only edgier.”
The cartoonist will also create the built-in and drawn advertising in the products.
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