Wednesday, June 28, 2017

R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank archive finds a home

Steven Heller in Print.

Still from The Soldier’s Tale

R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank archive will have a home within the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.

The Ink Tank archive includes the production materials for more than 350 commercials as well as the films Simple Gifts and The Soldier’s Tale, based on the Stravinsky composition, plus short animations for NBC, CBS and other clients.

There is an unfinished film version of Candide. But beyond the films and media, there are many, many drawings, animation cels, background paintings, storyboards and other production materials, as well as business materials and documents.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cartoonist Merle Tingley saw humour in the commonplace

Susan Ferrier Mackay in The Globe and Mail.

During the Second World War, Merle Tingley was the official cartoonist for the Canadian army magazine, Khaki. (Canadian Armed Forces)

Editorial cartoonist Merle (Ting) Tingley’s most famous creation was a whimsical worm named Luke. In 1948, the jaunty, pipe-smoking invertebrate wriggled off the tip of Mr. Tingley’s bored pen and into the middle of a highly technical drawing. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

50 years of Aislin

Every Monday in 2017, the Montreal Gazette features an Aislin cartoon drawn over the past 50 years, with a backstory for each.

An April 20, 1980 cartoon.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Vintage Cartoons at the Library of Congress

From Open Culture.

 “Where there’s smoke there’s fire” by Russell Patterson 

The work of Gillray, George Cruikshank, and other famous cartoon artists of the “golden Georgian age” (1770-1820) appear in a British Collection that showcases “approximately 9,000 prints” highlighting “British political life, society, fashion, manners, and theater.” 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Chuck Asay announces retirement

From the AAEC website.


Long-time political cartoonist Chuck Asay has announced his retirement. Again.

Asay stepped down from his post at the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2007, but continued to draw for Creators Syndicate until 2013.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Second Prize in the "Land Degradation and Climate" Cartoon Contest


The jury of the International Editorial Cartoon Competition, under the theme "Land Degradation and Climate: Europe and the World Facing the Ultimate Borders", selected 33 drawings to be exhibited at the Strasbourg City Hall from June 26 to 30 as part of the Desertification Summit 2017.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why Newspapers Need to Invest More in Political Cartoons

Rob Tornoe in Editor & Publisher.


After an era marked by downsizing and low morale, many newspapers are experiencing a rebirth of their journalistic vigor thanks to the campaign and subsequent election of Donald Trump as president.