Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Some Sketches

Some sketches from the sketchbook from the past 30 days. A lot of cats and people!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

See Sy Barry at the New York Big Apple Comic Con Saturday, March 9, 2019

David Barry writes:

My dad and I are really looking forward to NY Big Apple Comic Con on Saturday, March 9th !!! Come down and see us at the National Cartoonists Society booth. Tickets available online. 
New drawings, brand new boxed Phantom note cards, new posters, daily pages and Sundays. Let us know if you’re going to be there. We’re excited to meet phans. Join us, and help celebrate Sy’s upcoming 91st birthday!!

Monday, February 18, 2019

New-York Historical Society: "Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker's Perspective" Reception, February 14, 2019

A grand time with Mort Gerberg and many of his cartoonist friends upon the occasion of the opening of his 50 Year retrospective at the New-York Historical Society.

Above: me, Adrian Sinnott, Mort Gerberg, Danny Fingeroth and Jenny Robb.

"Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker's Perspective" is on display from February 15 thru May 5, 2019 on the second floor of the New-York Historical Society. The reception was held on the evening of February 14th, on a clear and chilly NYC night.

This is a huge collection of Mort's published work, as well as previously unseen sketchbook sketches. Fantagraphics has published a companion book, MORT GERBERG: ON THE SCENE, with much of the art reproduced. Other Gerberg books and items are available as well.

The reception was big. I had to stand in a long line to hang up my coat. Hundreds of people attended. The whole floor was packed. Mort was man of the hour!

Sam Gross and Marisa Acocella.

John Reiner and Sam Viviano.

Caroline and Arnie Roth, R.O. Blechman and his wife.

Sidney Harris, George Booth, Sarah Booth.

Felipe "Feggo" Galindo and Bunny Hoest.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

See You Soon

Busy. Away from the studio. Back soon.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Newspapers Drop "Non-Sequitor" Comic Strip After Foul Language Discovered

The Butler (PA) Eagle publisher first had it brought to his attention by a shocked reader: the Non-Sequitor comic strip had foul language toward Trump hidden in it. 

“A reader brought to our attention that one of the syndicated comic strips which appears in the Sunday Butler Eagle may contain a hidden message which was apparently placed there by someone in the creative department of the creator of the comic strip or the syndication which controls it,” said Ron Vodenichar, Eagle publisher and general manager. “Neither the Butler Eagle nor any other newspaper that includes this strip had an opportunity to remove it even if they had discovered it before distribution.
“We apologize that such a disgusting trick was perpetuated on the reading public. The Butler Eagle will discontinue that comic immediately,” Vodenichar said.
Other papers have also dropped the strip. 

The Daily Cartoonist reports:

The seemingly vulgar sentiment, which appears to begin with “We fondly say go …”, can be seen scribbled in the bottom right corner of the middle panel in Non Sequitur, by cartoonist Wiley Miller.

Regarding the “Non Sequitur” Sunday comic published Feb. 10, containing vulgar language, we are sorry we missed the language in our editing process. If we had discovered it, we would not have distributed the cartoon without it being removed. We apologize to Non Sequitur’s clients and readers for our oversight.

            When I opened the paper Sunday morning and read my cartoon, I didn’t think anything of it, as I didn’t notice the scribbling that has now caught fire. It wasn’t until later when sharp-eyed readers pointed it out that I remembered doing it, as the cartoon was done about eight weeks ago. I now remember that I was particularly aggravated that day about something the president had done or said, and so I lashed out in a rather sophomoric manner as instant therapy. It was NOT intended for public consumption, and I meant to white it out before submitting it, but forgot to. Had I intended to make a statement to be understood by the readers, I would have done so in a more subtle, sophisticated manner. This coming Saturday will mark the 27th anniversary of Non Sequitur, and in all that time, I have never done anything like this, nor do I intend to do so in the future.
 More at The Daily Cartoonist.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Video: "Good Grief, Charles Schulz" from February 11, 2000

19 years ago, this thirty minute tribute to Charles Schulz and Peanuts aired on ABC News' Nightline TV show. Cartoonists (like Matt Groening (misspelled "Groenig" in the credits), Bob Mankoff, Cathy Guisewite, Jim Davis), celebrities (Oscar the Grouch, Michael Feinstein, Dr. Alvin Possant), and sports figures (Joe Garagiola, Joe Torre) weigh in on the strip's cultural impact.

The next day, on February 12, 2000, Charles Schulz passed away. And the day after that, the final Peanuts strip was published. It was the end of an era.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Editorial Cartoonists Steve Benson and Charlie Daniel Let Go

The Daily Cartoonist: 

Gannett, continuing its recent actions, has cut loose dozens of journalists [January 24, 2019] including editorial cartoonists Steve Benson and Charlie Daniel.
Here is Knoxville News Sentinel executive editor Jack McElroy and cartoonist Charlie Daniel were honored by dozens of friends, coworkers, family and dignitaries during a retirement party at the News Sentinel on Friday, January 25, 2019:

Here's some video with Steve Benson, from Jun 2018.

Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Steve Benson reflects on four decades of cartoons and controversy. He has been the editorial cartoonist for the Arizona Republic newspaper since 1980. This interview is part of the "Freethought Matters" video series, from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker host.

Video: Gene Luen Yang Interview

Derek Kirk Kim sits down with the award winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang

" ... for an epic career-spanning interview over a cup of tea. Gene Luen Yang is the award-winning author and cartoonist of American Born Chinese, Boxer & Saints, New Super-Man, Avatar, The Last Airbender comics, and much much more."

This runs 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

200 Characters from Dick Tracy 1931-1977

"Dick Tracy The Art of Chester Gould" was an exhibition at the Museum of Cartoon Art from October 4 through November 30, 1978. Coordinated by Bill Crouch, Jr., the exhibit at the Museum in Port Chester, NY encompassed not just the newspaper comic strip, but the popular phenomenon, the artistic style of the strip, controversial violence, and Chester Gould himself.

Above: 3 of the 200 DICK TRACY characters.

It's the gallery of 200 characters from DICK TRACY 1931-1977, put together by Matt Masterson in the back of the exhibition catalog, that's a standout. Here is his introduction, followed by the scans of his amazing compilation:

"I completed this compilation of 200 DICK TRACY characters [in] October 1977 as a tribute to Chester Gould when he reached his 46th anniversary of drawing the strip. The original paste-up hangs in Chet's conference room at home and he tells me he refers to it quite often. His first reaction to it was that he had no idea he had created that many!

"To make this paste-up of 200 characters, I went through every strip in my TRACY collection from Oct. 1931 thru Oct. 1977, approximately 17,000 daily and Sunday strips, and picked out the one panel I thought best represented that character. A reduced stat was then made of each one, and then mounted on a large piece of gray matte board along with each character's name and year each appeared. It was a labor of love.

"Some of Chet's early characters from the 30's are easily recognized as popular movie stars of that era; James Cagney (Jimmy White), Claudette Colbert (Jean Penfield), Marlene Dietrich (Marro), Wallace Beery (Stud Bronzen). In the late 90's, some characters names were invented by spelling words backwards, such as Nuremoh, Kroywen, Natnus, Wolley, and Prof. Emirc.

"In the 1940's, characters were to spill from Gould's prolific imagination an an unparalleled rate. Characters such as the Mole, B-B Eyes, Pruneface, Flattop, Brow, Shaky, Gravel Gertie, B.O. Plenty, Vitamin Flintheart and Mumbles were to be household names and are remembered vividly by all who read DICK TRACY in those years. If a poll were taken, Flattop would probably garner the most votes as the most famous villain. At a time when most villains expired from the strip in 12 weeks, Flattop ran TRACY ragged for 5 months.

"... When I asked Chet Gould where he got the names for some of his characters, he told me he used to ride the train from his home in Woodstock, Illinois to his studio in Chicago and sketch various people he observed on the train. He would exaggerate upon certain features or characteristics. The name would follow, with he one exception being Flattop, whose name came from the popular aircraft carrier of World War II. Imagine an hour train ride with the likes of Itchy, Flyface or B.O. Plenty!

"In 1975, Max Allan Collins, current writer of the DICK TRACY strip, was to become the inspiration for the villain, Bulky, and in 1977, I popped up as Leyden Aigg. In answer to the question, 'Has Chet Gould ever put himself in the strip?' Yes! He IS DICK TRACY."

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

13 Year Anniversary of the Mike Lynch Cartoons Blog

Wow. It's been 13 years since I began this blog.

Over 6000 blog entries, had millions of visits from all over the world, and I still can't believe it.

My thanks to everyone who is a pro cartoonist, on his/her/their way to becoming a pro, or a big fan of cartooning. You have kept this going. It's only by comments here, or in an email or via social media, that I have known that this has been a place that's brought some fun and fascination into people's lives. Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

July 14 - July 21, 1962 SATURDAY EVENING POST Cartoons

Last week it was the "polr vortex," and today's it's almost 50 degrees. We are back below freezing by the weekend. So ... it's nice to see this Post cover reminding me of a sweet, old timey vacation.


George Hughes paints this cover to the July 14-July 21, 1962 SATURDAY EVENING POST. Mr. Hughes would paint 115 POST covers for fourteen years beginning in 1948. He was its most prolific cover artist. This would be his next to last cover commission (the final one would come nine years later, in 1971) as the magazine transitioned into using more and more photographs.

Here are all of the cartoons from this issue:

We begin with a topper by Henry Syverson:

Jack Markow with an animal gag:

The prolific Bil Keane, who was in the early years of producing his FAMILY CIRCUS panel, was still creating gag cartoons:

Below: a great Jerry Marcus gag.

Boris Drucker:

And we finish with another unsigned illustration by Syverson:

-- Edited from an original November 25, 2011 blog entry.