Friday, June 20, 2008

Tom Engelhardt Video

From KETC St. Louis: a June 16, 2008 interview with veteran editorial cartoonist Tom Engelhardt. Tom was the editorial cartoonist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 35 years.

This is a good interview. Not only does the camera linger over Tom Engelhardt's work, but he also talks about (and we get to see) St. Louis' rich history of editorial cartooning, up to and including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's designer, and current Weatherbird artist, Dan Martin.

Here's the video about Tom Engelhardt. It runs about 6 minutes.

Dan Martin's put together a history of St. Louis cartoonists in his book SEE YOU IN THE FUNNY PAPERS: THE RICH TRADITION OF ST. LOUIS CARTOONING.

Here's Dan:
"Six years ago, when I was digging through the Post archives doing research for the Weatherbird’s 100th birthday, I was constantly stumbling across one famous cartoonist after another that had a St. Louis connection. What I found most interesting was how famous some of these great artists were, yet today are totally forgotten except to historians."
- from "You and Blondie at the Station" by Eddie Roth at St. Louis Today/Post-Dispatch site

Some of the names are: Lee Falk, Clare Briggs, Phil Davis, Clare Victor "Dwig" Dwiggins, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Al Hirschfeld, Joseph Keppler, George McManus, Harry Tuthill, Mort Walker, Chic Young, Elmer Simms Campbell, Mike Peters, Mary Engelbreit, Kevin Belford, Glenn and Gary McCoy, and Dan Zettwoch. To celebrate the book's publication, Dan is curating an exhibit of original cartoons by these great cartoonists at the Bellweather Gallery through the end of August 2008

Related: Dan Martin and the history of the St. Louis Weatherbird from the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society Web site.

Also related: Dan Martin's Postcard from Mound City feature.

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