The BBC will be covering World War One
in great detail over the next four years. They've already started, with podcasts
, interactive guides
, online courses
, programs new
plus much, much more. Perhaps it's best to start at the beginning, with Professor Margaret MacMillan's Countdown to World War One
) or the account of her fellow historian Christopher Clark, Month of Madness
. Of course, how the war started is still contested by historians, as recounted in The Great War of Words
. The latter two are also part of the main WWI podcast
. Or you can dive into the Music and Culture
section, go through an A-Z guide
or look at comics
drawn by modern cartoonists.
David Wasting Paper
queries 200+ illustrators
, comic book
, and editorial
cartoonists on their trade, tools, favorite things, and more in his compulsively readable Cartoonist Survey
) [more inside]
Morally ambiguous honey badgers
, or what happens when creative people get bored on Twitter.
How much My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan content is there out there? LET'S FIND OUT.
A few highlights:
What I Learned Today
, morals to episodes
Twilight adjusts to a Season 3 plot development
, random, catchy
Celestia and Luna play Resident Evil 4
(repurposed from Two Best Friends
The best of Sweetie Bot, from Friendship is Witchcraft
Slice of Life
, a very well done fan Tumblr
How much more could there be? Well.... [more inside]
Much like its former publisher
, the cover art for pornographic magazine SCREW
could be described as “crude, rude, infantile, obnoxious, and dirty," as well as gross, misogynistic, and really NSFW. But it has also featured work from such terrific cartoonists as Tony Millionaire, Wally Wood, Spain Rodriguez, Renee French, and many others. Frequent contributor Danny Hellman presents SCREW: The Unofficial Cover Art Blog
is a new weekly podcast by Mike Duncan, who is best known for the History of Rome podcast, though he also writes comics
. There are two episodes so far of Revolutions, a short introduction to the series
and one on Charles Stuart
, king of England.
"Mary Williams adopted the name “Kate Carew” and wrote candid, witty interviews with luminaries of the day, including Mark Twain, Pablo Picasso, and the Wright Brothers. She adorned her interviews with her unique “Carewatures,” and often drew herself into the scene. Imagine Oprah Winfrey as a liberated woman caricaturist-interviewer in 1900 and you have an idea of who Kate Carew was. -- The Comics Journal's Paul Tumey rediscovers a cartooning pioneer in the course of a review of a new book about early US comics. [more inside]
The Open Key
: comics inspired by the endless stream of weirdness that is the Chicago Police and Fire scanner
. (And if you prefer your scanner feed with evocative ambient music, You Are Listening to ___
has a new site.)
Do you like libraries? Do you like comics? Then Library Cartoons, Comics and Drawings
is relevant to your interests. Need more? There's always Libraries in Pop Culture
. Not satisfied yet? Unshelved
is the internet's longest running librarian comic, previously featured
for its pimped out bookcarts contest
, but also worth visiting for the regular Friday bookclub
Last year, freelance cartoonist and illustrator Wardell "War" Brown drew a daily sketch of a different Black hero, both fictional and real life
, starting with Storm
and ending with Muhammad Ali
. For those clever clogs who'd now like to point out 2012 was a leap year, he got you covered
! Be moved by his brief-yet-poignant award-winning animated film The Right Time
. Be charmed by his commissioned portraits of couples and
. Be inspired by his loose and fresh superheroes (Batman
)! And it wouldn't be Tumblr without an appearance by Sherlock Holmes
(not that one).
The Economist on the decline of British boy's comics
as The Dandy ceases print publication
. As it circles oblivion it risks joining the ranks of Whizzer and Chips
, The Beezer
and subversive late entry to the genre Oink
. The days of the Great British girl's comic
are sadly long passed.
is a field naturalist who draws bird & nature comics: "bird and moon
, "ghosts of the northeast woods
", "bird sound mnemonics
", "birds are gross
", "evolution sucks
". Her bi-weekly comic strip Wild Toronto
("It cleverly observed and taught us about the animals and plants that live in our city") ran on Torontoist
for some months in 2008; she has an illustrated collection of 55-word stories
as well (previously mentioned)
. Her website
, & tumblr
Comics author Grant Morrison
talked to Playboy about the Super Psyches of some of his favorite superhero characters
. (Clean interview, NSFW website)
My Little Pony’s
Lauren Faust on how Super Best Friends Forever
will make you love Batgirl and Supergirl all over again
. The short animations will be part of Cartoon Networks DC Nation
block, alongside Beware The Batman
, the replacement for the late lamented Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
— Cartoons about... just stuff.
An unfinished Donald Duck comic story, designed and roughed out with story complete, by Don Rosa!
Written to promote the grand opening of Disney's MGM theme park, for one reason or another they dropped it before it could be completed. It's interesting because, in the comic book universe, Donald Duck isn't a movie star, but Mickey Mouse is
-- so the duck seeks out his autograph. It even makes an explicit reference to a certain other duck
is billed as the Ultimate Transformers Resource. [more inside]
A comic strip has caused a political uproar by making a bold, controversial statement on Veteran's Day, considered by some to be an insult to our nation's fighting men and women. The strip that has spit on the work of our country's bravest veterans is, as you would expect, that anti-American bastion of subversive vitriolic societal commentary, Garfield
During the 80s comics king Jack Kirby
, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, the X-Men and Captain America
, became disillusioned with the industry and left to work for animation company
, sketching out dozens of characters
, work that has been largely unseen... until now
The cartoonist Ronald Searle turns 90 today
(March 3)! Hurrah for St. Trinians!
. The Cartoon Museum in London
opens Searle's first-ever show in Britain.
In this interview, Searle , at 90, recalls the bad girls of St Trinian's
and his time as a prisoner-of-war and the abrupt leaving of his wife and children.
Fleeing to France in 1961, he never returned. His archive was donated to the Willhelm Busch museum in Germany which is also holding a Searle exhibition
has over 8000 cartoons from the pages of Punch
, the long-running British satirical magazine. It cast its eye on everything from quintessentially British entertainment
to children's books
to computer games
. Punch ran from 1841 to 1992 and was relaunched in 1996 and finally closed shop in 2002. You can read up on the history of the magazine
on their website and if you want to read some old issues to see what they were like, Project Gutenberg has quite a few
. [Punch previously]
The Visual Telling of StoriesA lyrical encyclopedia of visual propositions;
a visually orientated taxonomy of the ways in which pictures are used to tell stories. [more inside]
Yes, 'tis the season once again, and back in the day that meant the reappearance of the beloved Christmas carol in the comic pages
, more specifically in the late, lamented Pogo
. [more inside]
The political cartoons of Clifford K. Berryman
lampooned American politics from the era of Grover Cleveland to the Truman administration. If he's known today it's mostly for having originated the teddy bear
. While some of his cartoons have
today, many remain
. Of the many historical events he drew there are women's suffrage
, the 1948 election
and the 1912 Republican primaries between Taft and Roosevelt
"Zuda takes the Web publishing aspect out of the creators' hands, freeing them up to focus on writing and drawing the story. But to get Zuda to publish your comic, you first have to win a competition...
" A major player enters into the fray of web comics publishing, previously populated mostly by independents
. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? [more inside]
The Katzenjammer Kids*
are 110 years old this month, the world's longest running comic
. Watch 1918's Policy & Pie
), rare animation by creator Rudolph Dirks
who lost the strip to William Randolph Hearst in a court case. The strip was taken over by Harold H. Knerr
, but Dirks retained rights to the characters and produced a rival cartoon under The Captain & the Kids
for Pulitzer papers for several decades. Five artists
followed Dirks and Knerr creating the strip for Hearst.
is an exhibit of 25 comic artists showing a comparison of their drawing style now and when they were just kids. Also, check out 50 artists riffing on the theme of Duck!
Fun stuff from the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art.
Jim Davis' other strip
was U.S. Acres
, with Orson the Pig, Roy the Rooster, chick and egg Booker and Sheldon, sheep Bo and Lanolyn, and... a dog named Cody and a cat named Blue?
Everyone who grew up from that time remembers the long-running Saturday morning show, but no one remembers the strip, which ended a couple of years before the cartoon did and evolved on a different track. Platypus Comix brings us highlights from the strip's surprisingly good, yet neglected, newspaper run.
is the personal site of artist & animator
Jeff Victor, who draws Star Wars characters
(among other things
) in adorable bobblehead
style. Found via Drawn
Get lost in the fabulous labyrinth of Coconino World
, a mammoth French site with thousands of images from illustrators, graphic artists, and cartoonists ranging from the classics
to the contemporary
. Some personal favorites: the generous selection of graphics from Simplicissimus
, the celebrated German satire magazine
published weekly from 1896-1944. James Swinerton's Canyon Kiddies
. George Herriman's Krazy Kat
is an awesome animated short by Pendleton Ward, who also has a site
with some cartoons, animation, comics, and a blog.
Comic Strip Artist's Kit
Carson Van Osten's tips for cartoonists and animators, scanned huge for easy printout.
Fokke & Sukke
are a strange couple of birds. Having dominated the funnies in various Dutch print media for over a decade, their irreverent antics
are now available in English, regrettably under the tamer
monikers Duck & Birdie (click "previous" for more gags)
. [more inside]
Meet Alexa Kitchen
, the world's youngest published
cartoonist (who R. Crumb says
is "fantastic"). Check out here work
. Meet her via Rocketboom (Quicktime)