100 Cartoons to celebrate Black Ink Monday
"Over the last 20 years, the number of cartoonists on the staff of daily newspapers nationwide has been cut in half
." Today, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists protests "newspapers everywhere who have lost sight of the value of having a staff editorial cartoonist."
posted by mediareport
on Dec 12, 2005 -
Tom Wolfe is screaming. "Aaaaaaaahh! Wait, no, that wasn't good, let me start over." "How did you scream last time a boulder was hurtling toward you?" asks Carolyn Omine, executive producer of The Simpsons.
Slowly, Wolfe transforms. Even now, this episode's director, Mark Kirkland, is circling Wolfe, snapping pictures. Soon, a team of animators will render Wolfe bug-eyed and yellow-skinned. A year from now Wolfe -- with fellow guest stars Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Franzen --
will appear on television alongside Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the bartender Moe in an episode of "The Simpsons" parodying highfalutin literary culture
posted by PenguinBukkake
on Nov 30, 2005 -
Hey, kids, let's watch a cartoon! May I present The Ship That Never Came In
by Kim Deitch, comix genius. It's a piece with his magnum opus Boulevard of Broken Dreams
. Both, as Time magazine's comix critic Andrew Arnold
notes, focuses on Ted Mishkin, a talented animator whose gifts can never quite overcome his curse. His curse is Waldo, a mischievous cat who walks on his hind legs. Waldo may be a delusion or he may be real, but only Ted can see him.
Wotta concept! More inside ? Fuckin' A !
posted by y2karl
on Oct 15, 2005 -
UNICEF bombs the Smurfs.
UNICEF recently launched a campaign to teach schoolchildren about the horrors of war. Among the efforts are a mini-cartoon, where, yes, the Smurfs are bombed
(Warning: Video file, strong images, Smurfs don't kick in for 40 seconds, most of which are dedicated to limbless children. NSFW or small children). I couldn't understand the language the movie is in (Dutch?), but the Smurfs say it all.
posted by huskerdont
on Oct 9, 2005 -
So BoingBoing recently linked to this fantastic comic book serial from the 60s entitled "This Godless Communism,"
a surprisingly in-depth (and hilariously slanted) history of the rise of the USSR, its leaders, and their philosophies. It's great, but it is far from the only thing on the site, the Authentic History Center
. Just looking at the other comics and cartoons they have, there is a huge amount of ancient political cartoons
, fantastic WWII-military-themed comic strips
(surprisingly good!), and generally awesome period-relevant comic book covers
, some of which link to full comics (Donald Duck's Atom Bomb?!
). There is a collection of embarassing shows of race-sploitation in comics in the 70s
, and the racist toys and artifacts section
would make Archie Bunker blush (Chop Suey Specs!
). Guaranteed to make you wince and chin-stroke simultaneously.
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Jul 11, 2005 -
How Bob the Tomato got squashed by Barney the Dinosaur
Phil Vischer, creator of those Veggie-Tales cartoons gives a reflective account of why he did not
become "The Christian Disney". So why did Big Idea Productions fail while other "Holy Cultural Warriors" are thriving? (Maybe this guy was too sincerely Christian?) A shorter version of this Tale from "Christianity Today" magazine here.
via the spiritual center of animation on the web: Cartoon Brew
posted by wendell
on Apr 30, 2005 -
has streaming episodes of the Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama, and King of the Hill, among others. They have quite a comprehensive listing of shows, (The Simpsons has all the episodes up to Season 12) and if you're on broadband, they load pretty fast. Mozilla and Opera supported as well!
posted by banished
on Apr 19, 2005 -
Ah, the toon filled memories..
Remember all those 80's cartoons that used to keep us amused when our parents were too busy to do the job and game consoles were unheard of?
Great little collection of cartoon nostlagia that includes most of the theme tunes and a great Thundercats Bloopers
mp3 of Snarf swearing! (some NSFW)
posted by Nugget
on Mar 9, 2005 -
On the heels of the post on Soviet music, here's a link to 10 short video clips of well-known Soviet-era cartoons. (Set your browsers to cyrillic KOI8-R encoding.)
posted by gregb1007
on Mar 2, 2005 -
MGM animator Irv Spence's cartoon diary for 1944.
A cartoon of the day's happenings for every day in 1944 -- reprinted daily thoughout 2005. "These images are scanned from xeroxes an incalculable number of generations removed from the originals. Apparently, no amount of shoddy reproduction can suck the life out of these drawings..."
posted by Robot Johnny
on Jan 12, 2005 -
is an editorial cartoonist. She started out working for Disney Imagineering as a designer. She has also been an animator for various studios in London, Los Angeles, New York and Taiwan. She now holds many awards for her cartoons and is in several prestige publications. Her works are an impressive array of political caricatures
, and cultural issues
posted by Hands of Manos
on Jan 12, 2005 -
''The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker" (Reviewed by Walter Kirn)
"Of more than 68,000 pieces of art that could have been included in its pages, only about 2,000 have been printed on paper, while the rest are reproduced on two CD's attached to the inside of the front cover." I gotta git me one a 'em. Kirn also says "a fool who can laugh at his folly is not a fool but something rarer and finer: a self-ironist." [New York Times, wants registration.]
posted by davy
on Dec 26, 2004 -
Cartoon History of Iceland,
chapter 1, for those of us who need a quick and painless (except for some of the puns) introduction to the history of one of the claimants to the title of Oldest Democracy. (other chapters inside).
posted by QIbHom
on Dec 3, 2004 -
Go Team Venture!
The official Venture Bros. website is now up (though slightly incomplete). While you're waiting, download Brock's workout song, read interviews with the creators or make your own Super Secret Agent license.
posted by drezdn
on Nov 4, 2004 -
Punch Cartoons Punch
set the standard for Victorian satirical cartooning. The Victorian Web
hosts a number of cartoons arranged according to topic
; see also Punch
on the British Empire
. Some students in Anthony Wohl's senior seminar at Vassar did a good job annotating
a number of images. You can find late Victorian cartoons, as well as cartoonists' biographies, here
. Of course, the current incarnation of Punch
has a few things to say about its own history.
posted by thomas j wise
on May 16, 2004 -
'Cool cartoons that will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more! Hundreds of cartoon experiments from cartoonist, broadcaster and engineer Tim Hunkin.'
These 'rudiments of wisdom' first appeared in the Observer newspaper in
the 1970s and 1980s.
posted by plep
on Dec 22, 2003 -