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Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen, Homer Simpson

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 - 32 comments

The Art of Chris Appelhans

Froghat Studios The illustration, animation, and design of Chris Appelhans. Don't miss his comic, Frank and Frank, or the Superman animated short.
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Nov 29, 2005 - 10 comments

Feline Follies

Felix the Cat set the standard for animated character design with his rubber-limbs and blackface, predating Mickey by nearly a decade. Since he doesn't get nearly the exposure of Mickey, we're lucky there's sites that make at least a sampling of his cartoons freely available.
posted by ScottMorris on Nov 16, 2005 - 21 comments

Kim Dietch's The Ship That Never Came In

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 - 15 comments

UNICEF bombs the Smurfs

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 - 35 comments

Glen Baxter's surrealist cartoons

His entire oeuvre soon began to attract the attention of the leading New York art critics: The weird world of Glen Baxter
posted by .kobayashi. on Oct 3, 2005 - 8 comments

Old and improved

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 - 43 comments

annoyed grunt

Simpsons shorts from The Tracey Ullman Show, 1987-1989. [(Low-quality RealMedia I'm afraid.]
posted by Pretty_Generic on May 3, 2005 - 20 comments

No one is lazy in Lazytown!

Add one part Icelandic Aerobics Champion, one part Child Broadway actress, add some synthpop music, CGI green screen work, and some latex puppets and prosthetics, and what do you have? Lazytown! Comes complete with music videos guaranteed to give you earworms.
posted by willmize on May 2, 2005 - 16 comments

Tragic Tale of the Christian Cucumber

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 - 21 comments

Streaming Cartoon Fun!

Cartoon Fridge 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 - 50 comments

Mark Stivers

Mark Stivers is a piano tuner in Sacramento and a very funny cartoonist
posted by growabrain on Apr 12, 2005 - 19 comments

Hey Kids! It's Compiler Time!

Illustrated Notes from Computer Science: Tom Murphy VII gets more bored in class than you. And thanks to his free fonts, your boredom can look just as snazzy. (Previous Tom7-related action here. This guy keeps busy. I blame the 80/20 rule.)
posted by nebulawindphone on Mar 15, 2005 - 14 comments

Snarf said what?

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 - 21 comments

Soviet animation.

Soviet Animation 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 - 21 comments

Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay

The gays continue to spread their “homosexual agenda” through cartoons and children’s shows. First it was Tinky-Winky (the Gay Teletubbie), then SpongeBob SquarePants and PBS’s Buster. Last night it was The Simpsons. And now today we learn that Shrek is up to no good! What should a proper upstanding citizen do? Get me the President!
posted by ericb on Feb 21, 2005 - 52 comments

Now Then!

Now Then! What did professional comic artists draw like when they were 12 years old, you ask? The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art takes a look at 25 artists... now and then.
posted by Robot Johnny on Feb 15, 2005 - 18 comments

spamusement

Spamusement! Sort of like Exploding Dog, if all the suggestions came from spam subject lines.
posted by me3dia on Feb 7, 2005 - 7 comments

Spongebob joins an all-star cast

Spongebob is pointed at as causing moral decay today. But the idea of blaming animated characters for societal ills is nothing new. The 1934 Production Code changed the scantily-clad Betty Boop into a wholesome girl. Racial stereotyping dominated cartoons of the 1940s. The Flintstones even shilled for Winston cigarettes. Should cartoon characters reflect the morals of cartoon watchers?
posted by u.n. owen on Jan 28, 2005 - 30 comments

Happy Scrappy

Welcome to Scrappyland. A site devoted to a long-lost cartoon character from the 1930s.
posted by braun_richard on Jan 27, 2005 - 12 comments

Free the Lesbian Bunnies!

"The nation's new education secretary denounced PBS on Tuesday for spending public money on a cartoon with lesbian [BUNNY] characters, saying many parents would not want children exposed to such lifestyles." The "Postcards from Buster" series features a peripatetic bunny, Buster, who travels the country learning about diversity. The new head of the Department of Ed has requested that PBS return the money it used to develop the show featuring the sapphic rabbits. PBS has decided not to distribute the episode to its affiliates, but WGBH has promised to make the show available to stations who want to air it.
posted by mudpuppie on Jan 26, 2005 - 56 comments

Bunny Suicides

Bunny Suicides
posted by ColdChef on Jan 21, 2005 - 61 comments

Irv Spence's cartoon diary

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 - 6 comments

Political Comicry

Ann Telneas 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, feminism, and cultural issues
posted by Hands of Manos on Jan 12, 2005 - 12 comments

My Kind of Comic Book

''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 - 22 comments

The talking dog is blasphemous.

Davey and Goliath are back! After a successful pro-tolerance Christmas special, new episodes of the Lutheran stop-motion sensation Davey and Goliath are thundering back into production. Revisit some old times (Quicktime; also, slow) and look to the familiar future of Christian programming for kids!
posted by Sticherbeast on Dec 23, 2004 - 30 comments

There must have been some magic in that old silk they found...

Merry Christmas, Interweb! Though it's become part of a larger media conglomerate, the Chicago T.V. station famous for Bozo the Clown has dusted off some old footage from its archives. Among the goodies converted to Flash format are a Frosty the Snowman cartoon which inspired a bit of online detective work, as well as a more recent holiday favorite, The Yule Log.
posted by Smart Dalek on Dec 20, 2004 - 10 comments

...meet the new (toon) boss...

Meet my favorite "new" 'toonist, if you haven't already. Andy Singer: I'm currently reading his latest "No Exit" collection about five times a week, but you can find free samples on his website, his CarToons over at Slate, some BikeToons at BikeReader.com, not to mention more in dozens of papers, mags and books, and on the web. (Interview.)
posted by Shane on Dec 13, 2004 - 8 comments

My childhood, ruined!

Skeletal structures of cartoon characters, past and present.
posted by borkingchikapa on Dec 7, 2004 - 12 comments

Skeletal systems of cartoon characters

Skeletal systems of cartoon characters

(All hail Waxy.org)
posted by 40 Watt on Dec 5, 2004 - 40 comments

Cartoon History of Iceland

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 - 12 comments

Th-th-th-that's a lot of title cards, folks!

The Warner Bros. Cartoons Filmography And Title Card Gallery has more title cards and coloured rings than you can shake a carrot at. A great resource that goes hand-in-hand with this and this for all your Looney Tunes-related research.
posted by Robot Johnny on Nov 29, 2004 - 10 comments

cartoons by Leslie Illingworth

4,563 cartoons by Welsh cartoonist Leslie Illingworth

"The Illingworth cartoon collection at the National Library, which contains 4,563 images, explores a wide variety of topics through the eyes of one of Britain's best known cartoonists of the twentieth century."
posted by bob sarabia on Nov 22, 2004 - 3 comments

You never see him reading, where does he get this stuff?

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 - 20 comments

Fred Flintstone: Rockefeller Republican, Nixon Supporter

Political Leanings of Selected Cartoon Characters Did you know that Mickey Mouse is an extreme right-wing Republican (some say even a John Bircher)? (brought to you from way way back in 1996, as a result of this thread)
posted by amberglow on Oct 20, 2004 - 7 comments

America Bashing by Stephane Peray

America Bashing. By Thai cartoonist Stephane Peray.
posted by plep on Sep 27, 2004 - 33 comments

comfortscreen

noiserover - cartoons by Jesse Simpson.
posted by Peter H on Sep 22, 2004 - 9 comments

We're going to give the Doom Interview!

An Interview with Jhonen Vasquez and Rikki Simons, the creator and designer for the short-lived Invader Zim. A great look into what happens when Nickelodeon hires a talent they clearly knew nothing about, and then gives him a cartoon show.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Sep 17, 2004 - 11 comments

I am the greetest! Now I am leaving Earth forever, for no raisin!

The 25 Best Futurama Moments Ever! Truly the greatest animated show till date. [via 0xDECAFBAD]
posted by riffola on Sep 12, 2004 - 55 comments

Tiny teen takes on the giant one-eyed monster!

Spamusement Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines. (via The Ultimate Insult)
posted by Turtles all the way down on Jul 31, 2004 - 17 comments

Howtoons

Howtoons: comics meet little science projects. From the site: Much like MIT has OpenCourseWare distributing curricular materials for college students worldwide, our Howtoons are OpenKidsWare, with practical build-it projects letting kids learn-by-doing, MIT-style!
posted by skallas on Jul 16, 2004 - 4 comments

The current cinema

If all goes well, and I think it will, we will soon be entering a golden age of American cinema, the likes of which we haven't seen since the heyday of Scorsese and Coppola. Behold: Nicole Kidman and Jason Schwartzman to star in Bewitched; Vince Vaughn in talks to play Racer X in live-action Speed Racer movie; Paris Hilton in talks to star in Dungeons and Dragons 2.
posted by Prospero on Jun 24, 2004 - 49 comments

Punch

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 - 6 comments

Bummer of a birthmark, Hal.

Are you trying to auction your brussles sprouts again? Take the picture from one one panel cartoon, add the caption from another, what do you get? Something almost funny. (Via bOINGbOING)
posted by Capn on Apr 26, 2004 - 13 comments

Darned if eye ain't ugly!

Ugly Stickers and their "dark origins". (via tui)
posted by Ufez Jones on Mar 8, 2004 - 6 comments

Funny strange......

Graham Roumieu is one twisted puppy. His illustrations highlight the absurdities of modern life and should give us all something to chuckle about.
posted by elwoodwiles on Jan 14, 2004 - 6 comments

Hunkin's Experiments

Hunkin's Experiments. '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 - 8 comments

Red Tape from Red Square

Red Tape from Red Square. Russian and Soviet cartoons. An interesting collection, despite a couple of broken images.
posted by plep on Dec 18, 2003 - 3 comments

Tommy, you're permanently expelled!

"Want to get arrested? Walk home with me." It's LawForKids, the site devoted to giving the kids the education they need about drinking and other kewl stuff through the aid of really, really, really crappy cartoons. Plus, enjoy the intellectual and grammar-rich discussion on hard knocks in Juvie, plus Flash games about being a good citizen. Not sure about discouraging kids from crime, but I sure as hell want to stay away from a life of web design now.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Dec 14, 2003 - 29 comments

All I need now is some Super-Sugar Bomb Cereal!

Toon Tracker: Home of the Lost Cartoons
posted by anastasiav on Dec 12, 2003 - 8 comments

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