Tuesday, 31 March 2009
A few weeks ago graphic novelists Marjane Satrapi and Chris Ware spoke with the New Yorker Art’s Editor Françoise Mouly at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts as part of a three-day festival of New French Writing. They tackled topics like storytelling and autobiography.
Download the MP3, or listen to it on wnyc.org.
Monday, 30 March 2009
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Thursday, 26 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
COMIC LEGEND: Bluto was changed to Brutus in the 1960s Popeye animated series because Bluto was owned by the company that did the previous Popeye animated series.
STATUS: As it turns out, False
This is technically about an event that occurred during the Silver Age, but it’s about a character from the 1930s, so it still counts, consarnit!!
Popeye, the break-out star from Elzie Crisler Segar’s classic Thimble Theatre comic strip, was developed by Fleischer Studios as a cartoon serial series to debut in 1933. The Studio asked Segar if he could help them by introducing a recurring villain for Popeye to fight.
Segar then introduced “Bluto the Terrible” in 1932. (see the utterly brilliant Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!" - R.C.)
Bluto popped up in the Fleischer cartoons and he then became a major sensation as Popeye’s famous arch-rival.
Fast-forward to the late 1950s, and Fleischer Studios (now known as Famous Studios) were finished with the Popeye serials.
King Feature Syndicate decided that they would then make cartoons of Popeye of their own.
When it came to Bluto, however, since Segar had created the character for Fleischer, King Features figured that Paramount (who now owned Famous/Fleischer) had the rights to the character, so they introduced a “new” character named Brutus, who was like Bluto, but fatter and, well, named Brutus (the voice actor, Jackson Beck, was even the same).
However, after the fact they realized that no, since Segar introduced the character first in the comic strip, King Features owned the character themselves! So they introduced a “new” character for no reason!
He’s been back to Bluto ever since! But for a whole generation of kids, there’s that big confusion over what exactly is the difference between Bluto and Brutus!
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Friday, 13 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Wouldn't it have been great to have an art teacher like Carol Tyler?
See this page for a promotional video of Carol Tyler drawing/teaching/talking comics with her students.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Craig Yoe's new Boody Rogers collection reviewed on Comic Book Resources.
I had to check Art Out Of Time to remind myself how great this guy is, and judging solely by the stories included in that book, this should be an amazing collection.
More info on boingboing.net and thedailycrosshatch.com
More Boody here.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Images from www.comicsuk.co.uk and Peter Gray’s Ken Reid fan page
Saturday, 7 March 2009
From the exhibition at the Fantagraphics Bookstore, Seattle.
Read all about it, and see more art, on the Fantagraphics blog - part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.