RIP Mell Lazarus

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Mell Lazarus, the cartoonist behind such comcis page staples as Miss Peach and Momma has passed away at age 89. Lazasua was a past president of the NCS as well as a Rueben Award winner and an NCS Medal of Honor recipient. The National Cartoonists Society page has more information: Mell was beloved by all […]

Tex Minos wins 2015 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

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The National Cartoonists Society Foundation (NCSF) has presented the 2015 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship to Sheridan College animation major Tex Minos, who has a tumblr here. He was chosen from over 100 applicants for the award, which includes a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award Weekend in Memphis, TN […]

GIve me money part 2: Creators for Creators grant submissions are open

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At this year’s Image Expo one of the most buzzworthy announcements was the Creators for Creators Grant, and submissions have just opened up and run until November 1st. The grant will give $30,000 to a single creator writer/artist duo “in order to support the creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four […]

Give me money Part 1: 2016 Will Eisner Scholarship submissions open until 5/6

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The Society of Illustrators is presenting the 2016 WILL EISNER SCHOLAR, an honor that comes with a $5000 grant. The scholarship is open to juniors with the money to be used for their senior year of art education. Potential scholars can only be nominated by Department Chairs or Administrators for Undergraduate Programs. The program is […]

Nice Art: Jillian Tamaki’s print for Gosh! Comic’s 30th Anniversary

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Gosh! Comics is one of London’s premiere comics shops, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. And to mark the occasion they’re selling a print by Jillian Tamaki entitled “Nancy and Tonya,” which I think you’ll agree is stunning. The title seemingly refers to the great Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding figure skating scandal of the early 90s, […]

Jack Ohman wins the 2016Pulitzer Prize for Editorial cartooning

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The Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday – Hamilton won one, along with the hearts of everyone, everywhere– and the winner in the editorial cartooning category was Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee, the Beat’s favorite newspaper. Matt Davies of Newsday and Steve Sack of Minneapolis The Star Tribune were the finalists. The Pulitzer Comitte praised […]

To do: Roz Chast’s chuckle-filled exhibit at the Museum of the CIty of New York

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Well this is pretty cool, and has flown mostly under the radar of my usual comics sites: Roz Chast has an exhibit up at the Museum of the City of New York. It runs from April 14th until October 9th, so you have plenty of time to go see it…and you should. Best known for her 2014 award winning 2014 memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Chast’s droll cartoons capture urban foibles of dread, fatalism and UES (upper East Side, to non New Yorkers) neuroses with a levity that barely masks how deep they cut. One of the exhibits mentions that one of her biggest influences was Charles Addams, and it easy to see how Addams’ loose penwork and gallery of characters informs her work. She also shifted his emphasis on the lugubrious and horrific to internal anxieties over health, parental guidance, mid-life crises and geographic uncertainty.

Tolja! WonderCon cracking down on copyright violators

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The great unsanctioned print crackdown we predicted a few weeks ago may be roaring down the highway. The following letter has been sent to exhibitors and Artist Alley tablers for next week’s WonderCon: Dear xxxx, WonderCon takes the issue of copyright infringement very seriously. Exhibitors who violate copyright law run the risk of arrest and […]

Penguin Random House Foundation is offering $22,500 in scholarships for graphic novel program

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Comics vet Robert V Conte writes to tell us about a unique course for young NYC area comics creators that offers $22,500 in scholarships. Details and how to apply below. Deadline is March 28th. The scholarships are as follows: First Place — $10,000.00 Second Place — $5,000.00 Third Place — $2,500.00 Best of Borough – $1,000.00 each for selected stories in […]

Tribute: Al Jaffee is 95

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Yesterday the great Al Jaffee turned 95. He’s been contributing to Mad Magazine for a mere 61 years as the master of the “Fold-In,” a few of which are presented below. Still active and charming as ever, Mr. Jaffee is one of the few people who can genuinely be said to speak with a “stentorian” presence, and I would just sit and listen to him read the phone book.