§ Jeff Smith stands in front of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao, as his European World Tour continues.
§ Andre 3000 (of music duo Outkast) is readying a cartoon for The Cartoon Network — you can read all about it in the link — it sounds pretty cool — but for our purposes, all you need to know it that is features contributions from John Kricfalusi (Ren & Stimpy), Overton Loyd, Peter Chung (Aeon Flux), Bill Sienkiewicz and “Robotboy” director Charlie Bean.
§ You’ve heard Todd McFarlane called many things, but you’ve probably never heard him called a 45-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills resident as he is in the very lengthy piece about action figures, centering around an intallation at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts which consists of a pyramid of hundreds of action figures from the personal collection of Jarvis Rockwell.
§ Now that he’s got his voice back, Scott Adams has announcedDilbert’s annual Weasel Awards.
§ Comics and Politics: CHEATED (above) tells the story of what some believe was voting fraud in Ohio during the 2004 election.
Iran’s competition for cartoons mocking the Holocaust drew international reproach but made little impression at home Thursday, with not a single Iranian newspaper publishing the winning entries and people on the street saying it left them unmoved.
Iran awarded the first prize — worth $12,000 — late Wednesday to Moroccan cartoonist Abdollah Derkaoui, who drew a picture of an Israeli crane erecting a wall of concrete blocks around Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Islam’s third holiest site. The blocks bear sections of a well-known photograph of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz where as many as 1.5 million people — mostly Jews — died during World War II.
“The exhibition had no remarkable impact on public opinion,” said Gohar Dashti, a professor at the Soureh Art University in Tehran. “It was neither a concern of students nor of the media.”