Last Friday, Malaysia officially charged the 52-year-old cartoonist Zunar with nine counts of sedition — a charge that could send him to jail for up to 43 years.
Joyce Pensato is best known for her stark, large-scale paintings of cartoon characters and in particular for her series of Batman paintings that depict the cape crusader’s iconic mask using splashy skeins of black and white paint.
In an interview published by the AFP on Sunday, the American comic artist Art Spiegelman lambasted the US press for not republishing the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo‘s cartoons.
The Golden and then Silver Age of comics that stretched from the 1930s to early 1950s left a lot of unloved heroes in its wake. Forgotten is Fatman the Human Flying Saucer — “the only comic hero with 3 identities” — who could transform his tubby self into a spaceship, and Black Fury the Wonder Horse, a sort of muscled up version of Black Beauty.
Women have been involved in cartoons and comics from their beginning, although much of their work has languished in the greater story of graphic narratives. And it’s not for the reasons you might think.
Lampooned by newspapers and cartoonists, the Armory Show may have since become a symbol of the once awkward marriage of European avant-gardism and American mass sensibilities, but at the time it was also a war over what art was and could be.
Sometimes life (and art) aren’t fair, particularly in the case of classic Looney Tunes character Wile E. Coyote. So, let us consider his artistic brilliance and how his violence overshadows it.
Anyone who loves the funny pages will know the work of Bill Keane, who is best remembered for Family Circus, a long running cartoon series that celebrated family life and inspired many spoofs that were equally funny (even if some were much more demented, like Dysfuntional Family Circus, or really philosophical, like Nietzsche Family Circus). Sadly, Keane died yesterday in his home in Phoenix, Arizona.
With the exhibition Pretty on the Inside, co-curators KAWS and Erik Parker reveal that they must be fans of the Courtney Love-led band Hole’s debut album and song for which it is named, but they also make us wonder about the show’s connection to the music.
This Sunday January 16th, Outpost Artists Resources will be hosting a night of retro animated advertising curated by Willy Hartland, a distinguished New York City animator. The event, Fresher, Smoother, Creamy, and Delicious: Adverts and other Animated Weirdness from the 50s & 60s, begins at 6pm.