11/ 3/05 CONFUSED CARDS
10/26/05 DOWLING'S DUCK
10/11/05 CHECK IN AT MESHUGGA G
9/13/05 MR. OLLIE ON HIS WAY
9/13/05 GLYPH STORE GETS LOCAL
8/13/05 WILD ABOUT HARRY
8/13/05 CALL FOR ENTRIES
8/ 8/05 BOK BOOK
8/ 4/05 PET PLATE PLUG
7/ 4/05 LAZY, HAZY, CRAZY BORGMAN
6/18/05 MEET WAYNO!
6/18/05 MEET MARK ZINGARELLI!
6/17/05 SPEED BUMP AWARDS
6/16/05 HARVEY WINNER JEFF SMITH
6/13/05 OH, THE PAYNE
5/31/05 DOWLING D'ART
5/31/05 DON PEOPLES SHOWS HIS STUFF
5/31/05 MICHAEL McPARLANE!
5/21/05 THIS JUST IN
5/18/05 CALVIN and HOBBES AT OSU
STAHLER GOES POSTAL
www.comics.com has begun offering free e-cards based on a selection of comic strips from its roster, including a series gleaned from Jeff Stahler's Moderately Confused daily panel. Available for immediate sending are Congratulations, Get Well, Happy Anniversary, Apology and Good Luck sentiments, all embellished with Stahler's wit and linework. E-cards can be personalized from the sender and to the recipient. Click away!
Jerry Dowling has been named a finalist in the Society of Professional Journalists Cincinnati Pro Chapter's 2004 Awards of Excellence competition for his CityBeat cover illustration,"Life After Luken," depicting lame duck Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken.
Jerry won awards in two categories for his "Lame Duck" drawing:
Award winners will be announced at the Society's annual banquet on Friday, October 28, 2005 on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.
Congratulations and good luck, Jerry, and please watch your step when climbing the stairs to the stage!!!!
CHIP BOK EXPLAINS HIMSELF
'Bokbluster' is such a perfect name for a blog from anyone named Bok, it would almost worth launching one for that reason alone -- if your name was Bok. Chip Bok's name is Bok, so he has done just that.
Bokbluster is the place on the web where Chip can share his thoughts (and invite comment on) his latest Akron Beacon Journal cartoons. Plus, news alerts about upcoming appearances, etc.
FULL MOON OVER MESHUGGA G
We have yet another new feature on the GLyph Comics Page, hot on the heels of the recently-added Harry Slothe by Ron Hill and Sports D'Art by Jerry Dowling: Meshugga G, a new weekly panel by Jim Allen.
Jim describes it thusly: Primarily, Meshugga G is a satirical look at management. The setting is in a hospital but focused on the all-too-typical goings-on in any corporate setting. My characters: Phlad, Judy, and Manny take on Lazlo (the VP) and management and then there is Ergo Fay, who's over Safety Dept. and cuts across all department and is from the same mold as Mr. Magoo and Eli Duckett (Last of the Summer Wine).
OLIPHANT COMES TO TOWN
NCS member Tim (Mr. Ollie) Oliphant, of the Southeast Chapter (pictured here wearing one of those Sergio Aragones 'staches), is invading the Great Lakes region. As reported by our own Jerry Dowling, Tim will be conducting a cartooning workshop as part of the ARTivities program in Blue Ash Ohio (near Cincinnati) on Saturday, Novermber 19.
ARTivities are hands on workshops for parents and children (ages 7-12). The workshops are held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the UC Education Center at Blue Ash Elementary (next door to Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfiled Road, Blue Ash, OH 45236). Information, tickets - 513-745-5705
GLyph STORE GETS CLOSER TO HOME
CafePress, the company that produces all the GLyphie items sold through the GLyph Store, (not to mention the limited-run Born Loser 40th Anniversary stuff) has always been based in southern California -- until now. On July 5, the print-per-order company opened its second production facility, this one in Louisville, KY, and your editor was there for the ribbon-cutting. Why? Free hot dogs.
About 30 CafePress shopkeepers, from as far away as Dallas, attended to meet the company founders, tour the new facility and see samples of upcoming products.
The new location means faster delivery of orders for customers in the Great Lakes region, trimming up to two days off the delivery time.
Production Manager Jim, Craig (with free food), and CafePress staff Angela, Kelly, and Henry.
One day this warehouse space will be filled with GLyphie golf shirts, tote bags and trucker hats.
Latest product from CafePress, available in the GLyph Store: Custom postage. This promotional item, approved for domestic use by the US Postal Service, can be produced with your own custom artwork. Send us an e-mail if you want to get details about that.
If you haven't visited the GLC Comics Page lately, go there now to see the latest addition. Harry Slothe, World Famous Private Investigator is a new web comic, and the latest undertaking by Ron Hill. "I draw the strip, Jaime Lombardo writes it. It is a mystery parody with a not-uncommon political/news topical/editorial slant," says Ron. This new launch is actually the second go-round for Harry Slothe. "We did this comic as a strip years ago, in color, on the web, for about 2 years (3 strips a week!!)." The new format is weekly, b&w.
The direct link to the Slothe website is:
Jerry Dowling's weekly sports cartoon, Sports D'Art. is another recent addition to the GLC Comics Page. If you're a GLC member, and have a regularly updating strip that appears on the web, let us know and we'll link it to the comics page.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
WALT DISNEY HOMETOWN TOONFEST
INVITATIONAL CARTOON EXHIBIT
September 16-17, 2005
GLC MEMBERS BORGMAN, WILSON TO APPEAR
The North Central Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society is sponsoring the Walt Disney Hometown Toonfest Invitational Cartoon Exhibit in Marceline, MO. September 16-17. Join the NCS N. Central members and other professional cartoonists in being part of this unique showcase of comic art and humorous iilustration.
The exhibit will be held in the Marceline Masonic Hall and will include work from 2005 Toonfest guest speakers Jim Borgman, co-creator of the popular comic stnp "Zits", Glenn and Gary McCoy, creators of the new comic feature "The Flying McCoys", Tom Wison, Jr., cartoonist of the timeless comic panel "Ziggy", and Pete Docter of Pixar Animation's hit movies "Toy Story I & II", "A Bug's Life", and "Monsters Inc.". If you wish to participate in the exhibit, please submit 3-4 pieces of work. All cartoons should be matted or mounted on mat board with 3" borders on all sides. Entries must be received no later than Sept. 9, 2005. Send cartoons to Disney Hometown Toonfest Office, 207 N. Main St. USA, Marmline, MO 64658. The Toonfest office will return all cartoons to creators postage paid.
For more information on the Toonfest Invitational cartoon Exhibit, e-mail a Toonfest Ambassador at email@example.com or call the Toonfest office at 600-376-9258. You can also visit the Toonfest website at www.toonfest.net
A LOOK BOK
Check out the new Chip Bok collection, The Recent History of the United States in Political Cartoons: A Look Bok. Here's how the publisher, The University of Akron Press descibes the book, which came out in April: History books are often sprinkled with editorial cartoons to illuminate the issues of a period of time. This is a history book of sorts, but with a twist. It is a view of the past twenty-five years through the eyes of an editorial cartoonist, with text used to illuminate the cartoons. It begins in Vietnam and the waning years of the Nixon administration, the launching point of a thousand cartoon careers, and ends in the current war in Iraq.
Sharp-eyed readers of Flo and Friends on 8/4/05 may have noticed a plug for Ohio Pet Plates, which, in real life, were designed by Flo and Friends' artist, Jenny Campbell. This project of Jenny's had a previous mention in NewsBlurts. The Ohio Pet License Plate is a specialty plate that will help raise funds to be used for spay and neuter to prevent pet overpopulation and for education that supports the benefits of sterilization. For more information, go to PetsOhio.com
Now -- can anyone figure out what the message on the eye chart says?
SIMPLE SUMMER PLEASURES ala BORGMAN
Check out the special Jim Borgman feature from the June 3 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer: "The Simple Pleasures of a Cincinnati Summer" is Jim's full-page cartoon essay on the the lazy, hazy, crazy days of the Queen City.
The full-color page is available from the Enquirer website as a downloadable .pdf. Follow this link to Borgman's Enquirer page and click the link just below Jim's editorial cartoon -- the one that says "Borgman's 'Simple Pleasures of a Cincinnati Summer' (PDF)
Recently the GLyph got an e-mail from a visitor to the site who observed that all except for two of the names listed in our member directory were from the first half of the alphabet. "Seems like someone hadn't gotten around to adding the people from the second half to the list," he said, "Or is it a left-brain/right-brain sort of thing and most all cartoonists have names A-M?"
To begin making amends for this embarrassing deficit, we beat the bushes (bushes in Pittsburgh, apparently) and have come up with two new members from the south end of the ABC's.
Wayno is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, and collector of unusual music. His work has appeared in such periodicals as Nickelodeon Magazine, The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, New York Press, Worth, National Geographic Kids, and many others. He has illustrated CD covers for Rhino, Merge, Get Hip, Arf! Arf! and Basta, and dozens of cards for American Greetings Company. He's also created 163 (and counting) portraits of recording stars for Rhino. Wayno works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife, Kimberly.
Wayno is a fan of cartoonist Virgil Partch. Good choice! We'll get more in-depth with our new member soon, but in the meantime, see more at www.wayno.com
Mark Zingarelli has already attended a GLC meeting, and has even turned up on our website before -- Check the photos of the Pittsburgh meeting from earlier this year and you'll find him. We must have been on our best behavior then, 'cause he decided to join up!
Another Pittsburgh guy, Mark's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Newsweek, among many others. He's worked with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor, and even appeared in the film! He loves Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy, and enjoys drawing strippers and Mexican wrestlers in street clothes.
The above details were cribbed from Mark's website, www.houseofzing.com, and from a Fall, 2004 interview with Mark which will help fill in some of the patchy spots for interested parties. As with Wayno, we'll get some more detailed info about Mark in an upcoming newsletter, or here in the site.
Welcome to Mark and Wayno, and we'll look forward to seeing you both at upcoming GLC proms and Fiestaware parties!
SPEED BUMP GIVES, GETS AWARDS
Hop on over to www.speedbump.com and see the winning entry in Dave Coverly's Speed Bump Caption Contest, as previously noted in this column. Lots of other Speed Bump news, including Dave's Book Of The Year award from ForeWord Magazine for his Speed Bump: Ideas For Cartoon People book.
CONGRATULATIONS JEFF SMITH
The Harvey Awards were presented in New York on June 12, and our own Jeff Smith walked away with awards in both the Best Cartoonist and the Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work categories. That second win was for Jeff's Bone: One Volume Edition, published under his Cartoon Books imprint.
The Harveys are named for Mad Magazine mastermind Harvey Kurtzman.
C.F. PAYNE TIME
It's always worth noting when the GLC's Chris Payne does a new TIME cover. This nifty one, adorning the June 13 edition, illustrates an article on the latest ins and outs of the real estate market.
Unlike many Payne illustrations, the figure in this painting is not based on a particular person.
More Chris Payne Time covers can be found by browsing Time's online cover gallery.
Jerry Dowling's role at Cincinnati's weekly alternative newspaper CityBeat has shifted, from resident sports column illustrator to resident editorial sports cartoonist.
"I illustrated a sports column for Bill Peterson for the last two years but I couldn't make any of my own comments. I had a very late deadline and sometimes had to work into the early morning to get them finished," says Jerry."The end result was not as good as I wanted. I used to do editorial news cartoons for them, so I thought Let's see if I can talk them into replacing the illustration with an editorial sports cartoon. They agreed and I'm now doing them every Wednesday.
"With this nutty city, there's even an overflow of themes to go after. And with CityBeat being an alternative newspaper, I can be more edgy with the cartoons than a mainstream paper. Gonna be fun."
Jerry's weekly panel is titled SPORTS D'ART.
A DECADE OF PEOPLES
Our pal and fellow GLC member Don Peoples is gearing up for a summer-long display of his editorial cartoon work at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, OH. The show, which encompases a decade of Don's drawings, range from local to international in theme.
Don's show runs from June 27 to August 5 at the Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The Center is dedicated to teaching, promoting and presenting the visual arts in the Chagrin Valley. For more info on the center, click HERE.
Two of the cartoons in the exhibit were published in the book Attack of the Political Cartoonists by J.P.Trostle. The book, which also features the GLC's Chip Bok and Jeff Stahler, is available through our online GLyph Bookstore. Another cartoon in the exhibit was published in So What If They Can't Take a Joke! As part of a contest, Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Trudeau and women's rights leader Gloria Steinem selected the cartoons for that book. Two appeared in the Cleveland Monitor newspaper. One was in the Clarke County (Alabama) Democrat newspaper.
Don, who is a graphic artist for the Akron-Summit County Public Library, says, "When a news story really grabs may attention, and when I have enough time, I have to draw it out on paper."
Left: An example of Don's editorial cartoon work.
Congratulations to the GLC's Michael McParlane -- pictured above with the lovely Kathryn McParlane a mere hour or two before swooping in and claiming the 2005 Reuben Award, Newspaper Illustration Division. Looking pretty good, aren't they? And where do we get shirt studs like that?
Michael says being handed the award by the legendary Jack Davis was icing on the cake. No argument!
A full report on the 2005 Reuben weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona, is forthcoming. In the meantime, check out Michael's fine work -- strike that -- award-winning work -- at his website.
Who says The GLyph doesn't stay on top of things? This one must have slipped behind the stack of papers on our desk -- It's a breaking story about the GLC's enterprising Pete Hoffman landing a promising gig at The Warren News. You know, the Warren News, the rag published by the Warren School. You know, where Pete attends kindergarten.
This story is undated, but some clues to its vintage may be gleaned from the opening line: "Warren school has a budding Bud Fisher, aged four." That would be the Mutt and Jeff Bud Fisher.
Left: Pete then; Right: Pete now
Click on newspaper clipping at right to see full-size image
The story goes on to say that Pete has apparently been blowing off his calculus classes and instead been doing 'practically all the illustrations for the school newspaper.'
"Peter even at his tender age evinces a boldness and sweep in his drawings which seem to point to a brilliant career as cartoonist or illustrator."
Another clue to the newspaper story's vintage is the partial ad on the right-hand side of the clipping, advertising something for a dollar. How many decades has it been since you could buy something for a dollar?
Well, let's do the math. A current GLyph story gives Pete's age at 85. And this older story says four, so this story has been developing for some 81 years. Good luck to young Peter Hoffman!
Also unearthed is this 1950's vintage photo of Pete and his cronies at a hotel in Cleveland. The gentlemen, from left to right, are identified as 'Hurd, Holman, Scott, Hoffman and Smith.'
Thanks to Pete Hoffman and Steve Boreman
CAL'S IN THE HOUSE
Bill Watterson has placed more than 3,000 original Calvin and Hobbes comic strips from his personal collection on long term deposit at The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library.
According to the library's curator Lucy Shelton Caswell, "Bill Watterson is unusual among cartoonists since he kept virtually all of his original comic strips. The collection he has placed here is unusually complete. We are delighted to have this archive."
The original Calvin and Hobbes comic strips are available at the Cartoon Research Library under its special collections use regulations. For further information, contact the library by e-mail at or by telephone at (614) 292-0538. An illustration is available upon request. Researchers interested in seeing this work are encouraged to make advance arrangements.
A pair of the eleven national attractions showcased in the latest issue of The Comics Buyer's Guide are located in the GLC's own back yard. The article, "The United States of Comics: 11 Must-See Places for Traveling Comic-Book Fans (issue #1606, July 2005)," provides a handy short list of destinations for vacationing comics-lovers.
First up is the OSU Cartoon Research Library in Columbus, Ohio, which has been the site of many GLC events. The article describes the library's mission as one of "developing a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art." Most recently, the GLC attended a reception for Mad Magazine editor Al Feldstein. The related "Humor In A Jugular Vein" exhibit of Mad Magazine art and artifacts in the library gallery is mentioned in the CBG article.
The second must-see site for visitors traveling through the Great Lakes region is the MSU Comic Collection in Lansing, Michigan. The Michigan State University Comic Art Collection houses some 200,000 comic books in its East Lansing library, including more than 1,000 books containing newspaper strips. Readers are welcome during normal library hours.
Rounding out the list are: The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York, New York; The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; Disney World in Orlando, Florida; The Superman Museum in Metropolis, Illinois; Heritage Comics in Dallas, Texas; Camp Snoopy in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mile High Comics in Denver, Colorado; Comic-Con International in San Diego, California; and 'comic-book cultural meccas' San Francisco and Oakland, California.
The Comics Buyer's Guide is billed as "The World's Longest-Running Magazine About Comics."