Monday, June 25, 2007

New Poll -- Greg Evans Luann Comic Strip Poll

On the right is the new poll inspired by the Brad/Toni/Dirk storyline. Vote early and often.

End of For Better or For Worse Poll

Here's the final results. Unfortunately, due to a different storyline now with April and Shannon, we're forced to wait to know if Anthony made his move ... or if the Best Man made his ... or if Warren has completely flown from the plot.

** Jackie's opinion alert/interjection: I'm not an Anthony fan, and not alone. I'd rather that Liz discover the hunky fireman that delivered Mike and Dee's photo album or meet someone completely new -- or lived life single for awhile, as there is more to life than landing a partner and having kids. It does look like Lynn Johnston has planned this pairing of Liz and Anthony for awhile, but I still hold out some small ray of hope that she swerves from that storyline and gives the readers a whole different story ending than what appears to be the inevitable.

Ken Alvine Spotlight - Part III

This is an excerpt from an interview in the North Central Chapter newsletter that Ken provided for this spotlight:

Tooner: You won the prestigious Silver T-Square in our meeting in Sioux Falls. (what year?) Tell us what the award is for?
"I was honored with the ""Tim Rosenthal Award" by our Chapter and the NCS. (not the Silver T-Square Award). This award is given to a cartoonist for volunteerism and promotion of cartoons and cartooning throughout industry and community. I can't tell you how very honored I was to receive this award from the chapter members along with Mort Walker & Greg Evans at the chapter meeting in Sioux Falls. "

Tooner: Who are the artists/cartoonists (or other people) who have been your inspirations in your life and work?
"When I was in Art School I really had three favorite cartoons. I felt these cartoonists influenced me to pursue cartooning. The three cartoonists were ..Johnny Hart "B.C.", Tom Ryan "Tumbleweed" and Mel Lazarus "Miss Peach" and "Momma". Today I have gotten to know all three of these Cartoonists!! "

Tooner: What benefits have you gained by being actively involved with the North Central chapter?

"Meeting and getting to know some of the finest people and best cartoonists in the country!!"

Tooner: There are rumors you are retiring. You're too young to retire, aren't you?
"Yes and No..I would like to change some of my daily reponsibilitiess. (I turn 64 this year) I plan on giving up corporate management responsibilites in my Publishing company and no longer produce many of the Education project I do every year such as coloring books. However, I will not turn down a book. I still plan on teaching some Cartoon classes. I did not renew my contract with the State of SD to teach cartooning. I am still working with some clients on internal projects. I will always try to keep be busy...Hopefully, just not as busy. "

Comic Fans - Grow Up (article on Salon)

Link here

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Ken Alvine Spotlight - Part II

This is Ken's interview for NSC Tooner:

"I always had a interest in Cartooning since I was a child. Like many of us I drew the cartoons for the school paper and was always creating my own cartoon characters. While working for the Boeing com pany I shared a studio with Al Wiseman who did the "Dennis the Menace" comic books for like 15 years and George Costa a former Art Director for Disney. This experience really got me interested in cartooning as a career. In addition, I started free lancing doing cartoons for car dealerships etc. around the Seattle area. "

"When I moved back to the midwest I continued freelancing and doing cartoons when ever I could. I did many cartoons for our agency clients. About 1975 I started my comic production company .. The company works in all areas of cartooning...Commercial, book illustration, coloring books, TV and what ever else comes along.I have used a lot of cartoonists friends like Dave Carpenter and Paul Fell to help me with some of these cartoon clients. In 1989 I was honored to be a guest speaker at the Stanley Awards in Sydney Australia."

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Comic Strip -- Lio

Pretty decent strip. It's kind of Calvin and Hobbes meets The Addam's family. Completely speechless and worth reading. Click the icon to link you to today's strip.
(And if you check out the comic strip "Retail" -- there's a nod and the Lio character is active in the story line.) (June 18, 19, 2007 etc.)

June 20 Blondie Comic -- Johnny Hart reference

I love it when the comic strip artists play tribute to each other.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Spotlight this week - Ken Alvine

The spotlight information today is from content Ken shared in an interview with the Tooner.

Tooner: Ken, tell us the story of your life.
I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota...Graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver and the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition I took graduate course in film and television from the University of South Dakota.

After school Uncle Sam encouraged me to serve 6 years in the Air National Guard. During this time I met Judy an R.N. from Seattle married in 1966. We have two daughters, two grandaughters and one grandson.

Tooner: Like many of us, your background was in advertising. Did you own your own agency? What kind of projects did you do?
After graduating from College and Art School I worked in many areas of advertising. My first job was a graphic designer for a printing compnay..then on to Boeing where I worked as graphic designer on the Boeing 747 project. Here I designed brochures and slide shows for the 747 communication and sales dept. Returned to the midwest where I ran the Advertising Dept. for a retail chain, managed an in house Advertising Agency for a large Ag. company and created the graphic design program and taught graphic Design at the post high level for the Southeast Area technical school.

During this time I served as President of the South Dakota Advertisiing Federation and created and helped in the development of our family Amusement Park and Water Park.. "Wild Water West" and "Adventure Park. "

In the 1979 I started my own Advertising Agency..The company worked with a variety of clients large and small. We created a lot of corporate campaigns, print material as well as televsion commercials and sales videos. Duuring this time I also started my Publishing company where I produce Calendars and Almanacs for drug stores nationally.
The publishing company also does chlidren education coloring books and calendars etc. I down sized the agency after ten years and decided to spend most of my energies in my comic production business.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Editorial Cartoon Site

Click on the graphic to take you there.
Make sure to click through all the cartoons featured!

I'm also impressed with their Cartoons for the Classroom feature.

Video Friday -- Best Cartoonist Video of the '80's

I LOVED this video when it came out, still do. Loved the idea of being interactive and jumping into comic strips and stories.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

New Comic Strip - Biographics by Steve McGarry

Here's the link to preview his strip.

Pretty neat, there's Flash Animation for those who read their strips on the web, and there's a print version.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

For Better or For Worse Comic Strip Poll -- Lizardbreath

For any of you lurking or following this comic strip -- I'll try really hard to not subject you to my bias (until the comment section) of how Lynn Johnston is appearing to wrap up her Elizabeth and suitor storyline.

Instead, please feel free to take the FOOB poll at the right hand sidebar and discuss in comments section!

Scott Ehrisman Spotlight - Part 3

What medium do you most enjoy working with or prefer to work in?
Cartooning: Computer drawn
ART: Mixed media and digital photography

Who would be your main influences in your work? Who do you most admire?
Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth - because of his counter culture stance on art. And Andy
Warhol for turning graphic design into art.

What is your dream career?
Full-time artist

Do you have any favorite internet links that you'd like to direct us to?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sioux Falls Cartoonist Conspiracy Meeting

June 28th
Skelly's Pub
6 to 8/9ish

Scott Ehrisman Spotlight - Part 2

** As you continue to read about our featured artist, Scott, don't forget to click here to listen to >Scott's blend of fine music for your blog reading experience. **

In some ways, Scott's artwork resembles the "Funk Art" created by artists in San Francisco during the late 1960s and early 1970s. That superficial resemblance is not a matter of direct influence, but rather is due to Ehrisman and the artists of that era having similar sources of inspiration -- like that of underground comics, performance art, highly commercialized culture surrounding popular music, and a Dada-inspired appreciation for nonsense that informs both the Pop Art movement and much of contemporary art.

Ehrisman's education background:

Associate Degree of Applied Science
Graphic Design and Print Production
Southeast Tech, Sioux Falls

Mixed Media Painting, Sculpture, and Collage
Digital Photography (contemporary and abstract)
Graphic Design
Computer Illustration
Political Cartoons

Future of Where You'll Get Your News --- Attn. Editorial Cartoonists!

Remember the good ol' days when Walter Cronkite was considered the most trustworthy source of news?

I came across this article in another blog. It doesn't surprise me at all, as I'm watching less and less and reading more online. More and more, however, I think about my research and writing instructor, Gary Steinley, and his mantra "Be critical consumers of your literature." Just because items are in print, or in other forms of media -- check the validity and reliability of your source!

How does this affect editorial cartoonists though? Already, I see that even in blogoshere that in order for bloggers to earn an income, they've got to rely on ads -- (and no doubt, some are sponsored by corporations or campaigns as well.) How does pay come to be for an online editorial cartoonist?

Just tossing something out here to see if it generates some discussion or further thought.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Monday Night is Alright For Drawing!

... Get a little sketching in. (Nod to Elton John's Saturday Night's Alright for Fightin')

Leah shares the following information for Sioux Falls cartoonists/artists/drawers. Drawing Classes/Gatherings are every Monday Night.

There will be community drawing class tonight at the Augustana Center for Visual Arts. Class starts at 6:30 and usually runs till 8:30, but you’re free to come and go as you please. Cost is $5-6 depending on how many people come to class. We have easels and chairs and boards to clip your pads (you may need to bring your own clip, but I’ve got plenty if people need one).

Everyone there draws with all kinds of mediums – charcoal, pencil, conte, pastels, pen, ink – so feel free to draw with what you’re comfortable with. It’s a pretty laid-back crowd, so you don’t need to feel self-conscious if it’s been a long time since you’ve done figure studies – it’s not like someone’s going to walk by and laugh or anything (unless it’s a funny nude, in which case it’s a completely different story).

To get to the classroom, go in the main entrance on the north side of the building (you can find the Augie Art building on MapQuest) and go down the hallway to your right; it’s the second door on your right. I may be late tonight, depending on how long it takes to get my car fixed after work, but I’ll be there if you don’t want to show up without knowing anyone! Plus, Ken comes pretty regularly as well.

We’re trying to keep the group running strong through the summer, so please come if you’re interested! Thank you!

Breaking News!

Cartoonist Bio -- Scott L. Ehrisman -- Part 1

During the last several years, Scott Ehrisman has developed into one of the most high-profile artists currently working in the Sioux Falls area. He is an acknowledged leader amoung the more cutting-edge artists within the local art and popular culture.

Ehrisman approaches his art from a professional background working in the field of commercial art and graphic design. His artwork reflects a sharply satirical sense of humor and a keenly insightful appreciation for contemporary popular culture.
**To listen to some of Scott's favorite music, click here to hear Scott's Blend Playlist, or find his playlist on the right column! **

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Cartoonist Biographies

Click the graphic above to take you there.
Speaking of cartoonist biographies, we're going to try to spotlight out local cartoonist, one cartoonist a week coming up next week. Stay tuned!

"Toons Tunes -- Playlist of the Week

Yoiks! If you are hearing music, it's the playlist of the week on the right hand side. If you don't like this new feature, just click the pause button. If this feature isn't working, do let me know!

Three 'toon themed tunes were selected this week. A change of music will happen periodically, though I'll try to do updates and not have the music come on automatically.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Wouldn't it be great if this guy were a South Dakotan???

This gem is on YouTube. Love the style, illustrations and would love to know if any of these are published and in children's book form yet. ALSO like that his work is put to music and up and at 'em on YouTube. Don't forget the YouTube Challenge, cartoonists!!!!

(BTW, here's a thought. All us cartoonists kick in $$$$$$, buy his house, turn it into our cartoonist SD getaway timeshare.)

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Berkely Breathed Interview - Salon

Here's the interview and apparently his Opus strip is now being run on Salon as well.

LOVED Bloom County back in the '80s.

Blog Find of the Day + Reuben Pictures in it

Mike Lynch's blog. Plus there are pictures of cartoonists at the Reubens.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Our blog - award winning!

Well .... kinda. ;-) I spotted this award on another site and wanted to check it out.

Friday, June 1, 2007

It's Weird Al Friday!

In honor of Weird Al and our getting tickets to his show Aug. 25th at the Corn Palace -- here's a video. (This is my 4th, hubby's 3rd time catching Weird Al in concert -- I highly recommend his show to all cartoonists and those that love to laugh!)

(This is a parody of RKelly's "Trapped In The Closet", BTW.)