“Toonami” Here to Stay

Cartoon Network execs have opted to keep the “Toonami” title on a block of cartoons despite the recent tsunami disaster.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, Cartoon Network General Manager Jim Samples calls it “obviously an unfortunate rhyme” but defends the choice saying “it’s a brand we’ve had out there for a long time.”

The channel pulled an upcoming episode of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi that included characters surfing a tsunami and is readying a campaign to inspire viewers to help those in need.

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CBS Sunday Morning Features New Yorker Cartoonists

Yesterday morning CBS Sunday Morning ran a nice little feature entitled “Drawn to Success” about The New Yorker and its cartoonists. (Thanks to my father-in-law for calling to remind me it was on!)

It was a nice enough little thing and it was fun to see where my cartoons go to be rejected. They presented a nice selection of cartoons including fellow Chicagoan Pat Byrnes’ “…half a sandwich.”

Mankoff cleans up nice, but I thought the “The New Yorker is to cartoons what God is to religion” comment was perhaps a tad much and prompts this brief rant:

The New Yorker is a great magazine and presents its cartoons and cartoonists extremely well. I’d say they’re certainly the gag cartoonist’s dream gig, and I hope to see one of mine in the “yes” basket someday. But it’s not the only place for great cartoons.

Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Harvard Business Review, Barron’s, Forbes… All quality publications publishing quality cartoons.

Anyway, it’s nice to see cartoons and cartoonists getting some decent press for once.

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Inside the Cartoonist’s Studio – Malcolm Mayes

Inside the Cartoonist's Studio

This week Inside the Cartoonist’s Studio has an international flavor (or “flavour” as long as we’re being worldly) as we welcome Edmonton Journal editorial cartoonist, founder of Artizans.com, and just all around good guy, Malcolm Mayes!

1) If you were to cast a movie entirely with cartoon characters, what movie would it be and who would star in it?

I’d cast Homer Simpson and SpongeBob Squarepants in a buddy film — sort of a Dumb and Dumber film about discovery. Homer would discover he lusts after BBQ pork, while SpongeBob would discover there’s someone even dumber than Patrick.

2) You’re a syndicate editor launching a new comic strip. What’s the worst possible title you can think of?

Hagar the Horrible by Chris Browne.

3) A light bulb over a cartoon’s head signifies an idea, while a string of random characters denotes swearing. Invent a new cartooning icon and what it means.


This would denote a quote that was so idiotic, that is wasn’t worth repeating. For example, if President George Bush was asked to justify his Iraq policy, he might reply…

“*********, *********** *** ** ******* ** ********!”

Thanks a bunch, Malcolm! Be sure to check out Malcolm and other fine cartoonists at Artizans.com!