Category Archives: Cartoons

Exploring Calvin and Hobbes Exhibition Catalogue

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Enjoy this beautiful companion book to the extensive Exploring Calvin and Hobbes exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library. Includes an in-depth, original,and lengthy interview with Bill Watterson.

Exploring Calvin and Hobbes is the catalogue for an exhibition by the same name at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University that ran in 2014. The exhibit is Bill Watterson’s personal exploration of how the wonder of Calvin and Hobbes came to be. It includes original art of Calvin and Hobbes, along with Watterson’s original commentary. The show also includes art from cartoons and cartoonists that Watterson has identified as influential in the development of his art, including Peanuts, Pogo, Krazy Kat, Doonesbury, Pat Oliphant, Jim Borgman, Flash Gordon, Bloom County, and Steadman. The book also includes an extensive, original interview with Watterson by Jenny Robb, the exhibition’s curator.

The 160 page paperback will be available everywhere books are sold! You can order your copy HERE for $19.99.

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Clever Popeye Tattoo

Here’s a clever Popeye tattoo inked by Alina Fokina, an artist in Ufa, Russia.

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A New DuckTales Is Coming To Disney XD In 2017

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Whether you grew up on the Disney Afternoon, or you’re just a fan of iconic Disney animation, we think you’ll be excited to learn that an all-new DuckTales, an animated comedy series based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, has been ordered for launch in 2017 on DisneyXD channels around the world. Set to be produced by Disney Television Animation (DTVA), the new series will again star Disney’s enduringly popular characters: Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and Donald Duck. The announcement was made today by Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming, and General Manager, DisneyXD.

Buhaj said, “DuckTales has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history, it drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”

The new series’ adventures will once again take viewers along as Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews—Huey, Dewey, and Louie—and the optimistic-yet-temperamental Donald Duck embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley, and Webbigail Vanderquack.

A generation’s seminal cartoon, the Emmy Award-winning DuckTales led the daily syndicated cartoon block “The Disney Afternoon” with 100 episodes produced by DTVA from 1987–‘90. An animated theatrical film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, premiered in 1990.

The original DuckTales is currently available on WATCH Disney Channel, an app that allows consumers to watch on tablet, phones, computer, and set top boxes.

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NECA To Release Wave 5 Action Figures Featuring Matt Groening, Lenny Kravitz, Adam West, Stan Lee & Tom Petty

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The National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, announced today the next line-up of celebrities as part of The Simpsons exclusive “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” program. The fifth installment of talent in this limited-edition boutique collection includes Matt Groening, Lenny Kravitz, Adam West, Stan Lee and Tom Petty. In addition, the fourth wave of celebrity figures and merchandise featuring Buzz Aldrin, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Weird Al and Aerosmith is now available at various retailers, including Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com, as well as Hastings.

The limited-edition boutique collection includes a diverse array of products including figures, collectibles and apparel featuring the animated likenesses of 25 of the most celebrated guest stars as they appeared on the show. This is the first time in The Simpsons’ 25-year history that merchandise has been designed around celebrity guest stars like Hugh Hefner, James Brown, Yao Ming, Tom Hanks, Kid Rock, The Who, Britney Spears, Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless, Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy, R.E.M. and Tony Hawk.

The “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” program launched in early 2014, with product roll-outs continuing throughout the year. New products will continue to be introduced every two to three months, featuring different groupings of guest stars, with limited quantities available at select retailers worldwide.

For more information about the “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” program, visit http://thesimpsons.necaonline.com.

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The 40 Best Cartoon Characters of All Time

Paste Magazine thought it would be interesting to celebrate TV cartoon characters, young and old, that they hold dear. The magazine came up with 50 great ones like The Simpsons and Looney Tunes, but also tried to diversify the list. Who made # 1? Find out HERE. Are there any favorite cartoon characters of yours that did not make the cut?


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What If Cartoons Were Real?

Here are some artistic interpretations of what animated characters would look like if they were real people.

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Calvin

Boop

Bart

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beevis

buthead

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Hero Complex Gallery Announces Strong To The Finich! An Official Popeye Tribute Art Show Opening On September 5, 2014

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Four years in the making, Hero Complex Gallery announces  Strong To The Finich! An Official Popeye Tribute Art Show celebrating 85 years of Popeye the Sailor!

The show is curated by illustrator, Chogrin who has picked over 100 artists from around the world to pay their own unique tribute to the legendary sailor, created by E.C. Segar in 1929.

The show will premiere on September 5th, 2014.

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NECA Announces Simpsons 25th Anniversary Guest Stars Series 3 Featuring Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy & R.E.M

Simpsons fans rejoice! National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, announced today the next line-up of celebrities appearing in NECA’s exclusive “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” program.

The third installment of talent in this limited-edition boutique collection includes Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy and R.E.M.

In addition, the second wave of five celebrity figures and merchandise, featuring The Who, Britney Spears, Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless and Tony Hawk, is now available at various retailers, including Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com, as well as Hastings.

This product line joins the first wave of the limited-edition collection celebrating “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars,” which includes Hugh Hefner, James Brown, Yao Ming, Tom Hanks and Kid Rock products that have been available to consumers since Feb. 2014.

The limited-edition boutique collection includes a diverse array of products including figures, collectibles and apparel featuring the animated likenesses of 25 of the most celebrated guest stars as they appeared on the show.

The “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” program launched in early 2014, with product roll-outs continuing throughout the year. New products will continue to be introduced every two to three months, featuring different groupings of guest stars, with limited quantities available at select retailers worldwide.

For more information about the “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” program, visit http://thesimpsons.necaonline.com. The figures will arrive in June.

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Funko Announces Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Figures

Hanna-Barbera is the latest addition to Funko’s Pop! Animation line! Look for Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Frankenstein Jr. and Hong Kong Phooey to arrive in June.

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Crosley To Release Special Collectible Peanuts Themed Turntable On Record Store Day – April 19, 2014

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Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.

Crosley has announced that they will be releasing a Peanuts-themed turntable that will be available for sale at participating record stores on Record Store Day 2014.

Here are the details:

– Only 2,200 made worldwide
– Briefcase-styled record player is constructed of wood and bound in a leatherette material
– NP6 Needle
– Belt-Driven Turntable Mechanism
– Manual Return Tone Arm
– Plays 3 Speeds – 33 1/3, 45 And 78 RPM Records
– Dynamic Full Range Stereo Speakers
– Output – RCA, Headphone Jack
– AC Power Adapter
– Dimensions (L x W x H) = 4.63 x 14 x 10.5
– Weight 5.5
– Price = $119

For more information about participating record stores please click HERE.

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