Category Archives: Cartoons

DC Commemorates 80 Years Of Batman With Mural Art Series In Major Cities

Heading into the summer celebrations of Batman 80th, DC is bringing fans a series of murals inspired by The World’s Greatest Detective in four cities across the country. The first mural was unveiled last week in Seattle at the city’s landmark music venue, The Crocodile. Painted by locally celebrated artist, Joey Nix, the 10-foot painting is currently on display for fans to visit through the end of June. Batman also appeared in a life-size mural that was revealed today in Bentonville at 116 E. Central Ave. by local muralist, Octavio Logo. Additional installations from a collection of local artists will also debut in Dallas and at the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank later this summer.

Featuring locally-inspired iterations of the iconic Bat symbol, fans can visit the Instagrammable murals and pose in front of giant Bat wings to celebrate Batman in their city and share photos on social media with the hashtag, #LongLiveTheBat. Local artists in the various cities will pay homage to Batman’s 80-year legacy in pop culture through the immersive murals.

One of Seattle’s most prominent muralists, Joey Nix is behind the Emerald City’s newest tribute to the Dark Knight. Known for his photorealistic style in portraits of local heroes, Nix focuses on emotional realism by highlighting personal stories and revealing the inner truths of his subjects. As a longtime advocate for the Seattle graffiti art and mural scene, Nix has also curated an alley beautification program in the local neighborhood of Belltown, featuring artwork by well-known muralists from around the world.

Acclaimed Mexican artist, Octavio Logo brings his signature dramatic style to the Batman mural in Bentonville, mixing vivid colors with bold designs. Growing up in Mexico City, Logo is known for combining his cultural experiences in Mexico and the U.S. through street art, using elements of magical realism and incorporating social commentary into his work. Logo has been contributing to the Bentonville street art scene since 2012, where he actively participates in public murals, local art exhibits, galleries and more.

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Check Out The First New Looney Tunes Cartoon Short: Dynamite Dance

In what was one of the most-anticipated presentations of the week, Warner Bros. Animation today unveiled the first batch of finished shorts from the upcoming series Looney Tunes Cartoons in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

One of the shorts screened during the presentation was “Dynamite Dance,” directed by David Gemmill. In addition to screening multiple shorts, executive producer Pete Browngardt and supervising producer Alex Kirwan gave Annecy attendees a behind-the-scenes look inside the program’s production process.

Looney Tunes Cartoons kicked off its week at Annecy as part of the Opening Ceremony festivities, with shorts screening in front of the festival’s opening night film, Playmobil: The Movie, as well as during the festival’s open-air screenings.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is a series of new short form cartoons starring the iconic and beloved Looney Tunes characters. With a crew of some of the premier artists working in animation today, each “season” will produce 1,000 minutes of all-new Looney Tunes animation that will be distributed across multiple platforms — including digital, mobile and broadcast.

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Check Out These Wonderful Charlie Brown/Batman Mashup Prints By Raid71

UK based Artist Raid 71 has created these adorable Charlie Brown/Batman mashup prints. Each limited edition giclée print measures 5×5”. 

The set of 4 will be signed and numbered and can be ordered HERE for £25.

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The National Cartoonists Society Announces NCSFest, A Celebration of Comics & Cartoon Art

The National Cartoonists Society announces the inaugural NCSFest, a celebration of comics and cartoon art from all over the world. The festival will be held over the weekend of May 17-19, 2019 in Huntington Beach, California.

Hundreds of the world’s most celebrated creators will attend the three-day event, participating in seminars, exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, signing sessions, and the artists alley. Among the world-renowned creators already confirmed to appear are: Daniel Clowes, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Patrick McDonnell, and Sergio Aragonés. The full list of artists can be found HERE.

Downtown Huntington Beach will be the setting, with all events staged beachside, on the iconic pier, at the city’s Arts Center and library and in local hotels and businesses, all within easy walking distance. 

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Super 7 Holiday He-Man 7″ Club Grayskull Collection Figure

Arriving this Cyber Monday: Straight out of an 80’s Christmas in Eternia! Masters of the Universe – Holiday He-Man 7″ Club Grayskull Collection Figure. 

The new He-Man sculpt with Santa Hat inspired by the 1985 Masters of the Universe Christmas Episode! Holiday He-Man comes with new candy cane sword and snow covered packaging. Everything is gift wrapped in 1984-style MOTU Christmas wrapping paper. This is a limited edition release that comes packaged in an additional outer shipping box.

Holiday He-Man will go on sale this Monday (11/26) sometime between 12:00PM and 12:15PM PST in the Super7 webstore. There will be a limit of 2 (TWO) per customer and orders will start shipping in early-December.

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Cartoonist Raina Telgemeier Will Publish Two New Books in 2019: Share Your Smile & Guts

Scholastic has announced new publishing from its acclaimed Graphix imprint by #1 New York Times bestselling creator, Raina Telgemeier. Telgemeier announced the news before a live audience at New York Comic Con, to great excitement and cheers. 

“Raina Telgemeier has changed the face of middle-grade reading and has galvanized kids to embrace comics in a way the industry has never seen before,” said Cassandra Pelham Fulton, Scholastic Executive Editor. 

“Scholastic is honored to be Raina’s publishing home, and we know fans have been eagerly awaiting her next Graphix book. We are beyond thrilled to announce that we’re launching not one, but two incredible new projects in 2019!” 

On April 30, 2019, Telgemeier will release Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story, an interactive journal and how-to guide for creating comics, with a first printing of 500,000 copies. For readers interested in writing, drawing, or both, Share Your Smile will guide readers in brainstorming ideas, making lists, featuring their personal photos, and using their imagination as a catalyst for storytelling. For additional inspiration, Share Your Smile also features a behind-the-scenes look at Telgemeier’s work, including a teaser to her new memoir. 

With a first printing of one million copies, Guts will publish on September 10, 2019, Telgemeier’s latest memoir following her #1 New York Times bestsellers Smile (2010) and Sisters (2014). Thoughtful, charming, and funny, Guts brings readers a true story of growing up and gathering the courage to face—and conquer—one’s fears. In Guts, young Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble isn’t going away…and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. 

“Readers respond to honest, personal storytelling,” said Telgemeier. “Guts may be my most personal story yet, and I had to summon a lot of courage to create it! In a similar vein, Share Your Smile is meant to help budding young cartoonists find their voices and tell their own stories. I can’t wait to share these two works with everyone!” 

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It’s Saturday Morning!: Celebrating The Golden Era of Cartoons 1960s – 1990s

With concept art, archival images, and all-new interviews, It’s Saturday Morning!: Celebrating The Golden Era of Cartoons 1960s – 1990s celebrates the shows, characters, songs, and commercials that made Saturday mornings a pop culture event.

Broadcasting into family living rooms from the 1960s to the 1990s, this wildly creative art form wrought a beloved rite of passage. From the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., parents could sleep in while their children plopped on the couch to consume cartoons galore. From The Bugs Bunny Show, The Jetsons, and Jonny Quest to The Smurfs, He-Man, and Animaniacs, this window of time promised pure entertainment and an experience that united generations.

With concept art, archival images, and all-new interviews, this collection is a celebration and exploration of the shows, characters, songs, and TV commercials that made Saturday morning cartoons a pop culture event. This highly produced package is perfect for artists and illustrators, pop culture fanatics, or anyone who loves a heaping portion of nostalgia.

The 224 page book will be released on October 23, 2018 and retail for $35.

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The Art of Rube Goldberg To Open October 12, 2018 At The National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is pleased to announce The Art of Rube Goldberg, an exhibition that celebrates the groundbreaking artwork of Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) – one of the most influential and prolific cartoon illustrators of the twentieth century who is best known for his whimsical invention drawing cartoons. Marking the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Rube Goldberg’s work since 1970, the exhibition chronicles all aspects of the artist’s seventy-two-year career, from his earliest published drawings and iconic inventions to his Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons and beyond. The Art of Rube Goldberg will be on view at NMAJH on Historic Independence Mall in Philadelphia from October 12, 2018 through January 21, 2019. The Museum is offering free admission in honor of Election Day on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Bringing together never-before-exhibited original works of art, preparatory drawings, video, and related ephemera, The Art of Rube Goldberg offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to witness the development of Goldberg’s artwork and trace his rise to prominence as well as his lasting inspiration for generations of aspiring scientists and engineers and for inventors of all ages. It provides an intimate look into the life and legacy of one of the keenest and wittiest observers of modern times, whose name has entered the cultural lexicon and whose influence continues to reverberate into the twenty-first century.

Born in San Francisco and later graduating from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in engineering, it’s no surprise that Goldberg’s academic roots informed his crowning artistic achievement: his invention drawings. Featured prominently in the exhibition, this section explores how Goldberg’s zany contraptions caught the popular imagination and became—as he put it—“a symbol of man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to achieve minimal results,” highlighting their unique burlesque of our modern age of invention while making him a cultural icon.

The exhibition provides the opportunity to explore the scientific legacy of Rube’s work. In many ways Rube Goldberg could be considered the grandfather of STEM education; Rube blended Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math long before the acronym existed. Paired with his zany and fun invention drawings and political cartoons, Rube also pioneered STEAM, with “Art” playing a key role.

The Art of Rube Goldberg allows for NMAJH to offer different types of interactive learning one would not expect from a history museum. NMAJH will be hosting a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) for high school aged students. The contest requires students to build overly complicated and comically contrived inventions that complete a simple task. RGMCs teach creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking. Educational projects in which students have the opportunity to make something help students develop STEM skills by problem-solving. This year marks the 30th anniversary of RGMCs, which now include participants from more than a dozen countries in both online and live events. This is the first RGMC hosted in the Philadelphia area since 2015. Student groups of 5 or more can register for NMAJH’s contest at rubegoldberg.com. Registration opens in September and closes in November. Scholarships to cover the entrance fee are available.

While Goldberg never built the machines featured in his iconic invention drawings, visitors to the exhibition will experience an interactive “play” area of the exhibition. Visitors of all ages will be able to try existing simple machines as well as build their own Rube Goldberg machines of varying skill levels. The Art of Rube Goldberg aims to preserve Rube’s legacy as a leader in American innovation and humor, and inspire unconventional thinking for future generations.

The exhibition includes Goldberg’s innovative early work, with original drawings that reveal the beginnings of his comic style; then follows his steady rise to fame as a nationally syndicated presence in the 1920s and 1930s. Highlights include one of Goldberg’s earliest existing drawings, “The Old Violinist,” from 1895; an original concept drawing of Boob McNutt and Bertha from the 1920s; plus original artwork for such daily and weekly comic strip series as Foolish Questions, Mike and Ike—They Look Alike, and Boob Mc-Nutt, all from the 1910s and 1920s. The influence of vaudeville and early film on Goldberg’s comic imagination is explored, and his satirical takes on fashion, sports, politics, gender roles, and other aspects of modern life are showcased and celebrated. Rare family photographs and early films provide period detail and essential context.

The broad reach and popular appeal of Goldberg’s inventions is also featured through the presentation of film footage from the Goldberg scripted film, Soup to Nuts, from 1930 starring the Three Stooges, the classic self-operating napkin sequence from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936), and from a rare interview of Goldberg by legendary broadcaster Edward R. Murrow. The popularity of Goldberg’s drawings and the artist himself is also explored through period examples of children’s toys, hobby kits and board games directly inspired by the invention drawings.

The exhibition concludes with a vivid survey of Goldberg’s output during his final decades and with a celebration of his lasting influence on popular culture. “The more I got to know him through his work, the more I understood how important it was not just to keep his legacy going but to reintroduce him to the world.”  says Jennifer George, Rube Goldberg’s granddaughter. 

A selection of his late-in-life political cartoons traces the remarkable coda of his long career, while his enduring popularity is underscored by such items as the 1995 Rube Goldberg U.S. Postage stamp. 

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Mad Duck Posters To Release The Secret of The Sword Prints By Tom Whalen On September 5, 2018

On March 22, 1985, The Secret of The Sword was released in theaters and was a financial success for Filmation. The movie tells the origin story of She-Ra and features He-Man, Skeletor, Hordak and many more classic Masters of The Universe characters. From the abduction of Prince Adam’s twin sister Adora, through her time as the Horde Force Captain, this movie gives the complete origin, resulting in the birth of She-Ra!

The Secret of The Sword would eventually be edited into the first 5 episodes of the original She-Ra cartoon!

Mad Duck Posters is thrilled to release new licensed posters for The Secret of The Sword by Tom Whalen which will go on sale Wednesday, September 5th at 12PM ET. 

Regular Edition
36″ x 24”
10 color screen print with 3 metallic inks
Edition size – 150
$65

Honor Variant Edition
36″ x 24”
10 color screen print with 3 metallic inks
Edition size – 100
$85

Magic Variant Edition
36″ x 24”
10 color screen print with 3 metallic inks
Edition size – 50
$95

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Mondo Gallery Presents – Heroes In A Half Shell: A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Celebration

This month Mondo is stoked to invite TMNT fans to celebrate everyone’s favorite wise-cracking, pizza-obsessed crime fighters and their cast of heroic allies and evil arch enemies in their next gallery show, Heroes in a Half Shell: A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Celebration! 

The gallery show kicks off with two events – both are free and open to the public. The opening night reception will be held Friday, August 17 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, followed by a special TMNT Family Day party on Saturday, August 18, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM featuring pizza (of course!) and other TMNT-inspired treats, face painting, a photo booth, and other fun activities!

Following these events, the show will run during regular gallery hours, Tuesdays – Saturdays from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, through August 25. Mondo Gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX.

“We’ve worked with Nickelodeon a number of times in the past, and we’ve always loved making TMNT posters, but this is our first time really diving into the depth and breadth of the property,” said Mondo Co-Founder and Creative Director Mitch Putnam. We’re honored that a handful of our favorite artists feel as passionately about pizza eating, skateboarding turtles as we do. See you there!”

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