Cartoonist Studio Contest Clarification

The Cartoonist Studio, of which John is a member, is running a contest for amateur cartoonists. The prize is a development deal with Creators Syndicate.

The judging is handled by Creators Syndicate with voting from the public. Studio artists are not judging this contest. If your strip has been eliminated, please do not assume that John or any of the other member artists were involved in its elimination.

You can read more about the contest here and here.

Best of luck to all the contestants!

When John Colors....





John colored this week's Sunday strip. I love this panel in particular. He has a much better sense of following a light source than I do :-)

Click here to see the whole strip.


Call For Entries - "Seriously Funny"


I just got an email from Ruby Thorkelson about a cartoon and comics show coming up. "Seriously Funny" will take place this Summer with jurying by cartoonist Isabella Bannerman. The deadline for submissions is May 11th. Below are the submission guidelines, which are also available through this link: http://www.womanmade.org/entryform.html They are open to both original work and reproductions. 

CALL FOR ARTWORK: "Seriously Funny"

Exhibition Dates: July 8 - August 18, 2011
Open to women artists from the international community whose work is expressed in cartoon-style format. Open to all themes. Please include an artist statement and a $30 entry fee. 



For Online Entries: Submit jpgs of three of your works on our website.


Mailed Entries: Mail slides or cd with images of up to three of your works, completed entry form, and a $30 entry fee to Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642.

Juror: Isabella Bannerman
Isabella Bannerman has been a cartoonist since 1987, when she won first prize in The San Francisco Bay Guardian Cartoon Contest. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Good Housekeeping,GlamourThe Funny TimesMamapalooza, and World War 3 Illustrated. A collection of her work, Pacifists in Bomber Jackets, was published in 1999 by Laugh Lines Press. Isabella has also worked as an animator, contributing to MTV; Pee Wee’s Playhouse; and the children’s TV show, Doug. For more information, visit the The Six Chix Blog.


Entry Deadline: May 11, 2011
Notifications: May 27, 2011

New Studio Space



John recently moved to a new studio space. He hasn't changed his pics on The Cartoonist Studio yet, but here is a sneak peek.




One of the nicest things about the new studio is the beautiful second story view of Lake Michigan. Yesterday, a boat went by the windows with a man sitting up on the top like the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean. (The boat was on a trailer and headed for the marina) 


Oh, and a big "Thank You!" to all of you who turned out to visit John in his new studio on the Behind The Arts artwalk last weekend! It was great to meet all of you and talk cartooning!

Are You Reading Ollie & Quentin?


Are you reading Ollie & Quentin? If you're not, you certainly should be!! It is a gem of a strip that never fails to make me chuckle.

Piers Baker, the creative force behind the Laurel and Hardy styled antics of Ollie (a seagull) and Quentin ( a lugworm) has put up a very important post here about the future of his strip. Go read it and then make some noise about it!!!

When MyCage was cancelled there was a lot of moaning and groaning and gnashing of teeth directed at King Features for canceling it. That strip had a lot of fans but newspaper editors were not picking it up. If you like a strip, you - the fan - have a big obligation these days to make your voice heard. And if you cannot get your local newspaper editor to listen, you can at least make - yes, I said MAKE, the time to subscribe to your favorite strips on dailyink.

If you are a fan who loves a strip like Ollie & Quentin - don't run around reading it on the internet for free. PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS, MAN UP, AND PAY THE #@$%ING $19.99 A YEAR TO SUBSCRIBE TO IT!!!!

I'll give you a little taste of O & Q and then you should toddle over to the dailyink site and get the strip sent to your email every day or else sign up for the iphone app.

(And subscribe to Edison, too while you're at it..........)