Wednesday, December 20, 2006

From INN - The Illustrator News Network

Time magazine listed Alison Bechdel's Fun Home graphic memoir first among its picks for the 10 best books of 2006. Bechdel does the self-syndicated Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip.

Joseph Barbera, one half of the team behind such cartoon classics as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo and Huckleberry Hound, has died, aged 95.

Comic book illustrator Dave Cockrum, who in the 1970s overhauled the X-Men and helped popularize the relatively obscure Marvel Comics title into a publishing sensation and eventually a major film franchise, died November 26. He was 63. In his Superman pajamas and with his Batman blanket, Cockrum died in his favorite chair at his home in Belton, S.C., early Sunday morning. He had suffered a long battle with diabetes and related complications, his wife, Paty, said Tuesday.

For most illustrators, creating even one iconic character is a dream come true. Martin Nodell, however, helped invent two: the superhero Green Lantern and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Nodell, one of the few surviving artists from the Golden Age of comic books, died Saturday at a nursing home in Wisconsin after a brief illness. He was 91.

Illustrator's improvisation leads to high jinks (link)

Late Cartoonist's Rockwell Painting Sells for $15.4 Million (link)

The Pete Doherty Children's Book Spoof: A Big Hit Already! (link)

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