College Cartooning Scholarship Deadline Dec. 15th

Do you cartoon? You could win a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Las

Vegas to meet the top names in cartooning. Don’t delay – the deadline

is December 15.

Applicants must be students at a 4-year college in the United States,

Canada or Mexico who will be a Junior or Senior during the 2012-2013

academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible

for this scholarship.

For more information and an application, please visit:

The annual Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the late

King Features editor, was funded by an initial $100,000 grant from the

Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous

donations from Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Patrick McDonnell and many

other prominent cartoonists. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of

top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist.

The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention

attended by many of the world’s leading cartoonists.

What Are Your Earliest Memories Of The Sunday Funnies?

Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott, the guys behind the comic strip Zits, just came out with a collection of their favorite Zits Sunday strips. What’s cool is that they pitched the question, “What are your earliest memories of the Sunday Funnies?’ to many different cartoonists, and then scattered their answers throughout the book. Here’s mine:

“My earliest memories of the Sunday funnies involved Silly Putty. I smushed it on the comics page, peeled it off, then the characters became mine to bend and stretch how I pleased. In terms of the modern technological quest for an ‘interactive experience between media and audience,’ I got mine from inside a plastic egg.”

I would love to hear yours!

The Love Child of Rhymes With Orange and Bizarro

The ever-talented Dan Piraro, who is both a friend, painter, blogger, comedian and the creator of the comic strip Bizarro,  does a semi-frequent “Sunday Punnies” feature. I am mighty proud to hold the #3 spot in the November 13th line up.

A lot of cartoonists invite other artist’s comic strip characters into their own strips, and for years I’ve looked on with envy while Cathy met Pearls Before Swine’s Pig and Rat or Jan Elliott invited Lynn Johnston’s Ellie Patterson over to hang with the girls in her Stone Soup comic strip. But since I don’t have a recurring character with a name, we don’t get the invite. So having a cameo in Dan’s strip made me really happy.