New-to-me, from Orange County Register: How LA-based comics artist MariNaomi created Cartoonists of Color. “The six-year-old database, maintained by Los Angeles-based comics creator MariNaomi, features a wide range of artists and writers based everywhere from the United States to Chile and Australia. The work on display ranges from slice-of-life to fantasy to historical fiction. All of the 1400+ people listed in the database identify as people of color. It’s a testament not just to the diversity of subject matter in comics, but to the diversity of those making them.”
Geekologie: Fleischer Studios ‘Superman’ Upscaled To 4k Using Neural Networks. “YouTuber Jose Argumedo took the 1941 Fleischer Studios Superman cartoon ‘The Bulleteers’ and upscaled it using Waifu2x, an image upscaler that uses deep convolutional neural networks. Waifu2x is trained on anime (as evidenced by the name) and it works remarkably well for any animation and even pixel art.”
AJC: Bond with your children with online Nickelodeon cartoon drawing tutorial. “Nickelodeon has a new way you can enjoy its cartoons that puts the power in your hands — and it could be a great way to bond with your children. The Viacom-owned network recently released a list of drawing tutorials being posted on the video streaming service Twitch throughout the summer.”
PR Newswire: PEBBLES™ Cereal Launches New Video Series to Help Parents and Inspire Creativity in Kids with the “Daily Yabba Dabba Doo™” (PRESS RELEASE). “Starting Wednesday, April 15, PEBBLES cereal will post a daily video on Facebook, Instagram and the PEBBLES cereal website to inspire kids’ imaginations and teach them something new each day for the next 30 days. The videos feature artists and creators whose work has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including artists, dancers, chefs, crafters, magicians and more. In addition to sparking kids’ creativity, the series aims to give parents a short break and support the creative community by hiring them to share their talents. In exchange for their talents, PEBBLES cereal is paying each creator $1,500, which is roughly the monthly U.S. median housing cost*.”
TechCrunch: Snapchat launches Bitmoji TV: zany 4-min cartoons of your avatar. “f you were the star of every show, would you watch more mobile television? Snapchat is betting that narcissism drives resonance for its new weekly videos that put you and your friends’ customizable Bitmoji avatars into a flurry of silly animated situations. Bitmoji TV premieres on Saturday morning, and it’s remarkably funny, exciting and addictive. Think cartoon SNL on fast-forward, with you playing a secret agent, a zombie president or a Moonlympics athlete.”
TechCrunch: Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show. “Snapchat’s most popular yet under-exploited feature is finally getting the spotlight in 2020. Starting in February with a global release, your customizable Bitmoji avatar will become the star of a full-motion cartoon series called Bitmoji TV. It’s a massive evolution for Bitmoji beyond the chat stickers and comic strip-style Stories where they were being squandered to date.”
The New York Times: ‘The Far Side’ Is Back. Sort Of. Gary Larson Will Explain.. “Beginning Tuesday, the ‘Far Side’ site will provide visitors with ‘The Daily Dose,’ a random selection of past cartoons, along with a weekly set of strips arranged by theme. There will also be a look at doodles from the sketchbooks of Larson, who said: “I’m looking forward to slipping in some new things every so often.” (Previously, there was no content on the site.)”
France24: In Algeria, political cartoonists turn to social media to protest repression. “Since the beginning of the popular protest movement in Algeria, press cartoonists have supported it by publishing their satirical images on social networks. But after the conviction of one of their own and the election of Abdelmadjid Tebboune as president, they fear increased repression.”
This article is from 2015, but I just found out about the resource it discusses because Tejumola Olaniyan died at the end of November. So, from African Digital Art: Encyclopedia of African Political Cartooning. “African cartoons is another fantastic digital platform that is archiving African artistic practice. We had a chance to interview Tejumola Olaniyan, the founder of African Political Cartoons an online archive of African political cartoons.”
Poynter: A graphic guide to the 2020 U.S. census. “Carmen Nobel, program director of Journalist’s Resource, inspired us to share this graphic presentation of the upcoming census. She writes, ‘Nonfiction cartoonist Josh Neufeld guides us through several issues to watch for as the 2020 census gets underway — including the risk of undercounts, the potential ramifications of an inaccurate count, the threat of misinformation and disinformation campaigns, and important dates on the census calendar.'” The graphic is available with a CC license and its PDF prints nicely on seven sheets of paper.
Cartoon Brew: Over Two Dozen Shorts Contending For An Oscar Are Free To View Online. Watch Them Here.. “This year, a record 92 animated shorts are in the running for an Academy Award. We published a preliminary list of qualified films here, along with the criteria for qualifying. Of the 92 shorts, more than two dozen are currently available to view for free online. Scroll down to watch them all, in alphabetical order.”
Cartoon Brew: A New Youtube Rule Is Threatening Animation Content Creators. Here’s What You Need To Know About COPPA.. “In the past week, social media has been abuzz with talk about ‘COPPA,’ a law with potentially huge ramifications for Youtubers who create kids’ content — and indeed animators in general. Here’s what we know.”
I thought I had mentioned this before, but I can’t find anything, so Boing Boing: Yarn: search for a snippet of dialog, get a clip from the movie it’s in. “Yarn does one thing very well: return a brief video clip of a movie based on the dialog you type in.” I tried several quotes from the 1939 movie THE WOMEN with no luck, but got plenty of results for Life of Brian and over 2300 results for freaky deaky.
Mashable: Mainline 90s nostalgia with the forgotten cartoon channels of YouTube. “For every Batman: The Animated Series there’s a Street Sharks. Did you know that Kid ‘n’ Play had their own cartoon? There could practically be a whole genre called ‘musicians or professional athletes fight crime.’ Shameless video game and movie tie-ins were the norm. Even Free Willy had a cartoon with a Captain Picard-looking cyborg villain. Where’s all the love for those old cartoons? Surely they were a memorable part of someone’s Saturday morning block, right?”
Make: Zine: Adafruit, Cartoon Network, and Microsoft Join Forces To Get Kids Into Making. “A wonderful collaboration has begun that I think will usher in a whole new group of young makers. Adafruit, Cartoon Network, and Microsoft MakeCode are joining up to inspire people to make projects based on their favorite cartoons. There are a few really cool aspects all coming together at the same time that make this something that I think will do quite well.”