Distractify: A New App Allows Users to Cartoonify Their Profile Pictures on Facebook

Distractify: A New App Allows Users to Cartoonify Their Profile Pictures on Facebook. “For the most part, viral trends are not common on Facebook, at least not anymore. In recent years, trends have largely moved to other social media sites like TikTok, but that doesn’t mean that one of the older social media sites can’t get in on the action occasionally. A new Cartoon Filter Challenge on Facebook allows users to change their profile pictures, and many users want to know how to get in on the trend.”

Analytics India: How AI Is Breathing Life Into Animation

Analytics India: How AI Is Breathing Life Into Animation. “According to Statista, the global animation market is expected to grow from $259 billion in 2018 to 270 billion by 2020. Animation has reached new heights because of the rapid evolution of deep learning and the proliferation of software tools. Here are some examples of how Artificial intelligence and machine learning are bringing animation to life in studios.”

Mail Tribune: Libraries to debut original animated series

Mail Tribune: Libraries to debut original animated series. “Ryan Bradley, marketing coordinator for Jackson County Library Services, has spent months leading development on an original animated series where that happens to the main characters — literally. And soon anyone with an internet connection will be able to watch it. The series, aptly titled “Lost in a Book,” concerns Daisy and Zak, two kids who get sucked into a book while visiting the library, resulting in an adventure through multiple genres, characters and stories as they try to make their way home.”

Cartoon Brew: Stream 100 Films For Free (Wherever You Are) At The Best Austrian Animation Festival

Cartoon Brew: Stream 100 Films For Free (Wherever You Are) At The Best Austrian Animation Festival. “On February 1, this set-up will be replaced by Best Austrian Animation’s brand-new online database — the culmination of years of archiving. The database will serve as a permanent research platform about contemporary animation from Austria. Ultimately, every film ever shown at the festival since 2013 will have an entry containing information, visuals, and in some cases the entire film.”

Orange County Register: How LA-based comics artist MariNaomi created Cartoonists of Color

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

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.”

PR Newswire: PEBBLES™ Cereal Launches New Video Series to Help Parents and Inspire Creativity in Kids with the “Daily Yabba Dabba Doo™” (PRESS RELEASE)

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*.”

Snapchat launches Bitmoji TV: zany 4-min cartoons of your avatar (TechCrunch)

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

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.

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

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.”

African Digital Art: Encyclopedia of African Political Cartooning

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.”