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Pepe the Frog Is Now a Hate Symbol

Cartoon has been added to Anti-Defamation League's hate-symbols database

(Newser) - When Matt Furie started drawing Pepe in the early 2000s, the Los Angeles artist conceived the character as an "everyman frog" living an "early 20-something hedonistic lifestyle," he tells the Atlantic . But the cartoon frog soon morphed into an Internet meme, and was then adopted by the... More »

Charlie Hebdo: Screw ISIS, 'We Have the Champagne!'

Satire mag pulls no punches after Paris attacks

(Newser) - Few can relate better to Friday's terror attacks in the City of Light than the staff of Charlie Hebdo , the Parisian satirical magazine that lost 12 members in its own terrorist attack in January. A sneak peek of this week's cover, tweeted by columnist Mathieu Madenian ahead of... More »

'Holy Grail' Disney Cartoon Rediscovered 87 Years Later

Oswald short has not been viewed since 1928

(Newser) - Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the original famous Disney character before Mickey Mouse came along, appears in a long-lost six-minute cartoon recently found in the British Film Institute's archives, the Telegraph reports. "Sleigh Bells" was broadcast in 1928, but all copies were thought to have been lost and it... More »

Someone's Coming Out on The Simpsons?

Smithers, long rumored to be gay, has something to say to Mr. Burns: producer

(Newser) - This is looking to be a groundbreaking season of The Simpsons: Marge and Homer separate , Homer's been diagnosed with narcolepsy , and now "one of the greatest stories of unrequited love in modern popular culture is about to move to a new phase," per the Guardian . To wit:... More »

2nd Muhammad Cartoon Shooter Identified

Nadir Soofi, 34, was apparently roommates with Elton Simpson

(Newser) - Law enforcement officials have identified the second shooter at the "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, yesterday but say they don't know too much about him, CNN reports. Unlike the first identified shooter— 30-year-old Elton Simpson —Nadir Soofi, 34, hadn't already attracted the FBI's... More »

Poignant Cartoon Moves Canada

Bruce MacKinnon of Chronicle Herald praised for work after Ottawa attack

(Newser) - A cartoon that ran in Canada's Chronicle Herald today is the toast of social media, reports Mediaite . The drawing by Bruce MacKinnon depicts Cpt. Nathan Cirillo, who was fatally shot yesterday while guarding the nation's War Memorial. In the cartoon, a soldier from the statue is seen kneeling... More »

Boston Herald Sorry for Obama 'Watermelon' Joke

Cartoonist says reference was 'naive' and not intended to offend

(Newser) - A political cartoonist at the Boston Herald set out to make fun of the Secret Service but wound up apologizing for a racial gaffe involving the president. The cartoon depicts an intruder in a White House bathtub asking a pajamas-clad President Obama, "Have you tried the new watermelon flavored... More »

Calvin and Hobbes Creator Makes Poster for Movie

Bill Watterson agrees to documentary maker's request

(Newser) - Calvin and Hobbes fans have a little something to celebrate: a rare, new drawing by Bill Watterson, creator of the retired but still beloved cartoon. Watterson agreed to make the poster for a new documentary about the cartoon industry called Stripped, reports the Washington Post . "It sounded like fun,... More »

'Homeliest Gal' Inspired the Sadie Hawkins Dance

It all started with a comic strip

(Newser) - Where did the idea of the Sadie Hawkins Dance—the one in which the girls ask the boys, rather than vice versa—come from? The phenomenon, huge in the mid-20th century, gets its name from a fictional character, Today I Found Out explains. The comic strip Lil' Abner, by Al... More »

Explained: The Complex Math Jokes Hidden in The Simpsons

Staff of math-nerd writers have inserted many mind-blowing freeze-frame gags

(Newser) - Many of us can quote endlessly from The Simpsons, citing obscure plots, characters, and gags from the show's 24 seasons. But not so many people are aware of the complex math jokes that have been quietly slipped into the series over the years, writes Simon Singh, who calls The ... More »

Mike Tyson Gets Own Cartoon Series

Boxer will voice himself in animated show on Adult Swim

(Newser) - He's been dabbling in the movies , so why not the cartoons? None other than Mike Tyson is getting his own animated series on the Adult Swim network next season, says the Hollywood Reporter . Tyson will voice himself as his character ... solves mysteries. He'll get help from a foul-mouthed... More »

More Mohammed Cartoons, Now From Spain

'How does anyone know?' asks El Jueves

(Newser) - First a French satirical magazine publishes cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed , and now Spain is joining in. The cover of the latest issue of El Jueves shows a lineup of bearded, Middle-Eastern men, with the headline "But...does anyone know what Mohammed looks like?," reports the Huffington Post... More »

Facebook Blocks New Yorker's Cartoon Boobs

Site apologizes for mistake, says it's taken steps to correct

(Newser) - Even the New Yorker's getting too raunchy for puritanical Facebook administrators, Gawker has discovered. The Facebook page for the magazine's cartoons was temporarily blocked when the New Yorker posted a drawing of Adam and Eve sitting against an apple tree, with Eve remarking: "Well, it was original.... More »

Matt Groening Ends Life in Hell

After 34 years, he pulls plug on cartoon that started it all

(Newser) - Matt Groening has decided to pull the plug on acclaimed comic strip Life in Hell, 34 years after he started it and many years after its anthropomorphic rabbits and gay lovers were eclipsed by his other creations. Groening, 58, started the strip when he was a struggling artist in 1978... More »

Cartoon Coming to Beck Network

GBTV signs deal for animated series

(Newser) - Glenn Beck's Internet-only network GBTV, which already boasts a children's show , is getting an animated series. The network has signed a deal with production company Icebox to create a family-friendly cartoon series, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Icebox was founded in 1999 by a group of writers who... More »

Family Circus Creator Bil Keane Dead at 89

Family-oriented strip was 'last frontier of wholesome family humor'

(Newser) - Family Circle creator Bil Keane, whose single-panel cartoons have appeared in newspapers across the country for some 50 years, died yesterday. He was 89. The AP recounts a 1995 conversation with Keane, in which he attributed his comic's staying power to its simplicity and consistency. "It's reassuring,... More »

Simpsons, Fox Strike Partial Deal

Some producers agree to pay cuts; no word yet from actors

(Newser) - Don't say sayonara to the Simpsons just yet: Sources say several top-level producers will take pay cuts in order to keep the show on the air. Not all of the producers are on board, and cast members have not yet agreed to any terms. Variety notes that any money... More »

Contract Brawl With Fox May Kill Simpsons

Network wants voice actors to take 45% pay cut

(Newser) - Has Moe polished his last glass? Has Homer slammed his last Duff’s? Has Krusty made his last small child cry? It’s all possible. Fox is threatening to pull the plug on history’s longest-running sitcom after the current season—its 23rd—if its core voice actors won’t... More »

Ziggy Creator Tom Wilson Dead at 80

Cartoonist dies of pneumonia; son has long drawn the strip

(Newser) - Tom Wilson Sr., the creator of the hard-luck comic strip character Ziggy, has died, his family said today. He was 80. Tom Wilson Jr., who took over the comic in 1987, said his father died Friday of pneumonia at a Cincinnati hospital. The elder Wilson had moved to a Cincinnati... More »

Huckabee Cartoon Explains 9/11 to Kids

... And some New Yorkers aren't thrilled

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee is turning 9/11 into a cartoon to explain the day's events and its aftermath to kids, reports the Daily News . His Learn Our History series is marketing 9/11 and the War on Terror for $9.95, complete with animated versions of George W. Bush shouting, "I... More »

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