While we’ve been in the throes of office hell, we’ve noticed some changes going on in cartoonist-land that bear passing along:
- Alison Bechdel has announced that she’s cutting back on production of her popular Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip from biweekly to monthly, in order to work on her new memoir, which she estimates will be ready in 2009. She’ll be interspersing the new strips with "archive strips" (aka reruns), the first of which was published today — check out the very first episode of DTWOF, from 20 years ago! (And be sure to check out Amanda Marcotte’s review of Bechdel’s Fun Home on the A-list political blog Pandagon.)
- Mikhaela Reid passes along the news about Ward Sutton ending Sutton Impact (check out The Beat for more) and about the closing of The New Standard, a very friendly venue for political cartoonists which will be sorely missed. (See Glenn’s post below for further cartoonist troubles at larger circulation papers.)
- We do have some good news to pass along, however. The Ormes Society’s Cheryl Lynn has kicked off the Torchy Brown Art Meme over at her blog, the results of which will be published on TOS’s site. (That’s Torchy over on the right.) And Heidi MacDonald crows that the House of Twelve Comic Jam folks have a new meeting place, starting this very evening. It’s not far from Jim Hanley’s, so Manhattanites can grab their weekly haul and a drink with that jam, if they have the bread.
And if you are going to drink, please draw responsibly.