January 4, 2012
British cartoonist Ronald Searle, 91, creator of the willfully wicked schoolgirls of St. Trinian's who amused generations of Britons, died "peacefully in his sleep" Friday in Draguignan in southern France after a short illness. Mr. Searle was a prolific illustrator who drew for the New Yorker, Punch, and Walt Disney, but it was the fictional girls' boarding school where the students ran riot that most captured the public imagination. The long-legged, leering schoolgirls drank, smoked, and generally cut a swath of destruction; their weapon-wielding antics were colored by Mr. Searle's morbid sense of humor.
May 22, 2011
Bill Rechin, 80, a cartoonist known for the syndicated Crock strip that parodies life in a Foreign Legion desert outpost, died at home Saturday in Spotsylvania County, Va., of complications from esophageal cancer. In 1975, Mr. Rechin, Don Wilder, and Brant Parker created the strip as a parody of the Foreign Legion classic Beau Geste . The strip, which follows the adventures of Vermin P. Crock and an assortment of characters at a grim desert outpost, appears in more than 200 newspapers.
March 31, 2012
Rex Babin, 49, the Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist whose piercing pen skewered presidents, governors and self-important legislators, died Friday at his home after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Babin's favorite cartoons were often his most poignant. After the attacks on the World Trade Center towers in 2001, he drew Libertas slumped and weeping with her head in her hands. After Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, Mr. Babin imagined the passengers standing on the wings with the hands of God reaching down to keep the jet from sinking.
January 23, 2003 |
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin, whose darkly humorous renderings of GIs Willie and Joe won him the admiration of World War II combat veterans, died yesterday in Newport Beach, Calif., after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Mauldin, 81, served as an Army sergeant in Europe, where he drew inspiration from rank-and-file soldiers battling the enemy, loneliness, fear - and know-nothing officers. Many combat veterans saw their own stories in Mauldin's drawings, published in the military newspaper Stars & Stripes, and many tracked down the cartoonist as he lay dying in a Newport Beach nursing home to send him tributes and good wishes.
May 1, 2015
D AILY NEWS editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson has added two big accolades to her collection. Yesterday Wilkinson was named grand-prize winner of the 15th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition of cartoonists' responses to the terrorist attack on the Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo in January. The competition attracted 300 cartoons from 43 nations. And last night, the Overseas Press Club of America, at its 76th annual awards ceremony in New York, gave Wilkinson its Thomas Nast Award for international cartooning - an award she won twice before, in 1996 and 2007.
September 16, 2014 |
Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died. Mr. Auth had been under treatment for metastatic brain cancer. David Leopold, his friend and curator, said he died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Sept. 14, four days after his supporters had announced a fund-raising effort for an archive devoted to his work at Temple University.
January 2, 1990 |
At some point, even the demented have to rest. Such was the case for cartoonist Gary Larson, creator of that wacked-out panel "The Far Side. " In October 1988, Larson put down his pencil, pushed back his artists' chair, walked out of the studio and embarked on a sabbatical from the drawing table - taking a leave of absence after nearly 10 years of producing one of the most successful panels in comic history. He traveled throughout Africa and the Amazon. He spent four months in New York.
May 9, 2014 |
As though going through a Rolodex, Roz Chast cycles through some of the reasons she had such a complicated, difficult relationship with her parents. "They both grew up poor. They were born in 1912, so they graduated college into the Depression. Their experiences were . . . just awful," said the New Yorker cartoonist, who delves into that troubled relationship in her graphic memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? , published Tuesday by Bloomsbury. Chast, 59, whose work is acclaimed for its wry humor and off-kilter style, will discuss the book at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
September 16, 2011
MOORE COLLEGE of Art has honored painters, interior decorators and fashions designers with its Visionary Woman Award. This year, three more women have joined the Visionary ranks, including Daily News political cartoonist Signe Wilkinson. The award is made annually to women whose work and leadership have had a major influence on the visual arts, but Wilkinson is the first illustrator to win this award. "We thought she was a pioneer in the industry," said Moore College President Happy Fernandez.
July 22, 1999 |
With an indelible marker in hand and an easel-mounted pad nearby, Jump Start cartoonist Robb Armstrong shared his life story with young fans at the Lansdowne Public Library yesterday morning, drawing on a healthy reserve of energy and a keen sense of humor to deliver a positive message. "I'm not really here to tell everybody how to be a cartoonist," Armstrong said. "It's more about doing what you want to do with your life. "I think about when I was little doing cartoons, and this is what I do for a living.