By Susanna McLeod
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Welcome to The Cartoonists!
How do cartoonists do it? How do they make us laugh, make us think and even make us want to cry? With what looks deceivingly like a few simple strokes of the pen, a great sense of humour and a feel for life, these talented artists create art that touches our hearts and minds. Join me in one of my favourite things - exploring the lives and art of beloved cartoonists, from the first pioneers to today's talented creators. Browse through nearly 200 articles... and growing. Cheers for Cartoonists!
An artist skilled in drawing small animals and plant life long before she was a teenager, Beatrix Potter faced rejection as a new author. Overcoming obstacles, she became a household name with the 1902 publication of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and then many other endearing books. Potter's delightful, delicate watercolours, charming characters and matter-of-fact stories captivate children and parents yet today, over 110 years later.
Jeff Corriveau, Creator of "DeFlocked" March 31, 2013
Gag lines and comedy are the domain of Jeff Corriveau. The humour writer for popular television shows can come up with truly hilarious pieces that have viewers snickering and rolling in the aisles. And Corriveau's sense of humour doesn't stop there. With a flare for art, the cartoonist combines his words of humour with expressive characters, creating the imaginative and giggle-worthy "DeFlocked." It's a "modern newspaper sitcom" about what else? Misfits. Outcasts. Narcissistic sheep... and lots of laughs.
Transforming cartoon into llife on stage for 2013, maybe Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries will thrill and entertain you. (I'm still a dedicated Scooby-Doo fan and especially enjoy the newer Mysteries series on television. It actually has plot!) Visit Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries for a listing of locations, times, stars and tickets. Looks like the event could be a fun evening for all.
Thomas Nast, Superb Civil War Caricaturist and Cartoonist February 28, 2013
His pen as piercing as a knife, Thomas Nast made short work of those he thought were doing wrong. Gaining fame as an exquisite cartoonist, Nast used his power and popularity to change his corner of the world. His work altered popular culture, too. Let the traditional image of Santa Claus, and the political symbols of Donkey and Elephant materialize in your mind. Then thank the tremedous imagination and art of Thomas Nast
Charles Addams, Cartoonist and Creator of "The Addams Family" January 30, 2013
The macabre, the dark, the ghoulish... the essence may set blood pulsing in panic and fear. Or, in the case of cartoonist Charles Addams, it could be a source of pure hilarity. Addams turned his delight in the creepy into panels of inspired fun like no one else. His renowned creation, The Addams Family, continues to tickle the imaginations of fans. And best of all, Addams skill and unusual interests just came naturally.