Dylan Williams has posted a wonderful tribute to Bill Blackbeard, the comics historian who passed away last month. Williams includes a lengthy published interview with Blackbeard, and it's a great read.
If I win, I'm going to have him draw about a misunderstood syndicate editor and how people should appreciate him even if he can be too proactive sometimes because he really does have a good heart and maybe if you'd ever be nice to him you'd see he has a lot to offer. And maybe if you just said "hi" instead of going out of your way not to walk by him, he'd stop leaving all that smelly cheese in the office refrigerator.
Politico.com has a great piece on Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tom Toles, who will be honored Tuesday with the Herblock Prize. Toles talks about being dragged into editorial cartooning by Douglas Turner, his editor at the Buffalo Courier-Express:
“I said ‘No, I don’t want to do that,’” Toles recalled. “‘I don’t have the skills. I don’t have the interest. I don’t have the knowledge.’ That seems like a pretty good case, right? Three disqualifiers.”
But Turner wanted him to try it anyway, so he did. “I kept trying to get out of it. Hated it. Just hated it. And I was pretty bad, in my opinion. But he just kept at it and at it and at it.”