A Brief History of Funny Animal Comics

Once upon a time, funny animals roamed the pages of American comics. Beginning with the anthropomorphic bears of pioneering cartoonist James Swinnerton at the turn of the last century, the funny animals genre played a significant role in early comics history in the US.

Ohio State University Professor Jared Gardner outlines the history of the “Funny Animals” genre of comics over at public books.org.

I’ve also placed a link to this essay in the new Comics History Research Page.


Image: Walt Kelly’s Pogo Comics – Source: mycomicshop.com

Site Update: Projects & Resources

I’ve added a Projects & Resources collection to this website (see link in navigation menu). The P&R index will house several different types of content: Student Projects, Technology Demonstration Projects, Research Resources, Reference Resources, and Instructional Videos. As we begin to work on the Comics & Cartooning Unit in January, many of these reference and research resources will become especially helpful. Check it out.

(I couldn’t think of what sort of image to attach to this post, so here’s a picture of one of our four traditional animation image capture setups)

Bee & Puppycat

The long wait is over! Bee and Puppycat has finally arrived. The Kickstarter funded series created by Natasha Allegri premiered on Youtube tonight and picks up where the pilot left off. Check below the fold for screen captures and scroll to the bottom of this post to watch the first episode.

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Bill Watterson Creates Poster For 2015 Angoulême Comics Festival

You might know Bill Watterson as the creator of Calvin and Hobbes. Since he ended the comic strip in 1995, Watterson has kept mostly to himself, granting very few interviews, and generally staying under the radar.

Enter the Angoulême International Comics Festival (Festival international de la bande dessinée d’Angoulême), held in the small French town of Angoulême and presided over by the previous year’s winner of the Grand Prix prize, which was awarded to Watterson in 2014.

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Repost: Apps for Animation Image Capture

Image Above: Camera Operator Bill Cottrell shoots a Mickey Mouse cartoon in 1930 at the Hyperion Avenue studio. Image Credit: Hans Perk, A Film L.A.

This is a repost of information on animation apps from last year. iMotion HD quickly became the most popular app for iOS devices last year, and Stopmotion proved to be the preferred app for Android devices .

In class today we talked about different apps you can use to shoot your animation. For those of you with a camera equipped iOS Device (iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad), iMotion HD and Frameographer are some nice options.

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