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Hollywood, Ink. – May 28, 2008

I’ve been wanting MCN to be doing an editorial cartoon for years. I am a huge fan of the form and as far as I know, no one has ever done a regular one for this industry.
You might recall me posting some political cartoons from The NY Observer here a few weeks ago, both of which used movie poster images to make their point. Those were from RJ Matson… and we are thrilled that he has agreed to work with us each week, in addition to his ongoing work with NYO, The St Louis Dispatch (his home paper), and the Capital Hill daily, Roll Call.
Look for a new comic-tary from RJ every Monday.
This week’s inspiration… the Spike Lee/Nokia deal.
Here is the first cartoon…

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3 Responses to “Hollywood, Ink. – May 28, 2008”

  1. Nicol D says:

    Cute cartoon.
    This is completely off topic but I noticed in the MCN page that Kate Philips passed away.
    While I did not know Kate personally, she did teach very briefly at my university when I was there back in the early nineties (not the school they mention in the article).
    She was always open to talk to the students and was a very wonderful person to have on faculty at my film school for even a brief period of time. It was nice to have a bit of old school Hollywood present.
    She told us many stories of old Hollywood and how she helped create The Blob.
    God bless her. I’m sure she is in a better place.

  2. gustav13 says:

    Funny stuff.
    How about an RSS feed for the updates?

  3. Yo yo yo and wacked out? The drawing is cool but that “lingo” sounds like Matson still thinks Ed Lover is on MTV….

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