Awards | Denver Post editorial cartoonist Mike Keefe has won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning “for his widely ranging cartoons that employ a loose, expressive style to send strong, witty messages.” Keefe, who joined the Post in 1975, had previously served in the Marines and taught math in college. “I am gobsmacked,” the 64-year-old cartoonist says. “In recent years, the Pulitzer has gone to much younger folks who are newer in the business. I’ve always done pretty classical editorial cartooning. I thought my day had passed.” Comic Riffs has Keefe’s award-winning portfolio. [Denver Post]
Publishing | On the heels of successive announcements that Marvel will publish comics based on Disney’s Pixar and Muppets properties, licenses previously held by BOOM! Studios, comes word that BOOM! has stopped soliciting Classic Disney series like Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge and Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories. However, Diamond’s Previews catalog for July contains listings for the publisher’s titles based on such Disney Afternoon properties as Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck and DuckTales. [ICv2.com]
Publishing | Following last week’s news that Tokyopop will shutter its U.S. publishing operations at the end of next month, Matt Blind takes aim at CEO Stu Levy. Dave Ferraro, meanwhile, looks back at some of his favorite Tokyopop titles. [Rocket Bomber]
Conventions | Strangeways writer Matt Maxwell begins a multi-part report on last weekend’s Stumptown Comics Fest. [Highway 62]
Creators | Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai has been named the 2011 Cultural Ambassador by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. [Dark Horse]
Creators | Ken Parille talks with Ivan Brunetti about teaching and his instructional book Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | Author Richelle Mead and artist Emma Vieceli discuss adapting Mead’s popular Vampire Academy books as a graphic novel. [USA Today]
Creators | Writer Marc Andreyko discusses Let Me In: Crossroads, the movie prequel published by Dark Horse. [Bloody Disgusting]
Comics | Robin Edwards finds five “bizarre comics” at Denver ComicFest. [Denver Westword]
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