By Kate Leth

Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate creates an interactive tool to help determine your costume for Halloween next month. Simply download the PDF, cut it out and roll. You’re welcome.


'misandy isnt real'

man gets beaten up by his exgirlfriend and has his face cut up by with garden shears. feminists turn it into ‘WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN???!!!’ (contains irl blood)

plans to change the law to grant anonymity to men charged with rape in england and wales have apparently been dropped

feminists say women shouldnt go to jail, they should only serve community sentences ; even for murder and rape charges

men want equal treatment for when being for domestic abuse

feminists threaten to kill woman for saying men need abuse shelters

feminists prevent a meeting about male suicide

feminists stage mock murders to scare men

feminist attacks male cartoonist and is hailed a hero of feminism

feminists shut down forum for battered husbands

propaganda campaign against male fathers wanting custody

feminists wish to slander accused names before convicted

try to shut down female prisons

create rape laws that exclude female rapists

make it impossible to charge women with rape

feminists against equal custody

female felons should serve home sentences

told judges to be lenient on women

feminists cover up female domestic violence

feminists don’t want the gov to help unemployed men

Found of list of movies about cartoonists. Half of these are terrible

Michael Caine in “The Hand”
Brendan Fraser in “Monkeybone”
Jack Lemmon in “How to Murder Your Wife”
James Urbaniak as Crumb in “American Splendor”
Ben Affleck in “Chasing Amy”
Jamie Kennedy in “Son of the Mask”
Gabriel Byrne in “Cool World”
Ted Knight in “Too Close for Comfort”
Bob Newhart in “Bob”
Leah Thompson in “Caroline in the City”
Jeffrey Combs in “Cellar Dweller”
Tom Green in “Freddy Got Fingered”
Dean Martin in “Artists and Models”
Bob Hope in “That Certain Feeling”
Adolph Green in “I Want to Go Home” (written by Jules Feiffer, real-life cartoonist)
Jeffrey Jones in “The People Next Door”
Jerry O’Connell in “Tomcats”
Steve Gutenberg in “Three Men and a Baby”
Steve Gutenberg in “Don’t Tell her It’s Me”

anonymous said:

Are you fuking serious? you're uncle works on adventure time? thats awesome

thx man i guess so i got to meet a lot of famous authors bc he is an illustrator for books too so i met rainbow rowell and the author of scott pilgram vs the world and i got to meet the voice of finn (jeremy shada) and that was cool i guess but yea im getting lots of asks about this so yea to confirm, my uncle is the lead cartoonist on the show :-)

How great is this? Brad Mackay shares this exemplary specimen of Canadian-Hungarian cartoonist George Feyer’s unique stamp of approval:

George famously had a stamp made up with the words “Horse Shit” on them in a Gothic script. Whenever he disagreed with somebody who wrote to him out came the stamp. It was a reply that was simple, brusque and outrageous (given the era). 

I recently wrote a profile of Feyer for Canada’s History Magazine and during my research was lucky enough to come across a 1966 letter that he had applied his singular stamp to. I give it to you here as evidence of the power of Feyer’s fiendishly iconoclastic nature. What a guy. 

Alison Bechdel just won a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant. She’s already changed the way we talk about film.

By Soraya Nadia McDonald September 17

Alison Bechdel in her studio at the castle of Civitella Ranieri, in central Italy, where she’s doing an artist’s residency. (Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

With one test, cartoonist Alison Bechdel changed the way we think about and discuss film.

In her comic strip, “Dykes to Watch Out For,” which ran from 1983 to 2008, she offered a basic metric used to illustrate just how male-dominated the film industry actually is.

The test, which Bechdel coined in 1985 in a strip titled “The Rule,” consists of three questions which set a baseline not for gender parity, but for the simple inclusion of women in a film in any meaningful way:

1) Does it have two female characters?

2) Who talk to each other?

3) About something other than a man?

If the answer to all three questions is yes, the film passes the Bechdel test. The concept has made the jump from mostly feminist circles to the mainstream as a bare-bones indicator of women’s roles in film. In April, Walt Hickey of FiveThirtyEight asserted films that pass the Bechdel testmake significantly more money. Last year, just 15 percent of top filmsfeatured women in lead roles and 30 percent of speaking roles. This comes at a time where we like to think the conditions for women in film are evolving — New York Times critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis sayrepresentation is improving, albeit at a glacial pace. “Maleficent” for example, was the only non-super-hero film of the summer to cross the $600 million mark in worldwide revenue. It’s now up to $754 million according to Box Office Mojo. Young stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley aren’t being pigeon-holed in the romantic comedy trap, but are leading successful franchises. Even “Lucy,” with its premise based in a myth that seems truthy, gives reason for hope when it comes to strong female leads.

When we discuss women in film, it’s almost impossible not to invoke the Bechdel test. Now, Bechdel is one of 21 people awarded a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, colloquially known as a “genius grant.”

Here’s what you may not know about Bechdel:

  • This summer, she published a sketchbook about an old fling for a love-themed issue of the New Yorker. It begins: “I once had a lovely affair with someone who was kind, beautiful, smart, interesting, sane, and available. I broke it off after a few weeks.”
  • She’s the author of a graphic memoir called “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” which was adapted into a musical, and “Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama.” “Fun Home” was staged at the Public Theater in New York last year. It explores Bechdel’s experience coming out to her father — she learned that her father had had gay relationships of his own — and her father’s suicide a few months later.Slate called it “the first mainstream musical about a young lesbian.”
  • She’s doing an artist residency in Umbria, Italy, at a castle called Civitella Ranieri, where she’s been experimenting with a giant roll of white paper — 5 feet by 30 feet, she said. She used it for large, life-size drawings in charcoal. 

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.


Cartoons for Social Justice

"As the start of August marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Warsaw uprising, one of the bravest acts during one of the darkest times in recent human history, I thought it would be only fitting to highlight one of Poland’s national treasures, whose art resonates about the state of our existence in these modern times regardless of whether you understand a single word of English (or Polish) or not."

A picture is worth 1,000 words, they say, but Polish cartoonist Pawel Kuczynski nails what he does so well that his images will leave you without the need to say anything at all. Hacks like Andy Borowitz, take note: this is how satire is done.

July 17, 1955:  Disneyland Theme Park Opens in California

On this day in 1955, Disneyland Park opened its gates to 28,000 people, half of whom entered using counterfeit tickets. The day was marked by numerous disasters including: heavy traffic, extremely high temperatures, a shortage of food, and a gas leak. For over a decade, Walt Disney and his executives referred to this day as “Black Sunday,” declaring that the official opening day was the following day, July 18. 

The $17 million theme park in Anaheim, California was the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney.

Learn about the early beginnings of the cartoonist who gave the world Mickey Mouse and Disneyland.

Photo: Children running through gate of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Walt Disney’s theme park, Disneyland, July 1955 (Photo by Allan Grant/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images).


Jackie Ormes (August 1, 1911 – December 26, 1985) is known as the first African American female cartoonist. Her strips, featuring the lovable characters Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger, appeared in the Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier in the 1930s - 1950s. 

Jackie Ormes said, “No more…Sambos…Just KIDS!” and she transformed her attractive, spunky Patty-Jo cartoon character into the first upscale American black doll. At long last, here was an African American doll with all the play features children desired: playable hair, and the finest and most extensive wardrobe on the market, with all manner of dresses, formals, shoes, hats, nightgowns, robes, skating and cowgirl costumes, and spring and winter coat sets, to name a few. (Jackie Ormes Online)