A week ago, cartoonists were lampooning the hype around expectations for the next iPhone.
By Wednesday night, they were memorializing an iCon.
The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at age 56 immediately spurred artists into action. This was partly because Jobs was technology’s foremost rock star, but also because Jobs — with his sense of visual art, his deep appreciation of design, his software that helped revolutionize graphics — had forever been the Artist’s friend.
And so the expected memoriams from editorial cartoonists and magazine illustrators and portrait artists poured in.
But perhaps the most startling tribute came from Randall Munroe’s “xkcd.” Himself a rock star of the webcomic world, the math- and science-loving Munroe uses the familiar Mac spinning wheel to represent an eternal flame of tribute. The moving-pinwheel cartoon is best viewed HERE:
2. THE “GODS” MUST BE CRAZY-INSPIRING: Speaking of great roundups of art, the folks over at Super Punch have collected dozens of illustrations inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” upon the book’s 10th-anniversary re-release.
3. THE “PD WALK” BECOMES THE “PETEY WALK”: “Cul de Sac” creator Richard Thompson announces that he will be participating in Moving Day, a 2.5-mile walk sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, which works with the National Parkinson Foundation. (The event will be Oct. 16 at Nationals Park and the Navy Yard.) Thompson, who lives in Northern Virginia, announced in 2009 that he has Parkinson’s. In January, Thompson announced he had formed Team Cul de Sac, which — working with the Michael J. Fox foundation and the publisher Andrews McMeel — is raising money for PD research.
4. D’OUGH! THE “SIMPSONS” SALARY BATTLE CONTINUES: Harry Shearer, who is one of the half-dozen lead voice actors on “The Simpsons,”says he’s willing to take a 70 percent pay cut to help save the billion-dollar-yielding Fox series from cancellation after its 23rd season. Fox Television said this week that unless the lead voice actors accepted 45 percent pay cuts in their $8-million annual salaries, the show would reach the end of the line. (“The Simpsons” is the longest-running [intentional] comedy on TV.) Shearer’s many voices for the show include good-hearted Ned Flanders and the evil, money-loving Mr. Burns.
Shearer says he proposed to the Fox suits that he get a share of the back-end revenue (syndication, licensing, merchandising, etc.), but that “there were, the Fox people said, simply no circumstances under which the network would consider allowing me or any of the actors to share in the show’s success.”
5. THE NEW “TINTIN” IS HERE: The latest, lively trailer for the holiday season’s “Tintin” landed this week. The revealed high-speed scenes now ”feel” like a Spielberg actioner, and director Peter Jackson may have decided that the best way to dodge some issues of motion-capture facial expressions is to keep the “camera” from too many lingering close-ups. Animated motion-capture has mostly had a pretty rough go of it since “Avatar,” so Tintin’s biggest adventure will be his box-office acid test.