Jules Feiffer, Former Voice Cartoonist, Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Jules Feiffer, the cartooning legend who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his work at the Voice (and many other kudos over the years!), will receive another prestigious accolade in April: the 2012 John Fischetti Lifetime Achievement Award, given by Columbia College Chicago.

Feiffer is also an Obie-winning playwright, celebrated screenwriter, and the first cartoonist commissioned by the New York Times' for its op-ed page. He has taught at colleges across the U.S., and now calls Southampton home.

Runnin' Scared took a sec to catch up with Feiffer and chat about his win, changes in the cartoon world, and his current projects: Hint -- a graphic novel is in the works!

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Alec Baldwin's Airplane Fiasco Gets Taiwanese Animation

There were a few inevitable things that happened after Alec Baldwin got kicked off an American Airlines flight for playing Words with Friends. First, he angrily tweeted about it. Then came the ultimate in celebrity introspection, the deletion of his Twitter account followed by a Huffington Post editorial. Finally, this entire ordeal has reached its natural conclusion: Taiwanese CGI studio NMA has animated it. Video after the jump.

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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Spin-Off Announced

"Won't you be my neighbor? REMIX!"
A decade after Mister Rogers' Neighborhood went off the air, PBS has announced a spin-off called Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. The series will be animated and star Daniel Tiger, the son of Daniel Striped Tiger, who was originally a puppet. The original Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was pulled from syndication in 2008 and its host and creator, Fred Rogers, died in 2003. The new show will premier in the Fall of next year and feature "grown-up" versions of original characters and their children. It is expected to teach the same message of neighborly kindness as Mister Rogers' Nieghborhood, but probably with more lessons about the dangers of sexting. [EW]

It's As If Jon Kyl Never Even Opened His Mouth

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Is this smirk intended to be a factual statement?
Arizona Senator Jon "Cowardly Lyin'" Kyl's egregiously, ludicrously wrong not-intended-to-be-a-factual-statement about Planned Parenthood's abortion services has been stricken from the Congressional record. It's as though it never even happened! Like magic, really.

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Qatar Ripping Off Old Simpsons Episodes?

The Simpsons is a very influential cartoon. Influential enough that Qatar may have gotten the idea for an "artificial cloud" from a 1995 episode. In "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", Mr. Burns came up with the diabolical plan of a huge shield that would prevent sunlight from reaching Springfield. Now, for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar University is developing a cloud thing to create shade and to keep the stadiums from being unbearably hot. Which...means they ripped off that idea from Mr. Burns? Um, okay. Sure.

[via Yahoo! Sports]


The 2014 Winter Olympics Mascots: How Do They Compare to Mascots of Yesteryear?

The new mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are here! They're pretty cute if a little too Pixar. It's a polar bear, a hare, and a leopard with a snowboard. The only one who looks remotely athletic is the leopard. He's actually kind of scary if you look too long into his eyes.

How do they stack up to other Olympics mascots?

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Murakami Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloons to Traumatize Tourist Children, Inspire Black Friday Louis Vuitton Riots

You may recognize Takashi Murakami's art -- Or is it? -- from Kanye West's album cover, or his trademark appropriation of high-end retail fashion brands like Louis Vuitton into cartoonish colors, or his massively hyped and extensively covered exhibitions at museums in New York and LA. Well, now you will recognize him in an entirely different way: from his floats at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, which will be awesome, widely misunderstood, and possibly (hopefully?) generally terrifying to small tourist children.

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Tom Tomorrow on Hillary Rodham Clinton's Campaign Strategist

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What do Hillary Clinton's campaign advisors really think about the uneducated rural white voters who are supporting her? Tom Tomorrow suggests an answer in this week's Voice.