Gorrell Cartoons On AOL

By: Dave Astor

Bob Gorrell of Creators Syndicate has been named editorial cartoonist for the America Online News Channel, and may be the first to ever hold that position at AOL.

“He’s the first cartoonist who has worked with the news staff each day,” said Gary Kebbel, AOL’s news services director.

Every weekday morning, Gorrell and AOL editors select a story to do a cartoon for. The drawing is then posted in the early afternoon, and remains exclusive to AOL for 24 hours.

“A cartoonist can comment on the news in a way someone writing an opinion column can’t,” Kebbel told E&P Online. “We feel that adds another dimension to our news package.”

The 46-year-old Gorrell — a former staff cartoonist for the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch — works for AOL as a “contracted partner.”


Latina Preteen Stars In …
… Self-Syndicated ‘No Rodeo’ Strip

A comic strip starring an 11-year-old girl named Desiree Chavez is being self-syndicated.

“No Rodeo” is by Robert Berardi (robtberardi@yahoo.com) and Pedro Hernandez Jr.


King Offers Pair Of Comics
They’re By Piccolo and Murphey

King Features Syndicate launched “Tina’s Groove” by Rina Piccolo, who’s also one of King’s “Six Chix” cartoonists. Her new comic stars a waitress.

And the syndicate introduced Pete Murphey’s “Hippy and Pop,” which stars a baby boomer (trying to reconcile pacifism with video-game designing) and his cranky dad.


From CNBC To Creators
TV Co-Host Is Writing Column

Lawrence Kudlow is writing a weekly column for Creators Syndicate.

Kudlow co-hosts CNBC’s “America Now,” which discusses politics, business, and economics.


Content In KRT Package …
… Is National and International

Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services is offering KRT Newsfeatures, a daily package of at least 12 national and international features. It includes art.


SHNS Introduces TV Feature
It’s By a Tennessee-Based Columnist

Scripps Howard News Service is distributing a weekly TV column by Terry Morrow of The Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel.


Motor News Buys Pacheco
Two Automotive Services Now One

Motor News Media of Urbandale, Iowa, purchased the 24-year-old Pacheco Automotive News Service.


Et cetera …

The San Francisco Chronicle ended Adair Lara’s 12-year-old column as part of a features reorganization, and declined to run a final piece in which Lara, 50, briefly wondered if age discrimination was involved. Lara and Mi-Ai Parrish, deputy managing editor for arts and features, couldn’t be reached for comment. Lara’s new Chronicle beat is covering generational issues. …

Clay Bennett of The Christian Science Monitor and the Christian Science Monitor News Service won Columbia College Chicago’s Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition for a drawing on DNA. The Denver Post‘s Mike Keefe was second, and Ed Stein of the Rocky Mountain News and Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) won in a special category for Sept. 11-related cartoons. …

Disney TV Animation will produce animated shorts for ESPN based on “In the Bleachers” by Steve Moore of Universal Press Syndicate. The shorts might become a half-hour series. …

The Detroit News‘ editorial cartoonist Henry Payne began a weekly “cartoon column” for the paper’s Op-Ed page. “Payne & Ink” combines drawing and writing to comment on everything from rock music to the Enron scandal. Payne’s editorial cartoons are distributed by United Media. …

Philippe Hertzberg was named European sales director for the New York Times Syndication Sales Corp. The Paris-based Hertzberg succeeds Karl Horwitz, who’s retiring but will continue as a consultant. …

Dick Kleiner, a longtime entertainment columnist for NEA, died in California at age 80. …

The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal reinstated “Funky Winkerbean” after more than 225 readers protested the removal of Tom Baituk’s King Features Syndicate strip. …

Jake Vest is ending his Tribune Media Services-syndicated “That’s Jake” comic. …

“Spooner” cartoonist Ted Dawson (http://www.hookedoncomics.com) left United to self-syndicate. …

Sumana Chatterjee and Sudarsan Raghavan won the George Polk Award for international reporting for their Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services-distributed series about modern slavery on African cocoa plantations. …

Religion News Service will be syndicated in Canada by Canadian Press. …

King columnist Heloise is on a March-April book tour for the paperback edition of In the Kitchen with Heloise. …

Copley News Service has an expanded “Spring/Summer Fashion & Style” package. …

Submissions are being sought for an exhibit of cartoons about terrorism. The exhibition would possibly first be held at the Pentagon during the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists’ June convention in Washington. For more information, e-mail BeckChip@aol.com.

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