Example of a modern cartoon. The text was excerpted by cartoonist Greg Williams from the Wikipedia article on
A cartoon is a type of
illustration that is typically drawn, sometimes
animated, in a
unrealistic or semi-realistic style. The specific meaning has evolved over time, but the modern usage usually refers to either: an image or series of images intended for
humor; or a motion picture that relies on a sequence of illustrations for its animation. Someone who creates cartoons in the first sense is called a cartoonist, and in the second sense they are usually called an animator.
The concept originated in the
Middle Ages, and first described a preparatory drawing for a piece of art, such as a painting,
stained glass window. In the 19th century, beginning in Punch magazine in 1843, cartoon came to refer – ironically at first – to humorous illustrations in magazines and newspapers. Then it also was used for
political cartoons and
comic strips. When the medium developed, in the early 20th century, it began to refer to
animated films which resembled print cartoons. (Full article...)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance is a creative arts
Emmy Award given out by the
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is awarded to a performer for an outstanding "continuing or single voice-over performance in a series or a special." Prior to 1992, voice-actors could be nominated for their performance in the live action acting categories. The award was first given in 1992 when six voice actors from The Simpsons shared the award. From 1992 to 2008, it was a juried award, so there were no nominations and there would be multiple or no recipients in one year. In 2009, the rules were changed to a category award, with five nominees. No winner was named in
2007. Nine voice actors from The Simpsons have won a combined 14 Emmys. Of those,
Dan Castellaneta has won four and
Hank Azaria has won three.
Ja'net Dubois won two for The PJs and
Keith David won two for his narration of various documentaries. Voice actors from shows on
Fox have won 17 of 27 awards.
In the early days, I was writing scripts for virtually all the books, and it was very hard to keep all the artists busy; poor little frail me, doing story after story. So I'd be writing a story for Kirby, and Steve Ditko would walk in and say, 'Hey, I need some work now.' And I'd say, 'I can't give it to you now, Steve, I'm finishing Kirby's.' But we couldn't afford to keep Steve waiting, because time is money, so I'd have to say, 'Look Steve, I can't write a script for you now, but here's the plot for the next Spider-Man. Go home and draw anything you want, as long as it's something like this, and I'll put the copy in later.' So I was able to finish Jack's story. Steve in the meantime was drawing another story.....Okay, it started out as a lazy's man's device...but we realized this was absolutely the best way to do a comic.....Don't have the writer say, 'Panel one will be a long shot of Spider-Man walking down the street.' The artist may see it differently; maybe he feels it should be a shot of Spider-Man swinging on his web, or climbing upside-down on the ceiling or something.