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December 12, 2009 | By Amy Kaufman
Hugh Hefner didn't get a lot of hugs as a kid. He grew up in a repressed Midwestern Puritan home, and his parents were strict. He couldn't ask them about the things he saw at his favorite movie theater in Chicago -- like the confusing censorship codes, or why an adult married couple in a film had to sleep in separate twin beds. So he began questioning these ideas on his own -- through comic books. During his junior year in high school, Hefner began his own comic autobiography, documenting the events of his life through drawings.
December 16, 2001
Re Michael Ramirez's Dec. 13 cartoon: It didn't have to be Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) depicted as the politician wanting to "thank" Osama bin Laden; it could have been a right-wing Republican, and I still would have cringed. This is not the kind of sharp political commentary one expects regularly on your commentary page. It is shoddy, tasteless partisan mudslinging. Dawn O'Leary West Hollywood Ramirez's cartoon of Daschle thanking Bin Laden has a small error.
April 8, 1990
My wife and I both, once again, thoroughly enjoyed Traveling in Style magazine (March 18). However, there was one disappointment. After seeing two of them, we assumed the cartoon articles on different places were to be a continuing part of the magazine. We hope these cartoon articles have not been discontinued as we find these to be clever, amusing and informative. WILLIAM MUNNELL Pasadena
April 25, 2005
In the wake of the Catholic Church's child-molestation scandal, Michael Ramirez's tasteless editorial cartoon (Commentary, April 21) depicting newly elected Pope Benedict XVI dragging a resistant little boy labeled "liberal Catholics" away by the ear is quite disturbing. Is Ramirez aware that three years ago, the then-Cardinal Ratzinger dismissed the scandal as a "planned campaign" by the media to "discredit the church"? Larry George Santa Monica
July 13, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) has joined readers in criticizing a newspaper cartoon showing his GOP opponent, a wounded Iraq veteran, calling it inappropriate. "The cartoon was in poor taste and does not reflect the Imperial Valley's strong support for our troops and veterans," Filner said of political cartoon published Saturday in the Imperial Valley Press. The cartoon showed a poster of Filner's opponent, Nick Popaditch, wearing a patch on his right eye; two young skateboarders are puzzled about whether he is a spy, a pirate or a sitcom character.
June 22, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Time
As Disney Channel prepared to launch the cartoon series "Phineas and Ferb," one top company executive thought the hard, geometric shapes of the characters' heads represented too radical a departure from Disney's round-faced animation tradition. But talk of forcing the creators to soften the edges of Phineas' isosceles dome to make him and the other angular characters less jarring was quelled. "I said 'no,' " said Disney Channel Entertainment President Gary Marsh. "This is what I love about this show.
October 20, 2013 | By David Colker
Lou Scheimer, who founded the Filmation animation studio that became a Saturday-morning cartoon powerhouse with characters such as Fat Albert, He-Man and the Archies, died Thursday at his home in Tarzana. He was 84. He had Parkinson's disease, said his wife, Mary Ann. Scheimer's company, which in the early 1980s was the largest animation operation in the country based on its number of employees, was lauded for being one of the last holdouts against shipping work overseas. But Filmation television cartoons were roundly criticized by movie buffs for lacking the artistry and full motion of theatrical cartoons of a bygone era. "Given the demands of the network schedules, it's practically impossible to take all care and love we would like to on the technical aspects," Scheimer said in a 1981 Times interview.
February 22, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Out There," which premieres Friday on IFC, is a rather lovely coming-of-age cartoon series from Ryan Quincy, who spent 14 years on "South Park. " It is nothing like that. Coming-of-age stories tend to be told by the misfits and weirdos and refuseniks of Normal Life, and this is no different. Our heroes are Chad (voiced by Quincy himself, whose slightly flat, unaffected delivery works well for this) and his strange new pal Chris (Justin Roiland), "the kind of friend who would shove you into the abyss and then jump right in after you. " Invisible to their peers except as occasional targets of mockery, they spend their days "off to the side, riding a wave of obscurity, observing the tableaux of teenage bliss.
December 2, 2003
I was shocked to see Michael Ramirez abandon his post as local apologist for the pro-big-business Bush administration and the anti-environment right-wingers who run it. His Nov. 29 editorial cartoon (Commentary), captioned "Gutted," tells it like it is, with the skeletal remains of two fish labeled "Clean Water Act" and "Clean Air Act," along with the "EPA" knife that gutted them. Thank you for the criticism, Mr. Ramirez. I don't think anyone will ever call you a tree hugger, but it's encouraging to sense that a caring heart beats in that breast, somewhere.
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