Thursday, December 12, 2013

Animation Fun Facts for Dec 12, 2013

Birthdays: Frank Sinatra, Edvard Munch, Gustav Flaubert, Auguste Rodin, Cherokee Confederate General Stand Watie, John Jay, Edward G. Robinson, Ed Koch, Zack Mosley –the cartoonist who drew “Smilin' Jack", Connie Francis, Dionne Warwick, Cathy Rigby, Tracy Austin, Bill Nighy is 63, Tom Wilkerson is 65, Jennifer Connelly is 43

Dec. 12, 1897-The Katzenjammer Kids comic strip by Rudolph Dirks appears. German immigrant Dirks was inspired by the Max und Moritz stories he read at home. The strip started the practice of cartoon characters who spoke in word balloons. The adventures of Hans & Fritz was so popular a rival Hearst newspaper wooed Dirks away to start an imitation called the Captain & the Kids, leading to the first artistic plagiarism lawsuit. 

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