Thursday, October 21, 2021

Canadian editorial cartoonist Alan King became a stamp illustrator

I just found this today, so I don't know what he created.

Obit: Alan King was an editorial cartoonist, self-taught artist, classical pianist

The Ottawa Citizen's longtime editorial cartoonist, Alan King once described his craft as the "scruffy offspring of art and journalism."

Andrew Duffy
Ottawa Citizen  Feb 17, 2021  •  February 18, 2021  •

"After the Citizen [in 1998], King reinvented himself as a commercial illustrator, designing coins for the Royal Canadian Mint and stamps for Canada Post. In 2013, he moved to Toronto and embraced new challenges in web design and digital art.

Here's one project that he was credited on.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Canada Post articles and webcast on editorial cartoon stamps

Editorial Cartoonists Webcast Oct 8, 2021

Oct 8, 2021

Canada Post to pay tribute to five legendary editorial cartoonists next week through a special stamp issue 

Canada Post

Oct 01, 2021,


New stamp pays tribute to cartoonist Serge Chapleau for his unique take on 50 years of news

October 4, 2021


New stamp honours award-winning editorial cartoonist Brian Gable

October 5, 2021


Stamp honours editorial cartoonist Terry Mosher for half-century of work

October 6, 2021


New stamp honours Duncan Macpherson, pioneer of editorial cartooning

October 7, 2021


Stamp honours Bruce MacKinnon, editorial cartoonist known for wit and empathy

October 8, 2021


Friday, October 1, 2021

Oct 8 : Canadian editorial cartoon stamps intro'd at AAEC

Friday, Oct. 8


11 AM ET

On October 8, Canada Post will issue a new set of stamps that highlight the works of five of Canada's most renowned editorial cartoonists. Log on for a live conversation with the celebrated artists as they recount tales of covering the news in the Great White North. With Bruce MacKinnon, Terry "Aislin" Mosher, Serge Chapleau, Brian Gable, and Ian Macpherson, son of the Toronto Star's Duncan Macpherson. In conjunction with Canada Post and the Association of Canadian Cartoonists. Click here to register today


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Elise Gravel's Message Monsters stamps are released

USPS releases New Message Monsters Stamps

USPS releases New Message Monsters Stamps



The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate Message Monsters with the most playful, customizable Forever stamp design ever. The four monster illustrations on this pane of 20 stamps invite interactivity with dozens of self-adhesive accessories on the selvage. The monster-ific accoutrements include cartoony voice balloons and thought bubbles with exclamations and salutations, hats and crowns, hearts, stars, crazy daisies and other fun flair.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the pane with original artwork by Elise Gravel, author and illustrator of popular children's books.

The first-day-of-issue event for the Message Monsters Forever stamp is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #MessageMonstersStamps.


Jeffery A. Adams, vice president, corporate communications, U.S. Postal Service  

Angie Grau, owner, Paper June Books

Tom Underwood, executive director, NOTO Arts & Entertainment District


Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at 11 a.m. CDT


Redbud Park - 924 N Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66608


Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at:


The U.S. Postal Service unleashes the most playful, participatory postage stamps ever — stamps that welcome you to customize a collection of cute and crazy critters. They'll ride through the mail, adapted by you, adding mirth to your messages.

The 20 Message Monsters on the pane, in four different designs, invite you to enhance your mail with the included adhesive accessories. These little monsters are totally adorn-able. Make them yours and they're even more delightful!

The stamp designs start with the playful illustrations of Elise Gravel, whose characters are frisky, fresh and full of fun. Colorful characters populating the pane include a roundish, rosy rascal with a sunny tummy; a silly, striped imp waving a four-armed howdy; a squiggly, squid-ly yellow critter with enough eyes to go around; and a reddish rapscallion in short shorts. Whimsical, wacky and inviting your inventiveness, these creatures appeal across generations.

The Message Monster stamp dedication event falls during "Thinking of You Week," which runs Sept. 20–26. It was first launched in the United Kingdom in 2014 and brought to the United States in 2018 by the Greeting Card Association. What better way to let someone know you're thinking of them than to send a funny, friendly monster through the mail?

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at, by calling 844-737-7826, by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

Thursday, September 16, 2021