More fun with nameplates: U-T San Diego

The annual Comic-Con comics, scifi and entertainment convention is being held in San Diego this week.

UT-San Diego has been celebrating with these fun comics-themed nameplate treatments illustrated by the paper’s award-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen.

Wednesday’s nameplate featured a hyphen that’s turned into zombie food.


In Thursday’s nameplate, the Man of Steel is stealing the “T.”


And there is a little lightsaber accident in today’s nameplate.


A 1994 graduate of UC Riverside, Steve spent nearly five years as cartoonist for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey before moving back to the west coast in 2001.


Steve has won two Pulitzer prizes: In 1998 and 2009. Find galleries of his work here and here. Find his Twitter feed here.

More U-T San Diego Comic-Con coverage…

  • 2011: the paper went all out with fun comics-themed illustrations and special sections.
  • 2012: Steve created a sketchbook every day of Comic-Con.
  • 2013: The paper explained the business of small press comics by having small press comics creator (and former Union-Tribune staffer) Paul Horn tell all via — what else? — an extended comic strip.

Follow U-T San Diego‘s coverage of Comic-Con 2014 here.

Deep in the Heart of Texsa…

Did you see the University of Texas’ 2014 football media guide?

Check out the school’s web address in the footer of this sample page.


Here’s a closer look:


And it was like that for all 99+ pages. Until the laughing began. Then, the folks at UT fixed their downloadable PDF files pretty quickly.

Matt Lombardi of College Spun writes:

A huge deal? Nope, but it sure is amusing.

But Brendan Maloy of Sports Illustrated summed it up even better:

This will likely prove to be fodder for thousands of internet memes, message board posts and, most importantly, clever “College Gameday” signs.

Thanks to Dyrinda Tyson of Oklahoma Today for the tip.

Birthdays for Friday, July 25

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five wonderful folks…


Ariel Cheung is crime enterprise reporter for the Post-Crescent of Appleton, Wis. A 2012 graduate of The University of Cincinnati, Ariel started out as a reporter for the independent student paper there, the News Record. She eventually served as the paper’s editor-in-chief. She worked internships at the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times. She spent a year as the cops and courts reporter at the Register-Mail of Galesburg, Ill., where she was named a GateHouse news writer of the year.  She joined the Post-Crescent last year. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Ariel turns 24 today.


Richard Curtis retired in December 2008 after 27 years as managing editor for graphics and photo of USA Today. A 1972 graduate of N.C. State University in Raleigh, Richard was previously an assistant managing editor at the Baltimore News American. He was one of the founders of the Society for News Design, receiving SND’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Richard turns 68 today.


Sam Posh Debray is an expert in marketing, born in France and now based in Hout Bay, South Africa. These days, however, she’s better known as the mom of the fabulous SoapGirls, whose first album — Xperience — was released in that country in late 2011. I’m told their second album is being produced right now. I’ve written about the girls extensively. I took the picture above, in fact, when I was invited to their home in February 2011 for a preview of their CD. Find the SoapGirls’ web site here, their SoundCloud page here, their Facebook page here and their Twitter feed here. Find Posh’s Twitter feed here.


Amy Huschka is assistant editor for social media at the Detroit Free Press. A 1994 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., Amy spent time as a features editor for the Anderson, S.C., Independent-Mail and then a news designer for the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News before moving to Detroit in 2000 as a features designer. She moved to the digital side in 2012 and then was promoted to her current position in 2013. Her husband, Robert Huschka, is the Freep’s editor for news and presentation. Find her Twitter feed here.


Chloe Park is a user experience designer for OpenTable, a restaurant reservation software company based in San Francisco, Calif. A 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chloe served internships at the Arizona Republic, Condé Nast Publications, the Morehead Planetarium, Pathos Ethos and at USA Today — the latter as a high schooler, in fact. She returned to USA Today full-time in 2010 to work in the paper’s “glossy publications” division. She moved to the west coast in 2012 to work for Curio, a design consultancy. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Chloe turns 26 today.

Ariel, Chloe, Amy, Posh and Richard share a birthday with actors Matthew Steven LeBlanc, James Martin Lafferty, Linda Ann Hopkins (better known as Tera Patrick), Michael Alan Welch, Walter Andrew Brennan and Estelle Scher-Gettleman (better known as Estelle Getty); musicians Thurston Joseph Moore (of Sonic Youth) and Anthony Peter Strascina (better known as Tony Vincent); sports greats Douglas Dean Drabek, William Edward “Billy” Wagner (both baseball), Nathaniel “Nate” Thurmond (basketball), Evgeni Viktorovich Nabokov (hockey), Walter Payton (football) and John Alexander Robinson (football coach); biophysicist Rosalind Elsie Franklin, Louise Joy Brown (the world’s first test-tube baby) and illustrator Maxfield Parrish.

In addition, today is Thread the Needle Day, Lumberjack Day, National Talk in an Elevator Day, System Administrator Appreciation Day, Video Games Day and Merry-Go-Round Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!

Holy tinkered-with nameplate, Batman!

Get a load of the top of today’s Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.


That’s by Merry Eccles of Gannett’s design studio in Nashville. Her guy, Bill Campling — also of the Nashville studio — tells us:

Merry always includes subtle details in her designs, like her Fourth of July promo you highlighted earlier this month.


This page is no different, with the slight alteration to the mast.

And it’s freakin’ Batman. So that makes it extra cool.

I also wrote about Merry’s work after Vanderbilt won the NCAA national baseball championship back in June.

Find more of Merry’s work here.

Birthdays for Thursday, July 24

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four talented visual journalists…


Marc Banks works in marketing and customer service for Dynaric, Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va. He’s a 1988 graduate of Old Dominion University. Marc turns 50 today.


Howard Finberg is director of training partnerships and alliances for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Howard worked at a number of papers including the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the New York Times and the Arizona Republic. He established the Chicago Tribune‘s graphics desk and founded the nation’s first news graphics service. He also was the founding president for the Society for News Design Foundation. He’s been with Poynter since 2002. Find Howard’s Twitter feed here.


Cecelia Hanley is a digital producer for Raycom Media of Montgomery, Ala. A 1995 graduate of the University of Virginia, Cecelia earned a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri in 2001. She spent a year as a designer for the Reporter-News of Abilene, Texas, four-and-a-half years as photo editor at the Courier & Press of Evansville, Ind., and two years as a features editor for the Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She left newspapers in 2010 and joined Raycom shortly after. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here.


Ashley Smith is assistant news editor for the Daily Sentinel of Nacogdoches, Texas. A 2011 graduate of the University of Houston Clear Lake, Ashley also attended San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, and served as associate editor of the student paper there, the Times. She worked for InsideDP of Deer Park, Texas, as an intern and then a reporter before joining the Daily Sentinel in 2012. Find her web site here. Ashley turns 31 today.

Ashley, Cecelia, Marc and Howard share a birthday with actors Daniel Jacob Radcliffe, Charisma Lee Carpenter, Marlon L. Wayans, Erik Ki La Salle (better known as Eriq La Salle), Woodrick Tracy “Woody” Harrelson, Daniel Ronald “Ronny” Cox; Philip Seymour Hoffman and Edie McClurg; musicians Alison Krauss, Tenitra Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child), Saul Hudson (better known as Slash of Guns n’ Roses), Martin Lee Gore (of Depeche Mode) and David Albert Cook (better known as David Essex); radio host John Donald “Don” Imus Jr.; TV host Bernard Whalen “Bert” Convy; model Stephanie Michelle Seymour; sports greats Anthony Nomar Garciaparra, Donald Scott “Don” Drysdale, Harold Peter Henry “Pee Wee” Reese (all three baseball), Gary Dwayne Payton, Elden Jerome Campbell (both basketball) and Terry Tyree Glenn (football) and novelist Raymond Thornton Chandler.

In addition, today is Cousins Day, National Drive-Thru Day, National Tequila Day, Tell an Old Joke Day and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Pioneer Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday today!