Friday, November 25, 2016

Paul Fung in Motion Picture World

The Motion Picture World
December 1, 1917
Roundup of Cartoonists
Universal Current Events Claims to Have Captured Thirty-nine Funny Men.

Universal Current Events, which recently inaugurated the policy of recreating newspaper cartoons for the first time in the history of the screen, announces that it has just completed its roster of cartoonists whose work is exclusively presented by it in the motion picture theaters. The list is a remarkable one, inasmuch as it includes practically famous cartoonist of nearly every leading newspaper in the United States. Here, for the first time, is given a list of the names of the men and papers participating in this epochal screen achievement:

W. A. Rogers, New York Herald; W. C. Morris, New York Evening Mail; Robert Carter, Philadelphia Press; Charles Henry Sykes, Philadelphia Evening Ledger; R. K. Chamberlain, Philadelphia Evening Telegraph; F. T. Richards, Philadelphia North American; John L. DeMar, Philadelphia Record; Fred Morgan, Philadelphia Inquirer; Nelson Harding, Brooklyn, N. Y.. Eagle; Ted Brown, Chicago Daily News; “Cy” Hungerford, Pittsburgh Sun; Bert Link. Pittsburgh Press; Elmer Donnell, St. Louis Globe-Democrat; Claude Shafer, Cincinnati Post; W. A. Ireland, Columbus Evening Dispatch; Harry J. Westerman, Ohio State Journal; Harry Keys, Columbus Citizen; J. H. Donahey, Cleveland Plain Dealer; James Lavery, Cleveland Press; Fred O. Seibel, Albany Knickerbocker Press; Wm. A. McKenna, Albany Evening Journal; W. K. Patrick, New Orleans Times-Picayune; Lute Rease, Newark Evening News; Alfred W. Browerton, Atlanta Journal; Lewis C. Gregg, Atlanta Constitution; “Cad” Brand, Milwaukee; Sentinel; Gaar Williams, Indianapolis News; Cornelius J. Kennedy (“Ken”), Buffalo Evening News; R. O. Evans, Baltimore American; G. R. Spencer, Omaha World-Herald; J. P. Alley, Memphis Commercial Appeal; Paul B. Fung, Seattle Post-Intelligencer; John F. Knott, Dallas News; James J. Lynch, Denver Rocky Mountain News; Paul A. Plaschke. Louisville Times; McKee Barclay, Baltimore Sun; Walter Blackman, Birmingham Age Herald; A. J. Taylor, Los Angeles Times; Roy Aymond, New Orleans Daily States.

(Next post on Friday: Yun Gee in The San Franciscan)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Paul Fung in The Editor & Publisher

The Editor & Publisher
September 8, 1917
Famous Chinese Cartoonist Depicts a Tragedy

Here you have Paul Fung’s idea of a “Little Tragedy of a Newspaper Office.”

Paul Fung, cartoonist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, is believed to be the only Chinese cartoonist who is member of an American newspaper staff. He has a national reputation as a cartoonist, illustrator and painter. He is a regular contributor to many of the big weekly and monthly magazines of the country and his work in the Post-Intelligencer is widely reprinted.

Paul Fung was born in Seattle twenty years ago. At the age of five years his father, a minister, took him to China to make a preacher out of him. He attended a Chinese school for six years. at the age of eleven he became ambitious to become an artist. As a boy he would paint cherry blossoms and flowers on Chinese fans. He would walk about Canton for hours at a time, making sketches of different things he saw. At first his work was very crude, but he was ambitious and determined, and he continued on. Finally he succeeded in selling some of his work in China. That encouraged him.

His father was persistent in his efforts to make a minister out of him. But the pulpit held no charms for Paul. Father soon learned that and brought his son back to the United States. That was when Paul was twelve years of ago. In this country he went to grade school first and them to high school. While in high school he applied to the Post-Intelligencer for a job.

It is less than two years ago that an abbreviated Chinese boy, who looked as though he had just shed his knickerbockers and annexed a complete young man’s outfit, slowly and quietly made his way through the door leading to the editorial rooms of the Post-Intelligencer. Under his left arm was a portfolio, and the edges of white cardboard protruded from both sides.

Paul happened to drop into the office when every one was terribly busy. He soon learned that and learned also that no one had time to see him. But Paul was not discouraged. He wasn’t going anywhere. He had plenty of tim. so, he sat down and waited and waited. Several hours later, Tom Dillon, managing editor, walked out of his office and noted that there was some one waiting to see him.

“What’s troubling you son?” asked Mr. Dillon, smiling all the time. “Come in.”

Paul was encouraged at this display of cordiality after having been neglected so long. He had his recitation all framed in advance. He had rehearsed it many times, and he delivered it well. He exhibited his sketches and cartoons.

Mr. Dillon was impressed with the determination and ambition of Paul and, besides, he need an illustrator, so he told Mr. Fung he would give him a chance. He instructed him to report for work the following day. Paul was there, long before there was anything to do. When he was given his first task he threw all of his talents and energy into the work. The result was highly satisfactory. That was the beginning of Paul’s career as a cartoonist.

Paul Fung is very human. He is a good newspaper man. He has many friends and all of them value his friendship. He possesses the American point of view and has a real sense of humor. His cartoons are excellent.


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