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Comix and Pen.

June 18th, 2008


There’s a great interview with Pendleton Ward on ComixTalk, a catch up from when he did a lot of web comics.

A sample:

Are you still creating new comics?

I took down those old comics because they were terrible.

The completely mad Don Martin

June 3rd, 2008


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I was writing about my MAD mood recently, and it prompted me to buy my sons MAD’s Greatest Artists:The Completely MAD Don Martin which he promptly fell in love with (who wouldn’t?). Which, in turn, prompted me to remember fondly this unique spot (called “A Day in the Life”) my agency did for VH1 in 1990 that Don illustrated.”A Day in the Life”
VH-1: Video Hits One
May 1990
Written by Bill Burnett
Illustrated by Don Martin
Animation production by JJ Sedelmaier for The Ink Tank
Sound design and agency production by Tom Pomposello
Executive Producers: Alan Goodman & Fred Seibert
Agency: Fred/Alan, Inc., NY

“What I create is the atmosphere.”

May 25th, 2008

The MAD World of William M. Gaines

I’ve been in a MAD frame of mind recently because of our friend, producer David Levin, who introduced us all to the magazine’s inner workings on Pulp Secret last year, and brought by a couple of his MADdest friends (editors actually) to talk a few weeks ago. Meeting them put me into the frame of mind to read David Hadju’s The Ten-Cent Plague about the repressive moment in the 1950s when states across America actually tried to censor books (in this case, comic books).
The Ten-Cent Plague
So much of it revolved around the mythology of EC comics’ and MAD’s publisher William Gaines that I started routing around for something to read on the history of MAD. Unfortunately no one’s seen fit to research anything resembling an objective view, so I settled for this 1972 virtually authorized biography. Which made me try and find one of his obituaries that so influenced me on the eve of my joining Hanna-Barbera and the cartoon business full time in June 1992.

Why such an influence? I was new to the cartoon business, never having had anything to do with making anything with characters or stories (I’d produced quite a few animated commercials), and I was scared to death because I had no idea what to do. Then I read one of Gaines’ mythologizing quotes and I started to feel like, even if I couldn’t begin to be the kind of eccentric character he was, maybe I’d have a chance.

“My staff and contributors create the magazine,” Gaines said. “What I create is the atmosphere.”

Ryan Sias’ “Da Beaver.”

May 5th, 2008

Artwork by Ryan Sias
Ryan Sias was one of our earliest Frederator blogees, so it’s always good to see him. Last Friday Ryan stopped by with his latest comic, Da Beaver: Environmental Hero.

Thanks to Ryan for kind permission to post art from his comic.

Ed Ludvigsen & Brian Belanger

April 22nd, 2008

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Ed Ludvigsen & Brian Belanger came by on Friday to introduce themselves. Ed’s an art director for an online agency in Westchester, New York, and Brian’s a comic book artist and writer in Manchester, New Hampshire. They pitched us their project Skullduggery.

Thanks to Brian for kind permission to post his artwork.

The (modern) Cartoonist’s Credo.

April 16th, 2008

Cartoonist's Credo

Leave it to idea man/writer/comedian David Burd to perfectly rewrite Wally Wood’s “Cartoonist’s Credo” for the modern world the same day I posted it.

Steve Rude: Artist in Motion

March 15th, 2008

Steve Rude

If ever a book title caught its subject well, it’s Artist in Motion, by the incredible Steve Rude. I was lucky enough to spend some time on projects with Steve back in the day (I was trying to develop Mike Baron & Steve’s Nexus as an animated feature film at Hanna-Barbera) and never have I been with an artist more dedicated to the forward trajectory of his art, and all art that he loves and respects. You’ll get a great sense of that enthusisam in this art book, which surveys 20 years of his career in comics and painting. Steve’s one of those rare artists that’s worth listening to as well as looking at, so don’t just skip by the text. You’ll get a chance to learn some of what he taught me.

Space Opera, Act One

You’ll be able to catch Steve in person at this year’s major comic cons, including New York in April.

Check out Lewis & Cluck.

November 26th, 2007

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Oh Yeah! Cartoons creator Bill Riling dusts off his comic strip as a comic blog.

More on the Rule of 3.

May 17th, 2007

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Writer Warren Ellis has more on the Rule of 3 on the Castlevania blog.

Ryan Sias.

May 3rd, 2007

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When Ryan Sias came by today to say hello and drop off a copy of his new book he reminded me we hadn’t seen each other since last summer’s Licensing Show. It also reminded me that Ryan was one of the first entries on my blog when he pitched us his cartoon Courageous Critters.