cartoons

Stan Mack’s Occupy-the-Fourth-of-July Funnies

It’s 1776 in Philadelphia. Congressional delegates “sweat, swat flies, and argue independence.” They retreat to a tavern and casually dump Jefferson with the job of composing a declaration: “Tom, write us something dignified, yet magical.” Once he’s finished, all the congressmen shout out changes at him: “Drop ‘independent’;” “Why ‘happiness’ instead of ‘property’? What’s...

A Wild Madhouse Riot of 1950s Comic Book Satire

Okay, here’s the setup. Marilyn Monroe knocks Joe DiMaggio’s head off with a baseball bat. So they go to a Chinese laundry to get it put back on. But the proprietor can’t help them because—get ready—it’s a hand laundry! Okay, see, this place has human hands hanging off clotheslines, and, and… Hmmm. Maybe you...

A Fanzine Editor's 60-Year Love Affair with 1950s Comics

There’s this comic-book story about space aliens who try to save our planet from self-annihilation. But they arrive too late: We’d already destroyed ourselves in an atomic war. They land their rocket ship on a chunk of a devastated earth and discover a science-fiction comic book amid the rubble. It contains a story about...

Long Beach Comic Con: My "7 Highlights" List

  These days, the so-called San Diego “Comic”-Con‘s main attraction is sugary TV and movie confectionery. But if you enjoy graphic novels and cartoons – and, well, scary stuff – you may have attended the recent Comic & Horror Con at Long Beach, CA’s Convention Center. While SDCC has been around for over 40...

Stop Those Damn Pictures!

William Marcy “Boss” Tweed, the corrupt politician who ruled New York’s Tammany Hall during the late 19th Century and diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from the city to his ring’s pockets, was literally brought down by a cartoon. The series of drawings exposing the Tweed ring was produced by political cartoonist Thomas Nast...

Cartoon Network – Resurrecting Bankrupt Heirlooms Circa 1997

In the spring of 1992 I was contacted by and collaborated with Betty Cohen, Tom Corey and Tom Pomposello on an in-house sales film that was to help define what Turner Broadcasting had in mind for their newly acquired library of Hanna-Barbera cartoons. I was informed that the Atlanta-based network would launch a 24hour...

Crime, Corruption, Copyright, and a Kids’ Comic: Skippy

. Before Peanuts, there was Skippy. And Always Belittlin’. And The Clancy Kids. And a wealth of other illustrations by Percy Crosby, one of America’s most talented comic strip artists. Born in Brooklyn in 1891, Crosby’s illustrious career began when he was in his teens, at a Socialist newspaper where fellow workers called him...

An Illustrator "Celebrity Cruises" The Animation Waters

This’ll be the first of many posts (once a month, hopefully) presenting work I’ve done and the process used to produce it. When my wife Patrice and I originally opened the studio, it was to offer up to advertising clients our specialty of translating the work of illustrators, designers, cartoonists, etc., into animation for...

Jared Andrew Schorr: Handy Work

There are illustrators. And then there are illustrators–the dripping with personality, oozing with expression, can’t-peel-your-eyes-away-from-the-page storytelling kind. Speaking of the latter, Southern California-based ink-to-paper maker, Jared Andrew Schorr, is a definite cut above the rest. From monsters to retro radios, hotdog-shaped letters to space cadets, Schorr is a wizard paper crafter – Xacto-knifing his witty...

It's Time for Some Love For Peter Bagge

I recently saw this poster outside a restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and was instantly smitten with Peter Bagge. Once I finished laughing, I realized I’d never heard of the man, (and here I thought I was a serious underground comic book-o-phile. I felt so ashamed). Luckily it was a poster advertising a show for...