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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Writers in Wax

The following is an excerpt of the letter above, which I recently found in a collection of papers. December 3rd, 1927 Dear Mr. Adams, I am enclosing herewith a set of photographs which I feel sure will interest you. They …

Jeff Smith Opens Up About the Upcoming Bone Film

[Ed. note: Academy Award-winning animator John Canemaker will be writing a monthly column about animation for Print. This is his first entry.] I met master cartoonist Jeff Smith last November when he attended my lecture on Winsor McCay at the …