Monday, July 27, 2015

British Movietone Short Film: Cartoonist Rowland Emett "Lunar Cycle"

Cartoonist and inventor extraordinary, Rowland Emett, enters the space race with a new method of moon transport. The "Lunacycle" may not get into orbit, but for sheer invention it matches your Apollos and Sputniks.

Related: British Pathé Short Film: Cartoonist Rowland Emett at Home (1963)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Aaron Fine Travel Posters

A while ago I posted about Aaron Fine, who wrote and illustrated a 1955 children's book PETER PLANTS A POCKETFUL. Mr. Fine's graphic style blew me away and I bought the used book at a Maine thrift store as soon as I saw it. Here's the cover page:

Rodrigo Baeza posted a comment about Mr. Fine on the above link:

Thanks for posting this, Mike. I found some additional info about Aaron Fine: it seems he's better known for his posters for Pan American airlines (some of these can be found on Tumblr and/or Pinterest), that he was a friend of Andy Warhol, and that he died of cancer in 1962.

Thanks, Rodrigo! Here are some of his posters:

Just stunning work!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Joe Phillips: Classic Hollywood Stars as Superheroes

Comic book artist Joe Phillips imagines old time Hollywood stars in superhero movies in this fun series of images. See Comics Alliance for the whole set. 

Yeah, okay: one nitpick: It's Carole Lombard, NOT "Lombart."

If the Moon Was Replaced with Some of Our Planets

From Yeti Dynamics: What if there were other planets out there, orbiting the Earth, instead of the good ol' moon? It would look something like this:

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Have a Good Week

I'll be away for a short time. Hope you are having a good time and not spending too much of your summer in front of a screen.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Video: Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist

An analysis of Chuck Jones' technique as a Warner Brothers shorts animator by YouTuber Every Frame a Painting.

To see the names of the films, press the CC button and select “Movie Titles.”

Video: Toronto Star Cartoonist Theo Moudakis "Bring the 2024 Olympics to Rob Ford’s Toronto"

Video: 1981 John Candy Interview

An early 1980s interview with John Candy, filmed at his home in a Toronto suburb. Part of the "That's Life" series.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Hello Dollinks! Here are a few hi res scans from the tiny KATZENJAMMER KIDS paperback collection of Sunday strips by Joe Musial. It's copyright 1970 by King Features.

THE KATZENJAMMER KIDS were created by Rudolph Dirks who, at William Randolph Hearst's request, nicked them from the German cartoon MAX AND MORITZ. 

"The strip relates in the frenzied style the war-to-the-death carried on by Hans and Fritz against any form of authority, whether parental, educational, or governmental."

I had this paperback when I was a kid and studied it. It was lost and so, last week, I bought a copy off of eBay. Such wonderful manic writing and terrific cartooning by Musial. Reading it now for the first time since I was nine years old, I was surprised at how many of the gags I remembered. 

Obviously, these are great fun (if not politically correct) to read out loud. 

That last panel, where Hans and Fritz kiss with a "smak!!" is funny and chilling and perverse at the same time.