Monday, October 20, 2014

Photos of William Hanna



Some rare press photos from the 1970s to the 80s of American animator William Hanna (1910-2001).
















More Cartoonist Photos:
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Part four
Part five
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Part seven 
Part eight
Part nine
Part ten
Part eleven

Friday, October 17, 2014

Theatrical Lighting Database


The New York Public Library and The Lighting Archive have a trove of original material chronicling the use of modern theatrical lighting through the years. There are original lighting documents, as well as actual plots, focus charts, cue sheets and much more from four landmark productions; "Chorus Line," "Hair," "Fall River Legend," and "Sunday in the Park with George."

Hat tip to Victoria Roberts!

Happy 25th Anniversary Belgian Comics Center



When in Brussels, stop in to the Belgian Comics Center. It will be especially fun this weekend when it celebrates its 25th year. Cartoonist Pieter de Poortere has created the above drawing of the Center. My thanks to Ger Apeldoorn who posted it first on his blog.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cartoonist Photos Part 11


Above: cartoonist Chester Gould in a 1938 Coronet Magazine article.


Above: Chester Gould's Woodstock home in an undated photo.


Above and below: the one and only Chuck Jones.


Below: ALLEY OOP's Dave Graue, 1996:


The great Jeff MacNelly:

John Fischetti, 1956:


Norman Bridwell:


Paul Szep, 1976:


Tom Wilson, Sr.:


More Cartoonist Photos:
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Part two
Part three
Part four
Part five
Part six 
Part seven 
Part eight
Part nine
Part ten
Part eleven

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mike Lynch Wins 2014 Jack Davis Award



Last year, I was asked to give the keynote address to the Southeast National Cartoonists Society chapter get together. But something went wrong.

The chapter has a yearly meeting, and they do it up right, with meals and speeches and panels and displays. Members drive for miles.

But, last year, I had to suddenly cancel due to a family event. I really felt bad, but, you know, family is family.  So they had their SENCS 2013 get together without me.

So, they asked again and I told them I would come this year. And I did come out to Athens, GA, where they were meeting.

I flew out, rented a car, figured out how to get to the University of Georgia. No surprises.

But there was one big surprise. James "Doodle" Lyle, at the official meeting on Saturday morning, handed me this in front of the members. It's the Jack Davis Award 2014 Cartoonist of the Year plaque.  Jack is, as you know, one of the premiere MAD Magazine illustrators. He's also a Georgia native.

I was agog. I think "agog" was the right word. I was totally surprised. Stunned. Mouth hanging open. I think I said "thank you" and "wow" a couple of times. Maybe a couple of Raph Kramden "humminah humminah humminahs" came out.

I'm honored to receive this.

Knock me over with a feather!

So, thank you to the SENCS Chair James "Doodle" Lyle, John "Shep" Sheppard, Tim "Mr. Ollie" Oliphant, John Lotshaw and all of the other fine members.  I am still blushing over your honor.

Thank you very much.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ralph Steadman's BREAKING BAD Blu-ray Covers


Ralph Steadman's art is featured on the new BREAKING BAD Blu-ray set, with caricatures of Walter White,  Jesse Pinkman, Gus Fring, Saul Goodman, Mike Ehrmantraut and Hank Schrader. The Guardian has more.

20th Century Spanish Sci Fi Pulp Covers


Illustration by Boixcar (Guillermo Sánchex Boix, 1917-1960) from the cover of El Mundo Futuro.

If ever there was a bunch of lurid, wacky sci fi covers of spaceships and aliens, this collection of Spanish pulp covers tops the list. 

Hat tip to Jay Picopo.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cartoonist Photos Part 10

Here are some photos of cartoonists, so you can put the face with the inky line. I tend to come across a lot of relatively unseen photos of cartoonists of all ilks (magazine gag cartoonists, comic book artists, newspaper comic strip cartoonist, editorial cartoonists, web cartoonists, etc.).

These are in no particular order. Links to the previous entries are below.

Magazine gag cartoonist Betty Swords 1976


Bill Mauldin 1962


Bill Mauldin 1978


"Ding" Darling 1965


Jim Unger 1979


Tom Batiuk


Bill Hoest: two photos of Bill in his Long Island studio, 1978.


John Reiner still uses that "traveling easel" set up today when drawing THE LOCKHORNS.



Bill Plympton


Jeff MacNelly 1973
Jimmy Hatlo with wife Eleanor, 1942


Charles Schulz 1966


More Cartoonist Photos:
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Part two
Part three
Part four
Part five
Part six 
Part seven 
Part eight
Part nine

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Photos of Betty Swords



Some photos of Denver cartoonist and humor writer Betty Swords.

Betty Swords was a fashion designer. At least, that was the plan. But it didn't work out that way.

They say travel broadens the mind, and during a trip to Texas she saw a very different world -- a very male world, one the was echoed in the popular media. She was both repelled and fascinated by the discriminatory nature of the male-dominated world of humor. She decided to do something about it.

Above: her 1959 cartoon speaks to the power that a woman may administer if she so chooses. Not at all a typical male point of view, huh? You can see it in context with some other 1959 gag cartoons here.

R. C. Harvey has the story: "At Sword's Point: Humor As Weapon"

Meanwhile, here are some newly discovered old photos of Betty Swords, from 1961 to 1985.

Betty Swords 1961





May 19, 1973: Colorado Authors Have a Vested Interest: Betty Swords, left, Albert Fay Hill, and Armand Reeder, right, admire president's vest of the Colorado Authors League. She won a prize for nonfiction technical article writing, and the Rev. Mr. Hill was installed as president of the group at a dinner at Denver Country Club Saturday night. Reeder is outgoing president. 



Betty Swords and her lightbox, 1969


Betty Swords writing, 1969


Betty Swords, 1972


Betty Swords signing the "Male Chauvinist Pig" calendar, 1973


Betty Swords, 1976





Betty Swords 1985


Betty Swords, 1985





R.C. Harvey "At Sword's Point: Humor As Weapon"