Friday, October 21, 2016

Dick Buchanan: Some PUNCH Magazine Cartoons 1948-1963

Here are some cartoons from PUNCH Magazine, the late, great satirical periodical of Great Britain. These are all courtesy of my friend Dick Buchanan, who clipped these cartoons out years ago and now has scanned them and offered them up for us to see. Thanks so much, Dick. The cartoons are © 2016, Punch Ltd.

ALEC. Oct 3, 1951

ANTON. (Harold Underwood & his sister, Antonia Yeoman) Dec 19, 1951

BECK. Mar 17, 1948

ROWLAND EMETT. Oct 26, 1949

MICHAEL FFOLKES (Brian Davis) Oct 10, 1951

MICHAEL FFOLKES (Brian Davis) May 5, 1963


MM Feb 8 1950



GEORGE SPROD Dec 12 1951

ARNOLD WILES Apr 2, 1952

More from Dick Buchanan's gag cartoon collection:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Inktober 2016: Another Dozen Sketches

This is a "for fun," voluntary event every October where people doodle up something in ink and post it to social media with the hashtag #inktober or #inktober2016. I posted the first batch of drawings here, and this is another dozen little stream of consciousness sketches. These are all drawn with a Micron Pigma pen, and all are done with no prep; no pencil sketch underneath -- and usually just a smattering of an idea of what I am going to draw. It's just for fun. And it's good practice to let go and let ink!

Ready? Let's go.

For the sketch below I was thinking of the newsstand at the end of the 2 and 5 subway lines. So, I get a "OK, this would be fun to draw" flash in my gut and off I go. 

This was in Brooklyn at "The Junction," where Flatbush and Nostrand crossed. That's also where Brooklyn College is, as well as our first NYC apartment which was $380 a month.

Another urban sketch:

Beards, beards, beards. Soon after posting this on my Instagram, I got followed by a men's haircare company.

Some "too cool" millennials. If I saw them in a bar, like this, I would go to another bar. I like the juxtaposition between her bald head and his manscaped hair.

A couple of customers walking in to Dee's Diner, a place where everyone knows your name and most guys have facial hair and wear ball caps and flannel.

I use a lot of hashtags and this is how my description of this guy below was written on social media:

#inktober #drawing #passiveaggressive #employee#shouting #howareyou to anybody who comes in to the local #cumberlandfarms #gasstation#butthecoffeeisonlyabuck #goodcoffee

A middle aged businessman not acting his age in this doodle.

I like her expression. This is a teeny drawing (like the size of a dime), but it does the job.

So, every day you have to draw something and when I can't think of what to draw, I ask myself, "What did you do today?" I went to the grocery.

Various #selfies snagged from #Facebook #profilesof #people I don't know. #inktober #sketchbook#sketch #avatar #whydoallguyshavegoateesandbaseballhats #ireallydontknowthesepeople


Inktober 2016: The First Nine Days

Inktober 2015:

Inktober week one is here.

Inktober week two is here.

Inktober week three is here.

Inktober week four is here.

Last of the Inktober Drawings

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Feral Cat Day and Dexter the Cat

Yesterday was Feral Cat Day. On that day in 2009, we bought three bales of hay to make a hay house on the front porch. This was for this orange stray cat, sweet but aloof, who had eluded the Hav-a-Heart trap and refused to come inside.

Above is a photo of the cat that had been hanging around that summer of 2009. Very sweet, very shy -- but he was playful and came when called. (And why not? We fed him.)

We named him Dexter, after Cary Grant's character in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY.

Here is the scene from THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) where a drunk Macaulay Connors (James Stewart) visits C.K.Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) in the middle of the night.

But back in the fall of 2009, here in Northern Hew England, it was getting chilly, and there were frost warnings. So, we wanted to make Dex a place to keep warm. The odd thing is that as soon as it was constructed, he took a look and went right in. He knew what it was and used it immediately!

From November 2009: Dexter yawns as we bring him food in his hay house:

S l o w l y coming out for kibbles:

A rousing shake of the head to begin the day:

Frustration was mounting:

We have been trying to get this friendly but elusive cat into the house for months. Over the summer, he always came by for food and would play and "talk" to us. He would follow me around the garden. But he was ever so cautious and wary. He did not want to be touched. Five months and no pats. Frustrating!

That live animal trap, the Hav-a-Heart did not work. He was not fooled. However, a different stray cat was caught.

Here's the rest of this true cat story from seven years ago:

Well, anyway, good things happen to those who wait .... 
Good news: Dexter, this shy, stray cat, was, finally, thanks to my wife singing showtunes to him (Dexter loves "A Little Bit in Love" by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Comden and Green, from the Broadway show Wonderful Town -- and treats), lured into the house. He is safe and sound, and out of the cold weather and away from wolves, fisher cats and hunters. 
He now has his own space inside. He purrs and LOVES to receive pats on his large orange head. Yes, even though he was SO afraid of getting pats when he was outside, he is now an official pat-hog. Our guess: he WAS someone else's kitty and now that he's inside, he's decided getting pats is just fine, thank you very much. He even leans into pats.
Although it's early days yet (it's only been 18 hours since his arrival), I am hoping he'll make a wonderful addition -- as soon as I can lure him into the cat carrier and to the vet's for the full check-up. 
And I can clear away the cat hay house before neighborhood property values drop ....
My thanks to everyone I asked for advice about trying to catch him. Many treats and Lenny Bernstein tunes to all of you! 
Glad we got him before the snows and the howling winds and the below zero temps.

Dexter is alive and well and a happy cat now seven years after his rescue. Here are a few photos from his first days inside. Look at that smile.

Happy Dexter! Happy Feral Cat day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1931-64

Occasionally, my friend in Greenwich Village, Dick Buchanan, sends along some choice single panel gag cartoons to share with us and we are fortunate once again to be the recipients of some old gems from his clip files.

So, with a public thank you, here's Dick Buchanan with fifteen more cartoons culled from major publications between 1931 and 1964. Again, thank you for sharing these, Dick:

I have sifted through my dusty files and assembled another group of mid-century gag cartoons by some really great cartoonists. I you like to laugh, and who doesn't? I think you'll agree.

MISCHA RICHTER. No one nailed the 1% better than the great Mischa Richter, New Yorker stalwart. 1974 NCS Gag Cartoonist of the Year, & 1979 NCS Advertising & Illustrator of Year. Collier’s. September 11, 1948.

PERRY BARLOW. Another New Yorker cartoonist and illustrator, best remembered for his superb covers. The Saturday Evening Post. October 17, 1953.

BOB BARNES. Contrary to popular opinion, all was not rosey for mid-century husbands. As a matter of fact, they took quite a beating. Husbands in traction were a hilarious stock situation. The Saturday Evening Post. October 22, 1960.

HANK KETCHAM. One purpose of a cartoonists clip file was for reference when drawing props. As one might imagine, the very best source was often HANK KETCHAM. Here’s his traction setup. The Saturday Evening Post. c. 1950’s.

LEE LORENZ. Lorenz had not yet made The New Yorker when this cartoon appeared in FOR LAUGHING OUT LOUD. July-Sep, 1957. 

GARDNER REA. One of the original contributing New Yorker cartoonists. By 1925 he was already a major cartoonist and cover illustrator. He may have been a greater gag writer--he wrote most of his own gags and many more for other cartoonists. The Saturday Evening Post. Jan 13 1951.

FRANK RIDGEWAY. Through 1950’s & ‘60’s Ridgeway continued to be a popular gag cartoonist while producing Mr. Abernathy. 1000 Jokes Magazine. Sep-Nov 1964.

ROBERT WEBER. There were two great cartooning Webers; one was ROBERT whose lush brush strokes and washes graced the slick magazines especially The New Yorker. Look Magazine. December 3, 1963.

BOB WEBER was the other BOB. His cartoons burst with energy. His characters were moving even when they were standing still. 1000 Jokes Magazine. Sep-Nov 1964.

The BERENSTAINS. Stan and Jan began their massive Berenstain Bear cartoon empire in the 1940’s with family oriented gag cartoons for major magazines. American Legion Magazine. 1949

The SEYMOURS. No such luck for the Seymours, but a nifty “one hit wonder” from American Legion. October,1955.

WILLIAM STEIG. TRUE, September, 1949. Once dubbed “The King of Cartoons” Mr. Steig is at his best. He was, after all, the King.

WILLIAM STEIG. A fine example Steig’s technique from his early years, which only shows Mr. Steig was always at his best. LIFE. September, 1931.

WILLIAM F. BROWN. Bluebook. August. 1955.

AN VAN WESSUM. Van Wessum began appearing in Dutch newspapers in 1953. Later Punch, Playboy and Look. This offbeat classic is from FOR LAUGHING OUT LOUD. Apr-Jun, 1964.

More from Dick Buchanan's gag cartoon collection:
Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1946-64
Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1947-62

Monday, October 17, 2016

TELEFIXIT Illustrations by Frank Irwin

Here is TELEFIXIT, the 1956 "King Size Edition" by John P. Kenneally with some wonderful illustrations by Frank Irwin. It's a TV in-home fixit book. The book originated as a mimeographed bunch of papers and was so popular, that Mr. Kenneally, who worked as Supervisor of Communications Training in the Pilot Training School for Pan American World Airways and had "been the voluntary advisor to Pan Am employees on the care and repair of their TV sets," expanded it into a how-to book. It was published by Coleman Publications, New York and is copyright 1956 by that company.

I bought this book last week at Hardings used book store in Wells, ME. It was in terrific shape, and I fell in love with Frank Irwin's spot illustrations of ordinary guys dealing with their big old cathode ray tube TV sets.

There is not much at all on the web about Mr. Irwin. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he graduated from the Cooper Union Art School. He "was a graphic artist, cartoonist, actor, and lifetime socialist," reports the NY Times.

In the 1950s all of the animation studios were opening offices in NYC for commercial work in the new medium of TV. Frank joined the Screen Cartoonists Guild, and started to draw backgrounds for TV commercials. He would later graduate to character design and storyboarding. Among his clients: Py-Co-Pay Toothbrushes ("with the rubber tip on the end") and Kool Cigarettes, with the Kool penguin smoking a Kool cigarette in the Arctic. He then did film strip presentations, creating

" ... complete slide presentations for big-shot clients. -- almost always as a freelancer. It was fun and lasted well over 40 years. I loved it."
-- quote from the Introduction to BIRTHDAY CARDS by Frank Irwin, Blurb Books. 

He died at the age of 88 on October 29, 2015.

Here are just a few of his wonderful illustrations for TELEFIXIT.