Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Knoxville couple celebrates 60th wedding anniversary in a comic strip

The Rex Morgan comic strip today doubles as a tribute to Ron and Shirley Bugos, who celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Ron and Shirley are longtime Rex Morgan fans.

It was their son Glenn's idea, and he contacted Rex Morgan cartoonist Terry Beatty about it. 

From the Knoxville News:

Beatty went one step further. He decided to “invite” Ron and Shirley to the wedding reception of his characters Buck and Mindy.

“Knowing I had the Buck and Mindy Las Vegas wedding sequence coming up, I knew I’d be drawing some sort of crowd scene for their wedding reception and figured why not put these long-time fans into the strip?” he said. "I ran that notion past Glenn, who was thrilled by the idea and supplied a reference photo.

Video: Rob Rogers: Editorial cartooning and the First Amendment

Rob Rogers, former editorial cartoonist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who was fired by the publisher in June 2018, is interviewed by The Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant regarding his career and the First Amendment implications of his firing.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Cartoon Class

Another great week teaching cartooning at the Long Island Museum. Great kids, fierce talent. I could add 100 more photos. We drew so much.

This class was almost double what last year's class was, and was about 50/50 boys and girls. I have been teaching a week-long series of classes at the Museum for over a decade. We had a lot of fun, and the kids surprised me with their talent.

It's back to normal for a short time here. Back to the drawing board.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

See You Soon

This week I'm at Long Island Museum, teaching cartoon classes. Updates will be sporadic or not at all. See you!

Friday, August 03, 2018

From the Sketchbook: People Will Steal My Brilliant Ideas!

From the sketchbook: angry arteest kinda guy thinks people will steal his brilliant artistic ideas. #legendinhisownmind

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Cartoon Illustrations from Woman's Day, July 1951

Here are some great illustrations for stories and ads from the July 1951 Woman's Day magazine. It's copyright 1951 by Woman's Day, Inc. in New York City. It cost 20 cents and, oddly, you could not subscribe to it.

When it comes to midcentury cartoonist/illustrators, one of my favorites is Roy Doty:

There are a good number of cartoon illustrations that are uncredited. Here's some great art, but no signature or attribution:

Indulge me here while I read about the new "What's My Line" TV quiz show. 

Some illustrations by Richard Scarry:

The great gag cartoonist Sam Cobean:

Cartoon drawings were usual for a lot of ads. I would guess this one is by Roy Doty, but I'm not sure. 

New Yorker cartoonist Mary Gibson draws for Drano:

More Richard Scarry:

More art with no name attached. Most were done by a staff illustrator at the ad agency:

More great Roy Doty spots:

More anonymous cartoon art. I enjoyed this ad, especially the women's clothing and hairstyles! Talk about high maintenance!

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The Garden As of July 1st

The zinnias below have many buds but are late bloomers:

Our raised beds in the foreground -- and you can kind of see my neighbor's scarecrow in the orange shirt over his garden. The wind makes this scarecrow turn around and look at my garden. Spooky.

Cucumbers and tomatoes:

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Video: Jules Feiffer "Transforming Rage Into Art: Lessons From the Army"

Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and writer, explains how joining the army taught him how to express his pent up anger, and how that set him on his career path as a satirist and cartoonist.

To see the full interview and learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/oral-histories/interviews/woh-fi-0000994/jules-feiffer-2017

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sofie Hagen Interviews Alison Bechdel

Sofie Hagen talks to cartoonist, creator of ‘The Bechdel Test,’ and author of Fun Home Alison Bechdel about writing an auto-biographical book that turned into a play, letting other people take creative control, dealing with her father's suicide, being gay, the different concerns that come with getting older, being followed by a coming-of-age story when definitely of age, finding a young queer audience, The Bechdel Test in a changing cultural stew, identity, family secrets, how drawing memories can change the way you remember them and a meditation on mortality.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Cartoon and Ads from Farm Journal September 1947

I would have had this up before now but when I updated my IOS, my Photoshop needed a newer version of Java, which I downloaded but it still didn't work. So I figured out another way to get scans done.

Honestly, anyone reading Farm Journal (or doing anything else) in 1947 would read that above paragraph as utter gobbledygook. But a lot has changed since then, huh?

Here are some illustrated ads and cartoons from the September 1947 issue of Farm Journal, the "World's Largest Rural Magazine." The circulation was 2,650,000. The magazine was published monthly out of Farm Journal, Inc., in Philadelphia. It's copyright by Farm Journal, Inc. as well. It began publication in 1877 "for farmers in bountiful agricultural regions within a day's ride of the publication's office in Philadelphia." The magazine is still published today.

Robert C. Dell, who signed his cartoons "R.C. Dell." He lived in the Chicago area, and cartooned for pulp magazines (drawing some risque cartoons sometimes) and was also selling to major markets, including Esquire Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's.

Cartoon by Max. I don't know who a lot of these cartoonists are. A lot of them tended to specialize in these niche markets and never or rarely appeared in the major magazines. 

Cartoons make ads better.

Roy Carling: 

Some good movies are out!

W. Walter “Cal” Calvert was a Bucks County (PA) artist and illustrator. “Cal” Illustrated and created hundreds of covers for the magazines Saturday Evening Post, Bucks County Traveler, Country Gentleman, Sports Afield, Bell Telephone News, Pennsylvania Railroad, and others.

I can't see the artist's signature at all here.  Maybe it's Dwig?

The one and only Reamer Keller:

More R.C. Dell, who had a great signature, huh? 

Not from this issue of Farm Journal: here's a fun self portrait of R.C. Dell, drawn using the letters of his name:

Graham Hunter, a journeyman cartoonist whose clients included The Saturday Evening Post, Argosy and other markets:

Big pharma hates this idea I'm sure! 

Glueck (?) is a name I see in the smaller markets, but no other information is out there that I can find.

A Steig ad:

Uncredited except for the "M:"

Looks like Billy Mumy from that Twilight Zone episode! 

A cartoonist named Dobbs, no other information:

It took me a couple seconds to "get" this R.C. Dell cartoon:

Sometimes cartoons are inadvertently scary looking: