Monday, May 21, 2018

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Kid Stuff 1948 - 61

Mouthy, petulant kids! A comic staple since, really, the first comic strip, The Yellow Kid, and up through to Dennis the Menace and Calvin! And somewhere, under that kid behavior, shines a little insight into the adult world. Well, sometimes. Actually, a lot of times, they are just being kids.

Here is my friend Dick Buchanan with a collection of baby boomer gag cartoons from his large collection. Take it away, Dick -- and thanks for sharing! You're a good kid!



1948 - 1961

Almost everyone loves kids. After all, almost everyone was one. So it stands to reason that cartoons about kids would resonate with many. That’s why there’s a cartoon clip file simply titled “kid stuff.”

Many mid-century cartoonists made this genre a big part of their portfolio as they braved the editors on Wednesdays.

Here, handpicked haphazardly from the clip file is a sampling of cartoons by mid-century cartoonists who revealed how obnoxious and impossible kids actually can be — unless, of course, they’re your own. And, besides, as Art Linkletter said, “Kids are funny.”
1. BERENSTAIN Collier's 1950 Dec 16

2. DRUCKER The Saturday Evening Post SEP 1951 Dec 8

3. GALLAGHER The Saturday Evening Post SEP 1960 Oct 

4. HART  American Legion 1956 June

 5. CAPLAN American Magazine 1950 Jan

6. MARCUS Collier's 1950 April 1

7. KETCHAM  Collier's 1948 June 19

8. WALKER 1954 American Legion 1954 May

9. FINE Collier's 1951 October 13

10. KEY The Saturday Evening Post SEP 1952 Sept 27

11. MACE Look 1961 Apr 25

12. HOIFJELD Collier's 1952 March 29

13. HELLE American Legion 1954 APRIL

14. LAZARUS The Saturday Evening Post SEP 1950 June 20

 15. LAMB  American Legion  Jan 1953

Friday, May 18, 2018

Kickstarter Ending

Final Day!

The Kickstarter for LOBSTER THERAPY, the Maine cartoon book by Maine cartoonists, expires tomorrow, Saturday, May 19th at about 4pmEST.

If you've been thinking about contributing, now is the time. The money goes to the cartoonists who created it. We have autographed books, sketches, originals and more by me and these talented cartoonists: John Klossner, David Jacobson, Jeff Pert and the one and only Bill Woodman.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kickstarter Countdown: Fifty Hours To Go

About fifty hours to go on the Kickstarter to help raise funds for us to get to BookExpo and beyond. Thanks to all who have pledged. I am so very thankful. We are at only 20% of the goal. If the goal is not reached, it's a no go.

We have signed books, sketches and originals. Except for fees and shipping, the money goes to the cartoonists directly.

 "Hopkins deserves to be fired, but we can't touch him
since that piping plover began roosting in his office."

Some May and June LOBSTER THERAPY Signing Dates and Radio Show

I will be signing copies of LOBSTER THERAPY, the new Maine cartoon book by Maine cartoonists (me, John Klossner, David Jacobson, Jeff Pert and the one and only Bill Woodman) this summer in NYC, Portland, ME, Camden, ME and other places in Maine (Bar Harbor, Bangor, Rockport and more).

Here are a some of the signing dates with more to come:

May 31 - BookExpo, Javits Center, NYC - see me at the Rowman Littlefield table beginning at noon

June 2 - Maine Comic Arts Festival, Portland Public Library, Portland, ME - 10am to 5pm. We have been asked to do a panel as well. No time on that yet.

July 6 - Sherman's Books, Camden, ME - 4 - 6pm

We will also be on the NPR Maine Calling radio show live on Thursday, June 28 from 1pm to 2.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Three Days to Go

As of now, there are three days left in the Kickstarter for the LOBSTER THERAPY Maine cartoon book that is full of cartoons by Maine cartoonists! The campaign ends Saturday afternoon. My thanks to everyone who has pledged their support to get autographed books and drawings.

We are 20% funded, which is great -- but this is an "all or nothing" proposition. So, while I am hopeful you will click on the link and support us cartoonists, I am also wary that this will not be successful.

Regardless, I appreciate being able to put this together and have Down East publish it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Blog Entry #6001

Oops. I forgot to mention that yesterday's post was the 6000th entry here at the Mike Lynch Cartoons blog. The blog started in 2006, so that makes for over twelve years of me talking about cartoons and other funny things.

When I first started, blogging was a new thing; a new word. And there were not many people blogging about cartooning for a living. That's changed and now there are many great resources!

I didn't think that I would do this for so long. When, in August of 2007, I moved to New Hampshire, I really thought I would not go on. But every day, there was something to share, so I did it. And the blog has become part of my daily routine.

I am thankful to everyone out there for peeking in and making this part of their day.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Kickstarter Final Week and LOBSTER THERAPY Book Signing

This is the last week for the Kickstarter campaign for the LOBSTER THERAPY Maine cartoon book. 

This is an opportunity to support us cartoonists directly, and also get some swell swag like signed books, sketches and original art.

The book LOBSTER THERAPY AND MOOSE PICK-UP LINES, by Maine cartoonists, had a great first signing in South Berwick, ME at the "A Little Something" gift and craft store.  My thanks to A Little Something for a wonderful event.

At least 46 books were sold. We drew and autographed the whole time. Families came, kids liked it, grandparents bought them. The two-hour event went by quickly.

Yes, we wore ties! Ha ha. From left, that's me, Bill Woodman, and John Klossner. David Jacobson, at the last minute, was unable to come. And I want to shout out to my friend, the late, great Jeff Pert, whose art graces the cover. We miss you, man.

Bill Woodman (you know his work from National Lampoon, New Yorker, Playboy and other places) typically opened up the book and drew a full page on the interior back cover.

Some people bought multiple copies. The incredible thing was the diversity of ages that were paging thru the book in the store and laughing. Anyway, I will post a signing schedule soon.

Friday, May 11, 2018

South Berwick, ME Tonight! May 11! LOBSTER THERAPY Signing

South Berwick, ME - On May 11, 2018, there will be a signing event at A Little Something from 6 to 8pm. The initial shipment of books has sold out already, but more are on their way. I have it on good authority that there will be wine (so get there early). If you are within 100 miles, get in the roadster and come on down. I will be there, as will Bill Woodman and local boy John Klossner. I might wear a tie.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bing Crosby in "Goldilocks"

Here is a 1970s made-for-TV cartoon/live action special record album starring Bing Crosby. And it costars his whole family. The title on the record reads

Evans-Black Carpets
by Armstrong
Presents Bing Crosby
Mary Frances Crosby
Kathryn Crosby, Nathaniel Crosby
A DePatie-Freling - Sherman Bros. Production

So, as you can see, you got Crosby times four, the people who did the Warner Brothers and Pink Panther animation, and those song-writing Sherman brothers. Despite this, the special is forgotten. At least, I never heard of it, nor knew anyone who had recalled it with any sort of wistful nostalgia. The oddball thing is that, when it came out and I was a wee tot who was totally into ANYTHING that combined live-action people with animation. I must have seen Gene Kelly dance with Tom and Jerry on our old RCA black and white TV. There was an odd Tom Sawyer show that combined live actors playing Huck, Tom and Betsy in a cartoon world that would make Mark Twain spin. I watched that for sure! But I don't remember seeing this at all.

I bought this at a thrift store in Somersworth, NH. And when I did I had no idea until I Googled that Mary Frances Crosby was the actress most well-known for the Dallas TV show. Her brother Nathaniel became a golfer. 

The cool thing about the LP is that it opens up in the middle, giving us a storyboard-like sequence. So here's what it looked like. Do your best Bing Crosby impression when reading the text to get the feel for it. Or go down to the end here and you can click on a video of a few minutes of the 1970 special.

Here's a bit of it from the Bing Crosby channel on YouTube:

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Comic Strips by Ludwig Bemelmans

Ludwig Bemelmans is now known for his MADELINE series of kids' books. That's a good thing. They are good books. But he wrote and illustrated many books and had gallery shows and wrote and drew articles.

(Above: Bemelmans' studio in 1922, drawn by himself.)

Here are a few visuals I nicked from the terrific bio BEMELMANS: THE LIFE AND ART OF MADELINE'S CREATOR. It was written by his grandson, John Bemelmans Marchiano, with much insight and many, many drawings and paintings by his grandfather. It's copyright Mr. Marciano and published by Viking Press in 1999.

Born in Austria, his home was at his father's hotel in Gmunden. All was quiet until he was six years old. His father suddenly ran off with another woman. Ludwig and his pregnant mother left for Regensberg, Germany. His mother "held me close and wept almost the entire journey from Gmunden to Regensberg."

Ludwig grew up in Germany. He did not fit in. He only spoke French at first. After failing the same grade over and over, he was sent to boarding school. He was not a good student, but the Rothenberg boarding school tended to pass all of their paying students. The family then tried to get him to learn the hotel business from his uncle. Ludwig went, and "showed little promise." He was sent to several of the uncle's hotels, but each time it was the same. Ludwig Bemelmans was not able to do the job. The family gave him an ultimatum: either go into a correctional institution to go to America.

Christmas Eve 1914 he arrived in NYC. He eventually found a home at the Ritz-Carlton. After a two years in the US Army during the Great War, he worked his way up to assistant manager.

Here's John Bemelmans Marchiano:

"During his years at the Ritz, Bemelmans' desire to draw intensified, and the hotel provided many excellent models—kitchen workers and waiters, as well as clientele. Bemelmans dreamed of becoming a cartoonist, a career that he thought would allow him to draw and also earn a good living.

An esteemed guest, who lived at the hotel, was a famous cartoonist. He was known for his generosity in tipping and for never looking at a bill. The entire staff from the maîtres d'hôtel to the chambermaids considered him a "gentleman par excellence." Spurred on by a waiter with whom I worked as a bus boy, I decided to become a cartoonist. By 1926, after years of work and countless disappointments, it seemed as if I had achieved my goal. I sat up in the cupola of the old World building with a group of funnymen: Webster, Milt Gross, Ernie Bushmiller, and Haenigsen. Walter Berndt, who drew "Smitty" in the Daily News, helped me a great deal. There was constant laughter in that cupola.

Unfortunately, there were so many complaints about my strip, which was called "Count Bric a Brac," that after six months, during which no syndicate had picked it up, I was fired. It was a bitter time, for I had to go back to the Ritz; and the old cashiers and the maîtres d'hôtel said, "Ah, Monsieur Bemelmans, who felt himself too good for this dirty trade, is back again. Tiens, tiens [Well, well]."

The comic strips, COUNT BRIC-A-BRAC, which ran a full page in magazine section of the New York World in 1926, and SILLY WILLY, which also ran for a year in Young America magazine, were not successes. He did do advertising work and sold gag cartoons to, among others, the Saturday Evening Post. MADELINE would come along a little later. 

If you are at all interested in Bemelmans' life and art, I recommend this book highly. 

-- Edited from a blog entry of January 27, 2016.