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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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