Friday, September 19, 2014

All of the Pages That Aren't Comics From ADVENTURE COMICS #362, November 1967

Here are a dozen advertising and in-house ad pages from DC Comics' ADVENTURE COMICS #362, which features the Legion of Super-Heroes. The adventure in this issue is "The Chemoids Are Coming!" But, look, we are not here to read that now. We are here to look at the great old advertising that's from the book.

Rabittooth: "An Introduction to Kirk-Fu"

An artist who calls himself Rabittooth created this visual primer on the fighting style of James Kirk titled "Kirk-Fu." You may order a print here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Alison Bechdel Receives MacArthur Fellowship

Photo from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Congratulations to cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel upon her receiving the MacArthur "genius grant" fellowship.

Reading her blog entry titled "MacWHAAAAAAT?????" she sounds surprised and happy that she has been named one of the 2014 MacArthur Foundation recipients. The congratulations are pouring in. From her blog:

"… I’ve heard from people representing the entire spectrum of my life. High school friends. My next door neighbors in Vermont. Long time readers of this blog. A smattering of ex-lovers. Writer friends saying the kindest, most generous things. The president of my college. A bunch of fancy authors and journalists. Several members of the cast and creative team of the musical adaptation of Fun Home. Serious heavyweight mentors and role models—namely, the photographer JEB and the cartoonist Howard Cruse, who made my work possible because of their own revolutionary, pathbreaking efforts when I was still wet behind the ears."

Here's a full list of this year's winners:

  • Danielle Bassert, 32, physicist
  • Alison Bechdel, 54, cartoonist and graphic memoirist
  • Mary L. Bonauto, 53, civil rights lawyer
  • Tami Bond, 50, environmental engineer
  • Steve Coleman, 57, jazz composer and saxophonist
  • Sarah Deer, 41, legal scholar and advocate
  • Jennifer L. Eberhardt, 49, social psychologist
  • Craig Gentry, 41, computer scientist
  • Terrance Hayes, 42, poet
  • John Henneberger, 59, housing advocate
  • Mark Hersam, 39, materials scientist
  • Samuel D. Hunter, 33, playwright
  • Pamela O. Long, 71, historian of science and technology
  • Rick Lowe, 53, public artist
  • Jacob Lurie, 36, mathematician
  • Khaled Mattawa, 50, translator and poet
  • Joshua Oppenheimer, 39, documentary filmmaker
  • Ai-jen Poo, 40, labor organizer
  • Jonathan Rapping, 48, criminal lawyer
  • Tara Zahra, 38, historian of modern Europe
  • Yitang Zhang, 59, mathematician

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mike Lynch Cartoon in September 17, 2014 Wall Street Journal

"Please, sir, may I have some more bandwidth?"

The Oliver Twist theme gets a poke in this gag cartoon appearing in today's Wall Street Journal.

Montreal Art

Some photos of street art, commercial art, public art, graffiti and art for art's sake that I took while in Montreal earlier this month.

Video: Dan Wright "I just want to keep drawing."

This is a terrific profile of editorial cartoonist Dan Wright from 2010 that I just happened upon.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Garden As of Mid-September 2014

The zinnias are happy, but a lot of the garden is in its last days by now.

In this [hoto (above) of the raised garden beds, you can see how pale and white the green colors are. The trees are fading too, going first from green to red … with yellow, orange and brown to follow. Heck, there was a frost warning last night! I hope this doesn't mean that the kids are going to have to wear their coats under their Halloween costumes. Oh man, I hated doing that when I was little.

Above: the peppers, squash and cucumbers are done. Those big plants in the middle are sunflowers, trying to nutty and bloom before it gets too cold. The red thing over on the left is a bowl that I used for compost. It does kind of look like an exotic squash, but it's red plastic.

Happy box full of zinnias.

The brown leaf disease, a common problem, ravaged the tomato plants this year, but not the tomatoes themselves. Most of the crop survived. I think I have made a couple dozen quarts of sauce so far, and there are more tomatoes to be picked.

The daisies, pinky winky and zinnias are happy:

The hummingbirds are still here, but I suspect they will be leaving any day now.

The Candy Shoppe Denies Reality

The sign on the entry door to The Candy Shoppe, North Woodstock, NH. Photo taken September 14, 2014.

The Candy Shoppe
Is A
"Happy Place"
Thank You

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cartoonist Photos Part 2

Some photos of cartoonists whose work you know, but maybe you might know them by sight.

(Above: Bill Mauldin in active service, 1945.)

Some photos of cartoonists through the years. Part one is here.

RED AND ROVER's Brian Basset in 1984:

Carl HENRY Anderson:

Paul Conrad, 1957:

Herbert Block or HERBLOCK in 1955:

The late, great John Callahan and friend:

Editorial cartoonist and pioneering conservationist Jay "Ding" Darling, 1934:

One of the nicest fellows: Mel Casson of REDEYE fame, 1954:

James Thurber strikes a pensive pose:

The British cartoonist Sir David Low in 1941:

Brad MARMADUKE Anderson and his own Great Dane "Maramaldee" outside his Escondido, CA home, 1991. Photo by Charles Hillinger for the LA Times:

Part one of  "Cartoonist Photos" is here.