Thursday, October 08, 2015

Some #Inktober Drawings

This is Inktober (or #Inktober if you are on Instagram or Twitter) and during Inktober, people who draw are voluntarily doing up one ink sketch a day. I've been drawing something every day. Just a little stream of consciousness drawing. They are all in ink, they are all drawn with no penciling. Sometimes I just start drawing and I just see what happens. These are supposed to be fun. They are then colored with watercolor. The whole process is under ten minutes. Here are my first seven:

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

New SHERLOCK Trailer Released Today

Jerry Lewis at the Friar's Club

(Above: an ad for the Jerry Lewis picture THE BELL BOY nicked from the Miami Archives blog.)

Jerry Lewis was at the Friar's Club and chatted and told jokes this past Monday. He's 89 years old now.

Love this one:

A police officer comes across an old man crying in a park. The man explains that his wife has died, and that he has now taken up with a younger woman who pleases him with all manner of carnal delights. 
So what’s the problem? asks the officer. 
“I forgot where we live,” the old man replies.

Here's the story from the NY Times: Jerry Lewis Holds Sway at the Friars Club

FILM FILM FILM (1968) Animated Short

How are movies made? This 19 minute animated Soviet era short shows you:

Hat tip to Steven Thompson.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Hy Eisman POPEYE NYC Gallery Show October 2 - October 1

If I was within 100 miles of New York City this Friday, I would hightail it over to the Van Der Plas Gallery at 156 Orchard Street for the POPEYE exhibit reception. Shaking Hy Eisman's hand means that you have shaken the hand of a comic strip artist legend -- and a heckuva nice fellow to boot.

I urge everyone to see this rare showing of Hy Eisman's original POPEYEs!

New STAR WARS Web Comic by Hong Jacga

There is a new STAR WARS web comic by South Korean comic artist Hong Jacga (known for "Hwa Ja, Dorothy Band, and The Cat Funeral -- the latter two works having been adapted into musical and movie form respectively"). 

It's a new take on the original movie trilogy, told from Luke's point of view. There are two updates a week, every Thursday and Sunday

Friday, October 02, 2015

You're 65, Charlie Brown!

The syndicate sales pitch for PEANUTS was that the strip was simple-looking (able to withstand shrinking and still be legible). It was also stackable. In other words, the layout person at the newspaper could run it as a strip, a tall column, or stack it, like the above.

Form aside, today it's the 65th anniversary of PEANUTS newspaper debut. The first strip is above. A strip that is perhaps the most famous comic strip ever. It's all due to its creator, Charles Schulz, and his ability to draw warmth and humor from life. But you don't need me to say that. You already know.

Happy birthday, Charlie Brown!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

"Who reads cartoons in newspapers these days?" NESCAFÉ Cartoonist Fired

In this Nescafe India commercial, a young cartoonist is fired from the newspaper where he works because, "Who reads cartoons in newspapers these days?"

So, the cartoonist loses his job and goes home. When he gets there, he drinks his instant coffee and gets ideas for more cartoons.

This is a fairy tale of a commercial, telling us that ideas can come from Nescafe and that putting your work out there for free can result in lots of "views" and "likes."

Does Nescafe understand that the Internet does not pay?


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

THIS IS THE LIFE! by Walt McDougall

Above: "Old Mr. Profanity Makes a New Year's Resolution" by Walt McDougall (1903), nicked from the Billy Ireland blog. 

Cartoonist Walt McDougall (1858 - 1938) "practically invented [comic strips] in the 1890s" according to comic strip historian Allan Holtz. He worked at the magazines like Puck and Harper's Weekly, as well as the New York Graphic and then he New York World. When the very first comic strip was ever published in color, it was drawn by McDougall. There was a time when he was drawing six comis strips a week. He may be best known for a newspaper comic strip of L. Frank Baum's "Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz" which was reprinted by Sunday Press Books. 

Here's Mr. Holtz:

"It has long been my belief that the most important and interesting cartoonist memoir ever published is that of Walt McDougall. Titled 'THIS IS THE LIFE,' it was published in 1926 by Knopf, at a time when McDougall was struggling to find work in a profession that he had practically invented in the 1890s. Though the occasional touch of bitterness shows through in the book, as is to be expected, McDougall in the main does a wonderful job of giving readers an exciting and insightful look at the early years of the newspaper cartooning profession -- a profession in which he had a key role over and over again.

Allan has found THIS IS THE LIFE! online and is now indexing it, chapter by chapter, at his Stripper's Guide blog. So far, he has the preamble and part one of Chapter One. There are 330 pages, so it's a slow process. He is doing all of us a public service by showcasing this book on the seminal years of newspaper comics and the people who drew them. 

Above: “Familiar Sights of a Great City—No. 1 The Cop is Coming!” by Walt McDougall, New York Journal, Sunday, January 9, 1898.

My thanks to Mr. Holtz for this undertaking!

Video: Ben Katchor July 21, 2015