I got a pleasant surprise in the mailbox yesterday… issue #4 of John Read‘s excellent Stay Tooned! magazine has arrived.
This issue is the “MAD” issue featuring profiles of eight different members of “The Usual Gang of Idiots”: Don “Duck” Edwing, Scott Nickel, Sergio Aragon?¬©s, myself, John Kovaleski, Paul Coker, Ted Rall and Jack Davis (listed in order of appearance in the issue). These profiles/interviews are extensive and full of fantastic info and great artwork.
It also features an intro article by longtime MAD editor Nick Meglin in which he calls me a bastard… but he means that in the nicest possible way of course. There are also other great articles including one about Don Martin by R.C. Harvey, a story about the road to comic strip syndication by “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” cartoonist John Hambrock, “Reflections of a Gag Writer” by Don Hagist, photos and details from last spring’s cartoonist’s USO trip to Germany and lots of other gems.
The substandard cover art is the only blemish of the issue.
As usual John has outdone himself. I’ve never heard anyone who has ever seen an issue of Stay Tooned! NOT rave about the content, the production, the enormous volume of articles and features and virtually every other aspect of the magazine. The only complaint I’ve ever heard is the $9.00 per issue price tag, but that has only come from people who have NOT seen the magazine. Anyone who has would agree it’s worth much more than the cover price.
Go order a copy today! Better yet, get a subscription. Stay Tooned! really is a worthy successor to Cartoonist Profiles.
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