Incidentally, this piece happens to be the centerfold of the printed issue… not sure if MAD did that on purpose, but it’s appropriate, don’t you think?
Clicky to visit the full sized sneak peek…
What?!? ANOTHER exclusive sneak peek at one of MAD‘s 20 Dumbest People, Things and Events of 2013??!? At this rate you won’t actually have to buy the issue at all! This is Dumb Thing #3, courtesy of the Huffington Post. Writer: Desmond Devlin, Artist: Drew Friedman.
Yest another exclusive peek at one of MAD‘s “20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2103″, this one courtesy of CraveOnline. It’s a mashup of “The Big Bang Theory” and the NRA, written by Mike Morse and featuring some awesome caricatures by Sam Sisco.
In MAD #525 due out next week, but already available on the iPad in in comic book shops, I did the art on a parody of the TV show “The Following”, written by Arnie Kogen. The splash was already debuted as a web exclusive last week… here are a few panels for the rest of the parody:
What, no words? Of course not… we have to try and get you to by the ferslugginer thing after all!
I’m afraid I wasn’t a very big fan of the show… the premise was so totally unbelievable, the good guys so incredibly unlucky and incompetent and the writing so deus ex machina (at any moment any previously trustworthy character can SURPRISE! be revealed as a member of the killer cult) it actually made me angry to watch it. It was like the writers thought the viewers so stupid and gullible we’d “swallow” anything (the title of the parody is apt). I read an article online this fall somewhere that claimed the producers of the show heard these complaints and promise a better product in the second season. Not sure I will tune in to find out… but maybe. The cast was pretty good.
On news stands everywhere on Dec. 17th, in comic book shops this week, in some lucky subscriber’s mailboxes already and available digitally immediately via the MAD iPad app:
MAD # 525 (February 2014)
- Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
- The Fundalini Pages (Jeff Kruse, Aton Emdin, Rick Tulka, Bob Eckstein, Matt Lassen, Justin Peterson, Kevin Pope, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Desmond Devlin, Tom Bunk, Bob Staake, Steven Weissman, Stan Sinberg, John Kerschbaum)
- The Swallowing (Arnie Kogen, Tom Richmond)
- Spy vs Spy (Peter Kuper)
- Planet Tad!!!!! (Writer: Tim Carvell)
- The MAD 20- The Dumbest People, Events, and Things of 2013
- The Dysfunctional U.S. Congress (Jay Rath, Tom Richmond)
- The Boston Bomber and Rolling Stone (Uncredited)
- Weiner and Spitzer attempt a Comeback (Desmond Devlin, Drew Friedman)
- Miley Cyrus Appears on the VMAs (Artist: Scott Bricher)
- The Winklevoss Twins’ Bitcoin Venture (Artist: Mike Loew)
- Manti Te’o's Dead “Girlfriend” (Darren Johnson, Mick Coulas)
- IKEA Serves Up Horsemeat (Uncredited)
- Obama’s Drone Policy (Artist: Mike Loew)
- George Zimmerman (Darren Johnson, Garry Hallgren)
- Dennis Rodman, Our North Korean Ambassador (Desmond Devlin, Gary Hallgren, Color: Jim Campbell)
- The Obamacare Website Launch (Frank Santopadre, PJ McQuade)
- The CBS/Time Warner Cable Dispute (Writer: Dick DeBartolo)
- Russia Passes Anti-Gay Laws (Desmond Devlin, Peter Kuper)
- Paula Deen Drops the N-Word (Matt Lassen, Roberto Parada)
- Obama’s Bluff on Syria’s Chemical Weapons (Uncredited)
- The Leaking of Classified Documents (Desmond Devlin, Scott Bricher)
- Reese Witherspoon’s DWI Incident (Artist: Richard Williams)
- NSA Spying on Everyone (Mike Morse, Hermann Mejia)
- The NRA’s “More Guns” Solution (Mike Morse, Sam Sisco)
- The MAD 20 Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
- The Strip Club (Jason Yungbluth, Nathan Cooper, Kit Lively & Scott Nickel, Kenny Keil, David DeGrand)
- A MAD Look at Sleepovers (Sergio Aragonés, Colors: Tom Luth)
- The Best of the Idiotical
- The MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
- Drawn Out Dramas (Sergio Aragonés)
As I mentioned after Zap2it.com had an exclusive sneak peek at the splash page, I did the art for a parody of the TV show The Following, written by Arnie Kogen. I also did the art on Dumb Thing #1, “The Dysfunctional U.S. Congress”. Until the issue comes officially comes out next week Tuesday, I can’t post a look at any of the other art I did from the issue. However there’s a good chance the MAD 20 piece will get an exclusive first look on someone’s website this week, and if that happens I’ll post it. I have linked to any such sneak peeks in the content above, so clicky away to set a look at some of the contents of this issue.
So, what are you waiting for? Go buy a furshslugginer copy, clod!
Q: What your experiences in mailing original artwork… you know good ol’ snail mail. Any carriers to avoid? Any horror stories? Advice?
A: I’m pretty paranoid about mailing originals, so I have had very few issues with doing so. The most important thing is how you package it. Basically, you have to box it up anticipating it will be dropped, thrown, stepped on and otherwise carelessly treated from the beginning to end of the journey. If you package it securely enough that none of those things will damage the artwork, you will be alright. I used to (briefly) work in a UPS warehouse, so I have seen how parcels get tossed about. Better safe than sorry.
Any MAD originals I might ship are gigantic, typically needing a package size of 17″ x 22″ minimum. I use heavy foamcore or multiple layers of strong corrugated cardboard, and tape every edge with heavy-duty packing tape. The fact that they are so big precludes anyone trying to fold it to fit into a mailbox, so the size works to my advantage.
Horror stories? Just one:
Back in 2004 I did this piece of art as a gift for a couple of friends getting married:
It was about 12″ x 18″, acrylic and airbrush on illustration board. It’s a take on an old MAD cover by C.F. Payne, where Howard Stern and Dennis Rodman were being married… BOTH in brides dresses and by Alfred (in regular minister garb as opposed to an Elvis suit). The happy couple were and are both caricature artists I know who live in Las Vegas. The bride is Celestia Ward, who years later edited my book for me and did an incredible job on it. The groom is Robert Sundin III (a.k.a. Sundini), and together they are Two Heads Studios, still happily married and still drawing away in Vegas. I did the painting, scanned it and they used it for some of their printed wedding stuff. I Fed Exed them the original.
They never got it.
No one was home when the delivery truck stopped by so the Fed Ex delivery person just left the package on their doorstep, in a neighborhood in the outskirts of the greater Las Vegas metro area. It was a stormy, windy day. It was not there when they got home later in the day. We figure either the wind caught the large, flat and light package and blew it into the desert, or some nefarious soul came by and stole it. I never saw it on eBay, which is where you’d expect such a thing to end up if a thief stole it, so I suspect the former. It’s probably fetched up against a cactus in the south of Nevada being peed on by coyotes.
Anyway, these days I make sure I require a signature for delivery to prevent a repeat of that. I also never send original art via any form of delivery that is not 100% trackable, so either Fed Ex, UPS or USPS Express mail. Of the three I trust USPS the least, they are all overworked and understaffed. Despite the horror story above I still trust Fed Ex the most, and use that most of the time.
Thanks to Leo Kelly for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here!
It’s another exclusive look into MAD‘s “20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2013″, this one courtesy of Popmatters.com! Visit their website for a closer look at Dumb Thing #15: Obama’s backpedaling after his tough talk on if Syria starting trotting out chemical weapons, which of course they did. Also on the post is a long, thoughtful, and intelligently written post about the poignancy and cleverness of this parody of the film “Silver Linings Playbook”… which entirely misses the fact that this is not a parody of that movie at all but a political commentary that used the movie’s poster to make fun of an entirely unrelated subject. On the plus side, it’s probably the smartest commentary I’ve ever read about MAD, which is a little like Stephen Hawking writing a thesis calculating the number of joules released during an average Miley Cyrus twerking episode. Enjoy.
MAD #525 featuring the “20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2013″ is on news stands December 17th… I just got my iPad digital copy yesterday!
Shipping times get hairy as the holiday approaches… if you are thinking about getting something from the Studio Store in time to wrap up for a Christmas present, now’s the time!
I have only 15 Limited Artist Editions of my book left! Have a caricature of you or the person of your choice drawn by me inside a copy of The Mad Art of Caricature!, complete with a hand-numbered bookplate. Only 120 of these limited editions will ever be made, and 105 of them are gone.
I’m down to my last 44 Doctor Who “The Doctor is In” limited edition prints. Get one for that special Whovian in your life, either with the original 11 Doctors, or with upcoming Doctor Peter Capaldi hand-drawn in!
NEW! Limited copies of The Bro Code for Parents, “written” by How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson and illustrated by me. All copies signed! (not by Neil Patrick Harris, unfortunately, just by me!)
What are you waiting for, clod? Get out that fershlugginer credit card and order today!