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Monday MADness- Corporate Colleges!

February 20th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Back in issue 491 (July 2008), MAD decided to poke a little fun at the idea of “corporate colleges” like McDonald’s “Hamburger University”, and what other corporations might teach at such a school. Writers John Samony and Scott Maiko came up with this. Pencil roughs followed by final art (notice we changed the “Best Buy College” image in the final):   READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Less Work Out There?

February 19th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: You make your primary living as a magazine illustrator, yes? Now that magazines are going away, are you finding you get less work than you used to get? A: Magazines are going away? Didn’t they say that about radio when TV came around? Magazines are not “going away”, they are just morphing into a more niche or focused market model. It’s true the internet and its seemingly unlimited content has changed the way the world consumes media, but there are still plenty of magazines around, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I would also take issue with the idea I am primarily a… READ MORE

Special Guest at The Lakes Comics Festival!

February 17th, 2017 | Posted in News

I’m honored to be a special guest and The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in the Lakes District, Kendal, UK on October 13-15th, 2017. The guest list is gigantic and full of world class comics creators (and me). One of the biggest features of the event this year is the appearance of MAD legend Sergio Aragonés, who will be bestowing the newly minted National Cartoonists Society‘s “NCS Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art”. In attendence will be a number of NCS folks including former NCS presidents Steve McGarry and Rick Stromoski. This is the fifth annual “The Lakes International Comic Art Festival”,… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #33

February 16th, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

These were a series of gag spot illustrations I did in 2005 for National Geographic World magazine to accompany a story about well-known “bad luck” superstitions. The idea was to show someone doing (or about to do) that “bad luck” thing and the impending consequences. I’ll let you guess which superstitions each refer to… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Prince!

February 15th, 2017 | Posted in Classic Rock Sketch Series

I got bored with the “Westworld” sketches (got sick of cowboy hats) and decided to go back to some rock and roll icons. Here’s Minnesota’s own, the late, great Prince. Inks on 67lb paper. Original available in the Studio Store. READ MORE

Long Island City, NY Workshop in August!

February 14th, 2017 | Posted in News

Now available for registration–my caricature workshop in Long Island City, NY, Aug 8-10th, 2017! This 3 day intensive workshop will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Long Island City, located just a 5 minute walk from the Queens Plaza subway station, and only 5 miles from La Guardia airport. Get all the details and reserve your space here! There are also spots still available for my two Minnesota workshops in late April and Early May. Not only are these $100 per student cheaper (no travel or shipping expenses here in MN), but it also features an evening in my studio to see lots of… READ MORE

London Workshop Art!

February 14th, 2017 | Posted in General

Here’s the artwork I did for my London Workshop that took place back in December. It was a great group and we had a lot of fun! I’ve got workshops planned for here in MN as well as in Long Island City, NY and pending ones in Pittsburgh and Munich Germany this summer. Check out my Workshop page for all the details and to reserve your space! READ MORE

On the Stands: MAD #544!

February 13th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

In subscribers mailboxes, comic books shops and via digital now, on news stands next Tuesday!!: Cover (Mark Fredrickson) Letters and Tomatoes (Ed.) Remembering Don “Duck” Edwing (John Ficarra, MAD Executive Editor) Remembering Paul Peter Porges (John Ficarra, MAD Executive Editor) The Fundalini Pages (Paul Coker, Kyle Bridgett, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Ward Sutton, Bob Staake, Mike Morse, Sarah Chalek, Stephen Silver, Rick Tulka, Matt Lassen, Tom Bunk, Sara Lautman, Drew Panckeri, Jeff Kruse) Fantastic Dweebs and How to Fleece Them (Desmond Devlin, Anton Emdin) How Donald Trump Stacks Up Against the other 43 U.S. Presidents (Writer: Jeff Kruse) A MAD Look at Drones (Sergio Aragonés, colorist:… READ MORE

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