August 28th, 2014
I officially succumbed to peer pressure and did the Ice Bucket Challenge:
Embarrassing, but I ended up donating to ALS research anyway…
BTW I was challenged by illustrator Howie Noel, comic book superstar Doug Mahnke and Reuben award winning “Baby Blues” cartoonist Rick Kirkman, and I in turn challenged my brothers-in-law Joe, Paul, Dave and Chris Voss.
Don’t forget to donate here: http://www.alsa.org/donate/
August 27th, 2014
This week’s SotW subject is legendary comedian Mel Brooks. Quick study actually for a job I am working on.
Tags: caricature, Mel Brooks, sketch
August 26th, 2014
Spent a good part of last week manning a booth at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. Had a great time and met a lot of fans of MAD… the animated (and now lamentably cancelled) show on the Cartoon Network really started a lot of kids on the magazine. The pic above is of my booth. The new Batman print sold pretty well, as did the Sherlock print and a good portion of the extra Doctor Who prints I had left over from the original printing, which I am selling as “artist proof” prints. I still have a few handfuls left but they are going fast. I’m only selling them at these conventions.
I also did a lot of drawing at this con, both caricatures of people and of requested celebrities. Here’s a couple celebs I was asked to draw:
August 25th, 2014
As promised, “Bats in the Belfry” is now on sale in the Studio Store. For those looking for one of the inked originals and “special edition” prints that accompany it, I will be posting the ones that have not already been claimed later today. Here’s the copy from the print product page:
Batman is one of the most enduring and beloved comic book characters of all time, and has been portrayed in many different ways on television and in film since the mid 1900s. This limited edition print caricatures, and pokes a little gentle fun at, the eight different portrayals of the fictional Dark Knight spanning over 70 years of Batman on the big and small screens:
- Lewis Wilson- “Batman” movie serial series from 1943
- Robert Lowery- “Batman and Robin” movie serial series from 1949
- Adam West- “Batman” television series series, 1966-68
- Michael Keaton- “Batman” and “Batman Returns” films, 1989 & 92
- Val Kilmer- “Batman Forever” film, 1995
- George Clooney- “Batman and Robin” film, 1997
- Christian Bale.- “The Dark Knight” film trilogy, 2005-2012
- Ben Affleck- “Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice” upcoming film, 2016
Fans of the Caped Crusader will love this unique collectible, created by MAD magazine artist Tom Richmond (me… duh)! Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube, and signed and personalized if directed.
“Bats in the Belfry” Limited Edition Print
- Artwork by award winning MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond
- 450 signed and numbered prints
- 11″ x 28″, elegant matte finish professional print
- Only $25.00 (cheap) plus shipping
Here’s a gallery of the different Batmen caricatures from the print:
Tags: 1966, Batman, Batman66, caricature, MAD Magazine
August 24th, 2014
Today’s mailbag is an amalgamation of many of the questions I have been getting on my new Limited Edition Print “Bats in the Belfry”, which goes on sale online here tomorrow:
Q: How many prints in your limited edition?
A: Just like the last two prints, there will be 450 of them, all hand numbered and signed.
Q: How much will they be?
A: $25 plus shipping, just like the others.
Q: How big is it?
A: Big. 11″ x 28″.
Q: Will you ever reissue the print after the limited editions are sold out?
A: Nope. Both the James Bond and Doctor Who prints are completely sold out (although I do have a few of the Doctor Who prints left from the original print run, which I am selling as “Artist Proofs”), and I will not be printing them again.
Q: Will you be selling the original art as well like before?
A: Yes. Just like the last two, I did the original inks of each of the Batmen as individual pieces and will be selling them as “Special Editions” along with a signed and numbered “SE” print series of eight. They will be priced at $125 each. Several of them all already spoken for, though. I will post the individual ones still available sometime later tomorrow.
Q: This is your second print in less than 4 months. Are we going to be inundated with new prints several times a year now?
A: No. My intention was always to do only one print a year, but the Sherlock print was sort of a special extra one. Most of the time I will have a new print released in the early summer. I’ll do it as long as people are interested in buying them. Don’t worry, if you are a completist kind of collector you won’t be looking at “Disney Water globe” syndrome here, where 20 new items are released each year.
Q: Why didn’t you draw the bat on the chest of the Batmen?
A: Because that bat symbol is a trademarked property, and even though this is a parody of the subject matter including a trademark is hard to defend legally.
August 23rd, 2014
One of the stars of the upcoming movie “Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice”, Ben Affleck. I’ve come to terms with the choice of actor here, and will give Affleck a chance to make me forget he’s Ben Affleck and believe he is Batman… not sure he can pull that off, but he’s got the benefit of my doubt. One of eight caricatures from my upcoming limited edition print “Bats in the Belfry”, which debuted this week at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, and will be onsale in The Studio Store on Monday!
Look for the full print image on Monday, and details on how to order your signed, limited edition print!
Tags: 2016, Batman, Ben Affleck, caricature, limited edition print
August 22nd, 2014
Star of the Christopher Nolan “Dark Knight” movie trilogy, Christian Bale. One of eight caricatures from my new limited edition print “Bats in the Belfry”, debuting this weekend at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, and onsale in The Studio Store on Monday!
Tags: 2005, Batman, caricature, Christian Bale, limited edition print
August 21st, 2014
Star of the 1995 box office disappointment “Batman and Robin”, George Clooney. The less said about that movie the better. One of eight caricatures from my upcoming limited edition print “Bats in the Belfry”, debuting TODAY at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, and onsale in The Studio Store on Monday!
Tags: 1997, Batman, caricature, George Clooney, limited edition print
August 20th, 2014
Betcha didn’t know that back in 2002 MAD produced a Sunday only comic strip version of Spy vs. Spy, which was syndicated by Tribune Media Services (Dick Tracy, Gasoline Alley, Broom-Hilda, etc). Written by Don “Duck” Edwing and drawn by Dave Manak, the strip had a run of 39 weeks… guess the humor just didn’t translate well to the Garfield crowd.
Anyway since April MAD has been posting these Sunday comics every Wednesday… I guess because they had something better to do on Sundays. This week was #22, and you can check them all out here. Check into MAD‘s website every Wednesday for another Spy Vs. Spy Sunday, which they probably prep and pre-post on Tuesdays since most of the staff call in sick on Mondays, Thursday is half-price tacos at the Applebees next door so everyone takes a 3 hour lunch, and no one gets anything done on Fridays.
August 20th, 2014
I’ll be appearing at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Thursday-Sunday this week, taking place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL! You will find me at booth F13 in Artist’s Alley. Here are the show hours:
Thursday, August 21, 2014 – 3pm – 8pm
Friday, August 22, 2014 – 12 noon – 7pm
Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 10am – 8pm
Sunday, August 24, 2014 – 11am – 5pm
I’ll be selling copies of my book The Mad Art of Caricature!, both of my current limited edition prints “The Game is Foot” and “Bats in the Belfry” (and a handful of press over run prints of my Doctor Who L.E.P while they last), loads of original MAD magazine art, and will be doing caricatures/commissions as well.
I’ll also be on a panel Thursday night on humor in comics:
7:00 – 7:45PM HOW TO DRAW FUNNY! WITH MAD’S TOM RICHMOND, JASON YUNGBLUTH AND JIM BROZMAN (ROOM 2)
Ever wonder how humor artists are able to create characters and stories that leave us laughing like idiots? Here, three of the finest practitioners of the simple art of humor—Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine; 2012 National Cartoonist Society’s “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year”), Jason Yungbluth (MAD Magazine; Weapon Brown) and Jim Brozman (Dick Tracy; Dr. Weird)—tell and show you how they do it! Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print).
Come by and visit! Bring me a Monster Zero Ultra energy drink (the one in the white can) and get a free Alfred E. Neuman as Batman sketch to celebrate the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary!