November 28th, 2014
It’s Black Friday and the Studio Store has a special deal on all our prints… today only!
Get one of our Limited Edition Batman prints “Bats in the Belfrey”:
or one of our Limited Edition Sherlock Holmes print “The Game is Afoot!”:
for the low, low price of $19.99 (regularly $25)! That’s more that 20% off… perfect for that Batman or Sherlock fan you know and love.
But we aren’t stopping there! Back by popular demand are a limited number of our sold-out 2013 Doctor Who print “The Doctor is In”: While the original Limited Edition of 450 prints is long sold out, we still have a few extra copies from the original print run left over. These are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST for only $15.99 today, and $20 until we run out.
So what are you waiting for? Go to the Studio Store today and get some holiday shopping done for that special geek in your life!
November 27th, 2014
Here’s hoping you have a wonderful holiday with friends and family!
November 26th, 2014
The Walking Sketches continue with Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes.
Tags: caricature, Carl Grimes, Chandler Riggs, sketch, The Walking Dead
November 25th, 2014
The comic book world is in mourning today.
The wonderfully talented and equally wonderful person, comic book icon Stan Sakai, finally lost his wife Sharon today after a long battle with a brain tumor. Stan and Sharon were like rays of sunshine whenever you ran into them at a comic con or a cartoonist event. I would be hard pressed to think of anyone on this planet that deserved any form of heartbreak or sadness less than the Sakais.
This year the comic’s industry came together to help support Stan, Sharon and their family with a fundraising auction and a book full of tribute art with all the proceeds going to help pay their mounting medical bills. The Sakais have been greatly loved figures in the world of cartooning… many people are keeping Stan and Sharon in their hearts, thoughts and prayers right now. If your worth in this world is measured by the number of people that love you enough to feel your pain and loss at a time like this, Stan and Sharon were rich, indeed.
The only good thing about this is that Sharon is now at peace and her suffering is ended. God Bless, Stan and family. You will all be together again someday.
November 25th, 2014
Clicky to Embiggen…
When one of the main writers of the Showtime show “Homeland” saw the MAD parody written by David Shayne and drawn by me, he contacted me to ask about getting some prints of the splash page. Naturally I obliged, but I added an extra print asking for some autographs by the cast for me. I just got this beauty in the mail recently, signed by:
- Damian Lewis (Nicholas Brody)
- Claire Danes (Carrir Mathison)
- Maury Sterling (Max)
- Navid Negahban (Abu Nazir)
- Morena Baccarin (Jessica Brody)
- Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson)
- David Harwood (David Estes)
- Rupert Friend (Peter Quinn)
Sadly missing the signatures of the two Brody kids, Diego Klattenhoff (Mike Faber), Gen David Pataeus and former Vice President Dick Cheney… but I’ll work on those.
This will be framed and proudly hung in the studio on the Wall of Shame!
November 24th, 2014
Click image for a closer look…
Back in 2008 I did this illustration of the cover of MAD Kids, the short lived but much loved spin off of MAD put together for the Nick Jr. set. Pencils and a few closeups of some elements below, as well as the image as it appear on the cover of MAD Kids #13.
This is obviously a takeoff on the famous Norman Rockwell painting “Freedom from Want”, a popular vehicle for satire in MAD and elsewhere. I added a couple of gags just to make it more interesting, hence Yoda levitating the salt shaker, the alien eyes in Dooku’s stuffing, etc. Since the piece needed to be painted in the “Clone Wars” style I just went straight from the pencil into PhotoShop.
November 23rd, 2014
I haven’t had to post this image in a long time, but I am fresh out of questions for the Sunday mailbag!
Well, it’s not really completely empty, but the only ones I’ve got right now are either repeats of previous questions or of the “can you teach me how to cross-hatch?” or “how do you exaggerate people in caricature?” variety which aren’t really questions so much as they are requests for long and involved tutorials, and are needing a lot more time than I can give for this weekly feature. A good Sunday Mailbag question can certainly involve an image or two and a somewhat long answer, but anything like a tutorial is a different matter.
It’s entirely possible that people have run out of questions. I have been doing this every week for over eight years, and there are only so many questions people might have about freelancing, illustration, etc. So maybe this feature has run it’s course. I guess that’s up to you.
So, if you have questions concerning cartooning, illustration, freelancing, MAD Magazine or other similar subjects I’ll be happy to answer them as best I can. E-mail me your questions and I’ll try and answer them here!
November 21st, 2014
Theme park caricature sample circa 1998
All the accusations of rape being leveled at legendary humorist Bill Cosby are really shocking. I’d like to believe they are not true, but with so many of them coming from women with really no motive to speak out other than to let people know the truth, they just cannot be ignored. Couple that with Cosby’s bizarre refusal to say anything about the accusations—no denials, no explanations, no comments whatsoever—it looks very bad. These accusations are extremely serious, there are a LOT of them, and they are coming from women who are very believable.
Bill Cosby has always been one of my favorite humorists. I used to wear out his albums when I was a kid. I enjoyed his long-running TV show. I admired that he never had to resort to swearing or “blue” material for cheap laughs like many comedians do. He was a wholesome, family-orientated comic whose routines could be enjoyed with your kids and your grandparents at the same time, with everybody laughing in equal measure. He helped break the color barrier in television. He was an icon. That’s what makes this so shocking. It’s like finding out the church volunteer who spends every day serving soup and handing our blankets to the homeless is a serial killer. If Cosby did these things he’s the worst sort of human being. All that said, these rapes are not terrible because the person being accused is Bill Cosby, they are terrible because it’s rape and whether it was done by one of the most family friendly, wholesome comedians in history or some anonymous creep living in an abandoned shack out in the woods, it’s a horrible, unforgivable act.
Since he seems unwilling to even address these accusations with his side of the story (whatever that could possibly be), the only part of this I can see being even remotely in his favor is the question of how so many of these attacks could have happened for so long without his ever even being charged. That’s a thin to non-existent defense… lack of enough prosecutable evidence is not the same as being not guilty. Unless Bill Cosby can come up with a believable explanation for these accusations, and I do not see what could possibly explain it away, he has no defense. Maybe that’s why he’s staying mum—he has no explanation because there is none. The damage being done to his reputation, his legacy and his career is firmly in his lap, because he won’t speak up and defend himself. Some people might call that unfair, but this isn’t one or two people popping up making accusations and then doing the talk show circuit, announcing a book deal or a reality show. It’s many women, with accusations going back almost 10 years, with little or nothing to gain.
I’m a firm believer in “innocent until proved guilty”, but in some cases that only applies to someone being incarcerated or not. What needs to happen here is someone needs to bring charges against Bill Cosby and give him and his accusers their day in court. The longer that does not happen, the less compelling these accusations become. I hope that day in court comes soon and some closure happens here, one way or the other.
November 20th, 2014
I’ll be a special guest this weekend at the Grand Rapids Comic Con in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The show runs from Fri the 21st through Sunday the 23rd at the Deltaplex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW.
I’ll be doing a talk on caricature on Saturday the 22nd at 10:30 am:
Saturday Nov. 22nd- Main Stage
10:30 to 11:30 am
Tom Richmond, “The MAD World Of Caricatures”: Join MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond for a fun and informative presentation about the art of caricature! Tom got his start in art doing caricatures in theme parks in 1985 while a college student, and parlayed that into a career doing caricature and humorous illustration for publications,television and film, advertising, newspapers, games and other media including being one of the “Usual Gang of Idiots” at MAD since 2000! Tom will talk about what makes a successful caricature, his process and how it all works for professional illustration clients… he’ll even take you through a MAD job from start to finish!
So come by the main stage at 10:30 on Saturday if you are looking for a quiet place to take a nap.
Otherwise you’ll find me at a table #421 in the “Comic Room!” area with my plethora of copies of my book, original MAD pages, limited edition prints and plenty of drawing stuff to do commissions and caricatures for people. As always, bring me a cold Monster Ultra Zero (white can) energy drink and get a free sketch of Alfred E. Neuman as Batman!
The show hours are:
- Friday: 4 pm until 9 pm
- Saturday: 10 am until 7 pm
- Sunday: 10 am until 5 pm
Hope to see you there!
November 19th, 2014
The Walking Dead caricature sketches continue with Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee.
Tags: caricature, Glenn Rhee, sketch, Steven Yeun, The Walking Dead