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The MAD show on Cartoon Network aired their 100th episode in November, and to commemorate the event the show’s creator Kevin Shinick commissioned me to do a MAD Magazine style splash page in the “A MAD Peek Behind the Scenes of…” tradition featuring the show’s creative team. Everybody got a print of it for Christmas, and Kevin got the original inked art. Kevin wrote the jokes and gave me information on each of the folks in the scene to work with.
This was a challenging project, because I had to to the layouts, header graphics and text and box placement as well as the art. The next time I privately curse the MAD art department because the layouts I get are tough to work around, I will be using slightly fewer four-letter words as it’s a pretty damn hard thing to do (the layouts, not the swearing). Plus I had to draw caricatures of a bunch of animators that can draw circles around me… no pressure.
I love working on the show, even though I only do a few segments per year, because the creative team is super-talented and the show is great. It’s a real privilege to work with them….
… now the MAD art department on the other hand….