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On The Drawing Board- 6/23/17

June 23rd, 2017 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Actually I am on vacation (sort of, brought some work with me) in Florida right now but here’s what is on the drawing board currently: “Z People” Comic Book– Inking the last of this 47 page behemoth right now. Looking to be done by the end of the month. MAD– Just finished a two page feature for #547 (rare issue without a movie or TV parody for me) but already have the script for a TV show parody for issue #548 Corporate caricatures– I’ve got a new gig doing caricatures of executives/employees for a big tech company. Have three of them in the works right… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #38

June 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Doing work in the advertising world can be weird. Often something you might have spent quite a lot of time working on, and which the client was happy with, never sees the light of day in print despite all involved being paid as agreed. That may seem outrageous but that is what sometimes happens in the advertising business. Companies often just burn up money producing images and designs for ad campaigns that never get off the ground. I’ll get paid full rates (and advertising generally pays a lot better than editorial) to do finished art that is only used as part of a pitch to… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Conway Twitty?

June 21st, 2017 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Yes, you read that right. Conway Twitty! Country/rockabilly music star of the 1970’s. Kind of random? Well, one of the things I do at my workshops as a warmup exercise is ask the class for subjects that we then do quick warm up studies of. This was one of the suggested subjects at my recent Pittsburgh workshop. Also, I have been asked to post the reference photo with my sketches. Since I usually use more than one, I don’t usually do that, but in this case we works from one photo. So, here’s the picture and the drawing side by side. Done on a Wacom… READ MORE

History of an Idiot

June 20th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

I do a few comic-cons every year, and I never fail to get this question posed to me at some point during the show: Who created Alfred E. Neumen? That’s a question that has no certain answer, but a lot of interesting history. An ad for dentistry, circa 1910 Pictures like the ones above have been cropping up since MAD first adopted the image of the smiling, idiotic boy who would eventually be known as Alfred E. Neuman. The true origins of MAD‘s ‘mascot’, will probably never be known for certain. Images of the grinning, gap toothed boy have been a part of American pictorial… READ MORE

Monday MADness- America’s Most Wanted!

June 19th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a look at one of my earliest TV parodies for MAD, “America’s Most Wanted” written by Dick DeBartolo from MAD #414, Feb 2002. READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- How Long for MAD Jobs?

June 18th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: How long does it typically take you to do a MAD parody? A: As long as they give me. Seriously, that’s the real answer. I am given a deadline, and I turn in the art on that deadline. If the job is a six page parody and the deadline is in 4 weeks, it takes me four weeks. If the deadline is in two weeks, it takes me two weeks. In the former case I am able to work on other jobs as well, and do things like sleep. In the latter, not so much. I have been given as long as 5 weeks… READ MORE

Pittsburgh Workshop Report

June 16th, 2017 | Posted in News

I spent last weekend in Pittsburgh PA with the crazy crew shown above teaching one of my caricature workshops. As usual I had a lot of diversity in skill level, from beginners to seasoned live caricature pros to professional cartoonists/comic book artists and animators. We had a lot of fun, drew a lot of faces and (I hope) everyone learned something. Thanks to the group for taking the workshop! I have one more workshop this year with available space in it, taking place Sept 15th-17th here in Minnesota. The MN workshops are unique in that the Friday event happens here in my home/studio and I am… READ MORE

Joel Schumacher Says He’s Sorry

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in General

From “Battyman Begone” MAD #455, July 2005- Words by Des Devlin In a recent article with VICE, director Joel Schumacher apologized to all fans of Batman for his film “Batman and Robin”. Not only was that film totally unwatchable, it killed a movie franchise that didn’t get rebooted until “Batman Begins” eight years later. As a lifelong fan of Batman, I still am scratching my head over “Batman and Robin”. You would think that someone involved in the production would have looked over the dialogue in the script, watched the dailies while the actors chewed the scenery to shreds with their over the top and… READ MORE


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