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Friday, October 17th, 2014
Found out today that my book The Mad Art of Caricature! is totally out of stock on Amazon here in the US. I can’t quite figure out how Amazon works with its ordering copies from the publisher (i.e. me) in order to keep items in stock. It is obviously automated, as I will sometimes get two or three POs right on top of each other asking for copies to be sent in, but they are weird quantities like 2, 7 or 11 at a time, sometimes on consecutive days. The distributor (i.e. me) can have a standing request for “case quantity”, but Amazon will totally ignore that anytime they feel like it. I just cancel any POs that are not a full case (24) copies, and two cases on currently on the way to Amazon right now, but they ordered them too late to prevent running out.
Sales of the book have slowed down a bit since the middle of the summer, but they are still selling at an amazingly steady rate. Amazon and bookstore sales continue to chug along, and my wholesale distributor tells me I have a very low return rate on the book. This is really quite surprising to me. I honestly had no idea there would be such a continuous demand for a book on drawing caricatures. I expected to sell a lot of copies right away to caricaturists and then perhaps a trickle to those who might have an interest in the artform, but that trickle has been a pretty steady flow. In fact, the 6th printing of the book in on the horizon already.
I have been asked quite frequently when my next book is coming out. I don’t think I have another one in me, or if I do I don’t know what it would be about. I had a lot to say about how to draw caricatures, and with a few exceptions (material that I didn’t include in the original book in the interest of production time) I basically said it all in The Mad Art of Caricature! I have thought about doing a book on freelance illustration, but that business is evolving so fast I don’t know if what I know would be obsolete in short order, or how many people would be interested in such a book. Certainly a much smaller audience.
What is more likely in the near future would be an updated edition of The Mad Art of Caricature! with much of the previously mentioned deleted material added in. I had a whole chapter on caricaturing expressions, a section on drawing kids, some stuff about exaggerating bodies and action, and a number of other examples of caricature observations from photos with the accompanying caricature. Probably about 24 to 32 more pages.
My question: would anyone be interested in an updated version of the book? If so, what would you like to see added or more of? Just curious. I do not have this on my radar right now, but I have been thinking about it more lately.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
This piece was done in 1996 for San Diego magazine for a story on, you guessed it, the increasing popularity of karaoke and piano bars. It was done in traditional media including watercolor, inks and airbrush. The above was a full page and the one below a spot illustration used later in the article.
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
The Lovely Anna and I are back from New York Comic Con. It was a crazy, busy convention. I think it was actually more manic than San Diego… maybe that’s just because it’s approaching the same attendance levels but squeezed into a smaller area. Not having my own booth at SDCC I am not sure how I’d do under the same circumstances. All I know is I was swamped from open to close doing caricatures and commissions. Here’s some pictures from the show, including a couple of drawings I did:
Abrams Publishing editor Charlie Kochman, MAD art director
Ryan Flanders, me and MAD artist/illustrator Ray Alma.
Photo courtesy of Ray Alma.
Ryan, me and Random House senior designer John Sazaklis, also a former
MAD design intern. Photo by John Sazaklis.
A couple of commissions for a guy from MTV, Madonna and…
…Pink. I guess he likes female rockers with only one name.
I did this in someone’s sketchbook using Pitt pens. Had to channel my
inner Jack Davis to draw Uncle Creepy from Creepy Magazine
Another pen-drawn sketchbook commission- Alfred as
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds from “Firefly”
The Thursday MAD Panel. Left to right: Peter Kuper, Jonathan Bressman, me, Ryan Flander, Sam Viviano, John Ficarra. Photo by Ray Alma.
My caricature of fellow caricaturist Steve Nyman.
We had a great time. See you next year, NYCC!
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
On the way to NYC right now so no time for a proper SotW. Here’s the pencil roughs for my latest Marlin poster job. This cop-out brought to you by Too Much Travel cereal.
Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Q: Regarding drawing, how far have you had to progress? As a young artist, I was wondering if you could show us some of your early drawings from maybe your childhood?
A: I posted these some months back, so if you’ve seen this already my apologies. Here’s a comic I did at about age 9 or so:
Guess I ran out of story…
How far have I progressed? Not much.
Thanks to Taylor Miles Clark for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here!
Friday, October 3rd, 2014
One of the highlights of the Pittsburgh Comicon I attended last weekend was meeting the great Bob Camp. What was even better was the way it happened.
Partway through the show I was walking back to my booth space after a little walk around when I saw that Bob Camp had a booth space right behind where I was located. Bob is best known for his work on the “Ren and Stimpy” show, but has a much longer resume including doing movie and TV parodies for Marvel’s Crazy magazine. I have been a fan of his work for a long time, and made a note of going up to meet him at some point. I’m not the best at that… frankly I feel like I’m “barging in” when I just walk up and introduce myself. Stupid, I know. That’s why Bob and other artists appear at a convention like this. Anyway, I needed to work myself up to that.
Bob never gave me the chance. Some time later I’m doing a drawing for someone and he comes up to me, introduces himself and starts telling me he enjoys my work and that I have his “dream job” doing parodies for MAD. He also gave me this awesome sketch he’d done:
Bob is a cartooning genius and an unbelievable talent, and it was tremendously cool to meet him. To have him tell me, in unsolicited fashion, that he liked my work was surreal. Incidentally, if you ever get a chance to pick up some old copies of Crazy (I have more than a few), he is an excellent caricaturist and parody artist and sells himself very short in that category. His brush work is absolutely beautiful.
BTW, if you look on the left of that picture of me and Bob you’ll see a guy in a black shirt and glasses doing a drawing. That’s Bill Sienkiewicz, another comic book genius I am a huge fan of. He I never got the courage up to talk with. Gotta get over that.
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
… I didn’t even have time to post this.
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
I’ve been doing a lot of these for people bringing me a Monster Zero Ultra energy drink. I won’t be falling asleep at my booth, that’s for sure.
With apologies to Shannon Wheeler for the post title.
Friday, September 26th, 2014
Stop by if you are at the Pittsburgh Comicon!