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Live from the NCS Reubens

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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Eddie Pittman, animator and creator of Red’s Planet, talking about his work and career at the Friday NCS speaking program.

Google Hangout Interview with Me

Friday, May 16th, 2014

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I was honored to be the guest this morning on “Friday Hangouts with Carlos and Bob”, a Google hangout program with Carlos Castellanos (Baldo, Drawn by Success) and Bob Ostrom (Bob Ostrom Art, Bob Teaches Art). Here’s some links to the interview on Drawn by Success and YouTube. You can find it on Google+ as well. Here’s the YouTube version:

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More of This…

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Dreaded Deadline Demon

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Things are reaching emergency proportions in the studio… Posting might be sparse for a while.

Fanboy Moment at C2E2

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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Finally catching my breath (well, not really but getting some momentum going in the studio anyway) after attending C2E2 this past weekend. These conventions are always crazy and I end up chained to my table doing drawings all day for people and not getting much of a chance to walk around. That’s what I’m there for, so I don’t mind that at all but I do sometimes wish I could walk around a bit and see more than just my immediate area. I can only imagine what it must be like for the really big name comic book artists and writers at a convention like that. I sat at a table next to Dan Jurgens, whom I know from being a fellow Twin Cities native, and that poor guy had to specify times that he would draw and times he would sign comics, and then spend a great deal of time being patient with people who didn’t understand why that was necessary. To be fair, MOST people did understand and were very respectful… but a few were not. He handled it very well, as he is a real pro.

Because I don’t get to walk about much, I seldom get to see folks I would love to meet and chat with unless they happen by my booth and say hello. I saw a number of people I knew both in the industry and a few old pals from my Chicago Six Flags days and also NOW Comics, which is always fun. I was especially happy to have gotten to talk with one of my favorite humorous cartoonists/comic book artists Hilary Barta. I’ve been a big fan of his since his Marvel “What The-??” days. I love meeting and talking with fellow cartoonists. Sadly I am not very active in reading comics these days, and only pick up occasional stuff that catches my eye here and there, so I am shamefully unaware of the work of some incredible modern comic book artists. Boo to me, but it is also fun to discover that kind of thing at these conventions.

I did have one major fanboy moment at C2E2. I’m sitting at my booth drawing and this guy with an exhibitor badge comes up holding a couple of art prints. He introduces himself as Tony Moore and hands me the prints as a gift, already signed to me. I say thanks and start asking him about his work as I look over the art he gave me. They are really REALLY good, and look familiar to me although I don’t recognize the subject matter. Then he mentions “The Walking Dead” and it suddenly clicks to me. Tony Moore—the original artist on The Walking Dead comics! No wonder that art looked familiar, I have his Walking Dead Vol. 1 graphic novel “Days Gone Bye” sitting next to my drawing board RIGHT NOW as I have been working on a zombie spoof comic project for the last few weeks and his is one of the books I am looking at for inspiration. I LOVE those books and his art in them. I can truly say I am a big fan of his, and here he was at my booth giving me a couple of prints and telling me how big of a fan he was of MY work!

I have to say I geeked out a bit. He asked me to do a commission for him of Alfred in a Wally Wood E.C. spacesuit, which I somewhat nervously did. I was so rattled I didn’t even reciprocate the free prints with copies of my Holmes print for him. D’oh! At least I refused to take anything for the Alfred drawing… Anyway, that was the coolest thing that happened to me at C2E2.

See Me at C2E2!

Friday, April 25th, 2014

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I’m at C2E2 today through Sunday, in Artist’s Alley at table P-17 if anyone is so inclined to drop by and say hello. I will have the following available for sale:

  • “The Game is Afoot” signed and numbered prints
  • Signed copies of The Mad Art of Caricature!
  • Original MAD art
  • Very limited number of “The Doctor is In!” leftover “Artist Proof”  prints
  • Live caricatures, sketches, etc!

AND I have a “booth babe” aka The Lovely Anna!, so who cares about me, come by and say hello to the most charming and sweet woman you will ever meet (but BACK OFF guys, she’s mine.)

See you there!

 

Sneak Peek at My New Limited Edition Print

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Thursday is the big release date, but here are a couple of the rough sketches from my new limited edition print “The Game is Afoot!”. Here’s Robert Downey Jr. and Jeremy Brett:

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Check back on Thursday to see the final art and the entire print… then BUY one! I’ve got another kid starting college this fall!

MAD About Sergio’s MAD Masterpiece!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Madness!

One of the gems in the Inside MAD book is the mind-blowing, pull-out poster illustration by Sergio Aragonés depicting virtually everyone ever associated with the magazine in its sixty-plus year history. Not only is it chock full of “The Usual Gang of Idiots”, it contains dozens and dozens of references to famous MAD moments, items and other goodies. In true MAD fashion, this is an image you can spend an hour staring at and still miss some of the gags and little touches.

Fear not! The good folks over at Doug Gilford’s MAD Cover Site (ok, Doug… but with a little help from his friends) has put together an interactive version of Sergio’s masterpiece, complete with flags for pop ups identifying each person, place and thing of significance in the image. Go there, zoom in, and get edjumahcated about all things MAD, and marvel at the talents of the Great Sergio!

Monday MADness: The Dork Knight Reprises!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

This week’s Monday MADness is a peek behind the scenes at the complete rough pencils of the parody of “The Dark Knight Rises”, written by Arnie Kogen and appearing in MAD #519. Clicky any image to embiggen:

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NCS Divisional Nominees…and New Website!!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The 2013 Divisional Awards Nominees just got announced… and on a brand new NCS website! Gon on over and check out the new site and the list of nominees complete with sample of their work. Here’s the complete list:

Editorial Cartoons

  • Clay Bennett
  • Adam Zyglis
  • Mike Ramirez

Newspaper Illustration

  • Bob Eckstein
  • Miel Prudencio Ma
  • Dave Whammond

Feature Animation

  • Mike Giamo: Production Design “Frozen”- Disney
  • Hayao Miyazaki: Director, “The Wind Rises”- Disney
  • Jonathan del Val: Animator of Lucy character, “Despicable Me 2”- Illumination

TV Animation

  • Craig McCracken for “Wander Over Yonder” – Disney
  • Paul Rudish for Disney Channel’s “Mickey Mouse” shorts – Disney
  • Douglas Sloan & Art Edler Brown for “Dragons: Riders of Berk” – Dreamworks

Newspaper Panels

  • Dave Coverly
  • Scott Hilburn
  • Mark Parisi

Magazine Gag Cartoons

  • Matt Diffee
  • Bob Eckstein
  • Mike Twohy

Advertising/Product Illustration

  • Cedric Hohnstadt
  • Sean Parkes
  • Rich Powell

Greeting Cards

  • Glenn McCoy
  • Mark Parisi
  • George Schill

Comic Books

  • Sergio Aragonés -Sergio Aragonés Funnies
  • Jay Fosgitt- Bodie Troll
  • Chris Samnee – Daredevil

Graphic Novels

  • Dan E Burr- On The Ropes
  • Rick Geary – Madison Square Tragedy
  • Andrew C Robinson- The 5th Beatle

Magazine Illustration/Magazine Illustration

  • Daryll Collins
  • Anton Emdin
  • Dave Whamond

Online- Long Form

  • Jenn Manley Lee- Dicebox
  • Dylan Meconis, Family Man
  • Eddie Pittman- Red’s Planet
  • Jeff Smith- Tuki- Save The Humans

Online- Short Form

  • Jim Horwitz- Watson
  • Ryan Pagelow- Buni
  • Mike Twohy- New Yorker Online

Book Illustration

  • Matt Davies
  • William Joyce
  • CF Payne

Newspaper Comic Strips

  • Isabella Bannerman- Six Chix
  • Terri Libenson – Pajama Diaries
  • Mark Tatulli – Lio

Congratulations to the nominees! The winners will be announce at the Reuben Awards Banquet on May 24th in San Diego!

 

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