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Jack Davis Hangs Up His Pencil

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Jack Davis!

WIRED online reported today that the great Jack Davis, who turned 90 years old earlier this month, has announced he’s retiring from producing work. Jack has slowed down considerably from the days when you basically could not open a magazine, look at a movie poster or see an ad anywhere without it featuring his art, but he has still been doing work for clients like the University of Georgia, various golf and sports magazines and the like recently. Jack claims his work is no longer up to his standards:

It’s not that the iconic 90-year-old cartoonist can’t draw anymore—he just can’t meet his own standards. “I’m not satisfied with the work,” Davis says by phone from his rural Georgia home. “I can still draw, but I just can’t draw like I used to.”

Jack did a fantastic drawing of Batman for the NCS Comic Con T-shirt just this past summer, and it looks like a classic Jack Davis to me. However when you draw at a level like Jack Davis does (i.e. better than just about anyone, ever) maybe you have to be Jack Davis to see your work slipping. Regardless, Jack owes the world nothing since he’s given us so much already. Still, that world seems a little poorer place knowing Jack isn’t picking up his pencil down there in Georgia working his magic. Fortunately for us he was one of the most prolific illustrators ever, and his body of work will continue to entertain and inspire us forever.

So, happy retirement, Jack! Thanks for sharing your incredible talents with the world!

Sneak Peek: MAD #531

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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I got permission from the folks at MAD to share my piece from the MAD 20 in issue #531. This is an all-digital painted piece, written by Desmond Devlin. Clicky to Embiggen…

On the Stands: MAD #531

Monday, December 15th, 2014

On news stands everywhere tomorrow, in comic book shops this week, in most subscriber’s mailboxes already and available digitally immediately via the MAD iPad app:

MAD-531

MAD #531 (February 2015)

  • Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
  • MAD’s First-Ever Guarantee (Writer: Dick DeBartolo)
  • The Fundalini Pages (Jeff Kruse, John Martz, Bob Staake, Rick Tulka, Bob Eckstein, Rick Tulka, Anton Emdin, Tom Bunk)
  • The MAD 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2014
    1. The NFL’s Domestic Violence Problem (Uncredited)
    2. Ebola Hysteria (Uncredited)
    3. The GM Recall Debacle (Matt Lassen, Scott Bricher)
    4. The Militarization of the Police Dept (Desmond Devlin, Richard Williams)
    5. Target’s Security Breach (Writer: Darren Johnson)
    6. Obama Caught Off Guard (Artist: Richard Williams)
    7. The “Booty Trend” (Artist: Hermann Mejia)
    8. The MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
    9. American Apparel’s CEO Pervert (Jason Katzenstein and Dan Abromowitz, Gary Hallgren)
    10. Hilary Clinton Cries Poverty (Uncredited)
    11. The Washington Redskins Stand by Their Name (Writer: Desmond Devlin)
    12. Chris Christie’s Traffic Scandal (Artist: Ward Sutton)
    13. CNN’s Endless Flight Coverage (Artist: Timothy Shamey)
    14. Cliven Bundy’s Standoff (Desmond Devlin, Tom Richmond)
    15. Rick Perry’s “Intelligent” New Look (Writer: Mike Morse)
    16. White House Security Breaches (Artist: Scott Bricher)
    17. Putin Invades Ukraine (Idea: Matt Lassen)
    18. Donald Sterling’s Racist Rant (Artist: Drew Friedman)
    19. The Iraq War “Experts” (Lance Hansen, Mark Fredrickson)
    20. The V.A. Hospital Scandal (Alison Grambs, Mark Stutzman)
  • 8 Keys to Becoming a More Effective Supervillian (John Caldwell)
  • A MAD Look at the Old Testament (Sergio Aragonés, Colorist: Tom Luth)
  • Planet Tad (Writer: Tim Carvell)
  • The MAD Vault- MAD #325, Feb 1994 (Desmond Devlin, Tom Bunk)
  • Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
  • The Strip Club (Dakota McFadzean, Kenny Keil, Lance Hansen, Kit Livery & Scott Nickel, Jason Yungbluth, Phil McAndrew, David DeGrand, Noah Van Scriver)
  • Chilling Thoughts- 2014 Edition (Desmond Devlin, Evan Dorkin)
  • Best of the Idiotical (Various)
  • One Evening at the White House (Artist: Tom Richmond)
  • Drawn Out Dramas- Throughout the issue (Sergio Aragonés)

I have two pieces in this issue, one being the printed version of the single page gag “One Evening at the White House” first posted on MAD’s website. The other is a spoof of the movie poster for ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West” Starring Cliven Bundy, Sean Hannity, and a cow (who is arguably the most intelligent mammal in the image). I’ll post a peek at that when MAD gives me the ok.

In the meantime… what are you waiting for?!? Go out and buy a copy, clod!

The MAD 20- 2014 Edition

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Every year MAD Magazine does a feature called “MAD‘s 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things” of the year. The 2014 edition of the MAD 20 will appear in issue number 531 (cover above), which will be on newsstands on Dec. 16th and (supposedly, but not yet) on the iPad today.

The last few years MAD has been giving various website exclusive sneak peeks of various parts of the MAD 20. Some have begun to crop up already. Here’s two of them:

Courtesy of Brietbart.com:

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This one from Craveonline:

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In case you are wondering I did one of the MAD 20 this year. Can’t share it yet until the online exclusives all run their course, however. :(

Dallas is Getting MAD!

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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Come see MAD Magazine’s David Degrand, Annie Gaines Ashton, Garth Gerhart, Kit Lively and myself today at the North Texas Comic Book Show at the Doubletree Hotel, 2015 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207 (just off I-35 near Medieval Times and behind The Hilton Anatole). Admission is only $7.00 (CHEAP).

I’ll have my usual plethora of books, prints, original MAD art and will be doing disappointing but overpriced caricatures and sketches. As always, anyone who brings me a Monster Ultra Zero energy drink (the white can) gets a free “Alfred as Batman” drawing (big deal)! See you there!

MAD 530 Sneak Peek: Orange is the New Blecch!

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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Uproxx.com’s Gamma Squad published an interview with MAD editor John Ficarra on Friday which included an exclusive look some of Desmond Devlin and my parody of “Orange is the New Black”, so after a few days of waiting I can show you a sneak peek of the art myself.

This was a BIG eight pager… the longest MAD parody I’ve done since the nine page “Harry Plodder and the Lamest of Sequels” back in 2002’s MAD #424. It was unique in it had what was essentially a three page splash. The first page was a left side page, followed by this two page spread:

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I binge-watched the show and then tried to add as many of the less prominent characters as I could squeeze in, since one of the strengths of this show is a very rich list of secondary characters who are all very interesting and engaging. If you are a fan of the show, you’ll recognize some of these characters in the background or in some aspect of the scene in many panels… and the chicken will make sense to you as well. Here’s a few panels from the rest of the parody:

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On the Stands: MAD #530!

Monday, October 13th, 2014

MAD 530

In comic book shops, on the iPad and in subscribers mailboxes now, on news stands everywhere tomorrow:

  • Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
  • The Fundalini Pages (Mike Morse, John Kerschbaum, Jeff Kruse, Hermann Mejia, Scott Bricher, Dick DeBartolo, Anton Emdin, Kenny Keil, Tom Cheney, Evan Waite, Paul Coker, Kit Lively, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Sam Viviano (uncredited))
  • Orange is the New Blecch (Desmond Devlin, Tom Richmond)
  • Prohibitive Cost of Bathing (Scott Maiko, Scott Bricher)
  • Fun Facebook Facts (Frank Santopadre & Evan Waite, John Martz)
  • Planet Tad!!!!! (Tim Carvell)
  • Phrases That Left the English Language in 2014 (Matt Lassen, Kevin Pope)
  • MAD’s 2015 Middle Earth Calendar (Art: Hermann Mejia and Tom Richmond (uncredited))
  • A MAD Look at Puberty (Sergio Aragonès, colorist: Tom Luthl)
  • The Mad Vault- From MAD #251, Dec 1984 (Artist: Harry North, Writer: Tom Koch)
  • The Strip Club (Dakota McFadzean, David DeGrand, Kenny Keil, Christopher Baldwin, Box Brown, Kit Livley & Scott Nickel, Nathan Cooper)
  • Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
  • AAUGH Reverse Mortgages (Writer: Scott Maiko, Photogragher: Irving Schild)
  • MAD Deconstructs TV Talk Shows: TMZ Live and TMZ on TV (Desmond Devlin, Tom Bunk)
  • The Best of the Idiotical (Uncredited)
  • Questions We’d Like to Ask the Turkey Hotline (Scott Maiko, Josh Mecouch)
  • Drawn Out Dramas- Various places throughout the magazine (Sergio Aragonès)
  • The MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
  • The iPad Air- A MAD Ad Parody (Uncredited)

This issue I do the art for Desmond Devlin’s whooping eight page parody of the Netflix show “Orange is the New Black”. I’d post a sneak peek of that, but the marketing guys at WB are busy trying to convince some putz to pay for a web exclusive of it, so until they give up on that hopeless idea I can’t post anything.

Now, What are you waiting for… a fershlugginer invitation?!? Go out and buy a copy, clod!

MAD Spoofs Politics

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Grist for the Schill Dept.

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Just got my copy of MAD Spoofs Politics, the new “bookazine” from the Usual Gang of Idiots. Some great stuff in there from the 80’s onward. There are a couple of my pieces in there, including the fairly recent “National Buffoons’ Abysmal House” from MAD #525 written by Jay Rath, and “MAD Exposes Who’s Thinking What at the Obama Inauguration” from MAD #498, written by Desmond Devlin, Jeff Kruse, Jacob Lambert, Frank Santopadre and Dennis Snee.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go buy a fershlugginer copy already, clod!

One Evening at the White House

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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A quick turn-around job I did for MAD they posted today on The Idiotical, MAD‘s official website. Did this in about 14 hours, which was why I had to post the Dreaded Deadline Demon last night. Plus, I did the finishes on a Marlin poster also. No rest for the wicked!

MAD About New York Comic Con

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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From the MAD Website:

A VIEW TO A SHILL DEPT.

Are you going to be at the New York Comic-Con? Well that’s great news! Ready for the bad news? So will the Usual Gang of Idiots! Check out the MAD panel on Thursday, October 9th at 6:15 PM with staffers John Ficarra, Sam Viviano and Ryan Flanders; artists Peter Kuper and Tom Richmond; and writer Jonathan Bresman! Ask questions! Win prizes! Swallow your pride!

 

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