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Sketch(es) O’the Week- The Slobbit!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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So I am being lazy today while I (and my liver) are still recovering from the National Cartoonist’s Society Reuben Awards this past weekend in Washington DC (I’ll do a wrap up of that tomorrow).  So, for the sketch of the week this week I’l posting the pencil roughs of MAD’s parody of “The Slobbit: Still Banal After Five Movies”. These actually ARE pencil sketches as opposed to digital roughs, as I did them very low-tech while on vacation in Florida.

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The Slobbit pg 4-5

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Sneak Peek: The Slobbit 3 Loot Crate Exclusive!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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As promised, here’s a look at some of the art I did for MAD‘s parody of “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies”, written by Desmond Devlin. That’s the splash page above.

And here is the most insane two page spread I ever did for MAD:

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 That took about 4 days to do. Remind me to ask for a raise.

I would end this with my standard “What are you waiting for, clod… go out and buy a furshlugginer copy already!” but unless you are a Loot Crate subscriber you are SOL. This parody might end up in a special issue someday, but for now it’s Loot Crate or eBay.

Monday MADness: Loot Crate Exclusive Issue!

Monday, May 25th, 2015

lootcrate_MADLoot Crate is a grab bag (okay… grab BOX) program where you receive a box full of stuff every month for a subscription fee. It’s geared towards geeks and gamers, and each month the box has a “theme”. May 2015’s theme is “Unite”, and included in the box is a special edition of MAD exclusive to Loot Crate.

I have yet to see an actual copy of this issue, so I am unsure how much of the content is reprint material and how much is original. As you can see the cover is an exclusive done by Mark Fredrickson, and I know it contains an exclusive six page parody of the third Hobbit movie, written by Desmond Devlin with art by me. I believe it also contains a reprint of our parody of “The Avengers”.

I’ll post a sneak peek of some of the art from that parody of “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” tomorrow, which contains the most insane two page spread I’ve ever done for MAD.

Sunday Mailbag: American Sniper??

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Sunday Mailbag!

Q: Were you surprised that Mad Magazine picked “American Sniper” their next Movie Parody?

A: Actually that was a nice surprise. As I have written here recently, for many reasons MAD has been sort of forced to stick to big blockbusters for their film parodies the last decade or so. “American Sniper” is a great departure from that.

MAD‘s approach to the parody was also very clever. To do a straight parody of something as politically charged and controversial as “American Sniper” would have been hard to do without coming off as either left or right wing centric, and other than the silly “fake baby” thing there is not much you can make light of in the film. Instead they chose to make fun of how the right and left see the film as being a completely different animal than the other side sees it, and can make jokes from both perspectives while sitting back and enjoying the show themselves. Smart and effective. Writer David Shayne did a fantastic job with the script.

I’m always lobbying for more of this kind of thing. The big blockbusters are fun and all to do, but doing some more dramatic fare would be nice.

Thanks to Harry Thornton 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!

American Sniping: Sneak Peek!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Here’s a look at a some of the art I did on David Shayne‘s parody of “American Sniper” (clicky some to embiggen):

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American Sniping 2

American Sniping 3

American Sniping 4

American Sniping 5

Whaddya mean you want to read the jokes?? What do you think this is, a furshlugginer library? Go buy MAD #533, you putz!

On the Stands: MAD #533!

Monday, April 20th, 2015

MAD533

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

  • Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
  • “Weird AL” Welcome (Al Yankovic, Hermann Mejia)
  • Letters and Tomatoes (Answered by Al Yankovic)
  • The Fundalini Pages (Kenny Keil, Chris Houghton, John Kerschbaum, Joe Dator, Ward Sutton, Desmond Devlin, Kevin Pope, Dick DeBartolo, Teresa Burns Parkhurst)
  • The Weird Al-ini Pages (Anton Emdin, Patton Oswald, Scott Bricher, Seth Green, Bob Staake, Chris Hardwicke, Kristen Schaal & Rich Blomquist, James Warhola, Emo Philips, Rick Tulka, Thomas Lennon, John Hodgman)
  • Pages From Weird Al’s Notebook (Al Yankovic, Sam Sisco, Sam Viviano (uncredited))
  • Things You Never want to Learn from Ancestry.com (John Caldwell)
  • Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
  • Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions, Special Weird Al Edition (Al Jaffee)
  • MAD’s Tom Bunk Visits a Weird Al Concert (Tom Bunk)
  • The Baleful Yarn of the Mourning McGees (John Caldwell, Phil McAndrew)
  • Planet TAD!!!!! (Tim Carvell)
  • A MAD Look at California (Sergio Aragonès, colorist: Tom Luth)
  • Things to Ask Your Sex Ed Teacher (Kenny Keil, Jose Garibaldi)
  • The Captivating Tale of Pedro’s Execution (John Caldwell, Phil McAndrew)
  • The Mad Vault- From MAD #93, March 1965 (Weird Al by Rick Tulka, Artist: Mort Drucker, Writer: Larry Siegel)
  • President Obama’s Bucket List (Mike Morse, Paul Coker)
  • The Strip Club (Kenny Keil, K.C.Green, Christopher Baldwin, Kit Lively & Scott Nickel, Nathan Cooper, Box Brown, Phil McAndrew, Peet Tamburino)
  • American Sniping (David Shayne, Tom Richmond)
  • The Best of the Idiotical (Uncredited)
  • Drawn Out Dramas- Various margins throughout the magazine (Sergio Aragonès)
  • The MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)

According to the MAD scholars on the MAD Mumblings facebook group, “Weird Al” Yankovic appears in caricature and astounding 46 times in this issue. I know he appears at the end of the parody of “Amercian Sniper” I worked on with writer David Shayne. I’ll post a sneak peek at that tomorrow.

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

More MAD Weird Al-ness…

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Signed by Weird Al!Here’s a great HuffPo interview with MAD VP and head editor John Ficarra and issue #533’s guest editor “Weird Al” Yankovic. This issue really sounds like a lot of fun. I can say that Weird Al has a cameo in the piece I did for the issue, and I am sure he’ll be popping up in many of the other features as well. He’s assembled an all-star lineup of contributors to the issue. read the article for all the details.

The art above is a commission I did for a mutual friend a few years ago who gave it to Al on his 50th birthday. This is a scan of a signed print of it he signed for me.

MAD’s Tom Koch- RIP

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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Tom Koch, a veteran writer for MAD and yet another of the “old guard” I never got a chance to meet, passed away back on March 22nd. I’d have posted about this earlier but I didn’t seen any decent obits about him until today.

Tom was a comedy writer for television and performers, and worked in the 50’s with the well-known comedy team Bob & Ray. His first few assignments for MAD were for the short-lived “Bob & Ray” feature in the magazine, featuring some of the earliest MAD artwork from a young, up-and-coming artist named Mort Drucker, back in 1957. He continued to write for MAD regularly until the early 90’s. He did a lot of TV writing over his career, for shows like “The Lucy Show” and “My Mother the Car”.

Tom’s biggest hit for MAD was easily the classic “43 Man Squamish” article in MAD #95, illustrated by George Woodbridge. It was a parody of the convoluted rules of team sports. The article gained quite a following, with several colleges attempting to play the game by the impossible rules Koch had dreamed up, and sending in pictures to MAD of their teams. It remains one of the most remembered and referenced MAD articles… according to MAD’s post on Tom’s passing, “43 Man Squamish” “remains MAD’s most requested reprint”. If you’ve read any of the MAD parodies of the Harry Potter films, you might have noticed writer Desmond Devlin giving a nod to Tom by replacing “quidditch with “squamish” throughout.

Sorry I never got to meet Tom. He wrote some very funny stuff over a long career.

MAD Gets Even Weirder

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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MAD cover art by Mark Fredrickson

From the MAD Magazine Website:

At 6 PM on April 20th, the guest editor of MAD #533, “Weird Al” Yankovic and MAD Editor John Ficarra will be at the Barnes & Noble at 33 E 17th St in NYC to sign autographs and meet fans! Mark your calendars! Enter the coordinates into your GPS! Moisturize and manicure your hand-shaking hand!

It will be fun to see this issue. Weird Al got worked into the piece I did for #533, and I am sure other features will have him involved in some way. This “guest editor” thing is a great idea. It would be fun to see an issue a year feature a guest editor. There are a lot of comedians and entertainers that cite MAD as a major influence who would probably love to do it: Stephen Colbert, Judd Apatow and Jon Stewart come to mind.

Sneak Peek: “House of Cons” from MAD #532

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

As promised, a couple of panels from the MAD parody of “House of Cards” in issue #532 (clicky any to embiggen…):

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In case you missed the splash page that was posted last week:

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Read the parody in MAD #532, on newsstands now!

 

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