Archive for the 'MAD Magazine' Category
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Art by Hermann Mejia courtesy of CBR.com
In April of last year DC Comics did a series of “MAD” variant covers for thirteen of their “New 52″ titles done by the Usual Gang of Idiots. They are doing a follow up series this year, but this time on 21 different titles! CBR has an exclusive first look at a couple of the covers, including the one above for Detective Comics #30 by Hermann Mejia. Check out a bigger version of the Mejia cover and cover art by Al Jaffee and John Kerschbaum on CBR.com.
Here are the titles getting the MAD treatment this year:
- JUSTICE LEAGUE #30
- JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #14
- JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #30
- NIGHTWING #30
- AQUAMAN #30
- THE FLASH #30
- EARTH 2 #22
- WONDER WOMAN #30
- SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #7
- ACTION COMICS #30
- SUPERMAN #30
- BATMAN/SUPERMAN #10
- BATMAN #30
- DETECTIVE COMICS #30
- BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #30
- BATWOMAN #30
- HARLEY QUINN #5
- BATGIRL #30
- GREEN LANTERN #30
- GREEN LANTERN CORPS #30
- TEEN TITANS #30
I did the cover of Batman/Superman #30, but can’t share that until I get the go ahead. I’m sure we’ll see them pop up over the next few weeks in “exclusive first looks” posts on the interwebby.
Monday, February 24th, 2014
In comic book shops, on the iPad and in subscribers mailboxes now, on news stands everywhere tomorrow:
MAD # 526 (April 2014)
- Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
- The Fundalini Pages (Anton Emdin, Barry Liebmann, Stan Sinberg, P.C. Vey, Kenny Keil, Justin Peterson, Will Presti, Jeff Kruse, Jack Pittman, Jay Rath, Chris Houghton, Rick Tulka, Todd Clark, Garth Gerhart, John Martz, Ward Sutton, Tom Cheney, John Kerschbaum, Jonathan Edwards)
- The Hunder Pains: Getting Tired (A MAD Movie Satire) (Desmond Devlin, Tom Richmond)
- The MAD Vault- (From MAD #297, Sept 1990: Jack Davis, Mike Snider)
- Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
- Why the Lego Man was Made for Hollywood (Mike Morse, Scott Bricher)
- Planet TAD!!!!! (Tim Carvell,)
- A MAD Look at Gravity (Sergio Aragonés, Colorist: Jim Campbell)
- MAD’s Guide to Proper All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Etiquette (Dick DeBartolo, Tom Bunk)
- Warning Signs of a Crappy Tanning Salon (John Caldwell)
- Books for the Growing U.S. Obese Community (Matt Lassen, Scott Bricher & Richard Williams)
- Tips and Cheats for Obscure Lego Video Games (Scott Maiko, Hermann Mejia)
- The Strip Club (Nathan Cooper, Keith Knight, Scott Nickel, Rob Harrell, Christopher Baldwin, Phil McAndrew, Peet Tamburino)
- American Girls (Scott Maiko, Kira Shaimanova, Manolo & Jacob, Mako Studios, Sarah Chalek)
- The Best of The Idiotical (various)
- Another Ridiculous MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
- Drawn Out Dramas (Sergio Aragonés, appear throughout the issue)
I did the art on the parody of the second “Hunger Games” movie, a seven page extravaganza written by Desmond Devlin, entitled “The Hunger Pains: Getting Tired”. Look for a sneak peek of my art from that tomorrow.
Well . . . What are you waiting for, clod?!? Go out and buy a fershlugginer copy already!
Friday, February 21st, 2014
A few sneak peeks at MAD #526 are popping up around the interwebbies:
Sergio! Via Toonzone.net
Jaffee’s Fold In? I ruined my computer monitor trying to fold it… courtesy of ComicVine.com.
The issue comes out next week, but is already in comic book shops and subscriber’s mailboxes.
Friday, February 14th, 2014
I know it looks like that should be an embedded video but sadly that’s not possible, so clicking on it will bring you to a Yahoo News story (with a short video!) about how Al Jaffee‘s “MAD Fold-In” turns 50 next month. The story starts out:
It just might be one of the longest freelance gigs in magazine publishing history. Cartoonist Al Jaffee has contributed to MAD Magazine, the satirical mainstay, since its beginnings, and is marking the 50th anniversary of not only creating but illustrating its most iconic feature.
I’m not sure it’s fair to call the fold-in MAD‘s “most iconic feature”—many might say Spy vs. Spy would get that nod—but it would sure be easy to argue that the fold-in deserves that distinction. Certainly it’s a feature of enduring popularity and, despite being five decades old, it is still fresh, insightful, and biting. The most amazing thing of all, not only did Al Jaffee create it but I believe he has done it every issue for 50 years. Spy vs Spy’s creator, Antonio Prohias, hasn’t drawn a Spy vs. Spy since 1987… mostly because he’s been dead. That’s a pretty good excuse for missing deadlines as far as excuses go. I plan on using that same excuse some day. Once.
Go watch the video, because it tells the story of the one MAD fold-in that was killed at the last second. It involved a depiction of a shooting at a theater, and… well, go watch the video.
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Clicky to visit the sneak peek…
Crave Online has an exclusive sneak peek at one of the features in the upcoming issue of MAD: The new American Girls doll collection (girls as in HBO’s Girls). Click the image or link above for more of the fun.
MAD #526 hits news stands on February 25th.
Friday, February 7th, 2014
Clicky to visit the MAD website
If you don’t regularly visit the MAD Magazine website you are missing out on some timely and funny stuff. Since they relaunched it a couple of years ago (originally called “The Idioitcal”, a title I loved but which they seem to have dropped) they have been terrific at posting daily pieces that give the MAD treatment to in-the-moment subjects, something the production time of a print magazine makes impossible. The one above is a perfect example. Just hours after the “Facebook Video” thing started happening the guys at MAD jumped on it with this, posted yesterday. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been the (very ample) butt of a number of posts recently, and they have numerous regular features as well as the occasional classic MAD piece.
The even occasionally have sneak peeks on upcoming MAD pieces. For example, they let the cat out of the bag on Monday when they posted this following the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman:
Looks like my next piece in MAD is going to be a spoof of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”! I guess I’d better hurry and finish that up!
Anyway, it’s worth making MAD‘s website a daily stop on your interwebby adventures.
Friday, December 20th, 2013
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The answer to yesterday’s question as to what I did differently than usual in my art for the parody of “The Following” in MAD #525 is that I did the entire thing digitally. No pencils, no pens, no ink, no paper. Start to finish on the computer.
It was an interesting experiment, but I will never do it again.
I’d been thinking of giving this a try for a while now, just to see how it turned out and to see if it was a time saver of any kind. In this particular case I was a bit behind on getting the project done and I thought this might be a good time to see if doing all the drawing and inking digitally made the job go faster. I experimented with some different setting with the tools in Photoshop, including using some Ray Frenden digital ink tools. Eventually I just used a paintbrush with opacity set to 100% and pressure sensitivity only for brush size.
My verdict is a gigantic meh. While the end results were satisfactory so far as they went, I felt like much of the life and warmth of the lines were missing from the finals. The benefits of being able to zoom in to microscopic levels for detail, not needing to be concerned with the physical limitations of inks and the surface of the paper, no erasing, etc. where outweighed by the general stiffness of the results. I think the lines lack crispness. The tapers at the ends are dulled and rounded. It just looks thick and heavy to me. Don’t write me telling me to try Manga Studio either, much of the problem is rooted in the digital conversion of hand movements and pressure, and that’s a hardware issue. More truthfully, it’s a wetware issue… my brain just not wanting to work that way.
Here are some close ups of some area (Clicky to embiggen):
And these are the “pencils”:
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It actually took longer than doing it the traditional way. Too much detail, too easy to get caught up in the little stuff. Finally, with my luck I’ll be getting a call from Kevin Bacon this week offering to buy the original art for a million dollars.
No, I don’t think digital inking is for me. I’m already back to the brush, nib and inks.
EDIT: Based on the comments both public and private I’ve gotten already, I think some people have gotten the idea that I am condemning digital inking as a worthless enterprise. That’s ridiculous, and very far from the truth. I have seen some incredible digital inkers and artists, and I have as much respect for their work as I do for anyone who works the old-fashioned way. As always, it’s all about the final results. I don’t care how you do what you do, if your work is good then it’s good. Who cares if you do it with paint or pixels?
All I am saying here is that I’ve tried it and it’s not for me. More power to you if it’s your medium of choice.
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
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I got this email the other day from MAD aficionado Ed Meisinger:
I’m curious – no signature on the splash page (for “The Swallowing” in MAD #525).
1) Intentional? I’m assuming it is since you’ve got the “Richmond Area Directory” included.
2) Is this a first? (a splash page without your usual stylish signature)
- Nope. Not intentional… I just forgot. I forget to do that a lot. I get wrapped up in the job, and just plain forget.
- Sadly, no.
Thanks to some OCD issues I had to go back and look at how many I have actually missed signing. I only counted those that are “splash pages” or intro pages to an article where a signature seems appropriate. I never (or seldom) sign features which are only made up of spot illustrations, or as single images meant to be riffs on some other thing (like fake DVD or video game covers, posters, etc). If you were to include those this list would be much longer. That said, there are actually not as many as I thought:
- Gadgets to Really Make Home Theater Like Going to the Movies!- MAD #399 (My first #$@#% printed MAD piece and I DIDN’T SIGN IT! D’OH!)
- MAD Dumbest Thing #1- Election 2000- MAD #401
- Traffeccch!- MAD #405
- Behind Empty Lines- MAD #415
- Fools of Rock- MAD #438
- The Burning Mad Show- MAD #447
- Dump My Ride- MAD #456
- MAD’s Inside Scoop on This Year’s Stupidest Holiday Movies- MAD #459
- Rejected Characters from CARS- MAD #467
- Stuporman Returns- MAD #468
- MAD Exposes Who’s Thinking What at the Obama Inauguration- MAD #498
- The Big Bomb Theory- MAD #503
- Green Lunkhead- MAD #510
- Parks and Regurgitation- MAD #511
- Bigg and Bulky- MAD #514
- The Hunger Pains- MAD #515
- The Dork Knight Reprises- MAD #519
- The Slobbit- MAD #522
- The Swallowing- MAD #525
I only did a quick look back (I have tear sheets collected in books from all my MAD work.. pathetic, I know) and there may be a few in there where the signature is hard to find… but I think this is pretty accurate. I see I’ve forgotten a lot in the last 25 issues.
So, my not signing this parody of “The Following” is not all that unusual. However, there is something unusual about the work I did on this parody that has never been seen before on any of my MAD jobs. Anybody care to guess what that was? The answer and explanation tomorrow (I know… big deal).
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
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Better late than never today… had another job due this afternoon that had to get done first.
So, this week’s SotW is one of the two pieces I did for the latest issue of MAD. Originally I was supposed to do only the art for the parody of “The Swallowing” for MAD #525 (now on news stands… Fa Fa Fa!), but then the editors decided they also wanted me to do the art for the #1 “Dumbest Thing” in MAD’s “20 Dumbest People, Events, and Things of 2013″. I can’t imagine where they got the idea for me to do this job, but there you go.
Anyway, this was making fun of our dysfunctional House of Representatives and the government shutdown, using Rick Meyerowitz‘s classic “Animal House” movie poster as the vehicle. I tried to capture the feel of the original, which meant the final linework was done in pencil, while still doing more illustrative caricatures of the many politicians involved.
Here’s the preliminary sketch:
And the final:
They printed it as a two page spread, which is cool!
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Yet another exclusive sneak peek of one of MAD‘s 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2013, this one courtesy of Elite Daily online. Artist: Scott Bricher.
Incidentally, this piece happens to be the centerfold of the printed issue… not sure if MAD did that on purpose, but it’s appropriate, don’t you think?