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MAD Gets Even Weirder

Saturday, March 21st, 2015


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.

RIP Lou Silverstone

Thursday, March 19th, 2015


I just read on Mark Evanier‘s blog that longtime MAD writer Lou Silverstone passed away this past Monday, March 16th at age 90. I never met or worked with him, he having left MAD in the early 90’s and going over to Cracked to write and eventually become an editor there, But I always enjoyed his work on MAD‘s TV parodies. He teamed up a few times with Mort Drucker and especially often with Angelo Torres on many, many classic MAD spoofs. Some of my favorites were “Bats-Man”, “Clodumbo”, “Miami Price” and “The Greatest American Zero”.

So long, Lou. Thanks for the many laughs!

Exclusive ComiCon Goodies!

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

I’m off to the Toronto ComiCon! You’ll find me at the NCS booth (117) doing caricatures/commissions and with plenty of original MAD pages, prints, and books for sale.

One new wrinkle: Exclusive ComiCon stuff! I will have an updated James Bond #007 caricature 6×9 postcard print and a MAD Alfred/Joker variant cover 6×9 postcard print for sale for $5.00 each CHEAP!

Bond card 6x9

BatmanSuperman_cover 6x9

These will not be for sale anywhere but when I have a booth at a comic book convention. Not online, not via mail. Zip. Gotta come see me!

Come See Me at Toronto ComiCon!

Friday, March 13th, 2015


Can you believe I have basically lived my whole live almost a stone’s throw from the Canadian border, and have never been to Canada! Well, that all ends next week when I invade the Great White North for the Toronto ComiCon. I’ll be appearing all three days of the show at the National Cartoonists Society booth, space #117. Also appearing there will be the creator of the syndicated comic strip “Between Friends” Sandra Bell-Lundy, and possibly some other NCS cartoonists.

I’ll have my usual plethora of original MAD artwork, prints, copies of my book, some new mini-prints (!) and other fun stuff… plus I’ll be doing commissions and caricatures!

So stop on by, eh?

March 20-22nd
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Mort’s JFK Coloring Book Back in Print!

Thursday, March 12th, 2015


Back in 1962, MAD‘s Mort Drucker illustrated a satirical coloring book about the Kennedy clan called the “JFK Coloring Book”. It was a brilliant piece of satire written by Paul Laikin and Jackie Kannon, making fun of a president who was wildly popular and bucking conventional wisdom. It spent 14 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller’s list. Then came the assassination, and the book was pulled from bookstores and never saw print again… until now.

Actually the reprint took place last September, but I just found out about it through a MAD fan group. I have a vintage copy I got from eBay years ago, but you can now get a pristine, brand-spanking new copy for only $7.99. This is genius and Mort’s artwork is incredible as always.

It’s very cool that this piece of history gets a new audience 52 years later.

2014 NCS Reuben Award Nominees Announced

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

reuben award nom 2014

The National Cartoonist Society just announced the nominees for the 2014 Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” are:

  • Roz Chast

  • Stephan Pastis

  • Hilary Price

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Roz Chast is probably best known for her cartoons in The New Yorker, where she is a staff cartoonist. She attended Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Painting because it “seemed more artistic”. After graduating, she reverted to type and began drawing cartoons. Her cartoons have been published in many other magazines besides The New Yorker, including Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. Her most recent book is a comprehensive compilation of her favorite cartoons called Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006. She also illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z, the best-selling children’s book by Steve Martin. Her graphic novel “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”  was picked by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2014. This is Roz’s first nomination for the Reuben Award. You can visit Roz’s website here.

Stephan Pastis is the creator of the daily comic strip Pearls Before Swine, syndicated by Universal Uclick. Stephan practiced law in the San Fransisco Bay area before following his love of cartooning and eventually seeing syndication with Pearls, which was launched in newspapers beginning December 31, 2001. The National Cartoonists Society awarded Pearls Before Swine the Best Newspaper Comic Strip in 2003 and in 2006. Stephan is also the author of the children’s book series Timmy Failure. Stephan lives in northern California with his wife Staci and their two children. This is his seventh nomination for the Reuben award. Visit Stephan’s blog and the Pearls Before Swine website.


Hilary Price is the creator of Rhymes With Orange, a daily newspaper comic strip syndicated by King Features Syndicate. Created in 1995, Rhymes With Orange has thrice won the NCS Best Newspaper Panel Division (2007, 2009 and 2012). Her work has also appeared in Parade Magazine, The Funny Times, People and Glamour. When she began drawing Rhymes With Orange, she was the youngest woman to ever have a syndicated strip. Hilary draws the strip in an old toothbrush factory that has since been converted to studio space for artists. She lives in western Massachusetts. This is Hilary’s second nomination for the Reuben award. You can visit Rhymes With Orange online here.

The official ballots have been issued to all full members of the National Cartoonists Society for voting to determine the winner. Congratulations to the nominees!

The Reuben Award for The Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year is chosen by a secret ballot of the members of the National Cartoonists Society. The Reuben Award is the highest honor that the profession bestows. As with all the NCS awards, the winner need not be a member of the Society. The award was previously called the Billy DeBeck Memorial Award, and the recipient received an engraved silver cigarette box. The Reuben was introduced in 1954 and is named after longtime Honorary President Rube Goldberg. The statue is based on one of Goldberg’s irreverent pieces of sculpture.

The winner of the 2014 “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” will be announced on May 23rd at the annual NCS Reuben Awards dinner in Washington D.C.

Great Art Blowout Sale #2

Friday, February 27th, 2015

art blowoutIt’s been a few years… so here is another Great Art Blow-out Sale! Well, only 10 pieces but they are of vintage nature. I have to fund the redesign of my website, so I am selling a bunch of older, traditional media illustrations I have lying about for pretty bargain basement prices. Almost all are published pieces from various magazines or ads, with the exception of two self-promo paintings I did for the Directory of Illustration. All were done before my switch to primarily digital color work, so these are the last vestiges of the real paint, airbrush and mixed media illustrations I did in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.A couple of them are really, REALLY BIG. Click on any to be whisked away to the Studio Store for more details! I will be adding a few other pieces as the days go on as well, so check back! Help get my website redesign done, and get something to hang on your wall to cover that big crack in the sheetrock!

Twins art

This is the most expensive of the pieces, just because of the signatures, at $200. I did this painting for the cover of the Minnesota Twins magazine, Aug/Sept 2002 issue. The illustration features caricatures of Twins relief pitchers for the issue’s cover story. The artwork is done on illustration board (which was “peeled” for color separation) in ink, acrylic paint and airbrush. The art board measures 14.75 x 19.75 inches, and the illustration 13 x 16.5 inches. The art is in excellent shape, being stored in the artist’s studio.

The original is signed by five of the seven players in sharpie marker: Tony Fiore, LaTroy Hawkins, Mike Jackson, J.C. Romero (twice… he signed on the art and again in pencil in the border at the top) and Eddie Guardado. Depicted but without signatures are Jack Cressend and Bob Wells.

scan0055As it appeared on the cover of the magazine.

Other pieces for sale in the Studio Store:


Promotional piece for Directory of Illustration 1997, 15″ x 20″- $125

Promo 2_soldPromotional piece for Directory of Illustration 1996, 20″ x 26.5″ (!!)- $125

JesseJesse Ventura for Airbrush Action Sept/Oct 1999. 16.5″ x 22″ (!!)- $100

karaoke_soldFull page illustration for San Diego Magazine, 1996. 12″ x 15″- $75

Jewel_soldJewel for TIME Digital magazine- 11.5″ 12″- $50

Arnie_soldArnold Schwarzenegger for TIME Digital magazine. 11.25″ x 12″- $50

Frank_soldFrank Sinatra for Celebrity Book advertisement, 7.5″ x 10″- $50balk_sold

San Francisco Giants magazine Spot Illustration April/May 1996. 7.5″ x 10″- $50


San Francisco Giants magazine Spot Illustration May/June 1996. 7.5″ x 10″- $50


San Francisco Giants magazine Spot Illustration June/July 1997. 7.5″ x 10″- $50

Z-People Comic

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

sitcomicsA month or two ago a posted a teaser about a comic book project I am working on for SitComics called “Z-People”. It’s a humorous zombie story written and published by television comedy writer Darin Henry. Originally I was going to do pencils, inks and color on everything but the comic is going to be 45 pages of story and in the interest of getting it done and out on time, colorist K Michael Russell has come on board to do the color work.

Darin has posted a couple of sneak peeks of the first few pages on the official Sitcomics Facebook page, pencils/ink by me and color by K Michael Russell:

Zpeople_01_WEBPage 1

Zpeople_02-03_WEBpages 2 and 3 are a spread


Page 4

The comic should be out sometime this summer.


Saturday, February 21st, 2015


Doud Gilford was so moved by the outpouring of sadness over the closing of his incredible MAD Cover Site that he has reinstated it! Hooray for all of MAD fandom, and a humongous THANK YOU to Doug for keeping this institution alive. From the MCS:

Because my act of removing the site has been likened to a crime against humanity,
because researchers are being left in the lurch in the middle of their books, films, and websites,
because I’ve been taken aback by the outpouring of genuine love and well-wishing through too many correspondences,
I hereby reinstate Doug Gilford’s Mad Cover Site for who knows how long.
Are you really surprised?
I am.
Wow, not even a week!
What I have learned in the last few days is that the thing is bigger than me and should survive.
I should be able to limit my role and be happier.
I can’t take MAD Facebook groups anymore, so THANKYOU Adam for replacing my old group with
the much better Mad Mumblings, and thanks for the many supportive and patient words of wisdom.
Let’s speak no more of this.
No more great write-ups, Tom.
Charlie, you were right.
Now get off my lawn!

One Weird Editor…

Friday, February 13th, 2015

I guess “Weird Al” Yankovic is moonlighting in the publication biz these days. Al tweeted recently that he will be the first ever “guest” editor for MAD Magazine in issue #533, due out in April.


The official MAD Press release:

“The Usual Gang of Idiots” are getting a new Idiot-in-Chief! Celebrated musical satirist and comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic, the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, will helm the next issue of MAD as the legendary humor magazine’s first-ever guest editor.

Winner of the 2015 Grammy® for Best Comedy Album, Weird Al is the writer of some of the biggest song parodies in history.

Speaking from the MAD offices in New York, current “Idiot-in-Chief” John Ficarra said, “Al will surely ruin his nearly four decades of popularity by associating with MAD. I still can’t believe we talked him into it!”

Among Weird Al’s many duties will be writing an introduction to the issue, contributing (along with some of his celebrity friends) to the Fund”AL”ini Pages, and picking his favorite MAD article for the Vault section. Other ridiculous responsibilities are yet to be determined but will certainly do nothing to advance his career.

“It was my childhood dream to one day be a contributor to MAD Magazine,” said Weird Al. “This is an excellent example of why children are never allowed to make important decisions.”

Readers are invited to make Weird Al’s life even harder by sending letters for MAD’s Letters and Tomatoes section at letters@madmagazine.com. Weird Al will provide dumb answers to the dumbest questions.

Start saving your dollars because MAD #533 will hit newsstands on April 21 at an absurd price!

The good news is there is a chance, probably still very small but A CHANCE, that this issue of MAD might actually be funny. No hope for the artwork of course, but the jokes….


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