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More Sakai Benefit Auction Items!

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The Comic Art Professional Society has added their weekly fresh items to their ongoing auction benefiting the Sakai family. As usual they have a mix of fun fan art and mind-boggling work from well-known comics pros. This week’s update includes originals from Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Lar deSouza, Jan Duursema, Troy Nixey, Paolo Rivera, Dean Yeagle and a whole lot more. Worthy cause, great original art available, win win for all involved.

Sakai Benefit Auction Going MAD!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Jack Davis!

The Comic Art Professional Society‘s auction to benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai took a real MAD turn with their latest batch of listings. Included are originals from MAD legends  Jack Davis (see above) and Al Jaffee (see below).

$_57-1Sergio had a fantastic piece up earlier but that auction must have ended as it’s gone. There are lots of other great pieces up for auction for a very worthy cause. New pieces are added every Thursday or Friday.

Visit Me at C2E2 in Chicago!

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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Later this month I will be in Chicago for the big C2E2 Comic Expo at the McCormick Place event center. The show dates are April 25-27th, and I will be at table #P-17 in Artist’s Alley. As I understand this is sort of an unofficial DC Comics area, so I will be sitting with a bunch of real comics artists trying desperately to look like I belong there.

What will I be doing? I will have a big stack of original MAD artwork and sketches available for sale as well as copies of my book. I’ll also be debuting my 2014 limited edition print entitled “The Game is Afoot!” (I’ll leave you to figure out the subject matter) and will be doing sketches and caricatures on demand. I’ll also be existing solely on protein bars and Monster Lo-carb.

So, come by and say hello if you will be at C2E2!

Doctor Who Print Almost Gone!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The 11 Doctors!Clicky to embiggen…

Have you been procrastinating on buying your copy of my print “The Doctor Is In?” Well, you might be too late. As of this morning I have exactly 3 prints left, with or without the 12th doctor option where I draw Peter Capaldi on the side. Whenever I do one of these “only X number left” posts, I tend to sell those X number immediately, so even as your read this they might be gone.

Doctor No. 12 hand drawn in!Clicky to embiggen…

If you missed out, my apologies. Buck up, though! I will be debuting a brand new print this spring and it will of course be available in the Studio Store.

Disclaimer: This is NOT an April Fools joke.

The New NCS Website and More!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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I just wanted to say a few more things about the fantastic new National Cartoonists Society website that just went live in the wee hours this morning. The design and programming were done by the very talented Joe McGarry, and alone with the new look comes a lot of news about the NCS and it’s continuing foray into cyberspace.

New Design- The look and feel of the new site is really terrific, and Joe deserves a huge congratulations for his vision and hard work. Little touches like the dynamic sizing of the full-width windows, the “word balloon” inserted teaser and link in the slideshow, the responsive changing of the cartoon character “saying” our most recent tweet with each visit/refresh… those are really fun, cool features.

Smartphone/Tablet Friendly- The new NCS website changes dynamically to be optimized for smartphones and tablet. Open the website on your favorite device and see what we mean!

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter- The NCS has quietly had Facebook, Instragram and Twitter accounts, but the website now has the latest content therein front and center, with links to follow us on the upper right of each page.

Video Channel- This project has been in the works for some time, and it’s officially announced with the new website release. In conjunction with the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, the NCS is launching what will be called the “NCS Master Series”, an ongoing series of documentaries profiling the greatest names in cartooning made freely available online. The first one is in the final editing phase, and should be available in the next few months, followed by many others already in the works. Once again, these will be available free to members and non-members alike.

Other cool stuff- We have other technological fun coming soon, including an NCS app!

So, check in with the NCS website often for lots of news and features!

More Auction Items for the Sakais

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I should have mentioned Friday that a new batch of original art and other goodies got posted on the benefit auction for the Sakai family last week. Every Thursday they add new items, so if nothing strikes your fancy check back every week. The new batch includes some pretty awesome originals from the likes of Bruce Timm, Eddie Campbell, Dave Berg (an original “The Lighter Side of…”), Sergio, and lots more. My piece is not up for auction yet but I will let everybody know when it is.

Go. Bid. Now. Help the Sakais.

 

New Jack Davis Album Cover Art!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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Remember back in August some idiot started a rumor online that MAD Magazine legend Jack Davis had passed away? Well, not only is Jack happily still among the living, the guy is still doing work! The image above is his art for the cover of a new Sex Clark Five CD!

I know what you are thinking… they still make CDs?

Well they DO, smartass. According to the press release this is Jack’s first album cover art in 24 years, and back then they still made ALBUMS. It appears the people behind the band understand the significance of having Jack Davis do your album cover art:

From their press release:

The legendary visual artist who created the front cover art for this project, the great Jack Davis, happens to be one of the best in the business. His monster caricatures are without equal.  He was a founding artist of Mad magazine and has inspired practically anyone who has ever picked up a pencil to draw a cartoon during the last 60-plus years.  His movie posters, record covers, advertising art and designs are visually ingrained in pop culture.

So how do you get your hands on a copy? Well, that’s not easy. You have to make a substantial pledge on a fundraising drive for a radio show while the broadcast is live. The show airs from 9pm to Midnight (EDT) tonight. It’s kind of confusing because the actual pledge page says nothing about a CD, but here’s a link with more info.

I just think it’s pretty cool to see an album CD cover with Jack Davis art on it again.

Minnesota SpringCon May 17-18th

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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I have been remiss in not promoting the wonderful SpringCon Comic Book “Celebration” taking place this year on May 17th and 18th in St. Paul, MN. I’ll be there, along with 250 comics creators, lots of dealers, panels and other fun stuff. For those who lament the comics conventions of today are much more about movies and other media than actual comics, this one has a truly classic feel like the cons of old. Plus, Minnesotans are so glad the %*&$^# winter is over by then that we are all unusually cheerful and fun to be around.

This volunteer group has been putting on Minnesota SpringCon and/or FallCon for 25 years now, and is suddenly competing with a Wizard World Con that not only is coming to the same market but (oddly enough) also chose a date only two weeks from the MCBA’s event dates. If you want to go to the Wizard World Con then by all means do so, but not at the expense of missing this one. If you love comics and have any interest in supporting the local industry, don’t miss SpringCon!

Visit www.midwestcomicbook.com for more information!

New Stuff in the Studio Store!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

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We interrupt the sharing of potentially useful or entertaining content on this blog for some shameless huckstering!

This past weekend I added a bunch of original art for sale in The Studio Store. Included are some not so cheap original pages from MAD, but also a few relatively cheap sketches. Well… okay… it’s ALL overpriced but that goes without saying.

The MAD pages are from the parody of “The Avengers”, and this pencil drawing that was then digitally colored for the “MAD 20″ piece “Abysmal House”:

Among those sketches for sale are both my recent “sketch o’the week” drawings of:


John Hurt


Peter Capaldi

Meryl Streep

And a few more. If you don’t find anything you like, don’t fret. I’ll be adding originals to the Studio Store regularly. I’m trading one college kid’s tuition for another one this fall…

 

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Indiegogo

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is back with real cartoonists as featured guests as opposed to the poser they had last year. Well, it’s back but it could sure use your help:

From their Indiegogo campaign page:

The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is a 3 day festival, in Kenosha Wisconsin, from September 25th through September 27th of 2014. There will be live presentations, workshops, a gallery show, panel discussions, and community outreach by some of the nation’s top cartoonists. We are asking for a total of $10,000 – this amount will allow us to mount two spectacular gallery shows of original comic art, cover the expenses of the artists, pay for publicity materials and shipping of art for gallery shows, cover backer reward fulfillment, and provide catering for receptions whilst not having to charge admission.

Our AWESOME guest speakers for 2014 are: Jeff Keane of Family Circus, Denis Kitchen of Kitchen Sink Press, Lincoln Peirce of Big Nate, Rick Stromoski of Soup to Nutz, Todd Clark of Lola, Scott Stantis of Prickly City (also staff editorial cartoonist at The Chicago Tribune), Terri Libenson of The Pajama Diaries, Michael Schumacher author of Al Capp: A Life To The Contrary and Will Eisner: A Dreamer’s Life In Comics, and Paul Buhle comic historian and author of Comics In Wisconsin. And our panel moderator will be the amazing Tom Racine of Tall Tale Radio.

Don’t worry if you cannot attend the festival in person – we still have some VERY cool premiums for our backers in the way of original art and autographed posters and programs from the guest artists. New this year is a specially designed, limited edition, challenge coin – see image below. There will only be 100 of these available and when they’re gone they’re gone. So don’t dawdle if you want one :-) All rewards will be signed and therefore delivered after the conclusion of the festival.

We believe cartooning is a wicked cool artform and have dedicated this festival to providing opportunities for the comic reading public of all ages to meet the artists behind the laughter. But the festival can only remain free if we reach our fundraising goal!

With the festival in its fourth year, we are seeking Indiegogo funding because, while we have some stalwart donors and supporters, those donations don’t come close to funding our whole budget.

One of the wonderful things about crowd funding is how affordable it can be. If we can get 500 people to donate $20 – we are there! So never think that small contributions don’t matter! And we have some exciting stretch goals if we are lucky enough to exceed our $10,000 mark.

 

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