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The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

It is believed that the first piece of art was painted on the wall of a cave by early man.

The second piece of art was also painted on the wall of a cave, but the prehistoric man that painted it was heard to complain that “they just don’t make this paint like they used to.”

So began a long tradition of artists complaining that the art supplies they make today are no where near as good as the ones they used to make. Art supplies are discontinued, formulas changed, manufacturing methods altered, materials switched, etc. and nothing makes artists who use these supplies more upset. The very rumor of the discontinuation of a given art material will send artists into a spending spree to locate all the remaining stock and horde it. One famous story was when the Esterbrook pen company went out of business Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, who used an Esterbrook Radio pen #914 for his work,  purchased enough nibs from the company to last the rest of his life rather than use a different nib.

Which brings us to the marvelous website The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies. Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Lou Brooks “curates” this online museum, which welcomes the photographs of and accompanying stories about vintage art materials and equipment. It’s a lot of fun and more than a few laughs to go through the over 400 items currently in the museum, at least it is if you are an artist. I’ve got a couple of things I need to take a picture of and send in to Lou one of these days.

The Museum now has a Facebook page as well!


Letterman’s Top Ten

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

iTop iTen Dept.

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I don’t watch late night TV anymore but when I did I was a Letterman guy, and this top ten list is pretty funny. It’s the top ten excuses from the guy who lost the prototype next gen iPhone in a California bar last week.

Some “Super Expert” Advice

Saturday, April 17th, 2010
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If you have ever run across some of the incredibly inane videos on YouTube offering “expert” advice on stuff like drawing caricatures, then you will be laughing until the tears are running down your cheeks over the video above.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many useful and good video tutorials and resources on YouTube and about the web, but so many of them are useless and contain no real information whatsoever. Witness these incredibly lame caricature instructional videos I blogged about some time ago from the so-called “Expert Village”. Not only does the lady doing the instruction not tell you a single piece of useful info, but the drawing she is “working” on was lifted from a caricaturist named Kirk Bjorndahl.

The above video was done by caricaturist Jeremy “Jert” Townsend and perfectly lampoons these types of no-info instructional videos. The only flaw to it is the length… most of the useless how-to videos only last 2 to 3 minutes total. Jert worked too hard on it! He should produce an entire series of “SuperExpertUSA” videos, they’d be a YouTube sensation.

Star Trek Geek Nirvana!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Okay, this might just be the ultimate toy for the Trekkie/Trekker/Total Star Trek Geek…

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A WORKING phaser?!? Wow. I’m not even a very big Trek fan and I think that is on a whole ‘nother level of cool.

Sandusky OH = Lobster Hell

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

You would think that an innocent, unsuspecting lobster would be safe in a place like Sandusky, OH… but that is far from the case. Especially if they are unlucky enough to be kidnapped by a vending machine company!!!

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Stuff I might have to have…

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

From WickedCoolStuff.com comes some awesome Monty Python and the Holy Grail goodies:

The Black Knight backpack!

The cow (and other farm animals) catapult!

A complete horse action figure!!

If none of these items make you instantly laugh out loud go immediately to your local movie rental store or your Netflix cue and rent “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, sit down and watch this hilarious film, then come back.

News and Stuff

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Marginal Talent Dept.

That headline is a joke, or course. The only thing marginal about the talents of Sergio Aragonés is the placement of one of his ongoing MAD magazine contributions (i.e. those great cartoons in the margins of each issue). You can see for yourself now that his original art show is now on exhibit at the Ojai Valley Museum through October 4th. There are several events Sergio will be appearing at during the show, including:

Opening Reception – Saturday, August 22, 5-7 pm
$25 per person
By reservation only

Download invitation and reply card (pdf)
August 30:  Cartooning with Sergio
October 4:  Sergio on Comics & Humor

Current 2009 Members: $6 per person
Nonmembers: $8 per person

Major Payne Dept.

Courtesy Doug Gilford's MADCoversite.com

One of the most respected and recognized illustrators working today has finally gotten into the 21st century and put up a web page. C.F. Payne, whose client list is wayyyy too long and impressive to even begin to list here, has his own little corner of the web where you can check out his work, prints he has of some of his incredible paintings and even contact him for a private commission!

Shadowhare Smackdown?

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Shadowhare… NO MORE! Dept.

Readers may remember my posting this little piece about “real life superheroes” patrolling the streets of our cities making life… uh… safe for citizens. The news piece I linked to specified several heroes and one in particular, “ShadowHare” from Cincinatti, OH.

Well, it seems Shadowhare is being targeted by a gang of supervillians and a reward is being offered by the evil mastermind ‘The Dark Side” for information about Shadowhare’s secret identity. He’s serious… he posted it on Craigslist:


Hard to believe it never occurred to the Joker to advertise for Batman’s secret identity on Craigslist in “The Dark Knight”… somebody would have squealed. Of course, if I was the Joker I’d have just called up Michael Gough, who would have promptly let him into the batcave like he did everyone else who happened by in the first four movies.

TMZ reports that the mysterious “The Dark Side”, a member of the dreaded “Consortium of Evil“, could not be reached by telephone as the number to his secret underground Lair of Evil is unlisted.

Apparently the Consortium of Evil’s 401k must have been gutted by the recession, as ten bucks is not exactly one MEEEEEEEEELLION dollars. Could there be a disgruntled sidekick ready to cash in on Shadowhare’s secret, thereby putting his family and loved ones in harm’s way as targets for the revenge of all the scum he’s sent to the slammer?

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Oh… wait. They’ve been making this stuff up since 1939!

Keepin’ Warm on Hoth

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Happiness is a Warm Carcass Dept.

I ran across this on MAD production artist Ryan Flander‘s Facebook page. Like him I think it’s unbelievable:

Tauntaun Sleeping Bag


My favorite parts are the intestine print on the interior lining and the disemboweling light saber zipper pull…. and the fact that the kid in the picture is smiling pleasantly instead of screaming in terror. Nothing like snuggling your young Jedi up in the simulated stinking carcass of a dead tauntaun at bedtime. Sweet Dreams!


In fact it is unbelievable. It’s a April Fools prank. Apparently they do something like this every year on ThinkGeek.com. Brilliant, though.

His Heart is in the Right Place, But…

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

“Alliance, Assemble?” Ummmm. no.

You know that silly super-deep voice Christian Bale used in the Batman movies suddenly doesn’t seem so ridiculous.


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