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Superman Book Advanced Copies!

September 14th, 2017 | Posted in News

I just got my advance copies of the new MAD kid’s book parody Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day, written by Dave Croatto with art by yours truly. A nice hardcover with a dust jacket, the print job looks very good. The book will be released on Oct 17th in bookstores and via online booksellers like Amazon, and eventually I will have signed copies available in the Studio Store. READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Steve Jobs!

September 13th, 2017 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Back to being under the gun with deadlines. Here’s an old one but appropriate after Apple’s big announcements yesterday: Apple co-founder and tech deity Steve Jobs. READ MORE

The Cartoon Bank in Withdrawal

September 12th, 2017 | Posted in General

MAD writer extraordinaire Des Devlin sent me this link to a story about how Condé Nast, publisher of a whole lot of stuff including The New Yorker, has been dropping the ball on one of the most successful commercial ventures in cartooning, The Cartoon Bank. The article is a great read since it provides a fascinating history of The Cartoon Bank and how it works, what it did to help hundreds of gag cartoonists to make a living, and how and why its current health has declined. Gag cartooning is one area of cartooning I have never done. I greatly admire the art form and… READ MORE

Monday Animated MADness- Superhero Millionaire Matchmaker!

September 11th, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

Here’s a look at another series of character sketches I did for a segment on the “MAD” animated show on Cartoon Network. This one was a spoof of teh Bravo network show “The Millionaire Matchmaker” featuring Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark. The animators used previous designs I’d done for Batman and Iron Man for those parts. The above image is the host of the TV show Patti Stanger, and the girl in the fish nets and the guy with the beard are two other personalities from the show. Video clip below. READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag: Big MAD Changes?

September 10th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: With MAD’s move to the west coast in 2018, and the resulting almost complete turnover in editorial and art staff, do you expect big changes with the magazine? A: I think changes are inevitable, but there is nothing wrong with that. Change can be a good thing, staying the same forever is a recipe for staleness, irrelevance, and eventually demise. Certainly we can expect the new editorial and art team led by new V.P Executive Editor Bill Morrison, to put their own stamp on MAD. BIG changes, though? I don’t think Bill and co. will do anything to change the MAD zeitgeist… in other… READ MORE

Lakes Festival Interview

September 8th, 2017 | Posted in News

I’ll be one of many guests at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October (13th – 15th). Here’s a link to an interview with me from a feature called “Kendall Calling” on downthetubes.net. READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #39

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

A week or so ago I did the Wizard Word Chicago Comic Con, and when there my old pal Patrick Williams came by my booth with a surprise for me. Patrick was an art director, inker, letterer, and colorist for NOW Comics back in the day, and we worked together on the Married… with Children series among other things. He had run across a couple of old originals of mine among his piles of stuff, and bright them to give back to me. This one was a promo piece that appeared in other NOW titles, inked (I believe) by David Mowry. This was probably done… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- “Little Richard” Penniman!

September 6th, 2017 | Posted in Classic Rock Sketch Series

This week’s Sketch o’the Week is another classic rock subject- Richard Penniman aka Little Richard! READ MORE

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