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A Little More Orphan Works

July 21st, 2015 | Posted in General

I’ve gotten a number of emails and comments saying that this Orphan Works thing is being taken way out of context, that it is fear mongering, that the fears about it are based on inaccuracies, and we should all just shut up. Granted, I did cut and paste the Illustrators Partnership response and call to arms without reading the current proposal, which is different than some of the past bills that have actually made it to Congress. I have since read the proposal. My take: both sides are spinning it a little too far, but the pro Orphan Works folks are doing it with their… READ MORE

Monday MADness- MAD’s Poet Laureate Book!

July 20th, 2015 | Posted in Monday MADness

Some years back MAD started a new line of hardcover books entitled “MAD‘s Greatest Artists”, which now has volumes for Sergio Aragonés, Dave Berg and Mort Drucker… no doubt with more on the way. I was remiss in pointing out back in early May that the first of MAD‘s corresponding new “MAD‘s Greatest Writers” line of books is finally out and available for purchase. The first subject being the great Frank Jacobs. Frank is the most prolific MAD writer ever, with nearly 600 articles published in the magazine. He’s of course best known for his song parodies (“Sing to the Tune of…”), which makes the… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Missed MAD Spoofs?

July 19th, 2015 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Is there any movie/TV show you wanted to draw a spoof of, but never did? A: Sure, many of them. As for recent movies I’d have loved to do a spoof of “Captian Phillips (Captain F’s Up)”, “Dallas Buyer’s Club (Dullest Buyers Clubbed)”, “Birdman (Birdbrained)”, “Argo (ARRRRRGH-O)”, or “American Hustle (American’s… Hustled)”, among others. Possible spoof titles all mine… I missed me calling. For TV shows I’m still hoping I get to do “Sherlock”, “The Blacklist”, “Arrow” or “The Flash”, “Penny Dreadful” (“Really Dreadful”… see, MAD! I’ve already written the title for you!), “Doctor Who” and “Person of Interest”. Those are all just off… READ MORE

Return of the Son of the Orphan Works Act

July 17th, 2015 | Posted in General

Cartoon by Nick Anderson, used with permission After admittedly posting this below from the Illustrator’s Partnership without doing any research into the latest copyright reform proposal, I did said research and a few days later posted this more even-handed take on this issue. Since several people seem intent on linking only to this early post and not to the one where I agree much of what is said here in the IP response is overblown and downright misleading, here’s a link to that later post. The more recent version of the Orphan Works proposal is less awful that previous ones, but it still leave a… READ MORE

Mac Woes

July 16th, 2015 | Posted in General

I got back late last night after a LOOOOONG drive from San Diego to Minnesota (9 states, 2000 miles, lots of regrettable choices at fast food restaurants), to find my iMac was dead… logic board fried. Never fun. Actually it started having problems just a few hours before I left for San Diego Comic Con when it started rebooting in a perpetual loop, but the techies at the Apple Store declared it dead officially today. It’s a good thing I keep backups of everything. Once I get the new iMac, I’ll be back up and running in short order. Unfortunately this delayed my being able… READ MORE

San Diego Comic Con Report!

July 14th, 2015 | Posted in General

I’m sitting in my hotel room in San Diego packing up and getting ready to drive… yes DRIVE… back to Minnesota tomorrow with Number One Son Thomas. We had to stay and extra night because I had a job for the next issue of MAD due today and pulled an all-nighter to wrap it up by about 3 pm San Diego time. Then Tom and I wondered around the Gaslamp district where we didn’t have to wade through the enormous Comic-Con crowds anymore. Very relaxing and healing. Anyway it was thanks to that MAD job I have been remiss in my blogging this week. My… READ MORE

Men of Steel- The Print!!

July 9th, 2015 | Posted in News

Here it is, fresh from its debut at San Diego Comic Con last night. “Men of Steel”, my newest limited edition print, now available for purchase online! As with my other limited editions, this will be limited to 450 prints. All are hand numbered and signed. If you’d like a personalization of some kind, I can do that too! These prints are 11″ x 28″, professionally printed on 100lb stock with an elegant matte finish. Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube. ABOUT THE SPECIAL EDITIONS: Also like the last few prints, I will have eight “Special Editions” also for sale. These are hand signed and… READ MORE

Men of Steel- Henry Cavill!

July 8th, 2015 | Posted in General

The last of my “Supermen” series from my new limited edition print, “Man of Steel”‘s Henry Cavill. The “Men of Steel” limited edition print featuring the eight actors who have portayed Superman in TV or film goes onsale today at San Diego Comic-Con, and will be available starting tomorrow here on my website. There are two different limited editions of the print: 450 limited editions– 11″ x 28″ prints on heavy matte paper, professionally printed, all hand signed and numbered as one of 450. $25.00 plus shipping. 8 Special editions– 11″ x 28″ prints on heavy matte paper, professionally printed, all hand signed and numbered… READ MORE

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