Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Visit PopMatters.com for the sneak peek
It’s another exclusive look into MAD‘s “20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2013″, this one courtesy of Popmatters.com! Visit their website for a closer look at Dumb Thing #15: Obama’s backpedaling after his tough talk on if Syria starting trotting out chemical weapons, which of course they did. Also on the post is a long, thoughtful, and intelligently written post about the poignancy and cleverness of this parody of the film “Silver Linings Playbook”… which entirely misses the fact that this is not a parody of that movie at all but a political commentary that used the movie’s poster to make fun of an entirely unrelated subject. On the plus side, it’s probably the smartest commentary I’ve ever read about MAD, which is a little like Stephen Hawking writing a thesis calculating the number of joules released during an average Miley Cyrus twerking episode. Enjoy.
MAD #525 featuring the “20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2013″ is on news stands December 17th… I just got my iPad digital copy yesterday!
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Clicky to Embiggen…
As promised, here’s the pencil sketch for the splash page of MAD‘s “The Swallowing”, a parody of “The Following” TV show. I’ve taken to doing my roughs digitally these days as it seems to go a bit faster and I am free to move elements about and resize them on-the-fly. Plus I don’t think as much about the quality of the pencil line and am therefore a bit looser with the work, leading to drawing more with the inks.
MAD #525 will be on news stands December 17th.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Clicky to go to Zap2it for a closer look…
Zap2it.com just posted a sneak peek to the splash of MAD‘s parody of the TV series “The Following”, words by Arnie Kogen, art by me. They have close ups of the four quarters of the splash so you can read Arnie’s gags, so visit their post for a better look. Amazingly they were able to write several paragraphs about the parody without once mentioning me or Arnie as the creative team!
I’ll post the pencil roughs for this as my “sketch o’the week” a little later today.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Clicky to see the sneak peek at Advocate.com
Here’s another exclusive look at one of “MAD‘s 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2013″: This one courtesy of The Advocate.com takes Mother (or is it “Father?” Russia to task for their new anti-gay laws. Written by Desmond Devlin, art by Peter Kuper!
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Exclusive first look courtesy of perezhilton.com. No doubt more sneak peeks of MAD’s “20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2013″ to follow on various websites. I can neither confirm or deny I did the art on “Dumb Thing #1″, nor that it has to do with our current U.S. Congress, nor that perezhilton.com is one of the 20 dumbest things of the year… Fa Fa Fa!
Cover art by Mark Frederickson.
Monday, November 25th, 2013
In honor of the opening of the latest “Hunger Games” film, here’ a look at 2012′s parody of the first movie. As always, clicky images to embiggen. The writer of the parody was Desmond Devlin.
First pencil rough
Above is the first pencil rough of the splash. This was a complex splash, because all the word boxes were being spoken by one person (Stanley Tucci’s host character “Cesear Flickerman”), there were a LOT of word boxes, necessitating three rows, and most of them described a character that needed to be near the box that describes them. So, I did something I seldom do . . . I drew the different elements separately and scanned them in as layers, allowing me to move and resize them as needed while the art dept played with word balloon placement. After some messing about, this second version was done:
Revised splash . . .
This worked better, and then I was able to go to finals. Here are the inks (final at top of post):
Hunger Pains inks
Here are some pencil roughs of other pages:
Pencil roughs page 3
Pencil roughs page 4
If I remember correctly, I really got behind on this job for some reason so for the last two pages, the roughs are REALLY rough, like barely there at all. In fact I added labels for the characters rather than attempt anything more than a circle for the heads or a scribble. I just needed the MAD editors to sign off on the bare-bones basics and I would do the heavy lifting on the final art:
There was a short period of time, right after MAD‘s iPad app came out, where the editors asked me to not draw the word boxes in the art anymore. This was supposed to have something to do with some sort of animation they were going to have in the iPad version of the issue, but that never really happened so eventually I went back to doing the word boxes myself. This job has no work boxes, however. Here are the final story pages:
Monday, November 11th, 2013
The 100th episode of “MAD” airs tonight on the Cartoon Network at 8:30 pm / 7:30 pm central time, and they are celebrating with a double-sized episode. This is quite an accomplishment considering it’s only in its 4th season. The show never ceases to amaze me in that is seems to get some very timely gags and humor onscreen despite the enormous time-consuming challenges of it being an animated show.
Congratulations to Kevin Schinick, Mark Marek, Peter Giradi and all the talented, funny folks behind the show! I am proud to be a small part of the effort.
If you catch tonight’s episode, you’ll see a segment I worked on entitled “MAD of Steel”. Here are some of the character designs I did for it:
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
As promised, here are a couple of panels from the seven page MAD parody of “Man of Steel”, written by Desmond Devlin:
Splash page I already posted, but clicky to embiggen if you missed it…
A whole page! Clicky this one to embiggen…
After all that I know you are just dying to read Desmond’s clever dialogue… Well??? What are you waiting for?? Go out and buy the issue, clod!
Monday, October 21st, 2013
In comic book shops, on the iPad and in subscribers mailboxes now, on news stands everywhere tomorrow:
MAD # 524 (December 2013)
- Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
- The Fundalini Pages (Kenny Keil, Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer, Matt Lassen, Jay Ruttenberg, Tim Haggerty, Jeff Kruse, Sergio Aragonés and Tom Luth, Rich Powell, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Desmond Devlin, Anton Emdin, Alison Grambs, Dick DeBartolo, Ward Sutton, Maria Scrivan, Bob Eckstein, Rick Tulka, J.C. Duffy, Kevin Pope)
- Salinger: A Fundalini Movie Review (Desmond Devlin (2nd article))
- Man of Veal (A MAD Movie Satire) (Desmond Devlin (again??), Tom Richmond)
- Unadvertised Fast Food “Secret Menu” Offerings (Scott Maiko, Mike Loew)
- Zingers that History Forgot (Frank Jacobs, Rick Geary)
- A Duck Dynasty Closing Prayer We’d Like to See (Desmond Devlin (are you kidding me?!?), Tom Bunk)
- Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
- 2014 Dave Berg Calendar (uhhhhh…. Dave Berg)
- A MAD Look at Ethnic Restaurants (Sergio Aragonés, Colorist: Jim Campbell)
- Planet TAD!!!!! (Tim Carvell, Brian Durniak)
- Worst-Selling Holiday Catalog Items (Jeff Kruse, Scott Bricher)
- The Strip Club (Kenny Keil, Nathan Cooper, Josh Mecouch, Christopher Baldwin, Jason Yungbluth, Noah Van Scriver, Phil McAndrew)
- MAD’s All-Inclusive, Do-It-Yourself ObamaCare News Story (Frank Jacobs, Paul Coker)
- The Humda Seppuku (a MAD Ad Parody) (Jeff Kruse, Mike Coulas)
- “Inside MAD” Sneak Peek (Tom Cheney, Frank Jacobs, James Warhola, Mark Fredrickson)
- The Best of The Idiotical (various)
- Another Ridiculous MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
- Drawn Out Dramas (Sergio Aragonés, appear throughout the issue)
Desmond Devlin approach’s Jeff Kruse territory for volume work in a single issue in MAD #524. Nice cover by Mark… I have a “Duck Dynasty” story of my own that I will share soon… but in the meantime expect a sneak peek of my art from Desmond’s “Man of Veal” parody tomorrow.
Well . . . What are you waiting for, clod?!? Go out and buy a fershlugginer copy already!
Sunday, October 13th, 2013
Q: I’ve been meaning to ask you about how and at what point during a project do you normally send your roughs to MAD for approval. And since your originals are ‘twice-size’ how do you scan your work? Just curious.
A: The process goes this way:
- Sam Viviano, MAD’s Maddest Art Director, calls me to give me a heads up that I will be doing the art for a parody of some TV show or movie. This gives me a chance to go see the film or to get some episodes of the show to watch so I can familiarize myself with the subject. Yes, watching movies or TV is part of my job… I know, it’s a hard life.
- MAD sends me a script and the layouts for the parody. The script is usually 12-15 pages with dialogue and descriptions of the scenes being depicted in each, occasional art notes, etc. The layout is literally the complete parody with all balloons, text and panels in place…. just missing the art:
- I print out these layouts on bristol drawing paper at print size. On this paper I do my “roughs”, meaning I work out the entire parody in terms of composition, storytelling, and all the elements MAD needs to see to approve. I may or may not do actual caricatures at this stage. Often what I do is just take a quick stab at the caricature, and if I am off the mark I just move on knowing I will work on it at the final pencil stage to get the caricature right. Here’s an example:
This is what I send in to MAD for their review. The important information is either drawn in enough for them to see and understand what I am doing in each panel… “selling” the gag that is in the dialogue, advancing the story, adding sight gags, etc, or sometimes I will add notes to the panels to indicate things I intend to do but didn’t work in at this stage. This example is a fairly “tight” rough, with very little not drawn out almost fully. In some cases I might be doing circles for heads with the name of the actor scrawled in it with no attempt at caricature… I usually spend a little more time on the splash roughs.
In answer to the second part of your question, I have an 11×17 inch scanner and can scan these roughs in as two page spreads in one scan. The larger final art I have to scan in two half and stitch together in PhotoShop.
Thanks to Frank Pryor for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here!