Monday, January 5th, 2015
How about something a little different this week? The piece above is of longtime editor of MAD Magazine Nick Meglin. When Nick retired from MAD several years ago, they put together a “MAD Book” for him. This is something they used to do for Bill Gaines after each of the famous MAD trips. All the artists and writers who went on the trip would do a piece of art or prose inspired by their adventure, often times very “blue”, off color ,or outrageous, and these pieces would be assembled into a book presented to Bill as a thank you. At some point they started doing the same for longtime contributors. I am not sure if there was an actual number of years one had to be one of the Usual Gang of Idiots in order to get honored by a book, but now and again they’d do a MAD book for somebody. I was only asked to contribute to two, one for the great Frank Jacobs, and one for Nick.
Nick is a comedic genius, understands visual humor as much as he does written humor (which is to say A LOT) because he’s a hell of an artist. He is also someone I am lucky to be able to call a good friend. He was instrumental in my getting a chance at MAD, and gave me a great deal of valuable advice as a mentor. He also very generously wrote the forward for my book, and I used this very illustration to accompany that forward.
Anyway, I was proud to do this for him back in 2004. Real, live watercolor.
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
I got permission from the folks at MAD to share my piece from the MAD 20 in issue #531. This is an all-digital painted piece, written by Desmond Devlin. Clicky to Embiggen…
Monday, December 15th, 2014
On news stands everywhere tomorrow, in comic book shops this week, in most subscriber’s mailboxes already and available digitally immediately via the MAD iPad app:
MAD #531 (February 2015)
- Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
- MAD’s First-Ever Guarantee (Writer: Dick DeBartolo)
- The Fundalini Pages (Jeff Kruse, John Martz, Bob Staake, Rick Tulka, Bob Eckstein, Rick Tulka, Anton Emdin, Tom Bunk)
- The MAD 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2014
- The NFL’s Domestic Violence Problem (Uncredited)
- Ebola Hysteria (Uncredited)
- The GM Recall Debacle (Matt Lassen, Scott Bricher)
- The Militarization of the Police Dept (Desmond Devlin, Richard Williams)
- Target’s Security Breach (Writer: Darren Johnson)
- Obama Caught Off Guard (Artist: Richard Williams)
- The “Booty Trend” (Artist: Hermann Mejia)
- The MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
- American Apparel’s CEO Pervert (Jason Katzenstein and Dan Abromowitz, Gary Hallgren)
- Hilary Clinton Cries Poverty (Uncredited)
- The Washington Redskins Stand by Their Name (Writer: Desmond Devlin)
- Chris Christie’s Traffic Scandal (Artist: Ward Sutton)
- CNN’s Endless Flight Coverage (Artist: Timothy Shamey)
- Cliven Bundy’s Standoff (Desmond Devlin, Tom Richmond)
- Rick Perry’s “Intelligent” New Look (Writer: Mike Morse)
- White House Security Breaches (Artist: Scott Bricher)
- Putin Invades Ukraine (Idea: Matt Lassen)
- Donald Sterling’s Racist Rant (Artist: Drew Friedman)
- The Iraq War “Experts” (Lance Hansen, Mark Fredrickson)
- The V.A. Hospital Scandal (Alison Grambs, Mark Stutzman)
- 8 Keys to Becoming a More Effective Supervillian (John Caldwell)
- A MAD Look at the Old Testament (Sergio Aragonés, Colorist: Tom Luth)
- Planet Tad (Writer: Tim Carvell)
- The MAD Vault- MAD #325, Feb 1994 (Desmond Devlin, Tom Bunk)
- Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
- The Strip Club (Dakota McFadzean, Kenny Keil, Lance Hansen, Kit Livery & Scott Nickel, Jason Yungbluth, Phil McAndrew, David DeGrand, Noah Van Scriver)
- Chilling Thoughts- 2014 Edition (Desmond Devlin, Evan Dorkin)
- Best of the Idiotical (Various)
- One Evening at the White House (Artist: Tom Richmond)
- Drawn Out Dramas- Throughout the issue (Sergio Aragonés)
I have two pieces in this issue, one being the printed version of the single page gag “One Evening at the White House” first posted on MAD’s website. The other is a spoof of the movie poster for ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West” Starring Cliven Bundy, Sean Hannity, and a cow (who is arguably the most intelligent mammal in the image). I’ll post a peek at that when MAD gives me the ok.
In the meantime… what are you waiting for?!? Go out and buy a copy, clod!
Monday, November 3rd, 2014
Well, technically election day is tomorrow but today is “Monday MADness”, so here’s an election day themed blast from the past:
In October of 2000 MAD was putting together it’s annual “MAD 20 People, Events and Things” issue and I was assigned the obligatory page making fun of the presidential election of that year, George W. Bush versus Al Gore. The issue was going to press on Nov. 8th, the day after the election. Not knowing who was going to win, I was asked to do two versions of the image, one with Bush being sworn in and one with Gore, showing the appropriate despondent other candidate and new first lady as well. Here were the images I did:
Since the print date was so close, they editors actually turned in both pages to the printer and were going to literally call them up on the 8th and tell them which to run. I remember The Lovely Anna and I were vacationing in Hawaii at the time of the election (you have to love absentee voting), and on the 8th I got up and checked the internet to see which of my illustrations would run in MAD.
… of course there was no winner. Not the next day, or the next, or the next. Thanks to “hanging chads”, general partisan stupidity and the controversy surrounding Florida’s electoral votes, the actual winner wasn’t known for weeks.
MAD waited for a few days to see if a result would be forthcoming, delaying the printing of those pages and the final stapling of the magazine as a result. Finally they went to press having printed half the issues with Bush and half with Gore as the winner. The piece was moved from “Dumbest Thing” #11 to #1 (actually this was decided well beforehand), and featured the following disclaimer:
Editor’s Note: For the purpose of historical inaccuracy, some editions of this issue depict George W. Bush being sworn in, while others show Al Gore. In the interest of bipartisanship, we urge all Americans to buy them both!
I believe I have relayed this story before here on The MAD Blog but I thought it worth revisiting on the eve of yet another Election Day.
Monday, October 13th, 2014
In comic book shops, on the iPad and in subscribers mailboxes now, on news stands everywhere tomorrow:
- Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
- The Fundalini Pages (Mike Morse, John Kerschbaum, Jeff Kruse, Hermann Mejia, Scott Bricher, Dick DeBartolo, Anton Emdin, Kenny Keil, Tom Cheney, Evan Waite, Paul Coker, Kit Lively, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Sam Viviano (uncredited))
- Orange is the New Blecch (Desmond Devlin, Tom Richmond)
- Prohibitive Cost of Bathing (Scott Maiko, Scott Bricher)
- Fun Facebook Facts (Frank Santopadre & Evan Waite, John Martz)
- Planet Tad!!!!! (Tim Carvell)
- Phrases That Left the English Language in 2014 (Matt Lassen, Kevin Pope)
- MAD’s 2015 Middle Earth Calendar (Art: Hermann Mejia and Tom Richmond (uncredited))
- A MAD Look at Puberty (Sergio Aragonès, colorist: Tom Luthl)
- The Mad Vault- From MAD #251, Dec 1984 (Artist: Harry North, Writer: Tom Koch)
- The Strip Club (Dakota McFadzean, David DeGrand, Kenny Keil, Christopher Baldwin, Box Brown, Kit Livley & Scott Nickel, Nathan Cooper)
- Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
- AAUGH Reverse Mortgages (Writer: Scott Maiko, Photogragher: Irving Schild)
- MAD Deconstructs TV Talk Shows: TMZ Live and TMZ on TV (Desmond Devlin, Tom Bunk)
- The Best of the Idiotical (Uncredited)
- Questions We’d Like to Ask the Turkey Hotline (Scott Maiko, Josh Mecouch)
- Drawn Out Dramas- Various places throughout the magazine (Sergio Aragonès)
- The MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
- The iPad Air- A MAD Ad Parody (Uncredited)
This issue I do the art for Desmond Devlin’s whooping eight page parody of the Netflix show “Orange is the New Black”. I’d post a sneak peek of that, but the marketing guys at WB are busy trying to convince some putz to pay for a web exclusive of it, so until they give up on that hopeless idea I can’t post anything.
Now, What are you waiting for… a fershlugginer invitation?!? Go out and buy a copy, clod!
Monday, October 6th, 2014
I’m going to do a few Halloween related Monday MADness’s this month… you know, stuff involving werewolves, vampires, zombies and other really scary looking things like Kevin Bacon. Here are the pencil roughs and final art for MAD‘s parody of the film “Van Helsing” (MAD #445, April 2004, written by Dick DeBartolo), a film so bad that even Kate Beckinsale in a bustier couldn’t save it (clicky any to embiggen):
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Grist for the Schill Dept.
Just got my copy of MAD Spoofs Politics, the new “bookazine” from the Usual Gang of Idiots. Some great stuff in there from the 80’s onward. There are a couple of my pieces in there, including the fairly recent “National Buffoons’ Abysmal House” from MAD #525 written by Jay Rath, and “MAD Exposes Who’s Thinking What at the Obama Inauguration” from MAD #498, written by Desmond Devlin, Jeff Kruse, Jacob Lambert, Frank Santopadre and Dennis Snee.
Well, what are you waiting for? Go buy a fershlugginer copy already, clod!
Monday, September 22nd, 2014
This week’s Monday MADness is a look back at the original pencil roughs of MAD‘s parody of the film “Watchmen”, written by Desmond Devlin from MAD #499, April 2009. Clicky any to embiggen:
Here’s the final art. The last panel was rethought from the original roughs:
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
The Wall of Shame has a new resident! This summer Jack Black and Kyle Gass signed autographs at the National Cartoonists Society booth at San Diego Comic Con along with illustrator Luke McGarry, promoting their summer charity music event. I took the opportunity to get them to sign an oversized print of my splash page from the MAD parody “Fools of Rock”, from MAD #438, Feb 2004.
I printed a copy out for each of them. Probably used it to line their cat’s litter box. At least I got a nice piece for my studio wall!
Monday, September 15th, 2014
Rather than dig through a bunch of old stuff this week, I though I’d share the rough sketches I did for the recent parody of “True Detective” in MAD #528. Here they are, followed by the final art… clicky any to embiggen:
Yes, these roughs were all done digitally using my super-sized Cintiq. Why digital, when I have repeatedly professed my dislike for drawing on the computer? There are a couple of compelling reasons.
First, the very fact that I don’t enjoy the tactile sensation of drawing on the screen is a plus. It keeps me from becoming too enamored of the quality of the linework and niceties of the pencil’s values and texture. This is just pure composition, form and function.
Second, I have a hard time drawing things at the size required for the panel in question, especially caricatures. Often I am working on a caricature and just when I get it right I find I drew it too big. Instead of either erasing and redrawing it, or scanning it in, shrinking it in Photoshop and doing a light table job to get it the right size, I just lasso it and resize it to fit. In fact I can move around and resize anything I want in these layouts to get them to work the way I want, without having to conform my drawing to do that in the first place. Big time saver.
Third, I work these roughs out tight enough that I can ink via a light table with only doing additional pencil drawing on the faces and some of the elements I decide I want to change. This causes me to draw with the ink rather than just trying to recreate the pencil lines in ink, and little or no erasing needed. I get a more spontaneous feel to the inks this way, and save time not having to erase the hell out of my boards before I scan them.
Anyway, I like this process. Here are the finals of the pages above: