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Monday MADness!- Ahnuld!

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Monday MADness

Now that he’s done being the governor of California and (presumably) knocking up the domestic staff, Arnold Schwarzenegger is “bahck” doing action movies at age 66 including a reboot of the “Terminator” franchise in 2015. Here’s a look back at his last turn (not counting a CGI Arnie in “Terminator: Salvation”) as the cyborg killing machine from MAD‘s parody of “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” entitled “Interminable 3: Rise of the Bad Scenes”, MAD #432, August 2003. Writer: Dick DeBartolo. Pencil roughs and finished art… clicky any image to embiggen:

Actually the above is the finished pencil, not really a rough. I must have skipped the rough stage on this one.

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Sunday Mailbag: Fav/Least Fav MAD work?

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Q: What is your most and least favorite pieces you’ve done for MAD?

A: Whew, that’s a tough one.

My stock answer on the former question is “the last one I did”, which is actually not a bad answer. I always put 110% into anything I do, especially for MAD, so naturally I like my most recent work the most. However some projects, be they because of the subject matter or just a happy set of circumstances and dumb luck, end up being a favorite. I guess if I had to choose I think MAD’s 519′s “The Dork Knight Repises” is my favorite piece I’ve done so far.

It’s not my best art… I think ‘The Slobbit” from MAD #522 might be the best art I’ve done so far for MAD, but for my overall favorite piece that Batman movie parody might take the prize.

Least favorite? My goal is to always improve so my earlier art is always going to seem (at least I hope) sub par to me as I am further removed from it. That said some jobs just didn’t turn out like I wanted for different reasons. I think my art on “Stuporman Reruns” in MAD 468 is my least favorite for a few reasons.

First, more than a few of the caricatures are rough. Second, I didn’t much like the splash page with Spider-man as “narrator”, and taking up too much focus… Superman is barely in it. Finally, the color on this job printed really oddly, and the line work got lost or muted somehow. This one has been reprinted a few times lately with the new Superman movie out so maybe I’ve just seen it a lot recently and it’s sticking in my head, but it’s not my best work, that’s for sure.

Thanks to Grant Jonen 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!

Monday MADness!- MAD en Français!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The guys at MAD sent me a surprise the other day (it wasn’t a check… that really would have been a surprise). It was this hardcover Superman special printed, and presumably being sold in, France, with my cover illustration:

Clicky to embiggen…

The inside contains mostly the same material as the MAD Presents Superman magazine special of this past summer, including my parody of Superman Returns. Everything is of course translated into French. It’s hard to scan the interior of a hardcover, but here is one of my pages translated:


Sadly, it’s no funnier in French.

MAD actually has a long tradition of not only being translated into other languages and having foreign editions, but actually having foreign versions of MAD that include some of the US material and some local material done by artists from that country. In fact, and I guess this proves there are websites devote to everything, there is a website devoted just to the foreign editions of MAD. There’s not a lot of specifics there, but you can see some covers and a blurb about the history of each.

There used to be a lot of foreign editions of MAD, but we are down to six that are currently in production. It must be a lot of work to translate the U.S. material into a completely different language, like they do every issue for the Australian edition (ba-da-bump—tish!)

MAD 20 Exclusive: Miley Cyrus!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013


Yet another exclusive sneak peek of one of MAD‘s 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2013, this one courtesy of Elite Daily online. Artist: Scott Bricher.

Incidentally, this piece happens to be the centerfold of the printed issue… not sure if MAD did that on purpose, but it’s appropriate, don’t you think?

MAD 20 Exclusive: Weiner and Spitzer!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


Clicky to visit the full sized sneak peek…

What?!? ANOTHER exclusive sneak peek at one of MAD‘s 20 Dumbest People, Things and Events of 2013??!?  At this rate you won’t actually have to buy the issue at all! This is Dumb Thing #3, courtesy of the Huffington Post. Writer: Desmond Devlin, Artist: Drew Friedman.

MAD #525 Exclusive: The Fundalini Pages!

Monday, December 9th, 2013


Here’s an interesting choice for an exclusive sneak peek at MAD #525- The Fundalini Pages- Courtesy of Man Cave Daily!

Monday MADness!- On the Stands: MAD #525

Monday, December 9th, 2013

On news stands everywhere on Dec. 17th, in comic book shops this week, in some lucky subscriber’s mailboxes already and available digitally immediately via the MAD iPad app:


MAD # 525 (February 2014)

  • Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
  • The Fundalini Pages (Jeff Kruse, Aton Emdin, Rick Tulka, Bob Eckstein, Matt Lassen, Justin Peterson, Kevin Pope, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Desmond Devlin, Tom Bunk, Bob Staake, Steven Weissman, Stan Sinberg, John Kerschbaum)
  • The Swallowing (Arnie Kogen, Tom Richmond)
  • Spy vs Spy (Peter Kuper)
  • Planet Tad!!!!! (Writer: Tim Carvell)
  • The MAD 20- The Dumbest People, Events, and Things of 2013
    1. The Dysfunctional U.S. Congress (Jay Rath, Tom Richmond)
    2. The Boston Bomber and Rolling Stone (Uncredited)
    3. Weiner and Spitzer attempt a Comeback (Desmond Devlin, Drew Friedman)
    4. Miley Cyrus Appears on the VMAs (Artist: Scott Bricher)
    5. The Winklevoss Twins’ Bitcoin Venture (Artist: Mike Loew)
    6. Manti Te’o’s Dead “Girlfriend” (Darren Johnson, Mick Coulas)
    7. IKEA Serves Up Horsemeat (Uncredited)
    8. Obama’s Drone Policy (Artist: Mike Loew)
    9. George Zimmerman (Darren Johnson, Garry Hallgren)
    10. Dennis Rodman, Our North Korean Ambassador (Desmond Devlin, Gary Hallgren, Color: Jim Campbell)
    11. The Obamacare Website Launch (Frank Santopadre, PJ McQuade)
    12. The CBS/Time Warner Cable Dispute (Writer: Dick DeBartolo)
    13. Russia Passes Anti-Gay Laws (Desmond Devlin, Peter Kuper)
    14. Paula Deen Drops the N-Word (Matt Lassen, Roberto Parada)
    15. Obama’s Bluff on Syria’s Chemical Weapons (Uncredited)
    16. The Leaking of Classified Documents (Desmond Devlin, Scott Bricher)
    17. Reese Witherspoon’s DWI Incident (Artist: Richard Williams)
    18. NSA Spying on Everyone (Mike Morse, Hermann Mejia)
    19. The NRA’s “More Guns” Solution (Mike Morse, Sam Sisco)
    20. The MAD 20 Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
  • The Strip Club (Jason Yungbluth, Nathan Cooper, Kit Lively & Scott Nickel, Kenny Keil, David DeGrand)
  • A MAD Look at Sleepovers (Sergio Aragonés, Colors: Tom Luth)
  • The Best of the Idiotical
  • The MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
  • Drawn Out Dramas (Sergio Aragonés)

As I mentioned after Zap2it.com had an exclusive sneak peek at the splash page, I did the art for a parody of the TV show The Following, written by Arnie Kogen. I also did the art on Dumb Thing #1, “The Dysfunctional U.S. Congress”. Until the issue comes officially comes out next week Tuesday, I can’t post a look at any of the other art I did from the issue. However there’s a good chance the MAD 20 piece will get an exclusive first look on someone’s website this week, and if that happens I’ll post it. I have linked to any such sneak peeks in the content above, so clicky away to set a look at some of the contents of this issue.

So, what are you waiting for? Go buy a furshslugginer copy, clod!

MAD 20 Exclusive: Red Linings Playbook

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!

Sketch o’the Week- The Swallowing!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The Swallowing 1-2
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.

MAD #525 Sneak Peek: “The Following”

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.


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