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.
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, 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
- The Dysfunctional U.S. Congress (Jay Rath, Tom Richmond)
- The Boston Bomber and Rolling Stone (Uncredited)
- Weiner and Spitzer attempt a Comeback (Desmond Devlin, Drew Friedman)
- Miley Cyrus Appears on the VMAs (Artist: Scott Bricher)
- The Winklevoss Twins’ Bitcoin Venture (Artist: Mike Loew)
- Manti Te’o's Dead “Girlfriend” (Darren Johnson, Mick Coulas)
- IKEA Serves Up Horsemeat (Uncredited)
- Obama’s Drone Policy (Artist: Mike Loew)
- George Zimmerman (Darren Johnson, Garry Hallgren)
- Dennis Rodman, Our North Korean Ambassador (Desmond Devlin, Gary Hallgren, Color: Jim Campbell)
- The Obamacare Website Launch (Frank Santopadre, PJ McQuade)
- The CBS/Time Warner Cable Dispute (Writer: Dick DeBartolo)
- Russia Passes Anti-Gay Laws (Desmond Devlin, Peter Kuper)
- Paula Deen Drops the N-Word (Matt Lassen, Roberto Parada)
- Obama’s Bluff on Syria’s Chemical Weapons (Uncredited)
- The Leaking of Classified Documents (Desmond Devlin, Scott Bricher)
- Reese Witherspoon’s DWI Incident (Artist: Richard Williams)
- NSA Spying on Everyone (Mike Morse, Hermann Mejia)
- The NRA’s “More Guns” Solution (Mike Morse, Sam Sisco)
- 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!
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: