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Monday MADness: #527 Sneak Peeks!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Here’s a roundup of the various sneak peeks that have (so far) popped up on the Interwebs from the upcoming MAD #527 (besides the one of “The Slobbit” I posted about last week):


MAD rules Bill Maher- Written by Butch D’Ambrosio with art by Paul Coker, courtesy of Politico


Desmond Devlin and Anton Emdin take a look back at Pro Wrestling, courtesy of Craveonline.


El Maestro Sergio Aragonés (with colorist Tom Luth) takes a MAD look at legalizing marijuana, courtesy of (go figure) High Times.

MAD #514 Sneak Peek: Mike & Molly Parody

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

As promised, here is a peek at the MAD parody of the TV Show Mike & Molly, written by Arnie Kogen!

Mike & Molly for MAD #514
Clicky to Embiggen

Sharp-eyed people might notice the absence of empty word balloons that usually adorn my MAD artwork. I could tell you WHY the folks at MAD have decreed I am no longer allowed to draw in and color around said word boxes . . . but then I’d have to kill you. One day I will be able to tell that story. Until then, you will all have to stew in the land of uncertainty and rumor! MMWUUHAHAHAHA!!

Anyway, go buy a fershlugginer copy, already!

Oh, yeah—Happy Valentines Day.

Harry Potter Parody Sneak Peek

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

As promised, here are some of the images from my parody of the new Harry Potter movie in MAD #507, written by Desmond Devlin:

Splash page- Click for a closer look…

Here’s the pencil rough of the splash- Click for a closer look…

A few panels from the story:

I got a bit of a surprise when The Lovely Anna mentioned she’d like to appear in this parody, specifically as the character “Mafalda Hopkirk”, who Hermione impersonates to get into the Ministry of Magic in the film (and the book). Thus:

Yes, that’s The Lovely Anna in the striped suit being bossy…

My apologies to actress Sophie Thompson who, in the unlikely event she has actually seen this, must think I’m a lousy caricaturist since this clearly looks nothing like her yet she played Mafalda in the movie. Sorry Ms. Thompson. Take solace in the fact that, as everybody knows, when The Lovely Anna is happy…

What are you waiting for, clod?!? Go out and buy a fershlugginer copy already!

Sneak Peek: “Ironic, Man”- MAD 492

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

I have to admit I was pretty stoked to get assigned the art chores on MAD‘s parody of “Iron Man“, as it was one of the movies I was looking the most forward to seeing this summer. I saw it twice (on opening day) as I usually do when drawing the parody… once to just watch it and once to study it for the parody. I sometimes see it a third time once I have read the script so I can pay special attention to the visuals during scenes I know are going to correspond to panels in the parody. While I didn’t make it to a third viewing, I can say this was one of the rare times I sat through two screenings in one day and wasn’t bored out of my mind the second time. Great movie.

Of course, that doesn’t mean there is nothing to make fun of! Far from it. Someone once asked me if I preferred to do parodies of things I liked or of things I hated. The answer to that is: yes. It’s always more fun to do a parody of something you feel strongly about, either positively or negatively… it’s the things you feel indifferent to that are difficult to work on.

I promised to tell a little behind-the-scenes story of how this parody almost didn’t make it into the actual magazine, but first here is the sneak peek at the splash, a rough and some of the panels from the spoof:

Ironic Man Splash
Here’s the splash page
Click for a closer look…

Ironic Man Pencil Rough
The initial pencil rough
Click for a closer look…

Here are a few panels from the rest of the parody:

The call for this came just before the movie came out. Des Devlin did the script over the opening weekend and I was drawing it by the middle of the following week… that is insanely fast for MAD, which usually has a much longer process of assessing the movie’s “parody-worthiness”, assigning the script, editing the script, laying out the results and then assigning the art and sending it all out to the artist. Des, the editors and the art department all went crazy and did it in just a few days. I had about 3 weeks to do the art, which at 5 pages wasn’t too bad of a deadline. Unfortunately Memorial Day weekend was at the end of that time and the NCS Reuben Awards as well, plus a few other jobs and the opening of my theme park operation in Minnesota… so it was a bit of a challenge.

Deadline conquered, artwork turned in on time. Later in June, however, I heard through the grapevine that the parody might not make issue #492. I called up the MAD offices upset that it was somehow my fault and the parody was either getting pushed back or not run. MAD art director Sam Viviano reassured me it had nothing to do with me or the final results. They were simply thinking about using it in a different manner.

If you go to the San Diego Comic Con later this month, you’ll see what I am talking about. MAD has put together a special “Comic Con” issue that will be given away in the convention goodie bags and NOWHERE ELSE… totally exclusive to Comic Con attendees. They considered putting “Ironic, Man” in that special issue briefly, but decided against it. I saw an advanced copy of the Comic Con issue when I visited the MAD offices in NYC a few weeks ago, and the content is clever, funny and very well done. I think it will be a big hit with convention goers. I can’t devulge any more details, but I hope we members of the Usual Gang of Idiots all get copies.

MAD Sneak Peek

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

I believe I’ve mentioned, once or twice here on The MAD Blog, something called the “evergreen drawer” in the MAD offices. The evergreen drawer refers to articles that the staff at MAD keep laid aside for use in an undetermined future issue. For obvious reasons the articles that are put in the evergreen drawer need to be not of a timely nature i.e. their subject matter must be such that they can be run anytime and still remain basically relevant. Hence, “evergreen”.

There are several reasons an article might end up in the evergreen drawer. The most common is that another article is fast tracked due to it’s timely nature and inserted into an issue in place of an article that could be an evergreen drawer job. Sometimes articles might be designated as an evergreen job just because their subject matter makes them a perfect candidate for such. Evergreen drawer jobs are good things to have about, because if a deadline is blown or an article comes in that just didn’t meet the expectations of the editors and needs more work, the ability to grab a finished article with the corresponding number of pages and place it instantly into an issue due for print submission is invaluable. Sometimes articles just get pulled out of the drawer and run just because they need running.

I haven’t had many jobs end up in the evergreen drawer, but the one running in MAD #491 is one of them. I actually did this job back in September of last year, but it got bumped for another article and placed in the evergreen drawer. So, this month it’s emerging from the evergreen drawer and getting run. It’s titled “What’s Being Taught At Other Corporate Colleges”. Here’s a couple of the panels:

Corporate Colleges 1

Corporate Colleges 2

Corporate Colleges 3

I actually like to get these somewhat laid back jobs from MAD now and then… doing the “continuity” pieces like TV and movie parodies are by far the most fun but they are a killer amount of work. These two and three page jobs are a lot less intense and usually require very little research (i.e. watching movies and TV shows!) by comparision.


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