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Sunday Mailbag- Draw ’em Fat?

October 22nd, 2017 | Posted in General

Q: Sometimes I get requests to draw fat women who had wanted to look slim on drawings. More often than not, I offered to draw only their heads and not the body unless they accept what I see, meaning I had to take the risk for no payment. How did you deal with such request in your line of work? A: I assume you mean when drawing live caricatures, since this rarely comes up when doing publication work. With studio work, meaning a commission where the subject is paying for the art, I do not honor such requests. I draw the subject as I see… READ MORE

L.A., Atlanta Workshops Sold Out!

October 20th, 2017 | Posted in General

Both of my early 2018 workshops in L.A. and Atlanta are completely sold out, but if you want to be added to the wait list for either let me know. I often get at least one person who backs out, and those spots are offered to the first person on the wait list and on down. There are still some spaces available in my Toronto workshop in June and the one in Switzerland in August. I’m working on adding some additional dates and locations in 2018. Still considering Dallas, Portland, Washington DC, Chicago and others. Keep checking my workshop page for more details! READ MORE

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

October 17th, 2017 | Posted in General

I just wrapped up participating in The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, which was held Oct 13-15th in Kendal, Cumbria, U.K. This was the 5th year of the festival, and the first I have attended. It was a marvelous time and a very unique type of event. Much of the lovely town of Kendal was taken over by the Festival, with window/storefront displays and events all over the village. The main theater at the Brewery Arts Centre LICAF is not a comic con, it is a celebration of the art and writing in comics, both past and present. Yes, it has a “dealers room” of… READ MORE

NYCC Next Week!

September 29th, 2017 | Posted in General

I’ll be at New York Comic Con next week, Thurs Oct 5- Sun Oct 8th at the Javits Center. You’ll find me in Artist’s Alley at table N7, doing my usual thing. Come visit me if you are there! READ MORE

Hugh Hefner: 1926-2017

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in General

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed away yesterday at age 91. I did this quick warm up caricature of him this morning just because. Say what you want about Hefner, but he was a champion of cartooning. He loved the artform and started out as a cartoonist himself. Playboy ran a lot of cartoons for most of its long run (until recently, in fact) and had many great cartoonist’s work within its pages over the years like Gahan Wilson, Jack Cole, Jules Feiffer, Bobby London, Shel Sliverstein, Dean Yeagle, Eldon Dedini and many others including Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder. Long before I became a member of… READ MORE

MAD Blog’s 11th Birthday!

September 26th, 2017 | Posted in General

I totally forgot to post about this back in June, but Tom’s MAD Blog celebrated its 11th birthday this past summer. The first post having appeared on June 26th, 2006. Here’s my annual list of the website stats: Over 8.5 million page views Best day ever: 22,199 views 11,737 comments 3,984 total posts 526 Sunday Mailbag questions answered 552 Sketches o’the Week posted Thanks for visiting, reading, and supporting the blog! READ MORE

Jeff Dunham’s New Character

September 21st, 2017 | Posted in General

I do some work for superstar comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, mostly for his merchandise and various products. However sometime he asks me to do some designs for possible new characters from which he will develop a new puppet and character in his act. Some years ago I helped him design Achmed Jr., the “almost dead” son of Achmed the Dead Terrorist. I’ve done a few other designs for him, some of which may or may not ever be realized in his act. Recently Jeff debuted a new character, Seamus the Irish Baby, that is based on some concept designs I did. Now, Jeff creates and builds… READ MORE

The Cartoon Bank in Withdrawal

September 12th, 2017 | Posted in General

MAD writer extraordinaire Des Devlin sent me this link to a story about how Condé Nast, publisher of a whole lot of stuff including The New Yorker, has been dropping the ball on one of the most successful commercial ventures in cartooning, The Cartoon Bank. The article is a great read since it provides a fascinating history of The Cartoon Bank and how it works, what it did to help hundreds of gag cartoonists to make a living, and how and why its current health has declined. Gag cartooning is one area of cartooning I have never done. I greatly admire the art form and… READ MORE

Possible Workshop Locations in 2018?

September 5th, 2017 | Posted in General

Next week is my last workshop of 2017, and I’m starting to think about possible locations for 2018. I am close to finalizing plans for a couple in the L.A. area in January, and I have already scheduled one in Switzerland in conjunction with a cartooning school neat Zurich in August. I am thinking seriously of doing one in Atlanta in February, but have nothing scheduled yet. Now’s your chance to let me know where you’d like me to come and do a workshop, as I am conducting an informal poll today. If I get a lot of responses with interest in a particular area… READ MORE

Have a MAD Labor Day!

September 4th, 2017 | Posted in General

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Until Further Notice

August 29th, 2017 | Posted in General

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Glenn Ferguson Attacker Finally on Trial

August 24th, 2017 | Posted in General

Glenn in happier times, with the artwork he did of the MAD Magazine speakers at the ISCA Con in Ohio in 2009. L to R: Me, Mark Fredrickson, Glenn, Sam Viviano, Hermann Mejia On Jan 1, 2016 a long-time friend and fellow caricaturist, Glenn Ferguson, was brutally attacked and stabbed in the head by a co-worker named Fredrick Torres. He suffered permanent damage after 3 inches of a pair of scissors pierced and lodged in his brain. After 20 months of legal weaseling, Torres finally went on trial yesterday. Here’s a couple of new stories. Glenn struggles daily with PTSD, impairment due to brain damage… READ MORE

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