It’s not too often I add links to my blogroll or recommend any websites, because… well… there are lot of really good ones and if I linked to them all that’s all I’d have time to do! That said, there are a few I’ve recently come across that have become musts on the “visit every day” list for me I thought I’d share.
Drawn! is, in it’s own words, a “collaborative weblog for illustrators, artists, cartoonists, and anyone who likes to draw.”??á¬¨‚Ä†Populated with contributions from a number of terrific artists including fellow NCS member Jay Stephens, Drawn! is filled with links to great sites, blogs, how-to’s, resources and articles about cartooning, illustration and drawing in general. They have lively commentary/discussions with some well thought out viewpoints like the one on Wally Wood’s 22 panels I linked to yesterday. The folk’s at Drawn! have even recommended my humble little tutorials on their site, which is how I found them. A terrific resource and place to get news, views and see the work of artists you may not have seen before. Highly recommended.
A few weeks ago I recommended the entertaining articles on the absurdities of the comic’s world, in particular comic book covers, written by Mark Engblom in Comics101.com’s “Guest Lecturer” section. Well, Mark has started his own blog, Comics Coverage,??á¬¨‚Ä†where he publishes these articles as well as other fun stuff. His latest look at comic book covers featuring hippies is a riot. Mark’s a life long comic book nut and being a professional cartoonist himself (and a very good one) he appreciates comics from both sides of the fence… as a reader and as a creator. Longtime Comic Buyer’s Guide readers may remember Mark’s funny and insightful editorial cartoons from the 80’s and 90’s, which frequented nearly every issue of CBG for years. Mark’s new site and his articles are great fun and will make you smile.
Finally, for all you MAD fans out there (that means you, mom) you should visit the fan-run forum Mad Mumblings. It’s sometimes a little slow, but there are often in-depth discussions on the direction of the magazine, the latest features and what people like and dislike, plus some smart reviews of current issues and critiques of the contributions therein. They aren’t afraid to tell you what they think, either.??á¬¨‚Ä†I have been told matter-of-factly by some frequent forum contributors that, among many faults,??á¬¨‚Ä†I draw my noses too big…. I’ll have to work on that. Anyway it’s the best MAD fan site on the Internet, and it is frequented by some of the Usual Gang of Idiots who post there occasionally, and comments on the forum get read by the editors as well every once and a while.
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918 New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550
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