I just arrived back from New York after a short but energetic trip to the big city. The Lovely Anna, myself and kids Victoria, Gabrielle and Tommy made the trek in part to see Laura Osnes, winner of the “Grease: You’re the One That I Want” reality TV show, perform as Sandy in the Broadway production. Laura, as I wrote last week, grew up four houses down the street from us and was a drama instructor for years with our kids during summer drama camps at the local high school.
Laura with Tommy, Gabrielle and Victoria
Trips to NYC are always fun but very expensive and very tiring. Driving home from the airport through the Minnesota suburbs on Sunday afternoon, there was almost no one to be seen… just quiet streets with green lawns and shade trees in our sleepy little neighborhood. What a contrast to the packed streets of New York. I like the energy there but after just a few days I’m ready to get home to the peace and tranquility.
While we were there we had a lot of fun. We met up with Orlando cartoonist/caricaturist Keelan Parham, his wife Barbie and daughter Brady (baby Kaley was back home with family). The Parhams are great friends and we always love seeing them. We also hooked up with NYC humorous illustrator Ed Steckley and his wife Heather, also old friends. Most of the weekend we hung out, window shopped, saw another show and ate at some great restaurants including the famous Jean Georges.
Getting “street meat” from a Times Square vendor
We also visited the MAD offices, and received the “50 cent tour” by MAD art director Sam Viviano. Personally I don’t think it was worth more than 37 cents, but this is Manhattan so everything is more expensive. Come to think of it, I gave Sam a dollar but he never gave me back any change… another Manhattan trick. Sam is great about taking time from his busy day to visit with freelancers who show up at the office, but I think he’s just trying to get out of working… anyway, here are some pictures:
Sam tried to duck us in the lobby but we showed up early…
The MAD office directory….
The MAD movie marquee, these “now playing”…
Collection of useless MAD toys and memorabilia
Keelan studies some original MAD illustrations
Barbie looks at more originals, including the first Norman Mingo
cover of the definitive Alfred from MAD #30
Brady and Tommy next to the Alfred “Up the Academy” statue
The MADropolitan Museum of Art gallery
The collection of “celebrity snaps” featuring celebs with copies of MAD
Gabrielle looks at two covers MAD decided not to use, one because the
Gulf War had just broken out and the other because of 9/11. The bottom
right cover was the one they used post 9/11 instead.
This artboard is there for MAD artists to draw on when visiting
The gang out on the town!
Good fun with great friends. Now it’s time to pay the piper, because with five of us in one hotel room I couldn’t get any work done. So, now it’s a few late nights and Monster Lo-Carb binges this week.
674 My cover art for the next issue of MAD, exclusive sneak peek from @entertainmentweekly website
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