A big thanks to the many (okay… sevaral… okay… three) folks who came looking for me at one of the booths I was at on Friday at the Comic-Con. Great to met you and I am glad you enjoy the MAD Blog.
I was so busy drawing and meeting people yesterday I barely got to do anything at the con itself, but I had to sneak away and catch the presentation done by Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis. Pearls is one of those comic strips that makes me laugh almost every day, and while I enjoy and appreciate many strips that is a rare thing these days… and I’m not just saying that because Pastis owes me money. I shot a short video of part of his presentation. It’s practically worthless as you cannot see the cartoons he’s projecting, but here it is anyway.
He’s explaining several strips he did making fun of The Family Circus cartoon strip. On the chair next to me happened to be Jeff Keane, the son of Family Circus creator Bil Keane and the current writer/artist of the long running strip. Jeff is also a good friend of mine and of Stephan’s, so when Stephan was asked by an audience member if any of the strip creators he’s poked fun of has gotten upset, he said they have (mostly) all loved it and pointed Jeff out as one who did. To this Jeff yelled in reply: “SCREW YOU, PASTIS!” Those crazy cartoonists!
Number One Son Thomas also saw a panel on the TV show “The Big Bang Theory” with all the show’s stars which he said was hilarious.
Today I will be at the National Cartoonist’s Society booth from 9:30- 11:00 and then again from 12:30 -2:00 (going to catch the highly entertaining “Quick Draw” panel) and then again at the Toonseum booth from 2:00- 4:00. Not sure what is up after that.
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