Q: Is there any movie/TV show you wanted to draw a spoof of, but never did?
A: Sure, many of them. As for recent movies I’d have loved to do a spoof of “Captian Phillips (Captain F’s Up)”, “Dallas Buyer’s Club (Dullest Buyers Clubbed)”, “Birdman (Birdbrained)”, “Argo (ARRRRRGH-O)”, or “American Hustle (American’s… Hustled)”, among others. Possible spoof titles all mine… I missed me calling. For TV shows I’m still hoping I get to do “Sherlock”, “The Blacklist”, “Arrow” or “The Flash”, “Penny Dreadful” (“Really Dreadful”… see, MAD! I’ve already written the title for you!), “Doctor Who” and “Person of Interest”. Those are all just off the top of my head.
I halfheartedly lobbied for the “Lord of the Rings” movies but those jobs went to the insanely talented Hermann Mejia (rightly so). I would have loved to do them. I always thought we should have done the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, but they got passed up. Many of my all time favorite TV shows I did get to do, like “Mad Men”, “Lost”, “Orange is the New Black”, Breaking Bad”, “True Detective” and “House of Cards”.
With only 6 issues a year the opportunities are fewer and the timing more difficult, so many TV shows and films that would have certainly gotten the MAD treatment in past years are not being spoofed these days.
Thanks to Harry Thornton for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here!
227 Another great caricature workshop in the books! 2018 workshops planned for LA, Atlanta and Switzerland so far, with more to come. Visit tomrichmond.com/workshops for all the details!
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