Number One Son Thomas studied overseas this spring/summer is a little town names Eichstätt In Germany, about 1.5 hours northwest of Munich. The Lovely Anna and I went to visit him (I also taught a workshop in Munich while there). Germany is one of the few countries who still produces their own version of MAD, where they license the magazine and reprint a certain amount of the US material while also doing their own content, covers, etc. One of my missions was to find a copy of a German MAD while there.
I failed miserably.
Granted I didn’t go looking for comic book shops or big bookstores. I just looked at any newsstands I happened across, which were not very many outside the airport. No luck.
However, a friend of Tom’s from Germany arrived yesterday bearing gifts. Her name is Lea and she is on her way to study for the fall at a college in Washington State. She made a stop here in Minnesota to visit on her way. She brought me a copy of the German MAD! The cover is above (not my artwork). This issue did reprint one of my pieces… a 9 year old one from #488, April 2008 aka the “MAD Monkey Issue”. An odd choice but here you are, translated into German:
I am pretty sure Jeff Kruse‘s jokes are way funnier in German. I know my artwork is a lot funnier translated into German. Thank you Lea!
278 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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