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Sunday Mailbag: Big MAD Changes?

September 10th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: With MAD’s move to the west coast in 2018, and the resulting almost complete turnover in editorial and art staff, do you expect big changes with the magazine? A: I think changes are inevitable, but there is nothing wrong with that. Change can be a good thing, staying the same forever is a recipe for staleness, irrelevance, and eventually demise. Certainly we can expect the new editorial and art team led by new V.P Executive Editor Bill Morrison, to put their own stamp on MAD. BIG changes, though? I don’t think Bill and co. will do anything to change the MAD zeitgeist… in other… READ MORE

Lakes Festival Interview

September 8th, 2017 | Posted in News

I’ll be one of many guests at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October (13th – 15th). Here’s a link to an interview with me from a feature called “Kendall Calling” on READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #39

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

A week or so ago I did the Wizard Word Chicago Comic Con, and when there my old pal Patrick Williams came by my booth with a surprise for me. Patrick was an art director, inker, letterer, and colorist for NOW Comics back in the day, and we worked together on the Married… with Children series among other things. He had run across a couple of old originals of mine among his piles of stuff, and bright them to give back to me. This one was a promo piece that appeared in other NOW titles, inked (I believe) by David Mowry. This was probably done… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- “Little Richard” Penniman!

September 6th, 2017 | Posted in Classic Rock Sketch Series

This week’s Sketch o’the Week is another classic rock subject- Richard Penniman aka Little Richard! READ MORE

Possible Workshop Locations in 2018?

September 5th, 2017 | Posted in General

Next week is my last workshop of 2017, and I’m starting to think about possible locations for 2018. I am close to finalizing plans for a couple in the L.A. area in January, and I have already scheduled one in Switzerland in conjunction with a cartooning school neat Zurich in August. I am thinking seriously of doing one in Atlanta in February, but have nothing scheduled yet. Now’s your chance to let me know where you’d like me to come and do a workshop, as I am conducting an informal poll today. If I get a lot of responses with interest in a particular area… READ MORE

Have a MAD Labor Day!

September 4th, 2017 | Posted in General


Sunday Mailbag- Caricature Art Devalued?

September 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: I do caricatures more as a hobby right now but hope to do more of it as part of a business. As I explore the market I would like to throw this out for debate: I wonder if the appreciation for the value of caricature and cartoon art has decreased over time due to the fact that there is so much fragmentation in how people can view art now. Art can be quickly accessed and viewed on the internet, mobile phones, YouTube, TV, e-books, e-mags etc. Is traditional caricature and cartooning now considered more “old school”? Comic strip characters are no longer the rage… READ MORE

Until Further Notice

August 29th, 2017 | Posted in General



Another great caricature workshop in the books! 2018 workshops planned for LA, Atlanta and Switzerland so far, with more to come. Visit for all the details!

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