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Jeff Dunham’s New Character

September 21st, 2017 | Posted in General

I do some work for superstar comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, mostly for his merchandise and various products. However sometime he asks me to do some designs for possible new characters from which he will develop a new puppet and character in his act. Some years ago I helped him design Achmed Jr., the “almost dead” son of Achmed the Dead Terrorist. I’ve done a few other designs for him, some of which may or may not ever be realized in his act. Recently Jeff debuted a new character, Seamus the Irish Baby, that is based on some concept designs I did. Now, Jeff creates and builds… READ MORE

The Cartoon Bank in Withdrawal

September 12th, 2017 | Posted in General

MAD writer extraordinaire Des Devlin sent me this link to a story about how Condé Nast, publisher of a whole lot of stuff including The New Yorker, has been dropping the ball on one of the most successful commercial ventures in cartooning, The Cartoon Bank. The article is a great read since it provides a fascinating history of The Cartoon Bank and how it works, what it did to help hundreds of gag cartoonists to make a living, and how and why its current health has declined. Gag cartooning is one area of cartooning I have never done. I greatly admire the art form and… 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

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Until Further Notice

August 29th, 2017 | Posted in General

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Glenn Ferguson Attacker Finally on Trial

August 24th, 2017 | Posted in General

Glenn in happier times, with the artwork he did of the MAD Magazine speakers at the ISCA Con in Ohio in 2009. L to R: Me, Mark Fredrickson, Glenn, Sam Viviano, Hermann Mejia On Jan 1, 2016 a long-time friend and fellow caricaturist, Glenn Ferguson, was brutally attacked and stabbed in the head by a co-worker named Fredrick Torres. He suffered permanent damage after 3 inches of a pair of scissors pierced and lodged in his brain. After 20 months of legal weaseling, Torres finally went on trial yesterday. Here’s a couple of new stories. Glenn struggles daily with PTSD, impairment due to brain damage… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Just Ignore The Bad Ones?

August 20th, 2017 | Posted in General

Q: I did a caricature gig for the opening of a local restaurant. My first customer was a heavy woman in her ’50s, my first drawing of the night. She had such a roundish, potatoish face and I did my best but threw away the first one and didn’t do much better on the second. Question; when somebody has a face like that do you define the features with cheekbones you don’t see and muscle tone that isn’t there? Second question; early in your career did you ever run into a similar circumstance where you couldn’t nail the face and were stumped or did you… READ MORE

A Handy Guide

August 17th, 2017 | Posted in General

These are some style guides for generic hands for an animated project I am working on right now. They are just a bunch of general hand gestures that the CGI artists will use for their basic constructs, male and female versions. The difference between the two, beside the obvious longer fingernails for the female hands, is mainly in the size and “meaty-ness” of the palm and fingers. In general females have smaller and more slender hands, where males are thicker and meatier. Interesting enough when I researched it, women and men have different sized fingers. Females tend to have longer thumbs and index fingers, but… READ MORE

Wacom Video Interview

August 15th, 2017 | Posted in General

A short video interview with me while I do a quick doodle of MAD‘s Alfred E. Neuman on a Wacom Cintiq 27QHD. READ MORE

Mocking Mark Evanier (and Amber)!

August 9th, 2017 | Posted in General

Busy in teaching a workshop in NYC right now, so in lieu of my usual “Sketch o’ the Week” I thought I’d post a couple of pieces I did for some friends recently. If you are into comic books at all you will probably know who Mark Evanier is. He’s one of the best humor writers in comics, animation and television out there, as well and being a bona-fide expert in comics and entertainment history. Maybe you’ve enjoyed his work on Groo the Wanderer with Sergio Aragonés and Stan Sakai. Perhaps you’ve watched some episodes of Garfield and Friends, the animated show on which he… READ MORE

Still One Spot Left in Sept MN Workshop

August 3rd, 2017 | Posted in General

Whoops! That last spot got snapped up. Sorry. I’ll have more workshops in 2018! Due to that cancellation I still have one spot left in my September workshop in Eagan, MN. The Minnesota workshops are unique in that we spend Friday evening at my home and studio, where I not only feed and water you but demonstrate my inking and illustration techniques in my studio and with my usual tools and equipment. Very different experience from the traveling roadshow that is the out of town workshops. The studio tour includes a look through my flat files and archives with tons of originals, preliminary sketches and… READ MORE

Come See Me at Chicago Comic Con!

July 28th, 2017 | Posted in General

I know I just got back from San Diego Comic Con, but now here I am off to Wizard World Chicago formerly known as Chicago Comic Con, Aug 24-27th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Alas I will be solo this year as The Lovely Anna has a family event that cropped up that weekend that I should be at also but I am committed to being at the show. I am actually a featured guest at this show! I’m moving up in the world I guess (hello Comic-Con International and ReedPOP… hello?). Anyway part of that is you can use… READ MORE

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