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Monday MADness: Stranger Things Cover Story!

October 30th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

In late July I got a call from MAD art director Sam Viviano asking me if I was interested in doing the cover of issue #548, which would be a “Stranger Things” theme. I was in the middle of doing the art on Desmond Devlin‘s 7 page parody of “Stranger Things” at the time, so this was a no-brainer for me. Actually, ANY cover assignment for MAD is always a no-brainer. Covers jobs are rare as there are only six covers a year, and the brilliant Mark Fredrickson deservedly gets 99.9% of them. I had only ever done one other cover for the main magazine,… READ MORE

Monday MADness: MAD vs. Viz!

October 16th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

One of the highlights of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival for me was the “MAD Vs. Viz” panel featuring the one and only Sergio Aragonés and myself representing MAD, and the very funny Graham Dury and Simon Thorp from the British humor magazine Viz, moderated by John McShane. John interviews Sergio and Graham Viz is a hilarious publication featuring a compilation of short comics by various creators, fake ads, parodies of tabloids and letters pages, and other features. It was founded in 1979, and at one time was the third biggest selling magazine in all of Britain. Its humor is often raunchy and politically… READ MORE

Monday MADness- An NYCC Farewell

October 9th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

This year’s “Mad about MAD” panel at New York Comic Con was special in a number of ways. Oh, it had the usual hilarity lead by VP, Editor and Executive Grand Poo-bah John Ficarra and VP of Art Direction and Grand High Schmuck Sam Viviano. It also had a stellar line up of “The Usual Gang of Idiots” including editors Joe Railoa and Charlie Kadau, former editor Nick Meglin, living legend Al Jaffee, long-time writer Dick DeBartolo, cover artist Mark Fredrickson, and cartoonist Teresa Burns Parkhurst. What was really fantastic was the number of MAD contributors in the audience, who got shout outs from John.… READ MORE

MAD 548 Sneak Peek- Stranger Things!

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

As Promised, a sneak peek at some of my art from the Desmond Devlin penned parody of “Stranger Things”. Whaddya mean you want to read the jokes in the word balloons??? What do you think this is, a furshlugginer library? Go out and buy the issue, clod! READ MORE

On the Stands: MAD #548!

October 2nd, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

In subscribers mailboxes, comic books shops and via digital now, on news stands next Tuesday!!: Cover (Tom Richmond… hey, that’s ME!!) Letters and Tomatoes (Ed.- Includes “Remembering Stan Hart 1928-2017” by Nick Meglin) The Fundalini Trumpalini Pages (Alejandro Rivas, Anton Emdin, Ward Sutton, Sarah Chalek, Mike Loew, ) The Fundalini Pages (Ed Steckley, Jon Adams, Jeff Kruse, Kevin Pope, Rich Powell, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Drew Panckeri, John Kerschbaum, John Martz, Peter Kuper) Strangely Thin (Desmond Devlin, Tom Richmond) Duller Shave Club (Dick DeBartolo, Stephen Silver) 10 Toons by P.C. Vey (uh…. P.C. Vey?) Babies Ain’t Us Registry (Jeff Kruse, Mike Loew) MAD’s Tips for Making… READ MORE

My Second MAD Cover!

September 20th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Entertainment Weekly just posted an exclusive sneak peek of MAD #548, featuring my second MAD cover as well as a look at the splash page of the corresponding parody I did the art for… “Stranger Things”! Visit the EW website for a much higher resolution look plus some more info on what you can expect in the next issue of MAD Magazine (big deal!)! READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Where Do You Start?

September 17th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Q: When you start a drawing, in what part of the body (if it is a sketch) do you start it? Is it the shape of the head, the eyes, the nose, or does it depend on the subject? A: If I am working in the studio or on a drawing that is not a live caricature, I start with the head shape, and then block in the eyes and nose (the “T” shape), then the mouth, etc. I keep sketching to tighten and refine the drawing until I am done, or if I want a more finished piece I might “knock down” the rough… READ MORE

Monday Animated MADness- Capt America’s Got Talent!

August 21st, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a look at some character designs I did for episode 28 of the MAD animated show on Cartoon Network, a segment called “Captain America’s Got Talent”: Sadly the only video of it online is a dubbed and poor resolution Spanish version: READ MORE

Die Deutsche MAD!

August 18th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

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… READ MORE

The MAD Show!

August 11th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

One of the many side projects the gang at MAD has been working on lately is a live stage production called… wait for it… “The MAD Show“. As I understand it, the show is a combination improve comedy and musical, co-created by the people behind MAD Magazine and the comedy group Second City. This is not to be confused with the off-Broadway musical “The MAD show” from the 1960’s, which was written by MAD writer’s Stan Hart and Larry Siegel. The show is now in “developmental production”, which I take to mean they are doing a trial run of shows to see how it’s coming… READ MORE

Monday MADness: MAD #547 Sneak Peek #2

August 7th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a look at the second of my two pieces in the most recent issue of MAD. This is a two page spread called “Statements Redacted from the Comey Memos” and the writer in uncredited, meaning it was written by the MAD staff. What’s that? You want to read all the gags that surround the image? Well, lucky you! It just so happens that this issue goes onsale on news stands TOMORROW! So go on out and buy an issue, putz! READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Reining in Exaggeration?

August 6th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Q: Someone told me you hold back on the exaggerations of your caricatures in your MAD Parodies for some reason. Is that true, and if so why? A: That’s sort of true–or at least true to a certain extent. First off, I’m not really much of a “mean guy” caricaturist. I do not exaggerate features to the point of grotesqueness… my goals are seldom to push the exaggeration as far as I can. I am more about exaggerating expression than anything else. Still, without exaggeration of the features all you have is a portrait, so clearly exaggeration in some form is a crucial part of… READ MORE


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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