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Great BBC Caricature Video Short

February 21st, 2009 | Posted in Surf's Up Dept.

Frequent reader of The Mad Blog and fellow Minnesotan Marv Sohlo emailed me a link to this video which features a short but informative piece on caricatures and why they resonate so much with people. It’s from the BCC show “The Human Face” narrated by John Cleese. Unfortunately the creators do not allow embedding, but click on the screen capture to go to the YouTube clip: Click on the image for the full clip… it’s less than 2 minutes…. we’ll wait… I’ve always said that a really good caricature looks more like the subject than a photo does, and some of the observations this video… READ MORE

YouTube Gold

February 17th, 2009 | Posted in Surf's Up Dept.

I’m usually not one to post random YouTube videos no matter how clever, but every once and awhile you find the perfect blend of image, humor and ingenuity and it cannot be resisted. Between the funny design of the character, the fact that this is the actual song and not some redub AND the further fact that someone realized what they were hearing and made the connection, this might be the funniest 20 second video I’ve ever seen. Thanks to Mark Evanier for the link. READ MORE


January 27th, 2009 | Posted in Surf's Up Dept.

Last night I finished a last minute job for MAD that was probably the toughest deadline they’ve ever given me. Surprisingly I finished two days ahead of schedule. As a result I am frazzled and need a break, so today’s post is just going to be a disturbing Youtube video I ran across on the excellent DRAWN! illustration and cartooning blog. This was an actual commercial for Green Giant canned peas and corn using stop motion animation: That is incredibly frightening. The giant is a leering, psychotic horror… especially terrifying is this final pose where he leans down and thrusts the cans at the viewer… READ MORE

Surf’s Up Dept.

December 29th, 2008 | Posted in Surf's Up Dept.

I’m busy working on a few jobs right now, but here are some tidbits from the last week of interest around the interwebby: Who Blotches the Watchmen Dept. Fox, that’s who. On Christmas Eve Judge Gary Allen Feess issued a ruling in favor of Fox in the rights dispute case over the new Watchmen movie that is supposed to premiere on March 3rd. Fox alleged that they owned the rights to produce and distribute a Watchmen movie, and that producer Larry Gordon was breaking a contract between himself and Fox guaranteeing those rights by producing the Zack Synder film and distributing it through Warner Bros.… READ MORE

Election Day Decisions

November 4th, 2008 | Posted in MAD Magazine

After what only seems like a forever filled with the usual partisan ugliness associated with a U.S. presidential election, today has finally arrived and by tomorrow morning we will know who will lead the United States for the next four years… …or will we? The photo above is of the famous gaffe in the November 3rd, 1948 issue of the Chicago Tribune, where they jumped the gun and declared Thomas E. Dewey the winner of the election over Harry S. Truman. It’s always been a dilemma for printed periodicals to decide at what point they should “call” an election and therefore get the story to… READ MORE

Sherlock Holmes Pen, Etc.

August 9th, 2008 | Posted in Surf's Up Dept.

The Pen is Mightier Dept. I promised to let everybody know where they can order one of the sculpted Sherlock Holmes pens that were created based on an illustration of Holmes that I did for voice artist extraordinaire David Ian Davies as “cover art” for his complete collection of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes “Canon” audiobooks. Well the pen is finally available and you can order it at David’s website directly from this page. Unfortunately for some odd reason the page does not open correctly when using a Mac, either with Safari or Firefox (at least not for me), so you’ll need to use… READ MORE

Surf’s Up Dept.

July 12th, 2008 | Posted in Surf's Up Dept.

Our usual sm??rg?¬£sbord of cartoon, caricature and MAD related website, links, news articles and announcements… or whatever else strikes us as worthy or ridicule. Little Orphan Party Dept.- For those in the Atlanta area there will be an event to oppose the dreaded “Orphan Works Act” tonight at the Lynne Farris Gallery in Atlanta, GA starting at 7:30 pm. See details in quoted area below. IN OTHER NEWS- Orphan Works advocates are supposedly planning their own party to promote the act. If you should attend this “Orphan Works Promotional Party”, be aware that you should at no time leave your drink or open beer on… READ MORE

Surf’s Up Dept.

June 21st, 2008 | Posted in Surf's Up Dept.

Our usual sm??⬨?rg??⬨‚Ä¢sbord of cartoon, caricature and MAD related website, links, news articles and announcements! I Like Both Kinds of Music: Country AND Western Dept.- MAD artist Grey Blackwell and MAD scribe David Shayne collaborated with David’s brother Jon on this animated music video where “Merle Hazard” laments losing his girl for someone who is more “environmentally sensitive” and trys going green to lure her back. I’m Smarter than This 5th Grader Dept.– Smithson with the offensive drawing… 10 year old 5th grader Cullen Smithson got into a little hot water recently when his teacher, Karen Boudreau, 44, filed criminal charges against him over a… READ MORE

Surf’s Up Dept.

April 12th, 2008 | Posted in Surf's Up Dept.

Going MAD in Vain Dept. From the Vanity Fair website: In the May 2008 issue of Vanity Fair, David Hajdu, author of the book The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, pays homage to the “usual gang of idiots” behind Mad magazine. The website has a nice slideshow of 17 covers from the last 60 years of MAD. The article itself is said to contain interviews with many classic MAD artists. I haven’t seen it yet but am on the lookout for a copy. McNutty Cartoons Dept. Over on my friend Cedric Hohnstadt‘s excellent blog I discovered that our mutual… READ MORE

Surf’s Up Dept.

March 22nd, 2008 | Posted in Surf's Up Dept.

A sm??⬨?rg??⬨‚Ä¢sbord of cartoon, caricature and MAD related website, links, news articles and announcements! You Know What They Say About Guys With Big Heads Dept.- A hilarious video demonstrating why caricaturists perhaps should not be police sketch artists… except in certain cases. Put your Funny Where your Mouth Is Dept.– The Pittsburgh area Toonseum is having it’s first public fund raiser in May… a worthy cause. Here are the details: COMIC, CARTOON AND ANIMATION FANS UNITE! You and your friends are invited to KA-BLAM! A party to benefit the ToonSeum Your Host: Rob Rogers When: Saturday, May 3rd, 7:30 – 11:30 pm Where: ToonSeum, at… READ MORE

Surf’s Up Dept.

January 12th, 2008 | Posted in General

This Saturday’s “Surf’s Up Dept.” is very MAD video-centric, with a few other stories tossed in. Revenge of the Mommy Dept. Des Moines mom Jane Hambleton proclaimed herself the “Meanest Mom on the Planet” when she sold her son’s car through the want ads of the Des Moines Register after finding alcohol under the seat of the vehicle. The ad read: OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don’t love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet. Hambleton was then… READ MORE

Surf’s Up Dept.

December 22nd, 2007 | Posted in General

Good Grief Dept. Charles Schulz‘s widow and my friend Jeannie Schulz writes some public comments about the David Michaelis book. Jeannie is one smart lady, and her comments demonstrate that quite clearly. No one would blame her if she just took a few reactionary public shots at Michaelis over his portrayal of her late husband. Instead she shows that she is actually very familiar with the book’s content and calmly and intelligently explains why a number of Michaelis’s conclusions are poorly conceived or are outright erroneous. After reading these comments and talking with her, I believe Michaelis was bent on painting Schulz as the tortured… 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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