Friday, March 27, 2015


From HOW TO BE A PERFECT HUSBAND by Heath Robinson and K.R.G. Browne. First published in 1937 and copyright by The Estate of W. Heath Robinson.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Video: At Home with Roz Chast

At Home with Roz Chast from NewYorker on Vimeo.

Hat tip to Michael Cavna!

LAUGH-IN Comic Strip by Roy Doty

Roy Doty's run of LAUGH IN comic strips is featured on Ger Apeldoorn's blog.

Some interesting graphics, but, as Ger points out, the strip did not have permission to show the likenesses of the actors on the show. Maybe that was due to contractual matters, but common sense-wise, doing a LAUGH IN strip without being able to use some of the well-known characters from the show hampered its success.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Sweeping the heavy cyber-chatter of the online nerd community (that's MOST of the Internet) is this new fan-made 1980s-style anime "TIE Fighter" short. It takes place in the STAR WARS universe, and is a labor of love by OtaKing77077.

More info:

What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that's all but vanished from Japan nowadays? 
Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards.
Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years' worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts' seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day...

Official poster art:
“Interdictor,” the music track:
Story/character info pdf file:

Special thanks to the good folk at Lucasfilm for encouraging people to get creative and make these kind of projects. It's thanks to their extremely fan-friendly nature that we can enjoy IMPS: The Relentless, TROOPS, etc.

Don't support me on Patreon, because I don't have one! And don't donate to my Kickstarter, because I don't have one of those either. Instead, if you enjoyed this, give someone at your workplace, uni, school or whatever a random bar of chocolate or can or Coke or something. Seriously, it'll probably make their day.
That would totally make my day.

Jim Berry 1932-2015

(Photo of Jim Berry via Christopher Wheeler.)

Jim Berry, creator of the long-running syndicated panel Berry's World, died Friday. He was 83 years old. 

Berry's World, which was syndicated by the Newspaper Enterprise Association, ran from 1963 to 2003, peaking at 1000 papers. He received the National Cartoonists Society Newspaper Panel Division Award for 1965, 1966, and 1972. He also received other awards from the NCS, the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists and the National Headliners Club. He was also president of the AAEC.

I regret never running into Jim Berry, whose panel was in my local paper, The Plain Dealer, when I was a kid. I would look at his ease of line and solid writing. He had a bold, no-nonsense style with a great sense of black-spotting and composition. I am sorry I never had the chance to tell him.

Above from Dave Karlen's Original Art site.

Links: Washington Post: Michael Cavna remembers Jim Berry

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Evolution of Batman in Cinema

The Evolution of Batman in Cinema from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

A compilation of Batman from the movies from the 1940s serials to the recent trilogy by Christopher Nolan, as well as Batman's supporting role in THE LEGO MOVIE.

Here's the list:

Batman (1943 serial)
Batman and Robin (1949 serial)
Batman: The Movie (1966)
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Lego Movie (2014)

Monday, March 23, 2015

True Story: Dirty Money

This really happened to my wife on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at a store in Manchester, NH:

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Longest Single Shot in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Here's the longest single take shot in the entire RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK movie. It runs 101 seconds and, hey, I really never noticed that this very long take was there in the movie. Was it the same with you? Take a look. You'll know the scene. And watch the information being presented here -- including the introduction of a new character, and saying goodbye to another -- all in one nicely paced, well choreographed scene.

Via Vashi Nedomansky.

Maclean's: Inside the Cartoonist Seth's Curated Home

Canadian graphic novelist Seth invites Maclean's Magazine's cameras into his house, which he describes as a "post-war Canadian drab" home.

BBC Radio: The Adventures Of Tintin - "Explorers On The Moon"

Radio adaptations of the TINTIN book series are online via BBC Radio. Here's my favorite, "Explorers on the Moon."

More information and a review at Tintinologist.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Larry King: Charles Schulz Interview

Here's a Larry King radio show in which he interviews PEANUTS creator Charles Schulz. The date is April 28, 1988:

Larry King: Hank Ketcham Interviews

Here are a couple of radio interviews that Larry King did with DENNIS THE MENACE creator Hank Ketcham:

Cartoonist Hank Ketcham made his first appearance on the Larry King radio show on July 28, 1986 to discuss his cartooning career and his famous comic strip DENNIS THE MENACE.

DENNIS THE MENACE creator and cartoonist Hank Ketcham made his second appearance on Larry King's radio show on October 8, 1990 to promote his autobiography THE MERCHANT OF DENNIS.