Friday, November 17, 2017

1971 Herb Trimpe Documentary Short

Here is a 1971 documentary short about Marvel Comic book artist Herb Trimpe. It was produced by the New York University's Graduate Institute of Film and TV.

The 33 minute film was co-directed by Jon Michael Riley and Doro Bachrach. Sound by Don Cirillo and cinematography by Eric Reiner. Polly Hacker was production assistant.

"Herb Trimpe was a young star among comic book artists in the late 60s (He began at Marvel in April of 1968.) and early 1970s.

"... This film highlights Herb's attitudes about life and work as a comic book artist, and is shown with his Peekskill, NY friend, Bob Barthelmes, with whom he attended school since kindergarten. Also featured is Flo Steinberg and some footage of the Marvel "bullpen" with other notable comic book artists.

"This may be the only film footage shot at Marvel at that time. Herb's family has given me [Jon Michael Riley] permission to upload this film to make it easier for people interested in Herb and his beautiful comic book art.

"Note: This video was made from an aged and partially damaged 16 mm B/W print that was transferred to DVD. A key word ("anonymity") is missing from the opening voice over lines."


Video: Chris Ware talks MONOGRAPH on Charlie Rose

From November 13, 2017: Graphic novelist Chris Ware talks about his new book MONOGRAPH on the Charlie Rose show.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Here are some J.M. Bosc (1924-1973) single panel cartoons from CARTOONS THE FRENCH WAY ("Roguish - Raucous - Ribald") edited by Rene Goscinny, Lion Literary Edition, published September 1955. Copyright 1955 by Manvis Publications, Inc.

Cover art by John Sidrone. Some pretty women in the cartoons, yes, but it's not too ribald at all.

All of Bosc's cartoons are wordless in this collection. Wordless sells internationally, you see.

Bosc's drawings are both specific, when they need to be, and spare.

What I like about Bosc is the element of surprise. Above: a violin as defense against critics.

Again, struggling against the odds is the above motif. Jean Bosc struggled with what we call shell shock for many years.

His sister Renée had the above cartoon rendered into marble in memory of her brother.

The cartoons dealing with death have another level to them after knowing that the cartoonist committed suicide.

Above: a good metaphor for cartooning!

There's a site all about cartoonist J.M. Bosc that I wrote about here. It's designed by his nephew, Alain Damman. You may gorge yourself on Bosc's cartoons there.

-- Edited from a November 26, 2007 blog entry.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dick Buchanan's Favorite Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1964

Dick Buchanan sends an email and some choice cartoons that he likes the best. Thanks, Dick -- and everyone: sit back and enjoy these great gag cartoons:



1946 - 1964

Every once in awhile some asks me what some of my favorite cartoons are.  It’s usually me that asks--I talk to myself a lot.  But since the subject came up, I thought I we might take the opportunity to choose a few cartoons from the Clip File that are among my favorites. More mid-century mirth from some great cartoonists.

1. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s February 16, 1946.

2. MELL LARAZUS. The Saturday Evening Post June 20, 1950.

3. SAM COBEAN. Take it from a guy who was actually a kid in 1947, NOBODY had
A haircut like that kid’s. Collier’s May 17, 1947.

4. SIDNEY HARRIS. 1000 Jokes Magazine
 March-May, 1965.

5. JOHN DEMPSEY. 1000 Jokes Magazine February-March, 1955.

6. JARO FABRY. Collier’s June 5,1948.

7.  TOM HENDERSON. The Saturday Evening Post June 17, 1961.

8. JOHN JARVIS. Collier’s August 21,1948.

9. LEW FOLLETTE. Liberty Magazine June 8,1946.

10. JERRY MARCUS.  American Legion Magazine  February, 1956.

11. IRWIN CAPLAN.  American Legion Magazine July,1946.

12. CLYDE LAMB. Boy’s Life January 1951.

13. TRACHTENBERG.  Collier’s August 21, 1948

14. MARTHA BLANCHARD. 1000 Jokes Magazine September-November, 1964.

15. CHARLES RODRIGUES. Cartoons & Gags  August,1960.

More from the great gag cartoon collection of Dick Buchanan:

From the Dick Buchanan Files: More 1960s Cartoons from PUNCH

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Even More Color Cartoons 1940 - 1956

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "Captions? Who Needs 'Em?" Wordless Gag Cartoons 1947 – 1970

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Orlando Busino Gag Cartoons 1956 - 1966

From the Dick Buchanan Files: CARTOONYFELLERS’ DIGEST, "a 1955 rag for cartoonists by cartoonists"

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Magazine Cartoons from Life and Judge 1931 - 38

From the Dick Buchanan Files: June 1953 Cartoonist's Market Newsletter

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: More Mid-Century Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Color Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1956

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Cops and Robbers Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Gahan Wilson: Early Gag Cartoons 1954 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Inkyfellers' Gagzette

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: The Years of Al Ross - 1947 – 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: New Yorker Cartoonists Abroad 1966-1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1945 - 1962

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "How I Create Humor" from 1950s - 60s Gag Cartoon Insider Journal "The Information Guide"

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1950s Color Magazine Gag Cartoons

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Funny Vintage Magazine Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1963

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Wordless Gag Cartoons 1944-1964

1953 George Booth Drawings for American Legion Magazine

Dick Buchanan: Winter/Christmas/Holiday Gag Cartoons 1940s-60s

Dick Buchanan: Some PUNCH Magazine Cartoons 1948-1963

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1946-64

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1947-62

Dick Buchanan: Some Favorite Magazine Gag Cartoons 1940-60s

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1931-64

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Donato Visits Peter De Sève In his Studio

Muddycolors blogger Donato visits illustrator and character designer Peter De Sève. 

"After sitting down for lunch, Peter was gracious enough to provide a tour through his amazing objects d'art hanging about the place. From contemporary illustrators, to blue-chip fantasy artists, to historical cartoonists, Peter's walls display a collection worthy of a museum. That is actually a fact, for the American Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators will be hosting just such a showing of Peter's collection at a forth coming exhibit in 2018."

The Bathroom Entrances at Cumberland Farms, Epping, NH

Here are the bathroom doors at the Cumberland Farms gas station in Epping, NH.  As you can see, "Men" must pull the door to enter, the "Women" push. There's something in this I think, I'm just not sure what. #push #pull #restroom #toilet #thesamebutdifferent 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Video: George Booth on CBS Sunday Morning

In case you overslept or had to go to mass: here is George Booth (with Sandra Boynton) on the November 12, 2017 CBS Sunday Morning show. And if you haven't seen the CBS Sunday Morning show in a while (like me), then it's a delightful surprise to see Garry Trudeau's wife Jane Pauley hosting!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

KQED: Watch a Santa Rosa Cartoonist’s ‘Fire Story’ Come to Life

KQED Arts presents Brian Fies' "A Fire Story," adapted for television with the voices of Brian and his wife. It was produced by Farrin Abbott and Kelly Whalen.

While meeting with artists who lost their homes in the fires, a common refrain we’ve heard here at KQED is that they’re stymied, stuck, unable to create — hoping the spark will return once the shock and confusion passes.
Not Brian Fies. Just one day after his house and everything in it burned to the ground, the Santa Rosa cartoonist bought some cheap paper, Sharpies, and highlighters, and got to work reporting what he and his wife had seen the night of the fires. The resulting cartoon came quickly, with more raw edges than Fies’ usual standards, but it was undeniably, unflinchingly honest.
“I still have that newspaper reporter bug — that I’ve got to tell the story,” Fies says of the comic’s urgency, which included Fies returning the next morning to find his house in Larkfield destroyed. “I was an eyewitness to something very unusual, and I felt like I just had to report it.”
The response was massive. In the week after the fire, an online version of Fies’ comic, A Fire Story, was viewed by over half a million people.
Now, we at KQED Arts bring his story to life in the video [below]. With moving animation, and with narration straight from Fies and his wife, Karen, A Fire Story also includes a special epilogue from the artist about the long process of recovery, and the stability of home.
Most meaningful for Fies is the comfort and understanding A Fire Story has brought to others — people like his neighbor, whose house was also lost to the fire, and who reads it to her grandchildren every night at their request.
“It really helps the kids process some of that trauma of what happened to this house and place they loved. And kind of reassures them, not now, but someday… we are going to be okay.” – Gabe Meline

Wednesday, November 08, 2017


SISTERS + BROTHERS by Ted Schaap or "Scapa," as he is better known, exemplifies that a good cartoonist can come up with a lot of gags given a narrow range. Published by "A.W. Bruna and Zoon" in Utrecht with no date, the hardcover book is full of wordless cartoons about monks and nuns. There is an introduction by Herman Wehberg. Schaap, who goes by the professional name of "Ted Scapa," was born January 17, 1931. His work appeared in many publications including Punch Magazine. He went on to a prolific career in print and television, basing himself in Switzerland.

From the Ton Smits site:
Scapa has a unique style with friendly humor. His work looks deceptively simple. He likes to use bright colors. His friend, the comedian Toon Hermans, once wrote of his cartoons: "They do not hurt, they are not corrosive or reproach, not sarcastic. That's because Ted Sheep not cynical observer, not a preacher admonishing and no complicated detective in the deep stirrings of the human psyche, but a healthy gentle Flierefluiter with a big heart and a small pencil, amused that people write down as they are. "
He received the Ton Smits Medal in 1984.

Mr. Scapa is alive and well and living in Bern, were he has a gallery and continues to draw.

Here are a few samples from ZUSTERS + BROEDERS:

Big hat tip to Don Orehek for this book! Thanks, Don!

-- Edited from a blog entry on this day in 2011.