Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THIRTEEN GOING ON EIGHTEEN No. 22, April 1967 by John Stanley

Here are a few stories from THIRTEEN "GOING ON EIGHTEEN," a Dell comic book by John Stanley. It's copyright 1966 by Dell Publishing.

These are all about teenagers trying to act a little older than they are.

These are just the first couple of stories from the comic book. It's mostly about best friends Val and Judy, who get into teen scrapes and do silly things. As Don Markstein observes:

Val had an older sister, Evie (useful for borrowing or stealing make-up from); a next-door neighbor, Billy (whom she was in love with, except when she hated him); and a best friend, Judy (Val's dark-haired co-star, who started out pudgy but lost weight early on). Val and Judy weren't in the full flower of teenhood, like Binky, Penny, The Jackson Twins or most other comics teens (including, of course, Archie himself), but were at that awkward stage where they were just starting to get the hang of it.

The art looks a little rushed and sketchy looking. I liked the sketchy look. The splash panels tend to have a large void in them. I mean, look at that big blank space in "Val."

This was the final year of the book, which ran from 1961 to 1967.

The D and Q John Stanley hardcover book series

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


(Art by my friend and Berndt Toast Gang colleague Art Cumings.)

The Sunday Pictorial Review was a Sunday supplement magazine that was placed into your local Sunday newspaper. It was similar to today's Parade and USA Today magazines.

But, the one big difference was the great art for the covers. Most of the art was handled by magazine cartoonists of the day, with a good number of them commissioned to female cartoonists. Here are a few of the covers:

Michael Berry:

Martha Blanchard:

E. Simms Campbell:

Fritz Willis:

Jacques Kapralik:

Jacques Kapralik:

Martha Blanchard:

Barbara Shermund:

I don't know (can anyone help?):

Ger Apeldoorn has a collection of Bud Blake's Sunday Pictorial Review covers here.

Today's Quote

"Seclusion may be better for the scientist and philosopher, but the cartoonist needs to rub elbows with his fellows and observe humanity intimately." -- Winsor McCay

Winsor McCay at The Evening Telegram, 1907. Drawing by his friend Cliff Sterrett.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Comic Book Writer Brian K. Vaughan On Digital Comics: We are "earning at least as much as they would to create a comic for traditional publishers like DC and Marvel Comics."

The New York Times has a short article about digital comics. You know, comics that you can see on the Internet. This time, though, we are specifically talking about comic books online in this article by George Gene Gustines.

Downloads of digital comic books are up:

A report released last week estimates that North American sales of comics — whether single issues, collected editions or digital downloads — were $870 million for 2013, up from $635 million in 2012. Digital sales rose to $90 million from $70 million. 

The article focuses on portals for comic book downloads like Comixology and newer sites like Thrillbent (co-created by comic book writer Mark Waid) and Panel Syndicate (co-created by comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan). The former tends to have a lot of name brands (The Avengers and so on), while the latter two have a lot of new, original content.

Now, with some of these sites, you see a sample and then pay for the actual digital content. 

But then there's the pay-what-you-want model, like at Panel Syndicate:

While he would not go into specific numbers, Mr. Vaughan said that the creative team — including the colorist Muntsa Vicente — were earning at least as much as they would to create a comic for traditional publishers like DC and Marvel Comics. More “people pay something than pay nothing,” Mr. Vaughan said of the pay-what-you-want model. “Against all odds, we’re doing great.”

Fans follow creators that they like and creators can easily eliminate the middle man (Marvel, DC, Image, etc.), that has historically taken a chunk of the income and rights for their creations.

Of course, it helps to have an established fan base.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bill Watterson and Stephan Pastis PEARLS BEFORE SWINE Originals for Auction

The three PEARLS BEFORE SWINE comic strips that Bill Watterson drew are now up for auction at Heritage Auctions.

Proceeds will go to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Here are scans of the originals. Click to make them SUPER SUPER BIG and glory in 21st century Watterson brush work:

Video: Michael Leunig Cartoons

Here's some video of Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig in conversation with Paola Totaro at the Sydney Writers' Festival. It runs about an hour.

Leunig combines absurdist, revolting and heartfelt sweetness all in one cartoon. He is one of the most popular cartoonists in Australia.

Michael Leunig has been cartooning for decades, and in case you need to see some of his cartoons, here are a selection from his book LEUNIG, originally published in 1971. This is the American paperback version, which came out ten years later. It's copyright 1981 by Mr. Leunig.

Hat tip to John Klossner for loan of the LEUNIG book. Thanks, John!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SKIN HORSE: Behind the Scenes

Above: a splash panel from SKIN HORSE drawn by Mike Lynch

My 2 weeks of drawing the syndicated SKIN HORSE feature are coming to an end. I had a nice time!

One of the nicest things was being allowed to visualize a new monster for the award winning comic strip, a monster called Gorgoth the Dominator. Gorgoth is a scary android ape kinda guy, and his best days are now behind him. He is no longer scary, he just needs to fit in. Nerah and Jonah (above) try to help him by getting him a job at Val-Mart. Chaos, obviously, ensues.

I showed you some sketches of the original Gorgoth designs. Now here are a few later ones from my sketchbook:

All of the Cartoons From the SATURDAY EVENING POST December 26, 1964

A lovely trove of cartoons from this, the last issue of 1964. The contents are copyright 1968 by The Saturday Evening Post Company.
Sylvia Getsler has a nice brush technique:

Jerry Marcus tells us the harsh truth:

Henry Syverson's "Post Scripts" header for their cartoon page:

Joseph Farris with a trickle down economics gag:

Donald Reilly with a parenting cartoon:

Orlando Busino draws "the moment before chaos" (the funniest moment in a cartoon):

Jack Tippit with a message about the relationship between men and women:

Orlando Busino posits the point of view of an 8 year old kid:

The one and only Don Orehek with his great style of black spotting, composition and character (you can tell I'm a fan, huh?):

Henry Boltinoff with an Aussie take on a classic gag:

Art Pottier with an appropriate cartoon for this "genus kid" issue of SEP:

Ted Key's HAZEL is ALWAYS in the Post:

Vahan Shirvanian with an illustrative cartoon with a lovely wash:

Scott Taber with one about our ever changing media: