Monday, December 31, 2007

Tumbleweeds, 1965-2007


With the news that Tom Ryan has ended "Tumbleweeds" after 42 years, Buzz Dixon, over at the Comics Curmudgeon forum, wrote about working on the strip's one and only appearance in Saturday Morning cartoons.

Years ago (1978, to be exact) I was working for Filmation Studios when they sold an animated anthology series to NBC called THE FABULOUS FUNNIES (which was neither, but that's another story). Segments included such hoary old strips as ALLEY OOP and NANCY, but there was one new one in the lot: TUMBLEWEEDS, what was by then only a few years old.


I liked TUMBLEWEEDS and quickly finagled a chance to write their segments. The network was anxious about having non-Native American voices cast as the Poohawk tribe, but when I circumvented that concern by limiting the on-screen Indians to Lotsa Luck (a mute-by-choice Indian who wrote through scribbled notes) and Bucolic Buffalo (who was not so much mute as a man of pure action), producer Lou Scheimer let me write three or four scripts.


There was only one problem: Lou's lawyer had approached Tom Ryan with an offer to do TUMBLEWEEDS as part of the show. Ryan was interested and said, "Great, show me a script and a storyboard so I'll know how you're going to handle the characters, and if I like 'em I'll make the deal."


The lawyer truncated this to: "He said okay."


So we wrote and storyboarded three or four segments and got at least two of them into animation. The first one aired on the premiere of the show, and the following Monday Lou got a call from Mr. Ryan's lawyer who said, "Tom liked what you did with his characters but was wondering why you never finalized the deal with him or paid him to use his characters."


In a word. oops...


The TUMBLEWEED segments were quickly canned, the TUMBLEWEEDS characters edited out of the opening title sequence, and all further discussion of TUMBLEWEEDS was verboten in the confines of Filmation.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Be Back in 2008

I'm taking a break now due to my busy schedule, but I should be back in January.

See you in 2008.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Back at the Daily Cartoonist

For the second time this year, I am guest blogging at the Daily Cartoonist again.

Thought I'd let you know that...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Don Martin


A book set collecting everything Don Martin ever drew for MAD Magazine is out.


Nice to see that complete collections of comics are becoming more popular these days. Exciting to see what else would be coming out in the near future.


Anyway, if you have few hundred bucks lying around, why not buy it from Amazon?


Sunday, December 9, 2007

Thanks...

Just want to say thanks to anyone who visited my blog for the Sunday comic book post below it. Pageview wise, it has been one of my most popular posts ever.

On a downside, that means I have to think up something that will topple that. Sigh, one of the hazards of blogging.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Sunday Comic Books



Back in the early 1980s, many newspapers used a new "comic book" format for their Sunday Comics section. They were hoping that it would get more people to buy it as "collectables" and increase their sales.
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Apparently, it didn't work. By the mid '80s, newspapers have started to abandon the concept and went back to the usual format we all know and love.
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One person actually saved these "comic books" and sold about two years worth of it on eBay. I was the winning (read: only) bidder and got the whole set. And in a nutshell, I can see why it didn't work. Primarily, the strips were shrunk too small.
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But that doesn't mean it wasn't worth it. It's always a treat to see how your favorite (and least favorite) strips looked many years ago, and you're also bound to see strips that's no longer around.
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So, all that aside, I am presenting you Norwich (Conn.) Sunday Bulletin Comic Book from July 12, 1981. Here are all 30 pages. As usual, click on the images to see it bigger.

"Shoe"

"Peanuts"

"Doonesbury"

"Superman"

"Andy Capp" and "Wizard of Id"

"Star Trek"

"B.C." and "Tumbleweeds"


"Star Wars"

"Family Circus" and "Ripley's Believe it or Not"

"The Amazing Spider-Man"

"Beetle Bailey" and "Briny Deep" (by Don Addis, 1980-1981)

"Dallas"

"Barbara Cartland's Romances" and "According to Guinness"

"Funky Winkerbean"

"Garfield"

"Nancy"

"Herman"

"Tarzan"

"Prince Valiant"

"For Better or For Worse" and "Tank McNamara"

"Ben Swift" and "Doctor Smock"

"Dennis the Menace"

"Crock"

"Annie" and "Hagar the Horrible"

"The Phantom" and "Agatha Crumm" (by Bill Hoest, 1977-1996)

"Blondie"

"Goosemyer" (by Brant Parker and Don Wilder, 1980-1984) and "Willy 'n Ethel"

"The Lockhorns" and "The Small Society" (by Morrie Brickman, 1966-1999)

"Uncle Art's Funland" and "Junior Whirl"

"Fred Basset" and "Hi and Lois"

Enjoy!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Ted Rall's "Future Imperfect"

Editorial cartoonist Ted Rall is writing a three-part column that examines the future of the newspaper industry. I felt that it was worth reading.

Part 1 and Part 2 are already up, with Part 3 coming out next week.

Go on. Check it out.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

FoxTrot...

"FoxTrot" was always one of my favorite comics, and, as all of you probably know, it was sad that the strip went from daily to once-a-week.

Thankfully, the strip lives on in book collections, and it just so happens that the last book collecting the dailies came out...couple months ago. And if you order it from the link on the right side of the screen, I will get couple of bucks.

Hey, it's not like I charge you for reading this blog. So you might as well buy something awesome and help me out anyway...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Stay Tooned

I thought I point out that there will be a new magazine dedicated to cartooning that's coming out in December.

Stay Tooned (see cover here)

Supposidly it will be like Cartoonist PROfiles, which ended its run when the editor, Jud Hurd, passed away. As someone who has read back issues, I can tell you that it was worth it for cartoon fan, and if that's the case with Stay Tooned, then I command you to look into it.

I know I will.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Editorial cartoons...

I thought I'd start a discussion. Do you have favorite editorial cartoonists?

How do you judge editorial cartoonists? By their artistic talents? By how funny they are? By how much you agree with politically? Or something else?

Discuss away.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Advertisement...

I decided to try out these ads on my blog. So go click on it if you support me.

I'll try to update this blog more often.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Alternative Source of Comics

I did a guest post over at the Panel Mammals, where I make a brief observation on comics found in alternative newsweeklies.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

I'm Just a Little Stinker


It's a T-Shirt that I designed on CafePress some weeks ago for someone's birthday.


You can have it for your birthday, too. Buy it here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Speaking of webcomics...

Check out the latest Strong Bad Email.


And that's my attempt with the Stinkoman 20X6 Comics Maker thingee.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

If you're into webcomics...

I used to be in a webcomic community many moons ago. I've since then left, and frankly, I don't ever want to go back there again.

One of the surviving evidence of my past is this copy of From Pixels to Paper (2004 edition). It was released on that year's Free Comic Book Day by the KeenSpot Entertainment and the purpose was to showcase webcomics hosted on KeenSpace (now known as Comic Genesis).

Well, as part of my attempt to reduce stuff to bring when I move to USA in 2008 (not to mention, an excuse to make some money), I'm selling a copy of that comic book. Why, it's even autographed by the creator of Station V3.

See auction here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Second original


Here's the 2nd Asay original that I recieved.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Whoa, I guess it's been a while

Yeah, it's been a while. I guess I'll bring this blog back to life (temporarily) by showing you guys a latest addition to my growing original cartoon collection.

I purchased this directly from Chuck Asay himself. There's another Asay original coming in the mail soon, so stay tuned.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

At last, my cat knows his place


My insane cat, Max, finally knows his place.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

For your reading pleasure - RAMENHEAD by Paul Nowak

When people thinks about comic strips that are considered "weird," one might say Zippy the Pinhead. Or maybe even the Far Side. Hell, probably Arnold (comic strip by Kevin McCormick that ran 1983-88). However, these people more likely never heard of this strip. It's so odd, it didn't even run in the U.S. Instead, it ran in Japan. To be specific, an English-language newspaper in Japan.





That's the case with RamenHead.It was a comic strip created by Paul Nowak that ran in the Daily Yomiuri. Its weekly run began in 1993. The strip centered around RamenHead, a guy who literally had a bowl of Ramen for a head, adjusting to a new life in a foreign country. This more likely mirrored Nowak's experience as an American living in Japan.




Despite running for 5 years in an Japanese newspaper read by millions, it passed by their readers' raders. As a result, the strip is one of the most obscure in the comic strip history.





Nowak ended the strip when he returned to America in 1998. However, he did not leave cartooning behind. In 1999, he became an editorial cartoonist for the Cybercast News Service, a position he still holds today.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

Saturday, August 18, 2007

You Gotta Love Libertarians



Cartoon inside jokes


You gotta love cartoon inside jokes, which is why I'm bringing up today's "Flying McCoys."
Dickenson and Clark referenced in today's panel (drawn by Gary McCoy) is none other than Steve Dickenson and Todd Clark, who collaberates on comic strip "Lola."
And check out the McCoy brothers while you're at it.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tolerance and Love


I like how this one came out.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More Comic-Con pics

A sketch by Daryl Cagle.

Steve Notley (Bob the Angry Flower) sketching for me. The photo came out dull due to me carelessly taking the picture without "flash," so I had to digitally brighten the photo on computer.

Unsuspecting Dave Willis drawing on my sketchbook.


L-R : Me, Andrew Feinstein (co-creator of Girls and Sports).