Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Kelly & Duke revisited

Months ago I posted a bunch of old Kelly & Duke strips on this blog.

I've posted some Sunday comics, with the intention of adding more when I got them. Here they are. I got them months ago, but only adding them now. Hey, better late than never.

These six are all from 1979.

That's it. That's all the Kelly Sundays I have, unless I acquire more..

Sunday, April 19, 2009

FoxTrot - altered strips

It's actually not all that uncommon for strips to be altered when it's reprinted in book collections. There's a chock full of those in Bloom County.

It seems that Bill Amend's FoxTrot is no exception.

First off, this strip, which appeared in papers (or at the very least, The Deseret News)

Here's the version seen in the book collection:

Probably the biggest change is this one. I found this in an internet message board discussing comics:

Annnnd this is how it was reprinted:

And here's a more recent strip, from 2000 (the above two are from 1989):

In the book collection, Andy's line was changed to "I thought Bill O'Reilly seemed a little soft-spoken"

I think you can guess why the final strip was changed.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ren & Stimpy and Spumco

Few months ago, when I interviewed Eddie Fitzgerald (who was an artist on Ren & Stimpy), I asked him about Nickelodeon taking the show away from the creator and his studio, Spumco. He said:

Out of the blue the production people told us to put our pencils down and pack everything carefully so it could be shipped to a new studio. I was stunned! John was out of town, so there was no talking to him about it. All the artists gathered in the middle of the main room. A couple were crying. Mike Fontanelli looked like he'd seen a ghost.

A similar question was asked to another R&S artist, Vincent Waller (who have lately been working on SpongeBob SquarePants, also for Nick). Vince, who was in Korea working on the show's layouts at Rough Draft Studios (one of the subcontracted companies that did the show), said:

I was working on the scene where R&S hang their skins on a tree branch, when Greg Vanzo walked in and asked if I had heard anything about Spumco being removed from the show. I said no, I hadn't. Greg said (hoping for the best)Oh well it must be nothing then. I just looked at him and said Greg, if you heard something all the way in Korea, It's based on something. I finished my scenes went back to my hotel and made a call, at which time they told me that we had indeed been separated from the show.

I have mixed feelings about John K. and the show in general, but I find the history over Spumco's forced-removal from its show interesting. Especially the artists' reactions to it. There's enough sides of the story to fill up a fairly long book. Hmmm...

I'm #3!

I just found out that I've won 3rd place in AAEC's John Locher Memorial Award for my student editorial cartoons. I'll admit that this came as a surprise for me. I've stopped drawing editorials early this year (I was still drawing them when I submitted my cartoons for the award).

Despite that, it's a nice afterthought that my cartoons somehow sucked less than other enteries. I'm glad my short-stint in this field meant something for me.

And let me give a hearty congrats to Jake Thompson, who won the damn thing.

Above is one of the cartoons that I submitted for the award.

Friday, April 10, 2009

A post where I go anime. (Just this once, I swear)

I admit it, I have a thing for the really old anime shows. Specifically, the ones that are comedic in nature.

Even though most Americans don't associate anime with comedy, there were actually few gag-centric shows that aired in Japan. There were quite a few in the sixties and early seventies. Some were even cartoony (abiet with extremely limited animation).

Here's one example that I've come across. This was a black-and-white series produced by TMS Entertainment called "Chingo Muchabei" (珍豪ムチャ兵衛). There's actually a funny story about the show's broadcast: Even though this was not the last Japanese series to be made in black-and-white, it was the last one aired as that. What happened is that by the time the show was ready to broadcast in 1968, color has become dominate in Japanese television and there were very few open slots left for B&W shows. The show sat on the shelf for 3 years until it was finally broadcast in 1971. There were only 26 episodes, so it was burned through quick by airing it every weekday for 4 weeks.