Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Witches Brew

I haven't drawn a comic in over a year, so I'll admit I'm probably more rustier with the format than I have ever been. With that said...

I've been tinkering with an idea I've had involving a pair of witches who sells potions and spells for a living. Their cat, named Alby (the albino black cat), runs the register.

Here are some samples I've done. None of them give any dialogues to Alby, although he's seen in the background on a couple.

Here they are:

I have some storylines planned out that I may dive into further.

Comments and criticism are welcomed. Also, do you prefer the double-decker, or the four panel format in one strip?

Thursday, January 28, 2010


If anyone's interested, I put it up on eBay for only $5. It's only for 4 days, so be quick about it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I realize that I've been focusing almost exclusively on animation for the past few months or so on this blog. But no worries, I have not forgotten about comics. I still read them, in fact.

One of my habits is that I must collect every Sunday comics sections I come across. And where I live, I have opportunities to get many. No, I'm serious. Check out my collection.

There's probably hundreds of comics sections here. I began seriously collecting them in 2007 or '08, but there are also chunks from the past decade and also some from the mid-1990s.

These can come in handy, actually. Alot of these comics sections has short-lived and forgotten comic strips that few people remember. A comic strip time capsule, basically. Like I said, even today I still collect them.

Monday, January 18, 2010

It has to end somewhere...

Below is the final "Pogo" strip, published in July 20, 1975.

Even though it's credited to Walt Kelly, these final strips were actually being done by Kelly's wife Selby, and their son Stephen (Walt died in October 18, 1973).

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Another reminder.

There are books still available, although it's selling out fast.

I still have one more copy of the 2010 "Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year" book. Let me know if you want it.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Clint Clobber - original titles

Gene Deitch briefly ran the Terrytoons studio in the late '50s and started making cartoons in CinemaScope there.

Those 'Scope cartoons were being rerun for years as part of a Mighty Mouse package sold in syndication, but only in pan-and-scan. The original titles hasn't been seen in years.

Well, I happened to have one of the Clint Clobber cartoons on 16mm and decided to show you good people how it actually looked. I took them from my digital camera, so sorry for the blurriness. I modified my snapshots to give it the widescreen effect the cartoon was originally shown in.

The pan-and-scan print of Clobber's Ballet Ache can be seen on YouTube here.

The title would actually begin with this animation. After that, the following shows up:

Then at the end:

Music would vary by cartoon. The Clint Clobber cartoons used this as its opening theme.

DePatie-Freleng titles

I've been looking at some "Ant and the Aardvark" cartoons that DePatie-Freleng made in the early '70s. One thing that struck to me is that it had a unique title sequence.

Most theatrical studios had a standard credit format that they used on all their cartoons for years. The looks of the credits were pretty much the same on an average "Tom and Jerry" and a Tex Avery MGM cartoon, for example. Paramount cartoons' credits remained the same throughout its existance with minor differences here and there (they never gave voice actors credit, even when all other studios started crediting them). Warner Bros, too, although they would change them every few years.

It depended, however, with DePatie-Freleng. On "Pink Panther", "Roland and Rattfink", and "Tijuana Toads", they all had a similar format. The credits were typed in a font called "AdLib" and were shown in a background that's relevant to the cartoon about to play (with the Toads, the title card art differed, but the credits were always shown in the same BG, with a Mexican guitar over a yellow and green background).

However, in their other series (like "The Inspector") their screen credits were custom designed to only run on cartoons starring them. In the case of "The Ant and the Aardvark", the credits were designed with torn construction papers, made to make it look like an ant's tunnel. Even the font's custom designed, courtesy of Art Leonardi.

Art Leonardi was the studio's go-to guy for anything that's needed for their cartoons, whether it's the title sequence, design work, animation and direction. He even received credit for designing the titles in "Hoot Kloot" and "Dogfather".

One thing I noticed is that the director's credit is in larger font. In every other DFE cartoons, the director's name is the same size as to the other crew members. I swear that Friz felt being a director was no big deal.

Another thing I noticed are the credits for "Graphics" and "Color". That's actually Layouts and Backgrounds respectively, and this series is the only one where they are credited as that (except in one Roland and Rattfink cartoon "Hawks and Doves").

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


I updated my 16mm list.

Animation How-To

Anyone recommend a good Animation How-To book? I mean hand-drawn animation, not Flash or CGI.

Alot of people said good things about Preston Blaire's book. Any other suggestions?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Calvacade of Comics

I put this up on eBay. Only 3 days, so you'd better hurry.

He remembers it... we don't have to.