Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dustcap Doormat

When Gene Deitch took over Terrytoons he introduced new characters to be shown in their theatrical line-up, which by now have switched to CinemaScope.

One such character was John Doormat. John was a typical henpecked husband that's been in some form of entertainment since the dawn of time. What made him stand out, though, was a psychological torture he endured, having no assertiveness in his body, especially to his wife. It's explored in one short, "Dustcap Doormat", released in 1958.

The short was directed by Al Kouzel. Jim Tyer animated the ending, which I thought was fun.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

500

Wow. Over 500 people visited my blog yesterday, all because I linked to the drawing below.

In retrospect, I probably should have refined the drawing more if I knew that many people would visit. Like I said, it really was a super quick doodle.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Magic...


I should name the girl. She's been in my cartoons for a while.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Crunch Bird (1971)

A 1971 (very) short film produced in Detroit by Ted Petok and Len Maxwell. It won an Oscar, believe it or not.

And yes, this is the whole thing.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dooley's World

Dooley's World is a short-lived comic strip that ran in the '70s. It was done by 'Jolly' Roger Bradfield, who mostly worked in children's book in his career, and syndicated through King Features. You can read more about it at Stripper's Guide.

Roger Bradfield has since then retired from books and does painting on the side now. He hasn't forgotten about the strip, though, and has a website where he sells originals of his strips.

I haven't bought original strip art in a while, but after finding that site, I decided what the hey. He sent me two, reproduced below.




Most strip art I have are from within the past few years, so comparing how cartoonists drew years ago to today is interesting. Back then, you had to actually send originals to the syndicate, where they would note any changes required onto the strip itself. Note the blue pencil markings the editor scribbled into the second strip. Also, in the last panel, the misspelling is corrected by getting a xacto knife to cut out the part of the word, slice off the unnecessary letter, then gluing it back into the sheet. Such requirements needed in the days before Photoshop even existed.

Also, the originals are HUGE. It's 18.5" long. In comparison, I draw "American Paradise" on letter size cardstock (I fit two 3 x 11" strips into one sheet).

Monday, March 1, 2010

American Paradise



This strip ran last Thursday