Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mike Lynch Transport Cartoons

I'm pleased to have a cartoon of mine on display at the Shrewsbury Festival this year. It's on the theme of transport. So, I sent on a bunch of cartoons. But, I still don't know which one of the batch of my "transport" themed cartoons they picked. I sent a bunch. I'm looking forward to my friend Surreal McCoy telling me which one made it when she's there this weekend.

In the meantime, here is everything I sent. If you want, tell me which one you would include in your gallery show.














Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy 80th Anniversary, Superman!

Here are photos of your two dads, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.















Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Video: Pulitzer-prize Winning Editorial Cartoonist Steve Breen Highlights California's Homelessness Problem

From the PBS News Hour:

Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen is using his drawings to highlight the growing problem of homelessness and the housing crisis in Southern California. Jeffrey Brown gets a first-hand look at the cartoonist and newspaper’s efforts to humanize and complicate the public’s understanding of the problem.

Video: Alison Bechdel, James Kochalka, and Edward Koren in Discussion

Vermont Cartoonist Laureates Past and Present: A panel discussion held April 8, 2018 with Alison Bechdel, James Kochalka, and Edward Koren via RETN:

Trailer: Editorial Cartoonist Mr. Fish Documentary "Cartooning From the Deep End"

From the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival:

Mr. Fish, a successful, outrageous editorial cartoonist, finds that his profession is dying. Can he support his family and maintain his unique defiant voice when biting satiric humor has an ever-diminishing commercial value. Ultimately CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END examines the compromises a radical artist makes (or refuses to make).

Monday, April 16, 2018

Meredith, NH: Bob Montana "Archie" Statue Dedication August 9, 2018


Photo by Morgan Karanasios.


Did you know that Bob Montana, the fellow who created Archie, lived in New Hampshire? 


Montana drew the first comic strip featuring Archie Andrews while renting a cottage on Lake Waukewan in 1942, and the strip would go nationwide in 1946. Two years later, he bought a 60-acre farm on Meredith Neck, and the town became the basis for many of the people and locations that would appear in the comic strip, even though Archie’s high school was based on Montana’s three years as a resident of Haverhill, Massachusetts.

In 1967, he bought the former Esso station on Main Street and converted it into a studio and gallery. He thought it would provide a quiet place to work, but his fame soon made it too popular a place for visitors and he retreated to the farm to work on the comic strip. 
The popularity of the character led to the renaming of the company that publishes the Archie comic books to Archie Comics, and the creation of a television series further enlarged the franchise.




GMP has commissioned from sculptor, Valery Mahuchy, a life-sized bronze “Archie” statue. The statue will honor Meredith resident and artist, the late Bob Montana, as part of Meredith's 250th anniversary celebration in 2018. Not only will the comic strip character find a permanent place in town; but also, it will serve as a tribute to Bob Montana's many contributions to Meredith. Among those contributions were protecting the waterfront from commercial development (Save the Bay), promoting Meredith as supportive of the arts, and preserving the village character of Main Street. In addition, Montana played an instrumental role in making Meredith's 200th anniversary celebration in 1968 a smashing success prior to his sudden and premature passing at 54. GMP welcomes the public to gather with the Montana family August 9th, 2018 in Community Park on Main Street. The statue will be commemorated there, across the street from Montana’s former gallery and frame shop.



Lions Club representative Marie Valiere presents a check to Greater Meredith Program Design Committee co-chairman Chris Williams and Archie statue subcommittee chairman Jim McFarlin in front of a model of the bench that will be built for a life-size Archie statue to recognize the town's connection to Bob Montana, creator of the Archie comic strip. (Courtesy Photo)

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EDIT:
 
I have problems with that article.
 
If you click on the Laconia Daily Sun link, you can read an article that recounts the story of Archie's success in a way I have never heard before. The Sun's version is that Archie, was, a comic strip, created by Bob Montana. And it was very successful. So successful that Archie Comics changed their name. Well, so far as I know, Montana pitched the idea at the request of one of the big MLJ owners. The comic book came first, and then, later, a daily strip. And it was a team effort. Granted, Montana ran the comic book/comic strip in the beginning, but there were many talented people who left their mark. There is mention in the article of a TV show hit series, but I'm at a loss to recall anything other than the animated 1970s Saturday morning TV series from years ago (which was based more on Dan DeCarlo's later Archie look, than Montana's), and the new Archie TV show that kinda is a dark take on the whole thing. So dark as to be unrecognizable.
 
Here is the story of Archie as I have been told:

I was fortunate enough to hear the story of Archie from Joe Edwards himself. (Joe drew the "Li'l Jinx" series in the Archie comic books.) Joe was there, in the MLJ offices, with Bob Montana and John Goldwater, as they were hashing out ideas. This was around 1940. Publisher Goldwater (whose first name was the "J" part of the "MLJ" publishing acronym) wanted a new comic book story, maybe something like the Andy Hardy series of movies. But what would it be? What do teenagers want? How do you appeal to them? 

He turned to the then-twenty year old Joseph Edwards. 

"Joe, you're a young guy. What do you want?" asked Goldwater. 

"Three things," said Joe, counting on his fingers. "Girls, of course -- money, so I can take girls out -- and a job, so I can make the money to take out the girls." 

Bob Montana created the initial look of Archie Andrews, Jughead and Betty Cooper for Pep Comics #22, December 1941. By the next year, Archie had his own title.



Related:

THE NEW ENGLAND LIFE OF CARTOONIST BOB MONTANA by Carol Lee Anderson

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

MOUSE BREATH, CONFORMITY AND OTHER SOCIAL ILLS by Jonathan Winters



I didn't know that Jonathan Winters had a book of cartoons.

Sure enough, he attended the Dayton Art Institute for two and a half years. And he was one of those people who drew as a hobby his whole life. But this book, MOUSE BREATH, CONFORMITY AND OTHER SOCIAL ILLS, is the only published record of Mr. Winters' artistic chops.

My thanks to my pal John Klossner for letting me borrow his copy. As of now, you can find inexpensive copies of the 1965 hardcover published by Bobbs Merrill and copyright that same year by Wintergood Inc.










-- Edited version of an original blog entry of May 15, 2013.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Favorite 1940s Gag Cartoons

Wow! Some more great gag cartoons culled from Dick Buchanan's amazing collection.

Here are some of Dick's favorite cartoons from the decade of his birth.

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1940’s GAG CARTOONS

1940 – 1949



The 1940’s were a decade of war and peace. As World War raged, those on the home front dealt with shortages--of meat, sugar, gasoline, rubber, nylons and men. Women went to work in factories and kids donated their precious comic books to paper drives.

Post War America meant a shortage of housing and an abundance of children. The baby-sitting industry flourished. Through it all cartoonists continued to ply their trade. Many cartoonists spent time in the military, but managed to continue cartooning from afar, by mailing their contributions back home.

Here is a sampling of gag cartoons from the 1940’s, culled from the Gag Cartoon Clip File in order to provide a glimpse into that tumultuous decade.


1. CHON DAY. The Saturday Evening Post August 10, 1940.






2. PERRY BARLOW. The Saturday Evening Post December 8, 1940.




3. RICHARD TAYLOR. Collier’s October 25, 1941.




4. BUFORD TUNE. American Magazine March 1942.




5. WILLIAM von RIEGEN. American Magazine March 1942.




6. BARBARA SHERMUND. Collier’s October 23, 1943.




7. AL ROSS. The Saturday Evening Post November 3, 1943.




8. CARL ROSE. Collier’s May 27, 1944.




9. BARNEY TOBEY. Collier’s June 16, 1945.




10. GARDNER REA. True Magazine October 1945.




11. SYD HOFF. The Saturday Evening Post June 2, 1945.




12. HANK KETCHAM. Collier’s January 5, 1946.





13. CHARLES ADDAMS. True Magazine July 1947.




14. OTTO SOGLOW. Collier’s October 11, 1947.




15. CHARLES E. MARTIN. Collier’s September 11, 1948.





16. ANATOL KOVARSKY. Collier’s August 14, 1948.







17. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s November 11, 1948.




18. MISCHA RICHTER. Collier’s May 7, 1949.