Thursday, July 30, 2015

I'VE WRITTEN A NOVEL!

Just completed: The first draft of my first novel. 50,003 words, 176 pages.I've written texts all my life, and have always been complimented on them, but they were always short and usually rants. (Howard Post told me, "Man, you can write, but you write about SHEE-IT!") This is the most "sustained" fiction I've ever written. Why? Because I wanted to do something new with my time, and communicate in a way that didn't involve drawing a line. I haven't read it all the way through yet, and I don't know what my verdict will be. But I've done it! IT'S MINE, GODDAM IT, IT'S MINE!!







Monday, July 20, 2015

TERRYTOON TIME!

Three of my favorites, all posted on Devon Baxter's chronological You Tube page, Terry Toons. 

THE GLASS SLIPPER. I hadn't watched it in a good long while. It's very funny, and has a somewhat sophisticated touch for a Terrytoon. Amazingly, no gags ripped from other Cinderella cartoons.



ALL ABOUT DOGS. One of the best Terry spot gag cartoons. Rivals the other studios in a difficult genre.



MAGPIE MADNESS. To me, it's the best "plotline" Heckle & Jeckle ever had.


Monday, June 29, 2015

WAKE UP!!

Let's not just get caught up in the magic of gay marriage, people. The South Carolina Massacre just happened, and there are many more issues still to be addressed.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SEX APPEAL!

Snappy Polish jazz theme.



The song as introduced by a popular film actor in a bewitching drag act.


SEVENTY YEARS AGO!!

By Jay Jackson.

Friday, June 19, 2015

THE EVIL OPPRESSORS

Hey, all of you who whine about your "politically correct" times; are you happy now? Got freedom?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I MISS HOWIE POST!! (November 2, 1926 – May 21, 2010)



The following are excerpts from a Facebook thread which I started about the renowned comics artist, then answered some questions..) 

He was a hero since my childhood. 

(Throughout his career, his work was loose, loopy & fun, and really brought life to the Harvey comics they were usually starved of.)

I finally met him working for Marvel/Star. It's clear to me that no one will take his place, as an artist or as a friend.

Howard was a kind of old school gentleman who simply doesn't happen in American life anymore. We could talk about art & music (and fishing and women) to a degree that puzzles most cartoonists today who see Bugs Bunny as their goal in life. (He admired the WB cartoons as being the best comedy scripts, and more than once cited Foghorn Leghorn's quote about "keeping my feathers numbered" as a favorite.) 

This is one of the films Howard directed. It's very much his sense humor: gentle, whimsical, and even a touch of love.



Not long before the end, Howard expressed a feeling that cartoonists were mostly "cartoon geeks" and "archivists" today, and I miss his style of seeing life in what's left of "the industry".

ANTHRO from the 1960s was his proudest achievement. 

He was very into Matisse, Picasso (whose later work he called "old man porn") and Chagall. He admired, and possibly envied, the daily action cartoonists like Alex Raymond. He recommended several books to me which I've bought & haven't read; ANGELA'S ASHES was one.

Music-wise, he was very much into Errol Garner. A song he liked very much: "Little Old Lady" by Hoagy Carmichael.



He saw Ben Franklin as a hero. 

(Howard will always be one of mine!-MK)

Here, from Steven Thompson's blog, is a wide gallery of  Howard's work, focusing on the rarely seen earlier work from DC and Harvey!

http://fourcolorshadows.blogspot.com/search?q=howie+post 

 

Friday, June 5, 2015

MORE SKETCHES















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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SO-CALLED COMEDY TONIGHT

I went to a comedy open mic tonight, and it wasn't pleasant. There were no "jokes", but "Experiences". Along with the "I do/don't get laid" anecdotes, and "funny" bursts of  profanity when the jokes weren't working, all of the "comics" relied on race at some point. "I'm a white chick", "I was in the inner city", "black people scare me", etc. Just "open mic" cliches. I really don't need to go have a night of (theoretic) laughter and have to listen to a (white) kid take five minutes to tell me an anecdote about how the cops let him off clean, concluding with "And the moral is...White privilege still exists" as if it was some heavy, enlightened profundity. No one was humorous, everyone was bombing, I left early even though a couple of comics I DO like were going to come eventually. I may be off comedy for a while.

Anyway, I really liked (maybe even loved) OLD YELLER earlier today. Yes, my first time seeing it.

MK.

Monday, June 1, 2015

I'VE GOT YOUR BACK

It's refreshing to draw non-cartoons; almost recreation.

I had to kill a couple of hours today, so I stopped at the coffee house to draw people's...backs! I used to try to capture facial likenesses in my quick jottings, but (for now) that slows me up. I'm aiming for a general impression; physique, posture, pose, while my subjects stand at the counter. Backs differ. Clothing folds form designs of their own. A rear view can actually convey personality.

My thin Sharpie wore out during my session, causing me to miss a couple of good opportunities.. Fortunately, I learned the cafe has a jar of pens for artists & writers. From now on, I'll be using a ball-point! Inspired, I bought a small notebook on the way back, and plan (as always advised in manuals) to carry it in my pocket all the time.

BTW, this is my 300th blog post! Thanks to those who've stuck with it!


























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Friday, May 22, 2015

PAINTING AND COLOR

I had a gallery owner tell me to stick to "my heritage" in my paintings. My "heritage" is American. There are definite expectations as to the work a black artist is to do to be accepted. Needless to say, I hate the bastards.

POST SCRIPTS: A Facebook friend shared this post, and someone remarked that to say one's heritage is "American" is "too bland and pussy". To which I said: " My interests and loves are international. As America is. I feel no closer to "Black" culture than any other. I grew up with blacks unwilling to look outside their own neighborhoods. And hostile to those who did. That is a way of staying "safe". I call that "pussy"."

"Many black people think that because a popular entertainment has a black "face" that it is black "culture". News: They're all by the same producers. SHAFT is no more a "black" film than MAJOR DAD."

"I'd be more interested in doing a graphic novel about Van Gogh than about Frederick Douglass. But there are folks (black and white) who'd have a hard time with that aspiration." 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A GEEZER'S ADVICE

You kids are lucky. You don't have to buy old prints or postcards now. Or fill your rooms with books. It's all right here. Be smart with the money you save.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

OLD FRIENDS

















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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!


Monday, May 11, 2015

DEBASING THE "WRISTS"

Makes me boil when someone says such-and-such an actor was ON "Futurama" or IN "Frozen". They were VOICES, Godamnit!!

More Later, MK.

Friday, May 8, 2015

GASTON LACHAISE

My previous complaint: "Another artist paints, and it's a "celebration of womanhood". I paint and am just a lech."

Bursting forth, the work of an artist I love, and, to an extent, choose as a model, Gaston Lachaise. Celebrated as "greatest American sculptor of his time." (Images from pinterest.com.)























FINE ART?

Another artist paints, and it's a "celebration of womanhood". I paint and am just a lech. I'm getting angry, people.














P.S.: A Facebook friend commented on this post, and I'll restate my thought here...

It is thoroughly true that race is a major part of the issue. It dictates what an artist can and cannot do to expect support in the fine art "world"-MK.

COPYRIGHT 2015 BY MILTON KNIGHT

Thursday, April 30, 2015

FELIX SIGHTING!

IT'S NEW TO ME, FELLAS: Some worthy soul has uploaded a FELIX cartoon I directed back in 1996 and have NEVER SEEN myself 'til 2:30 this morning!! I mean never. The last show of the season ended in a rush; my assistant was called back to THE SIMPSONS, so I did the screenplay & storyboard alone in a month. The season ended, I was out on the street and deliberately avoided seeing the cartoon, thinking I'd only cringe. But aside from some dialogue that didn't come off, even I'm rather...pleased. (The cartoon, GROSS GHOST, begins at 7:50.)

Four cartoons done in about six months, and no film back from Korea 'til after the season was finished. No chance to learn from my mistakes. It was a silly situation. I dearly wish I could have gotten into a "groove" and steadily improved as I directed more, but that was not to be.



The cartoon being of ghostly nature, I incorporated images from the HALLOWEEN STOMP cd cover...





Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC...and RUSSIAN CARTOONS

Compiled on my YT channel: a playlist of my favorite SOUNDIES & MUSICAL CLIPS, 129 and still counting. Tune in today!

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And: a playlist of RUSSIAN CARTOONS thru the 1930s-40s. Over three hours! Enter if you dare, Comrade.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PENCIL TO INK TO PAINT



In answer to a few requests, three more examples of penciled, then finished pages. This comic adaptation was completed in 2011 for the AFRICAN AMERICAN CLASSICS volume of GRAPHIC CLASSICS.

























Stay Sweet,
MK.

COPYRIGHT 2015 BY MILTON KNIGHT

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

IT"S BACK TO JAPAN...

...for a 1930s "making of..." promo covering one of the country's first color cartoons, made by Noburo Ofuji (1900-1961), pioneer of the country's art.

It's likely that what we hear is not the original soundtrack, as the lengthy cycles were probably carried by the authentic music score. Ofuji alternated between cel and cut out techniques, both with his unique decorative stylings. (Thanks to "bumbumdbear".)



If the date attributed is correct, Ofuji's cel work changed little over 10 years, as seen here in the complete 1948 cartoon, THE BEAR DODGER.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PENCIL, INK

From a 2003 HUGO comic.









2015 BY MILTON KNIGHT