Sunday, February 19, 2017

BREAKING THE BLOG (for at least awhile)

In response to computer technology I intend never to let anyone forget my drawings are made by hand. *Never*.













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Saturday, February 4, 2017

JINKIES

A newly completed commission.



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Friday, February 3, 2017

SKETCHES










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Saturday, January 28, 2017

MUSIC TO READ THE COMIC SECTION BY








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"Laffin' at the Funnies" (1932) Ruby Newman and His Carlton Hotel Orchestra.



Posted by princecastle.

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"Sittin' Around on Sunday" (1935) Bill Staffon and His Orchestra".


Posted by princecastle.

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"I Love to Read the Funnies" (1945) Allen Nurse and His Orchestra.



Posted by phonomono78s.

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"Sunday Funnies" (Contemporary) Chad Cooke Band.


Posted by Chad Cooke Band.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ABSTRACT VIOLENCE

Battle between Bimbo and two bears. Freeze frames from I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (1931), a Fleischer Screen Song.













The cartoon.



 



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

JOSEPHINE BAKER IN CARTOONS

Like Bettie Page, Baker provided an excellent artist's motif. From European magazines of the 1920s-1930s.






 From flickr.com

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

RAGTIME SUNDAY






I resolve to have more Luckey Roberts in my life.


"Pork and Beans"



"Shy and Sly" (Click on image to hear.)


https://youtu.be/VqyWJsnmDWQ

Saturday, January 21, 2017

THE LOVABLE SANKICHI THE MONKEY

Here's another 30s Japanese cartoon that puts combat on the same level as video games, supposedly to prepare children to live with a world war. Good transformations and explosions. The use of sound is imaginative; occasionally more live action than cartoon. And it's the only foreign cartoon I've seen with an "American-style" cartoon opening title! By Mitsuyo Seo.

(Click image to watch. Thanks to MAXIMUM GAME PLUS for posting.)

https://youtu.be/2i5q0D4WU1k


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Again I'll post DUCK BRIGADE, also by Mitsuyo Seo from 1940. Anti-war ending in this cartoon in the American style. A year later, forget it. Soon, Mitsuyo Seo would be directing his infamous Momotaro propaganda features.

(Click image to watch. Thanks to VULTURE GRAFFIX for posting.)

https://youtu.be/PRZPqGz-m9k


Friday, January 20, 2017

NEW DISCOVERY, OLD ANIMATION

THRIFT AND SAVING OF TASUKE SHIOBARA (1925) by Hakusan Timura.  Soundtrack added for 1941 release. In a rough, very personalized comic strip style owing nothing to "normal" techniques. The hero wears a mild smile throughout, but his emotions are remarkably expressed in his gestures. He endures considerable, completely gagless torment, and is ready to throw himself off a bridge before the resolution. The burning town sequence is like nothing I've seen before, period.
A belief held by movie makers then was that audiences would relate to and be heartened by seeing characters suffering similar hardships. Not now.

Press still for link.  Thanks to MAXIMUM GAME PLUS for posting this.

https://youtu.be/W_oHeeaLOf8?list=PL1uoHbzYQbsUbjd2yQapwUaM_fq2tJxOZ
 

Monday, January 16, 2017

WARREN KREMER'S EARLY TEENS





Published by Ace Comics in the mid-to-late 1940s, Warren Kremer's HAP HAZARD comics (issues 15-24) were some of the most attractively drawn, tastefully colored comics on earth.


The style had touches of George McManus and Chic Young. Graceful figures, (mostly) good layouts, fine expressions, great action, attractive women, festivity. Life itself.

(Images from 1947-48.)














  
Scans of the complete series can be found at THE DIGITAL COMICS MUSEUM!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

THE HANDSOMEST MEN IN OLD CARTOONS

Bluto in SHAVING MUGGS...acknowledging that this clean shaven Bluto was Brom Bones from Disney's LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW (1949). SHAVING MUGGS was released in 1953.



The Conductor in A CAR-TUNE PORTRAIT.

Mutt in DOG GONE.

Oil Can Harry in A SWISS MISS.

A close runner-up was Horace Horsecollar.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

NEVER BET THE DEVIL

Some art from my newly colored Poe adaptation for an upcoming GRAPHIC CLASSICS.



























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Monday, October 3, 2016

BACKGROUNDS

Just about finished: My backgrounds for a color reprint/remake of a black & white story for GRAPHIC CLASSICS. As there are balloons & characters filling most of the space, I'm not rendering as "finished" as I might.






















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Screen grabs from the black & white "Milton Knight" Google search. I am overwhelmed, in senses good and bad!













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Thursday, September 29, 2016

THE "OLD GUYS"

In the 1990s, quite a few of the original animators were alive, and some of them working. But the new hotshots nor the studios gave a damn. Norman McCabe was at WB TV doing exposure sheets. The young Turks were threatened by him, or something; McCabe found himself on the receiving end of nasty office politics, and ended up leaving. It was the same case at the "new" WB for Maurice Noble, whose designs were paid lip service, but never followed. Friz Freleng was called in for one meeting planning the 1990s PINK PANTHER show, and actually donated a boxful of art from the original series for the new studio to follow, but his suggestions were ignored.

It's only been since these men died that animation became all about "studying" the old techniques. Now every animator (whatever that means now) wishes they could speak to an old timer.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

SERVITUDE TO EQUALITY


I've posted my page of art (from an unpublished graphic bio of CLR James) before. I'm not sure that many people, even British ones, would have noticed that I swiped from a coffee label to make the point.





Pictured above are the three ages of the label: from servitude to equality.
Labels borrowed from this blog, whose poster states: "At this rate I may not live to see the Sikh and McDonald’s first kiss."

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

SINCERE QUESTION

So what's positive about Trump aside from the "rape America great" platitudes? What has he actually offered besides crowd fever?

Asking "so what's Hilary got to offer?" is no answer, it's just a retort.

(Besides, I don't know.)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

UB IWERKS' "OLD MAID"





Ub Iwerks' best character: The Old Maid.



If the studio had offered a series of Old Maid cartoons, they would have made for truly original novelties!  But it was customary to grasp at straw Mickey Mice.





Thanks to dustincropsboy for posting these cartoons.