Thursday, March 26, 2015

OBSERVATION POINT

I'm at the awkward age when some people call me "young man" and others ask if I'm a senior citizen.

***

My coffin will say "THE END" on it.

Monday, March 23, 2015

MORE POE FOR YO' MONEY

Two more pages from a Poe NEVER BET THE DEVIL YOUR HEAD (TOBY DAMMIT) adaptation to be reprinted and newly colored for GRAPHIC CLASSICS.









COPYRIGHT 2015 BY MILTON KNIGHT

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NOLAN & NATWICK

I've been enjoying the loose, flashy animation of Grim Natwick & Bill Nolan. Two of the most advanced silent era animators, their splashy employment of graphic design were unsurpassed. This decorative approach to animation fell out of favor during the sound era, when Disney focused more on virtuoso movement than the stylings of the printed page. Terrytoons remained the main practitioners of the style until UPA rose to power in the late 1940s.

Be warned: the KRAZY KATs are not canon Herriman; they feature a generic Felix ripoff. (Nolan worked on FELIX, too.) If you are easily offended, I advise you stop right here.








Best Wishes, MK.

Friday, March 20, 2015

JUMBO PACK O'COMICS!


For Giant Size fun, behold my Jumbo Pack O'Comics!

For $22.50 (postage included!), you get the first two issues of MIDNITE THE REBEL SKUNK from 1987; Both issues of the 2002 HUGO books from 2002, plus the two new issues published since 2013, AND a sketch! (All the HUGO books are for Adults Only.)

I've only got five copies of MIDNITE #2 left, so act now for laughs!

I take both PayPal and money order, so contact me at miltonknight@earthlink.net for more information.

Best Wishes!
MK

COPYRIGHT 2015 BY MILTON KNIGHT

Monday, March 16, 2015

ZOE

Character from a short series I did for HIGH TIMES in the late 1980s.





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Saturday, March 14, 2015

POE BOY

First page of a newly colored reprint of my Poe adaptation for a future volume of GRAPHIC CLASSICS. Proof I'm thoroughly discouraged, but not utterly useless.



Header at my art site, http://www.miltonknight.net

Yrs, MK

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A CARTOON TO DIE FOR

I freaked out. A 1938 Russian cartoon that begins with a li'l hunter shooting & bagging critters ends in a full-scale battle with Mickey Mouse glove-wearing, American propaganda-looking Japanese.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GETTING HER RIGHT

A series of noodlings leading to the finished panel of a recent HUGO comic.



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Saturday, February 28, 2015

SIDENOTES AND SUCH

A band called The Hyperdrive Kittens has licensed an image of Ginger for their logo, soon to appear on everything from T-shirts to guitar picks.



HAPPY SIDENOTES:

I went to the cashier at the Big Lots store, and he was shaking a pair of watches at his ear. He said to me, "either they're broken or they need new batteries. You want to buy a watch for five cents?" I chuckled, thinking he was being funny, and proceeded to check out. I asked him then, "You're not serious, are you? He assured me he was. The only catch was, at that price, I couldn't return them. So I said I'd take them both. He conferred with the manager; it was all honest and above board and straight faced. Even if it turns out the watches are kaput, they'll be nice to look at for a while.





Bookshelf (mine), Asian studies section. Feasts for the eyes and mind (mine).













Unboxing today and found my two BABYSAN books by Bill Hume. The strip appeared in armed forces newspapers in the 1950s, during the American occupation. "Babysan" is like a juvenile Miss Lace, setting the servicemens' hearts afire. Though it's very well drawn (as were many of these military comics), the panel is notorious for its patronizing attitude today. (Several gags concentrate on Babysan's use of 'falsies'.)


Stay Curious,
MK.

Monday, February 23, 2015

WHO? ME??

Happy surprises come on the internet, too. A profile of yours truly appears on a site in honor of Black History Month!

http://didyaknowanimation.tumblr.com/post/111890200363/todays-black-history-month-post-is-about-milton

Proudly,
MK.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

RECOMMENDED READING






Not religion; just practical common sense on living in these uncommonly stupid times. One can be part of the world, yet not a part of its madness.

This is a switch from our usual programme, but I feel like having one.

***

A fellow said I seem ‘serene’. I don’t know about that, but I aspire to keeping my zest for life, but becoming tranquil, like a Buddha on a shelf, my spirituality deep inside me, like a sweet yam buried deep in the earth.

So there! *Hoo-hoo!*



K.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

THE OL' KICKSTARTER BLUES (AND A LITTLE PHILOSOPHY)

Folks nag at me that I "should" do another Kickstarter. I don't need millions to finish a cartoon. Just paper and ink. And there'll be no advance announcement (which I consider a curse). If and when I finish a picture, I'm gonna spring it on the public like a cobra. And they'll have to pay to see it!

***

Strange thing: A cry for help is ignored, but decide to just walk from the problem, and people knock each other down trying to keep you there.

Best, K.

Friday, February 20, 2015

GALLERY TIME!














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Sunday, February 15, 2015

EXPRESSIONS OF A DOGGY MUG (AND A PLUG)

I've just completed a King Adolph strip for the "funny animal" anthology MOLASSES #2.
I've tried to get as much personality as one can in four pages, and am proud enough to post some facial closeups from the story.





















For tons more funky fun, examine my HUGO comic book previews elsewhere on this blog.

Best,
Milt

COPYRIGHT 2014 BY MILTON KNIGHT

Saturday, February 14, 2015

VALENTOONS










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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ALLEY OOP: HARMONIOUS CHAOS

V.T. Hamlin! One of my favorite cartoonists. An artist with a Renaissance talent; he could make a beautiful design of every situation, every panel. The happenings might be the most violent and off kilter; yet the discipline was always there. Becoming a lost art.

















Harmoniously Yours, K.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

PENCIL CAPERS

Holly Chambers was a "funny animal" comic book artist now famous for finishing a book in a weekend while shot full of heroin. These panels are from closest I've gotten to a Holly Chambers session a a while; three pages in a stretch. I may do a fourth to finish the strip, but my biggest fault is that I like to think first.









Best,
MK

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

TONIGHT ON CARTOON REASEARCH!

Tonight at midnight: Jerry Beck's CARTOON RESEARCH blog will carry my article (with film links) on early Russian animation in the American style: SOYUZMULTFILM: THE FUN YEARS! Come join the madness!


Monday, February 2, 2015

THEY HAVE FACES NOW

From sketchbooks.











Happy Times,
MK.

COPYRIGHT 2014 BY MILTON KNIGHT

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A SNEEZE WOT IS A SNEEZE

Terrytoons, 1937: Conrad "Connie" Rasinski had started as an assistant to animator Bill Tytla (by then at Disney), and the master's influence showed in Rasinski's work ever after, but especially in his 1930s work. Like Tytla, he strove for comedy with every twist, turn and bob of his characters. In his enthusiasm, his drawings were highly graphic and approached abstraction (Terrytoon veteran George Bakes contended that Jim Tyer was "doing" Rasinski).

In cartoons of this vintage, there were brief moments reserved for more "realistic" character delineations; usually dancing girls, sometimes portraits on walls.

This is the first gallery of still frames on my blog, and I don't intend to make it a regular feature; to fetishize over an individual "funny drawing" is to ignore its purpose: to get on to the next one. No one drawing is more important than the next, unless it's a "held" drawing. To communicate the motion is the end to which every drawing "works". And this scene succeeds. Some would call it "over-animated". The shot lasts only a few seconds, and Rasinski wrenches this rare "literalized" (for a Terrytoon) head shot with all the overwrought, misshapen life he can muster. But there are enough repeats of drawings to allow one to appreciate them, even at 24 frames per second. The drawings communicate the action, and possibly gave a big laugh to the audience. Often, Rasinski's robust relish for his art was in plain sight, and for that reason, I find this scene special. A shining moment in an average reel.

THE IDEA: A baseball flies into the mouth of a man on a billboard.































































Here's the cartoon itself, to show how it a-allll works together.


And if you're in the mood for more, visit Devon Baxter's YouTube TERRYTOONS channel, where he has dedicated himself to posting every reel of these films in chronological order. (1930 to 1955!)

Let's hear it for Devon!
MK.