Monday, June 27, 2016

A MONSTER NAMED ZAOCHI

Illustrations from CHANG'E GOES TO THE MOON by Lou Jiaben.







WHATEVER YOU DO TO HIM, HE'S STILL OUR MIGHTY MOUSE!


























LAW & ORDER (1950)


Sunday, June 26, 2016

A GIRL AND A DEMON

Illustrations from A GIRL AND A DEMON, by Lou Jiaben. 1986.





























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"I Say It's Spinach" played by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, 1932. Poley McClintock had been doing a 'Popeye' voice with the band since 1927!

EXPRESSIONS

Expressions from HALIBU THE HUNTER, a Beijing book from 1988. Illustrated by Huang Wei & Chang Baosheng.



















WHAT'S NEW?

Quite a few illustrated kids' books made it from Beijing to the Chinatown bookstores in NY & L.A. in the early 1980s. Here are some loopy ones from one of my favorites, drawn by Liang Peilong.















































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I'm down to the Robin Hood weight I've been struggling for; I'm making what looks like a slow motion personal breakthrough; and I'm doing fine work you can't see. Everything's not bad right now. MK.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

OLD HUGO AD

A "Mr. Phil" posted this: An ad for an edition of HUGO that was to come out from another publisher before Fantagraphics' the following year.




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Friday, June 3, 2016

VOILA! ZE JOB, SHE IS DONE!

I'll probably think of something I forgot, but until then, the final draft of my first novel is officially finished!! 59,500 words; 220 pages.

Milt

Thursday, June 2, 2016

CHAINED FOR LIFE


The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton: A True Story of Conjoined Twins by Dean Jensen. 

The Hilton Sisters were conjoined twins who were what society had great problems with: sexually magnetic freaks. Just finishing this book and I highly recommend it. The Hiltons are remembered now for their two movies, FREAKS and the "bad" cult classic, CHAINED FOR LIFE. Outstandingly researched, with remembrances of those who knew them. Written with an urgency that reads as an absorbing novel.  They were raised as show biz slaves, lauded by audiences and high society, reviled as spawns of the devil (even into the 1960s!) and imagined as sexual deviates. The book relates their dramatic ups and downs in life: from renowned Broadway music performers to low level strippers and back again. (It includes a very in-depth study of the making CHAINED FOR LIFE, which lost them their life savings for at least the second time.)

Amazon information and reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Lives-Loves-Daisy-Violet-Hilton/dp/1580087582?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

http://www.amazon.com/Lives-Loves-Daisy-Violet-Hilton/dp/1580087582?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Friday, May 13, 2016

BRUSH STROKES GO UPHILL

CGI is not an "improvement" on drawn animation, stupid people! It's just different from it!!

Jankovics Marcell - Sisyphus (1974)





I love the point where the man pops into an abstract, swirling Ronald Searle-type line. It's this kind of graphic horseplay that excited me about animation in the first place. Connie Rasinski animation at 3:05. But Jankovics improves on it, with purposeful timing & finesse.  

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PAINT POT SYMPHONY(1950)


 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

THE CASE OF THE ARTIST

Animation for adults from USSR.
"1962...The artist-realist accidentally creates an abstract painting and becomes famous."
There is even a spoof of Jackson Pollock at work.Cold War propaganda equating abstract art with Western falseness, but it is clear that the film makers adored that art. Some of the best abstract painting & animation I've seen. By comparison, the "positive" realist art for "the people" comes across as falsity, especially at the wind-up. The moral is ironic, and the artists involved most likely knew it. What are you gonna do in a Fascist state? Un-be-fucking-lievable. And, thankfully, in pantomime.
(I haven't yet found a translation of the name of the creator.)

LAUGH AND SIN

LAUGH AND SIN, a short Russian gag from a few years ago. I came up with a "Slug & Ginger" gag in the 1980s that was very similar to this. At the time, it was irredeemably hostile and inappropriate.



Only one of a series of naughty TV fillers, aired, I would guess, after midnight. Here are, supposedly, all of them. Real SEX TO SEXTY stuff. (The "mermaid" one is possibly the pilot; it has the least repetitious gag, better cartooning, and a sexier woman.)



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

THERE'S A MAN IN THE FUNNY PAPERS WE ALL KNOW

Crumb as seen by a black cartoonist! Isn't that interesting? Hmmm? I smell a Taschen book! (Strictly segregated, of course!) From a TURTLES comic, about 1987.






 

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The kind of scribble I make when I get a pose idea but am otherwise occupied.


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Link:  "Tom Thumb's Drum", about 1931 by Jay Wilbur and His Band.




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Saturday, April 9, 2016

REVIEWS!

Responses from two advance readers of THAT'S SHOW BIZ!, my first novel:

"I have read five chapters of your book and I have to say I'm loving it.  Loving it!  Great prose style, well rounded characters, a great feel for the sleazy world they live in.  The only thing I suggest is being more definite about when it takes place.  Until you mention television it could be any time from the teens to the fifties.  Let the audience know when this is taking place.  Other than that I am eating it up.  Good show old man!"

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"The story is very vivid both in terms of the settings and characterizations. You can see and feel the events as they unfold. A for real page-turner!"

Thanks, fellas!-MK.

Friday, April 1, 2016

YOU KNOW WHAT??...I'm HAPPY.

I've completed the final draft of my first novel. Final before I test it on a few who've volunteered to read it, that is. Four bells for Milton!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

THOUGHT

"Political correctness". Stupid term, stupid argument. Empathy, courtesy, wisdom and class are beyond most people. They just want someone to excuse them for being pigs..

Sunday, March 27, 2016

ANIMATION THOUGHT

American animation creative standards have come full circle and degenerated from there. In the 1940s-50s, a certain locked in method was enforced because it was commercial, not because it was a creative decision. Even the artists themselves were tired of it, resulting in self parodies and occasional graphic experimentations. In the 1950s, things loosened up a little, and the 1970s brought a freedom of styles and channels of distribution (not talking about TV animation, which only got worse). Then, in the 1980s came Bluth and the "rebirth" of Disney. And now, 30 years since, many of the young devotees and artists insist on the old lockstep of the 1940s. Even now when there are no Fred Quimbys to answer to, they don't *want* to be free.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

THOUGHTS

'Geek' culture is replacing any other kind. That's why there are college classes on superhero theories now.

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I was in a restaurant today. Two men (one of them the owner) were comparing notes on the prices of their techno doo-dads (most of them being handy ways to watch movies): 
"Well, you know, you can't beat that price. (happy) You know, with the slave labor they use over there..." 
"That's right; you got a choice between people here working for ten dollars an hour, and over there for twenty five cents, which are you gonna choose?" 
I can certainly understand wanting to save money, but few people are thinking about what our country will produce (and will provide employment for) besides media entertainment and politics.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

THE JOY OF INK

I don't care; even if you CAN ink like Percy Crosby in Illustrator, you'd be faking it.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

POSES & PATRICK!

Hugo poses drawn in 2010.











HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

JUST ONE MORE

Here are some sketches and work notes on a Fitz-James O'Brien story I adapted for GRAPHIC CLASSICS in 2012.






































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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

POST #400

I'll be closing up shop again for at least a little while, folksies. Best Wishes, MK



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BOGIE SPEAKS

A memory of Humphrey Bogart. I don't know its source.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

A SUBTLE SUBVERSION

In today's culture, subversion is undetected unless you're banged over the head with a sledgehammer. Here's part of an interview from PAPER magazine, way back in 1988. (Zoe was a character I did for HIGH TIMES.)









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Friday, March 11, 2016

A PEPPY SONG ABOUT GOING TO HELL

Enjoy!


Thursday, March 10, 2016

THREE PAINTINGS

LUCHADORAS

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LIVING WELL

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ANNA MAY WONG

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"Two Little Blue Little Eyes", played by Eubie Blake, sung by Dick Robertson.



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