Archive for the ‘MAD Magazine’ Category
A few years ago the National Cartoonists Society had its annual shindig in Washington DC. Then NCS president and MAD artist Tom Richmond (not dead) was cajoled by his wife, “the lovely Anna”*, to do presidential portraits for table centerpieces. (It wasn’t as if Tom didn’t already have enough to do but, as has been stated, Anna is “lovely.”) I was able to snag this drawing of everyone’s fav 13th prez, Millard Fillmore (actually dead), but I did ask first.
*as Tom refers to his wife.
One place we went was the MAD Magazine offices, where Art Director Sam Viviano gave my kid this mask. This was also the time that my kid got the entire editorial staff* to sit on the floor to play a rousing game of “roll the ball.”
* there were only three in the office that day.
Comics publishers make these blank covered comics (with logo) that are popular at conventions where one can get one’s favorite artist to draw on it.
Or so I’ve been told.
No one’s ever asked me to do this before. This tends to be more of a superhero comics thing. And when I’ve seen MAD ones, they tend to be done by your more “identifiable” artists – your Tom Richmonds, your Sergio Aragonéseseses. I’ve been doing work for MAD for about ten years (and proud to be one of the “usual gang of idiots”) but I’m not a recognizable “MAD name.”
Anyhoo, last weekend I was at the Comix Connection’s Creators’ Cookout (and Alliteration Festival), eating a lot of meat barbecued by Deadpool artist Mike Hawthorne (the kinda guy who’s drawn on more blank covers than the number of meat treats he’s cooked for fans over the years at CC’s CC), handing out comic pages, drawing for folks, when Counter Monkey Jesse brought over two blank cover MADs for me to draw on.
Now usually what a “real” MAD artist would do is whip off a drawing of Alfred E. Neuman. I haven’t practiced my Alfred at all because I’m never in this situation. So I drew my most “famous” MAD characters from “Me, Myself and my Puppet,” and “Shishka Bob,” who’s appeared a grand total of one time (but, spoiler alert, he’ll be showing up twice more very soon.)
The MADs were added to the prizes for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank collection contest. I know there was a certainly more desirable item from Mike Hawthorne included, but I was honored to add to the pile.
At the end of every year MAD Magazine publishes the MAD 20 – the twenty stupidest people, events, etc. of the last twelve months. So, sometime in the summer they start soliciting ideas from their writers. Below is a song parody I wrote that didn’t get picked. (Such is the life of a freelancer.) It ain’t great, but here it is anyway:
(a parody by John Kovaleski, based on the song by Ray Parker Jr, ripped-off from a song by Huey Lewis)
If there’s something strange
Threatening your childhood,
Bet you’re going to bawl!
A remake with girls?
That’ll never be good,
On the web you’ll scrawl,
I ain’t afraid to boast,
In hateful comments that I post.
If misogyny is running through your head.
Chicks got such gall!
An invisible fear spewed out in threads.
They ain’t got no balls!
I ain’t afraid to be gross,
Cuz my opinions matter the most.
They don’t need an overhaul!
We know you’re all alone,
While you bitch and moan,
Yet you’re still gonna see