Archive for the ‘MAD Magazine’ Category

Puppet sighting

June 16, 2014

This was in a MAD collection, but I’m not sure where. I think it was on the bargain racks at Barnes and Noble. You know the ones – lots of books published just to be sold at discount prices. And, of course Calvin and Hobbes collections. (Is there a massive stockpile of these in an underground bunker at an undisclosed location in the Midwest that is not, definitely not, Kansas City?)


MADly rejected – Dining out

December 10, 2013

Here’s three versions of a “Me, Myself and My Puppet” comic strip that kept getting turned down by MAD Magazine. The first was understandably rejected because any characters – not mine specifically – could be in that situation. I changed the gag but, alas, I think the first one was funnier. (The third version was done because the setup in the second one was too similar to a recent MM&MP.)




Poor promotion

December 7, 2013

Did I mention that I had a “Me, Myself and My Puppet” comic strip in this issue of MAD Magazine from months and months ago? Of course I didn’t.


What, him worry?

December 3, 2013

My son wearing the Alfred E. Neuman mask given to him by MAD’s art director Sam Viviano on a visit to the offices in 2012. He was about 1 1/2 and had no idea what a mask was, but he did get most of the staff to sit on the floor for a rousing game of “roll the ball.”


“Puppet” found in MAD collection

October 25, 2013


Equally MAD or MADly Equal

March 30, 2013


I’m not a bandwagony guy when it comes to Facebook. In most cases I don’t think reposting does much to further causes. But when the pink equal signs started showing up as people’s profile photos, I had to think about it more. True, I don’t think most Facebooking will “change” anything but in this instance I felt a show of support was needed for my friends who are directly affected by this issue.

The variations on the pink equal sign I was seeing were pretty creative. I thought about trying to come up with something, knew I didn’t have the time (or, more importantly, an idea), so I was about to just go generic when this was posted by my editor at MAD.

Dad’s stuff

April 27, 2012


My toddler spends time in my studio and the question in my mind is always how much do I let him mess with. Some of my “toys” have been “sacrificed”: slinky, wooden robot, Kermit the Frog puppet, etc. Others I’ve tried to keep away from him are mostly books. Lately, as you can see below, he’s been deshelving my MAD paperbacks and stacking them up elsewhere.

Above is another. It’s a Batman toy that a kid would put on his bedroom door. I got it while visiting the Seattle area and being trapped in a discount toy store with my pal, cartoonist, Chuck Gamble because of a torrential downpour. If you hit a button or trip a sensor the toy loudly proclaims “Warning. Batcave defense program activated. Please wait for security clearance” while music from Batman: The Animated Series plays. I’ve kept it away from my kid because it makes noise … and if you’re a kid, you’re not going to do it just once. When he was sick a few weeks ago, I broke down and let him play it with. I may live to regret it.


The MAD blog – Me, Myself and my Puppet

October 3, 2011

Did you know that the MAD Magazine blog, The Idiotical, is posting stuff from their Strip Club section on Mondays? And that the first Me, Myself and my Puppet strip is appearing today?

Could I stop asking so many questions?

SPX and the adventure of the man-purse

October 2, 2011

So a few weeks ago I went to SPX, the Small Press Expo, which, as its name implies, is about indy comics. Everything from one-person self publishers to “biggies” like Top Shelf. (The quotation marks weren’t meant to be a slur at all. Top Shelf is great and “big” in many respects, it just that it’s not huuuuuuge in the traditional sense.)

The biggest question when going to an event such as this is: Which man-purse am I going to use?

Yep, I call it a “man-purse.” Not a satchel or messenger bag.

And, yep, I have numerous man-purses.

Most of the ones I have came from other countries – a fact I use as a defense if someone gives me lip about it. And they are also different in size and what they can carry. For my trip to SPX I needed to be able to carry a couple of bricks of postcards (for the Jay Kennedy Scholarship and for my personal projects like Infant Fred and Dadding Badly) to leave on the freebie table. (Do I need to explain the freebie table? You’re all intelligent folks, right?) I also wanted to take a couple of Bo Nanas books with me in case I see someone I want to give one to. And, y’know, I might just want to buy some stuff.

So those were the perimeters. Looking on the hooks inside my studio’s closet door, I knew I needed something like a soft-sided briefcase. I have a couple (not from other countries) but they either had stuff in them or were just not to be found without a major search. (And since I’ve cleaned my studio for baby-proofing, there’s even more stuff in the already-bursting closet, making finding anything that’s not floating on the surface tricky.) So in the end, there was only one bag that fit the bill:


This is a bag I got as a holiday gift from my friends at MAD Magazine, which happens to be owned by DC Comics. The problem is, I don’t want to be “that guy.” (This is along the lines of my abandoned Summer T-shirt Spectacular!! experiment.) I don’t want to look like I’m advertising my comics nerdom. Although I’m not ashamed of it. (Or am I? Hmmm.) That aside, I didn’t want to be wearing the logo of one of the big two mainstream comics companies at an indy comic con and to be secretly sneered at by cooler-than-me hipsters. (Or outwardly sneered at for that matter.) So what to do? Simple – I’d just wear the man-purse with the logo facing in.

The problem is that the logo is on the flap so to get inside you have to maneuver a bit to get it open. To make this easier on myself I figured I’d just leave the flap unflapped, hanging to the outside. After all, this would mean that only the inside of the flap is showing and the logo is on the outside so it can’t be seen…… right?

Well, this is what it looked like.


So not only was it evident that I was wearing this logo, it was obvious that I was try to hide it.

What a nerd.

MAD about board games

July 20, 2011


My wife’s wonderful grandmother died in January. While my father-in-law was going through her house to prepare for an estate sale he found this game. He called me from Texas to ask me if I’d like it to be my inheritance. Being a fan, as well as a card-carrying member of “the usual gang of idiots,” how could I say no. (My grandma-in-law actually gave me some old MADs I first time I met her. She was pretty terrific.)