Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

MAD #500

May 6, 2009

Yep, it’s a milestone for MAD and they tried to squeeze in as many of the UGOI* as they could to celebrate. And it’s great to see new work from some of the “classic” artists – Duck Edwing, Bob Clarke, Paul Peter Porges, Angelo Torres, Mort Drucker and my personal fav-among-favs, the underrated Paul Coker.

And there is plenty of stuff by the “new” folks but, alas, I’m not in this issue. Unfortunate, but it’s just the luck of the draw. Editor John Ficaara does thank all 704 UGOI, and I’m proud to be one of their numbers. (And since I haven’t been working for MAD for long, I might actually be #704.)

Issue #500 is a bit bittersweet since it is the last monthly issue. From now on it’s quarterly.

* Usual Gang of Idiots

Late for his own funeral

May 5, 2009

The strip on today is based on something I told my wife I’d like to have happen.

I have been a “late person” all my life. A few years ago I was at a family funeral that did indeed start late and I was thinking about the phrase “late for his own funeral.” I decided that I would like my casket to show up to my funeral 20 minutes late…on purpose. I think it would lighten the mood.

Comix Connection

May 4, 2009

I had a great time Saturday at Free Comic Book Day at Comix Connection. I had really been impressed by their store (and their staff) when I stumbled in for the first time a few months ago, looking for a Hellboy comic for my class. So I dropped them a line and asked about doing something and, voila.

I got there just before 10:00 and the joint was hopping. And there were a lot of families with kids, which was great since comic book stores can be a bit fanboy-centric. I was there for four hours, meeting people, drawing on Bo prints I was giving away…until I ran out. Then I drew on these odd cover sheets that the printer put around each and every copy of my Jack N. Box comic book (a pain to take off.)

It was pretty wonderful and I can’t wait to do it again. Thanks to Bill and Ned and their staff (Jared, Josh Jim and anyone else I’m forgetting) for having me.

Oh, did I mention that I did some shopping there? Well, I certainly did.

Thursday is the new Sunday – The box

April 30, 2009


I like the flow of the images in the Sunday strip rerunning on today, but I’m not so sure about the gag. It feels like one that must have been done before in some version some where at some time.

The above drop panel appears to a s standard head-peek in a Kleenex box.

The Lost Man…

April 29, 2009

The strip up on today is yet another one with a character I’ll just call “The Lost Man…” (I just made up that name. And I think the ellipses will permanently be part of it.)

It’s not so much a character (always a different person, although pretty Sad Sack-looking) as a character type. Someone who is forlorn, trapped in a mundane life, whose dreams didn’t work out, who is looking for what escaped him, who is…lost. (I don’t think I’ve done a female version of this.)

Anyway, I’m going to add “The Lost Man…” to my categories.

SPACE recap – Part 4

April 25, 2009
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Ryan Claytor

(I’m going to do my SPACE recap in random posts throughout the next few days, as well as show art from some of the cool people I met there. Please click on it and visit their websites.)

Since SPACE is now a week-old distant memory, it’s time to wrap up my recap with some tidbits:

• Since I live in a small town without a bookstore, I asked my friend Jenny if there was a cool one we could go to in Columbus. We went to Half Price Books. This is the kind of economic model I like: spend money and get twice as much. (Notice that I didn’t say,” Pick out the books you want and pay half as much.”). Yep, I spent a lot there. Here’s what I got, in no particular order and from memory (since it’s a big heavy bag of books, it’s downstairs and I have a bad back.) Frank Miller’s Ronin, a James Sturm book, couple issues of Mome, Tank Girl, Anthology of Graphic Fiction, a collection of Stan and Jan Berenstain’s non-bear cartoons, a DVD of Flash Gordon movie serials and probably a few things I’ve forgotten

• I proved my unmanliness at dinner when Jenny pointed out that Payton Manning was sitting a couple of tables over. I know the Payton Manning is some sort of football guy, but you could point out any person short of a 12-year-old girl, tell me it is Payton Manning and I’d have to agree. Luckily, Jenny’s boyfriend Chris was the same way. Because of our collective lack of testosterone, Jenny had to call one of her “real man” friends who would appreciate such an occurrence.

• On Sunday night we watched my Flash Gordon DVD and another movie Jenny had that no one else would watch with her – “Comicbook-The Movie.” (Straight to DVD, directed my Mark Hamill, filmed mostly at the San Deigo ComiCon, starring a load of cartoon voice talent.) Y’know, how one’s interest in certain subject matter can carry one through a piece of entertainment more so than “regular folk”? That didn’t happen here.

SPACE recap Part 2

April 22, 2009

Pat Lewis

(I’m going to do my SPACE recap in random posts throughout the next few days, as well as show art from some of the cool people I met there. Please click on it and visit their websites.)

Saturday morning starts with my bad back fighting me. I get moving enough but only after quality time with a hot bath and a muscle stim device. (Not at the same time, though.)

After driving to the SPACE place I get my books into the joint via a New York grocery/laundry cart. (It is an item I have never seen in “the wild.” My wife had one from her Brooklyn days.) It is cool candy apple red but has no steering capabilities whatsoever. Gotta point it where you want to go the first time or you’re out of luck.

I get set up…and then my memory starts to embarrass me. I meet my next-door neighbor Marek Bennett. The thing is, I’ve met him before at MoCCA. At least, that’s what he tells me. When he mentions that he had a beard at the time, the rusty tumblers of my brain fall into place. Same thing happens in almost the same way with neighbor-down-the-way Pat Lewis. (It was SPX instead of MoCCA, and there was no facial hair involved.)

It’s slow early on so we’re all “preaching to the choir” (in other words, it’s mostly exhibitors looking at each other’s stuff). One guy brings over a “Monkey Meets World” book that he carted with him just to have me sign. I’m truly touched. Another person bring a “Stormfeld” book I was in (edited by the late great Wes Alexander). A couple of people (well, two) read Bo online and bought my books, which made me feel great….

…until I walked into the panel room.

Next time: There’s quite an echo in this here panel room….panel room……panel room……..panel room……

Still fighting…

April 22, 2009

The “Arguing Couple” are back today in the strip on This comic strip is presented in Pictogram-a-rama-vision for your increased enjoyment. (Seriously, it’s better them Blu-ray.)

(Here’s a post on the origin of the Arguing Couple.)

Thursday is the new Sunday – “Third base”

April 16, 2009


I posted back here about how I love the confusing back-n-forth wordplay of ol’ timey comedy teams. The Sunday strip on today harkens back to that. (Speaking of “ol’ timey,” I just used the word “harkens.”)

As for the drop panel above, a picture is worth a thousand words…even on a business card.

SPACE Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo

April 13, 2009

If you’re going to be in the Buckeye State this weekend (specifically in Columbus OH), I’ll be at SPACE – the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (specifically at booth #129).

I’ll also be on a panel called “The Adventures of a Working Class Syndicated Comic Stripper” at 2:00 on Saturday, April 18 with Jeff Stahler (“Moderately Confused” and editorial cartoonist for the Columbus Dispatch) and Steve Boreman (“Little Lost Dog”). None of us are (or in my case, were) at the top of the totem pole, so it will hopefully be a unique look at the syndication game. If you’re not going to be able to be there for the Q&A, feel free to send me topics that you think could be discussed.

(There’s a cool poster for SPACE that I saw…somewhere in e-land. If I find it, I’ll post it.)