Posts Tagged ‘MAD Magazine’

Fotographical Friday: San Diego Comic Con 2009. 

September 1, 2017

Tom Richmond (MAD) draws while I look on in goof-faced awe. 


Christmas loot part 2

January 6, 2010

My fave comic book store Comix Connections was having a progressive sale around the holidays. By the time I got there on the 2nd it was up to 80% on back issues and selected items marked with a yellow sticker.

(I did a signing there on Free Comic Book Day and they were nice enough to take on some of my books. My fear, of course, is that no one had bought any of them. But they only had one left, so either they’ve sold OK or the others had been yellow stickered and got cleared out before I arrived.)

Nice reprints of classic MAD paperbacks that I couldn’t pass up for $2 a shot. I bought all five that were there. When I got home I found that I already had two of the original books. (When I was at the store I thought about calling home to ask my wife to check the bookshelves in my studio. But I figured if they were duplicates I could give them away as presents. Aren’t I thoughtful?)

I’m teaching my “Graphic Novels to Film” again in a couple of weeks and we cover the Tales from the Crypt 1590s horror comics trip to HBO in the late 80s. This seems to be some sort of rarely published fanzine.

Alan Moore's Exit Interview

Speaking of my class and fanzines, we’re studying two Alan Moore works – Watchmen and V for Vendetta. I bought two of what appears to be self-published interviews. I saw one on ebay for $50. Needless to say, that wasn’t what I paid.

MADly rejected -Bracelet fever

December 22, 2009

Journey to the center of my sketchbook – MAD 20

December 21, 2009

The end of the year always brings a fresh crop of stupidity from the last 12 months in the form of MAD Magazine’s MAD 20. In 2006 I sketched out the above idea, fully aware that an illustrator more talented then I would do the final art. Mark Fredrickson was that illustrator. Made me want to break all my pencils.

You can download the poster – all legal and everything – here.

Whadda card!

December 14, 2009

My friend and fellow MAD idiot (as in “usual gang of…”) Tom Richmond has a post up about doing work with me when I was the Humor Editor for Marian Heath Greeting Cards.

MADly rejected – Fight to the finish

November 11, 2009



Once again, another idea rejected by MAD (I assume) because 14-year old boys couldn’t care less about the subject matter.

Really, can you blame them?

The Deapartment of Me

November 9, 2009

Scott Nickel and I shared some space in the most recent Stay Tooned magazine for their “MAD issue” and now he was nice enough to have me be part of his weekly “20 questions” feature on his “A Nickel’s Worth” site.

MADly rejected – A horse is a horse…

November 2, 2009



I proposed this piece just after the crazy amount “national mourning” that accompanied the death of that champion horse Barbaro a few years.

I figure that MAD passed because 14-year-old boys don’t really care about the Kentucky Derby and the like.

MADly rejected – He who must not be drawn

October 7, 2009

There’s been a lot of hubbub recently because Yale University Press is releasing  a book called “The Cartoons That Shook The World” and chose not to reprint the infamous Mohammed cartoon. All of which reminded me…

A couple of years ago the MAD editors send out a possible subject list for the annual “MAD 20″* to their writers. One of the subjects was the Mohammed cartoon…but they did not want any drawings of Mohammed to be part of the piece. I wrote up an idea based on the old matchbook advertisement “Can You Draw The Pirate?” which had a drawing of a pirate that you were supposed to copy. This would have been “Can You Draw Mohammed?”…and the rest of the matchbook would be blank.

It didn’t fly.

* The 20 dumbest people or events of the year

MAD #501 – Name dropping

September 9, 2009

The nice thing about being around for a while in “the biz” is that you start to know people. Now when I thumb through MAD Magazine I do a lot of “I know him…and him…and him…” Let’s go through the most recent issue, shall we?

Page 9
Sam Viviano (a sweetheart of a guy and I’m not just saying that cuz he’s the art director at MAD and, thus, my boss.)

Page 10
Paul Gilligan (the creator of the comic strip Pooch Cafe that I met through the National Cartoonist Society)
Bob Staake (have met in person, but beforehand he patiently explained his PhotoShop coloring techniques to me via e-mail. I still use them today.)

Page 12
Scott Nickel
Page 14
Jim Hunt
Page 46
Teresa Burns Parkhurst
(have met these three folks only via e-mail when I was the humor editor for Marian Heath Greeting Cards.)

Page 25
Tom Richmond
(met Tom via the NCS about 10 years ago. Last time we were together was at Comic Con, signing MADs and he showed me up again and again by drawing Alfred E. Newman well…something I could not pull off.)

Page 32
John Caldwell
Page 50
Jason Youngbluth
(met them only a couple of times when I was the chair of the Upstate NY chapter of the NCS – John and I still exchange Christmas cards.)

Page 39
Sergio Aragones
Back cover
Al Jaffee
(honorable mentions since I’ve met both at NCS functions but I doubt they’d remember me, although Sergio might recognize me in a pinch.)

I’m on page 51, by the way.