Posts Tagged ‘MAD Magazine’

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.

Stay Tooned – The MAD issue preview (of sorts)

September 8, 2009

Editor/publisher John Read asked me to be in this upcoming issue (more about it here) and requested I pick my 10 favorite Bo Nanas strips and write commentary about them. By happenstance, one of the strips is up on Here’s what I said about it:

If I wrote something really, really strange to come out of someone’s mouth I’d give it to Mr. Bench. This is one of the more “normal” ones. I had this concept written out for months, and I knew how I wanted the story to end, but it took forever to get the punchline.

(If you’re curious, I’m in the lower left corner, showing off my sparkling personality.)

Pre-enjoyed shopping – Part 1

August 19, 2009

It happens.

One owns too many books and then one goes to one’s public library’s annual used book sale and one buys not one, not two, but three, count ’em, three books one already has.They were Peter Arno’s “Lady in the Shower,” Gahan Wilson’s “…And then we’ll get him” and “Greasy MAD stuff.” There’s $2.50 I’ll never see again. (I mean…one’ll never see again.)

MAD #501

August 17, 2009

MAD #501

It’s the first issue of MAD since it switched from monthly to quarterly and it should be on the newsstands tomorrow…and I’m in it, with a new “Me, Myself and my Puppet.”