Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Video: Pat Bagley, President of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists

Pat Bagley talks about a problem regarding the recent voting of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists board, and how they solved it. This short video includes a special guest, who will be attending the upcoming National Cartoonists Society Reubens weekend this May.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Video: Liza Donnelly: Gender Equality Through a Cartoonist's Lens

Rina Piccolo's New Art

My friend Rina Piccolo talks about changing her drawing tools and her "experimental phase."

"For about a year I've been in an experimental phase. If you're a visual artist, or any artist for that matter, you've no doubt experienced what I'm going through. It's a mood, or a feeling, or something that makes you want to search for the tools, media, and methods that will define how you approach your next project. More specifically, you search for the media that is best suited for the type of art you want to make. Although it's a fun phase to be in-- it's exciting to explore new tools and media, or familiar tools and media in a new way-- it can also be exhausting and quite frustrating."

Go see some of her new work at her blog here.

Monday, March 19, 2018


There is an exhibition of Bosc (1924 - 1973) originals in Paris. The show is curated by his nephew, Alain Damman. The gallery show opens on the 21st of this month. I received an invitation, but seeing as I am on the wrong continent, I will, regretfully, be unable to attend. Regardless, the invite reminded me of his terrific cartoons. Here are a few ...


Here are some J.M. Bosc (1924-1973) single panel cartoons from CARTOONS THE FRENCH WAY ("Roguish - Raucous - Ribald") edited by Rene Goscinny, Lion Literary Edition, published September 1955. Copyright 1955 by Manvis Publications, Inc.

Cover art by John Sidrone. Some pretty women in the cartoons, yes, but it's not too ribald at all.

All of Bosc's cartoons are wordless in this collection. Wordless sells internationally, you see.

Bosc's drawings are both specific, when they need to be, and spare.

What I like about Bosc is the element of surprise. Above: a violin as defense against critics.

Again, struggling against the odds is the above motif. Jean Bosc struggled with what we call shell shock for many years.

His sister Renée had the above cartoon rendered into marble in memory of her brother.

The cartoons dealing with death have another level to them after knowing that the cartoonist committed suicide.

Above: a good metaphor for cartooning!

There's a site all about cartoonist J.M. Bosc that I wrote about here. It's designed by his nephew, Alain Damman. You may gorge yourself on Bosc's cartoons there.

-- Edited from a November 26, 2007 blog entry.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Perry, IA: The V.T. Hamlin Room at the Hotel Pattee

One of the pleasures of 2014 was being in Perry, Iowa, where I taught cartooning classes at the elementary school, and then give a keynote address to the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner. I often think of Perry and it would be fun to return.

It was a celebration of cartoonists from Iowa, and seeing as I was born in Iowa City, I qualified! Also joining me was my friend, fellow cartoonist Dave Carpenter, who lives and works in Iowa.

I stayed at the Hotel Pattee in the V.T. "Snick" Hamlin room. Hamlin (1900-1993) was the creator of the Alley Oop comic strip. He was born in Perry. The room, appropriately, has Oop's dinosaur "Dinny" on the wall and the name of Alley Oop's residence, the "Land of Moo." As you can see, above Dinny is a row of comic book pages from some Alley Oop comics. These were made into a wallpaper mural that lines the top of the walls of the bedroom/living area.

Here are a few photos. It's well worth a stopover if you are in the area. 

The walls are decorated with Alley Oop memorabilia and articles.

I read from my Library of American Comics Essential ALLEY OOP book while there.


ALLEY OOP by Jack and Carole Bender on GoComics
R.C. Harvey: "A Stretch in the Bone Age: The Life and Cartooning Genius of V.T. Hamlin"
University of Missouri V.T. Hamlin Collection one and two

Thursday, March 15, 2018

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Favorite 50s Gag Cartoons 1950 - 1959

My friend Dick Buchanan has pulled some of his all-time favorite magazine gag cartoons for you today.  What can I say? He has very good taste. Thee are all from the post war "golden age" of single panel cartoons. As Dick notes, by the 1960s, a lot of magazines went out of business or cut back in general on their art.

Oh, take a moment to peek at some of his other terrific contributions by clicking a link below. There are a lot of gag cartoons to see!

Take it away, Dick ....



1950 – 1959

Here are some cartoons from the 1950’s,from a few of the cartoonists who were regulars in the major magazines of that era. Some magazines began to fold in the fifties, most notably Liberty and Collier’s--it was the beginning of the end for many other magazines that failed to survive the 1960’s.

Return with us now to the 1950’s . . .

1. JOHN BAILEY. The Saturday Evening Post October 17, 1953.


2. CHON DAY. The Saturday Evening Post April 27, 1957.

3. PERRY BARLOW. Look Magazine December 13, 1953.


4. DON KOERNER. True Magazine June 1951.

5. GEORGE DAVIS. The Saturday Evening Post March 19, 1955.

6. JOHN ALBANO. The Saturday Evening Post April 27, 1957.

7. HANK KETCHAM. True Magazine June 1951.

8. RAY HELLE. The Saturday Evening Post February 11, 1950.

9. A.S. (Andy) HABBICK. Cavalier February 1958.

10. JOHN GALLAGHER. Collier’s March 4, 1955.

11. GAHAN WILSON. Collier’s August 3, 1956.

12. JOHN DEMPSEY. Look Magazine February 17, 1959.

13. HARRY LYONS. The Saturday Evening Post December 15, 1956.

14. NED HILTON. Collier’s December 2, 1950.

15. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s February 11, 1950.  

More gag cartoons from the Dick Buchanan collection:

From the Dich Buchanan Files: Wordless, No-Caption Sight Gag Cartoons 1938 - 1970

From the Dick Buchanan Files: William Steig Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1965

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Favorite Gag Cartoons 1947 - 1958

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Hank Ketcham Gag Cartoons 1944 – 1952

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Hank Ketcham Roughs

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Holiday and Winter Cartoons 1948 - 1960

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: More Cops and Robbers Gag Cartoons 1947 - 1968

Dick Buchanan's Favorite Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1964

From the Dick Buchanan Files: More 1960s Cartoons from PUNCH

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Virgil Parch Part One; VIP in the 1940s

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Virgil Parch Part Two; VIP in the 1950s

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Even More Color Cartoons 1940 - 1956

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "Captions? Who Needs 'Em?" Wordless Gag Cartoons 1947 – 1970

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Orlando Busino Gag Cartoons 1956 - 1966

From the Dick Buchanan Files: CARTOONYFELLERS’ DIGEST, "a 1955 rag for cartoonists by cartoonists"

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Magazine Cartoons from Life and Judge 1931 - 38

From the Dick Buchanan Files: June 1953 Cartoonist's Market Newsletter

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: More Mid-Century Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Color Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1956

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Cops and Robbers Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Gahan Wilson: Early Gag Cartoons 1954 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Inkyfellers' Gagzette

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: The Years of Al Ross - 1947 – 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: New Yorker Cartoonists Abroad 1966-1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1945 - 1962

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "How I Create Humor" from 1950s - 60s Gag Cartoon Insider Journal "The Information Guide"

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1950s Color Magazine Gag Cartoons

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Funny Vintage Magazine Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1963

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Wordless Gag Cartoons 1944-1964

1953 George Booth Drawings for American Legion Magazine

Dick Buchanan: Winter/Christmas/Holiday Gag Cartoons 1940s-60s

Dick Buchanan: Some PUNCH Magazine Cartoons 1948-1963

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1946-64

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1947-62

Dick Buchanan: Some Favorite Magazine Gag Cartoons 1940-60s

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1931-64

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Don Martin Sound Effects

Just in case you didn't know, there is a web site that has cataloged the Don Martin sound effects. Sound effects like:

  • Ack gak gark! Man having a heart attack.
  • Blorf breedeet: Gagged man trying to talk.
  • Clink cloink bzzt: Putting money in Vend-O-Hair machine.
  • Grunch grunch gashlikt! Sculptor pressing thumbs into man’s head
  • Snap ploobadoof: Wonder Woman releasing her Amazon brassiere.
  • Spa-zunch: Superman swatting a fly on Lois’ back.
  • Spaloosh: Mafia informant dumped in river wearing cement shoes.
  • Stroinggoink: Olive Oyl falling down a sidewalk grating and being saved by her nose.
  • Thwak: Tooth being knocked out of mouth with a hockey puck.
  • Tip-tippity tap: Tadpole tap dancing.
  • Unklik: Man being released from dungeon wall.

More at the Don Martin Dictionary!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Feeding the Cat by Mike Lynch

Here's an old cartoon of mine that I like.

The trials and tribulations of feeding your cat.

First, you buy the fancy stuff; "Le Chic Meow:"

The cat response:

You buy another kind of cat food:

Cat response:

Back to nature with this, another wonderful food choice for kitty:

Cat response: