Friday, August 31, 2007

Write this one down

" Certainly it is more important how a person takes his fate than what it is. "
Wilhelm von Humboldt

( I wonder if this includes rejection slips ? )

Politically Correct Cartoon

ZEITGEIST ( The Comic )

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The GAG RECAP Magazine

This drawing was on the cover of the 50-year old trade journal for professional cartoonists and gagwriters, October 2006.

Good Housekeeping

This cartoon from the November 2005 issue, page 218. Maybe she should try a good supersized prune diet, ( now called DRIED PLUMS . . . for those who haven't heard )

Now you tell me . .

" It's really safe to be happy now. "

ZEITGEIST ( Daily Comic )

Write this down

" Death is a very embarrassing event to the ego. "

ZEITGEIST ( The Comic )

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Harvard Business Review Cartoon

This cartoon was in the December 2006 issue, page 122.
It reminds me when I had my sign company, I was surrounded by a lot of yes men . . . I don't recall any of the women saying yes to me about anything . .


" Those who injured us only did what they knew what to do, given the condition of their lives. If you won't forgive, then you allow those ancient injuries to continue their hold on you.

Leatherneck Cartoon 2007

This recent cartoon from the September 2007 issue . I Sold the first one to this magazine while stationed with the Marines on Okinawa in 1956-57 . . Good to be in the same issue with legendary New Yorker cartoonist and also a former Marine, GEORGE BOOTH, who was also stationed on Okinawa 10 years before me . . . . The big difference is that he was in the BATTLE OF OKINAWA . . by the time I got there it was all over.

ZEITGEIST ( The Comic )

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Medical Economics Cartoon

This cartoon from the January 19, 2007 issue of Medical Economics, page 84. Everyone knows people like this jerk.

ZEITGEIST ( Daily Comic )



( Roy Delgado trying to sell The New Yorker some of his drawings )


" There hath grown no grass on my heels since I went hence. "
Nicholas Udall

Good Advice

" Be awful nice to 'em goin up, because you're gonna meet 'em all comin down. "

Monday, August 27, 2007

On Positivism

" A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.

ZEITGEIST ( Daily Comic )

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Recent United Airways Cartoon

This cartoon is from last month's issue of HEMISPHERES: The Magazine of United Airways.

Recent Woman's World Cartoon

This one from the August 28, 2007 issue . . This magazine colors them for you . . they have a very capable person doing the job . . I like the airbrush work on the purple hooded jacket.

Definition of Success

" Success is the progressive realization of a personal worthwhile goal. "

As long as YOU set your own goal, as long as it's worthwhile, challenging and meaningful to YOU, and you're moving towards it . . you are being successful.

To be TOTALLY SUCCESSFUL, it is wise to set goals in all of the areas that makes us Human Beings: SOCIAL, FAMILY, EDUCATIONAL, PERSONAL, FINANCIAL PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL.

On Laughter

" Laughter has no foreign accent. "

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Ancient Advice

" No one knows what he is able to do until he tries. "

Barron's Cartoon - 2006

I like Marriage Counselors, Shrinks, Quacks, Shysters, Politicians . . man, what a group . . A really great place to stage a scene . . they're already funny . . just talking to some of them.

Friday, August 24, 2007

NYer Satire Cover - Kentucky Fried Blubber

I thought this would've made an interesting cover, but what the hell do I know . .
Why not ? It's KFC everywhere except in Alaska it's KFB.
Funny thing, it tastes like chicken !

Nat'l Lampoon Cartoon - PBS Special

This cartoon appeared in the recent book: " National Lampoon's Favorite Cartoons of the 21st Century " Edited by Jay Naughton
( National Lampoon Press 2006 )
This drawing was rendered first with a soft pencil and then gradually going over the light pencil lines with 4B and 6B charcoal pencils . . then I scanned the image and doctored it up with my Corel Paint Shop Pro XI Program.

On Patience

" On the whole, it is patience which makes the final difference between those who succeed or fail in all things. All the greatest people have it in infinite degree, and among the less, the patient weak ones always conquer the impatient strong. "

" Patience is bitter but its fruit are sweet. "

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Write this down

" No one can create anger or stress within you; only you can do that by virtue of how you process your world. "

Peter Wyma Cartoon

Back in the 50's I'd written to Peter since he had also attended The Billy Hon School of Cartooning in Los Angeles and I was a great fan of his . . . I begged him for an original and he sent me this wonderful drawing on 3 ply bristol that appeared in The Saturday Evening Post . . . As anybody knows, Peter Wyma probably influenced more cartoonists than anyone at that time. My mouth watered when it arrived . . I was just a punk kid at the time ( now I'm just a punk ).

Steve Duquette, Al Johns, Grover Troop ( who ghosted for Jimmy Hatlo for a short time ) and Dick Smolinski were all Billy Hon alumni . All attended just before I did ( 53-54 ).


" All you have become is all you have thought. "

Reader's Digest Indian Waterbed Cartoon

This one was bought by Reader's Digest around 2000 ( before 9/11 ) . . A few months ago, while talking to the editor about something else, I mentioned to him that I hadn't seen it in print and was wondering what happened . He said they probably bought it for the European market. . . yeah sure . . . It seems like that's the last place they'd want to print it . . . . but he said I could do whatever I want with it . . . I don't know what to tell you . . .

On Success

" Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success. "

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

International Cartoon Contest - Haifa '96 Honorable Mention

147 cartoonists from 36 countries competed in this annual free theme cartoon contest. Only 2 USA Winners, Kathleen A. McSherry - Excellent Prize and yours truly, Honorable Mention. It's more of a cultural event, that helps to bridge understanding between countries, etc. There were cash prizes and trophies and plaques for the winners but zilch for the almost rans like me . . just a piece of bond paper ( not even on parchment paper ) .

JOURNALISTA The news weblog of The Comics Journal

This website of the highly respected Comics Journal Magazine ( The Magazine of Comics News & Criticism ) posted on August 20, 2007 . . . " If you're a fan of good gag cartooning, do yourself a favor and bookmark Roy Delgado's Blog right now. "

Thanks for the nice words . . I think this calls for a drink . . right now.

Lee Lorenz ( former cartoon editor of The New Yorker )

Says about the book: " A Funny Thing Happened on the way to The New Yorker " . .

" Roy Delgado is much too modest. This collection includes not one but, by my count, 85 funny things that happened on the way to The New Yorker. Original, amusing and for the aspiring cartoonist, inspirational ! "

New Yorker Satire Cartoon

The interesting thing about this cartoon is that a black & white version of this drawing first appeared on the cover of PROtooner Magazine in the late '90's and then again appeared on the cover of The Gag ReCap Trade Journal ( October 2002 ) and then The Wall Street Journal purchased it in 2004 . . . . it just so happened after 3-4 months went by and whileI was talking to the Cartoon Editor about something else, I asked him if it had been printed because I hadn't seen it. He told me that the editors above him at the last minute decided not to run it because both The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker had books of cartoons coming out about the same time and that it might look bad because of the timing. He went on to say he thought it was funny because some people complained about not understanding some of the pointless cartoons and that it was basically a good satirical gag. And then he said, it's okay, you can keep the money, and the cartoon is yours. ( That's the part I liked )

This is the cartoon which was used for the cover of the book : " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The New Yorker " Book available around October, 2007.

Nat'l Lampoon Cartoon

This cartoon is from the recent book:" National Lampoon's Favorite Cartoons of The 21st Century " Edited by Jay Naughton, National Lampoon Press, Sept. 2006.


" Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. " LANGSTON HUGHES

" The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Monday, August 20, 2007

My Wife Ran Off . . 9284

Cute little buns . . 9293

New Yorker Satire

This one also appeared as a cover for The Gag ReCap Magazine. Some of the covers like this were controversial to some, and the magazine received a letter or two from people who got bent out of shape
. . they ( the naysayers ) thought I should be subject to a wrath like Salman Rushdie . . for crysakes it was all just satire . .

Some people would complain if they were hung with an itchy rope.

I LOVE The New Yorker Magazine, and I think Bob Mankoff is a marketing genius. It's the greatest magazine there ever was! LIGHTEN UP . . What's the fear ?

If you don't get it, you don't get it.

" Fear is a question. What are you afraid of and why ? Our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them. " MARILYN FRENCH, b. 1929 American Novelist

New Yorker Satire

Somewhere in the neighborhood of my 9000th cartoon rejected by The New Yorker, I began to feel like Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. I actually HAD a dream very similar to this depiction and it was erie . . but it made me work harder and soon after this, my work began to improve and I started selling everywhere. This drawing appeared as a cover for The Gag ReCap Magazine.

Recent Good Housekeeping Cartoon

This one from 2006 came on the heels of all the media noise about journalists under subpoena having to reveal their sources under court order . . always a contentious situation

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Recent National Law Journal Cartoon

This is the kind lawyers like to see . . like this one from a November '06 National Law Journal.

Recent American Legion Lawyer Cartoon

Everybody likes a good lawyer gag. There are 2 types of lawyer gags . . A lawyer gag that people tell to someone OTHER than a lawyer ( This type won't be funny to lawyers ) but everyone ELSE likes them . . like the one shown here . . . Then you have the lawyer gag a lawyer will tell another lawyer, like the one shown on the Recent National Law Journal post.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Recent Sat Eve Post Cartoon

This drawing is in the August-September 2007 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. I like Grandma stuff. I like Grandmas . . I think EVERYONE should have a Grandma!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Taliban version of of Bill Mauldin's Willie & Joe

Willie & Joe AND Bill Mauldin probably just rolled over in their graves. In loving memory of
a truly great cartoonist . . a tip of the hat . . we miss you . .

Recent Playboy Bligot Cartoon

Back in the 50's, this contraption that looks like a large
Escher-like tuning fork was called a BLIGOT and became
very popular . . I learned to draw it in high-school and it
stuck with me where I found myself drawing it at parties
and gatherings, etc. I recently saw the gadget by itself printed
on a roll of toilet paper along with a thousand other drawings,
jokes, bumper-sticker sayings, etc. . . the roll of toilet tissue
was given as a promotional freebie when you purchased a
boxed setof MAD Magazine CDs. . . Anyway, the gag came to
me . . I immediately drew it up, played with the gradient tone
on my computer program ( Corel Paint Shop Pro XI )
to get the BLIGOT to look like stainless steel for effect . . .
I felt extra good about the result . . This, my 19,326th
attempt to sell The New Yorker . . was going to be
the one that did it ! In a frenzy I shot it off to " The
keeper of the gate " ( as my friend Aaron Bacall refers to him )
at 4 Times Square in New York . . but it soon became ( probably
after checking on their imaginary enemies list or checking
to see if I was over 30 ) another rejected statistic. I then
immediately sent it to PLAYBOY and they bought it.

Recent Greeting Card

Cartoon of the Day (9405 )


" If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
Vince Lombardi

" None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. "
Henry David Thoreau

" The world belongs to the energetic. "
Ralph Waldo Emerson

" He did it with all his heart and prospered. "
2 Chr.. 31:21

" Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. "
Sir Winston Churchill

Thursday, August 16, 2007

You can do more than you think you can . .

'" If we did all the things we are capable of doing we would truly astound ourselves. " Miguel de Cervantes, 1547-1616 Spanish Writer

Arthur Tcholokian Photo

I had the pleasure of meeting the well-known world-class photographer, Arthur Tcholokian in the 80's when I had my sign company ( Roy Delgado & Associates ) in Northern Virginia. Arthur, an Israeli of Armenian descent, had been living in New York and had recently moved to the Washington, D.C. area to open up his photography studio. I had designed and fabricated a custom 3x5 ft. flag for him and we traded services. The celebrity photographer had to his credit, several photography books, and had portrait sessions with Golda Meir, Bobby Short, Salvador Dali, Lena Horne, the celebrity list was endless . . (worth your while to google up his name ) We became pretty good friends and he was going to teach me about photography ! Unfortunately, about 9 months after we'd met he passed away with a heart problem. He was an artist and a truly charming talented world traveller with a thousand interesting stories . . I miss him.

The Future Belongs to You

" The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. "
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962 First-Lady of the United States of America, Writer and Diplomat

Tycoon Cartoon

Image of ny1367 - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

On Genius

" Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this: when I have a subject in mind, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it . . the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought. "
Alexander Hamilton, 1775-1804 American Statesman

Attitude Can Shape Your Life

" A positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative, he refuses to dwell on it. Positive thinking is a form of thought which habitually looks for the best results from the worst conditions. "
Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993 American writer and minister

Monday, August 13, 2007

On Goals

" When goals go, meaning goes. When meaning goes, purpose goes. When purpose goes, life goes dead on our hands.
Carl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss Psychiatrist

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Be careful what you think about

" Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, and enthusiastically act upon, will inevitably come to pass. "
Paul Meyer ( SMI )

Never Give Up

" When I was a young man,I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.
George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950
Irish Dramatist, Writer and Critic

Saturday, August 11, 2007

On Determination

" Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on
after others have let go. "
William Feather

Bob Weber Sr.

Bob Weber Sr. ( from Westport CT )is travelling to Tucson AZ for 6 weeks to work alongside his son, Bob Weber Jr. . . They both work on " Slylock Fox & Comics for Kids "together . . Bob Sr. shuttles to Tucson several times a year but lives in Westport, CT. He needs to get back in late September where he's scheduled as a cartoon instructor at schools and libraries around Connecticut. In between all this, he still produces his daily syndicated cartoon strip of 40 plus years: " Moose & Molly " for King Features.
On top of all this, he's midway in reading " The History of Civilization ", " War & Peace ", " Atlas Shrugged " and " The Biography of The Three Stooges ". ( Just Kidding ).

Monday, August 6, 2007

Portfolio of Cartoons.

My Photobucket Album

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The New Yorker - - ( The Book )

New paperback book coming out in October, " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The New Yorker " By Roy Delgado ( published by Xlibris Corporation. )

107 pages ( 9x6 in. )

Softcover $10.00
Hardcover $20.00
plus s&h

The book has an interesting 700 word Foreward and bio . . .
a great collection of 95 cartoons all rejected by The New Yorker yet all went on to be grabbed by The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Harvard Business Review, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, Business Law Today, The National Law Journal, Medical Economics, Etc., Etc. . . all hand-picked by the editors and the author AS THE VERY BEST.

This first edition will truly be a collector's copy.

Order from . . For more information, contact Xlibris at 888.795.4274 .

Also available at, Barnes Noble, or at your bookstore.

Send check or M.O., $14.95 softcover, $24.95 hardcover, ( includes S&H ) to
Roy Delgado
PO Box 1135
Petersburg WV 26847

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LEE LORENZ ( Former Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker )
" Roy Delgado is much too modest. This collection includes not one but, by my count, 85 funny things that happened on the way to THE NEW YORKER. Original, amusing and for the aspiring cartoonist, inspirational. "

SAM GROSS ( Renowned New Yorker Cartoonist ) says: " Anyone who knows Roy Delgado ( his work ) knows he's a slam dunk, Roy Delgado is the CHICAGO CUBS of MAGAZINE CARTOONING. "

NORMAN HOTZ ( Cartoon Editor of Reader's Digest )
" Since receiving Roy Delgado's " A Funny Thing Happened on the way to The New Yorker ", I've been mumbling ' I love the misses ' a few times a day. I hope she never finds out I was talking about Roy's attempts at The New Yorker ". The relationship between words and images can be a wonderful thing. When that relationship is brought together by the wit of Roy's pen, it is an extraordinary ( funny ) thing. "

GENE PERRET ( Bob Hope's chief gagwriter for 24 years, 3-Time Emmy-Award winner, has written and produced numerous situation comedies incl . Carol Burnett Show, Laugh- In, Three's Company, Tim Conway Show Etc., Etc. ) says: " Any book that has at least one laugh on every page is worth reading. Roy Delgado's ' A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The New Yorker ' certainly has a laugh per page. I just wish it had more pages. Wonderful cartoon art, terrific humorous observations, and an inspiring tale of how Roy Delgado continues to wend his way to The New Yorker . "

PHYLLIS DILLER on GENE PERRET " Gene Perret is the world's top authority on comedy writing, thinking, and presentation. "

CHARLES PRESTON ( Cartoon Editor of The Wall Street Journal )
" A very amusing collection. Lots of laughs for everyone . "

RON GOULART ( World-renowned comics historian, author of 20 books on the history of comics, science-fiction and mystery author of over 180 books ) says: " Very funny . . Roy Delgado is the nation's funniest signpainter/cartoonist. "

BILL KEOUGH ( Editor of The GAG RECAP, The 50 year old International Trade Journal for Professional Cartoonists and Gagwriters ) says: " This is a great book . . It doesn't seem possible that The New Yorker rejected all these cartoons . . the next time they rewrite the dictionary, they should include Roy Delgado's name in their definitions of ' rejection ' and ' hilarious '. "