Friday, September 28, 2007

Good Housekeeping Cartoon

This cartoon appeared in the March issue, 2005, page 214 . . It's interesting, after 9/11 some publications shunned any cartoons with any kind of middle-eastern theme . . while others kept right on truckin' . . . you wonder . . does bin Laden look at cartoons ? Does he have any black helicopters ? Did he have anything to do with the Kennedy assasination ? Did he know McVey ? Does he need his head examined ? Would he even BE interested in a magazine called Good Housekeeping when he's probably living in a cave ? . . . so many questions, so little time.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Gautama Buddha


Japanese Proverb

Sunday, September 23, 2007


" You can't hold a man down without staying down with him. "


" The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the
person doing it. "

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Recent Harvard Business Review Cartoon

This one is from a very recent special issue in which all the articles were written by Harvard Business School Alumni having to do with LONG-RANGE PLANNING. The Nostradamas angle was a natural for the subject.

Robert Mankoff

This photo taken in October 2006 in The Barnes Noble Bookstore, where Bob gave a talk on the uniqueness of New Yorker Cartoons . . part of The New Yorker Festival in New York.

I'm not sure why he's laughing . . I'd cracked off a couple one-liners ( I wish he liked my cartoons as much as he did my one-liners ! . . At least I know how to make him laugh with WORDS. )

Roz Chast, Booth and Diffee were there and gave autographs. Wonderful presentation.

Recent Medical Economics Cartoon

This cartoon is from the September, 2007 issue, pg. 100. Some of my best friends are quacks.

Monday, September 17, 2007

West Coast Trip

Well-known magazine cartoonist and book author Donna Barstow from Los Angeles and Bob Weber, King Features Syndicated Cartoonist of Moose Miller and Slylock Fox & Comics for Kids, which he co-produces with his son, Bob Weber, Jr. We met at a nearby coffee bar and it was great to meet a colleague where we talked about the magazine cartoon business for a couple hours . . Donna's drawings have appeared in The New Yorker Magazine and all the majors . . Her work appears everywhere . . all the biggies.

Marty Murphy

DISCLAIMER - - - THE TITLE: " TWO GRUMPY MEN " ARE NOT REALLY TWO GRUMPY MEN. They're actually TWO FUNNY GRUMPY MEN. Having just seen the movie, the title was on my mind.

On Monday, Sept. 10th, Bob Weber and I drove into Los Angeles and got together with long-time legendary Playboy Cartoonist Marty Murphy and we all sat on the porch for a couple hours and talked about the business . . I hadn't seen Marty since the late 80's . . I've always thought that Marty was one of the, if not the funniest of all the Playboy cartoonists . . . I've always liked his style. It was great to see Marty again.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

West Coast trip Sept. 2007

On September 9, While dining on some Chinese Take-Out in the lovely patio of Suzanne Lemieux Wilson's lovely mountain-side home and talking mostly about the business and Roland's career and looking at a few photos, this one caught my eye and I asked Suzanne if I could post it . . she said sure and when I returned home on Sept. 14 it was on my email.

Photo L to R: Suzanne, Marty Murphy, Michelle Urry and Rowland B. Wilson.
This photo, probably 1981 in Westport, Connecticut . . . Rowland won the award for Best Editorial Cartoonist and they were interviewing him Suzanne tells me.

West Coast Trip - - Jim Whiting's studio and book

I recommend Jim Whiting's new book: "ANALECTA - Selected reflections of a cartoonist's life ". The book is filled with cartoons and just as important, an interesting story of what happened along the way with many many cartoonists he met and worked with along the way . . all ' household names'. It's an informative book you'll enjoy reading, a beautiful 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 softcover ( 190 pages ). Get a copy from Trafford Publishing 1.888.232.4444 now.

Bob Weber Sr. and I rented a car in Tucson, AZ on Sept. 7, 2007 and drove to San Diego and after a couple calls, we were graciously invited to Jim and Bernita's 'place' . . a truly lovely home and studio in Encinitas.

Photo L to R . . ( In Jim's studio ) Jim Whiting, ( President, Southern California Cartoonists' Society ), George Gladir, ( Creator of SABRINA, THE TEEN-AGE WITCH ), Suzanne Lemieux Wilson, ( wife of the late renowned cartoonist, Rowland Wilson ), Suzanne's own fantastic creative art was ALL OVER the the animated classic, ANASTASIA . Top row on right is Bob Weber Sr., who has Molly & Moose with King Features Syndicate and Slylock Fox & Comics for Kids also syndicated by King with over 415 Newspapers. Slylock Fox is a popular comic recently picked up by The Los Angeles Times. Bob Weber Jr. is the creator and both Bobs produce the feature.

Important trivia point: The drawing table with built-in light box you see behind Jim and George was originally the one that belonged to SAM COBEAN ! Sam was Jim's mentor and Mrs. Cobean generously passed it on to Jim after Sam's sudden and tragic death.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Write this down ( If you haven't already )

" It ain't over till it's over "

Brad Anderson Original

Way back in 1954 while attending Billy Hon's Cartoon School in Los Angeles I wrote to one of my favorite magazine cartoonists, Brad Anderson, and begged for an original that I could pin up in my studio for inspiration. I worshiped his crisp clean confident brushwork . . His work reminded me a little of Frank O'Neal . . Brad's work was simple, without one extra line and was at the time, in my opinion one of the top 4 in the field of magazine cartooning. ( not even counting that he was also one of the funniest ). I was influenced by Brad.
One day a package arrived and the *%$#!* Post Office had dropped what must have been a 100 lb. boulder on the 9x12 manilla envelope exactly on its edge and the contents, the above beautiful drawing, inside, which was a masterpiece, was rendered on 3ply kid finish bristol and was wrinkled & damaged forever.
I tried flattening and straightening it out over the years with a little success. The drawing was 7 1/2 x 11 inches and was executed with india ink and wash.
The gag line was reset for readability. The cartoon appeared in The Saturday Evening Post or Collier's .
I've seen Brad a couple times over the years at NCS Conventions and told him the details . . He not only remembered the drawing, but me writing him.

If your decision has been made . .

" A man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for ? "

Your Belief System

" It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. "
LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA ( 1st century A.D. )

Sunday, September 2, 2007

ZEITGEIST ( The Comic )

ZEITGEIST ( The Comic )

You can't help but wonder if the cost of a vehicle in the planning stages has any bearing on the overall cost of these dastardly operations . . . i.e. if money was running tight, would you make your bucks stretch by using jalopies or Rent-a-Wreck type vehicles . . . ? ! ?

Saturday, September 1, 2007

ZEITGEIST ( The Comic )

Fear and Courage

" Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage. "

ZEITGEIST ( The Comic )

Reader's Digest Cartoon

This drawing is from the March issue, 2006, page 205 . . . The new ' hooking up ' . . . it's here . .

Jerry Marcus Original

I first met Jerry in the late 70,s . . on one of my many trips to New York and Westport, CT. Jerry gave me this in the 80's. I don't believe it was ever published. I love the Thurberesque quality in both the humor AND the drawing. Jerry was truly an original and in my humble opinion, one of the funniest gag cartoonists who ever lived.

The gagline was reset in larger type so as to be readable.


" There's only one success . . to be able to spend your life in your own way. "
Christopher Morley

ZEITGEIST ( The Comic )