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It’s a tragedy…


From Portland-based comic artist Ben Dewey, one’s worst nightmares…

More at Tragedy Series.

[TotH to Laughing Squid]


As we count our blessings, we might send quickly-but-beautifully-drawn birthday greetings to Sergio Aragonés; he was born on this date in 1937.  An illustrator and comic artist, Aragonés has been a frequent contributor to Mad Magazine, and has created a number of comic series (Groo the Wanderer and others), and drawn many more (including, since #50, Bart Simpson).  Aragonés has won every major comic award (including the Harvey, the Reuben, the Eisner, and the Shazam); but he is perhaps best know for his prolific output.  Al Jaffee once said, “Sergio has, quite literally, drawn more cartoons on napkins in restaurants than most cartoonists draw in their entire careers”; Mark Evanier estimated that, as of 2002, Aragonés had written and drawn more than 12,000 gag cartoons for Mad alone.   Indeed, Mad editor Al Feldstein suggested, “He could have drawn the whole magazine if we’d let him.”



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September 6, 2012 at 1:01 am

Bling, bling…

Designer Alexander Amosu’s $100,000+ suit

In these days of economic challenge, parsimony is the reigning virtue: cheap is the new black…  still, a few carry the torch of acquisitive aspiration.  One can find a passel of pointers to opportunities to consume more or less conspicuously  at The Most Expensive Journal.

As we read it and weep, we might spare a grateful thought for Bill Gaines and Harvey Kurtzman; aon this date in 1952 they published the first issue of Mad (appropriately called the “October-November” issue :-)…  When asked to cite Mad‘s philosophy, Gaines responded, “We must never stop reminding the reader what little value they get for their money!” (or, in Art Spiegelman’s gloss:  “The message Mad had in general is ‘The media is lying to you, and we are part of the media.’ It was basically… ‘Think for yourselves, kids.'”)


source: Doug Gilford’s Mad Cover Site

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May 8, 2009 at 1:01 am

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