4.25.2010

Lotsa links: Milt Gross, Dingbats, Searle and more


Craig Yoe really made a splash this year at MOCCA, by presenting his recent line of great comic collections, including a fantastic new Milt Gross book, a collection of Krazy Kat "Tiger Tea" strips, some Dan Decarlo and lots more. His site got me browsing around and collecting these wonderful links.

Go read these bits and lovelies:

Wild zaniness from Milt Gross:
http://comicrazys.com/2009/06/19/pete-the-pooch-hi-jinx-4-1947-milt-gross/

I never realized how gorgeous his Punch work was. I'd love to find bigger scans of these:
http://giam.typepad.com/100_years_of_illustration/2010/03/happy-birthday-ronald-searle.html

Tons of Pogo:
http://whirledofkelly.blogspot.com/

Jon Lewis and I cherished this comic when we found it years ago. Love that Kirby always felt like he was talkin' to "the kids":
http://diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com/2010/04/sunday-funnies-jack-kirbys-dingbats-of.html

Shame on me for not realizing there was a whole Blair dynasty. I'm really in love with Mary Blair's watercolors:
http://magicofmaryblair.com/mary-gallery.htm


I was talking yesterday with Matt Madden, we were looking at the trend of simple work by young cartoonists whose major theme seems to be characters who like spending time with each other. These lovely little illustrations by an illustrator I never heard of prior to today show how to draw these themes with originality, flair and wit. Study these, young students!
http://giam.typepad.com/100_years_of_illustration/2010/02/raymond-peynet-19081999.html

And of course every time I run into the below, I'm floored:
http://www.animationarchive.org/2006/05/meta-100000-animation-drawing-course.html

4.02.2010

Barney Banks: Extra Life! on Act-I-Vate - Chapter 6 starts. Plus lots of notes and sketches

Part 6 starts here, and I'm starting to understand Lodi, and figure out how Banks can get close to her. Sketches are below, and then a block of text that probably is more relevant to the late December postings.

















THE FINAL SKETCH, AT BOTTOM RELATES MORE TO THIS POSTING

after two weeks (or so) off to get various errands done, woke up early and began doodling/writing. After a look at the index cards (the ones at right felt right for this point in the story), I doodled a sheet (see scan) and came to ideas about the new section. I knew this section was about Banks and Lodi getting more friendly, but how, and what changes, and how to keep it lively, fun, engaging, deep- all that stuff?

On these sheets, I tend to start from an upper right corner? Why?! I don't know- I think I tend to think the notes I'm writing will later be minor notes and the real notes can go in the center where important notes belong. Invariably, I wind up creating a maze of ideas and events and images that I can barely follow. But it seems a good way to sow a little disarray to think in new ways about the material...

At some point I realized I would end this section again with an exclamation from a video game player. From in the latrine. I have to be careful this doesn't become a trope, but my annoyance with how often I use this idea could force the Barney Banks character to rebel even sooner than I have been thinking.

Your characters react to you. You react to all sorts of stuff, but your characters are filtered through you. They may surprise you, because you are in a different place than you think, or you a different person than you think...