Thursday, November 29, 2012
|Illustrations for an article in California Living|
|San Francisco Mime Troupe poster|
From a comic in Arcade Comics Revue
|Another Arcade story|
|From Zap Comix|
|Sketch from Four Sketchbooks and a Table of Useful Information|
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I collect art books and I collect original artwork by cartoonists and illustrators.
For me the best of both worlds merge when I chance upon a used book with an original sketch in it.
Here are a few from the archives:
A sketch by renowned New York Herald cartoonist W. A. Rogers. This was done in a copy of his autobiography, A World Worth While, published in 1922.
A self-caricature by illustrator, printmaker, teacher and cartoonist John Groth drawn in 1949. This page was torn out of a Groth book. I purchased it at a bookstore in Portland.
I was much pleased and surprised when I opened an old copy of Starwatcher to find this drawing by the great French comic artist, Moebius. Found in a junk shop.
A self-caricature by scholar, Arthur Asa Berger. Berger was a professor of popular culture at San Francisco State. This drawing was in a copy of his book The Comic Stripped American (1978). Berger also wrote L’il Abner: A Study in American Satire, An Anatomy of Humor and The Genius of the Jewish Joke among numerous titles. He also draws cartoons.
Draper Hill was an editorial cartoonist and a comic art scholar. He authored biographies on James Gillray and Thomas Nast. This drawing was in an art exhibit catalog, Illingworth On Target, on the work of Leslie Illingworth written by Draper.
This inscribed drawing, done in 1949, is by Midshipman Thomas A. Hamil, USN. Hamil illustrated Ploob: A Midshipman’s First Year at Annapolis.
A sketch from Dr. Do-Little and the African Potato by the South African cartoonist Zapiro. (Zapiro was recently sued by Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, for drawing defaming cartoons). This one found in another junk shop.
A drawing by editorial cartoonist Dwayne Powell from his 1978 collection Is That All You Do?
Over the years I've acquired a number of personally inscribed books as well.
This one was done by illustrator/cartoonist Leslie Cabarga (My once upon a time roommate and author of the animation history The Fleischer Story).
My old cartoonist pal, Michael T. Gilbert inscribed a copy of his Strange Brew (1982)
Two really nice drawings by Steve Leialoha:
This one from The Mo’o Files (2000)
and this one from Line Dancing (2003).
A drawing by the great Mad artist Sergio Aragones from his book Boogeyman.
Roberta Gregory did this drawing in a copy of Bitchy Strips (2001).
A recent drawing by Ben Katchor done in a copy of The Jew of New York.
A very cool sketch by Dan Piraro in his political parody Three Little Pigs Buy the White House (2004).
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Here's a toy robot (with moving parts) created by Mot.
It's on display as part of his solo exhibit of paintings and wooden toys at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center (the painting in the background is by Mot as well).
Photo courtsey and copyright by Donn DeAngelo
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The 3rd Annual Pressing Matters Printmakers Show at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center is no more.
Sad to see it go.
Here are a few parting shots:
Steve Parun next to one of his fine prints.
Another one of Larry Gilmour's drypoints.
This meager shot doesn't do justice to Fred Berensmeier's remarkable collograph.
And a couple of my pieces:
I'm already planning next year's printmaking show.
In the meantime there's another heap of art to go on the walls.
Next up: Paintings by Mot
For a previous post on the Pressing Matters show see October 10th.
Don't forget to click on images to enlarge.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I attended the Alternative Press Expo (aka Ape) last weekend on Oct.13th and 14th in San Francisco.
It’s always a jolt to the system to see so many young artists, creative projects, new directions --and occasionally old friends and colleagues.
This year I attended a lot of the quality panel talks featuring Jim Woodring, Eric Drooker, Ben Katchor, Stan Mack, Miriam Libicki, Los Hernandez Bros. (Jaime, Gilbert Mario Hernandez) and Sergio Arragones.
|A sample of Woodring's artwork|
|From his book The Jew of New York|
Other talented folks on hand included Shannon Wheeler, Carol Lay, Josh Ellingson, Jim Blanchard, J.R. Williams and hordes of young, remarkably talented hopefuls.
|Josh Ellingson business card|
|New graphic novel on the Carter Family|
Old home week for me was running into Al Gordon, Steve Leialoha, Trina Robbins, Paul Mavrides, Lee Binswanger and even Larry Gilmour (see Pressing Matters, October 10th post on this blog).
I was especially pleased to run into Norman Dog (known to some as Raymond Larrett) who I haven’t laid eyes on in, well, decades. Norman Dog is a great cartoonist by my reckoning and now engaged in a publishing venture—Puzzled Squirrel. Here is a sampling from his book
Puzzled Squirrel has also published a compilation of the work of Lee Binswanger (Congratulations to Lee !)
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