Friday, November 25, 2011

Ian Glaubinger - The Munsters

2011.11.05 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ
I had obtained a halloween day cancel, October 31, 1997, on this cover from the Munster Branch of the Hammond, Indiana post office. I knew Ian would be perfect to provide the artwork on this cover...

Munster, Indiana was settled by Jacob Munster, of Dutch decent, who opened a general store with a post office located within. By 1907 Munster was incorporated into a town, with 76 residents voting yes, 28 voting no...

The Munsters were a 1964 television sitcom featuring a family of monsters. Herman Munster the was Frankenstein-styled head of the house. His wife Lilly (Dracula's daughter) actually ran the house. Their son Eddie, a wolf-boy, Lily's father Grandpa (Dracula) and their pretty niece Marilyn, the mis-fit of the group. The show was originally suggested by animator Bob Clampett as a cartoon series in the 1940s to Universal Studios...

In the 1960s writers Chris Hayward and Allan Burns submitted a similar idea, which was further developed by Norm Liebman and Ed Haas. The show premiered September 24, 1964...

On another channel The Addams Family was premiering on September 18, 1964, bringing to life the characters cartoonist Charles Addams had brought to life in single panel cartoons which ran in The New Yorker magazine from 1938 until Addams' death in 1988.

The Addams' are not evil, they just share macabre interests. Gomez and Morticia remain ever passionate, their children Pugsley (originally Pubert) and Wednesday, who find their classmates to be repulsive. Uncle Fester (Charles Addams' alter-ego), Grandmama and Lurch their butler andThing. In the TV series Fester was Morticia's Uncle, while in the movies he was Gomez's brother. Originally in Addams' cartoons the characters did not have names, these were created for the TV series...


As a fan of the Addams' Family I was surprised, around 1986, to discover that Charles Addams was still drawing for the New Yorker. In 1988 wrote to him and received this wonderful drawing of Uncle Fester. Addams' death a short time later came as a shock to me, as I had just re-discovered his work in the New Yorker. Fortunately several books have been published and the release of the first movie brought about additional publications of Addams' work.

2011.11.12 Lunt Fontanne Theatre, NYC... Went to see the Addams Family play on Broadway with my family as an early Christmas present. It was great!

In an effort to aid Broadway Cares-Equity Fights Aids, the cast was selling cast signed programs as a fund-raising event after the show. Autographs of the stars Roger Rees and Brooke Shields are located under the Playbill title. The cast also auctioned the ring Brooke Shields was wearing during the performance for $1,000.00, which surprised both the cast and the audience!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Paul Benincasa - Astronaut

2011.11.05 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ
Messenger Space Mission FDC

Paul Benincasa is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator. His first comic Transient Tales was published in 2010, an anthology comic with one contributor and with each story featuring a different genre of story-telling: science fiction, spy mystery, horror and superhero...

The science fiction story "5 Minutes More" features a stranded astronaut, running out of oxygen who is forced to leave a friend behind to find help...

The story reminded me of the "Fallen Astronaut", a small statue left on the moon to honor those who lost their lives in the pursuit of space exploration...

The statuette (8.5cm aluminum) was commissioned by Astronaut David Scott, to feature an astronaut in a spacesuit, with the requirements that the sculpture could not be identifiably male or female, of no specific ethnic group. The statuette was created by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck.



On August 1 the Fallen Astronaut was placed on the moon by the crew of Apollo 15, (Scott and James Irwin, with Alfred Worden orbiting the moon) and along with a plaque bearing the names of eight American Astronauts: Theodore Freeman, Charles Bassett, Elliott See, Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee, Edward White, Edward Givens, Clifton Williams and six Soviet Cosmonauts: Vladimir Komarov, Yuri Gagarin, Pavel Belyayev, Georgi Dobrovolski, Viktor Patsayev and Vladislav Volkov...
Scott noted "Sadly, two names are missing from the plaque, those of Valentin Bondarenko and Grigori Nelyubov." At the time secrecy surrounding the Soviet space program did not release news of their deaths.

Paul's art can be seen on his web-site Yeah I Drew It!, which features sketches, works in progress and Paul's finished projects.
 Amy Chace was the model for the cover of Transient Tales issue one.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bil Keane - Family Circus


Bil Keane, creator of Family Circus comic passed away on Nov 8, 2011 at the age of 89.

The Family Circus, began its run in 1960 and is continued by Keane's son Jeff.
The panel-strip focus' on a family modeled after Keane's own family. The father Bil, wife Thel, kids Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ. The panel is unique in that it is drawn within a circle. The strip was originally called The Family Circle, but had to change due to  objections from the magazine of the same name. Family Circus has also been adapted for several television specials and the panels have been compiled into many books.

Keane started his career when he was published in 1936 on the amateur page of the Philadelphia Daily News. While in the US Army, serving in Australia during World War II, Keane drew for Yank and Stars and Stripes. Keane also created the comic panel Channel Chuckles.

Keane was the recipient of National Cartoonists Society's Award for Best Syndicated Panel - 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974. NCS Cartoonist of the Year and Reuben Award 1982. Elzie Segar Award 1982...

I received the above pencil sketch of Jeffy in 1987, it was the first sketch I ever received, to start my collection.

Keane's oldest son Glen is an animator at Walt Disney Studios working on Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan and Tangled...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Amy Chace - Sweet Baby Fumes



2011.11.05 Wild Pig Comic Con, Somerset, NJ
Baby Breathing Apparatus Using Sweet Baby Fumes to Breathe...Ah Life!

When I attend a comic con, I have some ideas I about what sketches I want to obtain. Other times I come across the unexpected...

Amy Chace was not the artist I expected to find at a comic con. Yes, she has published the comic Foot Fetish, a Love Story, through Spit-Faced Comics, but proclaims herself to be a visual artist working in wood, acrylic, photos creating mixed media artwork..

As Amy looked through my covers she found several she liked. Hot Air Balloons, Olympic Runner and Astronaut Alan Shepard. Amy selected the Olympic Runner, to which I commented on the similarity to the Cosmic Jumper by a shared favorite Peter Max...

Amy's abstract art compliments the ancient Greek runner and told me that the smell of babies was the most wonderful thing to smell and was her inspiration for this piece. Amy included a small mixed media element to the lower left corner as well as drawing on the back flap on the envelope. I never try to critique any art, but I find elements of surrealism similar to Joan Miro in this artwork.




Astronaut by Amy Chace.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Alex Cormack - Edgar Allan Poe


2011.10.08 Garden State Comic Con, Cherry Hill, NJ

Alex Cormack is a comic artist, illustrator and animation director...

South Pole - Animation Director and writer with Ashley Cook, in a story about Kris Kringle's brother Kyle, who hates the holiday after one year misunderstanding his present, an art set, as his parents giving him coal. Now many years later he decides to put an end to the festivities once and for all...
South Pole received The Award for Excellence in Animation, Best Animated Characters and Best Animated Screen Play at the Los Angeles Movie Awards...

Besides animation Cormack has provided comic book art to The Poe Twisted Anthology from Red Stylo Media for the stories Tell Tale Cat and Eldorado with Sherezada Windham-Kent.

The Poe Twisted Anthology takes characters and settings from favorite Poe stories and twists them, and make them something new...