Thursday, December 11, 2008
Rare card for a movie I have not seen yet, though it looks like a fun fest. My dear friend Jennifer Waters found it in a Hollywood poster and bookstore that closed down earlier this year. Another victim of the makeover done to Hollywood blvd. Lobby cards are mostly frames from the film, and usually show a scene in a off moment, between actions or just a tinted copy of the poster. Truly a lost bit of American culture like drive-ins, and burger shops with waitresses on roller skates.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The greatest sculptor you never heard of - or maybe you have. He said Picasso was a bum but that doesn't make him less lovable. He lived in Santa Monica until passing away several years ago. Most of his original work was destroyed by commies in his native Poland. How do you describe a style beyond description? Arrogant, self-absorbed, and brilliant, he was the proto-typical artist.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday Nov 1 we will be at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, (818 851-7223) starting at 2PM. John K. will be there signing the new Political figures (Obama, Hillary, and McCain) as well as Jim Smith and some surprise guests. There will be some guitar pickin too if the situation is right. To see the box art scroll down on this blog or go to John K.s site.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Prime Martin from the 60's; this is a good example of graphic power, solid construction, and funny characters, yet the composition and layout are the prominent features. There is also a rare sample of Don Martin background design as seen in the skyline behind the main action. This is a reprint from Mad Special #4, 1971 or 72. It was in the bargain bin at HideHo comics just laying there on top of other rare issues of Mad. Visit HideHo comics in Santa Monica and tell them Jim sent ya.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Image 1 is unsoftened, image 3 is softened. That is the best I can get from the small size of the magazine thumbnails. They certainly don't do justice to the full size which I would like to see. They are still good examples of a lost art. Image two is the chief with a young crewman who was killed in every episode.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The fairy image is from a storyboard done in 1977 or 78, for a local TV ad for a dry cleaning co. I basically borrowed a Disney character but I uglied it up a little. The good thing about it was learning to do animation at all levels, including cel painting, camera, animation, storyboard, and such. Being a 4 or 5 man operation everyone did a little of everything just well enough to survive. We also did a lot of technical films for industry. The bottom sketch is a young Ali.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
After watching all the DVDs in the Popeye set, this reporter can say that the best Bluto animation is in the cartoon "Pleased to Meet Ya" Superb Bowsky maybe his best stuff. He comes to life for this one cartoon and then goes back to merely great in the following cartoons. My favorite cartoon is still Ali Baba.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
The late, great Richie Hass bass player and beloved husband of Michelle at a show for House of Secrets comic book store in Burbank. Bottom photo is Mark Mylar, sax player of reknown and myself, about 2005 or 2006.