Months in the making (or at least the waiting), a new cartoon graces the current issue of MAD (issue #492, to be precise).
MAD uses funny little puns to identify each cartoonist. I am PLUGGED NICKEL, which I guess is better than NICKEL AND DIMED or NICKELODEON (which would probably invite an immediate cease and desist letter from Viacom).
Eagle-eyed readers of A Nickel's Worth (hey, that's not a bad title either) will remember that I previewed a version of this cartoon many (many) months ago on this very blog.
Unlike comic strips, greeting cards are actually fairly lucrative.
Will they eventually be replaced by online greetings? Who knows?
I'm sure the dead-tree Mother's Day cards will be the last to go. You look like a real schmuck just sending Mom an email on her special day ("What? It would kill you to go to the store and buy something, Mr. Cheapskate?")
Bruce Springsteen's longtime keyboard player died Thursday from melanoma.
Danny's last appearance with Bruce and the E Street band was at an Indianapolis show on March 20, 2008. I was fortunate enough to have been at that show and witnessed the band's -- and the fans' -- love for Danny.
I went to the March 20th Springsteen show in Indianapolis with an old buddy from college, who flew out just for the occasion.
It was a magical show, made even more special by the return of keyboard player Danny Federici, who had been absent from the E Street Band since November while undergoing treatment for melanoma.
Springsteen brought Danny out midway through the show and "Phantom," as he's nicknamed, helmed the organ for an incredible three-song set filled with love and joy, pain and soul: "Prove it All Night," "Spirit in the Night," and "Sandy," the latter featuring Bruce on acoustic guitar and Danny on accordion, just like the old days. At the end of the song, Springsteen hugged his band mate of over 35 years and gently kissed him on the side on the head.
Very sad news. Mark Evanier has a touching eulogy at his site.
I didn't know Steve Gerber, but I enjoyed his work, especially his Man-Thing comics from the 1970s. I re-purchased the whole run a couple of years ago on ebay and was slowly (too slowly, alas) working my way through them.
If you're so inclined, you can read Steve's blog, which chronicled his struggle with pulmonary fibrosis, along with happier subjects like his recent comics work on DC's Dr. Fate.
It's a good example of how you may not know someone, but you learn about his life and even feel a personal connection to him, through blogging.
My 19" flatscreen monitor arrived Friday. It replaces my very heavy, very bulky 17" monitor. I have so much more room on my desk now I don't know what to do with it.
Maybe I'll sublet it to another cartoonist.
The HPw1907 isn't a top-of-the-line product, but it suits my needs just fine.
Here's a pic. Mine didn't come with the blonde and the candy cane.
I just received an email from Scott Hilburn announcing the syndication of his comic strip The Argyle Sweater. Way to go, Scott!
Universal Press Syndicate (the home of such features as Garfield, Lio, For Better or for Worse, Cul de Sac, and old faves Calvin & Hobbes and The Far Side) is launching the strip in newspapers this April.
Scott shared the news on his blog today, so I think it's okay if I mention it here.
Scott's is a real Cinderella story. He started out on Comics Sherpa, moved to GoComics, and then got picked up for newspaper syndication. The odds of that are quite high. Consider it like winning the comic strip lottery.
I've liked The Argyle Sweater from the moment I saw it on GoComics. Scott's humor is inventive, intelligent, quirky, and just a little sick. The perfect combination for a cartoonist.
Plus he draws the funniest pinatas around.
Here's wishing Scott a long and healthy newspaper career.
Here's my second appearance in the venerable (or is that venereal?) humor mag. My comic runs in the February 2008 issue of MAD magazine, right at the top of the Strip Club section. I have some other material in the MAD pipeline that I hope appears soon.
Holy $#%*! I just looked at the cover and saw the $4.99 price tag. MAD now costs five bucks? It was just $3.99 a couple of months ago. A one dollar price increase is sure to bring in new readers. Jeez. Glad I got a few comp copies. I'm not sure that I would even pay five bucks to see my strip.
I haven't been posting much, as I've been working on various projects and have become a bit apathetic about the blog. I hope everyone had an enjoyable capitalist gift-giving season and a pleasant change of the calendar.
By day, I work as a writer/editor at Paws, Inc., Jim Davis' creative studio in Indiana. By night, I write and draw. Burning the midnight oil, I've created the comic strip EEK! (syndicated online by Uclick), hundreds of humorous greeting cards for companies like American Greetings, fiction and non-fiction for BOYS' LIFE, several award-winning children's books, and cartoons for MAD, MAD Australia, MAD Germany, WALL STREET JOURNAL, BOYS' LIFE, MEDICAL ECONOMICS, PHYSICIAN'S WEEKLY, THE SUN, WOMAN'S WORLD, NICKELODEON, READER'S DIGEST and PLAYBOY. I think I need a nap.