MAD in Columbus

7 May

This past Saturday, May 5th, while many were out chugging margaritas for Cinco De Mayo or losing pocket change betting on horses, I was in Columbus at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum attending Artistically MAD.


Being so close to this event (I live about an hour and fifteen minutes away in Dayton, Ohio) I couldn’t miss it.

As many of you know, I was a previous intern at MAD Magazine in New York in 2004.  Since then, I have contributed several short series’ and wrote a handful of articles as well.  Bottom line:  not only did I grow-up with MAD, but I’ve been involved with it for a little over a decade as one of “The Usual Gang of Idiots”.  So, besides the spiffy advertising they had to promote it, this event was very appealing to me in many ways.

The gallery features original MAD art by almost ALL of the greats (Drucker, Jaffee and on and on…).  During the event, a presentation at the beginning showcased art that didn’t make it onto the walls of the museum from several collectors.  And at the end of the presentation, Sergio Aragones drew.  He drew LIVE on the big screens for all to watch.  Pretty amazing.  (And if you don’t know who Sergio is, you should probably stop reading this and pull his name up on Google.)

Here’s some snapshots:



This was before the presentation started.  I took a photo now instead of the actual presentation, because I didn’t want to be “that guy” that’s interrupting everything with a bright camera phone.



I’m looking at something stupid here…




Sergio drawing!



Back to Sergio — I got a chance to actually meet him.  He’s definitely one of the coolest cartoonist out there, and I’ve always been a great admirer of his work.  (And I’m not alone.  There was a mob of people waiting to get his autograph afterwards. I think it took him over an hour to sign everything.)  Getting the chance to talk with him for a moment was something I’ve always wanted to do.  I’ve met many MAD cartoonists from my internship and elsewhere, but I’ve never had the chance to meet him until this event.  It was hard to wash my hand after he shook it.


I went with my 2-year old daughter and wife.  They had to leave the presentation early because, well, 2-year old.  But, afterwards we had a chance to mingle with several local NCS cartoonists that were in attendance, and also chatted briefly with Bill Morrison, the new editor at MAD in Burbank (MAD moved offices to the west coast recently).

With MAD in town, attendees (the first 100 or so) got a free copy of the newest issue #1.  We also got a preview of the upcoming issue #2 that will be released next month.  (Sorry, didn’t get any pictures of that, so no spoiler alerts here.)

I haven’t broke into the new issue(s) yet of MAD with any of my work, but I’m hoping to soon.  It has taken a new direction, and I’ve been observing what changes have taken place.  Now that I have a decent idea of what they want, I’m starting to pitch some ideas out there — even the incredibly stupid ones.  I was trying to explain to Bill a recent idea that I submitted that was incredibly stupid, and explaining it made it sound worse that it is.  I might be onto something there…

If you get a chance to go to the Billy and see this exhibit, do so.  These pictures don’t do it justice.  I’ve never seen so much MAD-ness in place.  You’ll walk out of it feeling as dumb-witted as ever.







I’ll be here awhile…

3 May

Throughout the years, I have jumped from blog platform to blog platform.  I’ve always struggled with thoughts of where to feature my blog.  On my main website?  On social media only?  On a roll of toilet paper?  It’s a tough decision.

I’ve decided that THIS is the place.

I’ve had this URL for this blog for close to a decade now.  It’s free, it doesn’t go anywhere, and it’s easily accessible.  Plus, I feel like the odds of the blogs getting erased aren’t as high as on other platforms.   (Case in point:  I had several blogs on my old website, but when I did my relaunch, they vanished and I don’t believe there is a way to retrieve them.  They’re gone.  Magic?  I’m not too sure.  Probably just someone that doesn’t know how to transfer blogs.  If not, it was a great magic trick.)

I’d like to start writing more.  I have a lot going on right now in my professional cartooning career, and some of it might be interesting to post.  Or it might be lame (who reads blogs anyway?), but I’ll give it a good shot.

Thanks for hanging in there, loyal readers.  I know I haven’t been the most consistent blogger throughout the past decade or so, but dammit, I try.





Cartoon Museum? Yes!

10 Dec

This past Thursday on a cold, windy day, my family and I decided to get out of town and take a trip east to Columbus, Ohio. It’s only about an hour away from our home in Dayton, so it’s a nice little getaway.

Though it’s always nice to take random road trips, on this one we had a mission: Go to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University.


I get irritated at myself on the little things I miss out on. Here is a museum for cartoonists – and I NEVER went to it until this visit. I mean, a museum dedicated to my industry in my own backyard and – for some reason or another – it’s my first time going there. SMH



Turkey Day

24 Nov

It’s that time of year again.  A time to scarf-down loads of mashed potatoes, canned cranberry sauce and – of course – turkey (unless you’re a vegetarian).

Along with filling up with calories, I thought I’d stuff this blog post with a few Thanksgiving cartoons.  These are my Top 5 picks.

So…here you go!


Would You Like A Drink?

10 Nov

I know after this election, many people have turned to drinking.

Well, good news!  I can help.

I thought this was an opportune moment to shamelessly promote our new Cellar Another brands that have just arrived from Moldova and will be hitting the shelves all across Ohio.  Along with that, we have a new website for Cellar Another as well (which – keep in mind – is still a work in progress).


What Ever Happened To KOHD

3 Oct

KOHD.  Sounds like a television station, huh?  (Actually, to our discovery, it is one in central Oregon.)

So the FULL name of KOHD is Knocking on Heaven’s Door.  Some of you may know what I’m talking about – others may not.  It depends how long you’ve known me, I guess.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door was a comic series that I illustrated starting back in 2008.  It was a collaboration with actor/comedian, Tommy Blaze.  He wrote it – I drew it.


A Little Earlier…

29 Sep

I wrote awhile back about my routines.  You can go back and read it if you want (or don’t), but in it I talk about how I try to have a routine and it gets adjusted and so-forth.

My latest routine is waking up early.  Like, REALLY early.

I need to for work.  And that being said, I’m very happy with my new wake-up time.


The Slip

25 Sep

“I have a terrific idea for a comic!” I say to myself as I’m hopping out of the shower, slipping on the wet tile because I forgot to put a towel down.

I stagger a bit to the bathroom sink trying to keep my balance.  Desperately, I try to locate a pen and a piece of paper – ANY paper – so I can jot my idea down before I forget it or in case it’s lost from amnesia because I did eventually slip and bash my head into the countertop.

In a frenzy I manage to make it to the nearest cupboard, that wasn’t in the bathroom, but close.  I find a pencil, a piece of scrap paper and I write down the idea.


Clowning Around

18 Sep

It’s no laughing matter.  Sometimes, I have to draw a clown.  (Okay, I guess it’s laughable.)  But, since I clown around on the job all day anyway, I guess it’s suitable.

A major part of my cartooning is with the company I co-founded, BizComics.  I’m not sure how much you keep tabs on what I do, but if you’re not aware, over at BizComics we feature a blog and a cartoon every week.  The topics include obvious stuff like business.  But we feature a lot of sales, marketing, office, advertising, tech and other comics.  On top of that, we have a quarterly graphic novel that comes out, Max Impact.  Impact is about a marketing detective with new cases each issue.

The newest blog/cartoon for BizComics features a clown.  And pie (not the tasty kind).


So You Want To Be A Cartoonist? Part 1

11 Sep


I guess you’re reading this because you’re thinking of getting into cartooning, right?  Or, maybe you’re just bored and the other blogs on your reading list are reruns.  Whatever the case may be, I decided to start a new series about becoming a cartoonist.  I’m not sure how long it’s going to be or anything like that.  I’m just going to start – and finish – when necessary.