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Nov. 20, 2008: The Dark Knight strikes out

Thu, 2008-11-20 15:18
“Indonesia was abuzz Thursday over cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad which appeared on an Internet blog, and Islamic organisations protested vehemently against the belittling of the prophet and called for the blogger to be arrested and penalised.” - Mohd Nasir Yusoff Above the Fold [Top Story] David Pirkola shooting suspect pleads guilty Link: Grand Rapids Press Nineteen-year-old James Muriel-Neal Thompson will face reduced charges in exchange for testifying against Jev

The Stroke of Zen

Mon, 2008-11-10 22:27
Zen painters believe in long, slow meditation before a brush touches the paper. Only after the artist understands the essence of the subject and reduces it to its most profound simplicity does the artist proceed to paint–quickly, decisively and with the minimum number of brush strokes. The above enso is a classic image for ink brush painters: a circle painted in a single breath, accompanied by vigorous and confident calligraphy. Asian brush painting requires the artist to make the maximum c

CLAROSCURO

Sun, 2008-11-09 18:47
Hablando de Sickles y Caniff (en el post de abajo), ahí va un enlace con muestras comparativas de la "escuela del claroscuro" de Noel Sickles, Milton Caniff y Frank Robbins. En el blog Cómics en extinción

LA DIFERENCIA

Sun, 2008-11-09 13:49
Y esa es la diferencia entre Caniff y Sickles. Sickles era un dibujante mucho mejor que Caniff en todos los aspectos, pero Caniff era mejor como personalidad creativa porque sus figuras y personajes vivían en la página, y con Sickles, todas las figuras y cabezas que hacía estaban muertas. Son completamente inexpresivas, e incluso a pesar de que tienen un virtuosismo más allá de toda comparación, el hecho es que sólo Caniff dio vida al producto. Caniff tenía más de Harold Gray que de los ilustrad

TALENT WHICH IS DEATH TO HIDE

Fri, 2008-10-31 21:16
In 1655, the great English poet John Milton wrote in despair how, halfway through life, his blindness prevented him from fulfilling his god given talent: When I consider how my light is spent E're half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent which is death to hide, Lodg'd with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account... If he couldn't make use of his gift, Milton felt he would not be able to present a "true acount" o

The Best A Man Can Get Wednesday

Wed, 2008-10-29 18:52
The Best A Man Can Get Wednesday advertising strip day. One Dutch comic artist I met told me he loved the blog, except for the realistic stuff. So here is more realistic stuff. I love those Postum ads. They were started by Milt Caniff and Noel Sickles and although they are still in the same style, the art has been taken over by someone else. My guess would be either Alex Kotsky or Leonard Starr. Starr is still alive (and doing covers for the wonderful reprint series of his stille very

Oct. 27, 2008: Of course he’s a total geek

Mon, 2008-10-27 11:38
“It’s hard to read comic books as my time is now restricted.” - Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso Above the Fold [Top Story] Ken Hunter dies Link: Lew Stringer Longtime British comic-book cartoonist Ken Hunter died last Monday of undisclosed causes. he was 91 years old. Hunter drew a variety of strips for such comics magazines as The Topper and The Beezer. Stringer remembers Hunter’s work: The two serials I remember of Ken Hunter’s were Circus of Fear and Back to Zer

David Stone Martin: Modernism meets Traditionalism

Mon, 2008-10-13 14:45
This one's been a long time in coming. Ever since David Stone Martin's work was first brought to my attention a few years ago, I've been under his spell. Looking at the broad spectrum of work being done in the field of illustration during the mid-20th century, David Stone Martin, with his signature ink line style and his powerful sense of graphic design, seems somehow to have successfully forged his own path. For the period in which he was most prolific, when he regularly received the most

Noel Sickles

Wed, 2008-10-08 19:28
Je viens tout juste de recevoir le livre sur l'art de Noel Sickles. C'est vraiment une belle brique. Je ne m'attendais pas à ce qu'il soit si volumineux. Je l'ai commandé d'Amazon, je fais affaire avec eux depuis des années et je n'ai jamais eu à redire contre eux... sauf cette fois-ci. La livraison a été rapide et le livre en a souffert. Résultat, déchirement de la couverture arrière(*) sur toute la longueur. Je sais qu'Amazon a une excellent politique de retour/échange, mais je n'ai pas vraim

Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles ( Dean Mullaney & co - IDW Publishing ) (2/2)

Wed, 2008-10-08 07:48
Suite du billet du 07/10/08 Après un aperçu du travail d’illustrateur de Sickles, penchons nous sur son travail d’auteur comics qui ne couvre en réalité qu’une courte période. Il reprend en 1933 la série de John Terry “Scorchy Smith” qui narre les aventures interminables d’un pilote inspiré vaguement de Lindbergh. Le dessin évolue rapidement et, à la mort de Terry, Sickles a le droit de signer les bandes de son nom. mai 1934 - on porte encore l'uniforme mai 1935 - fumée et char d'assaut

LA CONSTRUCCIÓN

Tue, 2008-10-07 14:42
No muy lejos de lo que hablábamos antes. Estabas hablando de dibujo y, por volver a la observación de Caniff sobre tu trabajo por aquella época... Estaba absolutamente anonadado por la calidad del dibujo, y lo que dijo en aquel momento era que estabas pasando el tiempo en la biblioteca. Y dijo que salías, que simplemente estabas dibujando todo lo que veías. Una vez en ese punto, ¿tenías algún tipo de procedimiento, un enfoque, una actitud para dibujar?Sólo que estaba hambriento por dibujar. Jesú

Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles ( Dean Mullaney & co - IDW Publishing ) (1/2)

Mon, 2008-10-06 07:53
Lorsque j’ai reçu ce livre, mon facteur m’a copieusement insulté et lancé des cailloux avant d’aller soigner son lumbago. Fichtre (mazette), quel pavé: 390 pages en grand format et beau papier traitant en première partie de la vie et du travail d’illustrateur de Noel Sickles (1910 -1982 ) puis de son travail comme auteur de comics sur la série Scorchy Smith dont je parlerai dans un second billet. Pour l’instant, concentrons-nous sur l’illustrateur. Sickles, quasiment autodidacte, commence pa

The Bu$ine$$ of Illu$tration: Feature Syndicates

Thu, 2008-09-25 18:43
Because of the intricacies of the contract process involved with securing a syndicated cartoon strip, author Fred C. Rodewald does not go into much detail about opportunities for illustration jobs in that field. His October 1954 article in American Artist mentions only that, "salaried employment for cartoonist, illustrators, letterers and mechanical men" does exist in the syndicate business. Luckily for us, there has been plenty of documentation about this field, and we have the benefit of frien

SICKLES

Tue, 2008-09-23 13:45
Por la biografía de Bruce Canwell sobre el artista, Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles, nos enteramos de que "Bud" Sickles nació un 24 de enero de 1920, el más pequeño de seis hermanos, en la ciudad de Chillicothe, Ohio. Habiendo nacido en una familia de artistas, a Sickles no le desanimaron en su afición por el dibujo y los bocetos. Pasaba muchas horas en la biblioteca, "estudiando y copiando una amplia variedad de estilos", y también en sus paseos por la localidad dibujaba todo lo que a

25 Books that I need to…” from a

Tue, 2008-09-16 14:54
25 Books that I need to…” from a couple of days ago, here’s a list of books that I need or want to reread: Mage The Hero Discovered and The Hero Defined by Matt Wagner Grendel by Matt Wagner & various Promethea by Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III Queen and Country by Greg Rucka and various Doctor Strange by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Batman drawn by Neal Adams Love and Rockets X by Gilbert Hernandez Scott Pilgrim Volumes 1-4 by Bryan Lee O’Malley Monster by Naoki Urasawa Akira by Katsuhiro Ot

Five For Friday Special Results: The CR Readers Confessional Answers

Sat, 2008-09-13 05:43
On Friday, I asked CR Readers to "Answer One of the Questions From Five Groups Of Five Questions." Here are the results. ***** 1. What is your favorite stand-alone publication of the last five years? * Ganges #1 -- Mario! * Gemma Bovery -- Richard Starkings * Steve Rude, Artist in Motion -- Andrew Mansell * mourning star -- Brandon Graham * Scorchy Smith and the art of Noel Sickles (and not because of where I work!) -- Scott Dunbier * Gary Panter's "Jimbo in Purgatory" -- Andrei Molotiu * Ice Ha

I'd walk a Mile if I wouldn't be out of

Wed, 2008-09-10 05:57
I'd walk a Mile if I wouldn't be out of breath so quickly Wednesday Advertising Day. I have been scanning some earlier ads. These three are from 1948. The first one is a late installment in the Postum series. Mr. Coffee Nerves started in the late thirties and at one point was even drawn by Milt Caniff and Noel Sickles. At this point others had taken over, but the result is equally impressive. These two Camels ads are some of the earliest samples I have ever seen of the 'illustrator styl

Sept. 8, 2008: Far too stuffy

Mon, 2008-09-08 12:56
“When an interviewer asks me why he should read graphic novels, my standard response now is to say ‘good lord, not you, you’re far too stuffy.’” - Eddie Campbell “I couldn’t care less.” - Steve Ditko, when asked by a reporter about the donation of his Spider-Man artwork from Amazing Fantasy #15 to the Library of Congress New to the website: a downloadable MP3 (39.1MB) of the “Gays in Comics” panel from the Comic-Con International in San Diego, moderated by Andy Mangels. The file

A History Lesson with Charlie Allen

Thu, 2008-09-04 12:54
As I begin Day 2 of my porch-building adventure, Charlie Allen once again comes to the rescue with a batch of incredible historical illustrations by some of the masters of the mid-century. Many thanks, Charlie! Take it away... "Yesterday looked through several historical folders in my ancient collection of stuff.. Wish I hadn't folded all those clips in the old days.....never considered their use or value years hence! I'm sure I have more Dunns... but found just this Paul Revere subject for Han

Today's Inspiration...

Sun, 2008-08-31 18:55
I finished writing for today and was surfing around, getting ready to shut the laptop when I happened across this wonderful blog TODAY'S INSPIRATION which chronicles the work of past era's illustrators as inspiration for the next generation of artists... and yes, pulpsters. From a post on Noel Sickles with quotes by Alex Toth : "Okay, you all know what talent is: you know when you see it and when you don't. But what the hell is 'the touch'? you ask." "Oftimes it's hard to verbalize...