Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Keep Swingin'

Okay, I'm taking one more deeeep breath of fresh air before jumping back into the ring with this heavyweight deadline. There's the bell! The only way out of this is to keep swingin'.

George Petty

ThINK you all

Just to let you know I'm still vertical in this world, having finished another HUGE deadline, with one more to go before settling back to just the usual BIG deadlines, where I can start posting regularly again. I'm thINKing maybe another week or so.

George Herriman — Krazy Kat

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Feat of Clay

Did you have any notion at all that today is the birthday of the original Princess Diana, Wonder Woman? At least it is according to DC Comics back in the 1970s.

Perhaps instead of a birthday, she should have a Made of Clay Day...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Still Here

I'm still so overwhelmed with deadlines that I can barely justify eating lunch, but I'm making a bit of headway, finishing one major deadline, and chopping away at some intermediate overlapping deadlines here and there. But new deliverables keep getting dumped into my lap and I still see no end in sight, exCEPT that I plan to say to hell with it all, come my daughter's spring break from university. Clients stare wide-eyed as I tell them my daughter takes priority, but they don't argue. Of course the load will be even heavier when I come back to it all, but live for today, ey?

In the meantime, I have a couple of minutes breathing time, so I'm posting a nice number just to let you know I'm still here and hope you'll still keep coming back. And thank you to all you nice folks who have been supportive in stressful times, even though you have stressful times of your own.

This cover has been seen elsewhere on the net, but this is my scan of the magazine in my collection, which is in lovely condition, even though it's nearly 78 years old. What a lovely design and rendering, with no blurbs at all! Many illustrators could be turning out this kind of quality, and many of us would buy more magazines, if only art directors and editors took a stand against the same ol' same ol' that we see on the newsracks.

John Holmgren — Judge — July 1934

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Passing of Another Great Artist

The terribly sad news of the passing of another great artist, Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, brings me back to the blog.

I was in the middle of laying out a graphic tribute to him, when my deadlines pushed that project to a back burner. I bring forward the cover and title page at this time to pay honor to his prolific genius. Down the road I will post the full tribute.

Condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Friday, March 9, 2012


Shhh — don't tell anybody — I still have weeks to go to finish off this workload, but it's near midnight on a Friday and I can't help myself, I had to sneak away from the drawing board and do a quick post—some more lively, energetic and imaginative stuff from John R. Neill.

John R. Neill — Kabumpo in Oz — 1922