If you don't know John Cuneo, you'll probably think this sketchbook is the work of a dirty old man. Except that this guy actually draws for Esquire (fIf you don't know John Cuneo, you'll probably think this sketchbook is the work of a dirty old man. Except that this guy actually draws for Esquire (for the sex column), Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Entertainment Weekly, and The Atlantic and other magazine.
In this sketchbook, John Cuneo uses the full power of caricature to present weird, erotic and twisted ideas on the subject of sex. For the most part, weird is an understatement.
The watercolours are gorgeous but the content is definitely not for everyone....more
Looking at those short congratulatory praises on the back cover just makes me go "Seriously?", "In a class by himself," says The New York Times. Seriously? Well, there's another way of interpreting that line though.
I don't question the story, the squiggly lines which are claimed as "minimalist, tembling, even hesitant, manage to express a universe of uncommon perfection." I just don't find them funny by newspaper-comic standards, nor striking compared to political cartoons. If a statement is trying to be made, then I can't remember anything distinct as I'm writing this review, except that it's not exciting.
It's not a book to be read in one sitting. The squiggly hand written font are exhausting to read. And every story probably needs some time to digest, that's if you can digest in the first place.
There's this story of Columbus (pg 86) demonstrating to a king that the world is round with and egg. Impressed by presentation, the king gave him three boats. Months later when Columbus returned, he was sent to prison by the king because he had food poisoning from eating the egg presented earlier.
Another one's about some strange abbey that baked some terrific bread. It became so famous their bread went global. Several younger monks decided to form a new bakery, but no one could remember the recipe. End of story.
And then there's Georgie, the story of a man, his dog and a pin. Basically about how a pin changed a man's life, drawn and told in one small cartoon per big blank page, for 108 pages. I'm not sure what's the point the small size of the comic on each page is trying to tell me.
Basically, the stories lack punch.
Blechman might have had his comic strips graced magazines like The New Yorker, but I guess those audiences have a particular taste.
So this wasn't really an engaging book for me. Truth be told, I struggled to finish reading it....more
The third edition of The Art of Silver now sports a white cover and includes an additional 16 pages of art. So it's a bonus for those who don't have the book yet.
Stephen Silver is a character designer who has created characters for top animation studios like Warner Brothers, Disney (Kim Possible) and Nickelodeon (Danny Phantom). He also teaches at www.schoolism.com, CalArts and Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts.
The Art of Silver is his personal sketchbook filled character sketches, a few caricatures and figure drawings, as well as some work he did for various animation studios. He uses a variety of medium including pens, colour pencils, markers, charcoal, etc. The myriad style and versatility is amazing, as it's the asset of a good character designer. Be it the rough sketches or smooth lines, all his characters have character and looks fun.
Throughout the pages, he also shares a few tips on drawing and creating characters, including how he manages to create so many different styles. There's even a short but inspiring autobiography on how he started out.
Character designers should find this book an interesting reference.
Besides Playboy, Eldon Dedini has worked for Disney, Esquire and New Yorker. An Orgy of Playboy's Eldon Dedini is filled with over 200 cartoons drawn by Eldon Dedini for Playboy magazine.
His work is raunchy and humorous, but never pornographic. The watercolour is really colourful and his ladies curvy. Unfortunately I wasn't able to catch all the jokes inside. There's also a section of cartoons created in the style of Ukiyo-e, Japanese woodblock print.
The accompanying DVD that comes with the book has a wonderful documentary on the cartoonist and his family.
This book is a nice tribute to Eldon Dedini....more
This is actually a complimentary copy mailed to me by the author Joseph Patrick Larkin.
Arcade of Cruelty is a collection of sketches, collages and cartoons. Everything about the book breaks convention. The copyright and publisher information page is written without restrain with quotes like "All rights reserved, all suckers served" and "Publication of This Old Arcade of Cruelty was partially funded with cash made from penning online porn reviews".
Unfortunately for me, it contains the type of jokes that I dislike: crude, sexist and oftentimes offending. But I also dislike the comedy Friends and Chris Rock.
Here are some examples:
* An excerpt of an essay by art critic and scholar Mrs Simon Ray (most likely fictional): "There, neatly scrawled on a semen-stained piece of denim—one of hundreds of our antihero's "cum rags," as referenced by Joseph Patrick Larkin's thirty-five hundred page masterwork Your King of Kings Wears a Crown of Shit— were but two words:"panties drawer." * "I was masturbating in a parked car outside of a Denny's when I heard the news on the radio. I was so upset that I almost couldn't finished," a talking head response to his whereabouts during 9/11. * Collages of bra ads and cut outs of girls with exposed underwear. * Rape jokes
The content of the book is specially crafted to be provocative and satirical, but it really went to the extreme. To borrow the movie ratings system, I would give this book a "NC-17" rating or as internet geeks would like to say,"NSFW".
This is a very disturbing book, recommended only to readers with a particularly strong stomach for such jokes. It's definitely not my type of book....more
Zits is one of my favourite newspaper cartoons, right up there with Calvin and Hobbes. It's created by cartoonist Jim Borgman and writer Jerry Scott, who is also the creator of Baby Blues.
If you're a parent, this book is for you. This book is going to help you find out what your teenager is thinking, and how they think.
If you're a teenager, this jokes in the strips strike so close to home it's impossible not to laugh. For example, having high school fantasies about someone, arguing with parents on phone bills, sleeping (too) late, explaining why exam results are so bad, etc.
Every teenager and parent can relate to Zits. It's almost like a documentary, told in panels, to the point of déjà vu.
I've every Zits treasury, and will buy if there are more in the future.
It seems that with Jeremy and Mom: A Zits Retrospective You Should Definitely Buy for Your Mom and Pierced: A Zits Close-Up, and Lust and Other Uses for Spare Hormones: A Zits Look At Relationships, Andrews McMeel Publishing has stopped putting out the yearly sketchbooks, going for theme based books.
The treasuries are now the best way to get every single comic strip without duplication.
I absolutely hate comic strip duplication when buying a book of cartoons. It's really bad that some publishers don't mention anything about comic strip duplication and putting out these theme based books.
Here's the list of (amazon links to) Zits Treasuries so far:
* Humongous Zits (2000) * Big Honkin' Zits (2001) * Zits Supersized (2003) * Random Zits (2004) * Crack of Noon (2006) * Alternative Zits (2007) * My Bad (2009)
Oh, you can read Zits dailies at seattlepi.com. They only have archive back to a month....more
This book makes for a very good source of inspiration and research. The author, Amid Amidi, has created a book of dep (Picture source: parkablogs.com)
This book makes for a very good source of inspiration and research. The author, Amid Amidi, has created a book of depth and scope, just like he did for The Art of Robots.
The chapters are arranged alphabetically. Each showcases an animation studio, with the background and the art. The 50s cartoons were extremely stylized. In fact, looking at this book, it reminds me of The Art of The Incredibles, which contains very stylized concept art.
The wonderfully varied collection of cartoons come from commercials, TV programs, films and the printed media, covering a wide selection of genres. You'll get to explore and read from lesser known studios to animation giants like Disney.
This book should probably create nostalgia in people who grew up watching and reading cartoons. It's a wonderful book for animators and cartoonists.
This book was so good I read it all in one seating.
The book is written in first person by Mr Dan Piraro himself. Thi (More pictures at parkablogs.com)
This book was so good I read it all in one seating.
The book is written in first person by Mr Dan Piraro himself. This book is about his life, career and comics. His write up is almost as hilarious as his comics. He seems to have a very interesting life, and the book tells it all.
Included are also some interesting and very unusual self portraits (photos). One is nude — with the shadows hiding the crucial parts of course! Another amusing photo is one with him spotting a lion's mane hairstyle with his dad's face saying,"I'm determined to be proud of this kid in spite of the fact that he's well on his way to looking like a transvestite."
He writes from his birth, to childhood and schooling, to his band playing days, then his art and cartooning career and his move to New York City. There are lots of juicy and funny experiences he share, such as him asking people to provide lodging and take him around while he's on book tours.
Towards the end of the book, he talks more about his beliefs, which led him to be a vegan (one that consumes no animal products of any kind including eggs and dairy products). He's a huge supporter of animal rights, which is why animal rights themes sometimes appear in his comics.
This book is filled with freelance illustrations, oil paintings, comics and several discarded ideas (those deemed too saucy for general readers). Every one is captioned to explain the inspiration and the message he's trying to bring across. Oh, his oil paintings are as weird as his cartoons.
This book is not just Bizaro, it's the biography for Dan Piraro. It's wonderful and in depth. One that will constantly put a smile when read.
Michael Ramirez (wiki) won the Pulitzer for editorial cartooning last year 2008, as well as in 2004. So yes, his car (More pictures at parkablogs.com)
Michael Ramirez (wiki) won the Pulitzer for editorial cartooning last year 2008, as well as in 2004. So yes, his cartoons are amazing, with a few in this book choking me with laughter. There's incredible detail in the drawings and settings, drawing readers in before giving the punchline in full satisfaction.
Everyone has the right to my opinion contains mainly cartoons published after 2000. There's also a collection of his award winning cartoons from 1994.