July 18, 2005

Swapo Safari

After a week of vacationing and a great family reunion at Lake Tahoe, it's time to get back to the keyboards. Computer keyboards that is.

Fellow Wheezer Neil Sterett and I went to the Antiques & Collectables Show at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday. They had 1800 booths and we only made it through about 1/4 of them. We found some great gems in our "Swapo Safari". I'll post examples of some items the next few days. One great find was the "Natural Color Meat Identification Kit" Yes, over 100 life like color photos of meat - just waiting to be cast into a Quizno's commercial.

We also found a couple of pre-Dick and Jane grade school readers from the early 50's - with some great illustrations to be utilized for sinister purposes at a later date.

The comic book advertisement shown here is from an edition of Wonder Woman, in the pre-zip code days.

July 04, 2005

Happy 4th

I'm celebrating the 4th of July in my new "Uncle Sammy" suit...

June 29, 2005

Tom "Great Gazoo!" Cruise - We're Not Alone

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise not only battles creatures from outer space in his latest film "War of the Worlds", but the demons in his head, stating to a German newspaper that he believes aliens exist.

Asked in an interview with the tabloid daily Bild if he believed in aliens, Cruise said: "Yes, of course. Are you really so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe? "Millions of stars, and we're supposed to be the only living creatures? No, there are many things out there, we just don't know," Cruise, 42, said in the interview published in German.

Cruise is a follower of the Cult of Scientology founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, and his recent willingness to discuss the faith has raised eyebrows in the media.

Most controversially, Cruise criticized actress Brooke Shields for revealing she had taken antidepressants after the birth of her child. An official Cult of Scientology Web site argues that people should live drug-free, but it's okay to belong to cults.

Cruise also dismissed psychiatry as a "pseudo science", invoking the ire of the American Psychiatric Association that called the remarks "irresponsible". But many cult members of scientology feel they are unfairly criticized, arguing that although many believe in the concept of aliens, it is not such an unreasonable proposition, and that the side effects of some medications or belonging to cults are not fully understood.

Cruise's new film "War of the Worlds", needing all the publicity it can get, is based on British writer H.G. Wells' 1898 story of the invasion of Earth by Martians.

June 24, 2005

Popeye's iPod Playlist

Popeye has been sighted recently playing his iPod. When asked what he listened to on his 'pod' the old seaman said, "Well load me down, yuk yuk yuk yuk!" He gladly shared his current playlist with us.

April 29, 2005

Dithering Dilbert

In the current Dilbert newsletter, Scott Adams describes an affliction that's affecting his drawing skills. Here's what he writes:

"Alert readers have noticed that Dilbert looks different lately, almost as if someone else is drawing it. Well, it's still me, but here's what's happening: I lost the use of my right hand for drawing, thanks to overuse. Technically, it's called a focal dystonia. It's essentially a brain-mapping problem caused by overusing the hand. The hand is structurally healthy and perfectly fine for every possible use EXCEPT drawing. It's very specific. My brain essentially removed from me the ability to do the thing that was hurting it.

One way I can confirm that it's a brain issue is that when I try to draw with my LEFT hand, my RIGHT hand spasms immediately. Some part of my brain doesn't want me drawing because that's what caused all the discomfort.

For a few weeks I worked left-handed. I'm not quite ambidextrous, but if I work slowly, it looks about the same. Some of the lefty ones have a "L.H." on them to tip you off.

Left-hand drawing was too slow, so I looked for, and found, a technical solution. Wacom has a product that allows you to draw directly onto a special flat computer screen that tilts and turns just like paper on a drawing board. It's called the Cintiq 21UX, and I've been using it for the past several weeks, with much success. It will take a while for my characters to look the same as old, but I'm closing in on it.

The reason I can draw on the computer, but not on paper, is because now I work at a different scale (larger), and the feel of the stylus on the screen is so different from pen-on-paper that my brain doesn't think I'm drawing, so it doesn't trigger the hand spasms.

Brains are funny."

April 17, 2005

Test Your Talent - Draw Me Icons

I've been foolin' around with some icon designs. These are from scans of advertisements from my old comic books - the Art Instruction School of Minneapolis series. I know that they used some other celebrities in the series, along with other 'occupations'. I'd like to have twelve for the set. There are a few variations on the "Lady" depending on what year the ad ran, but I'd like to do keep them different. Any ideas?

April 15, 2005

R Crumb @ the NY Public Library

From The Beat - Yet another who's who event for the NYC comics scene...Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Sophie Crumb, Pete Poplaski, Art Spiegelman, Francoise Mouly, and Bill Griffith all had front row seats. Also seen: Peter Kuper, Megan Kelso, William Kartalopoulos, flush with his Eisner nomination, Leslie Sternbergh, DC's Joey Cavalieri, Nick Mag's Chris Duffy, Anne Bernstein, Dan Nakrosis...probably many people we're forgetting, and also lots of New Yorker-ish publishing types we didn't recognize. Kominsky-Crumb and Mouly were both quite stylish in that continental way in fishnets and short skirts.

For those who came in late, the event was billed as "two naughty boys" Crumb and TIME art critic Robert Hughes having a tete a tete. Despite his professed hatred of public contact, Crumb seemed reasonably relaxed and affable. Hughes, author of such books as THE SHOCK OF THE NEW and GOYA, shares with Crumb a distaste for much modern art (just hearing him say the name "Jeff Koonz" was a lesson in disdain) and seemed to want to present the evening as two old hippies talking about their past acid trips together.

While Hughes is a terrific critic, he might not have been the best companion for a journey into Crumbland, since he isn't much for low culture. (Hughes did admit to having been a cartoonist at some point, although he was forbidden to read comics growing up in Australia because "they took SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT very seriously there.") Crumb spoke about his marine father, his shame over images charged with racism and sexism, and his pop culture influences such as Harold Gray and Little Lulu, but much of the evening was given over to Hughes trying to coax some kind of statement on subversion from Crumb, who admitted self-analysis off the page isn't his greatest strength.

Crumb's message was that drawing comics is what saved his sanity (his two brothers didn't have that outlet, and payed the price.) "If I wasn't a cartoonist I'd be drawing those big butts on prison walls," said Crumb, to general laughter. Despite his avowed anti-modernism, he was quite positive when asked about the current crop of cartoonists. He only mentioned daughter Sophie by name, whom he said had turned him on to several younguns, Asked for advice for aspiring cartoonists, he offered the predictable warning not to quit their day jobs, and mentioned how difficult it was to make any money at it, but remained encouraging to the next generation.

If the execution wasn't quite ideal, it was still a rare chance to see one of the most influential pop artists of the 20th century speak. Witty and articulate, Crumb was quite entertaining with his deliberate mugging at times, playing up his image as a loon and an old lech. It's a shame he hates public appearances, because hearing him speak in something a little less mannered would be fascinating.

There were, however, some interesting sociological notes to be had from the evening. Hughes made mention of the infamous
"High and Low" art show which toured MOMA and LA'S MOCA in 1991. Curated by the late Kirk Varnedoe (Museom of Modern Art) and Adam Gopnik (the New Yorker guy), the show was openly disdainful about the pop culture that influenced high art. Although there was a section on comics and cartoons, only what was then the ultimate canon -- Herriman and McCay -- were allowed in. But highbrow types hated it even more. From the above link:

In excoriating the show's curators, Hilton Kramer, the incandescent critic of the New York Observer and one of the most redoubted conservative art critics in America, damns "High & Low" as "a show in which the intellectual fashions of the academic are cynically joined with the commercial imperatives of the contemporary art market." Mr. Kramer's heart is in the right place, yet his reasoning is suspect. He is driven to this condemnation through an almost reflexive response to the mere framing of the question that the show seeks to answer: What is the nature of modernism's interaction with low culture?

Flash forward 14 years. In the internet's relentless assault, such questions seem meaningless, but they still exist. The general tone of the evening was very uptown, a kind of fly in amber that "comics are a low art but have something to say because they are so raw and vital!" We've actually moved way beyond that attitude on whatever they call the cutting edge these days (see previous item) but in general, liking Crumb and Spiegelman is a-okay in Turtle Bay -- at least tonight. Lest we forget, this week Spiegleman is in TIME Magazine as one of the year's
100 must influential people, alongside the Dalai Lama, LeBron James and Johnny Depp.

The general attitude can be summed up by the comments of one very well dressed lady who was sitting near The Beat. Although at one point she lamented not having her St. Laurent because the room was so cold, she was also heard to murmur "Oh my God, it's Art Spiegelman!" Indeed.

Spiegelman, Mouly and Griffith were spotted hurrying off to have dinner afterwards -- it was nice to see old undergrounders hanging out together. After the talk was over, Crumb announced in no uncertain terms that he wouldn't sign a single autograph, and made an exit whose haste showed that the guy is still pretty spry -- in every way.

I'm Not Here To Be Polite!

Today I received my most recent prized possession - The R. Crumb Handbook © 2005 by Robert Dennis Crumb and Peter Poplaski. The illustration above is from the cloth book cover

This particular edition comes with a limited series lithograph (above) - which happens to be #83 of 150, signed by the old rapid-o-graph master himself! I must thank my better half for allowing me this indulgence.

April 07, 2005

Comic Book Hero Karol Wojtyla

Someone actually made a comic book about the life of Karol Wojtyla aka Pope John Paul II

March 26, 2005

Clowns Will Eat Me

Landed this great bumper sticker from a woman who works with my wife...

March 13, 2005

Vitamin Zee

Fellow Oregonian Carl Barks is considered one of our greatest comic books artists, spending the bulk of his career with Disney producing Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics. Vitamin Zee/Looter of the Lake is an unpublished thirteen page comic book treatment by Barks. VIEW COMIC  via The Cartoonist

March 10, 2005

Portland Memorial Coliseum

Stopped by the Portland Memorial Coliseum for the Comic Book Show and snapped this shot of the "glass palace" before they turn it into a Home Depot...

February 20, 2005

Comic Book To Feature Missouri’s Elderly Serial Killers

King Tractor Press has started work on “Family Bones” and “Innocent” comic books. “Family Bones” is based on the true life story of the Ray and Faye Copeland serial killings. “Innocent” centers on a pair of friends, who execute God’s will with a killer’s hand.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 9, 2005 -- Both comics were based on film screenplays written by Shawn Granger. His past credits include CNN Headline News, FOX, ESPN, and freelance for various publications. Shawn’s great grandmother is the sister of Ray Copeland and most of the “Family Bones” script is based on his experiences.

“I have a deep love of rural America” Shawn said, “It’s a story about growing up in spite of tough barriers, some of them quite deadly. I know my family is a little nervous about “Family Bones” finally coming out. I’m hoping that people will understand that it’s not glorifying serial killing, but showing how a person can live through horrors but still grow beyond their circumstances.”

“Innocent” is a story that Shawn has been working on for over ten years. “In college I was fascinated by missing pieces of the Bible” Shawn said, “There’s all this story of God’s early children who still roam the earth. In fact, since the Old Testament was created many people have believed that they still live among us. Only in recent times it seems we've forgotten about them. The best action films of today can’t compare to what lays hidden in those texts.”

“Family Bones” and “Innocent” are slated to come out late summer/early fall. Currently King Tractor Press is negotiating with artists to render the comic books as well as acquiring other properties for film and print. It’s the publishing arm of King Tractor Films,

February 13, 2005

More From Sterett

Another twisted sculpture from Neil Sterett

'Dead Clown'

February 08, 2005

Sterett Veggies Out

Neil Sterett has been busy of late...

"Blu" Berry and Grumpy Grape

Chopin Broccoli

Mr Ski Carrot

Salty Pepper & Lefty Lemon

Stu Strawberry & Cheery Cherry

February 04, 2005

Worst Comic Stips Ever

One of the cartoons I hated the most growing up was the old "Blondie" knock-off called "Dotty Dripple" I used to call it "Dotty Dribble" because it was so baaaad. How bad was it? Here's an example of one of the more humorous strips...

I'm sure that Burford Tune, the cartoonist who did the strip was a nice guy... i figure he must have been in he right place at the right time when a Publisher Newspaper Syndicate was looking for something to compete with King Features "Blondie". Either that or he had something real juicy on the executives at PNS. Who was Tune? A native of Texas, he started an assistant to the cartoonist for the Dallas News, John Knott. Then after taking cartoonist correspondence courses from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, he landed a syndicated strip called "Doing the Duffs" (sounds kinky) After moving to NYC, Buford also landed a gig working for Paramount's home office in New York, working on movie ads and publicity, while submitting gag cartoons and making 'the rounds' in magazine circles to sell his work. He was able to land a contract with NPS in 1944. It ran until the mid 70's. Tune passed away in 1986.

January 18, 2005

Dive Into Adult Swim

Two great new shows on Adult Swim, the after hours Cartoon Network "network" - one is Tom Goes To The Mayor and the other is a Jonny Quest spoof called Venture Brothers

The Venture Brothers are two all-American teens who spend most of their time hopping from one adventure to the next. Along with the caustic and self-centered father, Dr Venture, the brothers have the uber-spy Brock Samson (the Race Bannon figure) to protect them. Last week's episode not only spoofed the Fantastic Four, by threw in the actual Race Bannon, who died during resuce attempt. It was a REAL wheezer.

Tom Goes To The Mayor is done in a unique flash-style, with the characters presented in what can only be called "photo-copy" animation. Tom just moved to the small town of Jefferson. Seeking to make a name for himself, Tom sets up meetings with the eccentric mayor. Together they develp pointless ideas that never seem to going anywhere.

If you can stay up and watch, it's worth the price of admission, otherwise, fire up your Tivo!

January 10, 2005

Almost Lindstedt

It's a fact only known to a select few - but it's not a secret. Steve Lindstedt is one of the most talented science fiction artists on the planet. And how come you don't know this? Well, Steve hasn't put his science fiction work on the web as yet, for all to see. While we are waiting for Steve to rev up his Canon scanner, feast your eyes on this work by Feng Zhu  LINK

January 05, 2005

A True Spirit Passes

Artist, cartoonist and storyteller Will Eisner (www.willeisner.com) has passed away at the age of 87, from complications from heart surgery LINK Eisner created the modern graphic novel in 1978 with the publication of his book A Contract With God. In 1940 he created his most famous comic book character, The Spirit, a masked hero dedicated to righting wrongs perpertrated on the people of the city. A true inspiration, Eisner will be missed.

January 04, 2005

Cartoonist Takes Flight

In 1942, George Rarey, a young cartoonist and commercial artist, was drafted into the Army Air Corps.  He flew a P-47 before he drove a car. During his service he kept a cartoon journal of the daily life of the fighter pilots.  A few weeks after D-Day he was killed in combat over France. See his drawings here.

December 20, 2004

Li'l Abner by Al Capp

One of my favorite comic strips of all time is Al Capp's Li'l Abner. At it's peak, the strip apperared in over 900 newspapers with a daily readership of 90 million people. For 43 years, we were whisked off the the town of Dogpatch, USA and all the folk that resided there. In the 1950's there was the Broadway muscial Li'l Abner, followed up by the Hollywood movie, released at Christmas in 1959. Once a week, I do a seach for "Al Capp" on eBay, seeing what books and collectibles might be for sale. I've landed a few choice items. One item I see for sale all the time is a VHS version of the 1959 movie. No DVD. Just VHS. The (self proclaimed) world's foremost authority on the 1959 Li'l Abner movie Mark Evanier has written an article on the VHS Lil' Abner mystery. Mark also has links to some related articles. Check it out.

December 17, 2004

Do You Have Your Xray Specs?

Artist Michael Paulus has created a series of drawings  that show what it would be like to peer at various cartoon personalities using your old set of xray specs...  via Mark Evainer

December 13, 2004

PPP and The Usual Gang of Idiots

Recently, Ryan has been working on a project with gag cartoonist and former Mad Magazine contributor Peter Paul Porges. Porges started writing for Mad back in the late 60's, and eventually his rough sketches were so funny they started using his cartoons, too. They past few years he hasn't submitted to Mad, now drawing for himself and exhibiting his work in galleries.

October 30, 2004

Top Cat Due on DVD

Part of the Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection, Top Cat: The Complete Series will be in stores December 7th. "Hanna-Barbera are legendary artists who re-defined the look of animation, paving the way for much of the animation that is on TV today, and ultimately leading cartoons straight into primetime television," commented Christine Martinez, with Warner Home Video. She added, "'Top Cat' classics definitely will be a must-have for all cartoon fans and will have viewers feeling like a kid again."

Exclusive special features included with "Top Cat: The Complete Series" four disc DVD set will be:
- Commentaries on three episodes by several experts in the animation field including: Animation historian, Jerry Beck, writer/animation historians Earl Kress and Mark Evanier as well as Leo de Lyon, who voiced the show's Spook and The Brain characters.
- Storyboard Showcase
- Retrospective Featurette entitled "Hoagy's Alley: The Making of Top Cat"
- Cool Cats in Interview Alley featuring Arnold Stang (Top Cat), Leo de Lyon (Spook and the Brain), Marvin Kaplan (Choo, Choo) and Barry Blitzer ("Top Cat" writer)
- "Top Cat" sing-along
- "Top Cat" art collection
- "Top Cat" Kellogg's commercials

Featuring its signature swinging big band theme song, "Top Cat" is one of Hanna-Barbera's most enduring creations. Inspired by the hit '50's TV comedy series "The Phil Silvers Show," "Top Cat" premiered in 1961 and ran for 30 episodes. Top Cat is the smooth-talking New York City cat known as T.C. to his merry bunch of Manhattan alley cats --Benny the Ball, Choo-Choo, Spook, the Brain and Fancy-Fancy. They are always on the make towards a big score or swindle. And the bothersome and ever exasperated Office Dibble is relentlessly on his case trying to evict the gang from Hoagy's Alley. Like "The Flintstones," "Top Cat" was first screened primetime on US television.

October 17, 2004

Suess Lindstedt

Early Stevie Lindstedt with help from sister Susan

See all the cartoons in the web album in the column to the right

September 07, 2004

Happy Birthday Sergio

I probably should have done this post yesterday, but I knew that I shared my birthday of Sept 6th with the likes of JoAnne Worley, Jane Curtin, Jeff Foxworthy, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and Joseph P Kennedy. But while checking out Mark Evanier's website I see that a I also share my birthday with longtime Mad Magazine cartoonist and one of my personal cartooning influences (and heroes) Sergio Aragones. Wow. To think I had to wait forty-nine years to find that out. Damn! Happy Birthday, Sergio! and thanks for letting me borrow the pic, Mark!

August 17, 2004

You Rat Fink!

Two of the greatest things in 4th grade, besides the music of that new group called The Beatles, was
1. Mad Magazine (What, Me Worry?) and
2. Assembling then PAINTING those 'Big Daddy' Ed Roth models!
I found this book at the website Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth Author Pat Ganahl has written ED "BIG DADDY" ROTH His Life, Times, Cars and Art The faces and expressions on the characters were excellent (still are) and althought I wasn't into cars, the Rat Fink and Weird-o greatly influenced my style of cartooning along with Mad's master of caricature Mort Drucker and the simple, expressive style of Paul Coker.

August 09, 2004

Kerry or Bush?

More fun at Atomic Toys

June 08, 2004

Sketchy Types

One of my favorite site to ponder is Blue Line Pro - a website where cartooning types can get cartooning related materials, like pens, drawing paper, screen tone, blah-blah-blah. They are offering you the chance to participate in a monthly Sanctioned Art Contest.

May 24, 2004

Nine Twisted Strips

1. Red Meat
2. This Modern World
3. Zippy The Pinhead
4. Derf City
5. Exploding Dog
6. Rhymes With Orange
7. Mac Hall
8. The K Chronicles
9. Strange Breed

Help Save Mullets

You can help to save a comic strip that may die a quick and untimely death. To have any chance of success, any new comic strip needs a little bit of luck. Unfortunately, that's the one thing that seems to be in short supply where "Mullets," the new daily strip by Rick Stromoski and Steve McGarry, is concerned.

"No sooner had our press kits and promotional material been printed" groans Steve "than the UPN network launched the most awful, critically-panned, universally-derided sitcom in TV history, which just happened to have an uncomfortably similar premise and an almost identical title. It was that bad, it was canned within a month, but the stench of death has inevitably wafted in our direction. And then Berkeley Breathed decided to rise from the grave ... by launching "Opus" the day before "Mullets." Rather than buying new features, editors have been canning or shrinking existing strips to make room for his space demands. In the middle of one of the most atrocious syndication markets in recent memory, when newspapers are actually cancelling existing features to make room for the one thing (Opus) that is actually selling, with the grim specter of that short-lived, hideous sitcom still looming ominously over us, we unveiled our new baby."

Please e-mail your comments to the "Mullets" crew here (don't forget to include the name of the city where you live) and they will make sure that your message reaches your local newspaper editor. Let's Save Mullets!

May 21, 2004

Here's Bunnnnie...

Angry Alien (remember that name) has put together a website that has truly has put the "fun" back in funny - using the magic of Macromedia's Flash, you can see the entire movie of The Shining and The Exorcist re-enacted by a troupe of thespian bunnies.


Pendemonium an interesting idea from the inkwell of New York City artist and writer Danny Gregory

May 13, 2004

Stan "What A Marvel" Lee

Like the Spiderman rising from the ashes of an explosion, Stan Lee, now 81 years young, wants a "senior moment" on the power packed issue that only comic book tales are made of... "What happened (to me) was a nightmare I'm trying to forget," Lee says ruefully. "I want to put it behind me. I don't want to be associated with it."

Unfortunately, it's not that simple, Stan. An article in USA Today, tells the torrid tale of monsters dressed as dot.com executives and heroes....well, are there any heroes left? Maybe....

May 12, 2004

Jane! Where Were You In '62

Yes, it's finally here from Warner Home Video - Where were you in '62? Hey, I was seven years old and watching the comings and goings of George, Jane, Daughter Judy, Their Boy Elroy and Rosie the Robot!

Now a four-set DVD package has been released. Like the Flintstones, the Jetsons still stand as some of the most recognizable animated characters ever - no small thanks to decades of reruns - so why quibble with their place in television history? This snappy four-disc set should appeal to diehards, but it doesn't change the fact that these just are not really the finest moments in television animation. But you gotta hand it to Hanna and Barbera, they had the formula down pat.

Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera didn't originate, but definitely perfected the art of "limited animation" which was originally founded as an artistic device. They used it as a cost-cutting measure rather than an aesthetic method. By cutting down the amount of frames viewed per second from 24 to down to as few as 12 frames per second production costs were slashed. With the reduced number of frames, you get the halting, "jerky" motion seen in lower budgeted TV cartoons, as opposed to the smoother flow of animation seen in most feature films and high-quality TV animation. And the ever present same background going on for miles and miles. The worst culprit for reduced animation was the series Clutch Cargo where only the mouth would move, the head and body perfectly still. They also experimented with camera tricks used in place of actual animation kind of like on Conan O'Brien when he "interviews" guests via the television screen.

May 11, 2004

Space Cadets

1. Buck Rogers
2. Tom Corbett
3. Dan Dare
4. Adam Strange
5. Perry Rhodan
6. Flash Gordon
7. Rocketship For Sale
8. Captain Future
9. Planet Mongo
10.Tom Corbett's Rocketship

March 28, 2004

Cartoon Network Rules

Yeah! AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE and SEALAB 2021 will both return with 13 more episodes and HARVEY BIRDMAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW will make its return to the line-up on April 18. In my opinion, these shows are the most creative, twisted animation produced today.

We also still love Brak and our old friend, Space Ghost. Whatever those writers are smoking, keep on puffin'.

March 26, 2004

My Best Old Ex-Friend X-Ray

Don't you just love the artwork from the old comic books? I have started to scan some of the artwork from the advertisements scattered through the comic pages. Back in the late 60's and early 70's, we used to frequent the old book stores in the Portland area, which included Cameron's, Beaver Bookstore and the old Powell's Bookstore when it was across the street on the south side of Burnside, next to Helen's Costumes. Mike Caceras and I would take the bus downtown, get off at Cameron's, then walk up to Powell's and head back to Beaver on the eastside. We'd dig through the stacks of old comic books, looking mostly for Marvel Comics. At the time, the artwork in the DC Comics wasn't as appealing to our tastes. I still have a few hundred comic books that I saved. Buried in the stacks I have a Fantastic Four #2. It's been years since I have checked how much they might be worth. Now, if I could find my x-ray specs ....

February 15, 2004

Time Passages

Happy birthday to Matt Groening (“Life in Hell” and “The Simpsons”) fellow Portlander and cartoonist. Matt was going to Lincoln High when I was going to Grant High across town, back in the early 70's. A couple of friends knew Matt while at Lincoln. Somewhere in my library I have a "Life In Hell" book that he signed when he visited a local Portland radio station back in the late 80's. Welcome to the big 5-0, Matt!

A Real Superhero

Scoop, on the Diamond Galleries website writes "It's difficult to measure the impact that Julie Schwartz had on the comic book world. In fact, they'd probably need to invent a new unit of measurement just to begin to cover it."

He was Ray Bradbury's first agent. He could have stopped there and been a success, but he went on. An early, loud voice in the world of science fiction, he joined All-American Comics in 1944. There he set about changing comics for the better.
Continue Reading Story

January 17, 2004


Hey - look what Popeye got for is boithday! A PopeyePod. We took a look at his current playlist...

Happy Boitday, Popeye!

January 17th, 1929 Popeye made his debut in the popular comic strip Thimble Theatre created by Elzie Segar (EC Segar). Happy Boithday, Popeye!

Segar (E.C. Segar) stared out working the film projector in a movie house. Inspired by seeing the humorous movies of Charlot, he created a few comics copying the same situations. These had no success, until Segar met Richard Felton Outcault, creator of 'The Yellow Kid', who encouraged him to carry on and introduced him at the Chicago Herald. The Herald published Segar's first comic, 'Charlie Chaplin's Comedy Capers'. Two years later, he moved on to the Chicago Evening American, for which he created 'Looping the Loop'.

In 1919, Elzie Segar's work attracted the attention of King Features Syndicate. For them, he created 'The Five-Fifteen' in 1920 (renamed 'Sappo' in 1926) and 'The Thimble Theatre', published in the New York Journal. This series featured the rail-thin Olive Oyl, her brother Castor Oyl and their friend Ham Gravy.

Very soon after Popeye was introduced to the comic strip in 1929, he caught the imagination of the public and quickly became the star of the comic strip. Happy Boithday, Popeye!

January 10, 2004

No Jive is Alive!

Finally, we are switching all the No-Jive Comix comics and cartoons over to the new servers and new domain NoJiveComix.com. Beware! Some items are for mature audiences only and those that are NOT easily offended. Don't say we didn't warn you.

We will post a notice when the switch is complete. Stay tuned ...

January 09, 2004

House Guests

During the recent ice storm, Neil has had two house guests staying at his place. As soon as the ice melts off their "vehicle" they will be able to return home... where ever that is!

December 29, 2003

Traprock's Travel-Blog

It was precisely noon, day-light saving time, on July 4th, 1921, when I stood on the corner referred to and, strange to say, found it practically deserted. To be more accurate, I stood on the deck of my auxiliary yawl, the Kawa, and she, the Kawa, wallowed in the corner mentioned. To all intents and purposes our ship's company was alone.

"Is she tight?" asked Captain Erza Triplett.
We are speaking of my yawl, the Kawa
"As tight as a corset," was my reply.
"Good. I'll go."

In this short interview I obtained my captain for what was to prove to be the most momentous voyage of my life. The papers were signed forthwith in the parlor of Hop Long's Perl-of-the-Orient Cafeteria and dawn of the following day saw us beyond the Golden Gate.

Read Traprock's first entry in his Travel-Blog

December 12, 2003

The Restaurant - The Cook

The Cook

Employed last by a greasy spoon,
The Cook is now a full-fledged "Goon".
A hat on head and scarf 'round neck
Mean an increase on his check.
Toasting buns and flipping meat,
For the customers to eat.
He's now on that long awaited ride -
To inflate his ego and his pride.
©1973 Scott Leverenz

The Restaurant - The Dishwasher

The Dishwasher

The Dishwasher is a noisey slob,
Because he has a thankless job.
He stands at station and waits for praise;
Then wonders why he gets no raise.
The Waitress, with whom he tries to flirt,
While washing a 400 size insert;
Don't like to boy and tell him so -
He sighs... then turns... in movement slow.
And through all this he'll still persist
Just like a normal masochist -
Rinse a glass, scrape a plate,
No wonder he always comes in late!
©1973 Scott Leverenz

December 10, 2003

The Restaurant - The Waitress

The Waitress

'May I help?' is what you hear
From her friendly lips.
She's your Waitress - always near;
Waiting for her tips.

If you want to dine in style,
She'll make that extra trip;
With a friendly air and a smile-
She really wants that tip!

Ready to serve and always there,
To full-fill your every whim;
'Oh, Miss, I think I've found a hair
On my coffee rim...'

She turns all red and burst out crying
Then runs out of sight,
She feels so bad, she feels like dying -
No tip from you tonight!
© 1973 Scott Leverenz

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The Restaurant - The Busboy

The Busboy

The one who usually seems to annoy
Is the busiest of all - the sleek busboy!
Emptying carts and dumping ice
The poor fellow never seems to suffice.
Stocking and racing from front to back
This kid could set new records in track!
"Plates to the center!" "Plates to the Cooks!"
If he doesn't hop-to-it he gets dirty looks
From all the people with whom he works;
Mumbling and grumbling he call them "jerks!" -
He has worked very hard, much to his regret,
For he's recieved no tips - and full of sweat
Starts his way homeward, and let us hope
He remembers to use his Lifeboy Soap!
©1973 Scott Leverenz

December 08, 2003

The Restaurant - The Hostess

Back in the early 70's one of my first jobs was working at "Coco's Famous Hamburgers" I did a series of cartoons about the various jobs in the restaurant. All are based on actual people that I worked with in the positions (you know who you are).

"The Hostess"

The Hostess works her job with ease;
A smile and then, "May I help You please?"
She scampers about to find a seat
Places water, a menu - her job's complete.
Back to her station with a smile she goes;
Rings up a ticket them more "hellos",
Repeating the scene with a great big smile
Make you stop and think awhile -
Doing all this without a break...
Could the Hostess be a fake?
© 1973 Scott Leverenz

Vintage No-Jive

From the electrified mind of Steve Lindstedt

circa 1973

November 29, 2003

Bill Says "Syndicate This!"

An article on the Cleveland Scene website aobut Clavin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, discusses more about the current state of syndicated comic strips that about Bill. Check out the article on the Cleveland Scene Magazine Website

November 06, 2003

Happy Forty Eight, Mate!

Yesterday Neil Sterett cranked off another year. Here's some of Neil's artistic talents at work...

October 17, 2003

Psychedelic To The Max

Lindstedt and I went to see Peter Max last night at the Lawrence Gallery in NW Portland or 'The Pearle' as it is called.

Max's early work in the late sixties and early seventies is reminiscent of the Beatles antimated movie Yellow Submarine from 1968. Max is probably best known for the bright, bold colors used in cartoon- like illustrations with 'cosmic' look and feel. Psychedelic, man!

He did the art for the 'Love' postage stamp in the early 70's and the animated 70's 7Up commercial where the bottle turns into a butterfly.

Lindstedt was quite the critic, slashing and dashing Max's technique and composition of his artwork, with prices from $1,700 to $75,000.

'He's just trying to capitalize on his name!'

'Now, Leverenz, tell me.. who in the HELL would spend that much money for this!'

'I think he's going to be disappointed that no one buys any of this stuff - it's Portland Oregon for christsake... PORTLAND!'

Maybe Steve was pissed he didn't bring his checkbook with him.

However, Lindstedt, DID like Max's use of bright bold colors, large brush strokes and use of acrylic paints.

Several of the paintings were pretty cool. Especially the mixed media pieces where he layered paper over posters and then painted over the poster.

When Peter Max arrived at the showing, about 30 minutes after we got there, Lindstedt didn't believe it was him. When I finally convinced him that it was him, I walked on over and struck up a conversation about how he applied the media to the canvas referring to my friend, here, who was also an artist... Steve? Steve..? Lindstedt BOLTED - BOLTED away from me when I walked over to Mr. Max. Not walk away quickly.. BOLTED!

Unfortunately, the only painting I wanted was already sold. Darn!

Here are some sample of Peter Max's work

Similar artwork from Yellow Submarine

October 09, 2003

Depths of No-Jive

Today is Steve Lindstedt's birthday (Happy Birthday Binstrom, Mindstrom, Linstrom, whatever...!). So in honor of the twisted mind of Mr. Lindstedt, we reach in and pull from the deep, dark vault of the No-Jive archives - "The Depths of No-Jive" done by Steve on a cold winter's day in 1973....

September 02, 2003

That's Just Terrific

Yesterday we caught a couple of episodes of VH1's "I Love the 70's" series. They showed some clips of Captain Kangaroo, for some reason, on the 1976 segment. I remember the Captain from the 1950's when I was a wee lad. The Capt'n looked pretty old in the clips from 1976. Even in 1976 we were saying that Mr Greenjeans was Frank Zappa's father.

Which leads me to the cartoon stuff - when the Capt'n was on CBS, they were home to two made-for TV Terrytoon properties. Tom Terrific, one of the first characters created by Gene Deitch and his Terrytoons crew, first appeared in 1957. The unlikely adventurer, complete with a funnel-hat, was paired with Mighty Manfred, the Wonder Dog. Filmed in black and white, with little or no backgrounds, the cartoons featured great characterizations, dialogue and story lines. Tom Terrific had the ability to change his shape into anything he wanted. The serialized adventures pitted the duo against such adversaries as Crabby Appleton, The Silly Sandman and Captain Kidney Bean.

I'll search my archives - I know I have a few other pictures of old Tom and Manfred.

August 26, 2003

Caffeine Comix

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August 19, 2003

Ten Crumb-y Links

Crumb-y Link 1 - Dead Link :(
Crumb-y Link 2
Crumb-y Link 3
Crumb-y Link 4
Crumb-y Link 5
Crumb-y Link 6
Crumb-y Link 7 - Dead Link :(
Crumb-y Link 8
Crumb-y Link 9
Crumb-y Link 10

August 06, 2003

Pop Culture Con Cancelled

Pop Culture Con will not happen this year. We have had to move to Popcon back to 2004.

We were recently notified by the convention center that we were not invited. This left us under three months away from the con launch without an annual home. In the past week we have toured the remaining expo centers in the area and will make an announcement of when and where Pop Culture Con will launch. I'd like to thank all the great guests that we didn't get to see. Many have already expressed interest in attending next year, and we expect to add others to the list. Our next Popcon in 2004 will be worth the wait!

As soon as we have acquired a date and location we will be posting it on the Popcon website at PopCultureCon.com

[From Bob Hickey at Bluelinepro]

Over The Hedge

Animation director Tim Johnson recently talked to The Chicago Sun Times about his upcoming comic strip-based feature, "Over the Hedge." The CGI film, based on the strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis, is set to star Jim Carrey and Gary Shandling as R.J. the raccoon and Verne the turtle respectively.

Johnson is making the press rounds for his current release, "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas," but he talked about bit about "Hedge" as well.

"The movie is based on a terrific comic strip. It's about a smart-aleck raccoon [Carrey] who wakes up from a long slumber near a retiring turtle [Shandling]. They realize that suburbia has taken over their home while they were sleeping," Johnson said. It turns out, human encroachment isn't the end of the world. "They can't believe humans are nice enough to put out food for them in giant silver cans!" Johnson says. "They think they've found paradise."

But Carrey's R.J. will have none of that, prompting the other forest critters to engage in risky missions into human neighborhoods."Over The Hedge" is due in theaters in 2005.





That's Life Circa 1972

Copyright 1972 Steve Lindstedt & No-Jive Comix

August 05, 2003

Ski Mt Hood in the year 2163 - Palmer Snow Field

Skiing Robots by Steve Lindstedt