From Comics Beat, June 5, 2018, “MGM Drops first look and cast of The Addams Family animated feature”— the film is out this October.
Podcast of Interest: Liza Donnelly with Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre
Update: MAD Panelists at “Satire and the City” Cartoon Festival
As promised in yesterday’s post about the upcoming Association of American Editorial Cartoonists “Satire and the City” Cartoon Festival, here are the MAD magazine panelists scheduled to appear:
John Ficarra, Senior VP & Executive Editor, a MAD staffer since 1980, co-editor (with Nick Meglin) 1985-2004, editor-in-chief 2004-present
Joe Raiola and Charlie Kadau, Senior Editors, MAD staffers since 1985
Al Jaffee, MAD contributor since 1955, creator of the Fold-In and Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions, Guiness World Record holder, “Longest Career as a Comic Artist”
Moderator, Sam Viviano, VP—Art & Design, MAD contributor since 1981, art director 1999-present.
Cartoon Companion’s Max and Simon had their work cut for them this week with nearly two dozen cartoons to inspect and examine. Among the dissected: a literary plumbing problem, Tinder behavior, Nambia located, and a Frankensteinian moment. Read it all here.
New Animated Addams Family Planned
According to this report the creepy and kooky and altogether ooky “Addams Family” will return to delight us.
American Bystander’s New Blog
American Bystander has a brand new blog. If you like written humor, if you like cartoons, and humorous illustration, this is where you might want to spend some time. The Bystander’s publisher, Michael Gerber charmingly describes the blog as a place “where we could stick a few pieces from each issue.” Go to the blog here.
Bill Plympton on P.C. Vey
From Scribble Junkies, the blog of legendary animator, Bill Plympton, this interesting short piece on P.C. Vey. Read it here.
R.O. Blechman Book Signing
New: The New Yorker Daily Humor Newsletter
Described as an “experiment” this Daily Humor newsletter will include “all the funny stuff you’ve come to love from us, including cartoons and Daily Shouts.” ...apparently this feature is available on a limited basis thus far. Will note on the Spill when its status changes.
Cartoons and Comic Strips on Broadway
From Playbill, this list of successful cartoon and comic strip adaptations. Guess which is #1. Hint:
For Charles Addams’ legacy, it’s the gift that keeps on giving: the theater presentation of the hit broadway show, The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy, which of course grew out of the mid-1960s television show, The Addams Family. Here’s a nice piece (forget the “newspaper cartoon” and think “New Yorker Magazine“) from The Independent, “How the Addams Family Went From a Newspaper Cartoon to Cult Classic: A New Musical Has Landed in Dublin”
Here’s a fun site: The Unofficial Addams Family world Wide Website
And then there’s the official Addams website: Tee & Charles Addams Foundation
(For a general round-up of the Addams Family New Yorker cartoons, the television show, the movies and the musical go to the Addams Family Wikipedia entry).
From Attempted Bloggery, June 11, 2017, “Lou Myers in Times Square” — this piece on a Lou Myers tour de force promotional mailer from 1973.
Mr. Myers, who died in November of 2005, contributed stories, cartoons and one cover to the New Yorker from 1974 through 1989.
In Mr. Myers’ NYTs obit, Steven Heller wrote: “Mr. Myers developed a deceptively childlike, raw, black brushstroke that gave the illusion of lightheartedness. But his cartoons were more like comic bombs that exploded political and social taboos.”
Here’s his terrific New Yorker cover and a Myers cartoon collection from 1980.
Courtesy of David Pomerantz, this fun ad:
Who doesn’t like monsters? I’d bet almost every cartoonist has had a monster phase, or even more than a phase. Charles Addams, for one. Monster Mash looks like a great deal of fun — the inclusion of Mr. Addams’ “Addams Family” in this heavily illustrated volume makes it an Ink Spill Book of Interest.
[Monster Mash: The Creepy , Kooky Monster Craze in America 1957 – 1972 by Mark Voger is due July 7, 2015 from TwoMorrows Publishing]