Archive: July 2011
“Or, some interesting ways to get some variety into those boring panels where some dumb writer has a bunch of lame characters sitting around and talking for page after page!” Legendary EC Comics/MAD magazine artist Wally Wood (one of the “holy” triumverate of Wood, Elder and Davis working under Kurtzman and Gaines in the 1950s) [...]
Okay, I know that the clues and teaser scenes in all those Marvel movies over the past few years have been intrusive and irritating, but nevertheless I admit that I’m totally sold on this Avengers scheme, now that the Joss Whedon (!) payoff movie is actually in production. (It had seemed like one of those [...]
Wen hasst du am meisten? Wie weit würdest du gehen? Heute is der tag zum handeln.
Barney Miller’s and my supernatural teen thriller 7 Souls was just published in Germany, so I awoke to a big thick bubbly envelope containing two German hardcover first editions of Seven Souls (They kept the English title). Wow! I have never in my life been in a situation like this: I’m flipping through a book [...]
Tex Avery’s cartoons combine high-speed slapstick and vaudevillian characterization with existential surrealism, which called for extreme technical and stylistic precision. In particular, the cartoons feature richly-detailed background paintings (until the style was deliberately streamlined in the 1950s) that belie the ridiculous story-lines and somehow make everything even funnier. You won’t see anything like this in [...]
Fred “Tex” Avery (1908-1980) is probably my favorite animator of all time. He created Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck before leaving Warner Brothers (after a Jack-Kirby/Stan-Lee-style dispute with Leon Schlesinger) to set up his own shop at MGM, where he made 63 cartoon shorts between 1942 and 1955. The 63 MGM Tex Avery cartoons (which [...]