Your Comics Page 7-20-2017

July 19th, 2017

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Dudley Fisher’s art is up to it’s usual standard in the Myrtle strips from 1-17 to 1-23-1949. The Sunday page is a lot of fun, showing the whole family listening to a mystery program on the radio together, just before television started to muscle in. No DVRs either, or an interruption from friends wouldn’t have been such a big deal.
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Krazy is from 4-26 to 5-1-1943, and once again the World War encroaches on the story line. This time it’s booby traps, I especially like the 5-1 as Offissa Pupp unwinds about 70 yards of fake mouse tail from under the box.
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Felix is still time-travelling in the stone age in the 4-16, and being envious of Danny Dooit’s celebrity in the 4-17 through 4-22s. I love the way Otto draws the dinosaurs in the 4-16, sort of like Winsor McCay, but less of a feeling of bone structure and simpler shapes. The cave man reminds me of Elzie Segar’s drawings, and the greeting card made of stone is a harbinger of the Fleischer Stone Age cartoons of 1940.
I haven’t updated the old Catblog in several months, but who cares? I have no readers, and never hear from any of you. Of course, Itza and I would LOVE to hear from you at kausler@att.net, but I’m sure you’re too busy to write. My screening at the Union hall back in May was not too well attended, about 26 people showed up. In June I did a show and animation workshop in Ojai. I made the bonehead play of all time when I packed up all the film equipment and cables for the show, but forgot the FILMS! A friend loaned me a bunch of his 16mm prints, which we ran instead, and it was just as well as we drew a massive audience of ONE, a very nice lady named Dorothy. So as they said in the old Hal Roach comedy “A Lad and A Lamp”, “the small time’s not so hot anymore”. Not even the kids care about cartoons anymore, at the Union hall the only child in attendance spent most of the show in a corner punching his iphone.

I Love Cartoons! Show on May 19th at TAG Hulett Hall!!

May 10th, 2017

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Come to the first of a series (?) of screenings at the Hulett Hall at the Animation Guild’s building at 1105 N. Hollywood Way in Burbank, CA 91505. The program is called “I Love Cartoons” and features cartoon 16mm films that are especially beloved by me and hopefully, all of you. I’m presenting two stills from some of the cartoons we’re running, I’m sure you can guess the first one, the second one is from a Cigar TV commercial, animated by a great animator who should be more famous than he is.
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The show will be about two hours in length and starts at 6:30 PM, ends about 9:30 PM or so. It’s in four half-hour installments, “Newsreel Theatre, or Cartoons At Random”, four cartoons picked off the shelf that I love, “Eastern and Western European Favorites”, these include such cartoons as the Soyuzmultfilm production: “The Four Friends”, “Tup-Tup” Nedeljko Dragic’s Zagreb masterpiece and a Halas and Batchelor “Barnaby” cartoon, adapted from the Crockett Johnson comic strip. The third half-hour is devoted to 1950s Television cartooning, featuring a whole reel of our mystery animator’s work, a Tom Terrific serial called “Snowy Picture”, with animation by Jim Tyer and directed by Gene Deitch, plus a reel devoted to the Ford Dog campaign of the late 1950s, animated principally by Bill Littlejohn for Playhouse Pictures. The fourth and last half-hour is devoted to the “Cartoon Western”, animated versions of the typical B-Western plots. These may have been shown at “The Hitching Post”, a legendary Hollywood theater devoted to Westerns back in the 1940s and 1950s. This program promises to be fun and as lecture-free as possible. Come and enjoy beloved cartoons with an audience!
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Krazy this time is from 4-19 to 4-24-1943, the 4-23 strip is courtesy of Gerd Heinlein, the man with 20,000 comic strips in his collection. Thanks for this one, Gerd! Herriman spins three days of comedy out of a play on words involving “Abalone” and “A Baloney”, and also features a piece of “Mekka Roni” and “Spigetty” passing through each other on a Coconino highway.
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Myrtle is from 1-10 to 1-16-1949. I want to point out the 1-11 as Myrtle and Sampson have a spat, and wind up with free ice cream cones; it pays to fight? I also love the little pose in the 1-12 as Myrtle grabs the sides of her hat and pulls them down over her head. The Sunday page is great fun as Myrtle’s family is visited by the FBI, no, not Jim Comey.
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Felix is from 4-9 to 4-15-1933. In the 4-9 Sunday page, Felix starts a dream journey to prehistoric times, in the dailies, Felix is still a little jealous of Danny Dooit’s fame and all the fan letters and press he seems to be getting. I like the 4-15 as Felix hides in a box to escape a bulldog and Danny thinks Felix is a gift!
Thanks for reading my blog, if you want to write to me, my address is kausler@att.net. I’m sorry the comments continue to be disabled, I can’t figure out how to restore the blog to full capacity, so have to settle for what I have. Maybe I’ll see you at the “I Love Cartoons” show at 6:30 PM, Friday, May 19th, at the Animation Guild’s Hulett Hall, 1105 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank Ca 91505.

Whelp, Been Ten Years!

March 26th, 2017

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It’s been ten years to the day, when in March of 2007, I started this blog. My posts are infrequent, and the blog has been hacked, disabling the comments, but what the heck, it’s still here! The oil painting is by my wife, Cathy. She calls it “Cat Party”, a still life study of various cat sculptures we have about the house, arranged on an outdoor table. Maybe you will recognize at least one of the party-goers. Next on the programme is Cathy’s wonderful drawing of her Mom’s favorite cat, Frosty, when he was a kitten, keeping an eye on the fireplace. It’s called “Frosty Watching the Fire”, and it’s one of my favorite drawings, used by special permission. As a third helping of cat artwork, I’ve appended my drawing of “DaDa” which I sketched from a Cat Calendar page. I like to build up textures and shading with a sketching pen, I especially love to draw cat’s eyes. They embody so much beauty and mystery. This blog post is dedicated to beloved cats we’ve known, Mangy, Crispy, Little Sister, Stephanie, Little Grey, Frosty and Misty. They are all frolicking by the Rainbow Bridge, remembered forever. Who knows how much longer this old Catblog will go on? Technically we are hanging by a thread, I recommend that if there is anything on the archives you want, download it and print it NOW before it disappears. I’ve got many years of Krazy Kat, Marvelous Mike and Felix comic strips on here, and currently we feature Felix, Krazy and Myrtle strips. May all of my readers continue to enjoy the blog, and if you want to comment, just write to me at kausler@att.net and I’ll print the best comments as an addendum to this post. Love ya! Mark and Itza
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Felix from April 2nd to April 8th, 1933, good newspaper pun in the 4-8! Felix is jealous of Danny Dooit’s celebrity, but who is remembered today?
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Myrtle from January 3rd to January 9th, 1949 The Sunday page is kinda crummy this week, it’s the best I could find. Myrtle has taken to carting a doll of herself around with her! Was Dudley Fisher trying to promote the idea of Myrtle character merchandise? I’ve never seen a Myrtle doll.
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Krazy from April 12th to April 17th, 1943 Ignatz keeps getting jailed for “mutiny”, as Garge puts it. Krazy Kat tries to get Offissa Pupp to define what a “Superior” is in the 4-17. No Barker Bill Sunday this time or anytime soon, I ran out of them. Remember to click on any of the images herein, to see them larger.

Your Wonderful Comics Post 3-2-2017

March 1st, 2017

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Felix from 3-26 to 4-1-1933
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Myrtle from 12-27-1948 to 1-2-1949, Her engagement to Sampson is broken off!
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Krazy from 4-5 to 4-10-1943, love the artist joke in the 4-10, as Ignatz erases the brick with a BIG pencil!
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Barker Bill from 11-7-1954, The invisible Puddy observes love triangle between Barker Bill, Phyllis the Strong Woman and Ali K. Zam. This may be the last Barker Bill Sunday I have, find out next time!

Your Comics Page 2-5-2017

February 4th, 2017

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Here’s Felix from 3-19 to 3-25-33
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Here’s Myrtle from 12-20 to 12-26-48
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Here’s Krazy from 3-29 to 4-3-43
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Here’s the Sunday Barker Bill from 10-31-54 continuing the romance between Ali K. Zam and strong woman Phyllis Fezeek. I’ve decided to make my job a little easier around here and not write so many comments on the strips. If you want to send me any comments on the blog, just write to me at kausler@att.net. The reality is that since the blog was hacked, the stuffings were knocked out of it, but the archives are still there. Our 10th anniversary is coming up in March, providing we still have the blog by then.