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

May 10th, 2017

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.
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!
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.
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.
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

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
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?
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.
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

Felix from 3-26 to 4-1-1933
Myrtle from 12-27-1948 to 1-2-1949, Her engagement to Sampson is broken off!
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!
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

Here’s Felix from 3-19 to 3-25-33
Here’s Myrtle from 12-20 to 12-26-48
Here’s Krazy from 3-29 to 4-3-43
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.

Itza Christmas

December 24th, 2016

Here’s a beautiful drawing by one of our most faithful supporters, and a donor to the cartoon short, “Some Other Cat”. It’s by Nicolas Martinez, of Chicago Ill. He draws Itza Cat just about perfectly, I love Itza with the candy cane in his mouth, looking like a striped cigar! Look at that beautiful texture that Nicolas put in to the wreath, it’s colored pencil on textured paper. Real classy, Nicolas, Thanks again!
Felix is from 3-12 to 3-18-33 this time. Felix and Danny Dooit have located Colonel Snooper’s abandoned radio and Danny’s mother listens in to Felix’s broadcast. I love the drawing of the windblown Felix and Danny in the 3-14, and the very effectively stylized polar bear in the 3-18. Savor these drawings of the Arctic in 1933, it doesn’t look that icy anymore. The Sunday continues Felix’s treasure hunt to impress his girlfriend, he goes to an undersea cave and is rescued from an octopus by a lobster boy!
Myrtle is from 12-13 to 12-18-1948, this week I love the 12-15 as Hyacinth the Cat makes one of her rare appearances, chasing the family’s pet mouse. Dudley Fisher does a very animated cartoon style gag here, as the Mouse paints a lot of fake mouseholes along the baseboard. I also like the 12-18, as Myrtle confronts her teacher, Miss Flunkem. Myrtle’s attitude in the second panel is especially appealing.
World War Two enters the Coconino County world (3-22 to 3-27-43) again as Ignatz, Krazy and Pupp play “Sentimentils” (Sentries in Kat Langwitch). I love the fractured Kat words, such as “retzkil”, “Weak kneeded” and “Paul Troom” in the 3-23 and “Migg-night” and “Moob Oba, Dollin'” in the 3-27. At this point, Herriman isn’t signing the strips, so you know they are his work.

Bob Kuwahara again does the “art chores” on the Barker Bill Sunday page from 10-17-54. Ali K. Zam is in love with Phyllis the Strong Woman and makes Puddy the Pup vanish beneath his magic hat. Trouble is, Ali K. Zam doesn’t know how to bring the beloved pup back again. Continued next post!
Here is yours truly, riding Balto in Ojai, Ca. where my wife and I were staying for the annual Film Festival. I got a two-hour ride on the gentle horse, we even went on a trot for a bit. I was the only rider on the trail that day. We went through a very dry Live Oak forest. It was the fastest two-hours I spent the whole year. I wonder what it’s like to ride for 4 hours, or 6? It would be fun to do a day’s ride with a lunch break some day. Remember to click the small thumbnails twice, and they will grow to readable size. Comments are ‘disabled’ for the time being, due to this blog recovering from a hack. Feliz Navidad and Prospero Ano Nuevo to all my readers!