Archive for April, 2007

A Bunch More Kats

Thursday, April 26th, 2007


Here’s 7-2, 7-4 and 7-5-1938. In 7-2, I would swear that Garge used this joke before, in the 1920s. In 7-4, a double reconsideration results in inaction, sounds like the federal government, doesn’t it? In 7-5, I love the personification of “conscience” in the third panel, and the staging on floor planks. I love the hole in the floor, maybe that’s where “conscience” exits and enters. This seems to convey that Garge thought of this idea as a parenthetical aside, so it takes place in “the wings” of the strip, or off-stage.

Aw, c’mon have a coupla more!

Monday, April 23rd, 2007


Here’s 6-30 and 7-1-1938. When the anti-smoking police get down cutting out all of the smoking scenes in all the old movies and cartoons, maybe they will get around to the old comic strips! Krazy’s gang all seem to love a good stogie, even if it’s used!

Two, Two, Two Kats in One!

Friday, April 20th, 2007


Here’s 6-28 and 6-29-1938. Savor the “kat langwidge” in 6-29 with the enraged chicken hawk, and the incredible melting banjo fret in 6-28.

Hugh’s Project

Thursday, April 19th, 2007


What a great experience it was to get to know Hugh Harman. In the early seventies, Bob Clampett introduced me to Hugh. It was a lot of fun to eat breakfast or lunch with him at his favorite restaurant, The Old World in Beverly Hills. However, Hugh did not live in Beverly Hills, but in an old apartment building on Selma and Cahuenga in Hollywood. Hugh preferred to come over to my house, or meet me in Beverly Hills. He did not own a car, took the bus everywhere and never invited me to his rooms. You see, he was poor. I tried to help him by selling artwork he had from the Bosko comic strip of the thirties, and some Red Ryder prints that his brother, Fred Harman had created. Hugh would always bring something every time he came over, like a sack of donuts. Then he would borrow a hundred dollars or so. Up to the time I met him, no print of the legendary Bosko pilot: “The Talk-Ink Kid” existed. Then mysteriously, a nitrate copy turned up out of a friend’s garage. We made a safety negative in 16mm, but the print had no main or end titles. So Hugh designed the main title (the sketch on yellow lined paper). I then re-drew and inked the design to look like the earliest model of Bosko (sketch on white paper). Hugh was pleased with the result, but I can’t remember if we ever photographed the title cards or not. Later my friend Dave Butler, made a final negative and put the new title cards on it. I just recently saw a copy of “Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid” on DVDr and I saw my titles on it. All the memories of Hugh Harman came back, and I smiled. Can you imagine how much fun it was to work with one of my childhood heroes, creator of such a beloved character as Bosko? It always amazed me how tough Hugh was on himself, and in how little esteem he held all the great old cartoons he had helped to create, except for “Peace On Earth”, one of his MGM cartoons. What an honor to have known him, and to have helped him out a little. It’s a sobering thought to know that such a key creator and one of the greatest animators of the 1920s lived the last years of his life in such reduced circumstances. He didn’t save his money, and was forgotten by Hollywood. Residuals for animators!

Martha’s ruff and more!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007


Here is the pencil ruff I made on Martha Sigall’s 90th birthday card. I thought it would be fun if she could be dancing with the first and last theatrical Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters. Her husband Sol is keeping time in the background. Martha has the inked and watercolored final card. Thrown in are the next episodes of “Lane Allen’s Diary”, (still looking for info about this feature, how about it, Stripper’s Guide?) and KK.