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"I Say, I Say… Son!"

26 Dec

I was finally able to get around to reading Robert McKimson Jr.’s biography of his father, Robert McKimson and uncles Tom and Chuck who all spent time as animators at Warner Bros. Though the text largely focuses on Bob McKimson, for those like me that know next to nothing about Tom or Chuck it is very informative. Starting with Bob and Tom’s beginnings as assistant animators at Walt Disney Studios to their stops at Romer Grey Pictures, Harman-Ising Productions and eventually all three of them working together at Warner Bros.

The foreword was written by John Kricfalusi, of Ren and Stimpy fame, is filled with his usual enthusiasm for Bob McKimson’s animation and directorial work. If you’ve read John’s blog regularly you’ll probably know there’s no bigger champion of McKimson than him. The introduction is delivered by Darrel Van Citters and highlights Bob’s importance to the Warner Bros. cartoons look and characters.

The book as whole mostly highlights Bob’s career as and an animator and director but considering the impact the man had on probably the greatest cartoons studio ever I don’t see that as a bad thing. Bob was a superior draftsman and also animated at a fast pace. Tom’s work with Western Publishing gets it’s own chapter, which is loaded with illustrations. Starting with his time as a freelancer to his ascension to role of art director for all the comic book lines. Chuck also started working with Western Publishing after the Warner Bros. studio closed down.

I mentioned the illustrations, and this book is loaded from cover to cover. All three McKimson’s are well represented with artwork. There’s loads of model sheets, layouts, animation drawings and comic book art. A lot of which I haven’t seen reprinted anywhere else. I haven’t had time to soak it all up, but this is definitely one of the best animation related books out there. A must for Warner Bros. fans!

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Marty Taras – Rags Rabbit

14 Mar

Here’s a Pest and Jesty story drawn by Famous Studios animator Marty Taras, from Rags Rabbit #17. What a great cartoonist.

Homer Pigeon – New Funnies #172

21 Oct

Here’s a Homer Pigeon comic that features a pseudo Buzz Buzzard. I have no way of knowing for sure but I believe this is drawn by Dan Gormley. Whoever it may be it’s fine cartooning!

I was going to stop posting here when Google forced the “Lightbox” photo viewer upon us all, but since they’ve added the option to not use it is as the image viewer I figured I’d keep the blog going for a while longer.

Dan Gormley – "The Isle Of The Mechanical Men"

20 Jul

This story is from Dell Four Color Comics #280, drawn by Dan Gormley. Great cartooning going on here.

Bruce Timm – "Lust For Life"

10 Jun

Here’s some great art by Bruce Timm. I’m not a fan of Vampirella comics but I am a fan of Bruce Timm. Any chance that some publisher will pay him loads of money so he’ll quit Warner Bros. and draw comics full time? Probably not.

Our Gang #46

23 May

The interior covers of Our Gang with Tom #46 feature comics with a few of MGM’s one-shot characters. The front interior features the two buzzards from Tex Avery’s hilarious “What’s Buzzin’ Buzzard?” and the back stars the wolf, called El Wolfo here, from the Harman/Ising short “The Hungry Wolf”. I don’t have too many issues of Our Gang so I don’t know if these guys made any other appearances or if any other characters were resurrected. Droopy usually gets the interior covers under the name Happy Hound. This comic if from 1948, about six to seven years after those two cartoons were released.

Owen Fitzgerald – Adventures Of Bob Hope #21

17 Mar
A great Bob Hope comic by Owen Fitzgerald.