Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Face to Face - Illustrations and prose by Martin Graff (the Face Zone) and Laura McClure (Animals for Sam), at the Griffin Art Center through 1/31/2015
As with many artists and creative types, music plays a big role in Martin Graff's Face Zone works, which employ a cartoon-inspired minimalist approach visually. The influence of punk rock lyricism is evident in the clever verbal wordplay of the sometimes darkly humorous poetry and prose that accompanies The Face Zone illustrations. Martin's blog posts can range from contemplative to laugh-out-loud hilarious, but they always make excellent food-for-thought, which is probably where his influence as a public school teacher comes in as well. Along with his work hanging on the walls of the gallery, Martin had a newly published book compiling his Face Zone material available, a good many of which sold at the show. I highly recommend grabbing one for yourself HERE. In the meantime, don't hesitate to read more about Martin and The Face Zone in this recent article from The Frederick News-Post!
Be sure to check out Face to Face in person, at the Griffin Art Center, which runs through January 31st, 2015!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
3 hillbilly gag cartoons, probably from the 1940s or early 1950s, on matchbook covers.
"Won't Be Long Now" hillbilly cartoon gag on matchbook cover.
A cricket that looks a lot like Disney's Jiminy on a "Li'l Cricket Food Stores" matchbook cover.
Matchbook ad for Art Instruction, Inc, the school that Charles Schulz attended (via correspondence) and taught at before Peanuts.
Interior of matchbook ad for Art Instruction, Inc, the school that Charles Schulz attended (via correspondence) and taught at before Peanuts.
Cartoon matchbook spotlighting French cartoonist.
ANNÉE DE L'ENFANCE [aka, Année internationale de l’enfant : 1979]
Francisque Poulbout (1879-1946)
Dessinateur humoriste, POULBOT devient célèbre vers 1910, grâce à ses dessins inspirés des gosses de la rue. Il crée en 1920 le Dispensaire de P'tits Poulbots et la République de Montmartre pour aider les enfants nécessiteux. Le nom de poulbot est aujourd’hui passé dans la langue courante pour désigner un gosse de la rue.
Translation by Portugese comics scholar Leo de Sa:
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD 
Francisque Poulbout (1879-1946)
Cartoonist, POULBOT became famous around 1910, thanks to his drawings inspired by street kids. In 1920 he created the Dispensary of Little Poulbots and the Republic of Montmartre to help needy children. The name "poulbot" became the everyday-language designation for a street kid.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Norman Rockwell exhibit opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, By Blake Gopnik, Washington Post Sunday, July 4, 2010; E01. There are 86 comments now on this one mostly bashing Gopnik.
America, Illustrated, By DEBORAH SOLOMON, New York Times July 4, 2010
Monday, May 03, 2010
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
American Art Museum
Collecting for the Long Haul
Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Richard Kelly, The Kelly Collection of American Illustration
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
The Art and Science of "OUTBREAK: Plagues that Changed History" with the artist Bryn Barnard
Saturday, December 5, 2009, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Feel free to drop in; no reservations required.)
Bryn Barnard, author and artist of "OUTBREAK: Plagues that Changed History," (on exhibit through Jan 22, 2010 at NMHM) will host three exciting programs on Saturday, December 5, 2009, including an illustration workshop and a special session aimed at younger audiences. Free, open to the public, no reservations required.
See the schedule online at http://nmhm.washingtondc.museum/events/event_2ed.html for more details. Questions? Call (202) 782-2673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Museum of Health and Medicine, on the campus at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW, Building 54, Washington, D.C. 20307 (Enter at Elder St., NW)
Adults must present photo identification to gain entry to Walter Reed.
(202) 782-2673 or email email@example.com
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I ran across the above at a flea market recently. Gropper sounded familiar, so I picked it up.
According to William Gropper Papers: An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University, Gropper was a leftist cartoonist, but he apparently had to make a living like everyone else and the library has a clippings file of:
New York American 1934, undated - includes Robert Benchley columns (2 folders)
I assume this drawing is for Benchley's column, but when Benchley's collection My Ten Years in a Quandry, and How They Grew came out, it was illustrated by the great Gluyas Williams. So my guess, and it's just a guess, is that nobody's really seen Gropper's illustrations for Benchley since they were done. In the book, one can find The Rule of 87, doubtless the work of fanatical reformers, is as follows: "One twin birth occurs to approximately 87 single births; one triplet to about 7,569 singles (87 squared); one quadruplet to about 658,503 singles (87 cubed); one quintuplet to about 57 million singles (87 to fourth power); one sextuplet to about five billion singles (87 to fifth power)". that's the rule. That's what we are supposed to abide by, whether we want to or not.
I'm sure modern fertility drugs have completely changed the rule.
This post benefited greatly from the help of Sara Duke of the Library of Congress. A search of the Library of Congress collections brings up 34 pieces by Gropper - to see them, go to http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/pphome.html and type in "William Gropper".