Friday, May 11, 2007

Dennis, Anyone?

Fantagraphics has been publishing beautiful hardcover compilations of Hank Ketcham's Dennis the Menace dailies, starting with the year the strip began. If you like comics, cartooning or just enjoy beautiful drawing and handsome book design, you should buy these.

The cartoons are charming, and often very funny. The design of the characters is magnificent, the draftsmanship, linework and composition of these panels cannot be improved upon. I love Mr. Ketcham's brilliant work, and I'm hardly alone. Even Jaime Hernandez of Love and Rockets fame cites Ketcham as a major influence (see the way each man used solid blacks to shape his compositions). Animation designer Shane Glines has adopted many Ketchum tricks and techniques in his own work, and John Kricfalusi (of Ren & Stimpy fame) has mentioned the sheer perfection of Hank's compositions more than once on his blog.

I can't stress enough the simple beauty of this work. Never a line out of place, never a sour note.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Look! It's an infamous hotel heiress awaiting an appeal for her 45 day jail sentence for repeatedly driving with a suspended license. This picture was taken yesterday, nearly a week after her sentencing and two days after she tearfully told the press that she was oh, so sorry and that she understood the gravity of her situation. That admission came two days after she said that she "didn't deserve this" and that jailing her was an act of cruel and unusual punishment.

And two days ago she fired her lawyer and her publicist, because this must all be their fault.

This constitutes the first and last time this nasty little creature will be referenced on Automatic Daddy. This I swear to you, the consumer.

Tim and Eric Again.

Casey and his brother perform the hell out of "I don't want to go to school". I am in an awe-induced, slack-jawed state of catatonia. I love this so hard.

More! I'm turning this into a goddam Tim and Eric FEAST!

Chop Suey, performed of course on Uncle Muscles Hour!

Wallpaper Anyone?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

For The Little Paper Shuffler In Your Life.

If your son or daughter loves Star Wars but would like it to be more like working at Dunder Mifflin, might I suggest this Star Wars Death Star Briefing Room figure set? They could reenact all of the uncomfortable scenes in the series where deadweight middle-management types and career underlings reported in to Darth Vader only to get their honky necks squeezed by remote control Force hoodoo.

Briefing room figures? Honestly, if there was a scene where Luke took a nap they'd have made a napping Luke limited edition figure by now.

Prohibitively spendy at $40.00 for the whole staff. Save money by buying your kid their own 3 hole punch and a set of highlighters. Same difference.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Random Juxtapostion of Web Finds 6.

Separated at Reanimation: reality show former kid star and elbow bender Danny Bonaduce and pretty boy funnybook leg breaker Frank Miller.

China's Own Unlicensed Disneyland.

Who ordered the donald duck platter?

Far better than any imperialist western Disneyland. This one's got Shrek, Hello Kitty and Doraemon.

I love the Dwarves here. Ten times better than Disney's. Eleven times, maybe. From Chairman Disney's "Snow Blossom and Several Dwarves".

Shrek hitching a ride to his sex addicts meeting.

This was posted on Cartoon Brew.