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Saturday Morning Muse — “C minus”

photo 1A nine-foot set of maple bookshelves holds up one wall of the little hallway that leads from our house to my studio. Each shelf is stuffed with cartoon books, art books, cartoon character figurines, and old MAD Magazines.

The little hallway makes up nearly half of my 27-foot morning commute.

On “the way into work,” I often pull a favorite cartoon or art book to flip through while sipping my morning iced-coffee on our back porch. I find this little ritual kickstarts my sleep-and-red-wine-addled brain into trying to somehow at least pretend to resemble a creative mind for a couple of hours during the day.

Saturday Morning Muse — Carl Barks

CarlBarksUnless you’re a comics junkie, you probably never heard of Carl Barks. Most of his  work, produced during the golden age of comics from the 40s and into the 60s, was published unsigned.

But everyone knows his creation, Donald Duck’s Uncle Scrooge McDuck.

Carl Barks worked as an in-betweener and gag writer at Walt Disney Studios in the 1930s. At the same time, comic books began to gain popularity and soon Disney was producing several titles featuring their wildly famous characters.

Saturday Morning Muse- Terry Gilliam

I was a fledgling cartoonist of 14 when I first became addicted to Terry Gilliam’s revolutionary, subversive and insane Monty Python animations.  More than animations, they are awesomations.

Gilliam’s voluptuous drawing style and cutout madness to me were an all-out assault on the humor centers of the mind.  Sort of like cartoon LSD.

Attila the Bun, Eggs Diamond, Mr. Gumby, Spiny Norman, Bob the Bad-Breath Dragon… spectacularly mad stuff.

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