Saturday Morning Muse: Mort Walker

(Caricature by Tom Richmond and photo courtesy of the National Cartoonists Society)

I haven’t posted anything new in a while here on the Dustin blog for our “Saturday Morning Muse” feature.

Plus, it isn’t even Saturday.

But the cartooning world lost a mega titan over the weekend — Mort Walker, creator of “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi and Lois” died at the age of 94. He was the last of what some would call the greatest class of 20th Century cartoonists which included stars like Charles Schulz, Bil Keane, Hank Ketchum, Johnny Hart, Brandt Parker, and more.


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 hisĀ  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.