Friday, June 8, 2018

Fritzi Ritz

Fritzi Ritz started out as a somewhat shallow figure who mainly thought about men and clothes and money. Eventually she became a down to earth woman when Nancy came along. Nancy started out as a house guest but somewhere along the line Fritzi was Nancy's aunt. I'm speaking of  Nancy from the Nancy and Sluggo comic.

I always liked this cartoon but don't you even think I'm that old. :-) Fritzi got her start in 1922. Sh was still going strong in the funnies in the 60's.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Beetle Bailey

Beetle Bailey has always been one of my favorite cartoon characters, even before I joined the army. I wish it was in the public domain so more stories could be created but unfortunately it is not.

This cartoon script pretty much sums up the relationship between Beetle and Sergeant Snorkel.

Remind you any of Gomer Pyle and Sergeant Carter?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Comics From the Past

Enjoy these comic panels from the past. The one with the brainy boy coming home from school reminds me of Young Sheldon.

Am I right?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Learn to Draw Cartoons - Introduction

This book is from the 1950's and is an outstanding cartoon course. It is in the public domain so I'll share it with you. This is the opening page and shows you some of what you will learn about drawing cartoon faces.

Bookmark this page. I'll add excerpts from time to time from the book. The book is long and wordy so I'll only pass on the meat of the lessons. One of the words of advice from the book says to keep it simple.

Try to sketch some of these faces.

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Marvel Family Comic Book

I came across this comic at ComicBookPlus. Captain Marvel is still somewhat popular but I confess I don't know much about him except that there were numerous versions of him.

In this comic three kids actually get changed to the Marvel Family when two of the kids say "Shazam" and one says the name of his hero, Captain Marvel He is the one who becomes Captain Marvel.

They all fly. I keep saying Shazam and Captain Marvel but nothing is happening.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fantasmagorie - First Animated Cartoon

Fantasmagorie is a French animation film created by Émile Cohl  in 1908. It is considered to be the first animated cartoon. 

The movie runs right around a minute and twenty seconds. He used paper drawings so had to draw approximately 700 pictures. It looks like a chalk drawing but is kinda cool if you think about when it was made. I have a link to it if you'd like to watch.


Sunday, April 8, 2018

3D Animation - Good, Bad, Ugly Parody

I use a 3d animation program called Muvizu to create some fun and entertaining 3D animations.

I'm a Clint Eastwood fan and especially like his westerns. So I did a parody of his The Good, Bad & Ugly movie.

I hope you enjoy it.

 I'll put some more 3d animations here in the future.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Nancy and Sluggo Comic

I keep coming across these Nancy comic books at ComicBookPlus but she is apparently not in the public domain. You can see the cover but the comic pages are omitted.

Fritzi Ritz began in 1922 but her niece, Nancy, was not introduced until 1933. She became popular and pretty much dominated the strip. Sluggo was introduced in 1938.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My Little Margie Comic Book

My Little Margie was a popular TV series that ran from 1952 - 1955. Gale Storm was the star. It was a another TV show that came out in a comic book.

I'm not sure how long the comic book lasted but I'm finding out there are lots of comic books based on TV series.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Krazy Kat

I'm not really too fond of this comic but Krazy Kat was pretty popular. The cartoon is often referenced when learning how to make your own cartoon. He kind of reminds me of Felix the Cat as far as his appearance.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Olive Oyl in Thimble Theatre Comics

This is kinda cool. Popeye first appeared in the Thimble Theatre in 1929 and later became the comic strips title.

Here is a 1919 Thimble Theatre strip long before Popeye first appeared. Yep - that's Olive Oyl. Doesn't the villian remind you somewhat of Dick Dasterdly?

In an earlier strip there was mention of Brutus but he was a child. A mean one though. I'll do some more research on the Thimble Theatre (the spelling for theater a long time back) and see if I can find some more characters from Popeye. Olive Oyl seems to pretty prominent in this strip.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Cartoon - Is There Life On Other Planets

There are all sorts of thoughts as to whether there is life on other planets. Sometimes people tend to get irate when people disagree with them.

I thought it would be fun to show how we here on earth might tend to become argumentative when discussing the subject and how the same discussion might be held on another planet.

Check out the video . . . Is There Life On Other Planets? 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Drawing Stickmen Can Be Fun

Who has never done some doodling in their life? Put some paper in front of someone and give them a pen and almost anyone will doodle.

Drawing stickmen ranks right up there when it comes to doodling. They are actually becoming pretty popular and are seen in commercials at times. Who hasn't seen people's stickman family?

If you want to get a little creative, sit down and just start drawing. Think of a joke or something and see where it goes.

We're talking stickmen. There are no rules.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Leave It to Beaver Comic Book

I get surprised from time to time when I realize some of the shows I use to watch a long time ago actually had their own comic books. Leave it to Beaver was one of them. Here's the cover from one of the comic issues.