John Romita – The Crying Game

John Romita’s artwork is pretty much a staple of romance comics from the 1950s on, and for good reason. Here’s a quick sampling…


When Romita took over drawing Spider-Man from Steve Ditko, it was inevitable his strength for the Sturm und Drang of romance comics would be thrown into the mix.

The following examples are from the Spider-Man newspaper strip.
Click on artwork for larger image.


So when I needed to up the ante for Hil and Faye in the March 25, 2017 Sally Forth strip I leaned heavily on Romita for inspiration.

So much so I even snuck his name into the last panel as a tip of the hat.


Need more of a Romita fix? Check out the following…

For more of Romita’s Spider-Man comic book work: John Romita

For more comic strip art: Holiday Greetings – Stan Lee & John Romita

And last but not least, for some video of Romita at the drawing board…

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Hy Eisman’s 90th!

It’s Hy Eisman’s 90th Birthday! (Born March 27, 1927)

I had Hy as a teacher for my first year of the Joe Kubert School (circa 1986-87). Hy taught lettering; which in those days meant Ames guide, a B6 lettering nib and india ink.

Hy was the kind of teacher you’d bring assignments to you’d been working on from other classes. His critiques had straightforward advice, with a little bit of biting wit thrown in for good measure. And if you paid attention and followed his advice, it made you a better artist. The class was INVALUABLE and had a real world payoff years later when I was doing the Flash Gordon comic strip.

Hand lettered Flash Gordon Sunday page from November 23, 1997.

A National Cartoonists Society Award winning cartoonist, Hy has worked for many different publishers over the years (Charlton, Marvel and Harvey to name a few) and has also worked on such classic comic strip characters as the Katzenjammer Kids and Popeye.

I point out his Syndicate work as I coincidentally get to work on Hy’s artwork as colorist.
It’s been a privilege to be able to work on Hy’s comic strip work for all these years (Hy started on the Katzenjammer kids in 1986 – I’ve been colorist since 1989).

Color guide for September 4, 2016 Popeye strip.


To wrap up, here’s some links from around the web spotlighting Hy.
Hope you enjoy!

Spotlight on Hy Eisman – by Mark Squirek for Hogan’s Alley


Hy Eisman: A Life in Comics – teaser


Behind the Tracing Paper: Interview with Hy Eisman and Fernando Ruiz
Filmed at the Kubert School in 2016.


What’s more to be said than…

The preceding pic is for a wall of birthday greetings to be displayed at the Kubert School. It was hand lettered to show Hy I’m not slacking off after all these years.

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Update: Pictures from the Kubert School Facebook page.
Hy being shown the display of birthday wishes…

Hy Eisman

Display with illustrations wishing Hy a happy 90th.

Display with illustrations wishing Hy a happy 90th.

Examples of Hy’s work through the years.

Birthday cupcakes spelling Hy!

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Bernie Wrightson RIP (1948-2017)

Bernie Wrightson (1948-2017)

Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein)

Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein)



In tribute, here’s Wrightson’s segment from the 1987 documentary,
The Masters of Comic Book Art.


Thought this tweet from Neil Gaiman was especially poignant…


For Wrightson’s obituary, go to BernieWrightson.com

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Panels & Pizza Ep. 120 – Jim Keefe

Check out the Jim Keefe interview that’s generating all the controversy at FancyPantsGangsters.com
Fancy Pants Gangsters can also be found on iTunes.

And a special thanks to Adam Vermillion and Giordano’s Pizza in Edina for a fun evening of talking comics and pizza!

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Sally Forth – An Easter Tradition

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For those keeping track: The writing credit switch from Greg Howard to
Francesco Marciuliano can be found on the top of the strip in the credit line.

For art credit: The strips start off with Craig Macintosh handling the drawing chores, then in 2011 Craig hired Jim Keefe to assist with inking and coloring the Sunday pages. The March 31, 2013 Sunday page was where Jim was in charge of the whole package – pencils, inks, lettering and coloring.

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1999


2000


2001

Infamous Non-bunny ear themed strip.


2002


2003


2004

2004.04.11


2005

2005.03.27


2006

2006.04.09

2006.04.16


2007

2007.04.01

2007.04.08


2008

2008.03.23


2009

2009.04.12


2010

2010.03.28

2010.04.04


2011

2011.04.24


2012

2012.04.08


2013

2013.03.24

2013.03.31


2014

2014.04.13

2014.04.20


2015

2015.03.29

2015.04.05


2016

2016.03.20

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Cartooning Classes Taught by Jim Keefe

I’ll be teaching Cartooning and Comics classes this summer for kids and teens at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Here’s the info (with links for full details).

Comic Book Creation I
Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15
Dates: June 19, 2017 – July 12, 2017
(There will be no class on July 4.)
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Comic Book Inside and Out

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18
Dates: June 19, 2017 – July 12, 2017
(There will be no class on July 4.)
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Instructor Jim Keefe

A graduate of the Kubert School, Jim Keefe started his career as the head colorist in the King Features Syndicate comic art department, coloring such world-renowned strips as Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Hagar the Horrible.

From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of Flash Gordon for King Features Syndicate – currently available online at FlashGordon.com.

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Teaching and speaking engagements include the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Malloy College and Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs in Long Island, New York, the University of Minnesota – and most recently as an Adjunct Teacher at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Keefe currently is the artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, written by Francesco Marciuliano. Sally Forth is syndicated worldwide by King Features and appears in nearly 700 newspapers.

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And for those interested, there’s also a follow-up class to Comic Book Creation I.

Comic Book Creation II
Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15
Dates: Jul. 17 – Aug. 9
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

This class is taught by critically acclaimed cartoonist and Xeric grant recipient Caitlin Skaalrud. Caitlin also runs the local comics micropress, Talk Weird Press.

Illustration from Caitlin Skaalrud's Houses of the Holy.

Illustration from Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses of the Holy.

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Sally Forth Drop Panels – July to December 2016

Comic Strips are formatted different ways for different size requirements. The “drop panel” is a panel or tier of the strip that can be omitted because of size restrictions without affecting the gag or storyline.

For example, Here’s the Sunday strip for July 3, 2016 with the drop panel…

Then without…


And now without further ado, here’s the drop panels for
July 3, 2016 through December 25, 2016.

July 3, 2016

July 10, 2016

July 17, 2016

July 24, 2016

July 31, 2016

August 7, 2016

August 14, 2016

August 21, 2016

August 28, 2016

September 4, 2016

September 11, 2016

September 18, 2016

September 25, 2016

October 2, 2016

October 9, 2016

October 16, 2016

October 23, 2016

October 30, 2016

November 6, 2016

November 13, 2016

November 20, 2016

November 27, 2016

December 4, 2016

December 11, 2016

December 18, 2016

December 25, 2016

For more from previous posts, go to Sally Forth drop panels.

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Unabashed plug time!

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