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Francesco Marciuliano King Features Sally Forth

Sally Forth – Drop Panels

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 today’s Sunday strip (June 9, 2013) as it appears on Daily Ink and in many papers.

06.09

And here is the black and white version with the drop panel.

2013.06.09


For those readers who haven’t seen them, here’s a spotlight on last month’s Sally Forth drop panels.

Side note: They’re black and white as I don’t have access to the color files.

2013.05.05

June 5, 2013
May 5, 2013

2013.05.12

June 12, 2013
May 12, 2013

2013.05.19

May 19, 2013
May 19, 2013

2013.05.26

May 26, 2013
May 26, 2013

2013.06.02

June 2, 2013
June 2, 2013

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Addendum:

The standardized system to format strips for newspapers was devised years ago by King Features’ Comic Art Production Supervisor, Frank Chillino (1920-2007). It helped streamline the process saving countless hours of production time (and money) for King.

Jim Keefe - Frank Chillino - Jerry Craft
Jim Keefe – Frank Chillino – Jerry Craft

Frank Chillino was my boss when I first started at King – One of the greats! The above pic is from the 1993 King Features Christmas party in New York City. For those interested, the following link is an interview from when he retired back in 1991. As mentioned in the post, it pretty much encapsulates the history of the syndicated newspaper strip, as Chillino was one of the key players…

King Features – Frank Chillino

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Craig MacIntosh Francesco Marciuliano King Features Sally Forth

The Chronicles of Nona

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Art: Craig MacIntosh (earlier strips) and Jim Keefe (most recent).


To borrow from Lee Falk,
For those who came in late…

The breakup…

2012.11.15

2012.11.16

2012.11.17


Holiday cheer…

2012.11.29

2012.12.04


After the holidays, a less than stellar reunion…

2013.01.09

2013.01.10

2013.01.11

2013.01.12


Missing a beat…

2013.01.21

2013.01.22

2013.01.23

2013.01.24

2013.01.25

2013.01.26


Things go from bad to worse…

2013.01.28

2013.01.29

2013.01.30

2013.01.31

2013.02.01

2013.02.02


Depression sets in…

2013.02.12


Trying to make sense of things…

2013.02.25


Parents are consulted…

2013.03.04


Constant reminders…

2013.05.02


THEN OUT OF THE BLUE…

2013.06.01


    Is Nona back to stay or just back to have her say?

    Will Hil apologies in a way that only makes things horrendously worse?

    And if so, CAN FAYE STOP HER IN TIME?!

For the answer to these and many more questions,
TUNE IN NEXT WEEK.
SAME SALLY FORTH-TIME, SAME SALLY FORTH-CHANNEL!

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Al Williamson Business of Cartooning Sally Forth

Homage or Swipe?

Okay, here’s the deal from my vantage point – and a heads up to newcomers in the field.

If you are copying or lifting a drawing from another artist and not giving that artist credit, that’s a swipe. If you do give them credit it’s an homage.

And giving credit is a very simple thing to do. Just write the word, “after” – then the artist’s name.

Here’s an example. On the left is Al Williamson’s original drawing – and on the right my drawing with the accompanying credit line.

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Here’s another one. Mark Schultz using a mirror image of a Williamson pose – then putting the credit line in reverse as well.

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Last but not least, Joe Jusko after John Buscema.

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A credit line is a tip of the hat to the hard work another artist has done which you are standing on the shoulders of. And generally speaking, artists get enough crap without getting ripped off by other artists (see Rob Granito). Give credit where credit is due.


And speaking of credit…

The Schultz image I grabbed off the blogspot ilovecomiccovers. There are lots more side by side comparisons to be had there – go check them out.

And for more of Jusko’s work, check out www.joejusko.com.

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Conventions Sally Forth

Springcon 2013 Sketch Cards

This coming weekend (March 18th & 19th) is the big 25th anniversary of SpringCon over in St.Paul, Minnesota. Though I don’t have a table at this year’s con, I did participate in their request for sketch cards.

Flash Gordon

Spirit

Spidey

And last but not least, some cosplay with Sally Forth.

Sally

The MCBA had a bunch of artists do up these cards which will be given away to convention attendees and also auctioned off for charity. To see other artists’ cards, check out the MCBA’s Gallery Room at ComicArtFans.com.

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Francesco Marciuliano Sally Forth

Sally Forth at MCAD

I got a kick out of drawing today’s Sally Forth strip (4/5/2013) as I’ve had “those moments” as a teacher – where you’re completely NOT connecting with the students. The writer, Francesco Marciuliano, hit the nail on the head with this one.

2013.04.05

As such, I couldn’t help but populate the second panel with a bunch of students from where I’ve most recently taught – the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

MCAD

1st Row (Foreground):
Caitlin Skaalrud and Amaya Goldsmith.

2nd Row:
Mandie Brasington, Jack Kotz and Jay Rasgorshek.

3rd Row:
Jaime Willems and actual character from the strip.

4th Row:
April Kasulis, Ben Tye, Lindsey Hall and Mr. Croptoff.

As I mostly taught Comic Art at MCAD (what other kind of art is there?) I’m including a link to the MCAD Comic Art Tumblr so you can see some of the incredible work they’ve been up to.


On a side note, all the students pictured are now copyrighted by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. Just saying…