Merry Christmas and happy New Year!
Today’s comic marks 4 years of new Wednesday comics on this site with no missed updates. Unfortunately, it will be the last one for the next little while. As of last Wednesday, my wife and I now have two twin baby boys. Rather than miss an update in the coming weeks or months due to lack of time, I’ve decided to take a break until I feel I can again devote enough time to the comic.
I do have some Lee and the Boys stuff I will try to work on as time allows, like updating the website design, and putting together a print collection of my favorite strips from the last four years. So check back here occasionally for news on these kinds of things. Also, if you are friends with us on Facebook, keep an eye out for some classic strips that might pop up in your newsfeed.
Having said all that, I would just like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has read and enjoyed the strip over the years. And don’t worry, it will be back!
Just a quick update on my comic strip, Roger’s Blues. For the past month or so I’ve been working on creating RogersBlues.com. I will be updating the comic again starting Monday, March 5th. You can see the new comics at rogersblues.com or on Comics Sherpa as before. Update schedule is still Monday and Thursday. I’ve also copied the archive from Comics Sherpa onto the new site.
Just wanted to let everyone know about a new comic strip feature I’m posting on the web, called Roger’s Blues. For now the comic is being hosted by gocomics.com’s Comics Sherpa service. There, you can read the comic, sign up for it to be emailed to you, and send feedback. My goal is to post a new comic each Monday and Thursday. And don’t worry, I’ll still be posting a new Lee and the Boys comic each Wednesday.
This comic is actually a spin off of Lee and the Boys…sort of. The main character, Roger Kite, appeared in a couple of strips here recently (here and here), but I actually started writing and drawing this strip before I ever thought of giving Roger a guest appearance in LATB. At 39, Roger is single, balding, living with his parents, and has no social skills to speak of. Those things pretty much set the tone for the strip. You can start reading from the first strip by clicking here.
Oh, and I should probably mention this one thing – there is one comic strip that’s scheduled to be posted in a week or two that is the exact same gag as a Lee and the Boys strip I did a few months ago. I actually wrote it and drew it for Roger’s Blues initially, but then decided it worked better for Lee and the Boys.
If you have any feedback on the comic, feel free to send it to me either through the Sherpa feedback feature or by sending me an email. It’s still a work in progress so I’m open to suggestions!
I noticed I haven’t posted anything here in a really long time so I thought I would post some pictures of my favorite cartoon art on record covers. When we think of cartoons we usually think of comic strips, comic books, or animation, but there’s also a lot of great cartoon art to be found on record and CD covers (no covers for mp3′s, sadly). Anyway, here are a few favorites:
This is a 1968 album by the great jazz harmonica and guitar player, Toots Thielemans. The artwork is a caricature of a four-handed Toots playing guitar and harmonica. The artist was renowned caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. I know he also did similar caricatures for a series of CDs in the 90′s of various big band leaders of the 1930′s and 40′s. You can pretty much spot a Hirschfeld caricature from a mile away. His flowy linework is one of a kind.
This one is a 1956 LP by the Dave Brubeck Octet. I believe this was the only album released by this group. Brubeck is more well known for his Quartet with Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright, and Joe Morello. Even if you’re not familiar with Brubeck, you’ve probably heard the group’s most famous song, Take Five, which was written by Desmond. The artwork on this record is by illustrator Arnold Roth. He uses a beautiful scratchy line on this drawing. Here’s a short bit about Roth from Nick Meglin’s book The Art of Humorous Illustration:
Roth’s pen work has many “lines.” They range from scratchy and sensitive to bold and black. Each approach is matched to the job by feel rather than formula. This full range of line work is especially effective when budget or layout prohibits the use of color and Roth has to “supply his own” via black and white. “Black and white is color with a very limited palette,” offers the artist. “Line can be very colorful, especially if the blacks are handled well. Design possibilities are endless. You can achieve depth and form simply by playing densely worked areas against white space. Or you can use black as a color by brushing it on flatly in a way that destroys volume. To maintain clarity I thy not to confuse the blacks used as color with darkened areas that suggest light and shade.”
Finally, we have this 1966 gem by Johnny Cash. As the title suggests, this album is made up of humorous songs such as the classics The One on the Right is on the Left and Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog. Jack Davis is the artist behind the cover artwork. Here, he illustrates the content of many of the songs on the album – Johnny’s leg being swallowed by a boa constrictor, a dirty old egg sucking dog, a “pickin’ singin’ folk group,” and Joe Bean swinging from a noose. Jack Davis is one of the most prolific and influential cartoonists of all time. He’s probably best known for his long run in Mad Magazine. I had a chance hear a talk and demonstration given by Davis a couple of years ago. I posted about it here.