Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ready to Resist

That last panel is a honey. I loves a Kelly poo-rade!

June 29, 1969

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Off Topic, But Certainly Important


Off topic, but certainly important to the future of this blog:

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image circa 1900

Cheerful Charlies is Allus Ready

I think a lot of general readers of the time would have no idea what was going on here or what the dialogue was all about, sort of like how it was in Krazy Kat's day. 

Still a lot of bleed-through from the other side that cleaned up pretty well. The colorizing was a bit dull other than a sudden red panel.

June 15, 1969

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wily Skill

This strip took even longer than last week's to clean up, with lots of bleed-through from the other side. I'm amazed that it cleaned up as well as it did (with a few flaws left in intentionally). It's also amazing that newsprint survives as well as it does, seeing as how flimsy and porous as it is/was.

Hogarth, the able bodied hornet, is a great little character and he certainly seems dee-licious. That's another lovely Kelly tree, and notice that even though there's very little background in this strip the panels work beautifully because the foreground compositions are so solid. And the word balloons are perfectly integrated, as always.

Basically, an ordinary strip and a work of art!

Happy Sunday, Kelly Sunday!

June 8, 1969

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mere Striplings

So, we start with a new arc from 1969, the one that pays tribute of sorts to George Herriman's Krazy Kat. I say 'of sorts' because Kelly does it in his own round-about unique way. At that time in 1969, I wonder just how many people knew of Krazy Kat or had fond memories of the strip. I knew of the strip at that time, having collected book reprints, but I didn't know anyone else that had even heard of it.

But here we are, back in the land of great Kelly art. Beauregard is 'animated' nicely. I had to work a longer time than usual editing this strip to clean it up from bleed-through and mis-registration and newspaper defects. The following strips will have much of the same problems, and this arc goes on for quite a few weeks. 

Such a labor of love.

June 1, 1969

UPDATE:
As per request, below is the raw scan of the above strip to show some of the deficiencies that I deal with. Looking at it you may not think it was so much. It was mostly the bleed-through that was the most time-consuming to eradicate. And personally, I don't like raw cyans and reds, so I color edit those to my liking. 

And then this story arc consists of a problem of my making — that as a teenager I originally trimmed these pages right up to and over the outer lines of the panels. So I need to amend my sin now by creating a faux margin and ink lines for the outer edges of the panels. All in all it takes a while to make the page presentable (and even then I like to leave a few rough spots here and there so that it still has that newspaper look to it).

raw scan

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I've Launched a Campaign into the Wild Blue


I love love LOVE this image!

I've launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for publishing the premiere issue of Pictorial Arts Journal! The Journal will present beautiful art, including beautiful cartooning, including beautiful Kelly stuff at some point, not unlike Kelly's 100th birthday tribute that I published last August. 

Please take a look at what it's all about by clicking here. I could really use your support to publish an arts journal, edited by an artist who is utterly in love with the arts.