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“A Short History of America” by Robert Crumb

Posted by jtebeau on July 12, 2010

One of my favorite classic Crumb pieces, summing up the story of modernization and “progress” in America. It’s terrifically rendered, poignant and personal. Truly fine cartoon art…

[from the film “Crumb” by Terry Zwigoff]

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Fine (Animated) Cartoon Art… for Free

Posted by jtebeau on July 6, 2010

A lot of times when I mention “fine cartoon art” or even just “cartoon art”, people immediately think of animation. “Cartoon” for many people = Disney or Bugs Bunny or Pixar. But that’s not only what it means. Often I mean comic art (comic strips, etc.) or painting inspired by comic art.

Now, Nina Paley‘s been right there at the nexus of cartoon art and fine art for years. Her pen and ink creations “Nina’s Adventures”, “Fluff” and “The Hots” are personal, smart and well executed, with tight writing and drawing (a rarity). Her animated opus “Sita Sings the Blues” is a splendor to behold and puts her solidly in the other world of cartooning… you know: the moving kind. Sita has already traveled to film festivals around the world, making a splash at the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York. It’s won praise, awards, and reverent fans. Why? Because it’s visionary, honest, and extraordinarily well-executed. It’s (animated!) cartoon art at its finest. And you can see it for free here. In fact, you can show it for free. And if you’re a theater, you just might want to do that. Check out this rave review from Ebert.

Ms. Paley is a Free Culture activist. Her “first concern is Art, and Art has no life if people can’t share it.”

Says Paley:

“I hereby give Sita Sings the Blues to you. Like all culture, it belongs to you already, but I am making it explicit with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License. Please distribute, copy, share, archive, and show Sita Sings the Blues. From the shared culture it came, and back into the shared culture it goes.”

Nina in NYC's West Village last year

She’s putting her art into the public pool. Take a dip.

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Fly Your Freak Flag… for $25 per Frame

Posted by jtebeau on April 1, 2010

Happily shameless plug for an all-time favorite of mine, on it’s way to the big screen.

Not sure if we can call this “fine”, but it’s definitely cartoon art. Gilbert Shelton’s Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers movie is once away under production, this time in stop-motion 3D. Look for “Grass Roots” to come to your local theater… oh… you know… when it gets done, dude.

The Freaks in 3D

And, in a creative step toward funding, the producers are offering you freaks out there the chance to sponsor frames of the movie for $25 each, a full 24-frame second of screen time going for $500. The name of each sponsor will appear at the bottom right of the screen, not unlike the logos on network TV.

Interested? Go to to their site for more info: http://www.grassrootsthemovie.com.

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Three Reasons to Like John K

Posted by jtebeau on March 3, 2010

ren_and_stimpy02_10241. Ren

2. Stimpy

3. His blog

(Okay, there are more reasons, but why clutter this posting?)

John K, besides being a talented artist, is also a highly principled guy. He reveres good design and drawing, deplores much of the cluttered new “design” and lousy cartoons we see these days, and he tells us why on his blog, John K Stuff. He has a fine appreciation for quality vintage cartooning and layout, and carefully explains its merits, to both the professional and the layman.

And the man has a soft spot for the cereals (and their vintage packaging!), too.

Good design. Right here.

Good design. Right here.

Check out his blog, John K Stuff. I find it enjoyable and informative every time I visit and I hope you do, too.

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