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What I’m Reading Now if Now Were Two Years Ago

Posted by jtebeau on September 15, 2012

Paul Madonna’s fabulous book

I picked up Paul Madonna’s All Over Coffee a couple years back during a visit to San Francisco. Bought it at the fabled City Lights Bookstore in fact, right there on Columbus Avenue in North Beach. Historic store, historic neighborhood.

Madonna’s brush and pen and ink work is revelatory. I’ve never seen anyone capture both the subtleties and the power of light so well USING ONLY BLACK AND WHITE FOR PETE’S SAKE. How does he do it? Practice. And a great eye. And practice. He describes his learning process (and much more) in the book. I appreciate an artist who shares his process. It’s both encouraging (because since he wasn’t always that great, there may be hope for us mortals) and enlightening (ahh… so THAT’S how he did it!).

Paul Madonna © 2007

This book is a collection of work Paul did for the San Francisco Chronicle. Ostensibly, it’s a comic strip in which disembodied voices provide text to go with gorgeously rendered scenes of San Francisco, arguably the most scenic city in the U.S.

Madonna nails the feeling of San Fran, sometimes with just a clipped view between buildings, or the very top gables of an unmistakeably San Franciscan Edwardian mansion. It’s absolutely uncanny how good he is. All Over Coffee. Check it out.


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What I’m Reading Now Dept.: MINESHAFT!

Posted by jtebeau on August 15, 2012

Where did they go, all those underground comic books of yore? Well, many tanked. But R. Crumb kept it going with Weirdo for a while there. Art Spiegelman had Raw, but that was more artsy. Anyway, we have a new winner: Mineshaft, published by Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri in North Carolina. They’re up to issue number 27, and from what I’ve seen, they’re getting better and better, featuring old timers like Crumb and newer masters like Christoph Mueller and Nina Bunjevac. Each issue is surprising and deep and worthwhile and nourishing. Check it out.

Latest issue of “Mineshaft”
by C. Mueller
by Nina Bunjevac

early “Mineshaft” cover by Crumb

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Drew Friedman, Caricaturist With “Chops, Passion and Sweat*”

Posted by jtebeau on April 22, 2012

A quick note here: legendary illustrator and caricaturist Drew Friedman is featured in an art show at the Scott Eder Gallery in Brooklyn, with an opening next week. DREW FRIEDMAN, you guys! Opening reception is April 27. Be there! I won’t be, for the love of Pete. I’ll be in New Orleans. Dang it.


* says Steve Brodner, one of the best political caricaturists in the biz

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Shop in Your Jammies. It’s SANER.

Posted by jtebeau on November 27, 2010

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… and get free shipping if you order before December 10.

(and 25% off this weekend with the code THEHOLIDAYSRULE)

It’s that time of year. Black Friday, shopping frenzies and all that. Why subject yourself to the insanity out there?
Stay home, put on “Ol’ Man Potter’s Revenge”, microwave an old fashioned batch of poppin’ corn and do a little holiday
shopping online.

And I’ll tell you what: I’ll take the sting out of it with free shipping on these chestnuts — some of my best selling prints
if you order them before December 10. Free shipping in the U.S., that is. I mean, I love all you folks out there in
The Rest of the World, but, seriously… you know how it takes to stand in line with a customs sheet in order to mail
across the border? I’m just saying… that’s a serious investment of life energy which must be compensated.

So anyway, shop at home. Online. It’s easy, fast, dry, sane, and you can pay using PayPal (and that means
major credit cards accepted), check or money order.

Your prints will ship in a sturdy mailing tube via first class US Mail. BOOM. Just like that.


You won’t regret it. And this weekend (November 27/28) use the code THEHOLIDAYSRULE when you pay for your

order on Etsy, and get 25 % off!


A few of the best-selling prints from the archives….
First Snow, signed print by artist John Tebeau (free shipping in USA)
19.00 USD
19.00 USD
Monopoly Smackdown, print of an original painting signed by artist John Tebeau
19.00 US
19.00 USD
Still Life With Stapler (Office Space), free shipping in USA
19.00 USD
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Tebeau Fine Cartoon Art

Brooklyn, New York 11201



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Crumb, the Next Generation: Sophie’s Show Opens in NYC

Posted by jtebeau on November 15, 2010

Sophie Crumb’s first solo art show opened this month at DCKT Contemporary here in Manhattan. I went with Mike “Art in Brooklyn” Sorgatz and we took it in. I was curious to see what this young woman was doing artistically, the daughter of two well-known neurotic artists, and I was particularly motivated because I felt I knew her since she was a little girl. By gad, her dad Robert has been documenting the [actually fascinating] minutiae of her life (as well as everything in HIS life) through his cartoons for decades now. On the verge of 30, little Sophie (love that name; the goddessness of it and all) is all growed up. I wanted to see what she was producing.


Sophie at nine, by Robert & Aline



"Sophie Manson" by Sophie herself

Her work is good. She’s got skills, especially in the ink-and-watercolor department, something I really admire. She comments on life’s gruesome and absurd truthiness, not unlike her folks. The stuff of hers that I saw was less autobiographical, though – more akin to the paintings her uncle Maxon did. An outsider looking in, like Tocqueville or Magaret Mead.


The scene at the opening was good. A lively mix of odd comic geeks and LES/Bushwick hipster-artist types. Bottles of Miller on ice. Many pieces sold. Go get ’em Soph’.


Uncle Max and an original oil of his

"La Vraie Vie Des People" by Sophie (2010)

"Snooki Gets Booky" by Sophie (2010)

Dad Robert (in cap) at Sophie's opening (courtesy Slum Goddess)

The show runs till December 30, 2010 at DCKT Contemporary in Manhattan.

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Be Careful What You Wish for… But Do It Anyway

Posted by jtebeau on October 21, 2010

Colleen's Wish Painting

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
~ Lewis Carroll

You probably wouldn’t set out on a road trip without first deciding where you’re going. Once you have that settled, you probably reach for a map.

This new customized painting series I’m doing is sort of like an artistic road map for your life.

I call them spell paintings, because there’s magic in making a visual representation of how you want your life to be. It’s powerful to declare your hopes and dreams then hang that vision someplace where you’ll see it every day.

If you’ve ever heard of a vision board — often photos clipped from magazines and glued to poster board — spell paintings are similar. They include pictures of people, places and things you want to be a part of your ideal life.

But spell paintings are better than vision boards in some important ways:
— creating your vision as a beautiful painting gives you art you will be proud to display in your home or office
— your spell painting will have a cohesive, consistent feel, pulling all the pieces together rather than a patchwork of photos
— I will help you create your painting, discussing everything from the mood to the key components of your perfect life

A spell painting would make a great way to start 2011 — a sort of visual New Year’s resolution for yourself. Place your order by Nov. 30 and we can begin working on a painting that shows your wishes for the new year and beyond.

Oh, and holiday cards? I’m doing those, too. You can have an original design for as low as $125. Again, let me know by Nov. 1, as time (as we perceive it) is of the essence.

Here’s one I did based on the It’s a Wonderful Life poster for me and Colleen a couple years back:


Xmas Card

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Words? Lynd Ward Didn’ Need No Steenkin’ WORDS!

Posted by jtebeau on October 18, 2010

Lynd Ward from "Gods' Man"

I trucked on up to the Whitney Museum one day last spring. Made a special trip of it, too. It’s not every day I amble up the toniest precincts of Madison Avenue, winder-shoppin’ in my jeans and rope-belt. I like the Whitney (all American art, all the time!), and wanted to see what they had going that week. Always there will be some Hopper, and that’s worth the trip alone.

Anyway, it was closed. But NOT the GIFT SHOP! So I did a little book browsing, which, if you’re into that sort of thing, can be about as good as spending a couple of hours at a museum.

I happened upon a book about “wordless novels,” a trend in publishing from the first half of the 20th century. They were usually illustrated in a classic woodcut style and often told a story of the Common Man. Lots of melodrama, class inequity, despair, revelation, redemption, etc. A friend had recently given me two books by one of the featured artists, Lynd Ward (1905 – 1985), who illustrated a couple hundred books in his day, winning a Caldecott Medal for children’s book illustration in 1953.

His book Gods’ Man is mesmerizing, the tale of artistic integrity and the price paid to achieve it. If you look at no other work by Ward, check that one out at least.

from "Gods' Man"


So there’s a little about Mr. Ward for you. I’m inspired to write this post due to a new collection of Ward’s work released this month by the Library of America and edited by Art Spiegelman. The Times ran an excellent review of the two-volume set by Steven Heller, and it inspired me to do this little write up on Ward and re-read Gods’ Man. Excuse me: re-look.

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A Mighty Fine Cartoon Art Show… and How You Can Sponsor It

Posted by jtebeau on September 9, 2010

If you’re not already familiar with, you ought to be, and here’s a good way to get your feet wet.

Al Jaffee, the genius behind Mad magazine’s fold-ins, snappy answers to stupid questions and magnificent what-if inventions is getting a show at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York. MoCCA is looking for help funding the exhibition and using Kickstarter to get it. You can donate as little as $1, but a little more gets you a little something.

  • Donate $10 and you’re listed as a “backer” on the MoCCA website and at the exhibition
  • $25 will get you a limited-edition poster signed by Al
  • $50, and they’ll also throw in a copy of Al’s new autobiography and a limited edition T-shirt
  • $100 and you’ll get the exhibition VIP tour with Al and the curators
  • $500 ups the ante with a VIP dinner with Al and the curators
  • $1000 and you get into heaven, no questions asked. Oh, and a MoCCA lifetime membership

Writer(s) Wil Forbis said Al will “go down in history as our greatest American.” Screw Franklin, Washington, Shatner and those other pikers. Support Al Jaffe today. Riiiight HERE.

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Drawing Things to You… With Art

Posted by jtebeau on September 3, 2010

Art possesses power. Magical power sometimes. An example: Robert Crumb is on record as stating that he could draw certain [thick-limbed, troublesome] women into his life simply by drawing such specimens in his sketchbook. (I wonder why the same word is used to mean both creating an image and bringing things forth: draw a picture, draw some water, draw trouble, etc.)

Crumb had to rethink the practice, as it complicated his already crazy life to proportions he couldn’t readily deal with. Ah, the woes of a fine cartoon artist. He created a piece featuring his Mr. Natural character summoning a troublesome lass named Devil Girl in a work that metaphorically referenced his own powers to draw such women.

"Mr. Natural Conjures the Devil Girl" by Robert Crumb

Anyway, I bring this up because as a present for my wife, I made what we dubbed a “spell painting.” She listed a few things that she’d like to have in her life (dogs, good music, a lively social life with friends she loves, etc.), and I created an artistic representation of these things (in a cartoonish style, of course), with a portrait of her in the middle. So it’s sort of like a vision board that way. Or the inside of a jr. high school locker door….

Colleen's Spell Painting

Behold the power of the image with intention! She’s currently taking piano lessons and this week her teacher (a cool dude in the East Village) is having her work on Stevie Wonder’s “Ma Cherie Amour”, the music I featured in the top right of the composition. Colleen writes about it here on her blog.

One of her associates (“associates??” as if she’s in the mob or something?) insists that I now do my own spell painting, so they can hang together, in our apartment. I’ll do it, but by God, I’m going to be careful. I don’t want to end up with a Devil Girl. Already got my hands full.

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Robert Williams Show at Tony Shafrazi Gallery

Posted by jtebeau on May 21, 2010

One of the best fine cartoon art shows I’ve seen in a while was Robert Williams at Tony Shafrazi‘s in Manhattan a few months back. Thought I’d share a few pictures from it…

He calls it “Lowbrow Art”. I think it fits comfortably into the Fine Cartoon Art genre as well.

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