Krazy Kat - Beautiful Stop-Motion Animated Short Lovingly Recreates Herriman's Eternal Triangle

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I have never watched any of the old Krazy Kat animated cartoons from the 20's 30's or 60's because I never wanted to corrupt the pure image in my brain of one of the greatest comic strips in the history of ink.

But THIS little animated tribute to George Herriman's
eternal triangle (below) finally got me to press "play."



According to Cartoon Brew, this Krazy Kat kartoon was directed by Derek Mogford in 1996. I couldn't find any more info on this beautiful re-creation of Coconino County (with its constantly-changing backgrounds and never-changing characters), so if anyone out there can shed some light, please leave a comment. Otherwise, just press play and enjoy!
P.S. -- Here's a link to some high-resolution scans of
one of George Herriman's less-celebrated comic strips,
Stumble Inn .


George Herriman's Stumble Inn

Cosmo Cat and Super Pup -- Fun Funny Animal Comics @ Pappy's Comic Blog!

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 cosmo cat logo

These funny animal comic book scans
from 1954 are just too much fun!

Cosmo Cat is arguing with anoother cartoon animal

Head on over to Pappy's for some good old fashioned funny animal comic book adventures featuring fifth-tier anthropomorphic obscurities Cosmo Cat and Super Pup! There are two stories and over thirteen pages of really silly funny animal comics in this post about the odd delights of Avon's Cosmo Cat comic book from 1954.

Cosmo Cat punches the bad guy through a wall



I just posted these two panels 'cause they totally crack me up. Isn't that what a comic oughtta do? To read the whole story (both stories!), click on over to Pappy's amazing funny-book blog at:

http://pappysgoldenage.blogspot.com/2008/12/number-439-spaced-critters-dave-miller.html
Cosmo Cat voice balloon


Pappy's Golden Age Comic Book Blog always has a ton of fun comic book scans to read, enjoy and download. Go check it out and get ready to wallow in a sea of great old-time comics!

UPDATE! Pappy just posted
3 more Cosmo Cat comics HERE--
that's 19 more pages of four-color funny-animal fun.
Cosmo Cat 3 more stories and 19 full-color pages 

Supermouse vs. the Dragon -- Super-powered Funny Animal Comic Book Scans

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Supermouse punches the Dragon

"Kid Terror" (from the Nedor-a-Day comics blog) strikes again as he scans and posts another super-powered funny animal comic book scan for our enjoyment!

Milton Stein's Supermouse chases. the Dragon


In this adventure, Supermouse has his hands full as he tries to take down an imaginary cartoon dragon...


cartoon mouse flies in talking airplane in Supermouse vs. the Dragon


As usual for Supermouse comics, the story is fast and silly,

Milton Stein's cartoon mouse travels with anthropomorphic airplane in Supermouse vs. the Dragon 

and the funny animal cartoon drawings are just beautiful!

Cartoon dragon chases funny animals in Supermouse versus the Dragon
See what happens next at:
...and Kid Terror: Thanks!
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PS... there are lots more Supermouse
comics scans from other great blogs to enjoy...
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Click on the images below to jump to the comic book pages

 

...and if you like Supermouse, I think you'll wanna check out these
pages from another funny animal hero: Super Rabbit

super rabbit flies through the air carrying a carload of crooks in masks on this cover for Animated Movie-Tunes comic book

Classic Cartooning Skills on Display -- “Patsy in Hollywood” by Bill Dyer

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Some long-forgotten gems of classic comic strip art popped up recently on Ger Appledorn’s wonderful website about comic strip art from “Those Fabuleous Fifties”.
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According to Ger’s intro, “Patsy in Hollywood” ran under varying titles in the forties and early fifties, and was helmed by a succession of artists from the Milt Caniff stable. The jokes in these strips may be very pedestrian…
… but the artwork, staging and storytelling are really great! Modern comic book and comic strip artists could learn a TON from these strips.
Click on any of the images below to jump to the FULL-SIZED
Comic book scans on Ger’s “Those Fabuleous Fifties” Blog

Comic Strip art cartoon girls dancing school Ballet Patsy-in-Hollywood

For example, the topmost strip (above) features figures that are full of life and dynamic angles and S-curves. Nobody is standing straight and rigid. Even the stuffy matron in the last panel has a very dynamic pose.

Click on any of the images below to jump to the FULL-SIZED
Comic book scans on Ger’s “Those Fabuleous Fifties” Blog
comic strip art cartoon boy and cartoon girl on Hollywood movie set Patsy-in-Hollywood

In the second strip, look at how cartoonist Bill Dyer implies a big movie studio in the background with just a few blobs of ink. He uses heavy blacks on the starlet's boobs to emphasize her bombshell qualities. Andrew and Patsy both have character designs that read like crazy in silhouette! That's great design. The body language in panel three is a joy to behold, and look at how the two kids have totally different walking poses in panel four!

Lastly (for this strip) look at the clear storytelling on that last panel. He makes sure to put the gag in the foreground where it's clearly staged and impossible to miss.

Click on any of the images below to jump to the FULL-SIZED
Comic book scans on Ger’s “Those Fabuleous Fifties” Blog
Comic strip art by Bill Dyer of a cartoon starlet and a frustrated director Patsy-in-Hollywood

Finally-- the third strip. In the opening panel, look at the way all the foreground elements, props and designs point straight to the movie star. Once again, the cartoonist keeps the staging and posing interesting, and he makes sure to use a close-up on the punchline in the last panel.

Great great stuff! Thanks for to Ger for sharing this!
His “Fabuleous Fifties” site is one blog I check every day.
Take a look at:
http://allthingsger.blogspot.com/2008/12/when-leonard-starr-offered-sveral-ideas.html

Vintage Hanna Barbera Art Collection on Flickr

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There are some amazingly gorgeous cartoon images on display on slappy427's Flickr page. Classic painted comic book covers, model sheets, ViewMaster 3-D images (see above), production drawings and promotional art from Hanna Barbera.


There's a lot of oddball H-B stuff that you may not have seen before...




This is only a tiny fraction of the cartoony delights
waiting for you over on slappy427's Flickr page.
UPDATE: Here are a bunch of Hanna-Barbera Flickr
pages
all in one group: http://flickr.com/groups/hanna-barbera/

Storyboards: Huckleberry Hound in Caveman Huck – August 18th 1961

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Storyboard artist Chong Lee has been teaching Story Development at CalArts for the past four years. This year, he decided to put all of his handouts on a blog for his students, but the blog is open for anybody who want to click over to the ChongToons Blog.
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He has a lot of hard-to-find animation ephemera in easy-to-download PDF files. Some of my favorite downloads on his site are the vintage Hanna Barbera storyboards.
If you click on any of these images, you’ll jump over to the page that features FIVE (count ‘em) 5 different storyboards from the classic era of Hanna Barbera Cartoons.
Huckleberry Hound storyboard art from Caveman Huck
The samples on this page are all from Caveman Huck, a Huckleberry Hound episode from way back in 1961. He also has storyboards from Pixie & Dixie, Yogi Bear, Quick-Draw Mc Graw and the Flintstones.
There’s a lot to learn about storyboarding in these boards…especially when it comes to economy and simplicity. If you like them, why don’t you leave some comments on Chong’s blog and ask him to keep posting this kind of rare cartoon art!

"Stupid Comics" - A Freaky Look at Some Vintage Funny Animal Comic Books

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Cartoon wolf is kidnapping a girl bunny rabbit

A really fun website called Stupid Comics celebrates everything that's weird and funky about comics from the golden age up thru the eighties. A great assortment of old comic book ads (more comics ads HERE), an essay on "The Gentle Art of Defacing Comic Books", and some really messed-up "educational comics" are some of the highlights.

Tubby comic book cover defaced by a little kid with a ballpoint pen

Go have fun and check it out here:

Boxing Cartoons by Willard Mullin - The Master of Drawing Dynamic Poses

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Check out the Sports cartoons and drawings of Willard Mullin
Thanks to some recent posts on various cartooning blogs
(see links at bottom), I have fallen in love with the work
of master sports cartoonist, Willard Mullin
The collector in me wanted to buy up every out-of-print book that contains Willard Mullin's unbelievably dynamic drawings, but I wised up and whipped out the ol' library card instead!

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I managed to find a bunch of beautiful books that I borrowed from the Los Angeles public library (you can do it all online) and subsequently scanned them for sharing with everybody here on the CartoonSNAP blog!
Each of the images below links to a GIANT high-res image
of scans from "It Beats Working," a book illustrated by
the greatest sports cartoonist who ever wielded a pen,
Willard Mullin!
willard Mullin cartoon Boxer eating steak
Click on thumbnails for the BIG picture!
Willard Mulllin drawing of two boxers...one boxer is biting the other one's ear
All the illustrations on this page are from the chapters about boxing, but later posts will feature Willard Mullin's drawings on Football, Baseball and Horse Racing, too!
Jumping Rope while eating hot dog and drinking beer
Click on images for the high-resolution cartoons
Two men arguing over a guy who was knocked out by a punching bag Cartoon drawing by Willard Mullin
Cartoon drawing of boxer by Willard Mullin
Click on thumbnails for the BIG pictures by Willard Mullin!
Two guys draw a knocked-out boxer from the ring Sports cartoon by Willard Mullin
Look how dynamic his drawings are,
even when it's just two guys standing around!
Boxing Sports cartoon by Willard Mullin
Click on images for the high-resolution drawings

Cartoon by Willard Mullin - Boxers facing off
Boxer is knocked out in his corner
Here are a bunch of links with piles of quality scans of various Willard Mullin classic drawings and sports cartoons!
I have dozens more images to share if you readers are interested, so if you wanna see more, make sure to leave a comment below!
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...and these wonderful posts on Will Finn's blog feature scans
from the book, "Clowning Through Baseball":