Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blue Meanies

An animation cel featuring two Blue Meanies from "Yellow Submarine" (1968) was sold at Swann Galleries this week. It sold for more than the high estimate. When will the Blue Meanies realize that all you need is love?

An animation cel with two Blue Meanies from "Yellow Submarine" (1968)

An animation cel with two Blue Meanies from "Yellow Submarine" (1968)

Hammer Price:  $950

An animation cel with two Blue Meanies from "Yellow Submarine" (1968)

Note:  There is a lot more animation art on this blog, but none from Pepperland.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ronald Searle: Unused Title Painting for "Scrooge"

Ronald Searle's painting for the title sequence of "Scrooge" (1970) shows Ebenezer Scrooge on a wintry London street. The left half of the image is fairly nondescript and is meant to accommodate an overlaid screen title. The painting was created over a lithographic print of a sketch made on the set. It was not used in the movie's title sequence, but the right hand portion did serve instead as a magazine cover for the Illustrated London News. This original artwork was one of a pair of title paintings sold at Bonhams in December.

Ronald Searle, Unused title painting for "Scrooge" (1970)
Original artwork, The Illustrated London News, November 28, 1970

The Illustrated London News, November 28, 1970 with the original artwork by Ronald Searle

Ronald Searle, Unused title painting for "Scrooge" (1970)
Original artwork, The Illustrated London News, November 28, 1970

The German Deckweiss is literally an opaque white. I would translate it as bodycolor.

EBay Listing Ended January 24, 2015

EBay Item Description

EBay Bid History with the winning bid actually cast at the last second!

Ronald Searle, Unused title painting for "Scrooge" (1970)
Original artwork, The Illustrated London News, November 28, 1970

Note:  Don't forget to see my other posts about Ronald Searle.

Perpetua, the Ronald Searle Tribute blog, has many more of the "Scrooge" titles.


Ronald Searle: Preparatory Title Cards for "Scrooge"

In designing the titles for "Scrooge" (1970), selected sketchbook drawings made on the set by Ronald Searle were copied by a lithographic process. From these printed sheets, he could work out the details of coloring and title overlays. A group of preparatory title graphics were sold at Bonhams Knightsbridge for £1,187 in December.

Ronald Searle, Preparatory title cards for "Scrooge" (1970)

Bonhams London, Knightsbridge December 10, 2014, Lot 100

"Scrooge" (1970)
Titles begin at 0:33

Note:  Check out this blog's other posts about Ronald Searle.

See all this and much more on the Ronald Searle Tribute blog's comprehensive post about the "Scrooge" titles.


Friday, January 23, 2015

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #459

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #459 for January 19, 2015. The drawing is by Liza Donnelly.

"I'm afraid I'm not up to the conversation."

Here are a few other captions I wrote that also weren't up to the conversation:
"So I'm not brave enough for Camelot or witty enough for the Algonquin?"
"Oh, it's witty all right, but it's not Algonquin witty."
"I see the network has tabled your talk show."
"I will not be a part of your circular reasoning."
"I'm going to have to lower your expectations."

January 26, 2015 Update: The Finalists

Note: In last week's contest, Paul Noth's Sphinx paid a visit to an executive's office. My caption was something out of a Greek tragedy. See the unanswerable outcome of Contest #458.

What a coincidence! There are other posts on this blog about Liza Donnelly.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gluyas Williams Had No Photograph

It's not surprising that cartoonist Gluyas Williams had no photograph on hand for a fan, so along with his autograph he provided a small cartoon self-portrait instead. This card was sold on eBay recently for $24.

Gluyas Williams autograph card

EBay Listing Ended October 31, 2014

EBay Item Description

Gluyas Williams autograph card
Note:  See more blog posts about Gluyas Williams including other self-portraits.

Note also how cartoonist Eldon Dedini dealt with his own lack of a Hollywood head shot.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Patrick McDonnell's Mutts Stationery

I just love to quote eBay sellers! "The letter has been flat for more than ten years" stated the matter-of-fact seller when this note from Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell was first offered for sale late in 2013, as if that would undo the mailing folds in the paper. The letter is undated but rest assured "this is from early in his career." Really? The scan clearly shows that the printed stationery bears a 2007 copyright! Not all that much sleuthing is required. Still, sellers believe what they want to believe. All may be forgiven, though, when we see the original quick sketches the artist has added to this printed sheet. They're charming, even if they're not relics from early in Patrick McDonnell's career!

An undated letter (2007 or later) from Patrick McDonnell to Megan and Julia
Mutts stationery with additional sketches

An undated letter (2007 or later) from Patrick McDonnell to Megan and Julia on Mutts stationery with additional sketches

Note:  There's more work by Patrick McDonnell here on the blog, all no doubt great rarities from early in his career and then some.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Boston on Ice

It was cloudy and cold in Boston on Sunday morning. The water on the surface of the Charles River was frozen, as was the water in the lake of the Public Garden.

Back Bay and the frozen Charles River

Old South Church and a peek into the Boston Public Library

M.I.T. across the Charles River
"We are Siamese, if you please."
Old South Church

The Westin Copley Place

Stepped columns
Five Hundred Boylston

Beware of ice falling on Mercedes
Frozen lake in the Public Garden

Frozen lake in the Public Garden
Frozen lake in the Public Garden

To the willows, it's practically spring