Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #447

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #447 for October 20, 2014. The drawing is by Victoria Roberts.

"We could all use a belly rub, Doctor."

These captions never made it off the couch:
"My wife says this is the best hour of her week."
"I'm the only one who accepts his animal nature."

Note:  Last week cartoonist P. C. Vey took us into an unusual do-it-yourself restaurant. My caption came out a bit overdone. See the unpalatable results of Contest #446.

As it happens, Victoria Roberts drew the cartoon for Contest #375, the very first New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest I ever entered. That was a year and a half ago, and I still can't write psychiatrist gags.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Dan Piraro's Pez on Paper

Dan Piraro no longer draws his Bizarro strip on paper. Like many others, he now uses a computer. Strips created up until November 2011 had paper originals. This one from 2007 sold in January on eBay for more than his usual $600 asking price. It's a very good strip, but collectors are also mindful of the coming scarcity. When the paper originals are gone, they're gone. I'm a great fan of works on paper, and I suppose they'll always exist to some degree, but artists are going to continue to embrace digital programs and the freedom they offer to manipulate images.

Dan Piraro, Original comic strip artwork for Bizarro, July 22, 2007

Dan Piraro, Original comic strip artwork for Bizarro, July 22, 2007

Note:  Just take a look at Dan Piraro's past appearances on this blog!

Every now and then I like to post examples of original comic strip art.

I have only one previous Pez post, and the Palace at least is not trying to hush it up.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dan Piraro Plays Ball

In 1997, cartoonist Dan Piraro decorated a baseball with  no fewer than three drawings. Today this Bizarro ball is being sold off from "one of the best cartoonists-drawn-on-baseball collections in the world." That's an ungainly phrase, so I think we should shorten the name of this collection to "cartoonists' balls."

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Note:  How does one celebrate the World Series? Why, by reviewing my archive of baseball posts, of course!

You can be forgiven if you didn't realize that Dan Piraro has been seen on the blog before.

Does Garfield deserve equal time? See him in the 2005 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marc Davis Plays Ball

One of the more unusual baseball collections to appear on eBay consists of balls which have been drawn on by some well-known cartoonists. For example, a drawing of Maleficent from Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (1959) is by animator Marc Davis, one of Disney's legendary "Nine Old Men." Such baseballs make for unusual novelty items, to say the least.

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Note:  The World Series is in progress. What a perfect time to see more baseball posts!

And let's not forget about Disney animator Marc Davis.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Garry Trudeau Plays Ball

Yesterday we looked at a baseball drawn upon by none other than cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and noted that his drawing of Snoopy made it the most desirable baseball from what arguably may be the best collection of baseballs drawn upon by cartoonists anywhere. Yet it does not have the honor of being the most expensive baseball embellished by a cartoonist listed on eBay at the present moment. That distinction belongs to a baseball signed by five prominent newspaper comic strip cartoonists and offered by eBay seller historydirect. They are Garry Trudeau ("Doonesbury"), Brad Anderson ("Marmaduke"), Tom Wilson ("Ziggy"), Bil Keane ("The Family Circus"), and Mort Walker ("Beetle Bailey"). Collector Rick Kain did a nice job putting this one together.

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Note:  Besides attending batting practice, the best way to prepare for the World Series is to review my blog posts about baseball.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Charles M. Schulz Plays Ball

The eBay seller says it best:  "We are breaking up one of the best cartoonists-drawn-on-baseball collections in the world" and "This is the best ball in the collection." Right on both counts. It follows then that this baseball with an original drawing of Snoopy by "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles M. Schulz done in 1998 might just be one of the best novelties of its type anywhere. It even comes with superb documentation.

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Note:  In the run-up to the World Series, I am doing my part. Read the unique sort of baseball posts you won't find anywhere else.

Predictably, there are more posts on "Peanuts" as well.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Will Elder Plays Ball

In honor of the coming World Series, we're having a look at some signed baseballs here on the blog. To be sure, they're signed by cartoonists and not by ballplayers, but you can't have everything.

Besides bearing signatures, they also have drawings. Little Annie Fanny appears in color on this baseball signed by Will Elder. The ball is available right now on eBay. Buy it today before the Baseball Hall of Fame gets wind of this.

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Note:  Enjoy more posts about baseball to welcome in the World Series.