Friday, July 31, 2020

Siné: Scatty and Car...Toons

It seems Tom Bloom went into his library and came out with scans of the front and back covers of two vintage works by Siné (Maurice Sinet [1928-2016]). Scatty (1958) and Car...Toons (1964) are English-language cartoon collections from Reinhardt that were preceded by French editions. Siné would come to be known largely for his controversial political work, but these volumes of cartoons on the subjects of cats and cars are variations on more traditional cartoon themes. The drawings are accessible, using a direct and simple style often with bold lines. They betray a certain fondness for puns.

Scatty (1958) and Car...Toons (1964)

Scans by Tom Bloom

Note:  Thanks to Tom Bloom for allowing us to judge these books by their covers. This is his eleventh contribution to Attempted Bloggery.

This is Siné's first appearance on this blog.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Twin Birthday Wishes from Patrick McDonnell

In 2003, Mutts cartoonist Patrick McDonnell presented twin birthday wishes to Hannah and Rachel. Earl and Mooch preside over the festivities from under the covers.
"Happy Shbirthday, Hannah!"
Patrick McDonnell

Scan by Stephen Kroninger

"Happy Shbirthday, Rachel!"
Patrick McDonnell

Scan by Stephen Kroninger

Note:  Thanks to Stephen Kroninger for providing these wonderful scans. This is his 27th appearance here.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Cartoon Collections Caption Contest #85

The file name for the Cartoon Collections Caption Contest #85 cartoon reads Death Threats Department, not that that really helps with the captioning. My entries are shown below. The drawing is by Maddie Dai.
"Ready for your stress test?"
"You can designate any beneficiary, even me."
"Your job is the easiest: scrawling the condolence cards."
"You'll be replacing Jerry, who we're saying had a bum ticker."
"Let's try your hand at ransom notes."
"So how are you at messaging?"

August 5, 2020 Update:  The Winner

In his caption contest commentary this week, seven-time New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest winner Lawrence Wood mentions one of my captions first:

So for you folks keeping score at home, after scrutinizing eighty-five contests Lawrence Wood has mentioned at least one of my entries in eleven of them, yet I have never made it into the top three. My entries may not be funny, but they are worthy of discussion.

Note:  This is Maddie Dai's first appearance on the blog. I know, I can't believe it either.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

License Plate for a Doga Teacher?

I kid you not.
Virginia license plate

  Attempted Bloggery appreciates finding amusement on and off the road. Readers are invited to safely contribute clever license plates to the old blog.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #718

Come take a ride with my entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #718 for July 27, 2020. The drawing is by Michael Maslin.
"I thought today we'd just loaf around."

These captions didn't have enough horsepower.
"Which color is supposed to be lucky?"
"Of course they're supposed to match."
"We don't ride together unless we match."

August 10, 2020 Update:  The Finalists

August 17, 2020 Update:  I voted with Santa Barbara, because horses don't have feet and these shoes don't have laces. My caption made clear I believe they're loafers.

August 24, 2020 Update:
  The Winner

Note:  Last week in the Caption Contest, cartoonist Lonnie Millsap showed us that apartment life could be something of a zoo. My caption just didn't reach high enough. See what was up with Contest #717.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

George Booth Greeting Cards by the Dozen

Twelve unused, vintage greeting cards by New Yorker cartoonist George Booth were sold on eBay in May. As a group, they celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, love, friendship, and getting older. Just take a look, Dearie...

George Booth Greeting Cards
eBay Listing Ended May 28, 2020

George Booth Greeting Cards
eBay Item Description Item Description

Earlier in May, the same eBay seller sold a different lot of ten greeting cards, many the same but four of which are not present in the above lot of twelve.

George Booth Greeting Cards
eBay Listing Ended May 9, 2020

George Booth Greeting Cards
eBay Item Description

Okay, because you've been such a good audience I'll show you one more greeting card also sold in May on eBay, but from a different seller. 

George Booth Greeting Card
eBay Listing Ended May 22, 2020

George Booth Greeting Card
eBay Item Description

Note:  Attempted Bloggery would like to publish more of the unsung work of George Booth. I can't put it any plainer than that.

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Adrian Tomine's 32 Stories Limited Edition

I have mentioned in the past my love of limited editions and my antipathy toward bookplates. But what if the limitation of a book is designated by a bookplate rather than by a traditional printed limitation page? Well, sometimes one has to make compromises. The limitation bookplate for Adrian Tomine's 32 Stories:  The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics (1995) is a case in point. It's really not bad: a color illustrated bookplate that is hand-signed and numbered in an edition of 500—fairly large. For a book collector, when the bookplate edition is the only limited edition, it may still be the best game in town.

Adrian Tomine
Etsy Listing Accessed July 24,2020

Note:  Drawn & Quarterly just published Adrian Tomine's The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist. If there's a limited edition, I haven't heard about it.

Gil Roth interviews Adrian Tomine about his new book on the Virtual Memories Show here.

Me, I'm still stuck in 1995.

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