With the announced closing of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, MD, and the relocation of its exhibits to the Library of Congress, here is the cover of the 2008 Free Comic Book Day edition of Jughead, which I wrote, and Stan Goldberg illustrated. The story takes place in Geppi’s museum.
Very pleased that my late brother Loyd’s 80’s contemporary Christian band, Prodigal, is getting the reissue treatment from Retroactive Records (courtesy of Silver Orb Media) and available at https://boonesoverstock.com/search?q=Prodigal
Prodigal’s acclaimed albums had never been released on CD until 2014, as a limited edition box set. Prodigal’s entire output, consisting of three albums (self-titled, ‘Electric Eye’ and ‘Just Like Real Life’ are available as of 4/10/18. In addition, Loyd’s solo album, ‘Sleep Without Dreams,’ is being made available on CD for the first time.
One of my favorite go-to sites has long been A Bad Case Of the Dates, a daily repository of true stories (contributed by readers) of dates and romances gone horribly wrong. The site’s creator, Jared M. Gordon, has chosen to bring it to a conclusion at the end of 2017 with the story of his own personal worst experience in the dating pool.
Jared kindly invited me to contribute a bit of art to illustrate his sad tale.
It’s not to late to visit abadcaseofthedates.com and enjoy the collection of horror stories there!
Reminder, my cartooning class at the Middletown Arts Center begins this Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 and runs for eight weeks. The direction of the class will be determined by Wednesday’s group.
Keep up with all my upcoming evens and appearances on the Calendar page!
Here’s the last of the Ed-U-Card decks featuring flip animation that I found while going through boxes. Unlike the others, this deck features original characters, not licensed properties.
The illustrations are really beautiful; I’m sorry I couldn’t find an artist credit on the package.
Mixies is a game designed to be played as a solitaire game, or as a memory-type game for 2 to 3 players.
Continue reading Mixies!
Yet another Ed-U-Card game with flip animation on the back. This one, called Easy 3’s, features an eclectic assortment of characters from the King Features Syndicate stable. It has characters from Thimble Theatre, but not Popeye. It has Dagwood, but not Blondie. And the animation stars that peculiar mutant kid, Henry. When I was a kid I thought Henry and Popeye were related because they had similar chins and were similarly homely.
The game itself enjoins players to collect three fragments of each character to form a whole. The instructions call it “A new game of educational fun for children. Helps train powers of observation and relationship needed in developing reading skills.”
I hope you enjoy the show!
Another find from a corner of the closet. According to the cover blurb, this book is the first published collection of cartoons by Virgil Partch, who identified himself on his cartoons as VIP. ‘Funny Cartoons by VIP’ is a book I discovered and read when I was a young kid.
Another Ed-U-Card game, with flip animation on the back of the deck. Play-wise, this game (called Casper and his TV Pals) is functionally identical to the Popeye deck, with Harvey Comics characters swapped out to replace the Thimble Theater bunch.
Among the characters selected for use in the game is Little Audrey, who was created by Paramount Pictures’ Famous Studios to replace the Little Lulu series. She later starred in a comic book series first published by St. john, and later by Harvey Comics.
Found! Perhaps the only existing Craig Boldman/Joe Kubert art collaboration.
I was one of the early students at The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey, and as such, would occasionally be treated/subjected to the terrifying advent of Joe Kubert, comic book legend, looking over my shoulder while I was still trying to find my way around a piece of drawing paper and which end of a pencil was up. And once in a while, he’d excuse me from my chair and say, “Let me show you…”
I went looking for one thing; found this instead!
Yesterday while rummaging in the basement I uncovered a box of keepsakes I had all but forgotten. Among the items in the box were several decks of card games I and my siblings (as kids) used to entertain ourselves during visits to our grandparents.
This Popeye Card Game is one of several we played that were manufactured by Ed-U-Cards Mfg. Corp L.I.C. of New York. The instructions to this game states that the rules are similar to “Rummy.” The attraction for me, however, was the flip-card animation that was a part of many of these Ed-U-Card games, as you can see in the video.