You can get lost doing reference. Google images can be a time sucker -- a fun time sucker, but, well, nonetheless. You have to be careful with your time. And you also, as a cartoonists, need to be able to draw EVERYTHING.
One of my dear friends was the late, great Tom Gill (1913-2005). If you were a boy who read Western comic books in the 1950s, you knew Tom Gill's work.
Tom, who was raised in Flatbush Brooklyn, NY, drew the popular LONE RANGER and SILVER comic books for Dell/Gold Key in the 1960s. Tom did some other Western books too, including licensed properties like BONANZA. Most of these were produced in his Long Island studio. He was a prolific hard working cartoonist, who also made time to teach.
One day, in the early 2000's, during a visit to his home, we were paging through some of his original LONE RANGER art. I admired the detail: the sagebrush, spurs, horses, Western towns, etc. -- all excellently delineated. I asked him what he used for reference.
"Reference? I didn't have time for reference!" was the answer he growled at me.
Related: Lone Ranger #38 via Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine
Tom Gill's unseen THE ADVENTURES OF BRAINS BENTON comic strip proposal
Tom Gill: A Personal Remembrance
Above photo from a collection of STAR TREK convention photos via Newsweek, courtesy of Angelique Trouvere, collection of Jeff Maynard.
Here are two videos from a two different guys who were at the 1975 Chicago STAR TREK Convention. This Con is significant since it was the first time, since the show's 1969 cancellation, that the original cast appeared together. A set of the USS Enterprise bridge had been built and placed onstage. When William Shatner appeared and sat in it, there was much clapping and hooting.
Travel back in time, back when TREK fans were weirdos and there was little hope that the TV series would ever be resurrected.
Richard Portnoy shares his 8mm film:
FOUND CAT. Living in our woods in Milton, NH. Friendly, shy, little. Right ear tattered. Meows at me in a friendly way. Don't think he (or she) is a barn cat. Looking at Petfinders, Craigslist, went to Milton Veterinary as well. No leads.
If anyone has any information, please let me know. If anyone is interested in adopting him, please let me know. I do not want to take him to the shelter but fear that is inevitable.
The July issue of the UK mag TATLER is still on the stands in the States. I drew a couple of illustrations for one of their cover stories.
Although the article is not online, below is a peek at one of my illustrationa. It's always fun to draw a rich guy in spats and "Death" with the shroud and sickle.
The Rocketeer 20th anniversary from John Banana on Vimeo.
Always loved Commando Cody and was the biggest fan of Dave Stevens’ homage The Rocketeer. Disney made a live action film in 1991, so why couldn’t Pixar make a new one today? French animator John Banana couldn’t wait and made this “fan film” in tribute to Stevens and his creation:
The Rocketeer 20th anniversary from John Banana on Vimeo.
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