April 6th, 2012

smokin'

What, Me Worry? - 60 Years of Mad at The Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco will be presenting a retrospective of artwork from Mad's 60 years of existence, featuring original art from both the comic and magazine eras. The exhibit kicks off on April 21st and runs until September 16th. Cartoonists featured in the exhibit include Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Wally Wood, Don Martin, Jack Davis, Sergio Aragones, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, George Woodbridge, John Severin, Dave Berg, Antonio Prohias and Sam Viviano as well as illustrations and comics by more recent contributors like Peter Kuper and Keith Knight. They'll also have covers by Frank Freas and Norman Mingo. Holy crap.

This sounds like a terrific exhibit, I hope folks in the area will check it out. I'm supposed to have a piece in there (I sent it off yesterday) but in all honesty I'm happy the museum's in SF and I won't be able to see how my work appears next to the greats. I wish I had a comic page to send instead of an illustration but the only sequential work I ever did for them was drawn as separate panels and sections. I sent a two-page spread of a crowd in a McDonald's restaurant but I doubt it will read well on the wall. It's not keeping me up at night but it does make my stomach hurt. Anyway, if it gets in it'll be nice to be in the show and like I said, I don't have to see it. But I would like to see the rest of the work. Elder...Kurtzman...Wood...the Usual Gang of Idiots. Amazing.

More information can be found here.