Saturday, January 10, 2009

Leftovers

This is stuff I collected while looking for images to illustrate my posts. An early Walt Kelly page.

A modern image that uses no principles, but imitates superficially some Disney-isms.

Here's one that does from an old Golden Book of Johnny Appleseed - note the little George Liquor icon next to Hello Kitty. Kali thought maybe fans might wanna buy collections of Spumco Character icons for their own computer programs and files. What do you think?

Fred Astaire was very aware of the power of good silhouettes in his dancing.

Here's Dustin who I think I met at Meltdown awhile ago.
I wish I had this button. You should see Mike Fontanelli's button collection. You'd kill yourself.
Here's a Jellystone thing.

Here are Puffy Stickers. I used to have a million of these on my fridge. Do they still make them?
I was trying to explain this comic series to Mike F. the other day and he didn't believe that Sniffles had a human girlfriend. Anyway, I like this artist but don't know his name. He also drew Scamp and lots of other comics. Anyone know who it is?

20 comments:

HenriekeG said...

I believe the artist you're talking about is Al Hubbard! He's the guy who thought up Fethry Duck.

HemlockMan said...

"Here are Puffy Stickers. I used to have a million of these on my fridge. Do they still make them?"

I think they were depleting the ozone layer.

As for animorphic Sniffles and his human girlfriend, look up the term coined by Larry Niven: "rishathra".

JohnK said...

Thanks Henrieke!

Do you know anything else about him? Was he a layout artist or animator?

Kyle said...

I'd love to outfit my desktop with spumco. I don't know about paying for it though...

Kelly Toon said...

John, Have you ever done a post centering on "funny animal" stories? They are definitely my favorite. I am a caricaturist, so I understand and appreciate the great variety in the faces of humans. When animals are used in place of humans in comics, I think it makes them even more universally appealing. Anyone can put themselves in the characters shoes.

I will have to think about this and make a post. It has always interested me. Thanks for even more awesome reference material, and also THANKS for the very helpful critique on my comic cover. I was trying to be aware of negative spaces, but I got too caught up in trying to make the characters feel solid. Seeing how the bump on Bugs' chest reduced the "stretch" in his pose was very clarifying. My next copy will be much better, probably!

Kelly Toon said...

That should have been two paragraphs, my bad.

James said...

John, you can learn a bit about Al Hubbard here.

Christopher said...
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HenriekeG said...

For as far as I know Al Hubbard was an animator/inbetweener for some of the early Disney movies. I nearly only know his work through the comics that have been published here in the Netherlands. He did many of the comic adaptions of the Disney movies. I wish I could tell you some more now, but I'm in quite a hurry now and will be away for a while.
I recommend checking coa.inducks.org for a complete index of his Disney (comic) work and other information. There should also be a short biography on lambiek.net.

M. R Darbyshire said...

I'd buy the icons.

JM Brown said...

Al Hubbard did a lot of great adaptions of Disney films and he even drew a comic adaption of Mickey Roony's famous character Andy Hardy.

I also noticed for the first time in that Sultan picture that the water appears to be a thread coming out of his feather and rising into the air because they're both identical colors. It just looks really wonky as a still frame.

Kris said...

I want that Fritz the Cat button, too.

Niki said...

you started out great, but then you brought me down with that Alladin poop. I think they still do make puffy stickers, if I'm wrong then somebody needs to bring them back. and I also didn't think sniffles would have a human girlfriend either... I want to find a lot of buttons, you can make some your self you know! If you go to Micheal's.

Zoran Taylor said...

Those icons really are a great idea. In fact, every cartoon studio could make some money if they did that. I think.

jhbmw007 said...

I think you should start selling those vinyl window decals for people to put on their cars- maybe George Liquor pissing on a Ford logo? Or maybe something original... I'd buy one.

Simon said...

Downloadable Spumco icons would be a great idea.

Pat Cashin said...

Yeah.

Sniffles always seemed to me like he was the type of character that would be really good friends with "Mary Jane", if you know what I mean.

Baba Looey was friends with a "horse"..

Chris E. said...

I remember puffy stickers. I haven't seen those since the 80's.

Sniffles had a human girl friend? Jeez! She is tiny!

TheLittleBlackCat said...

Hi John!

As well as the fantastic art instruction, I really enjoy seeing all the toys and stuff you post.

I just found some toys from "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse". Wendy's kids meals, if I recall correctly.

The Cow!

Chris said...

You could give those icons away, you wouldn't be able to sell more than a handfull of them. It's very hard to get people to pay for zeroes and ones.

Also, that Aladdin image is squashed (from widescreen to 4:3?), so it looks even worse than usual :p