Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Milt Gross Funnies In Print

Milt Gross is probably the purest cartoonist I've ever discovered. He has a magical ability to make funny visual ideas flow out of his pens and pencils. His drawings are uninhibited energy and excitement. It doesn't look like he struggles to get his ideas out at all-unlike the rest of us poor mortals.



Finally, there is a book reprinting my favorite work of his "Milt Gross Funnies". This is a must for every funny cartoonist and fan of cartoons!grosspoochhijinx6_003_hijinx4_pete_001

His amazing life story is also included. I'll tell you more when I get my copy in the mail, but I checked out Mike's the other day and it was filled with comics I had never seen.

All this and tons more!

JUST A HANDFUL OF THINGS HE'S GREAT AT

11 comments:

RooniMan said...

Darn straight!

Elana Pritchard said...

very cool- thanks for telling about it!

Niki said...

I already saved the page I could get it cheapest yesterday, I must have this for my birthday.

top cat james said...

That panel of "Archie" getting beaned with an alarm clock is hysterical. Hope my copy arrives soon, too.

Zoran Taylor said...

Milt Rocks. "He Done Her Wrong" is the greatest single comic story ever finished.

Segue: I'm not on Reddit, and I've joined so many things just to reply to one thing, so I'm just gonna get this out of my chest right here:

John K: " (Frank Zappa's) "Call Any Vegetable" was made for animation."

Me: YES! YES! YESYESYESYESYESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAARRRRRRSSSS!!!!!!!

In fact, I'd go one further - I would love to animate that ENTIRE SUITE, from "Duke of Prunes" (or optionally "Plastic People") through "Soft-Cell Conclusion", complete with a deliberate attempt at crafting the funniest overheated passion faces ever drawn for lines such as "I see your looooooovely beeeeeeaaannnsss, and in that maaaagic goooo-kaaaart, I biiiiite your neeeeck!!!!"

A tip from someone who's actually thought about this before, not that you need it: For the beginning of "Vegetable"? Simple: line of Fleischer veggies rhumba facing frontward for first statement of riff, jump/twirl and pop up/down alternating butt cheeks (Fontanelli-grade shine REQUIRED) for repeat. Once the vocal comes in....I leave that to you.....

pappy d said...

The vegetables must have genuine sensuality & natural heft so you feel the firm flesh of a tomato & the sun-warmed skin of an eggplant.

You must try to make sexual vegans of your audience!

Jack G. said...

I can't wait for my copy to show up!

Shawn Dickinson said...

The book is every bit as wonderful as I hoped it would be!

Hans Flagon said...

Got mine today, it's Awesome.

I'm gonna have to take it slow in small doses though. To savor.

Andrew Mortlock said...

Cheers a bucket for introducing me to Milt Gross his stuff is so gawd damn fun to look at.

Rich T said...

John,
I knew you were a Milt Gross fan way back when I first saw a dog in the pound with Ren that bore a strong resemblance to either Iggy or JR.
If this book succeeds maybe there'll be a reprinting of some of his strips. It'll be about time.