Friday, April 16, 2010

Early BC Sundays



http://allthingsger.blogspot.com/2010/04/before-commercialism-tuesday-comic.html

These aren't the most exciting pages, but they are rare and clever. My favorite Sundays are the ones where Hart draws wild action and crazy physics - but these (in the link) all have really good continuity and a real sense of controlling time. Hart, like Don Martin is an expert at getting you to feel timing using only still pictures in continuity. That is a skill that not all cartoonists have.

17 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

I love early BC!

gamzoo said...

John,
what are your thoughts on Calvin and Hobbs?

Chris Rank said...

Totally not related, but PLEASE stop the HOLLYWOOD MADNESS with your own MADNESS John K.

Mighty Mouse movie revisited
http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/node/44692

Calvin said...

Ha! these are so funny!

RooniMan said...

More B.C. YAY!

Roberto Severino said...

I got lost digging through all this eye candy that you linked, John. I just liked all the surprises and twists and turns that Hart manages to provide in each of those strips, and on top of that, some very hilarious, clever drawings. I can't really think of that many cartoonists who can do that anymore.

Please do more BC posts.

Paul B said...

I don't understand "timming" in comics
What do you mean by that?

JohnK said...

I mean when you read the panels in order, the way they are staged and the continuity makes you feel like you understand how long the whole action takes place.

They draw panels of pauses for example to wait for a punch line.

Trevor Thompson said...

Do you still read B.C.?

thomas said...

...some clown's going to come out with matches."

I thought the next panel was going to be the WIZARD OF ID jester lighting a match.

I think timing has a lot to do with the physical world

thewaythingsgo

Cody Clarke said...

Hey John, have you seen this yet? It's a video showing Disney's copy and pasting of animation in Snow White, Aristocats, and Robin Hood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh84g8rC2oA

JohnK said...

Yeah Cody, I have. Sometimes studios have to do that for budget reasons.

Trevor: I read the old BC and Wizard of Id and Peanuts books over and over again.

razur said...

I can remember when Hart's style and his imitators dominated the newspaper strip. That's gone, thank Christ! But nothing in the way of improvement followed it, that is certain.

There's a Fly in My Swill!

kurtwil said...

This blog certainly has an amazing variety of art to study and appreciate - thanks for the variety, JK!

Chris, it's amazing that the LA Times article AintItCool linked to had virtually no mention of the 80's RB/JK MMTheNewAdventures!

JK, what are your thoughts on C.Schultz's evolution of the Peanuts characters? Looking over his vast amount of work shows a definite change in style.

JohnK said...

I love his 50s work. By the 60s it seemed tired and formulaic, but then I don't know how any cartoonist could keep the same characters fresh for over a decade - let alone a lifetime.

Brad said...

John K. reads Peanuts. This is good news.

HemlockMan said...

Hart was great in the early days before he got jaded and became a religious fanatic.