Monday, April 12, 2010

More Coker



17 comments:

FriedMilk said...

The one with the girl and the dog is from the comic about leash laws, isn't it? I distinctly remember seeing it in MAD!

Roberto Severino said...

It's amazing how Coker blends in fundamental principles of composition and his own personal style together seamlessly, along with some really cool designs. Thanks for writing about this great cartoonist, John. I had never heard of him before though, but still.

Pete "Music" Sayek said...

I don't know what it is about Paul Coker drawings that make me smile so much and just feel "happy", but I'm sure glad they do! Thanks for posting those!

RooniMan said...

Fantastic art by Mr. Coker.

Dan Metalmadcat said...

m_) very interesting, dear master!
m_) Thanks for sharing as usual.

Elana Pritchard said...

Love, love love!

mike f. said...

Eddie is putting up Dilbert, which he describes as "hilarious".

I swear to God.

To think I've invited this man into my home...

Shawn Dickinson said...

Why do cartoons always look better on textured, aged, yellowed newsprint?

SoleilSmile said...

So, very charming. Even the menacing strip at the bottom {:)

Tom said...

I'm guessing the rabbit in various holiday costume is a character sketch for the Rankin-Bass Here Comes Peter Cottontail special, which is actually stop-motion animation. I also recognize his style from the Rankin-Bass special Twas the Night Before Christmas.

wade said...

I absolutely love Paul Coker's work. I wish someone would release a massive coffee-table sized book collecting his work.

Mad had some amazing artists in its heyday.

rodineisilveira said...

And we cannot forget that Paul Coker Jr. still draws for MAD magazine.
He also was involved in animations (mainly on that ones produced by Rankin-Bass in the 60s and the 70s); and he also created a comic strip in 1970, which was distributed for the newspapers from the whole world by United Media/NEA (Newspaper Enterprise Association): Lancelot.

Brubaker said...

That dragon drawing is from Rankin-Bass TV series "Reluctant Dragon and Mr. Toad". The show aired in 1971. Coker designed all the characters.

It was a failure, needless to say; it was canceled after half-a-season.

Somebody uploaded one of the episodes on YouTube. Check it out.

The animation (done in Japan by Mushi Studios, the creator of "Astroboy") is very choppy and screams "anime" despite having been designed by an American artist, but I love how it looks anyway.

K.B. said...

SO WONDERFUL. SO UNDER APPRECIATED.

FRANK M HANSEN said...

Paul Coker is one of my all time favorites. It's amazing how overlooked he is. I have a feeling that is going to change soon and more people will be reminded how brilliant his work is.

Zoran Taylor said...

Frosty special concept art?

Brubaker said...

This is one of Paul Coker Jr's post-Rankin/Bass animation works, "Nudist and Mr. Pendleton" music video for Cartoon Network's short-lived "Robot Jones".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3c53UT0Nls

Yes, those are Paul's designs. He did the layouts at his home in New York, which were then shipped to Rough Draft in Korea for animation and coloring.