Do you love dogs? And satire? But do you also HATE paper? Boy oh boy do we have some good news for you, Bucky! Bo Confidential: The Secret Files of America’s First Dog is now available on your iPad — and ONLY through the MAD app! Written by the Usual Gang of Idiots and illustrated by Tom Richmond, it’s a can’t-miss download. So let us ask you — how much would you pay for this amazing product? Fifteen dollars? Twenty-five? Thirty-five? The bad news is, you’re terrible at guessing — but the good news is, it’s just $1.99!
Click here to get the MAD app for your iPad! Enjoy!
If you're going to San Diego Comic-Con next week, there will be plenty of MAD events to partake in once you get squeezed out of the Firefly reunion panel! Here's what you can do to get the most of your MAD experience this year:
• Stop by the DC Entertainment booth to see the MADropolitan Museum of Art! We'll be displaying framed prints of classic MAD superhero illustrations from over the years, featuring art by Mark Fredrickson, Mort Drucker, Dave Gibbons, Frank Miller and more! Many of these are being shown without logos and text for the first time!
• Come to the "Mad about MAD" panel on Saturday from 2:00-3:00pm in Room 9! Find out everything we've got planned for MAD's 60th Anniversary and for the next 60 years to come, with editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano, assistant art director Ryan Flanders and artists Angelo Torres, Sergio Aragonés, Tom Richmond, and Peter Kuper! Be sure to have good questions ready — prizes will be awarded!
• Aspiring MAD illustrators and cartoonists: we'll be doing portfolio reviews, so keep your eyes and ears open for more details!
The National Cartoonists Society held the 66th Annual Reuben Awards in Las Vegas this past weekend. The big winner at this year's ceremony was none other than MAD's very own Tom Richmond, who took home the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year! The Reuben is the highest honor a professional cartoonist can receive. Past winners include such big names as Charles Schulz, Gary Larson, Matt Groening, and four legendary members of MAD's Usual Gang of Idiots: Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragonés, Jack Davis and Al Jaffee! Below is a photo of Tom holding his shiny new Reuben surrounded by three of the four previous MAD winners, along with MAD Art Director Sam Viviano and longtime MAD Editor Nick Meglin.
Congratulations, Tom! Now come down off your cloud and get going on the next movie parody! Deadlines don't care about fancy awards.
Huge thanks to David Folkman for the photo!
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Mad Men fans have waited over a year and a half for the show to return, and this Sunday the first episode of season five will finally debut. Let's just hope series creator Matthew Weiner (second from left) didn't use these copies of MAD for inspiration.
From left to right: Jon Hamm, Matthew Weiner, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser and Bryan Batt Photo: Vic Arkoff
Bonus Mad Men Celebrity Snap! MAD artist Tom Richmond (that's him on the left) caught up with actor Rich Sommer (who plays Harry Crane on Mad Men) and showed him the spoof of the show that Tom illustrated in MAD #509. Obviously, Rich is unhappy. It’s not clear if it’s because he works on Mad Men, or is just a huge fan of Justin Bieber.
Thanks to Tom for the photo!
Holy half-pound hot dogs! Take a look at this amazing splash from the Mike & Molly satire in our current issue, MAD #514. It's by National Cartoonist Society "Cartoonist of the Year" nominee Tom Richmond from a script by Arnie Kogen! Click the art to make it super-sized. Do yourself a favor and spend the rest of the day enjoying Tom's mindbogglingly great art on his website here! To read our Mike & Molly spoof, pick up MAD #514, on sale now! But don't stop there — never miss a MAD TV satire by subscribing today!
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il died over the weekend. According to state television, the departed great leader will continue to work for his starving people, now as fertilizer to help grow crops. The ruthless, paranoid dictator leaves behind a son, Kim Jong Un, 8 nuclear missiles and 14 pairs of elevator shoes.
Photo via CNN.com
As if there wasn’t enough proof that the journalism is dead, CNN has a huge article about Al Jaffee on their homepage today! The article explores his life, his work, and his new book! Suspiciously missing, however, is any mention of Al’s preference for Funyuns over more conventional snack foods. Why is the media so afraid to dig deeper?!?!
The story is accompanied by caricatures of several members of The Usual Gang of Idiots as illustrated by our very own Tom Richmond! (That's his drawing of Al above.) Click here to read the whole thing and see the rest of Tom's art!
One of the highlights of the “SCAD MAD MAD MAD Weekend,” hosted last weekend by the Southeastern Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society at the Savannah College of Art and Design, was a “Spy vs. Spy” competition organized by Anthony Fisher, Chairman of the school’s Sequential Arts Department. Students were instructed to immerse themselves in the work of “Spy” creator Antonio Prohias, and then come up with their best black-and-white take on the eternal antagonists. Sixteen entries made the finals, which were then judged on Friday by the event’s guests of honor, MAD legends Jack Davis, Al Jaffee, Nick Meglin, Paul Coker, Sergio Aragonés, and Tom Richmond, as well as MAD Art Director Sam Viviano. Here are the three winners:
First Place: Undergraduate Meaghan “Meg” Casey
Check out Meg's website here!
Below is a lovely photo of her with some of the attending members of "The Usual Gang of Idiots" in Savannah.
Al Jaffee, Tom Richmond, Paul Coker, Sergio Aragonés, Meg Casey,
Sam Viviano, Nick Meglin and Anthony Fisher
Photo via Tom Richmond
Second Place: Undergraduate Fred Stresing
Check out Fred's website here!
Third Place: Graduate Jerald Lewis
Check out Jerald's website here!
Three cheers for the three winners! Peter Kuper, watch your back!
Modern Family was the big winner in last night’s Emmy telecast, collecting five awards. But we’ll see how long their euphoria lasts once they realize we’ve posted the opening splash from our spoof of their little show. Written by Arnie Kogen and illustrated by Tom Richmond, the takeoff originally appeared in MAD #509. And for those of you who are about to comment and say we’re only doing this so we can be associated with a winner – good call! Those opportunities are rare at MAD, and when they present themselves, we pounce!