Ran across The Don Martin Dictionary a while ago, and with the Mad’s Greatest Artists: The Completely Mad Don Martin on the way, I’m glad to have such a comprehensive resource at my command.

Plus it’s a heck of a lot of fun!

Some examples:

  • “SHKLIZORTCH” – Water Squirting Out Of A Telephone Handset – MAD #231, June 1982, Page 31
  • “TOOMP, FWOP, FWIFFFFFF” – Car Hitting Inflated Man,Who Bounces Into The Air Continuing To Inflate – MAD #255 June 1985 Page 27
  • “FURSHGLURK” – Yecch Monster Dropping Into Giant Toilet – MAD #164, Jan 1974, Page 32

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2007 Reubens

Congrats to all the winners!

Now some thoughts:

  • Bill Amend (Cartoonist of the Year) – Totally deserved it and then some. In a world of so-so stripping, Foxtrot has always been top notch.
  • Tom Richmond (Advertising Illustration) – The guy wows me in every respect: art, blogging, Batsuits, and the fact that he could break me in half.
  • Drew Dernavich (Gag Cartoons) – It was an impressive group this year. Were I Drew I’d still be dancing a jig.
  • Carla Ventresca (Greeting Cards) – As I get more and more into cards, I see more and more Carla. And now this… I’m going to sob quietly in the fetal position for a while.
  • Hilary Price (Newspaper Panels) – Hooray, hooray, HOORAY to one of the best cartoonists in the biz!

Additional thoughts:

On the NCS site “…the winners of the NCS Division Awards are boldfaced”


They added an asterisk to help out, but it still took me leaning way into my largish monitor to read the winners. How ’bout a bigger font and or/italics?

(OK, this isn’t Reubens related, but it’s on the news page. Will somebody please replace this pixelated scrawl?!)


Also, if someone doesn’t post some new video of someone else winning the Reuben, I’m going to scream. Nothing against the Greg Evans vid, but it’s four years old; it needs some company.

And the Silver T-Square – I’m not going to comment on whether or not the McGarry boys deserve the award, but I will say that giving it to the children of a recent NCS president might appear inappropriate.

All this being said, I do sorta miss having gone this year. Carousing with Lynch, hobnobbing with gobs of cartoonists, cumberbunds… Maybe next year.

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Face It Tiger, You Need A Life

Apparently there’s been quite a bit of press regarding this:

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It’s some sort of limited statue thingy that fanboy collectors get nerd-ons over.

This from Fox “News”:

Spider-Man is one lucky guy.

His girlfriend Mary Jane does his laundry, has a lot of cleavage and wears a cute little pink thong that sticks out of her jeans. At least that’s the image one comic-book illustrator portrays in a new collectable statue that has the comic blogosphere up in arms.

Sideshow Collectibles’ Mary Jane Comiquette is more than 14 inches of buxom Mary Jane. But the sight of Spidey’s gal spilling out of her clothes over a load of super wash has some calling the $125 collectable a sexist piece of trash.

“The statue represents a big step backwards for those concerned about the state and future of comic books,” said blogger Sleestak, under a May 11 posting titled “Mary Jane, the Other White Meat.”

Illustrator Adam Hughes created the limited edition statue, described as “Mary Jane discover[ing] that her superhero husband has slipped some of his laundry into the mix, but she’s not looking too displeased about Peter’s naughty little transgression.”

So here’s what I can get from this. People are mad because:

  1. MJ is bent over and showing cleavage
  2. She’s doing Peter’s laundry


I don’t mean to shock anyone, but check out a Cosmo next time you’re buying milk. It’s chock full of boobs.

And suggesting a spouse might wash clothes in addition to his/her own? Well that’s just awful. (Note to self – from now now my wife rinses her own damn dishes!)

Honestly people, this is barely interesting, and it’s surely not news. It’s a pin-up paperweight that appeals to comic book guys. Get over it.

That being said, here’s some more gratuitous pics:

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