August 3rd, 2020

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Comic Strips: Jimmy Swinnerton

Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy

Today, in David Apatoff’s great blog Illustration Art I read the amazing life story of pioneer newspaper cartoonist Jimmy Swinnerton. David’s article is titled, Jimmy Swinnerton At The Dawn of Comic Strips, and it’s well worth reading.

David’s vivid history lesson inspired me to dig into our collection and post some more examples of Swinnerton’s pioneering genius. These images were donated by Jonathan Barli of Digital Funnies. Jonathan contributed thousands of high resolution scans of rare newspaper comics two years ago, and we are just now finishing up processing the images for inclusion in our database.

As I always say when I post newspaper comics… if you’re one of those folks who don’t click on the images because you don’t think it’s worth the time it takes to read… YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MISSING!

Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy

Here are some magazine illustrations by Swinnerton from the late 20s…

Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy
Jimmy Swinnerton Little Jimmy

Many thanks to Jonathan Barli and David Apatoff for their great work!

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Newspaper ComicsNewspaper Comics
This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Newspaper Comics.

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July 31st, 2020

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Illustration: Willy Pogany’s Mother Goose

Willy Pogany's Mother Goose

One of my favorite blogs is David Apatoff’s Illustration Art. David is one of the best writers on the subject of art that I’ve read online. He’s unique because he thinks like an artist and he’s concise, two characteristics that are rare when it comes to art criticism in the blogosphere.

The other day, David posted about one of my favorite illustrators, Willy Pogany. (Read his post HERE.) You might recall that we featured Pogany on the Animation Resources site last Summer… (Willy Pogany’s Drawing Lessons) The post on Illustration Art discusses how much better Pogany’s work was when it was less embellished and more direct. I couldn’t agree more. I would add that it’s even better when it doesn’t take itself quite so seriously. A perfect example of Pogany at his absolute peak is a book that just happens to be my favorite illustrated children’s book, Willy Pogany’s Mother Goose.

Pogany's Mother GoosePogany's Mother GooseI’m afraid that viewing this book on the web puts you at a distinct disadvantage. This is one of those books that expresses itself beyond just the images. The size and weight of the book, the feel of the paper, the proportion of text blocks and margins, and the counterpoint in the layout of opposing pages all contribute to the powerful impression this book makes on the reader. The best way I can describe the feeling of reading this book is that each turn of the page is like revealing a new surprise.

From a design standpoint this book was revolutionary, because in 1928 when it was first published, the norm for illustrated books was to have uniform text blocks filling the bulk of the pages with an occasional hand tipped and tissue protected color plate. Pogany breaks all those conventions and makes every single page a fully illuminated illustration. I think it could be argued that this is one of the very first modern children’s books. The watercolors are rendered quickly in a deceptively simple style, but they’re packed with a million clever design ideas and tremendous spontaneity.

I’m afraid this is one book that I can’t afford a clean first edition copy of. The copy I scanned was battered and worn. I’ve done extensive Photoshopping to remove smudges and creases from the many decades of abuse by tiny fingers, and I’ve done my best to maintain the relative scale and basic compositions of the page spreads. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do.

Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose
Willy Pogany's Mother Goose

One last image (racially insensitive)

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

IllustrationIllustration

This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

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July 30th, 2020

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Gag Drawings: Scooper Conlon’s Scrapbook

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Cartoon by animator, Bill Nolan

Today, we had a visit from John Denos, who is a collector of portrait photography and Hollywood memorabilia. He had a treasure with him… a scrapbook of gag drawings that belonged to publicist, "Scooper" Conlon. Conlon’s career spanned the history of the golden age of Hollywood, from the early silent era all the way through the fifties. He had many friends in the business, including many famous animators. John is looking for information on the artists behind these great cartoons. If you have any pertinent details, please leave a comment below.

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Cartoon by Lantz animator, Bill Nolan in his retirement years

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Gag by unknown cartoonist (Bill Nolan?)

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Cartoon by Lantz director, Dick Lundy from the late 1930s

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Cartoon by MGM animator, Irv Spence dealing with Conlon’s work on "Gunga Din" (1939)

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Another by Irv Spence

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Gag by Warner Bros animator, George Grandpre, soon after he left John Sutherland Productions, and before starting his long run at Warner Bros

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Gag by unknown Disney animator

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Caricatures of the cast of "Gunga Din&quot with Conlon by MGM animator, Carl Urbano

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Gags by unknown magazine cartoonist

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook
Scooper Conlon Scrapbook
Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Gags by Warner Bros story man, Warren Foster

Thanks to John Denos for sharing these with us!

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

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