Friday, April 18, 2014

FROM ATHEISM TO CHRISTIANITY


Kirsten Powers, who is a columnist for USA TODAY, THE DAILY BEAST and a Democratic contributor on Fox News (she can be seen sparring with Bill O'Reilly from time to time) gives a candid account of how she went from atheism to Christianity. You can read about it HERE.

Friday, February 28, 2014

JAY WARD CARTOON STUDIO TRIBUTE SHOW!

Above is my contribution to the Jay Ward cartoon studio tribute show which will take place this weekend at the Van Eaton Gallery in Sherman Oaks, California. For more information, visit http://www.vegalleries.com/moosylvania.html

My thanks to curator  Phillip Graffham for inviting me to participate in this show. I really enjoyed creating the artwork!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

H-B LETTERHEAD!

I've always liked the Hanna-Barbera Productions logo/letterhead from the late 1960s. That single design gives you the initials of the studio's name, and the sprockets indicate that it's a film production company. A genius design!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

HANNA-BARBERA PRESENTS...DARRYL AND BARREL?

The above art is a presentation piece from an unsold Hanna-Barbera cartoon series titled, DARRYL AND BARREL. And that's all I know about it. Based on the characters' styling, I'd say this dates from the late 1950s to early 60s. Ahhh...I can hear the voices of Daws Butler and Don Messick coming out of the elephants' mouths...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGN BY ERIC CHRISTIANSEN!

My talented nephew, web and graphic designer Eric Christiansen created the above logo as well as other artworks that you can view at  ERIC SCOTT CHRISTIANSEN DESIGNS , his recently launched website. In addition to logos, Eric's site features his packaging design, web designs, book binding and promotional artwork. So take a visit over there and peruse the talents of Eric Christiansen. Congratulations on your new site, Eric!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

YOGI BEAR SUNDAY COMICS!

Would you be interested in seeing some great Yogi Bear Sunday comic strips drawn by Iwao Takamoto? Okay, here you go:





Friday, June 14, 2013

HANNA-BARBERA ART SHOW!

On April 6th, my wife and I had the pleasure of attending a Hanna-Barbera tribute art show at the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California. The above piece titled, "The Hanna-Barbera T.V. Cartoon Show...In Color!" was my contribution to the event. You can view all of the artwork here. My thanks to Phillip Graffham and the Van Eaton Galleries for inviting me to participate!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

HAPPY EASTER!

This B.C.  Easter strip was taken from the wonderful book, I Did it His Way by Johnny Hart. Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday everyone!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

MAC GEORGE FINE ART PRINTS

My friend Mac George is an extremely talented visual development artist and designer who has worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation since 1988. Films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Chicken Little are just a few of the many animated feature productions in which Mac has showcased his artistic talents. And now, he has a website devoted to his outstanding original art prints that are available for purchase. Mac's innate sense of pleasing design and color is evident in everyone of his creations, which make these prints perfect for the office or home. They are very classy and tasteful compositions. So check out his site and peruse the art of one the animation industry's greatest talents! By the way, just click on the above image for a larger view!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

LAUREL AND HARDY FAN CLUB CREST!


I've always liked the above crest that was created by cartoonist Al Kilgore (1927-1983) for the official Laurel and Hardy fan club. The website, Jim Henson's Red Book is where I found the image.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Friday, December 21, 2012

"HE WAS ONE OF US" by RIEN POORTVLIET

The  image above is from an illustrated book on the life of Jesus titled, He Was One of Us and was beautifully drawn by Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet (1932-1995). Poortvliet was an amazingly gifted draftsman, and I really like how the book's illustrations appear as if they were some drawings from the ancient past. Here Joseph and Mary are receiving visitors that want to see the infant Jesus, who was born to die on a cross and rise again so that God and sinners could be reconciled. That's how God has demonstrated His love for us! Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas, everyone!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

CHRISTMAS COMIC STRIPS!

Here are some fun Christmas-themed comic strips from my collection. First up are some Bugs Bunny strips that were produced at Warner Bros. Classic Animation when Darrell Van Citters was its director. These strips were drawn by either Bob Scott, Shawn Keller or Brett Koth:










The Flintstones comic strips below were drawn by Gene Hazelton:





And finally, the top Yogi Bear comic was drawn by Iwao Takamoto and the bottom one by Pete Alvarado:



Hope you enjoyed them! Have a very merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HUCKLEBERRY HOUND SHOW CHRISTMAS ART!

I came across this great Christmas image (artist unknown) featuring the Huckleberry Hound Show cast while I was working at Hanna-Barbera. I don't know if this art appeared on an employee studio Christmas card, or if it was simply used for publicity purposes. Whatever its original use was, it is a very appealing piece of cartoon art, don't you think?  Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

COOL EBAY FIND!

I just came across this rare and very cool Precious Pupp squeak toy on Ebay. If you're interested in bidding, you can go here. Precious is one of my favorite Hanna-Barbera characters, and it really surprised me to see a toy based on him, and so well done to boot! I won't be bidding on this myself, but best wishes to all of you who do!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

HANNA-BARBERA STUDIO CHRISTMAS CARD!

This is a great piece that I found on Pinterest here. Thanks to Audrey Leneave-Walstrom and Kat for posting this wonderful 1964 Hanna-Barbera studio Christmas card that was drawn by Dick Bickenbach!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

KENNER "EASY-SHOW" SATURDAY MATINEE!


Below is a You Tube video I just posted of six Hanna-Barbera cartoons that the Kenner toy company sold in the 1960s to be viewed on their "Easy-Show" movie projector. You'll see Huckleberry Hound, Secret Squirrel, The Flintstones, Precious Pupp, Atom Ant and Yogi Bear. I purchased these films on Ebay, and they are not in good condition (lots of scratches, blemishes, etc.). Also, these were meant to be viewed on the Kenner hand-cranked projector, and not on a standard 8mm movie projector at 18 frames per second as I have done. So look quickly, because these cartoons go by FAST! At least this will give you an idea of how kids before the age of DVDs were able to watch their favorite cartoon shows whenever they wanted. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012