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I’m Appearing At The First-Ever Jewish ComicCon This Sunday

This Sunday, November 13th, I’ll be appearing at the first-ever Jewish ComicCon —at an Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn, where else?

Here’s the updated schedule…which adds me to an 11am panel on The Jewish Roots of Comics, in addition to my previously scheduled interview/panel at 10am.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  – EISNER, KIRBY, SIEGEL, ETC.: THE JEWISH ROOTS OF COMICS — It’s a fact that many of the founders of the comic book industry were Jewish. Why did comics bloom from the Jewish community? Why did Jewish creators mostly hide their heritage in the early years? Let’s travel back to the fascinating Golden Age of comics! Moderated by Arie Kaplan/Danny Fingeroth with Julian Voloj (Joe Shuster graphic novel) and more.    (I’ve just been added.)

11:00 AM – 12:00 AM  – SPOTLIGHT ON MORT GERBERG — Join legendary New Yorker cartoonist Mort Gerberg as he talks about his career and how cartooning has evolved incredibly in the past 40 years. Moderated by Danny Fingeroth.

After the panel, I’ll be at my booth for a few hours, to greet and shmooze, sell and autograph copies of my book, “Cartooning: the Art and the Business,” and be available to do commissioned drawings.

Full details of the event at

http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f397cbb327573c4abdc68a6da&id=07f63c0a90&e=64ada990c4

and

http://www.nyblueprint.com/jewish-comic-con-0

Hope to meet you there.

Remembering Bob Weber

REMEMBERING BOB WEBER

I loved and admired Bob Weber’s cartoons because they were real: funny observations about emotional moments in true-life situations. They were always about somethng —and that made them memorable, because of the insights at their core. Bob’s humor was perceptive and often pointed, but always gentle, and sympathetic to the human frailties he made fun of—and instantly recognizable to everyone.

For example, his plump, matronly woman peeking at herself coquettishly in a mirror, asking her husband in an armchair, buried in his newspaper, “Do you think I’m too old to act my age?” Of course, the way Bob drew those characters ….well.

His gorgeous drawings, unerringly animating his ideas, are truly unique. They are realistic, but look as if they were sketched so casually, so artlessly, with such an air of innocence that you don’t see the humor coming and the surprise makes the cartoon even funnier.

Plus, his process was exceptional. Bob could compose and visualize a complete drawing in his mind, and then just “transfer” it to a blank ledger sheet. That enabled him to draw directly, with ultra-soft Swiss charcoal sticks, to produce fuzzy lines and lush gray tones that might smear at the faintest touch. To avoid that, he would draw his characters and backgrounds from top to bottom, starting on the left, then draw vertical areas, moving right across the page, completing the picture in one sweep.

He was uniquely talented and I’m fortunate to have known him through the years.
I first met Bob sometime around 1962, in an ad agency where he was sub-letting work space. He was wearing a white surgeon’s mask and a long smock, holding a can of Krylon fixatif in one hand and a drawing in the other. I was meeting with the agency head about a project when Bob walked in from an outside patio, where he’d been spraying his drawing. We were introduced and I, then just starting to think seriously about cartooning, recognized Bob’s name and told him how much I admired his advertising illustrations. He lowered his mask, and our conversations began.

I’m grateful for his generosity and assistance to me, and I feel honored for his contributions to my cartoon collection, “Last Laughs,” which includes some of Bob’s last work —when he was 83: Eight Weber cartoons, created especially for that book –including this one.
Unique classic art.
Unique, classic guy.

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Labor Day Speech in Nantucket

This coming Labor Day weekend, I’m invited to be a speaker at Shirat HaYam, a Jewish congregation on the island of Nantucket.  (Yeah, I know; a tough gig.)

For more than 30 years the congregation has had an auspicious speakers program that has included well-known authors, ambassadors, politicians, news reporters and a Supreme Court justice, and I am honored to be added to that group.

I will appear at the synagogue on Friday evening, September 2nd, at 7:30pm, showing cartoons from my books, “Last Laughs: Cartoons About Aging, Retirement…and the Great Beyond” and “The All-Jewish Cartoon Collection,” and talk about cartooning and do a Q&A.

(If you can’t attend, you can go to the Contact page here and invite me to come to you, to speak at an event for your group. :>)