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The A.V. Club: It’s a safe bet that most of The A.V. Club ’s readers and writers had our brains warped by Mad at an impressionable age, and a lot of us grew up on Groo The Wanderer as well. It’s fascinating to look at this book and see how your work, and the magazine, have developed over the decades.

AVC: You mentioned being influenced by cartoons. In the introduction to the book, Patrick McDonnell compares you to great screen comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Jacques Tati. Were you watching them as well?

AVC: A lot of people credit Mad with teaching them to disrespect authority, whether it’s their parents or the government. But the magazine has always been apolitical. When you’re doing something like “A Mad Look At Illegal Immigration,” are you concerned with putting across a point, or with not taking sides?

AVC: One of the most elaborate pieces in the book is the three-page spread devoted to Woodstock. Did you, or did Mad , feel a kinship with the ’60s counterculture?

AVC: Are the drawings, perhaps particularly the “marginals,” that appear in the magazine pretty much in the form in which you first drew them? How do they get to that point?

AVC: I assume you draw straight onto the page in ink? They have a loose quality that suggests you don’t sketch them out in pencil first.

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Sunday, February 8, Sergio will be appearing at the Pasadena Comic and Toy Show in Pasadena, California.  For info on this event, click here .

Yes, Sergio will be a Special Guest (as usual) at the Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 18-21.  He’ll have his usual table in the hall where you can drop by, meet him, buy a sketch or just stare at his mustache.  He will be appearing on the Sergio & Mark Show Panel (with Mark Evanier, Stan Sakai and Tom Luth) on Thursday, July 18 at 2:30 PM in Room 8.  On Saturday of the con, he’ll be appearing at 10 AM on the Joe Kubert Tribute Panel in Room 4 and then at 11:45 AM, it’s the annual Quick Draw! competition in Room 6BCF where Sergio will be going a mano a mano, drawing against cartoonist Scott Shaw! and famous comic book artist Neal Adams!  Be there!

After several months of declining and canceling convention appearances, Sergio’s back at it.  He’ll be at the Big Wow! Comic Fest in San Jose, California on May 18 and 19!  Click here for more details!

Sergio has found it necessary to cancel his appearance at this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim. At the moment, he plans to attend Comic-Con International in July but has no other conventions scheduled.

Fifty years ago this month (give or take a week or three), the 76th issue of MAD hit newsstands. It featured an article called “A MAD Look at the Space Program” by a new kid named Sergio Something. New artists were then rare in MAD . Publisher William M. Gaines loved his little “family” of artists and wanted them all in every issue if possible. Ergo, not a lot of room for new people.

But room was found earlier in ’62 when a slender Hispanic gent walked into the MAD offices. In a tale told more often than the origin of Spider-Man, Sergio Aragonés wasn’t making it in New York trying to sell gag cartoons to the lowest-paying magazines so he figured that if you’re going to get rejected, you might as well get rejected by the best. He took his portfolio (or as he would still call it, his port-a-folio) up to the MAD office and since his English was not grand, he asked to speak to Antonio Prohias, the Cuban-born cartoonist responsible for the magazine’s popular “Spy Vs. Spy” feature.

The A.V. Club: It’s a safe bet that most of The A.V. Club ’s readers and writers had our brains warped by Mad at an impressionable age, and a lot of us grew up on Groo The Wanderer as well. It’s fascinating to look at this book and see how your work, and the magazine, have developed over the decades.

AVC: You mentioned being influenced by cartoons. In the introduction to the book, Patrick McDonnell compares you to great screen comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Jacques Tati. Were you watching them as well?

AVC: A lot of people credit Mad with teaching them to disrespect authority, whether it’s their parents or the government. But the magazine has always been apolitical. When you’re doing something like “A Mad Look At Illegal Immigration,” are you concerned with putting across a point, or with not taking sides?

AVC: One of the most elaborate pieces in the book is the three-page spread devoted to Woodstock. Did you, or did Mad , feel a kinship with the ’60s counterculture?

AVC: Are the drawings, perhaps particularly the “marginals,” that appear in the magazine pretty much in the form in which you first drew them? How do they get to that point?

AVC: I assume you draw straight onto the page in ink? They have a loose quality that suggests you don’t sketch them out in pencil first.

The A.V. Club: It’s a safe bet that most of The A.V. Club ’s readers and writers had our brains warped by Mad at an impressionable age, and a lot of us grew up on Groo The Wanderer as well. It’s fascinating to look at this book and see how your work, and the magazine, have developed over the decades.

AVC: You mentioned being influenced by cartoons. In the introduction to the book, Patrick McDonnell compares you to great screen comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Jacques Tati. Were you watching them as well?

AVC: A lot of people credit Mad with teaching them to disrespect authority, whether it’s their parents or the government. But the magazine has always been apolitical. When you’re doing something like “A Mad Look At Illegal Immigration,” are you concerned with putting across a point, or with not taking sides?

AVC: One of the most elaborate pieces in the book is the three-page spread devoted to Woodstock. Did you, or did Mad , feel a kinship with the ’60s counterculture?

AVC: Are the drawings, perhaps particularly the “marginals,” that appear in the magazine pretty much in the form in which you first drew them? How do they get to that point?

AVC: I assume you draw straight onto the page in ink? They have a loose quality that suggests you don’t sketch them out in pencil first.

Вверх (2009)
# 115 on IMDb Top Rated Movies »

Emma Stone »
# 117 on STARmeter

Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!


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