What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more — but the comics industry has been busy too, you know, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed.
ComicsAlliance has got your back, though: when it comes to comics, we never slow down, so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!
He's drawn absurd animal comics, invented innumerable impossible items, and been responsible for mutilating the back covers of many millions of magazines. He's won the highest honors that the medium of comics has to offer, authored best-selling books, and appeared in more issues of Mad Magazine than any other contributor. He's Al Jaffee, one of America's best-known and most beloved cartoonists, and this past weekened marked his 95th birthday.
Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.
This year mark's the 50th anniversary of the MAD fold-in, created by legendary cartoonist Al Jaffee. For the last half century nearly every issue of MAD has featured the fold-in, with every single one created by Jaffee. It's an extraordinary achievement in an extraordinary career, and Jaffee sat down in an interview with ABC News to discuss the process of creating the feature each month, and the one fold-in in 50 years that the magazine had to say no to.
Al Jaffee is an icon of cartooning. Though the artist was working for Marvel precursors Timely and Atlas comics in the 1940s and '50s, he is easily best known for the work he's produced for Mad Magazine, with his signature creation for the publication being the Mad Fold-In's he started in 1964, and still produces today. In a career that has spanned more than 70 years, Jaffee has amassed an incredible body of work, and now he's donating much of that collection to the rare book and manuscript library at Columbia University, located in the Harlem section of New York, the city the cartoonist calls home.
Comics artist Al Jaffee, a.k.a. the creator of the Mad magazine fold-in, recently brought his "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" segment to a live audience with the help of Jeff Newelt of Heeb magazine...
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