Working in any production office brings a level of confidentiality. MAD Magazine is no different. Yes, MAD is a humor magazine and there are few (if any) competitors, working projects still need to be kept under hat. This is why so little of my experience involves the inner workings. There are, however, things I can [...]
Archive for ‘June, 2010’
This one was done in a cheap sketch book I bought for doodling – as was the Compa strip from last week. I was having some issues with work space and what not so I just did it while I was at the park. I enjoyed drawing at the park very much. Now I go [...]
M & M’s, Barnes and Noble, and the New York City Public Library. What do these three stories have in common? Read on. Story 1 There’s this mega M&M’s store that I’ve been wanting to go into every time I walk by it. I love peanut M&M’s and I thought this would be a nice [...]
Not so long ago a lot of places still used lard for frying. Some places still do. If you’re sensitive to it (I know I am) it can’t hurt to ask. Or it may hurt if it’s something you’ve enjoyed without guilt in the past.
This is one of the strips I did while in New York City. It was drawn in a sketchbook so that’s why the measurements are all off. The style, though different, feels natural. I’m just going with it. It made me hungry for a big burrito too.
Today (Sunday, June 20th) I went into Manhattan to check out the library, Border’s Books, and eat. After accomplishing those tasks, I got a gut feeling to head back to my room in Jersey City. To get to and from New York City from New Jersey, one takes the PATH Train which is basically a [...]
This is the last strip I did before leaving for New York. After this one, the look of Perk at Work changed. It is a natural change, not a forced change. So on Wednesday, check back to see Perk at Work in a new way.
There’s a reason why people never smiled in old oil painting portraits: they couldn’t hold their smile for that long. Imagine having to sit while an artist painted you for hours on end. It’s hard enough to keep a smile as someone fumbles around with their digital camera. That’s why everyone loves the Mona Lisa. [...]
No matter how technologically advanced we get, there’s still no digital substitute for a postcard. If you’re on the sending end, you’re enjoying some time away from home in a new, unfamiliar, and hopefully fun place. If you’re the receiver, you get to share a bit of that experience and feel a little warmth that [...]
A blog whilst I intern at MAD Before working with MAD, I had two diametric assumptions of the process of cranking out a magazine: 1) Everyone involved – all artists, writers, editors – worked in one big crazy room (like that Simpsons episode), or 2) There was just a few guys receiving articles and plugging [...]
Oh, how liberating it is to be driving around in a car that is completely paid off. Yet there’s that strange phenomenon that occurs that makes one yearn for a new car despite the payment. It’s probably that irresistible new car smell.
Sometimes banks drive me crazy. When we mess up it’s our fault. When they mess up, it’s a technical glitch. Then they charge you for their technical glitch. Sometimes life’s a glitch.
A slightly different look here to the bigger strip. This is one of the standard newspaper Sunday strip formats. And though it’s not going into the paper, I like the look and feel of it. It allows the comic to breathe. Hope you enjoy this installment of Perk at Work. Have a nice Friday and [...]
A blog whilst I intern at MAD Magazine During the day, the pace of New York City’s pedestrians is hurried. Folks briskly weave through each other like a giant human tapestry. Rarely does anyone stop on the sidewalk and, if they do, they “excuse” themselves near to a building to conduct any possible traffic-stalling business. [...]
A blog whilst I intern at MAD Magazine There’s always something to do in New York City. And unfortunately, there’s always some weirdo close by while you do whatever it is you’re doing, even in the morning. During the summer Tai Chi classes are taught free of cost in a local park. I am currently [...]
There’s a pretty girl that sells flowers at a local grocery store. It’s awkward to have a girl like that ask me if I want to buy flowers… almost as if she’s asking me to buy them for her or something. At times I feel like breaking down and just handing her a twenty dollar [...]
Why do we still mention giving 110%? One can argue that it is impossible to give more than a mere 85%. And I plan to be that one to argue such a point. Click here to read it.
A blog while I intern at MAD Magazine I took some time today to wander around my immediate surroundings: Jersey City, NJ. Though I have been staying here for a week now, I had not ventured any further than a half mile from my sleeping quarters. I have my reasons. Today I decided explore. And [...]
I’m switching things up a bit. The large strip that ran on Sundays is now going to run on Fridays. There will be a regular strip on Monday and Wednesday and a big ol’ fun strip on Friday. That Friday strip will run throughout the weekend. It’s a small change. And, yes, it will mean [...]
A blog whist I intern at MAD Magazine First, I need to make a correction. June 3, 2010 is the actual anniversary of William Gaines passing. I heard in the office that it was the second, then I checked Wikipedia and it said June 3rd, but I figure that the horses mouth knows better. Well, [...]
Finding the love of your life in a crowded bar is not impossible but it is unlikely. The odds of finding someone to simply have a good time with are significantly higher. And the probability of getting into trouble by having too much fun is, unfortunately, off the charts.
A blog whist I intern at MAD Magazine I’m not sure how much I’m supposed to blog. I get college credit for this experience (and more importantly I get to deduct the whole trip on my taxes). To get that credit I’ve gotta blog. I’ll hear back from the director of the program soon enough. [...]
It’s hard enough for the average Joe to approach a good-looking girl. It’s significantly more difficult when that good-looking girl is in nothing more than a swimsuit. Sometimes it causes a total shutdown of the brain.
A blog whilst I intern at MAD Magazine The first day on any job is a bit intimidating. It’s even more intimidating when that new job is at a place with people who’s work you admire. Instant insecurity. MAD Magazine is steeped in history. It started out as a comic book in 1952 – satirical [...]