Since 1987 Doonesbury has been pricking Trump’s bubble and Trump hates it – Trump even instructed the ghost writer on ‘his’ ‘book’ Surviving at the Top to devote several pages to denouncing Trudeau as unfunny –
– (you can read all of Trudeau’s Trump strips in last year’s Trump retrospective collection Yuge!).
No cartoonist* is more qualified than Trudeau to tear Trump a new comedic asshole – five days a week.
Heinz Edelmann (1934-2009) was the German illustrator and designer best known for art directing the Beatles’ 1968 animation Yellow Submarine.
In 1970 he created this magnificent opening animation for the ZDF broadcast movie series ‘Der Phantastische Film’.
The mid-century was a fraught time for Disney: the war was over – the studio was recovering but relations were more strained than ever between the Disney brothers (Walt as always wanted to spend the company money on cool gadgets and ambitious projects while Roy his CFO brother held him in check and threatened him with the wrath of the shareholders).
The animator’s strike of the previous decade was long settled but resentments still simmered.
Disneyland was on the horizon and the studio was able to make ends meet by taking on commercial work.
Meanwhile Disney’s ranks of artists were swelling with modernists for whom the abstraction of animation bore some kind of tantalizing family resemblance to the abstract art movement.
They wanted to experiment with form – with color and above all with motion.
I grew up reading comic books.
Green Lantern was my childhood superhero (do not talk to me about the movie.)
I loved the X-Men too. Batman?
In my late teens I graduated into Hellblazer – Shade: The Changing Man and honestly pretty much anything that Vertigo printed.
Sadly when university rolled around – I was too much of a broke joke to afford extras like the occasional funny book.
Of late I’ve been catching up on what I missed.
I’ve read to the end of Hellblazer (so good!) and pick up Saga – Trees and Injection on a regular basis.
But I don’t know what to read next.
I like dark gritty stuff—I came of age in the 1990s—and I’m not sure what to check out.