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Oct 262009
 

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the Man Vs. Art Halloween Special!

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On Saturday October the 10th I celebrated the release of my new comic book Codename Sparrow at Geeks Comics in Whittier California. I showcased about 25 pieces of original artwork that were used in the development of my comic.

I am thrilled to announce it was a full house!  My lovely wife Hortencia , myself,  and Sal the  owner of Geeks were thrilled to see so many folks there in support of Codename Sparrow!  Friends, Family, and Colleagues lined the shop and made it an eventful event!

Though it was great to see family and friends I had not seen in a long time, I enjoyed talking to the youngsters the most.  Seeing little kids literally soaking their pants with joy over my work was so rewarding!  There wasn’t a dry pamper in the house!  Here is a fumetti I made commemorating the show!

Sal the owner of Geeks Books in Whittier California

Sal the owner of Geeks Books in Whittier California

My Family enjoyed the show!

Little Kids get a big kick out of Codename Sparrow!

Little Kids get a big kick out of Codename Sparrow!

My friends and colleauges showed up to show support!

My friends and colleauges showed up to show support!

OK enough of the show.

Let’s get on with the Halloween Special! You can’t have Halloween without……

Halloween is not complete without this cartoon!

Halloween is not complete without this cartoon!

One of my absolute favorite Holiday specials  ever in the history of the universe is without a doubt Charles’s Schulz’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown  produced on a shoestring budget and against an impossible deadline by the late great José Cuauhtemoc “Bill” Meléndez. To this day nothing comes close to the warmth and charm this cartoon radiates.

My Lunch with Bill Melendez.

My Lunch with Bill Melendez.

I was lucky enough to meet Bill Melendez at his Studio about 5 years ago. A mutual friend arranged for us to have lunch and it was unforgettable! He had stories about how he loved giving Chuck Jones a hard time at Warners in the forties and he told me about the nightmare that the Charlie Brown Christmas special was to make. He said that during production the brass didn’t want real kids cast as the voices, nor did they want the jazzy soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi and most of all the Brass did not want Linus’s speech at the end of the cartoon where he explains the true meaning of Christmas.

Luckily for us, Bill and Schulz fought for those things and gave us such a memorable show. When they were done the Brass at the screening was horrified at the result saying the audience would hate it. I love it when folks like that are proven wrong.

My lunch with Bill went for almost 3 hours and we each downed like three or four martinis. As we stumbled out into the parking lot I managed to get a pic with a cell phone. I cut 90% of my head off, but look at big the smile was on Bill’s face! I hope that when I’m in my late 80’s after such a long career in animation I can smile half as big as Bill!
From there we hopped into Bill’s chauffeured Benz and went to his studio.  I crashed on the couch and got to listen to Bill’s fun stories about his days working with Clampett Avery and Chuck Jones in the infamous Termite terrace.

The Directors from WB Looney Tunes on the steps of Termite Terrace.

The Directors from WB Looney Tunes on the steps of Termite Terrace.

The young and very mustached Bill Melendez

The young and very mustached Bill Melendez

Bill Melendez at his work station.

Bill Melendez at his work station.

You can see more Melendez stuff here at his own website. Which BTW is really well done!

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  4 Responses to “Man Vs. Art Halloween Special 2009! Edgar Alan Poe, Bill Melendez, Chuck Jones, and why today’s horror movies suck.”

  1. Oh man…you did not pull punches on the Chuck Jones stuff. thats what we want, man! Your honest opinion. The stuff about the animator clique was great too.

    Hey- How about a dedicacted companion episode to the Sparrow? You know- telling us more of the backstory and talking about some of your influences for your comic. Almost like an audio DVD special feature?

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Love the show. Made me laugh as always. Keep them coming.

    I second the companion episode idea.

    I also agree with you about the personal aspect of comics. Wish it was easier to make a living off them. Still, this is the first time in history that artists don’t have to rely on publishers to put out printed work which means it’s still possible to do so.

    • Hey cool! Laughs is what I want! After all we are in the cartoon business right? It’s not rocket science! I mean it’s just as difficult and involved only It’s funnier!

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