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The Pantheon of Awesomeness


Welcome dear Minion, to the Official Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness!

Within these hallowed halls hang the portraits of Artists deemed by yours truly to be awesome in a myriad of different ways.  When I say Artists I mean Visual Artists, Writers, Poets, Actors, Musicians, Comedians, Directors, just about anybody who has made their living by use of creativity and artistry.

This is a shrine or  tribute to those artists that have gone above and beyond with their body of work, their philosophy, and maverick attitudes.  Forget outside the box, to these people THERE IS NO BOX.

I have created this to give credit to these great artists where credit is due and to hopefully persuade you Minions to think for yourselves, chart your own course,  and perhaps aid you in your personal quest for artistic fulfillment.

I promise that each inductee is given much consideration and the screening process is thorough and extensive.   As you all know,  I am a son of a bitch when it comes to such things,  as well as many others.  This is by no means a popularity contest. Nor an attempt at ass kissing. Two things that Man vs. Art does not abide nor subscribe to.  But you already know that right?

I would also like to open up the selection process to include you, the minions,  the heart and soul  of Man vs. Art!

If you would like to nominate someone for inclusion into the Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness, then by all means do so.

All I need from you is a the name of your nominee, a caricature done by you of the inductee that resembles a Greek or Roman statue,  plus a brief or elaborate  explanation of why you have deemed this person to be worthy.

Things to keep in mind.

  • I’m looking for visionaries, lone wolves, rebels, mavericks,underdogs, scrappers, leaders, wise men. wiseguys, wise asses, pranksters, trailblazers,  and rogues.
  • What has the artist contributed in their work to get you art cockles worked up?   How has he or she affected your philosophy or attitude towards art?
  • How do they differ from their peers?
  • How have  they thumbed his nose at the establishment?  Have they pissed off the squares? The  suits? Upset the apple cart? Rattled a cage? If so how?

I want to see passion and strength coming through in your nomination and sketch.

For your trouble, I shall post your entry alongside the ones I do. There they will stand  forever and in perpetuity throughout the entire universe for all to behold!

So what the hell are you waiting for! Start writing and drawing! Who knows, maybe you will convince  others with your words and pictures to get off their asses and be unique! Be proud! And most of all be themselves!

Please submit your nominations here with the word “PANTHEON” in the subject line!

Remember…Draw ’til it hurts.



Ralph Bakshi.

Art and words by Raul Aguirre Jr.

Veteran animation legend Ralph Bakshi. A man who has always done things his way since first sneaking  into the Animation department at TerryToons.  Ralph Bakshi is anti Disney to the max and believes that the Disney way of doing animation is not the only way. Even though I spent nearly a decade chained to a desk at the “Magic Kingdom” I agree.

Bakshi considers the Disney technique to be wasteful, overly elaborate, and BORING. Apparently audiences agree.

In the 1970s, Ralph pioneered an alternative to mainstream animation through independent  productions geared towards adults. From’72 to’92 Ralph  directed nine  features,  five of which he wrote.  He has done tons of  TV projects as director, writer, producer and animator.

Ralph has given us a plethora of  cartoon insanity that has stood the test of time.

1972     Fritz the Cat
1973     Heavy Traffic
1975     Coonskin
1977     Wizards

1978     The Lord of the Rings
1981     American Pop
1982     Hey Good Lookin’
1983     Fire and Ice
1992     Cool World

Ralph Bakshi is fiercely independent and in this video admonishes today’s animators as being pussies for crying about artist  mistreatment at the claws of  the big studios and for not taking advantage of today’s digital advancements that make it possible for artists to make their own films in relatively inexpensive ways.


William Shatner

Art and words by Raul Aguirre Jr.

Full of Shatner!

William Shatner is the epitome of the artist who never says die!  For over four decades this guy has failed as much as he has  succeeded. He has put out as many stinkers as he has brilliant gems!  What’s more William Shatner has even humiliated himself a few times. But he always bounces back and we still love him!

What makes Shatner awesome is this.  Despite the  failures he has never given up.  Ever since I can remember Shatner has been working!

  • bit parts on the Twilight Zone
  • commanding the Enterprise in the OG Star Trek series,
  • his brilliant musical career. Mr Tambourine man anyone? How about  Lucy in the sky with diamonds?
  • Rescue 911,
  • the Star Trek Movies,
  • Tek World,
  • Spy Hard
  • Over a decade as the priceline.com shill,
  • Comedy Central’s Celebrity Roast
  • History channel specials
  • Critically acclaimed performances on The practice, Boston legal,
  • His own talk show for crying out loud!

Some folks like me, admire him, other folks hate him.  You can’t argue with the fact that yes William Shatner is a joke.  But you know what?  I think he is laughing the hardest.  All the way to the friggin’ bank.

William Shatner I welcome you to the Man Vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness!

For you are Awesome in every sense of the word.  Or as my friend Luis Escobar puts it, “You are Awesome with Awesome sauce!”

Plus he’s scored with a green chick!


Andy Kaufman

Art and words by Jim Lujan

Andy did you hear about this one?

Ode to Andy.
There can only be one “first time”. You can only be a pioneer if something is undiscovered. There was only one first man on the moon. That man was Andy Kaufman and the moon was the world of undiscovered comedy. How do you take 25% awkwardness, 25% embarrassment, 25% chaos, and 25% fearlessness and turn into 100% genius? You can only do that if you are a groundbreaker willing to put your neck on the line discovering something new. Andy was that man.

Never before. Never again. Never quite the same.

He changed comedy and upped the game for comedians and actors alike. Andy took comedy to place where there was no roadmap. He built his own roads out of disorientation and pulling the rug from under our feet. The audience was stunned and could not look away. Some were repulsed and others instantly addicted. He showed people there doesn’t have to be a punchline to be funny. The punchline is the confusion created by no punchline. You either got it or were gotten by it. There was no hipster irony to his comedy. It was pure. The world didn’t know what this guy was doing….I have a feeling he was the only who really  did. That’s the beauty of it. Not only did he march to his own drum, he built the drum and played it while singing “The Impossible Dream”.

But alas, the true secret of Andy is….there can only be one. Andy was and is the one. Genius. Fearless.


Jim Lujan



Benjamin Franklin

Art and words by Mike Garvey

I hereby nominate Benjamin Franklin for the Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness. He has been one of my biggest heroes for as long as I can remember. Heck, I even named my son after him. My reasons, several, but I’ll keep it to a few. I’ll start with the obvious and then move on to what really makes him great in my book.

His discovery of electricity changed the world as we know it. Steve Jobs has nothing on him. From the light bulb to the internet, electricity may be one of the most important elements in any artist’s toolkit.

Social networking: In 1727 he formed the “Leather Apron Club” (later called “Junto”). Called the Leather Apron Club because of the leather apron he and his fellow printers wore, it was a club that met in tea houses and pubs for the purpose of ‘business, friendship, and conversation’. It became so popular over it’s 30 year span that several spin-off clubs were formed.
He was America’s first cartoonist. His political cartoon “JOIN OR DIE!” (drawn in 1754 in response to the Seven Years War) would become a rally cry during the American Revolution. His cartoon was an inspiration for the people of thirteen colonies to come together and stand against, and amongst, the world’s superpowers of the time. Now that’s the power of art!

He founded the first library in 1731. For the first time ever, access to knowledge, information, poetry, etc. was now available to the general public rather than the few wealthy elite who owned private libraries. Thus enabling everyone, not just the aristocracy, to have an educated voice in the world.

Franklin was so disenchanted by elitist societies of higher learning, that in 1781 when solicited by Royal Academy of Science to submit an essay on his scientific experiments, he responded with a letter which became popularly titled: “Fart Proudly”. The letter discusses scientific means of making farts smell pleasant, and ends with: “…[compared to the practical applications of this discussion, other sciences are] scarcely worth a FART-HING.”

And so, for giving artists the power of lightning to create and unite, for making art that made the little guy feel like a big guy, and for recognizing the importance of every individual in a society, I nominate Benjamin Franklin for the Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness.

Mike Garvey


Don “Quixote”  Bluth

Art  and words by Raul Aguirre Jr.

We owe  Don  Bluth a big thanks for having led the revolution that saved animation from a slow painful death during the seventies.  In 1979 feeling dissatisfied with the direction things were going he boldly left Disney to make his own films with the help of fellow visionaries Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy.  Don’s departure and the resulting competition  got  Disney’s second generation  of Animators to finally get it together and make better films!

Don went on to become a  a highly prolific animation director with a vast body of work that includes some of the greatest animated films of all time like An American Tail, The Land Before Time,   Anastasia and my favorite The Secret of NIMH.

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Now After 55 years in the Animation Business, Don has  gone back to teaching 2D traditional Animation! In 2009 he opened www.donbluthanimation.com. An online animation school dedicated to those eager to learn traditional techniques from a master! Don uses tutorials, streaming videos, forums, and live weekly sessions devoted to helping young animators learn the tried and true traditional principles of animation that Don and guys like me were taught at Disney.

Pantheon of Awesomeness you say?

Don Bluth is a man of passion, talent, vision, boldness, determination, and most of all GUTS!  His hard work and sacrifice in the face of adversity is most admirable! Here is a man who really loves Animation! For that,  I hereby induct Master Don Bluth into the Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness! Right Here, Right Now! So shall it be written! So shall it be said!

A man who gets things done!

And so…..

Prepare to be inspired, motivated, and more importantly enlightened about 2D Traditional animation!   It is both and honor and a privilege to be able to introduce you to a role model of note, a man of distinction and passion for the ultimate drawing art form,  Animation Legend  Don Bluth!


Mad Scientist Nikola Tesla

Art and words by Jose Gonzalez

Croatian born, Nikola Tesla, is one of the unsung heroes of the last century.  His name has been virtually buried by those who write history. You know who you are.
Big industry, and money interests had silenced his name, but Tesla will live in history as the man that brought electricity to the world.  To Edison’s dismay, after taking Tesla for a “ride” (he didn’t pay up!), Tesla invented an efficient and affordable method to bring power to the households of the world.  What we today call, AC (Alternating Current). He was the first to harness hydroelectric power. And get this!  He invented radio before Marconi!  We can thank him for “wireless” in all its forms!  That TV remote control, that cell phone, that wi-fi, your electric shaver, pacemakers, car ignitions, microwave ovens, satellite TV, even that massage thingy in special catalogs and stores, for all these modern conveniences and more, we have Tesla to thank in one way or another.
His work spoke of solar power, wireless energy delivered by satellite, cars powered by antennas, and more.  Many of his incredible discoveries and inventions did not see the light of day, but will probably be unveiled by others.  Where are all those ideas?  You may want to ask Edgar J. Hoover and his boys. It is said they dropped by his place to clean up right after he passed away.
Tesla was an honest man, with the best interests of humankind in mind.  He even ripped up his contract with Westinghouse, the only big company that backed him up, when it fell on hard times.  What a guy!
But sadly, fearing monetary loss from his triumphs, big companies blocked his progress at every turn. Ask J.P. Morgan. This is history, folks. You can find most of his story on the web. I’m sure his best ideas are still hidden in some archive, being secretly researched. Who knows how many of them have been secretly exploited he passed away.
He died in poverty, alone, and tortured by illness.  I believe we owe him more than we can imagine.  This is why I nominate Nikola Tesla to the Pantheon of Awesomeness.  You may hear from him in the future.  He said:  “Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments.  The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine”

Keep your eyes open, folks!

Jose Gonzalez

Jose the Animator!

Rob Zombie

Art and words by Geo Brawn IV

Rob Zombie…a musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer.

He founded the heavy metal band White Zombie and has been nominated three times as a solo artist for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

Zombie has also established a successful career as a film director, creating the movies House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, the 2007 remake of Halloween, its sequel, and even entered the world of animation with The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. His next film will be the upcoming Tyrannosaurus Rex.

He even created a series of horror comics books as well.

Which leads me to how it all began for him, as a graphic designer. I think what could be most interesting about a career with such widely spread mediums is that it all began with true artistry. His design style is very reminiscent of the early EC Comics, Tale from the Crypt universe, with a blend of monsters, gore, and sex that was displayed to shock and amaze.

What could be most admired is the fact that from being an artist for various adult magazines to Pee Wee’s Playhouse the one thing that has stood true is the one thing he personally told me that rings true, “If you keep at it you’ll make it happen, Never give up and it’ll eventually happen for you.”
And because of that attitude it has led him to success in any number of arenas in the Entertainment World.


Geo Brawn IV




Steve Ditko

Art and words by Javier Hernandez

Steve Ditko. The Man the Myth!

“If the criteria for inclusion into the MAN VS ART PANTHEON OF AWESOMENESS includes being a “lone wolf, maverick,underdog, & rogue”, then the person I have to submit is Steve Ditko. Cartoonist, writer, publisher. Co-creator, along with writer Stan Lee, of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange. Creator of his independently owned characters such as Mr. A, The Mocker, The Baffler, Miss Eerie and many more.

At the height of his career-defining run on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Ditko quit, issue #38 being his last. To this day, the reasons remain tangled in controversy, depending on who you talk to. He moves to DC, creating The Creeper and Hawk & Dove. At Charlton, he creates The Question. As the decades progressed, Ditko has primarily been interested in creating his own stories, with his own characters. Even while returning various times to work for Marvel and DC, he was never interested in going back to his old characters. He never drew another Spider-Man comic since he stopped in 1966. Not even when he could have most likely made a small fortune during the years of the Sam Raimi blockbuster movies series. Ditko does what Dikto wants to do. Creating new ideas, moving forward, has been a core Ditko mantra.

His strict personal code of ethics, influenced largely by Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, has turned off many fans and professionals, particularly as that viewpoint has often been the thrust of his comics. But he follows his solid path, and doesn’t ask people for handouts, sympathy or favors. For the last 20 years or so, he’s been self-publishing his work in collaboration with Robin Snyder. Even today, at age 83, he’s putting out about 4 new comics a year. 130 pages of new comics!

As an artist, a self-published comics creator, I can’t think of stronger, more honest, creative inspiration than Steve Ditko.”


Javier Hernandez


Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness.

Art and words by Minion Henry Wiggins


Hey Raul…

Great show you aired last time.  Really enjoyed it like all the others.  So on mentioning submissions to the Pantheon of Awesomeness I would like to toss in the one and only…

Isaac Asimov

By Henry Wiggins

Born in 1920 Isaac Asimov was a writer of some of the greatest classic Science Fiction stories of the last hundred years.  Of his works The Foundation Series… The Galactic Empire series and his Robot series were major contributions to the world of sci-fi literature.  And These are just a few among the 500 books that he wrote or edited in his lifetime.

In particular Asimov’s Robot series generated 2 lasting concepts in science fiction including the invention of a robot’s ‘Positronic’ brain and the 3 laws of Robotics.  Both concepts were featured in the movies ‘The Bicentennial Man’ and ‘I Robot’ which were loosely based on his characters.

Though Asimov was a professor of biochemistry at Boston University he had also written many books on the subjects of physics and astronomy and even on the Bible and William Shakespeare’s works and of course chemistry.

For more than a half a century Science Fiction lovers around the world have enjoyed his thought provoking adventures across the vast universe and time itself.  Asimov will forever be remembered as one of the great thinkers and writers of our time.

I have been an Asimov fan for as long as I remember reading sci-fi.  His work was amazing at the time and I would say is required reading for any science fiction fan.  Hope you enjoyed the submission Sir.  Take care brother.

Henry Wiggins


Ubbe Iwerks nominated to the Man vs Art Pantheon of Awesomeness!

words and art by Henrik Pasgaard

I nominate Ub Iwerks.

( Chuck Jones noted Iwerks is Screwy spelled  backwards )


Ubbe Ert Iwwerks
March 24, 1901(1901-03-24)
Kansas City, Missouri


July 7, 1971(1971-07-07) (aged 70)
Burbank California U.S.

Animator, cartoonist, film producer, special effects technician

Years active

I think Ub Iwerks deserves this spotlight in the pantheon of awesomeness because he was such a dedicated innovative animator.

He was responsible for the distinctive style of the earliest Disney animated cartoons and was also responsible for creating Mickey Mouse.

He was known as the fastest animator in the business in early sound period. He animated Mickey’s first short, Plane crazy (1928) by himself in only two weeks (700 animation drawings a day!).

Iwerks was Disney’s right hand man in the creation of the early Mickey Mouse cartoons. Disney would come up with the ideas, stories, and motivations, then Iwerks would bring it to life

Bringing Mickey Mouse to life, however, was no easy task and it required Iwerks to spit out 600 drawings every single day. Iwerks dedication, however, would soon payoff for him and Disney. The third Mickey Mouse cartoon that Disney directed and Iwerks animated, “Steamboat Willie,” would be the one that would catapult Mickey and Disney into stardom. Iwerks often didn’t get the public credit he deserved, but that didn’t stop him from continuing as a master animator and the best artist at Disney Productions. Even Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston say in the book, “The Illusion of Life” that Iwerks was “in a class by himself” when it came to animating. It wasn’t long before Iwerks was put in charge of training new animators. This is why I suggest Ub Iwerks as a well deserved nominee to a spot in the pantheon of awesomeness

Thanks for funny entertaining shows. You have a way of making people including me inspired to improve the artistic skills. Thanks.

All best.

Henrik Pasgaard




Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness!

Alex Toth

By Luis Escobar!

Alex Toth became a professional comic artist at the age of 15. That book was Eastern Color Printing’s Heroic Comics #32, dated September of 1945. He was 16 when it saw print. Two years later he was working for DC comics drawing golden age characters like: Dr. Midnight and The Green Lantern.
He was hired by Shelly Mayer who was very hard on him.  He really taught him how to think when drawing comics. In a 1969 interview in Graphic Story Magazine, Alex says,
Shelly was the first and only really creative and knowledgeable comics editor I’ve worked for in all these years in the field. He was rough. He’d tear up my pages if I got too cute, too arty in telling the story. He’d tear them up on the spot and tell me to go home and do ’em over again. I tried to put in all the elements that I thought were important. But they weren’t important. And Shelly was the one who pointed that out to me. He didn’t care how pretty the pictures were if they didn’t develop the story. “Stop trying to be another Michelangelo,” he’d say, “and just tell the story. Just tell the story.” And every time I walked out of his office, I’d learned something–whether I wanted to or not. The direction of action; staging; the importance of dialogue flow, how it should run through a page, panel by panel; what the eye should read first and what you want the eye to see first.
If only editors would tell this to current artists now a days.
His second editor at DC was Sol Harrison. Harrison was the guy who instilled the thing in Toth that he’s most known for, “simplicity”. He taught Toth to see what in a drawing he could omit to make a better drawing. Toth once quoted Harrison, “Wellll, Alex, it’s all rrightt, but you still don’t know what to leave out.”
It’s obvious when looking at Toth’s artwork that these lessons REALLY hit home, staying with him for the rest of his career. The simplicity and the clarity of his work, is masterful.
Alex Toth was a bit of a maverick.  He didn’t really stay in one place for long. Most of the time he stayed in a place for about four years before moving on to something new.  In the 1950s he “ghost” drew the Casey Ruggles newspaper strip with Warren Tufts. In 1952 he left DC and drew for Standard comics until he got drafted by the army.
While stationed in Japan, he created an award-winning newspaper strip, Jon Fury. Which he loved doing because he had complete freedom to do what he wanted. He wouldn’t get this kind of freedom again until he worked on Pete Millar’s hot rod cartoon magazines.
Once out of the army in 1957 he began work at Dell comics and mostly did comics based on TV shows.  In 1960 he became the art director for  the show Space Angel but left because of “artistic differences”. After this, he worked for DC, Marvel, Warren Publishing and Pete Millar before ending up joining Doug Wildey on Jonny Quest at Hanna-Barbera, in 1964.
There he made animation history by designing shows like: Space Ghost, Herculoids, The Superfriends, and just about every action adventure cartoon Hanna-Barbera produced. But again, he left the studio because of “creative differences”.
The guy couldn’t stay in one place for long. He did just about any every kind genre you can think of, from superheroes, to westerns, to science fiction, pulp mysteries, war stories, car stories, horror stories…he could do it all. And he was GOOD at it.

He wasn’t good at it just because he was Alex Toth, he was good at it because he worked harder and was more critical about his work than most of the guys around him. In an web article written by Jesse Hamm we find these quotes:

“Of all the artists I’ve met,” recalls veteran illustrator Greg Theakston,”none have been so quick to crucify their work, and with so much disdain.” Of Toth’s written self-appraisals, cartoonist Derik Badman observed that Toth “spends more time analyzing what went wrong, what he’d like to have done differently, than discussing anything else, as if all he could see were the flaws.”

Jesse Hamm, speculates Toth was a maverick in his approach to learning.  He was always willing to throw away what he knew in order to try a new approach. He was willing to start all over by from square one in order to build himself anew.  He didn’t simply do what most artist do, finding a formula that works for them and sticking with it. He was always willing to try an new approach that might make him look bad at first but would make him better than everyone else in the long run.

“There came a time when I had to unlearn many things.” ~Alex Toth


“It was great fun, to learn anew. You think you know enough, but you don’t. You must open up; let it in. …be receptive, admit what you don’t know, which few are willing to do. Start from square one. Again!” ~Alex Toth

Toth had guts and it made him an incredible artist. His sense of composition, tone, anatomy, design and story telling is an inspiration.

Toth passed in 1996 at age 77. He was found dead of a heart attack, at his DRAWING DESK.


Luis Escobar’s Blog



Pantheon of Awesomeness!

Listener Shawn Encarnacion nominates Rod Serling into the Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness!

“What is this so called Pantheon” you ask?
Think of it as the Hall of Fame but for Artists. The nomination process is open to all!  The rules can be found here.


Art and words by Shawn.


I am a brand new fan of your podcast, having just now discovered it! I love your show and I am catching up on past episodes. I am a full-time freelance cartoonist with no art education, and so listening to your podcast is like drinking water in a desert of questions and concerns about how to do I do what I do.

I am sure I will be writing you with some questions soon. But for now, I wanted to send you this. Attached is my artwork for my nomination into your Pantheon of Awesomeness. Here is my paragraph explaining why I nominate Rod Serling:

Submitted for your approval….

Leaving you with a sense of awe, a moment where the surreal holds your breath hostage as it surgically peels away the deeper layers of the human condition, it is clear that the Twilight Zone is much more than sixties science fiction. Though the technology and the terrors of that TV era may now seem kitsch to some, the messages Mr. Serling shared are as timeless as infinity. Challenging not only the morality of ever present issues such as censorship, war, racism, sexism and greed, he also challenged us as his fellow human beings to recognize the motivation of these issues as well.

Motivation, it seemed to him, was something that every human from every place and time, would discover to be the deeper stairwell that leads us all down to the pit of our fears, and upwards to the summit of our knowledge. Never too heavy handed for humor, and always willing to shake up the status quo, this great man’s art came ahead of his time and blazed a path for future thinkers to follow in. Rod Serling made us laugh and lament, stand and squirm, and most of all, think. In the halls of the Pantheon of Awesomeness, where boxes are not even allowed for jumping out of, I offer my nomination, the great Rod Serling for inspiring me to think, and more importantly, to have fun while doing it.

I am a big fan. Thank you for doing this podcast.

Sean Encarnacion


Terry Gilliam the Great Director!

Art and words by Mike Garvey!

Terry Gilliam by Mike Garvey

“I hereby nominate Terry Gilliam to the Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness. As a visionary, lone wolf, maverick, and wise ass, he’s pretty tough to beat. He’s probably most strongly associated with the British comedy group, Monty Python, but started life as an American. Hailing from Medicine Lake, Minnesota to be exact. He studied Political Science at Occidental College in Los Angeles in the ’60’s  and it was during this time that events lead him to leave the country. This quote from and interview with Salman Rushdie sums it up best:

“I became terrified that I was going to be a full-time, bomb-throwing terrorist if I stayed [in the U.S.] because it was the beginning of really bad times in America. Every night I’d be hauled over by the cops. Up against the wall, and all this stuff. They had this monologue with me; it was never a dialogue. It was that I was a long-haired drug addict living off some rich guy’s foolish daughter. And I said, “No, I work in advertising. I make twice as much as you do.” Which is a stupid thing to say to a cop. And it was like an epiphany. I suddenly felt what it was like to be a black or Mexican kid living in L.A. Before that, I thought I knew what the world was like, I thought I knew what poor people were, and then suddenly it all changed because of that simple thing of being brutalized by cops. And I got more and more angry and I just felt, I’ve got to get out of here‚ I’m a better cartoonist than I am a bomb maker. That’s why so much of the U.S. is still standing.”

He held a duel citizenship (British and American) from 1968 until 2006 when he renounced his American citizenship as a protest against George Bush.

He describes his work as seeing the world in a million possible ways. He sees his films as trilogies. For example his “trilogy of imagination” is about escaping the craziness of ordered society as seen through a young boy in “Time Bandits”, and adult in “Brazil” and as an elderly man in “The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen”. I’ve always admired his work for the details of design, amazing sets, and costumes. The fact that he is married to a costume and makeup designer (Maggie Weston), I’m sure has something to do with it.

I could go on and on about why he’s one of my heroes, but I think this clip, especially what he does with the Christmas cards, is a perfect example of why he belongs in the Pantheon of Awesomeness:

Mike Garvey

Mike’s gallery

Mike’s Youtube Channel


Welcome Richard Williams to the Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness!

For the reasons I raved in episode 66 and because of his determination, vision, talent, and mastery of animation, I hereby nominate Richard Williams to the Man Vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness! Dick Williams spent 30 years trying to pull off an animation masterpiece, a true work of art, the like of which may never be seen or attempted again.

Richard Williams Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness Inductee

Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness nomination

Trina Robbins by Grasiela Rodriguez.



Trina Robbins by Grasiela Rodriguez.


Hello Minion Master, I was just wondering why there are no women inducted into the Pantheon of Awesomeness???? With that said, I nominate my hero Trina Robbins, Herstorian and writer, she has been writing graphic novels, comics and books for over thirty years. From “Wonder Woman” and the “Powerpuff Girls” to her own teenage super-heroine,” GoGirl”!, and from women cartoonists and super-heroines to women who kill! Yes Women who kill! This is why she is just plain “AWESOME”!!!!!!!

Grasiela Rodriguez

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