MAD-Men Reunion at Boston Comic Con 2012

Press Release:

Boston Comic Con celebrates its fifth anniversary with its largest guest list ever! Once again at the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay the con will be held on April 21-22, 2012! One of most highly anticipated events for this year is the MAD-Men Reunion! Legendary creators of MAD Magazine Al Feldstein, Paul Coker Jr., Al Jaffee, and Sergio Aragones will appear together to talk about their long and storied history on the iconic humor mag. This is a rare opportunity for MAD fans to meet them and laugh at their outrageous stories.

Al Feldstein

At EC Comics, Al Feldstein created, wrote, illustrated and edited a popular line of titles which are now collectors’ items. These included horror, such as Tales from the Crypt (which was adapted for TV by HBO), sci-fi, and suspense.

In 1955, he became editor of MAD Magazine, one of EC’s titles. He took the magazine’s circulation from 375,000 to a high of almost 3 million by gathering a staff of talented artist and writers: supervising every phase of operation, editing and re-writing every word, designing layouts, and creating the format that led to MAD’s success, including christening its trademark Alfred E. Neuman.

Paul Coker Jr.

After a successful stint as an illustrator for Hallmark, Paul Coker Jr. moved to New York City and began contributing to MAD, Esquire, Playboy, and other magazines.

Coker’s first appearance in MAD was 1961. He has since gone on to illustrate over 400 articles for the magazine. His drawings encompass a wide range of characters, expression, and forms. And although they may appear simple, they reflect considerable sophistication and talent. Coker’s proudest accomplishments for MAD have been “Horrifying Cliches” and the MAD Pet Book.

Al Jaffee

In 1955, Al Jaffee received his first assignment for MAD. Since then Jaffee has become MAD’s reseident artist for elaborate gimmicks and gadgets, including the popular MAD inside back cover fold-ins and the feature “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” Jaffee is a true artist who’s led an amazing life. He remains a regular in the magazine after 55 years and is its longest running contributor.

Sergio Aragones

Soon after he moved from Mexico to the United States in 1962, the “World’s Fastest Cartoonist” started contributing to MAD with his special brand of non-verbal gags, which often appeared in the margins of the magazine. He quickly became one of MAD’s featured artists. He also created several books and co-created the humorous magazine Plop for DC comics. During the early 1980’s he created Groo the Wanderer with Mark Evanier.

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

NYC – Stan Lee Universe Panel

January 13, 2012 by  
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Dennis O’Neil, Al Jaffee, Peter Sanderson, and Danny Fingeroth appear at MoCCA on Thursday February 2, 2012 from 7-9pm.

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Press Release:

New York, NY — The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art — MoCCA — is proud to announce a special MoCCA THURSDAYS event: A celebration and signing of THE STAN LEE UNIVERSE, Danny Fingeroth and Roy Thomas’s new book about the co-creator of Spider-Man, The X-Men, Iron Man, and so many other iconic characters. The panel features Lee-colleagues (and contributors to the book) DENNIS O’NEIL, AL JAFFEE, PETER SANDERSON, and co-editor DANNY FINGEROTH. (And don’t be surprised if a guest-star or two shows up as well!)
Copies of The Stan Lee Universe will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

[NOTE: Stan Lee will NOT be present.]

Event details:
Thursday February 2, 2012
7 PM-9 PM
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, suite 401, New York, NY 10012
Admission: $7 / FREE for MoCCA Members

About the book:
THE STAN LEE UNIVERSE is a portrait of Lee’s and Marvel’s development as pop culture forces. It includes much material found in The STAN LEE ARCHIVES at the University of Wyoming, including transcripts of lost radio interviews and debates with Lee and figures such as Hilde Mosse (Fredric Wertham’s partner in comics-hating) and Jack Kirby. Others whose voices are “heard” in this eclectic volume include:  Roger Ebert; Country Joe and the Fish; Will Eisner: Richard Corben; Neal Conan; and James Cameron. And script, pencil art, and detailed notes from both Lee and Kirby for their Silver Surfer Graphic Novel, and pages from a screenplay Lee wrote for director Alain Resnais are just some of the extraordinary items in this one-of-a-kind book.

 

Boston Comic Con Returns in 2012 with Reis, Chiang, McGuinness, and More

BOSTON COMIC CON 2012 – TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

BCC 2012: April 21st & 22nd. Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Featuring the Legends of Mad Magazine Reunion starring Sergio Aragones, Al Jaffee, Al Feldstein, and Paul Coker.

And a rock star guest list that includes (among others)…

Simon Bisley, Ivan Reis, Skottie Young, Ed McGuinness, Tim Sale, Steve Epting, David Petersen, Clay Mann, Greg Horn, Joe Prado, Jill Thompson, Jim Cheung, Phil Noto, Cliff Chiang, Joe Benitez, Ken Kelly, Alex Maleev, Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott, Geof Darrow, Bob Layton, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ben Templesmith, Herb Trimpe, Paolo Rivera, Bernie Wrightson and…

That’s just the beginning. More guests to follow!

Also, keep your eyes peeled for information coming at ya at a later date about panels, the costume contest, gaming, and our first annual art auction!! Follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and RSVP on Facebook!

Tickets are on sale now at www.bostoncomiccon.com or eventbrite.com or at the door the days of the show. $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Children 10 and under free.

Thanks to all the BCC fans who have made Boston a national comic con hot spot!

‘Nuff Said.

GA – MAD Artists Speak at SCAD

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Al Jaffee, Sergio Aragones,  Jack Davis, Paul Coker Jr, and more speak at SCAD on Saturday, November 12th, 2011 from 5:00PM – 6:30PM!

Press Release:

The Savannah College of Art and Design and the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society will present “IT’S A SCAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WEEKEND,” a special weekend celebration of the enduring influence of MAD Magazine’s cartoonists from Nov.11–13 at locations throughout SCAD in Savannah, Georgia.

Highlighting this conference will be “A SCAD, MAD, MAD, MAD Discussion,” a panel discussion with some of the original artists from MAD on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 5–6:30 p.m. at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah, Georgia. This panel will be free and open to the public.

“SCAD and the sequential art department are both honored and excited about the historical significance of hosting MAD Magazine artists with the National Cartoonist Society, Southeastern Chapter,” said SCAD sequential art chair Anthony Fisher. “This is truly a unique opportunity for students to meet and learn form master artists who have contributed to the advancements in the art form of sequential art and defined cultural satire for nearly 60 years.”

Self-dubbed “The Usual Gang of Idiots,” the legendary cartoonists scheduled to appear on the panel include:

· Jack Davis. Davis was one of the original cartoonists for MAD in 1952. He illustrated the very first story in the very first issue of MAD.

· Al Jaffee. With his first piece in 1955, Savannah-born Jaffee is MAD’s longest-running freelance contributor. He is best known for creating one of the magazine’s trademark features, the MAD fold-in. Every issue since April of 1964 has featured a Jaffee fold-in.

· Paul Coker, Jr. Coker has been a contributor to MAD since 1962 and has appeared in over 300 issues.

· Nick Meglin. Meglin is a former editor of MAD Magazine, a position he held for over thirty years.

· ‘Duck’ Edwing. Edwing began his career with MAD in 1961 and wrote Spy vs. Spy for about 12 years, along with his own feature, Tales from the Duckside.

· Sergio Aragones. Aragones has been at MAD since 1963. He distinguished himself with his “Marginal Thinking” strips, which were printed up, down, across, and around the corners of comic panels to fill in the margins.

· Sam Viviano. Viviano began his MAD career as a freelance artist and while still illustrating articles also currently serves as MAD’s art director.

· Tom Richmond. Richmond has been a regular contributor to the magazine since 2000.

This esteemed group of artists will also be working with SCAD sequential art students in workshops and portfolio reviews.

MAD was created in 1952 by the brilliant artist and writer Harvey Kurtzman and maverick publisher William M. Gaines. The magazine quickly became known for its satirical look at all aspects of life and popular culture, politics, entertainment, and public figures. It’s been called revolutionary, subversive, surreal, hilarious, and a total waste of time. (The latter by its own editors).

Savannah College of Art and Design
Trustees Theater
216 E. Broughton Street, Savannah, GA 31401

NYC – Al Jaffee Retrospective

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Al Jaffee, Peter Kuper, John Bunk and Danny Fingeroth appear at MoCCA on Dec. 9th.

To celebrate the awe-inspiring event that is the “IS THIS THE AL JAFFEE ART EXHIBIT?” exhibit, we’ve assembled an “unusual gang of idiots” including AL JAFFEE himself, plus two of Al’s fellow MAD magazine creators whose work has been greatly influenced by Jaffee—PETER KUPER and TOM BUNK—as well as, playing moderator, the co-curator of the Jaffee exhibit and MoCCA SVP of Education, DANNY FINGEROTH! Would you be mad to miss this amazing panel? At $5 cheap (and FREE for MoCCA members), you sure would be—not to mention crazy, insane, and fershlugginer!

Thursday, December 9, 7 PM
IS THIS AN AL JAFFEE MOCCA THURSDAY PANEL?
Admission: $5|Free for MoCCA Members 

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012
(btwn. Houston and Prince)

CT – Al Jaffee’s Mad Life

Please join Al Jaffee, whose inventive work has enlivened the pages of MAD magazine since 1955, and Westporter Mary-Lou Weisman for a talk and signing that has been described as a page-turner, Al Jaffee’s Mad Life: A Biography, on Tuesday December 07, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Barnes & Noble – Westport
Post Plaza Shopping Center, 1076 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880

NYC – Al Jaffee’s Mad Life Signing

September 21, 2010 by  
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Al Jaffee signs on October 19th from 7:00PM – 8:00PM.

A MAD magazine contributor for 55 years-with work in more than 440 issues and counting!-iconic satiric cartoonist Al Jaffee has helped corrupt three generations of American adolescents with his ingenious and jaundiced humor. Now 89, the man who invented the magazine’s beloved “Fold-in” and provided countless “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” has rarely spoken about his own peculiar childhood-a story as off-kilter as anything he could have dreamed up for MAD.

In the authorized biography, Al Jaffee’s Mad Life, award-winning journalist Mary-Lou Weisman reconstructs Jaffee’s extraordinary life story with the help of more than 65 original 4-color illustrations drawn for the book by Jaffee himself.

Mary-Lou Weisman will interview Al Jaffee on the Strand Stage.

The Strand
828 Broadway (at 12th St.), New York, NY 10003-4805

NYC – Al Jaffee’s Mad Life

Al Jaffee & Mary Lou Weisman sign Al Jaffee’s Mad Life on September 29, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

A MAD Magazine contributor for 55 years, with work appearing in more than 440 issues and counting, iconic satiric cartoonist Al Jaffee has helped corrupt three generations of American adolescents with his ingenious and jaundiced humor. Now 89, the man who invented the magazine’s beloved Fold-in and provided countless Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions has rarely spoken about his own peculiar childhood until now.

Borders – Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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