Saturday, 6 September 2008
This is MAD (literally!).
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the offices of MAD magazine in New York. I've been working on and off for MAD and MAD Kids now for about 2 years and thought I'd try and drop in whilst in New York. I finally got to meet Sam Viviano, Ryan Flanders and Patty Dwyer who I'd only previously spoke to on the phone or via email. I was made to feel very welcome indeed and was even asked to sign the visiting artist's wall. This was a real "pinch yourself" moment as I had to fill a space surrounded by sketches by Sam Viviano, Al Jaffee(!!!), Richard Williams, Peter Kuper, Sergio Aragones(!!!!) and many, many other hugely talented artists. If there had been Jack Davis and Mort Drucker on there too I'd have probably exploded. I started reading MAD when I was about 8 or 9 and the work of Mort Drucker, Jack Davis, Sergio Aragones, Paul Coker JR, Don Martin etc has continued to be a major influence on my work ever since. I'd love to be able to tell the 10 year old me (sat there drawing his own MAD-style parodies of Fall Guy and Raiders of the Lost Ark!) that one day I'd be one of the "usual gang of idiots" and have his work on the walls of the offices. I'm not worthy! They even gave me free fudge. Can a day get any better?!?