Al Jaffee and Sergio Aragones: “Strokes of Genius”

In 2010 one of my passion projects, Strokes of Genius, launched on  The web series consisted of four short video interviews with legendary Mad Magazine artists Al Jaffee and Sergio Aragones.  Jaffee is best known for the Mad Fold-In, which he still paints by hand month by month since the mid-1960s.  Aragones’ A Mad Look At… is a perfect storm of both his incredible cartooning skills and influence from pantomime in these non-dialogue classics.

Cartoonist Sergio Aragones

The series was directed by the incredibly wonderful Gail Levin (who recently directed two episodes of American Masters for PBS on Jeff Bridges and Cab Calloway), hosted by New Yorker artist Steve Brodner (who drew and painted the on-camera artwork), and animated by Asterisk Animation (now Ace and Son).  It was my first producer credit for and I owe a huge thanks to Jeff Kunken for that opportunity.

All four videos can be seen here.

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