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Al Jaffee and Sergio Aragones: “Strokes of Genius”

In 2010 one of my passion projects, Strokes of Genius, launched on SundanceChannel.com.  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 SundanceChannel.com and I owe a huge thanks to Jeff Kunken for that opportunity.

All four videos can be seen here.

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Stan Lee’s Animazing Night

In October 2010, I covered a signing event at the Animazing Gallery in New York.  Guest of honor Stan Lee, in town for the New York Comic Con, signed autographed prints and posed for pictures with the fans.  Painters Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell showcased their Marvel Comics themed paintings, and mosaic artist Jorge Burtin’s giant Spider-Man mosaic was the talk of the event when an anonymous buyer purchased it for a five figure amount.

Photo Credit: Fabrizio Fante

Read it here.

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