Friday, February 24, 2006

The Barber Shop 1-The Genius Of Mike Fontanelli

Hey folks! There's a new post under this one!
Scroll down to see some of my kid cartoon concepts!
Show them to your little ones!

Some of you commented on a page of this comic that I put in my George Liquor stories post.
I think I will slowly put up all the pages for you.

It was drawn by a great cartoonist named Mike Fontanelli-one of the original Ren and Stimpy artists.
It was inked by another of your heroes-the wonderful Shane Glines!
And the killer lettering is by Patrick Owsley.
Now and then I went in and drew some of the weirder drawings.
Look at Mike's amazing attention to detail and stubble!







This comic (believe it or not) has a powerful social statement. If I tell you what it is, some of the Spumco haters will be enraged, so I won't!
But feel free to try and discern it over the next few weeks as I unfold the incredible tale of American tragedy for you.

Before I forget!....If you wanna really treat your eyeballs some more go check out Katie's latest gorgeous girl drawings! She's hit another breakthrough! And comment on her blog too!

http://funnycute.blogspot.com/

127 comments:

Stefano D. said...

First comment! Great stuff!

Anonymous said...

I luvs it...grinned the whole way through and than DOH..have to wait for more...damn you.
-leen

Stefano D. (evil twin) said...

The attention to details IS quite impressive---
Got to see more of this!

Charlie J. said...

this is great! I love how the spumco comics manage to capture the cartooniness of the spumco cartoons, instead of just being some bastardized version of their animated counterparts.

Sean said...

I'm glad you started this blog John. Everything you've been posting is awesome! I'd love to hear more drawing and design theories. I've been recently trying to get a hold of those Three Stooges Tv Pals you guys did, but people keep outbidding me on ebay. Those head molds are amazing!
-Sean (FOK, friend of Katie's)

Gabriel said...

Wow, this story looks so...calm! I know it's just the beginning, but I'd never expected that kind of atmosphere from a spumco comic, yet i really like this. It's obviously meant to be in color, I wonder if we'll ever see it finished. The inking is great, the detail on George's hair is incredible. Shane is amazing indeed. I wish i could see the originals with my own eyes, I fiddle with a brush all the time but my inking is so clunky. This is so smooth, the line weight is so right in the right places. Great post.
Hey John, remember that article you wrote about the early Fleischer cartoons? Do you ever plan on doing more of those?

Christina said...

Dang you're popular! Look at all these comments you've been getting since you started this thing! Whoohoo!

Ohem said...

hey john
what do we have to do to see more pages...
please carnal show us more.

Great blog
big fan

Kevin Langley said...

Wow, those are great. That's the one Comic I haven't been able to get, so it's great to see some of the art from it.

Matt Greenwood said...

Amazing art. I can't wait to see more!

e.s. said...

more.

Baron Von Josho said...

Me likes. So are these comics in their completed form, or were they once meant to be colored?

Brian Romero said...

John, what was the reason 'Comic Book' stopped being published? Is there any chance of starting it up again? What's Mike Fontanelli doing now?

Mitch K said...

Man, the bottom frame of the second page is just hilarious -- how perfectly drawn.

That Shane Glines is a master of ink. I love his work.

"Park it right here, Johnny." Hahaha Mike F drew it, but did he write 'er too? I can't wait for more of this!

Anonymous said...

Nice nice nice.

I love how Spumco comics streeetched stuff out along several pages like that. You can really soak in the funny drawings.

-Jordan

Scocasso! said...

I was going to get those Spumco dolls, but by the time I had enough money... they were not being sold anymore... too bad... see, fans like us will buy the dolls too... we just need a bit more time to earn some spending money... I have some now... well, no, not really, I'm in debt, but you never know, a comic, DVD, or something like that doesn't cost as much... I'd buy a Jonny K. DVD... What's the deal with they severed head fairy being taken out of that Ren and Stimpy DVD collection... and a few other tid-bits...? Hmf!

fuzz said...

Cool.
= )

Aimee Nester said...
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Aimee Nester said...

Wow. I am intriqued. I looove the black and white; lots of detail.

Alleycat said...

beautiful artwork!

Are there any plans to collect all these comics into a TPB?

se7en said...

all kinds of cool stuff! hehe I thought the drawings of Angelina were fun! Funny too!

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blogrolled ya and I'll be back!

Peter said...

Wow, once was Jimmmy the Idiot boy, now is Jimmy the Retarded boy! This is a major political correctness breakthrough and I approve. That face has haunted me since the Ren & Stimpy Spumco slates and now I know the truth. He's just retarded!

J_Swick said...

Shane has gotten even better with inks. Cool stuff. By the way, I think you need to link to his site: www.cartoonretro.com.

Mega Millions at 205 million+ tonight. If I win you are set.

Dove said...

I love Jimmy!!!! This comic made me feel warm and squishy inside! Good ol barbershops!!

-Cinnnndy

Nathan Jones said...

Hi John, I absolutly love this style of cartoon, awesome stuff!

k9_kaos said...

Nice work! One of the few ways in which a comic can be superior to an animated cartoon is you can read it at your own pace and have time to appreciate the artwork. Great attention to detail. Can't wait to see more! Jimmy rules!

GAV said...

First post. Great stuff John, everything here is friggin awesome!!! You're one talented SOB!

Sam said...

NEAT-O!

mitchL said...

haha, excellent. I can't wait to see the story unfold!

Also, John... I was wondering. Do you guys have a studio that you work at still? And if so, do you allow tours? I know I called the Spumco Hollywood studio about two or three years ago and the man that answered the phone said I couldn't, but I tried to find the place anyway - but all I found was a dry patch of pavement between a taco hut and liquor store.

Anyhoo, I'm off to LA again in late March and need some things to occupy my time. A little view of my future ambitions would top things off nicely.

Or maybe if you've got any of those sweet showings at any theatres... that would be awesome, too.

MAKINITA said...

HI JOHN !!!
that comic looks amazing !!!
this was a painting i did when i was 17 i hang it on my bathroom of course this is redone and much better the old one was dificult 2 scan cause it was frame and had a glass
http://www.deviantart.com/view/29498188/
check it out J MAN
and thanks for the cool links it motivate 2 draw this
http://www.deviantart.com/view/29410402/
man i love black and white cartoons there the BEST
BYE

Charles Brubaker said...

That's a great looking comic. Was it published before?

John, have you considered starting a comic strip? Particulary to underground newspapers, since you can write more "raw" jokes to them without getting hate mails.

JJ said...

John K., I love you! Thank you for this fabulous blog. Your artwork and writing are brilliant and it's wonderful that you are freely sharing so much of it here. I love the trio of schoolgirls from a few posts ago. I'll keep on supporting you in whatever way I can. I'm looking forward to purchasing the "Ren and Stimpy" lost episodes DVD in the near future; I hope you get some kickback from that. Anyway, thanks again for all of this fabulousness.

Duck Dodgers said...

Of how many panels this story is made?

frankenstein's creature said...

Gosh, do them pages look good!

Cannot wait to se the rest.
Anyway, I would also love to see more artwork from unfinished productions and similar things.

the raven said...

amazing attention to details!

R. Banuelos said...

I'm sorry for getting off topic, but there's been some talk about "What Pee Boners are for". Are there any plans to release all of Spumco's flash cartoons? Perhaps a Weekend Pussy Hunt D.V.D with other features like "WPBAF" and Wally Whimsical. I know an easy program that will convert swf. files to .avi which can then be transfered to D.V.D. WPH is by far the best cartoon I've seen in Flash (that or Joe Paradise).

Are there any plans for 3D spumco work? If so, someone I know developed another way to animate in 3D that allows you to "re-draw" your character in mid animation. It's easy and cool to watch, you could make Daffy Duck in 3D if you wanted to.

If you haven't seen WPH, go download the episodes.

David Germain said...

John, I hope you mailed a copy of that comic to yourself before posting it up here to insure that your property is safe.

Brian Romero said...

David Germain said...
John, I hope you mailed a copy of that comic to yourself before posting it up here to insure that your property is safe.


This is incorrect. You can read about it here:

Snopes on copyright

Or here:

10 Copyright Myths

Duck Dodgers said...

Do post the rest of the story, please!

lyris said...

Interesting reading about copyright myths Brian, thanks.

Love the drawings John, especially George's manly stubbly hair remnants.

Anonymous said...

Awsome!
Shane Glines did Batman and Ren and Stimpy right? I love the comic! It's beautiful.
Why would "Spumco Haters" dare to show there ugly faces here anyway?
It's YOUR blog!
Ah, well. I'm sure I'll be thinking about it for the next couple of weeks instead of sleeping, eating or any of that crap.
Keep 'em commin'!

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

You are a constant source of inspiration. Everytime I think that I've gotten it right, I look at your stuff and see I'm not even close.
Thanks for posting these!
-John S.

Matt J said...

Congrats John K - your blog is featured in today's TIMES (UK)

Lobo said...

Excellent work.

Lori said...

Looks great!
I really liked the Spumco Comic Books. I have 'em all.
Tell Mike I say, "Hello"

flatlander said...

Best thing since Powdered Toast® !!!!

Jay D Smith said...

just saw the preview for the new 24" sody figure!

looks pretty kicking!!

Josh Boelter said...

Excellent. I'd love to see these in color. Can't wait to figure out what the social message is.

JohnK said...

>>just saw the preview for the new 24" sody figure!

where did you see that?

akira said...

this is awesome.. was it supposed to be published in "comic book"? why wasn't it published? why isn't there and "art of spumco" book out?
anyways, can't wait to see more of the story!

Ben Williams said...

Awesome stuff. As always. Just wondering what has happened to one of the pictures in your 'Calling All Cool Girls!'post. It doesn't seem to be displaying.

JohnK said...

Hey... traffic has slowed down...did I do something wrong?

should I not post any more comic pages?

John

mitchL said...

eek! Don't stop posting!

I'm sure it'll pick up by this evening or tomorrow when less people are busy.

I think your contests attracted people really well. I know I enjoyed it ~

Anonymous said...

NO NO keep posting, man! This stuff is incredible. It makes me want to for go eating, sleeping and sex and just draw like that all the time. I LOVE the way Georges expressions are drawn and the beautiful cartooniness of it all....its Georgous! Even the way the barbers hand is drawn dilates my pupils.


shawn L.

Anonymous said...

>>>should I not post any more comic pages?

maybe you should keep on doing that post a 400 comments and get something free thing

Steve

Vanoni! said...

>>should I not post any more comic pages?

For my money, I enjoy the hell out of the comic pages. I've never seen this one and I haven't seen any of them in spectacular resolution. So this is a treat!

I don't know why everyone is dying to see these in color - the linework is great on it's own!

– Corbett

LONG DONG SILVA said...

its the weekend people are out of their house drinking and stuff hehehe so dont worry jhon hehe

MAKINITA said...

Hey Jhon could i paint one of the pages let me take a shot at it i just want your permission 2 do so ?

rebecca said...

The pages look great.. are they going to be colored?
I love the texture on the hair.

Duck Dodgers said...

What? Being serious,John ?

To quote a common Thirties cartoon catchphrase : " Don't ever Do That" !!!!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...I wonder how this comic is gonna endin'...
- Giulio

the raven said...

How the story end?

Anonymous said...

Gosh , man!
Do not stop posting!
Traffic's gonna be great again. Anyway, it is saturday evening now ( at least, at the time of writing , here in Italy) and people go out to have fun ( join them in the next hour after a week of work! Woo-Hoo! )
You can't have great traffic in these days of the week ( I think)...
Anyway, please do not stop posting...I love this blog and I gotta know the end of the comic story!!!! Or my life will be senseless!!!

el chacal said...

I love this stuff!
really hope you find your way john so ill be a happier man!

i like george liquor, hes better than the other two guys. hes a goddamn patriot! a real hero!

hell yeah!

el chacal said...

I love this stuff!
really hope you find your way john so ill be a happier man!

i like george liquor, hes better than the other two guys. hes a goddamn patriot! a real hero!

hell yeah!

Anonymous said...

Andrea! you posted again before me!
You darn...

Keep posting,John!!!!

- Daniele

Anonymous said...

The stuff here becomes every day better. Great Job,Mr. Kricfalusi!

spacesick said...

Nobody will notice this comment.

I think I'll say "fart"!

teehee.

jessica Borutski said...

these are super fun. I like the penwork.snappy and alive.

Anonymous said...

Wanna see the rest....

Anonymous said...

Look at the attention to any teensy-weensy detail..amazing!

Jorge Garrido said...

I'd love a Spumco comic that's modelled after 50's comics, yellow thick paper, rough textured cover paper with gag art showing the characters not doing anything from the story inside, masks, games, puzzles, and those tiny dots that everoyne loves! Jonh, hook up with DC or Marvel or soemthing and get these published!

BTW, my caricature of John is almost done, will post soon! John, how about a Draw John K contest?

Gyrobo said...

Now this is some quality comic-work. I need to consume more, or the economy will fail.

Jay D Smith said...

>>just saw the preview for the new 24" sody figure!

>>where did you see that?

friend from vinylpulse just emailed them to me!

Jhhl said...

That barber looks like he escaped from a Woolverson comic! SO REALISTIC I CAN SMELL THE BARBASOL!

I have a copy of your oversized Spumco comic, featuring a story about Jimmy, Turtle food and pregnant bugs somewhere in the attic. Yes, it has many of the features you expect from a 50s-60s era kids comic! Just a little more color, a little larger size and kind of filled with gross out humor. A little like my old favorite, PLOP! magazine.

Keep a posting, Mr. K. ! Write if you get work!

Big Dog said...

There should really be a big Spumco TPB made!

Anonymous said...

that's some nice cartoon acting. Any tips?

alyceclover said...

Aargh, my eyes too bad to read it even with glasses on, sigh. The only think I know about Ren and Stimpy is that my daughter liked them and it's a 'cult' following if I've got the right word. Not aware of what the sorry state of animation is, would like to read more about it. My daughter doesn't do blogs, but will tell her to pop over. I'm sure she'd be happy to help you in your quest!

Salbert said...

You made Ren & Stimpy? SWEEEETTT!!!!!!!!

Evan said...

sody figure pics:

http://www.vinylpulse.com/2006/02/sodi_pop_by_joh.html

nightwing said...

"Hey... traffic has slowed down...did I do something wrong?

should I not post any more comic pages?

John"

hahaha...i have yet to have traffic

Mitch K said...

No John! Keep posting the comic! But do it in addition to drawing theories and other artwork! ;)

Mitch K said...

Oh! Also: the more comments you post on other people's blogs, the more people who will find their way onto yours! (it wouldn't hurt to have an interesting profile picture, and to aim your comments towards high-trafic blogs too!)

I keep telling people about this blog!

Christina said...

Yeah, what Nightwing said (a few comments before mine). To alot of people, ok--i'll speak for myself--for me, 3 comments is like amazing!

In other words...KEEP POSTING!

mitchL said...

I agree with the other Mitch

Duck Dodgers said...

Please, Mr. K....

post the end of the story..can't wait...I can't stand it anymore..I'm..going...MAD!! ( to quote a certain animated character )

Anonymous said...

Folks who are commenting here: in case you didn't notice there's a NEWER post right below this one! You're too lazy to scroll down, you think you've seen everything, but you must see the pics of John's kids show. Sorry, i had to say this, i hope it's not a waste of space.

TCA said...

John K, way to go. Show them what you can do with a blog. All you need is content and a clue. No surprise, the creator of Ren & Stimpy can generate a boatload of clueful content.

Anonymous said...

Gimme the rest,please!

_ Giulio

David Germain said...

Hey everyone, since today is the day that Tex Avery would have turned 98 if he were alive, I posted a special birthday pic on my blog. Check it out: http://dmgermain.blogspot.com/

gnome said...

Great stuff, along with some great linked stuff too. Keep it up. Which you obviously will...

benj said...

nice nice nice!

Anonymous said...

Hi John! This is Eddie! I can't believe how good this site is! The barber story is full of atmosphere. I got my hair cut at places like this when I was a kid. I was never disappointed if I had to wait cause that was my chance to read men's magazines like "Argosy" and "True" with their incredibly sexy girl pictures and stories about being mauled by giant leeches and killer crabs. I loved the tin Wildroot Cream Oil ads and the framed first dollar. Hats off to you and Mike Fontanelli!

akira said...

maybe you should do a coloring contest to get people involved or something..

i think traffic is just slow because it's the weekend, or maybe everyone is at mardi gras or watching the olympic closing ceremony, or they went to the movies to watch Doogles?

Lee said...

this looks pretty funny, I'd watch it

C. A. M. Thompson said...

hey eddie, make a blog of your own!

I am always amazed by stuff that is really detailed but still incredibly cartoony.

Gabriel said...

Is that Eddie Fitzgerald? Yeah, make your own blog, dude!

Adam B said...

Are these comic pages from the unreleased issues of Comic Book? Does Sody Pop make an appearance in any of these issues?

Satan said...

Satan demands more comics

Nico said...

as soon as Eddie makes his own blog, SOMEone's gotta let us all know.

Citizen Drummond said...

So are all our comments on here going to get us a product we can buy and hold in our hands, or what?

WIL said...

EDDIE MUST BLOG!!!

Anonymous said...

ha ha. you're sooo funny

Adam said...

good stuff

Anonymous said...

post the rest of the story, will ya?

R2K said...

Hey welcome to blogger front page :)

R2K

K said...

Hi,

Let me just reiterate what everyone is saying that you are quite talented and your blog is just amazing!

To think, in eigth grade when I came up with a cartoon about a skater and a punk and their adventures in a conformist world half-dominated by hippies and then dropped it, I could have been perfecting it to only come up half as good as you.

Ha. Congrats on getting a shout-out on the front page.

Eebs said...

Once again, nothing pertinent to say, just helping drive traffic... please keep posting!

*G* said...

Nice drawing!
Bumped into your blog 'cause your name is the same as my father's: John K.
Anyway, greets from Belgium!

Vanoni! said...

My apologies if this has been covered (20 times over) somewhere else - but I wasn't privy to Comic Book when it came out - I discovered it online much after the fact.
Why didn't it move forward? Or maybe it was always planned to be a short run.

I'm diggin' the sh*t out of this barber shop story. It's simple and it's funny and the drawings are great. Much like the George Liquor online comic and Turtle Food.
We've heard about how much it takes to produce a DVD, and a cartoon would be fantastic - but how much do you wager it would it cost you to produce a line of comics the right way?
Or is it something you're just not interested in? For whatever reason.

– Corbett

Raven Rotsaert said...

Long time lurker, first time commenter.

Leo said...

Beautiful, but I wanna see more! I'm so glad you started blogging...also, I think I might have to start a campaign to get He-Hog produced, it's too awesome..!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic ideas here!!Please make these come to final! You hear that fithy rich sponsors we want to see this wacky nonsense!

Anonymous said...

good comics......:D
you are really good at that.
....are you going to tell us about your band sometime?

Flávio A said...

nice drawings!

R2K said...

Funny AND cute! :)

R2K

Cunha said...

Hey John, I'm a great fan of your work. I luv Ren e Stimpy cartoons!I write from Brasil and wanna like to know...WHERE'S THE SPUMCO WEBSITE? Be cool, peace!

LadyBug said...

I LOVE your blog. It is AWESOME!!! As a fellow blogger, and artist, I never thought to combine the two...of course, my art isn't as good as you and Katie's. Not to me anyway. Besides, on my blog spot, I am a writer. Behind the scenes, well, I haven't touched my drawing stuff in about 2 weeks. Sad ain't it. Well, anyway...LOVED IT!!!!

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Clarke (Csnyde) said...

Ta Hell with color... who needs it when these are some of the best drawn and expertly inked pages in any comic I have ever seen.

I too would like to put in a vote for a new line of Spumco Comic books.

Hell it might even make me enter into the deep dark dungeon of baby-man-dom that is a comic shop once again. But not beofre I arm myself with an extra long BBQ flavored Slim-Jim and a industrial sized can of Men's spray on Deoderant.

Vanoni! said...

Hell it might even make me enter into the deep dark dungeon of baby-man-dom that is a comic shop once again. But not before I arm myself with an extra long BBQ flavored Slim-Jim and a industrial sized can of Men's spray on Deoderant.

Amen, bruthuh.
I was already entertaining thoughts of finding a shop that carries Jim Smith's sketchbooks.
Though I may just stand outside and ask them to toss it out to me.

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

<< I was already entertaining thoughts of finding a shop that carries Jim Smith's sketchbooks. >>

Cork if you want Jim's Sketchbooks, why not just buy them direct from the man, the myth, the kegend himself... right off of his very own website. Check John's blog links

I don't know if you met Jim in San Diego last year Cork, but he's almost as nice as he is talented. Hell I'm sure he'd even throw down a quick sketch and sign the books for you if ya ask real niice. He was even nice enough to lie to me and say that he really liked my crappy little sketchbook full of awful drawings.

Vanoni! said...

. . .direct from the man, the myth, the kegend himself... right off of his very own website.

I wandered around his site for hours and couldn't find a decent link. I think he may be spring cleaning.
I figure being in the area, it may be easier to drop into a shop.

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

Cork just click HERE! and scroll down to order online, or if you like to do it the ol' fashioned way...

"DEADLY ARE THE NAKED"

AVAILABLE FOR MAIL ORDER

DEADLY ARE THE NAKED REGULAR EDITION $10

DEADLY ARE THE NAKED SIGNED SKETCH EDITION $20

LONELY ARE THE NAKED $10

TO ORDER SEND $3 (1-3 books)(Shipping and handling) to:

JIM SMITH Sketchbook

400 E. STOCKER ST.

APT. 5

GLENDALE CA 91207

Sorry to bog down the comments with this, but I'm sure John wouldn't mind since Jim and him are pals.

Besides any true spumco afficiando NEEDS to buy these books as they are chock full of great Jim Smith artwork.

Guild Navigator said...

The comic made me realize that they're really aren't many small owner driven barber shops around. You know, the types where you got a free soda with your cut and stories about the stuffed deer rump with the false teeth stuck in it's anus on the wall. You sure can't get that a the hair cuttery.

Natalie said...

Great Stuff!
Well aren't you Mr popular
Cant wait for the next one

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