Thursday, February 23, 2006

Beautiful People 3

Ever see that movie, Supersize Me, about what happens to your body if you eat too much junk food?
That guy oughtta make a movie about what happens to you if you watch too many modern cartoons.
If you are watching a lot of SP, FG, FOP, DT, and their ilk, the chances are you are dulling your senses-particularly your eyeballs, so I'm gonna help you retrain them with this little test.
See if you can recognize some of Heaven's gifts to the world.
Tell me in the comments who you think they be, OK?
You folks are pals.

I thought you had to be tall to have acromegaly.




Stop kissing your monitor, fellas!



OK, go ahead and kiss it

Here is a man who knows lack of talent when he sees it but has yet to demonstrate what his own is. So that's how you get rich in this town!


Ye Gods! My underpants were melting when I drew these 3 delectable Hollywood dishes!




How are the eyeballs doing? Listen...a good cure for them is to watch as many classic Looney Tunes, Popeyes, Bimbos, Betty Boops and Tex Avery cartoons as you can!
http://www.davemackey.com/animation/wb/1943.html
http://www.animationarchive.org/2005/10/filmography
http://www.cartoonresearch.com/warner.html
So keep coming back for more, folks, and once your eyes are back in good shape, I'm gonna run a really swell contest called:
"Who is John K.'s Funniest Looking Fan?"
And I will personally draw your own wonderful head and mail it right to your door.
So if you are a real visual wonder, start taking some pictures of your strangest angles-but don't post 'em till I give you the HEADS up!

-Dr. Kricfalusi, eye, ear and nose specialist

165 comments:

danG said...

there really does need to be a new era in cartoons today, most stuff out there is completely unwatchable, and if it isn't because of design it's because it is devoid of any relevance. Keep fueling the fire!

Vanoni! said...

Hey, Look! It's Fear and Loathing in Paris!

I'll sheepishly admit I'm not too sure about your caricature approach sometimes (when you get waaaay out there) but these are great!
I'm not gonna name names because I want everyone else to guess - but I'm diggin' 'em!

Makes me want to quit my job and draw all day!

Aimee Nester said...

I'll guess
1. ?
2. Pamela Anderson Lee West
3. Okra Windfree
4. Hyman Cow-elle
5. Nick-hole Rich-E (and Friends)
Howdi do??

Tits McGee said...

#1 = Matt Damon?

Vanoni! said...

Also - might I suggest for all you kids I see with white earplugs growing out of your ears - I've recently found an interesting podcast. And it's free!

http://www.vintagetooncast.com/

Hallis B said...

1- Matt Damon
2- Pamela Anderson (makes me proud to be a canadian. not really)
3- two GREAT renditions of Oprah
4- simon cowell (great job)
5- r: definitely Nicole Richie; top l: Paris Hilton; bottom l: i'm guessing jessica simpson, not sure though. my eyes must be dull from that one time i saw a couple of minutes of american dad. jesus, what a bad show.

Evan said...

John, in reference to you "are you watching SP..." part of this post, I was wondering if you feel the same way as I do about a lot of these modern cartoons. I feel like in the majority of these shows, the jokes are usually based in dialogue only. Like FG or SP basically could be acted out like a sitcom and most of the jokes could still be the same. I remember when I watched R&S back in the day, the actual DRAWINGS were funny and memorable, like how Ren's teeth became huge when he was "forced to use" that toothbrush in Space Madness. To me if you aren't going to be funny with the art in a cartoon, what is the point of it even being a cartoon?

Jorge Garrido said...

Uggghhh, American Dad makes me want to do something unrealisically grotesque to myself, and it would probably involve eyeballs. Ahhh...exagerration...

John, have you checked out Maddox yet? I'm telling you, this guy gets hundreds of hits per minute, linkage would be most beneficial! www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net People have actually bought him domain names and stuff!

Dr. Cadaverous said...

I've been watching this blog for the last week or two. I love seeing what you're up to!

I'd love it if you'd check out the webcomic I'm doing as my independent study for art school. Its called Herzog the Vile. Here's a link to the first page of it:

http://www.herzogthevile.com/comic.php?id=2
The homepage / news page / pseudo-blog / Dear Herzog advice column is just ( http://www.herzogthevile.com ).

It is a collaboration with a friend of mine who grew up in Serbia and had never seen The Ren and Stimpy Show. I bought the first & second season dvd set to show him and it has blown his mind. Actually, it has blown both our minds. It's even better than I remember it being when I was a kid. It is starting to creep in and influence our art style too, I think. We'll see.

Gabriel said...

I have no idea what SP, FG, FOP and DT means. Am I too alienated or just lucky? Bah, i'll watch Bimbo's Initiation in slow motion once more.

Anonymous said...

Mr. K, what cartoons do you like nowadays? The only new cartooon that I like and consider to be a classic is "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy." Any kid show that mentions doggy style, menopause, mummy sex and has Gilbert Gottfried as Santa Clause is perfect in my book.

-Daniel

Brian Romero said...

Your caricature of Simon made spew carrots and hummus all over my keyboard!

Family Guy is utter crap! I argue with my friends all the time about this show. I tell them not to refer to it as cartoon, because the drawings aren't funny. I beg them to call shows like this and South Park 'animated sitcoms'. If I turn off the sound and nothing is funny, then it's not a cartoon in my eyes.

Anonymous said...

Billy and Mandy was kind of nice, but they started putting too much contrast on the background, and let's face it, Mandy's character design is awful. I guess John will answer with his familiar ´I like OLD cartoons´ line, although I think i've seen him acknowledge merits in Tartakovsky and McCracken's work.

Evan said...

My guesses:

SP = South Park
FG = Family Guy
FOP = Fairly Odd Parents
DT = Drawn Together

JohnK said...

Now don't put words in my mouth, friends...

John

nightwing said...

haha...my favorite Billy and Mandy episode was Recipe for Disaster, just because one of the cookies theyre selling are called "Cream-filled Heidi Hoes" man i wish i could find the picture...but yeah thats a good cartoon

Stefano D. said...

Love the Simon Cowell one!
I'd love to see Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson---I may take a stab at it.

nightwing said...

my approach to caricature is to just draw the face best i can and seeing as i have never and still dont use construction coupled with my natural cartoony style makes for my caricatures, though i do not exagerate that much, i dunno why, maybe im just more a fan of "realistic" caricature...ill enter one of these contests some day...

Anonymous said...

More Simon---

http://www.caricaturesbylisa.com/images/Optimized/Simon_Cowell.jpg

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/theguide/archives/simpsons%20.jpg

http://www.ricmachin.com/images/caricature/others/Cowell.jpg

http://www.chrisrommel.com/StudioCaricatures/SimonCowell.jpg

Brian Romero said...

Fairly Odd Parents is nearly un-watchable. Everything has thick outlines around it. Practically no contrast! It's like a bad rip off of Powerpuff Girls and Dexters which had awesome design and art direction.

Dennis said...

Finally, an inexpensive prescription! I always find classic cartoon DVDs in discount bins. Although they certainly deserve better treatment.

Vincent Perea said...

Have you ever seen the "Venture Brother"? It's one of those "toungue in cheek" Adult Swim programs, that is kinda of a riff on Scooby Doo. I really like the design of those characters and sets. I also think the jokes are funny and visually driven.
How can you not love a villian based on a Monarch Butterfly with a confidant caled Doctor Girlfriend !?

It's a cool show that I think is also good to look at, which is so rare now.

My main problem with cartoons now is that the best are too conceptual ( like Family Guy, or everything on Adult Swim) or based on an existing visual style or format.

John do you think that cartoons are sub par now because studios don't allow one singular voice to drive a series? Or are they just unwilling to take a chance on something they haven't seen before?

rebecca said...

I like that perscription, especially cause I love old Fleischer. I really want to see the Betty Boop snow white again.. Koko turning into that ghost thing and singing and dancing as Cab Calloway, for some reason struck me as the sexiest thing ever.

Hey, what do you think of Fleischer's Supermans? Just curious, what with Bimbo and Betty and Popeye on the list.

Also, Drawn Together references you/Ren and Stimpy a lot, what do you think about that?

Duck Dodgers said...

John, any planned future Ren and Stimpy APC episodes?

Eebs said...

I finally decided that the third picture in the last drawing reminds me of Terri Hatcher. Am I close?

Big Dog said...

Any word on that Ren & Stimpy Ultimate Box Set?

Anonymous said...

SP = South Park

I find it funny at times, but the animation is brutally bad, and sadly it is that has been copied by the Adult Swim hacks, minus the funny writing.

FG = Family Guy

How the holy heck did this ever get green lighted? Terrible animation with even worst writing, I saw one show and didn't even crack a half smile, so I never watched it again.

FOP = Fairly Odd Parents

Awful cartoon, no even worth typing about.

DT = Drawn Together

Real satire is suppose to be subtle, that is the whole point. This show claims to be satire but it is about as subtle as a bad of horse poop. Instead they are trying really, really hard to get that "OMG, I can't believe they did that" reaction rather than being clever and funny, and the animation stinks.


They just don't make cartoons they way they used to.
:(

Anonymous said...

Hey, what about Walter Lantz? I wonder if John enjoy the early Woody Woodpecker cartoons, i think i never seen him mention those

z0mbi said...

Nice characatures, John.

lori said...

Way to go on using the word acromegaly!
And thanks for the travelocity link...I actually have to look up airfares.

Matt Greenwood said...

Haha, those are great!
Is it Matt Damon, Pamela Anderson, Oprah, Simon Cowell and Niccol Ricci? I can't get the other two.

Eric C. said...

HEY JOHN!,

Is one of them Oprah ?

Do you know a web site where I can download or watch classic Bob Clampett toons ?

Have you ever went to this site ?
It's pretty cool, you get to watch some of the old classic Popeyes on here.

http://www.calmapro.com/popeye/index.php?current=index

Click on toons to watch them, I proved it to my friend Cory that the black and white ones are much funnier that the color ones.

Keep up the blog, It's doing great.

It's the first thing that I check on the net when I get home from High School.

_Eric

Anonymous said...

I'd worry MUCH more about such shows as TB, PHF, 12OM, SB for their deleterious effects on animation...

... As well as TV stations that show "Boo Boo Runs Wild" over and over because they've run out of new shows for their "stoner block". A classic like that shouldn't be diluted with excessive showings.

CORKY said...

HAHAHAHA!! Oprah!!!

Well you already drew my funny lookin' head so YAAAY! Love it!!! We need to hang out for more smoked MMMEEEAAHT again or maybe at the crazy summer BBQ park fun, and draw the stupid out of each other!!!

-CORK

kungfukoi said...

Quote: "although I think i've seen him acknowledge merits in Tartakovsky and McCracken's work."

He has? John, what did you acknowlege about them!? Sure as hell wasn't the animation... ;-)

I want more sexy pics of Sody Pop!
I sleep with them under my pillow!

makinita said...

hehehi got crusty eyes does that mean my vission is coming back ?

Evan said...

Hey John (and whoever else) I did some quickie caricatures today and I'd love if you took a look at them if you get a chance:

Evan's Quickie Caricatures

Thanks!

Eric C. said...

Hey John,

Did you know that Maxwell Atoms "Grim adventures of Billy & Mandy" is a huge fan of yours. You can tell when you watch the show.

_Eric

Evan said...

AH! I think I figured it out, is that Teri Hatcher in the bottom left?

Charles Brubaker said...

Sadly, I don't recognize anyone you posted, because well...I don't care about celebrities. :(

Now, if you caricatured American politicians, I might recognize them ;) (why not start drawing editorial cartoons just so you can draw Bush, Cheney, talking donkey in a suit and a talking elephant in a suit all the time)

P.S., I actually like most of the shows you mentioned (Some of them, like many pointed out, relies heavily on dialogues, like "Dilbert". not too bad if you do it right)

Brian Romero said...

Funny dialogue doesn't make a good cartoon. Cartoons are largely a visual medium. So it better look funny first. Imagine if you went to see a live action motion picture and the dialogue was all clever but the acting, cinematography and editing sucked, would you still say it was a good movie? I doubt it.

"Forget the actors wooden performance, wasn't the dialogue SO funny?"

A lot of shows seem to think they're making the modern equivalent of Looney Tunes, but they're not.

Charles Brubaker said...

I always think that the WRITING is more important than the artwork.

You can make a cartoon with great visuals but sucky writing...sadly, John K's "Ripping Friends" was one of them...

P.S., believe it or not, there are actually movies with sucky acting that I thought was funny...although "sucky acting" is one's opinion and may not pass as fact.

Gabriel said...

Most of the old Fleischer cartoons had no plot whatsoever and they were great! Mostly based on funny loops and gags. One could argue that that kind of thing would be anachronic today, though. I would like to see a modern attempt at that still. And no anvil dropping, that should be banned.
About doing caricatures of politicians as someone suggested, the thing is, those bastards like it!! They think its funny and makes them important, they'll probably frame the caricature and hang on their walls and show it to their friends! ´Haw haw, a funny pic of ME, look at that!

akira said...

whoops, i thought #2 was Chrissy from 3's company at first....

and as far as crappy adult animation shows go... i think there is a big difference between an "animated program" and a "cartoon." you have to have godly skills to make a decent cartoon, but to make a decent animated program you only have to have some funny stuff...

also.. the reason so many people bond with a show like sp or FG is because they say, "i could do that!" and they watch it, imagining that it could be them making it, they feel like it's one of their buddy's tv shows...

if those shows looked good they would be judging it from a lower level... so that they have to look up at it, and they criticise with more spite... i think that's how i looked at adult party R & S... i thought this is the work of a god... but i can see some flaws... and start to pick at it... well i'll shut up..

-akira(south park animator)

gabriel said...

It just occurred to me, maybe the real challenge is to draw those nasty politicians so ugly that they can't be flattered. And I mean Basil Wolverton ugly!! That might piss them off.

Gilly J said...

did you just diss SP...ouch
tumbleweed rolling across the screen

Anonymous said...

Cartoons nowadays go way overboard with computer effects. Seriously, stop using that sleek 3D rotation effect and animate it yourself, you lazy bastards.


Anyway, wow, there's still a rivalry with you and the South Park guys? I really hoped you put the Mr.Hankey thing aside, they had no idea that it's already been done.

I don't know, maybe it's just me. They could put a cartoon on TV with two stick figures talking to each other and I would love it 'cause I thought it was funny.

JohnK said...

I have nothing against there being shows like that. I find it sad that there are no shows at all that actually use what cartoons can do that no other medium can. That's all.

The kind of shows that are made today should be on the fringes of the medium, not be all there is.

Jeff Pidgeon said...

Hey, John!

Did you paint that New Yorker/Last Action Hero piece digitally? It looked great! Always liked that one.

Jeff

Anonymous said...

Oh no not the Nutty the Friendly Dump sage again.

Nicolas Martinez said...

I gave up modern cartoons months ago, for the sake of studying animation.

JohnK said...

>>
Did you paint that New Yorker/Last Action Hero piece digitally? It looked great! Always liked that one.

No, it's actual real and messy cell paint and Dr. Martin's dyes.

Hey Jeff,

how do I get ahold of you?

John

Charles Brubaker said...

[[I have nothing against there being shows like that. I find it sad that there are no shows at all that actually use what cartoons can do that no other medium can. That's all.]]
Ah. Okay, I'll agree with that statement, John.

Maybe cartoons these days ARE dialogue heavy. While I like shows like "Family Guy", I would love to see cartoons that are entirely visual gags with absolutly NO dialogues. You know, stuff like Road Runner and Pink Panther (if you check my website, you can tell I'm a big fan of DFE cartoons)

Charles Brubaker said...

Sorry to double post, but I thought I point out that visual cartoons like I mentioned always relies on animation that can't be done in other medium. Just in case you were wondering what I meant

JohnK said...

>>Maybe cartoons these days ARE dialogue heavy. While I like shows like "Family Guy", I would love to see cartoons that are entirely visual gags with absolutly NO dialogues.

Actually I like entertainment that doesn't merely rely on one thing.

The great cartoons like Bugs Bunny and Popeye are funny and artistic both in dialogue and visuals, have great animation, wonderful sound and music, great staging and cutting and more.

They work on many levels.

That does not exist at all any more.

It could, but it doesn't.

Charles Brubaker said...

I don't know what happened with writing, music and visual quality, but I think the problem with animation these days is that they keep doing subcontracting animation. When you assign to have the animation done in another studio, they couldn't have the supervising director of the episode to supervise every single drawing, thus, no real control with the animation quality.

Only way to have the wacky animation I think is to have the key drawings wacky as possible. I'm assuming that's what you did with the original "Ren and Stimpy".

That's cheap labor for you.

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

These latest caricatures are great John... I can't wait to snap some whacked out photos of myself for your amusement.

Until then, here's my guesses for the caricatures you posted:

Matt Damon

Stripperella

Orca... (I mean Oprah)

Simon cowell

Jessica simpson

Teri Hatcher

and Nicole Ritchie.

So wahhdoo I win?

Hey John Steve told me that you guys were discussing my blog The Inspiration Grab-Bag and even stopped by to check it out, so I just wanted to say thanks, and let you know that I would love to hear some of your own thoughts and feelings about anything I've posted.

Mike P said...

Hey John,

DT just aired an episode that had a parody of Stimpy....not really that funny...and he was blue. Ironic you were just talking about shows like that.

mike

brien said...

ah, these drawings are great! i especially love oprah and teri hatcher. you've been a really big influence in my art and animation and i just wanna say thanks for putting out such creative stuff. if you get a chance could you check out a few pencil tests of mine and tell me what you think. it would be awesome to hear from you. thanks!

http://media.putfile.com/cat8055
http://media.putfile.com/catlove
http://media.putfile.com/rufuswalk

akira said...

who knows who had the talking walking poop idea first, but i do know that there was a Ren and Stimpy poster hanging up in the production offices during most of the first and half of the second season (until the production moved) so R and S was definitely an inspiration to some degree...

Mitch K said...

1: Matt Damon (nice ears!)
2: ??
3: Oprah (amazing! I love this one!)
4: Simon Cowell (I hate that guy)
5: ?? ?? Nicole Richie

Thanks for that cartoon research site! It's incredible.

When I was about three, my mom bought me some VHS tapes of old cartoons. My favorites were two Popeyes: Sinbad the Sailor, and Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp -- as well as The Rabbit Who Came to Dinner, The Henpecked Duck, Porky in Wackyland, and some other three that I don't know the names of... I think they were black and white.

One was about a parrot kid who wanted to be a "buccaneer", and he built a boat with a little talkative duck. Another was about these Africans who lived in huts, but had modern technology. The last that I can remember was this one with a bunch of books, and characters came out of them. One of the books had this fat guy who would turn front-ways, and then you couldn't see him. I wish I could find these three again (and any others that I used to watch.. I think there was another one about living vegetables who were being skinned and eaten.)

Excellent post, budday!

Mish said...

Dude John, not meaning to be a total ass, but you mentioned something about previewing the "Lost Episodes DVD" earlier and I'm still pretty curious on that. And I don't think I'm alone.
Tell us what you know! (And what you're legally allowed to tell us of course, nobody wants your wacky butt getting sued)

Evan said...

John, you kinda helped my point, because certainly SP and FG have been funny at times, I don't hate that they exist (well except FG here lately...) But I also agree it's sad that there aren't even at least wacky cartoons that are cartoony! When SpongeBob SitcomPants is the wackiest thing on for kids, you know there's problems...

J said...

Doesn't it say who the people are when you click the image?

Gabriel said...

Isn't it funny that the dialogue in Popeye is so great because a lot of it was adlibbed? Sure, that means no lip sync, but you can't really beat that feeling of whimsical spontaneity, the voice actors probably had a lot of fun doing that job.
Anyway John, I really love your blog, and I'll join the millions that cry that you should write a book. I know you've said that there are great books out there already, but Spumco perfected things in ways that aren't written anywhere. Besides, the good animation books (Preston Blair)were not written with today's reality in mind. We almost don't have theatrical cartoon shorts anymore, someone must help us to figure out how to do nice stuff while dealing with budget limitations and forced artistic economy imposed by tv.

cboldman said...

Wow, I had #1 pegged as Paul Newman. I guess I'd better go see what Matt Damon looks like.

Alicia said...

Hey John, everyone keeps talking R&S but what about Ripping Friends? Can I expect to see them on DVD soon? They aren't on Teletoon anymore.

nightwing said...

due to your recent caricature kick i figured someone should take a stab at you, so i combined my lack of skill with 15 minutes and came up with one, check it out:
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1219/2305/1600/johnk.jpg
i couldnt really find a great pic, so ill use that as an excuse for not getting it exactly correct

Lo said...

cute!

I understand that caricatures are exaggerations, but hoo, your sketch did for Nicole Richie's cup size what the best cleavage-enhancing bra out there on Rodeo Drive, can't.

If she even has a cup size anymore.

also, if you really want to make your readers guess, don't upload the pictures with the celebrity IDs in the file name-- makes it too easy to cheat (I admit, I did).

Anonymous said...

I hope that a complete Ripping Friends DVD set is released someday.

The 2 DVDs that are out are lacking

Keith Stack said...

In all honesty, I love the humor of shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad and South Park. There's nothing quite as fun as rattling off humorous one liners from shows like these among friends.

However, I do think the animation styles are a bit too static and dull, which makes them barely rewatchable.

If there were, you know, a show with the humor of South Park mixed with the wacky animation of Ren & Stimpy, that would defenitly be the best show ever.

MAKINITA said...

HI JOHN !!!

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

kp said...

I've been living under the proverbial rock, so here are the ones I do know:
Simon(He's so funny--I love mean jerks XD)
Oprah
Paris
Nicole

I can't stand most of what's on TV, animation or otherwise. I'm building a collection of classic cartoons, as well as some hilarious old sci-fi and horrour b-movies.The cheezier the better and anything with Bela Lugosi is always a definate plus.
Oh, and this new contest....damn this beautiful face of mine! I don't believe I've a quirky enough countenance for this contest, haha. Good luck to the rest of y'all!

Christina said...

Well I see you have a cool google ad on your blog for "dental cartoons". What the-?

lastangelman said...

Matt Damon and Simon Cowell would love your caricatures, they have a sense of humour about themselves and their own place in pop culture. The rest of that crowd would pout, be infuriated, and feel insulted, which means a bullseye.
Man, a John K. caricature of myself - that would either be scary, fun or both!

Nico said...

Hey John, that sounds like an awesome contest. But speaking of drawing stuff for personal projects, I was wondering, well, my brother and I have a public access show, and I would like to know, if you are free enough, how much you might charge to animate something for the show. Possibly the 30-second theme song? We are film students in college, so we're not exactly rich. But we've literally grown up with Ren and Stimpy and your other cartoons, and would just love to have a little bit of Spumco in our show. So we're willing to look into making something happen. If you are interested, let me know and we can exchange details. Thanks so much, and keep being the best damn cartoony-maker in the world!

Your pal,
Nico

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Count Screwloose said...

If I'm not mistaken, Dr. K, you once referred to "South Park" as the "triangles-on-sticks show," which pretty much summed up how I felt about it. I've never been able to sit through an entire episode.

By the way, many thanks for the plugs you've been giving Milt Gross lately. He's one of the unsung greats. In fact, there's a dog in "Big House Blues" (the one who brings up "The BIIIIG Sleep", I think) who always struck me as a nod to Gross's style.

And hang on...there's more than one "Ripping Friends" DVD?

RG

BrianB said...

Btw, I should also throw this out there.

-- Youtube.com --

is a great site for nearly any type of video you can search for. Cartoons being one of them. Just use the search function and look up some artists and cartoon titles.

I found an old AWN.com interview with John K, called "When Cartoons Were Cartoony". I used that for a basis of cartoons I needed to see.

Just last night I found the old Fleischer cartoon "SWING YOU SINNERS", Clampett's "GRUESOME TWOSOME", some Betty Boop(though not the one John mentioned - Mysterious Mose), and the rare Clampett cartoon "COAL BLACK AND DE SEBBEN DWARFS"

And searching through some great directors, I found Tex Avery's "RED HOT RIDING HOOD". I almost cried from laughter. The wolf is the perfect male pig. And the girl dancing on stage... That alone is enough to make any serious cartoon fan cry.

They don't move em like that anymore. Nobody has the skill to! The cutting between that dance and the howling sex-crazed wolf is just pure enjoyment. Besides that site though, Looney Tunes dvd's are great.

Would you ever have anymore commentaries on those, John? Michael Barrier is not going to break a cartoon down, or increase it's entertainment value with his knowledge or passion like you did. I'd love to see more Clampett commentaries, or on any other directors in fact.

Oh, and any suggestions for more cartoons to look for? I've been using this link/interview for cartoons I must find, for awhile now - http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=2214&page=1

nightwing said...

"RED HOT RIDING HOOD" was a good one
I like "The Three Little Bops" dir. by Fritz Freleng...the old Bosko catroons are good those are animated by Freleng, if you cant tell i have a thing for Freleng...here is a good site that chronocols WB toons from 1930-1997

nightwing said...

damn...i guess itd be smart to include the link, haha...
http://www.hlla.com/reference/wb.html
there ya go

Sam said...

awesome!

ps If you're feeling extra bored or friendly can you check out my blog drawings at http://www.samsdrawingsplusmore.blogspot.com/

centurion said...

Well, for me a cartoon is where I can see things happening that couldn't exist in real life...
cartoons give the chance to make everything possible, and I think this simple element is the one that is not being used on modern cartoons...
some of them are only a showcase for new illustration and animation techniques, and some others are just a mean to have cheap non-sense going on...
i mean, i've really laughed at many FG gags,and with many SP attrocities, yes, and i like them and consider them as good entertainment, but when it comes to 'good' cartoons, this ones doesn't even enter in this category...
dialogue is an important tool in animation, and sometimes it can be the directional path of the cartoon, buti believe that a cartoon not necessarilly need to have dialogue to be a great cartoon... just check out the first seasons of pink panther, one of the greatests over the greatest... not a word, only wondeful music and impossible hilarious things happening...

by the way john, i just found this new blog of yours, and some other related sites from you and i'm dying to get my hands on the lost episodes and ultimate boxes... i'm from mexico but now livig in vancouver,ca, and ever since i saw R&S in the army back in the early 90's, i became one of your biggest fans...
please, keep on with the awesome work, and draw more girls!

Joe Henderson said...

Goddamn I Love this blog!!!!!!!!!

potato farm girl said...

Now Paris is going to haunt my nightmares...geez...contact here brianne@briannedrouhard.com

k9_kaos said...

I love it when I notice experimentation in cartoons, music, etc., where the artists are looking for new ways to exploit the medium. Sadly, this is not very often. It's almost as if cartoons today are made by people who are following doctrine set in stone, deathly afraid to try something different. Check out the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Artist Unknown", and imagine that SpongeBob is John K, and that Squidward is the average network executive. Come on, it's not hard.

Anonymous said...

I want to see a show with EVERYTHING in it:
Animé, "American thick line pop graphic cartoon style", clever script writing, merchandising tie-ins, and lots of canned modern music - all in the same "show within a show" sit-com format.
Anybody know where/when I can see something like that?

nightwing said...

people can say what they will about sponge bob, but i happen to like it, i find some of the episodes rather witty, like the episode where squidward is a "ghost" and he is deciding where to lay on his lawn, while sponge bob and patrick are carting him around he has excuses such as too sunny or too dark, but they show them walking infront of the painting Troupe de Mlle. Eglantine, if i remember correctly, to which squidward comments toulouse-lautrec, henri de toulouse-lautrec being the painter, at this point i died laughing, so dont disregard sponge bob, not that anyone here was, or i havnt noticed it, i dont read all the posts/replies...it has its moments, and i think i have ranted enough, i hope i explained it well enough for those of you who havnt seen it to get the humor in it

sheerbeauty said...

Oh man - this was the perfect pickup to a long tiring day - thanks for making me laugh.

tim said...

Another way:

Watch "Toon Heads"! Greatest cartoon show ever!

2:00 am EST (horrible time slot I know) on the Boomerang channel. You can also catch the cartoons mentioned in the post there as well.

:)

Corey said...

John please caricature Willem Defoe!

BrianMORANTE said...

It feels like my eyes are lifting dumbells. They have been getting stronger ever since you started this blog.

In my high school art class I found still pictures of "Coal black and the seben dwarfs". There was a picture of Coal with an extreme take towards the camera and I thought you had drawn it. Only later I learned who made it and when. I was impressed.

Frankenstein's Creature said...

Me..want..George!

e Necromancer said...

Is that Simon Cowell I see before me or have I been spending too much time at Ghouls' Belch.

Great Blogging, thanks!!

David Germain said...

How are the eyeballs doing? Listen...a good cure for them is to watch as many classic Looney Tunes, Popeyes, Bimbos, Betty Boops and Tex Avery cartoons as you can!

I'm neck 'n' neck with you on that one John. ;) Although, I do watch Family Guy but definitely NOT for the art.

Duck Dodgers said...

i'm a great fan of Family guy, expecially for the funny gags and, of course, NOT for the animation.
But it is a great show.
Not nearly paragonable to anything made by Spumco, of course.

Tom Harpel said...

Oprah. Incredible. Your presence makes this world a better place.

-R said...

This has nothing to do with yer post (tho reading down, I see not many comments do) but..

In Billy & Mandy, they used Wilbur Cobb in an episode. I guess nick own him, but it was weird that they got away with it all the same.


I see some folks posting links to their deviantart sites, so I'll join that herd-

http://hitlersbrain.deviantart.com

http://bunnyoakley.deviantart.com

http://fuckyoucharlie.deviantart.com

FUN.

Courtney said...

can't figure out who's the gilr with the glasses on though.

Josh Boelter said...

I like Family Guy, though I don't watch it often, and I don't stop and go "Wow, that animation was awesome." Same with South Park. I just like it for what it is.

mark said...

I was so inspired i sharpened my pencils. ...Then after that abomination [apologies to all who love Muddy Waters], I watched more texavery!

I think we all agree that modern cartoons have far more excellent WRITING than ANIMATION. I can't think of a single modern animated series with visual punch to match the writing. FG is dialog based (and funny to me), ATHF is funny when the voice gags are timed right, (master shake: "get back in that microwave!"). Simpsons are solid show but not Crazy.
I wanna see The Redhead hit The Wolf in the head with a frying pan! not Homer and Marge blinking at each other with the lights out.

JohnK said...

>>I think we all agree that modern cartoons have far more excellent WRITING than ANIMATION.

We do?

I don't know too many animators who would agree with that.

The modern theory seems to be "if the drawings are crappy, then the writing must be good".

I see people laugh a lot harder at classic Looney Tunes than modern cartoons.

Duck Dodgers said...

I agree with you,John.

Some of the modern cartoons got great writings or funny gags but nothing compared to the gems of the past when you got great story,great animation, great soundtrack, great voice characterizations,great gags, all in one single cartoon!!
Now we are lucky if we can find one of the above written things in one episode of one animated tv series.

lyris said...

"I see people laugh a lot harder at classic Looney Tunes than modern cartoons."

Definitely true in this case. I have all the Family Guy seasons and DVD and I love Futurama, but like everyone's said, it relies on a clever situation or unexpected joke in the script. I only laughed at a visual gag in Futurama once (Malfunctioning Eddie).

But the cartoony cartoons can make me laugh out of nowhere a lot better.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, I am one of the few people who think that Cartoons started to go downhill in the 1950's before completely going off the deep end in 1960's and it has been pretty much crap ever since, with only a few exceptions.

Duck Dodgers said...

When the APC dvd will be announced,John ???

the raven said...

Funny caricarture.

Ya got your own way to make a caricature,man!

SACKS said...

I have this thing I do called THROWBACK THURSDAYS where I do my own wacky take on CLASSIC CARTOONS. CHECK IT OUT!!!!
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SACKS said...

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Vanoni! said...

>>The modern theory seems to be "if the drawings are crappy, then the writing must be good".

A friend of mine (who is not an artist) took their 3yo to see Hoodwinnked. He came back and told me up and down what a good film it was. I said, "You've got to be kidding - it looks horrible! The momentum behind it is based on how cheap and crappy they can make it look before you stop coming to the theatre. They're creating a crap barometer."
He replied, "Yeah, but it was funny!"
We went back and forth for 30 minutes but the result was always the same: it didn't matter what it looked like because it made him laugh.

I don't know how to argue with that mentality.
Would he buy a CD with "great song lyrics" if it was of 5th generation bootleg, recorded in a bathroom with two tapedecks, sound quality???

Reluctant Misanthrope said...

You are apparently not only godlike in your talent, but wisdom as well.

nightwing said...

"Would he buy a CD with "great song lyrics" if it was of 5th generation bootleg, recorded in a bathroom with two tapedecks, sound quality???"
hey...dont knock my day job, its hard holding that recorder and not dropping it in the bathtub water...i mean, what.
I must agree though, my friends find the recent line of Pixar movies hillarious, but I cannot stand them, the writing is ok, but damn, my eyes cant take that bright, bubbly badimation, i have respect for the animators, they have talent, but the projects they are given dosnt express it

citizendrummond said...

Who am them chicks that made yer underpants melt?

mark said...

hooray for classic cartoons! i wish i had another TV so i could watch R&S and Looney Tunes simultaneously and get my eyes right.

?johnk what did you think about the Courage The Cowardly Dog series from Cartoon Network a couple years ago?
i enjoyed its crazy looking drawings. it was probably another Genndy Tartakovsky creation.

thanks for your AWESOME creative blog!

Anonymous said...

I must agree though, my friends find the recent line of Pixar movies hillarious, but I cannot stand them, the writing is ok, but damn, my eyes cant take that bright, bubbly badimation, i have respect for the animators, they have talent, but the projects they are given dosnt express it

I know, everyone should look at those Art of Pixar books and you can see that they are great artists, but CGI just kills it.

nightwing said...

Courage was a John Dilworth creation

Kristen McCabe said...

hmmm.. Matt Damon, Pam Anderson, Oprah, Simon Cowell, Jessica Simpson + Teri Hatcher + Nicole Ritchie.

I like the Matt Damon one, ha! you gave him Shrek ears! I love that!

Great Blog! Do you ever go to the Superior Pics forum to get celeb reference? They have some great Paparazzi pics.
http://forums.superiorpics.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php

Eric C. said...

John's right,

There should be more cartoon shows that are Cartoony.

Shows today, cartoon characters act too logic. Where do you exaggerate logic these days ?
I mean, Monty Python was a hit right at it's time.
Now, If someone was going to make another similar Monty Python program on television today in America. It would probably never air.
Dry Humor is shrinking, Slapstick's loosing it's meaning and Cartooniness is disappearing again.

I believe that dry humor and slapstick is related to cartoon logic, please correct me if I'm wrong.

Cartoons can stretch, splatter, etc.
Humans can't.
And that's why it's so entertaining, It's an exaggerating of logic.

I think the world is so too dang serious these days.
We all gotta go crazy,wild and just plain NUTS once in a while for no good reason, right ?

Anonymous said...

I love South Park. I really do. Actually, I think South Park's biggest strength is it's voice acting. They can say one word but the WAY Trey or Matt says it can often be the best thing about the episode. They have been developing Cartman, Kyle, and especially Butters a lot these days, and the show is becoming a lot more richer and full of character. I don't think anyone would debate that the animation isn't it's strong point, however a lot of laughs are gained from the intentional awkwardness of it.

I really don't like Family Guy. I just don't like the style, I hate the voice acting (the voices are SO GRATING I have to turn the channel), and the show seems to have no soul. I haven't seen any good stories on it, the characters seem really one dimensional...There have been some great gags, but that's all the show is to me...Some gags, and I don't think that holds up to repeated viewings.


I'm always amazed by Futurama...To me, that show has everything - great direction, voice acting, character designs, animation, music, STORIES (unbelievably original stories)... I love that show.


All in all, I would love to see some Spumco-like cartoons on the air. Especially ones made by Spumco. As good or bad as modern cartoons can be, nothing blows my mind more than the drawings and animation that Spumco does...The New adult ren and stimpy got some criticism, but I taped those shows and showed them to my friends, and we were sitting there with our jaws hanging open...I have NEVER seen funnier drawings in a cartoon, and such an onslaught of them too.


-Jordan
www.jordancooperLaLaLa.com

Big AL said...

The Simon's brilliant.
I don't care if the .jpg says it's Nicole!
I still say it's Illeana Douglas (I saw it last year in another blog).
Look at this photo:
http://ukesanity.org/BIOS/illeana-sm.JPG

Best animated character on TV today is Flava Flav.

Anonymous said...

I would like to add Ripping Friends and Ren & Stimpy Adult party to your list of Retarded cartoons. You think your shit don't stink Jonny? You know at least other cartoon creators admit their gayness.

Anonymous said...

King Crab is probably the best spumco cartoon ever. Ironically, it wasnt a spumco cartoon. MR. HANKY 4 EVER !

C. A. M. Thompson said...

I really loved your commentary on the Looney Tunes DVD and I really would like to see some on this blog, but also about Fleischer and Terrytoons and how they influence your work.

Click here to watch the first Popeye cartoon

I love Popeye more than anything and King Features and Warner Bros. are evil for not getting together and giving the fans a DVD. Click here to go to the Popeye on DVD petition

I'd also like to see a rerelease of the E.C. Segar comics which are brilliant in a different way.

Rhiannon said...
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Rhiannon said...

i found this picture and wanted to caricature it, but... oh god, where does one start?

centurion said...

a good cartoon must have, before anything else, a great illustration... and if you add to that some great situations, great stories, and great gags, then you have it...
that's why it was a love at first sight with R&S...
i'm a huge simpsons and futurama fan, but there's no comparison to R&S ever...
i also love looney tunes, pink panther, woody woodpecker to name a few...

you're the man, johnk!

Brian Romero said...

I love the 'Anonymous' jackasses who bad mouth John. Why not use your real names you pussies? At least John doesn't state his opinions anonymously like a coward.

Jeff Schwartzbauer said...

If you hate Modern Disney animation as much as I do, then I suggest watching this Robert Smigel TV Funhouse skit. Its from 2002, just 4 years before his his prophecy would come true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx6q0YWmIjc&search=tv%20funhouse

Jorge Garrido said...

To me, I don't care about Spumco or Disney or Pixar or Dreamoworks or whatever company makes it, if it's a good cartoon, I'll like it. It's just that Pixar's track record has been aming and dreamwork's has been... awfull... I want to see some squash and stretch CGI that looks really engergetic and is artist driven!!!

Jimmy Tusten said...

How come you hate all the new TV cartoons? Some of them are funny.

You're the "King of cartoons" right now, everybody's favorite, yet you tear new cartoons down always. You could give credit where it's due, even if just a little. Lots of those "old cartoons" don't always hold up to a real close look, either.

The FAMILY GUY hate here is confusing. The show is funny a lot of the time. It has good drawings and animation sometimes, such as Peter's worm dance and his slipping into an ecstasy haze and when he tries to seduce that actor by doing Monica Lewinsky moves.

SPONGEBOB has as much humor in the drawings and animation as most REN AND STIMPY shows I've seen. SPONGEBOB has an awful lot of John K influence in him. Plus, and this doesn't have anything to do with artistry, the shows are delivered on time and I think on budget.

And, hate away, but AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE, SEALAB, and lots of other SWIM stuff is just plain great, despite two-dollar animation.

Yeah, the old Hollywood cartoons are best in certain ways, but they're gone unless someone comes up with up the money to make them and somehow makes a profit with the cartoons. The old cartoons were subsidized by the studio system and never had to actually turn a profit on their own, if I understand it right.

Back to the blog, it's great. I don't follow celebs so the caricatures don't look like anyone to me. Great drawing though. I wish you weren't so bitter about everybody else's recent cartoon work, because you left your mark on all of it. Maybe I'll work on one of those TV shows when I get out of school.

Anonymous said...

They are just trolls

Mr. Anderson said...

I agree! Lets not railroad the comments of this blog into a rabid john k fellatio contest between talentless moron & art geek never wassess! Lets show some class!

Brian Romero said...

I'm sorry Jimmy, but the Family Guy has zero good drawings in any given episode. You could probably train a retarded ape to draw fro that show.

I personally like shows like Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's, Samurai Jack, Foster's and the Venture Brothers. While they aren't as dynamic as the cartoons from the 30's and 40's they at least have beautiful design, good stories, funny voice acting and interesting characters.

I also like some of the work done in the Gorillaz music videos...

Anonymous said...

Heh, it's funny how John didn't even mention the cartoons explictly yet us, people who comment, are turning this into a big war by taking it so personally. He doesn't like some show you like, so what? He has every right to do so, and you sissies should learn that everything you love (even Ren & Stimpy) is hated by someone else in the world, get used to it.

JohnK said...

>>How come you hate all the new TV cartoons? Some of them are funny.

I don't.

I just wish there was room for cartoony cartoons.

centurion said...

yeah, we just want great cartoons as in the good ol'days!

tomcat said...

did anyoen see that new Tom and Jerry Cartoon called The Karate Guard?

Chris Wyatt said...

Brilliant, I like these characteurs because I think it captures the way I look at celebrities too, I don't take any of them seriously and I don't think they're any better then regulars like me, nice too see their ugly side!

clevaclogs said...

matt damon, pammy anderson, oprah winfrey, simon cowell?

nice doodles doodle - amazing to be talking to one's hero like this.

apparently, if you see the buddha, kill the buddha, but nah - yir too cuddly chubbs :-)

Anonymous said...

Ed, Edd, and Eddy is probably the most slapstick driven cartoon out now. Its just one over the top gag after the other, and the characters bend, mash, and move as if they are made of putty. Its a great and beautifully animated show.

Grimm Adventures of Billy and Mandy also lays on the 'stick rather thick. The show also heavily, heavily borrows from Ren and Stimpy. Most notably Billy's mouth at times, the big finger gag, John's splotchy backgrounds, and out of color schnozes. Still though, the art is great, stories are original, soundtrack is clever, and it is time and time again laugh out loud funny. Its a new classic.

Speaking of Futurama, there are now currently four movies in the works. If those do well, Fox will pick up the show for new seasons. I can't wait.

I miss Two Stupid Dogs.

-Daniel

J_Swick said...

How can I get you to teach me how to draw?

Anonymous said...

One more thing, does anyone else hate the increasing Anime-ization with newer and newer cartoons?

-Daniel

Hildegard von Bingen said...

Nice blog man. I wish I could draw like you! Alas, with my oil pastels and my caustic wit, the best I can come up with are a few scribbled posters defaming the Pope, and that's not exactly nice is it?

BrianB said...

>>JohnK said...

I don't.

I just wish there was room for cartoony cartoons.<<

And that's it in a nutshell. It's a dying craft. Remember all those kids when they were younger saying "I could never draw that!"? Now they can with Family Guy's, South Park's, Aqua teen. Good animation is too hard for them. Too much work and skill involved.

And more than that, executives don't like craftsmanship! They like cold, mechanical animation run like a factory. That's not a cartoon fellas. That's DEFINITELYT not art. Hell, it's not even animated in the US. It's sent overseas for cheap.

So how about the true talent in the industry? They usually have to mold to the junk on tv now, or - start a blog.

There's NO other reason as to why the top animation director in the past 50 years or so, has to sit on the sidelines arguing for the chance to make cartoons. CARTOONS! It's literally a craft being killed, for the fact that it takes skill and passion.

And even when you make money for them, they still don't understand what about the show is such a success. So they chop it up to a shell of what it was, before casting blame on it "fizzling out". And you know what made Ren & Stimpy great? Everything.

>>J_Swick said...

How can I get you to teach me how to draw?<<

$1.5 million :P

Gabriel said...

I guess brianb is right. We must also remember that if a show is really simple looking the artist has less value, which is good for the employer. If someone cries for a better salary he may be fired and replaced by some hobo fresh off the street.

Jeff Pidgeon said...

Hi, John!

You can e-mail me at pidgeonstuff@yahoo.com.

What's your e-mail address?

Jeff

Anonymous said...

can i make a caricature request?

if so, then cameron diaz.

hott.

much love,
t

Anonymous said...

While I do enjoy cartoons like South Park and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, I have to agree that there is an undeniable lack of cartoony cartoons today. With a few minor excceptions, I've always found Ren & Stimpy to be the first great cartoony cartoon since the classic Looney Tunes and Popeye cartoons. I've also found that Ren & Stimpy, like Looney Tunes, has gotten funnier as I've gotten older. When I think back to the cartoons I watched as a child, it becomes apparent that children are retarded and will watch whatever cartoon is on. These terrible cartoons that I watched (Smurfs, Count Duckula, Noozles, etc...) are completely unwatchable. But truly great cartoons, are those that can be enjoyed at any age, and stand the test of time. I truly believe Ren & Stimpy will go down in the ranks of Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Popeye, and others as one of the great cartoons in history. And this is because of great writing, animation, and a cartoony style. While some newer cartoons have great writing, that's all they have, and they will be remembered as great shows maybe, but have no place in the history of great animated cartoons.

Anonymous said...

Hey John, I know you get constantly are asked your opinion of newer cartoons, and it must get tiresome, but I'll ask anyway. What do you think of SpongeBob? It obviously has borrowed much of its style from Ren & Stimpy, but it seems to me to be less of a ripoff of your style, and more that they were inspired by it and wanted to keep that style alive in cartoons.

Anonymous said...

I think it's sad that people think that SpongeBob is a good cartoon. I think it's unwatchable, but preschoolers and doped up college kids seem to love it. So what do I know?

JohnK said...

>>and it must get tiresome, but I'll ask anyway. What do you think of SpongeBob?

It definitely has its moments. Especially scenes drawn by Aaron Springer and Vincent Waller.

akira said...

cartooning is not a dying craft. i think there are plenty of great cartoonists and plenty of people who love cartoons.. but i think good cartoonists are just so darned expensive that shows are not produced which require very many great cartoonists to be employed(this is also why they stopped making disney feature animation)...

maybe if we had another depression the good artists would work cheaper and it wouldn't cost millions of dollars to make good cartoons.

i think john has probably tried to get around this by taking in artists "with potential" and maybe not paying them that much, but training them to be super artists. However, once they've learned the money making skills they probably go for the money elsewhere...

i'd be very very interested to hear john's thoughts on why adult party Ren and Stimpy failed... what kind of budget they had, etc. we all know the story of what happened at Nick but it seems like Ren and Stimpy and John K. got a second chance, and either got hosed or screwed up??....

JohnK said...

>>i'd be very very interested to hear john's thoughts on why adult party Ren and Stimpy failed.

It didn't fail. It's doing great in theatres and will be out on DVD in a couple months!

I'm gonna put clips up soon.

Stay tuned!

centurion said...

please, i need APC badly!!
i was soooo glad to find that Ren and Stimpy are still alive and weirder than ever!
and please, keep drawing those awesome chicks john!

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BrianB said...

I don't think APC failed at all either. Spike tv failed certainly though. For a "network for men" slogan, I haven't seen a new network slogan drop quicker than it had with that one.

The worst part for fans was they hyped it up good. The R&S dvd's weren't out yet, and they were playing classic R&S up until the show's premiere. I don't think the first was a particularly good episode, but it was great to see the possibilties open back up again.

And like many, I thought "Ren Seeks Help" was among the best I've seen. I was grateful to laugh again at cartoons. But like I said, Spike tells John they want "network for men, blah blah blah". John says great, Naked Beach Frenzy. How more logical can you get? And they cut the series at it's best episode yet.

It also didn't help that the entire animation line save for Ren & Stimpy sucked. But dvd news is great. What's in it? Onward and Upward, Ren Seeks Help, Ralph Bakshi, Altruists, Naked Beach Frenzy, and Stimpy's Pregant.. Will it have some extras? I'm not sure what you could fill it with. Commentaries certainly. New series production art?

Anyway, I'll be glad to have them. From the reports on theater showing, the rest of em and especially Stimpys Pregnant seem to be killer.

Vanoni! said...

Geez, John - I wasn't sure about that Teri Hatcher until I came across a photo of her while drawing through my Star magazine.
Yikes! What a freak of nature!
You were closer than I thought!

JohnK said...

Clarke got them all right.

His eyes are in good shape.

John

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

>>>Clarke got them all right.

His eyes are in good shape.<<<

So whaddoo I win for havin such amazing eyes?

the heart of the world said...

The world is much better with Tex Avery and John K.

Anonymous said...

i think this thread isn't allowing any more comments...

akira said...

i guess i'm wrong but i wrote in twice before and they disappeared

R2K said...

Welcome to the blogger front page :)

R2K

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