Stephen Kroninger
December 2008
Louis Armstrong narrates "The Night Before Christmas"
 Recently, Robert Zimmerman wrote that I like to use my blog as place to write about and present the works of artists who have inspired me over the years. In many ways, no other artist has inspired me more than this man. Happy Holidays.
Merry Christmas from Pogo and Friends (1964)

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Wash., an' Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

Don't we know archaic barrel,
Lullaby Lilla boy, Louisville Lou?
Trolley Molly don't love Harold,
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!
Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Polly wolly cracker n' too-da-loo!
Hunky Dory's pop is lolly gaggin' on the wagon,
Willy, folly go through!

Donkey Bonny brays a carol,
Antelope Cantaloup, 'lope with you!
Chollie's collie barks at Barrow,
Harum scarum five alarum bung-a-loo!

(NOTE: Diligent researchers, including the esteemed
folk-lorist, Professor Jiggs Potlook, have also unearthed
the following partial verses.  We make no guarantee
for their authenticity.  For further research, kindly
consult Kelly, Walt; Deck Us All With Boston Charlie,
Simon and Schuster, 1963.)

Duck us all in bowls of barley,
Hinky dinky dink an' Polly Voo!
Chilly Filly's name is Chollie,
Chollie Filly's jolly chilly view halloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, Woof, Woof!
Tizzy seas on melon collie!
Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, Goof, Goof!

Tickle salty boss anchovie
Wash a wash a wall Anna Kangaroo
Ducky allus bows to Polly,
Prolly Wally would but har'ly do!

Dock us all a bowsprit, Solly --
Golly, Solly's cold and so's ol' Lou!
VH1 "Holiday Re-gifting" Promo
VH1 is currently running this promo for its holiday schedule. CLICK TO WATCH IT HERE
  The entire process took less than a week from start to finish. We got the job last Wednesday and had to to deliver this morning. It began airing tonight. I worked with the magnificent Gary Leib who always responds incredibly well to pressure. He worked his animation magic all over this. The spot was produced by Shelli Sweeney, Blair younger, Adam Wilson and Jim Fitzgerald over at VH1. It's always a great pleasure working with them.
I designed my own Holiday paper.
Chicken eyes. It was Gary's idea to take the Ed "Big Daddy" Roth approach. I like the way that man thinks.
 A set of largely unused chicken feathers.
 Flat version of title card.
 Crumpled paper for title card. 
 Crumpled Holiday tag for title card.
Three Recent Caricatures for the New York Observer
Uma Thurman
 These are for Nancy Butkus at the Observer for their calendar section. I get an e-mal on friday with a list of three or four names and the events they are associated with. The piece is due first thing Tuesday. Nancy gives me the option to select whoever it is I feel inspired to caricature for that week. I sometimes don't know exactly who I'm going to do until I sit down to work. Nancy's been great to work with.These are cut-outs as opposed to digital.
Salman Rushdie
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
David Levine: Film Stars of the Silent and Early Talkies Era
Charles Chaplin and Mack Swain
 This weekend I was looking at David Levine's 1966 collection THE MAN FROM M.A.L.I.C.E. Chapter five is comprised of entertainers. The book is long out of print and the drawings so wonderful that I decided to share some of them with you.
Chaplin as Monsieur Verdoux
Charles Chaplin
The Keystone Cops
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
Buster Keaton
Ben Turpin
Lon Chaney Sr.
Erich von Stroheim
Rudolph Valentino
Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone as Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes
Harpo Marx
Jimmy Durante
Peter Lorre
Donald Meek
Mischa Auer
C. Aubrey Smith
William Powell and Asta
Jose Ferrer as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Margaret Rutherford
George Arliss as Disraeli
John Wayne
All Images Copyright (c) 1966 David Levine
Gary Panter's PRAY FOR SMURPH on cd!

Just in time for the holidays! For that person on your list who has everything!
 I bought this on vinyl back in the early eighties when it first came out and proceeded to play it to death. A couple of weeks ago my friend Scott Bakal hooked up a vinyl to digital turntable to my computer. This was the first disc I chose to transfer. With great confidence, I told Scott that this would never come out on cd. Two weeks later I found out that it did. I ordered mine and it arrived in yesterday's mail. Gary Panter backed by the Residents. What's not to love? You can order your copy here.
  This deluxe cd release comes with a FREAK FLAG designed by Gary.
Cheryl Dunn's Gary Panter Video

 Here are three Panter 45 rpm record sleeves from the early eighties.
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