Stephen Kroninger
August 2009
Brooks Wilson Ltd.
Following up on Lou Brooks' LOVING post, here's the art for the original paperback edition of BROOKS WILSON LTD published in 1966. The cover painting is by Robert McGinnis.

Ron Cobb
Some selections from Ron Cobb's "My Fellow Americans" published in 1970. I've had this book since I was a kid. A friend gave it to me. I'd have to count Cobb among my influences as I spent a lot of time looking at this collection back then as well as his first, "Raw Sewage."  What I always liked about his work was its controlled rage. The drawing is always neat and meticulous while the concepts are often boiling over with anger and disgust. I'm no writer so here are the cartoons.

Cavalier March 1967 Vol. 17 No.5

Utne: Bill O'Reilly
 This is the cover for the current issue of Utne Reader. Art directed by Stephanie Glaros. I enjoyed the back and forth over the phone. The above doodles were done during our first conversation. Below is the finish.

 Whenever I use a full on image of the sole of a shoe I've got this drawing by George Grosz in mind. I've referenced it from time to time over the years. I love the disconnected ankle feel of the foot as it seems to wobble freely at the end of the man's leg. One can almost hear it flop as it hits the pavement with the next step. I keep a separate file containing only photos of shoe soles with this drawing as the inspiration.

Sammy Petrillo 1934-2009

Actor, Comedian Sammy Petrillo has Died

Sammy Petrillo, the comedian who was often mistaken for entertainer Jerry Lewis in the 1950s, has died in a New York hospital
Sammy Petrillo with Suzan Lewis, the Daughter of Jerry Lewis, in of 2009.

Sammy Petrillo with Suzan Lewis, the Daughter of Jerry Lewis, in of 2009.

PRLog (Press Release)Aug 16, 2009 – As a youngster, I loved watching a movie titled, Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla. The low budget film was a comedy starring a comedy team named, Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo. Sammy was a clone of entertainer, Jerry Lewis. Sammy didn't have to try to imitate Jerry Lewis. The resemblance was remarkable. They could have been twins.

Jerry Lewis was never kind to Sammy Petrillo. Although Lewis did book Petrillo for a comedy spot on the Martin and Lewis Colgate Comedy Hour, Jerry Lewis also used his influence to bar Sammy from appearing on other NBC comedy shows. Lou Costello had to inform Sammy that his appearance on the Abbot and Costello, Colgate Comedy Hour was canceled, because Jerry Lewis complained to NBC that he didn't want Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo to appear on any subsequent NBC shows.

In November of 2008, Jerry Lewis tried to have Sammy Petrillo removed from his front row seat when he learned out that Petrillo was in attendance at a speaking engagement Lewis was starring in, in New York City. I was with Sammy Petrillo that night and Sammy was crushed, although he did not leave his seat. Sammy only wanted to enjoy the seminar conducted by the man who influenced his own career for such a very long time.

Sammy was a popular figure at scores of celebrity autograph shows throughout the years because of his appearance in the film with Bela Lugosi. Sammy was also a top notch comedian, appearing in night clubs across the USA beginning in the 1950s. Most importantly, Sammy was a gentle, kindhearted man who loved making people laugh. He also gave of his time freely to help needy people with legal issues, with his expertise as a trained paralegal.

Sammy Petrillo died as a result of Cancer on August 15, 2009. I was proud to represent Sammy, and honored to have him as a friend.

Rick Saphire

My personally autographed copy of MY SON, THE PHONE CALLER

I don't know what sort of impact Sammy had on illustrators but he was/is beloved by many cartoonists and animators. Mark Newgarden gave me MY SON THE PHONE CALLER as a gift some years ago. It's been in the family vault ever since to be passed down to future generations of Kroningers. Sammy was a friend. I saw a lot of him back in the late eighties and early nineties while he was living in New York. Great guy

Cynthia von Buhler kids book
Cynthia von Buhler's working blog for Who Will Bell the Cats?
In addition to having written this story, I was also the painter, sculptor, interior decorator, mason, gardener, and plumber of the sets. The rooms were built by hand from wood. The stone walls were formed from plaster. The floors are handmade from inlaid wood, mother-of-pearl, and plaster. The characters were painted in oils on gessoed paper, then cut out and placed in the sets. I photographed the scenes with a Nikon D300.

 This working blog gives you a glimpse into the process of how I created the sets and characters. I made this blog for my editor and designer so they could view my progress, but now I have opened it up for all to see. Enjoy! - Cynthia von Buhler
MJ Drawger Show/Japan
from the current issue of Japan's ILLUSTRATION magazine: "Once the news of Michael Jackson's death was announced, the illustrations show of him got started. It is like the guerilla exhibit of Michael spreading in a really fast pace. Stephen Kroninger is behind this Drawger show of Jackson illustation. Now there are more than 80 illustrators participating.

One of the participating artists Kyle T. Webster said, "If you are an illustrator, you must have drawn Michael Jackson at least once."

Michael is the king of illustration as well."

a very special thanks to Yuko Shimizu for scanning the page, sending me the page and for providing the english translation.

I originally thought the Michael Jackson Drawger Show would top out at about twenty images. The hundred and twentieth image was posted today.

The Michael Jackson Drawger Show
TIME: Latest Klein
"Obama: Getting Down to the Hard Choices: Why President Barack Obama needs to get tougher on his domestic agenda — and come clean on taxes"
 These images accompany recent columns by Joe Klein in TIME Magazine. The art director is Cynthia Hoffman. The photo editor is Deirdre Read.

"Don't Worry So Much About Iran's Nukes: Obama should keep pressuring Tehran on its nuclear program. But he shouldn't obsess about it."

"Will Special Interests Stymie Health-Care Reform?: The debate over health reform is a case study of how special interests trump the common good."

Days of the Week 1926

It is Monday.
Mary is washing dolly's clothes.
Mary says, "I will wash them very well."

Dolly's clothes were washed yesterday.
Mary is ironing today.
Kitty wants to play with the clothes.

Mary is sweeping her room.
Dolly is going to have a party.
Kitty is running away from the dust.

Mary is sewing buttons on dolly's clothes.
The buttons came off in the wash.
Mary says, "Only three more buttons to sew on."

Mary is cleaning dolly's house.
She is washing the floors.
Dolly is watching Mary.

Mary likes to help her mother bake.
She is going to make a gingerbread boy.
Sometimes she bakes cookies.

Mary and Dolly-The Party
Benny Bear came to the party.
Teddy Bear came to the party.
And so did Ragetty Ann.

The party was in the doll house.
They all played games.
Then they had ice cream.
Then they all went home.

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