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Stephen Kroninger
June 2010
A Box Of Magazines 17
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Some years ago a friend of mine sold his two town houses and moved out of NYC. He gave me this box of comics. I'm guessing he was a big NANCY fan and I know we have some Ernie Bushmiller fans checking in here. Here are some selected covers from the box. He was also big on CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED but I chose not to post too many of them here. If ayone is interested in seeing more of those I can be persuaded to do otherwise in another post. These old comics smell great too. Remind me of when I was a kid and my Dad would bring home boxes of comics someone threw out on his trash hauling route.
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KIM DEITCH MoCCA COMICS CLASS
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Date:
Monday, June 28, 2010
Time:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA
Street:
594 Broadway - Suite 401 (bewtween Houston & Prince)
City/Town:
New York, NY

Underground comix legend KIM DEITCH will hold a MASTER CLASS session in comics art and storytelling. Kim will condense the most important things he knows about making comics into highly-concentrated (and entertaining!) lecture form.

Kim will also impart some key secrets, secrets easily mastered, that transformed him from being lazy, hedonistic and unfocused into a more positive, goal-oriented human being. He will also show you a certain attitude about the idea of making art; how an artistic life can be more than a way to make a living; that it can also be a way to make a genuinely valid contribution to the world we live in.

Q & A to follow.

Monday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 pm

Class cost: $40 | $35 for MoCCA members

KIM DEITCH has a reserved place at the first table of underground
cartoonists. The son of UPA and Terrytoons animator Gene Deitch, Kim was born in 1944 and grew up around the animation business. He began doing comic strips for the East Village Other in 1967, introducing two of his more famous characters, Waldo the Cat and Uncle Ed, the India Rubber Man. In 1969 he succeeded Vaughn Bodé as editor of Gothic Blimp Works, the Other’s underground comics tabloid. During this period he married fellow cartoonist Trina Robbins and had a daughter, Casey. The Mishkin Saga was named one of the Top 30 best English-language comics of the 20th Century by The Comics Journal, and the first issue of The Stuff of Dreams received the Eisner Award for Best Single Issue in 2003. Deitch remains a true cartoonists’ cartoonist, adored by his peers as much as anyone in the history of the medium. His latest book is THE SEARCH FOR SMILIN’ ED, published by Fantagraphics.

Admission: $40 | $35 for MoCCA members

MoCCA Education Programs:
All classes are held at MoCCA, except where otherwise noted.
To register for a class, please call 212-254-3511, Tuesday through Fridays,11AM to 5 PM.

Rollerena "Queen of Studio 54"
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 In honor of Gay Pride Week and my chance meeting with Rollerena in the Village a couple of weeks ago I'm reposting this private commission from a year or so ago.
 First, how the collage came about. I was asked to create a piece for someone's apartment. We talked a bit about what they were thinking of and eventually the topic turned to my early days in NYC beginning in May 1979. I lived in an SRO on tenth street and Hudson. One block over was Christopher Street which was an endless party in those days. The impromptu festivities ran roughly from seventh avenue down to the river. Beat boxes and roller skating were all the rage that first summer. The spontaneus Halloween parades that would march down Christopher after the main Village parade are the stuff of legend. You had to be there. You should have been there. Anyway, at some point it was agreed that I would select a favorite memory from that era for the piece. Rollerena came to mind immediately.
 Our daughters like to go on walks around the Village with the old man (me). A couple of Sundays ago we were headed to the garden at St. Luke's Church on Hudson Street. As we strolled down Christopher Street I saw Rollerena talking with two men. Having just had dinner with the man who commissioned the above piece two nights before I thought I'd go up and introduce myself. I began, "I make collages..." and she said, "you're Stephen." She took my hand, walked me across Hudson Street and told me how much she liked the collage. She'd seen it posted online. I introduced her to my daughters. We talked a bit more and exchanged e-mails. Here are some excerpts that go into her history. Rollerena is a Village treasure. Rollerena is a national treasure.
"Dear Stephen,
I dragged the wonderful Rollerena collage and put her in my i-Photo collection that I have set up.

I have donated my entire Rollerena Fairy Godmother Collection 69 file  to The National Archives of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender  Center in Greenwich Village at The LGBT Center 1948 to 2004.  (To be updated.) 
I also gave them  the gown, original hat, wand, (circus baton), dingleberry ring, purse, skates and one pair of vintages 1950's glasses.
I'm a volunteer at Dance 208 and host the Studio 54 Dance, our fourth
this year, and all the proceeds go back to The Center.
You can google information on Rollerena...

You will also find mixed in with Rollerena, car dealerships and
Rollerena roller skating rinks, but they are not connected with my
character Rollerena.
Again, your collage of her is beautiful.

All the best,

Rollerena
"Queen of Studio 54"
 
"Stephen,

This is a p.s. to my last e-mail.

On May 12th, 1970,  it was  40 years ago last month, that  I decided  
to roller skate to my job in mid-town.  And now four decades later  
'she' is still out there as the 're-born' Rollerena.

I am going to march the entire route on Gay Pride which will be  
starting at 36th & Fifth Avenue, starting at noon.

Rollerena"
 I haven't forgotten. Rollerena is a national treasure.

 If you're in town, don't miss the parade this Sunday, June 27th.
A Box Of Magazines 16
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Volume 1 Number 2, 1971,
May-June 1971 Vol. 1 No. 3, John Salt, "Arrested Vehicle With Crushed Roof
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July-August 1971 Volume 1, Number 4, Dennis Chalkin
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September-October 1971, Volume 1, Number 5, Tom Tome (front cover)
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November-December 1971, Volume 1, Number 6, Jay Maisel (front cover)
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January-February 1972, Volume 2, Number 1, Ben Rose old dolls courtesy of Jerry Smith
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March-April 1972, Volume 2, Number 2, Barbara Nessim
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May-June 1972, Volume 2, Number 3, Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Harou Miauchi
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July-August 1972 Volume 2, Number 4 photo: Steve Meyers
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from The Push Pin Graphic: A Quarter Century of Innovative Design and Illustration "Elegant hardcover magazines free of advertisements, including such titles as Panorama, Eros, American Heritage and Art in America, sold exclusively through subscription, had a respectable following during the sixties and early seventies. A devoted targeted audience was willing to pay higher annual rates to receive smartly produced periodicals---they were hybrids that fell somewhere between a book and a magazine. For two years, in 1970 and 1971, Chwast and Glaser were design directors of one of the last of this unique breed: Audience, a hardcover bimonthly published by Tim Hall, who was financially backed by an Avon cosmetics heir to create a literary and cultural magazine, something like The New Yorker..."
Thanks to Lou Brooks for providing the scan for Vol. 1 No. 2 '71.
L'Assiette au beurre
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Following up on Thomas Fuchs' SIMPLICISSIMUS post, here's a link to a website devoted to the Parisian satirical magazine L'Assiette au beurre, published from 1901 to 1912. If memory serves, I believe Françoise Mouly credited this magazine as her main source of inspiration for the New Yorker covers she art directs.








Recent Klein for Time
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"Who's to Blame for the Gulf Oil Spill?: The Bush Administration's petro-bias soiled the Minerals Management Service, the agency charged with regulating offshore drilling, but President Obama's lack of oversight hasn't helped."

These are for Joe Klein's IN THE ARENA column in TIME magazine. The art director is Andree Kahlmorgan. Due to the last-minute immediacy of current events, the process in these usually entails my recieving the column at eleven o'clock on Wednesday morning. I work up 3-5 sketch ideas and send them off before noon. Approval generally arrives by one and the piece is turned in by five.

"The Tehran Tango: The U.S. has had something of a diplomatic success. But Iran still has nuclear ambitions."
 

 Sketches for me have always been simply suggestions of ideas. The composition and design of the piece comes in the doing.

"The Price of Opportunism: Arlen Specter's Tough Fight: Pennsylvania's switch-hitting Senator Arlen Specter suddenly faces a tough primary fight."

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"Management 101: What the Democrats Need to Learn
Democrats care more about making laws than making them work. That needs to change."

 I recieved this e-mail shortly after this piece was published. Mr. Barnett had me on every count.
Dear Stephen,

In regards to your political illustration, on page 19 of the May 17, 2010 TIME- "In the Arena," piece "Management 101," by Joe Klein, did you intentionally mirror reverse the turtles front leg as part of the photo montage (would you tell me if you did it by accident anyway LOL!), thus rendering it's wrist joint backward? See eastern box turtle in attached photo with proper alignment. No shell game there :-). Just caught my eye, as a biologist. . .it immediately looked odd. I can live with the wrong tail on same piece, LOL. But I have seen many of your pieces, and normally your arms/legs/heads are at least properly jointed- even if they come from several sources.

Regards,
Kenneth E. Barnett


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"The Test in Afghanistan: The battle for Kandahar province, the Taliban's center of gravity, will decide the war."
Joe Klein: "A few days after my story about the efforts to reopen the Pir Mohammed School — closed by the Taliban in 2007 — in the Kandahar province town of Senjaray was published, I received a jubilant e-mail from Captain Jeremiah Ellis, commander of the U.S. forces there. The school was now occupied by his troops and being renovated. "Huge groups of onlookers turn out to see what is going on," Ellis wrote. "Their initial questions are, 'Are you building a new coalition strongpoint?', 'Are you preparing to clear the town, one house at a time?' I tell them that we are here to clean the school, paint it, repair the windows and doors and place books, teachers, chalkboards and pencils into the rooms ... They are ecstatic."




 

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"Harvesting Democracy in Afghanistan: With the Taliban uprooted from Marjah, will McChrystal's "government in a box" bear fruit?"

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