Felix and Cocky Rooster go to the Poultry Show

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Here’s part TWO of a 1938 Felix the Cat adventure by Otto Messmer. Felix has befriended a rooster named Cocky, and they’re on their way to Mexico to get in cockfighting racket!
 >>Click HERE if you missed Part ONE <<
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Thinks start to heat up in the next chapter. Check back soon for Part THREE: Cockfight!

Animation Jobs @ Cartoon Network!

New job posting from the TAG Animation Guild Job Hotline:

Cartoon Network Studios is looking at portfolios for a new comedy series for the following positions:
  • Art Director
  • BG Paint (Digital)
  • Color Stylist
  • Model Clean-Up (Digital)
  • BG Design
Please drop off your portfolio at the studio during business hours, Monday-Friday 9 am-5:30 pm:
Cartoon Network Studios
300 N. Third St.
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 729-4000

It’s a FELIX Bonanza! 1930 Sunday Strips by Otto Messmer

Felix the cat by Otto Messmer - Felix in a hot air balloon with a shotgunTomorrow I’ll be posting more pages from a 1938 Felix the Cat comic story by Otto Messmer…but until then, feast your eyes on some 1930 Felix Sunday strips
on the
ComiCrazys blog!

Felix catches a fish - Felix the cat by Otto Messmer  
Every one of these drawing by Otto Messmer just boogles the mind and inspires the drawing muscles. The cartoony vivacity of his poses and expressions just can’t be beat!
Felix the cat turns on the heat by Otto Messmer
So go take a look at these Felix comics from 1930. There’s more great cartooning in these seven Sunday strips than in all of today’s newspapers combined.
Felix sits in the shade eating picnic lunch by Otto Messmer
Thanks to Chris Lopez at ComiCrazys for sharing these!
…and check back tomorrow for…
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“Felix and Cocky Rooster go to the Poultry Show”

New “Culture Corner” book by Basil Wolverton!

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Culture Corner by Basil Wolverton – a beautiful hardcover collection of Basil Wolverton comics -- is coming soon! You can see in the video below that the book displays Basil Wolverton's rough drawings and the corresponding finished comic strips on
facing pages...fantastic!
More on Basil Wolverton and Culture Corner:
Basil Wolverton Culture Corner scans

Picaresque Tales of Felix The Cat by Otto Messmer

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From Dell Four Color #77, published in 1945 – This issue collects a long string of 1938 Felix the Cat comic strip reprints from the genius pen of
Otto Messmer.
Messmer’s artwork from this period is so bouncy and alive…joyfully cartoony and all-out fun!
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Felix the Cat cartoon comic burglar robbing houseClick on any page for a BIG vintage comic book scanFelix the Cat cartoon comic catches a masked robber burglar Felix the Cat cartoon comic meets a rooster chicken Felix the Cat cartoon comic plays with a rooster chicken Felix the Cat cartoon comic has snowball fight with a rooster chicken Otto Messmer Felix the Cat cartoon comic meets a rooster chickenFelix the Cat cartoon comic runs with a rooster chicken

Click on cover below for more
Felix The Cat comics
by Otto Messmer:
 Felix the Cat and the Haunted Castle by Otto Messmer

Animation Jobs: STARZ/Film Roman seeks Storyboard Artist

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Storyboarding job news from TAG 839 announcement:

STARZ/Film Roman is looking for a experienced Storyboard Artist who can draw in the style of "The Ren and Stimpy Show", "The Mighty B" and similar styled shows.
Experience in Digital Storyboarding with Photoshop is a must.
Please submit PDF Files to or call 818.748.4003 with any questions.

Sherm Goes The Wrong Way in “The Race” from Popeye Comics #24

Remember a few months ago when I started posting some old filler comics by Bud Sagendorf? don't remember?

These old comics starring "Sherm"  began running as back-up stories inside the Jan-Mar 1952 issue of Popeye comics #19. Click HERE to read the very first "Sherm" comic by Bud Sagendorf.

Today's comic, "Sherm and the Race," is  from Dell Comics’ Popeye #24, April-June 1953. Art and Story by Bud Sagendorf.

Bald cartoon boy with baseball cap wants to enter auto race
Bald cartoon boy with baseball cap puts lawnmower engine in his go-cart
 Bald cartoon boy with baseball cap drives his car across town
 Bald cartoon boy with baseball cap drives his car across town
 Bald cartoon boy with baseball cap drives his car in the stock car races
 Bald cartoon boy with baseball cap drives his car across the finish line

Next episode: Sherm Falls in LOVE!

Complete Milt Gross Comic Book Stories is On Sale NOW! Yippee!!!

Complete Milt Gross Comic Book Stories
The Complete Milt Gross Comic Book Stories is finally IN STOCK at Amazon! Just got mine via FedEx's BEAUTIFUL! (insert sound of weeping for joy!) Complete Milt Gross Comic Book Stories is a beautifully designed book collects the complete comic book stories of comic genius Milt Gross, culled from rare, impossible to track down comic books of the '40s, which have been lovingly restored.  This thick, full-color, 368-page hardcover book, in addition to exhuming every one of Milt Gross' wild and crazy comic book stories, shares rare photos, sketches, and unpublished art, including the previously unknown cover to the Milt Gross Funnies #3!
All the comics are lovingly photographed from the old yellowed comic book paper of the original comics. The coloring looks totally natural against the off-white, pulpy-textured paper. The paper itself is very hefty and thick, so there is no bleed-thru or transparency of images. This is a solidly-built book, with a strong sewn binding. I will post a review of the biography and all the extras as soon as I get a chance to properly wallow around with this beautiful classic comics collection!
For more on Milt Gross:
A couple years ago I posted a fantastic seven-page Count Screwloose comedy epic from ACG's Kilroys #5. Just CLICK below on the goofy dude smoking a mouthful of cigars to jump over and see that delicious set of vintage comic book scans!

Milt Gross  comic book scan detail of a funny man smoking seven cigars at once
John K. wrote a couple posts that really sum up all that is wonderful about Milt Gross. Check out his insightful and heartfelt articles on Milt Gross HERE: all kinds of stuff: WOW. MILT GROSS. style, observation, sincerity, humanity ...and HERE: all kinds of stuff: Milt Gross comics, drawing with every principle EXCEPT construction 
And here's John K's great tribute to Milt Gross HERE.
The Asifa-Hollywood Animation Archive has some super scans of Milt Gross newspaper comics like Count Screwloose and Dave's delicatessen HERE.

Charlie Horse by Hal Cooper – Obscure Funny Animal Comics from the Golden Age

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Charley Horse vintage funny animal comics by Hal Cooper
This “Charlie Horse” 5-pager is exactly the kind of comics I love to see: oddball and unpolished golden-age funny animal comics that fall outside of the generic house-styles. Anyway, on that basis, this one’s a winner – And check out that cool angle in the second panel of the fourth page!
Charley Horse vintage funny animal comics by Hal Cooper Page 1 Charley Horse vintage funny animal comics by Hal Cooper Page 2 Charley Horse vintage funny animal comics by Hal Cooper Page 3 Charley Horse vintage funny animal comics by Hal Cooper Page 4 Charley Horse vintage funny animal comics by Hal Cooper Page 5Charlie Horse by Hal Cooper from Hit Comics #41 July 1946Hit Comics 41 featuring charley horse by hal cooperI couldn’t find much info on cartoonist Hal Cooper … according to “Who’s Who of American Comic Books,” Hal Cooper was the founder of the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, and worked on other filler comics like Atomic Tot and Marmaduke Mouse. If any of you have any more about this funny animal cartoonist, please let me know!

MOre Animation Job Openings! Warner Bros. needs Storyboard Artists and BG & Character Designers

Storyboard artist action adventure superhero animationLooks like there's a lot of Animation projects starting up! Earlier today I found some info on Nickelodeon job openings for Storyboard Artists and designers, and now I got word from The Animation Guild about Warner Brothers looking for artists on a new action/adventure cartoon show. Cut and pasted from the TAG 839 announcement:
Warner Bros. Animation seeks portfolios from Production Experienced Action/Adventure artists in the areas of:
  • Background Design
  • Character Design
  • Storyboard
Please have samples FROM PRODUCTION of Action/Adventure production work.

If your portfolio is currently at WBA, you need not apply again.
Portfolios can be dropped off M-F, 9am-6pm to 411 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505. Inform the Guard that you are here to submit a portfolio for Warner Bros. Animation, and you will be guided through the process.

Questions can be directed to Marci Gray @ 818/977.5240 or

Marci Gray
HR Manager
Warner Bros. Animation
411 N. Hollywood Way, 34R
Burbank, CA 91505
Sherm's Note: I don't work at Warner Bros, so I don't have any more info than this. Good luck!

Animation Jobs: Nickelodeon needs Storyboard artists for its newest show, Robot and Monster

Freshly cut and pasted from The Animation Guild jobs announcement:

Nickelodeon Animation Studios is looking for several artists for its newest show, Robot and Monster: Best Friends Forever!

We are looking for one, or multiple, of the following:
  • Storyboard Artists (6)
  • Storyboard Revisionists (7)
  • Storyboard/Animation Directors (3)
  • Prop Designer (1)
  • Character Designer (1)

Please Note: Because these are artistic positions, a test will be required.


To apply for this position, you must submit your resume online at The listing is filed under Location: Burbank. Please follow up by submitting a flat book portfolio (do not include any original artwork) and a digital DVD displaying your art directly to the animation studio. Before we can review your portfolio, you must fill-out a portfolio release form.

To download the form, please go to:

Mail the completed form along with your portfolio and DVD to:

Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Attn. Portfolio Submissions
231 West Olive Avenue
Burbank, CA 91502

Please include a cover letter and resume stating the position or positions to which you are applying.

Please Note: We would like to fill these positions ASAP! Get your work in as soon as you can; the reviews will be happening shortly.

Sherm's Note: I don't work at Nickelodeon these days, so I don't have any more info than this. This is time-sensitive info, so if you're interested, get clickin' and applying!

Would you buy a used car from these guys?

Salesmen sketches 01Salesmen sketches 05I drew these a few years ago as a favor for a friend -- he needed some multipurpose "clip art" figures for his website. Don't think he ever used 'em, so here they are on my blog!
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Click on the image below for the full-sized collection of Car Salesmen cartoonsSalesmen sketches small