Sunday, February 17, 2008

It's February already?!

Wow, I didn't realize how long I've let the blog languish without updates. I suppose you can chalk it up to being busy with college, animation wheeling and dealing, and so forth.
So, what's new? I had the honor of attending the early Japanese animation show at the Japan Society on Saturday, Feb. 15th. What an enjoyable array of early cartoons...some funny, some hilarious, and others leaving you puzzled. Just my kind of mix!
Also at this show were good friends Mark Newgarden and Charlie Judkins.
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Here are some cool silent film intertitles. I do not own the prints these came from, but some quick background info.
These were present in several World War 1 newsreels that were sold to the home movie market by Kodak's "Kodak Cinegraph" branch. Apparently the artist was of some large scale popularity at one point. The cards remind me of Bowers' AWOL (1918) and some of the art is reminiscent of Colonel Heeza Liar or Mutt & Jeff.

More soon!


Charlie said...

hey, those are great! I wonder who "Wally" was?

Tommy José Stathes said...

Thanks Charlie!
Mark wrote in an email to me: "That cinegraph on your blog has title art by Wally Walgren; one of the most
famous cartoons of WW1"
I think he said there's also an article on him in the latest issue of Hogan's Alley

Mike Matei said...

I like the drawings. what is bowers aol?

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Wow! Great post! I found you through a link in Michael Sporn's blog and I'm glad I did. Silents coincided with one of my favorite periods in print cartooning.

Marc Deckter said...

Cool post, Tom. I wish I could have attended that Japanese Animation show - I'll bet those were a lot of fun to watch on the big screen!

Looking forward to you next post...

Unknown said...

Hi Tom,
I was banned from Golden Silents a few months ago. I had the audacity to call Jill on her defense of McCarthyism. I honestly think that she is actually losing her marbles! I still occassionally read the posts there, just to see what weirdness she's currently peddling. This morning she topped herself! It caused a backlash from even some of her longtime members; one (damfino) even cancelled her membership! That thread had been removed by late afternoon.


Craig D said...

Is it February Already?

NO! It's March!

And it's your birthday.


Mark Johnson said...

Hello, Tom---Abion A. Wallgren was the cartoonist on the WWI US Army newspaper THE STARS AND STRIPES. Earlier, he did such strips as INBAD THE SAILOR (North American 1911). He contributed to veteran's publications like the VFW Magazine into the 60's, when he died.--Cole Johnson.