Parent Category: Expos and Conventions
Published on Friday, 17 February 2012 15:44
Written by Renzo Adler
What are you doing reading a website? You can’t fold in a website! Not like how Al Jaffee, MAD Magazine artist and writer extraordinaire did when he created the world famous Mad Magazine Fold-Ins!
To celebrate the release of the MAD Fold-In Collection, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (594 Broadway, Suite 401, btwn. Houston and Prince Sts.), Jaffee himself will be on a panel to talk about the origins and development of this unique artform on Thursday, February 23, 2012.
Also appearing with Jaffee will be:
- MAD Art Director Sam Viviano, who has been personally involved with many of Al’s Fold-Ins
- MAD writers Arie Kaplan
- MAD artist Arnold Roth
- moderator Danny Fingeroth
- and some super-special surprise guests
So join "Usual Gang of Idiots" for an evening of revelry and memories of crumpled magazines. Hey, can't be worse than Up The Accademy.
The MAD Fold-In Collection will be on sale at the event, courtesy of publisher Chronicle Books, including a few rare sets of The MAD Fold-In Collection: Gift Pack, featuring a special limited edition bookplate signed by Al Jaffee, retailing for the same price as the regular version of the Collection.
About the Panelists:
- Al Jaffee is the creator of some of MAD’s most popular features, most notably the Fold-In and “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” His work first appeared in the magazine in 1955, and he has since won a Reuben Award, a National Cartoonists Society Advertising and Illustration Award, and a Humor Comic Book Award.
A biography, Al Jaffee’s Mad Life, was published in 2010. Written by Mary-Lou Weisman, it includes more than 70 new illustrations by Jaffee. Despite repeated requests, Jaffee refuses to retire, and is frighteningly active, including still doing the Fold-Ins for MAD.
- Sam Viviano began illustrating for MAD in 1980. Over the following two decades, he became one of the “Usual Gang of Idiots,” doing everything from movie parodies and comic strip rip-offs to digitally-created cover illustrations.
In a desperate attempt to get his artwork out of the pages of the magazine, in 1998 the editors suggested that Viviano get a Real Job. He is currently Art Director of MAD.
- Arie Kaplan is a MAD Magazine writer, and author of From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books, for which he interviewed Al Jaffee, among many others. As a comic book writer, Arie has written for DC Comics, Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, IDW Publishing, and Papercutz.
He has written video games, including one based on the hit TV series, House. His website is www.ariekaplan.com.
- Arnold Roth has done cover art for albums by Dave Brubeck, Louis Prima, and Pete Seeger. Arnold’s work has appeared in and on TV Guide, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and The New Yorker. Arnold was introduced to Harvey Kurtzman’s MAD by Brubeck’s Paul Desmond and was part of Kurtzman’s Trump, Humbug and Help.
He was a regular contributor to the National Lampoon, and, for 20 years, to Punch. His books include Arnold Roth: Free Lance; Poor Arnold’s Almanac, and The Collected Humbug (all from Fantagraphics Books).
For more information, call: 212-254-3511
or go to: www.moccany.org
Al Jaffee -- Mad Magazine Artist Celebration
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401, btwn. Houston and Prince Sts.
New York, NY