Friday, July 30, 2010

Fogtown pages 46-47

This is one of my favorite sequences in the novel. I was emulating two of my favorite cartoonists, Milton Caniff and Alex Toth.

Caniff was the auteur of "Terry and the Pirates" and "Steve Canyon," and one of the most influential American cartoonists from the mid 30's to the late 70's. His inking style was almost macho in its sloppy expressiveness, creating high contrast, dramatic, muscular drawing.

Toth was a key Caniff acolyte as a young man in the late 40's, but branched off into his own style in the early 50's. He took the "Caniff" approach to an even more extreme level of simplicity and graphic innovation. His calculated simplicity served him well when he transitioned to TV animation in the 60's, working primarily as a designer and storyboard artist on "The Herculoids," "Space Ghost," "Sea Lab," "Superfriends" and a host of other Hanna-Barbera series.

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