Friday, October 28, 2011

The Carpenter's Devil

Carpenter's Devil Study ©2009 Stephen Price • All Rights Reserved
In keeping with this month's Halloween theme, here is one of several iterations of The Carpenter's Devil, of which I did several drawings and at least one watercolor in 2009. This one's pretty loose, (note the see-through saw)but it's my favorite (so far). Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


  The Right DANDY of Doom! This tip of one hat each to Rea Irvin's Eustace Tilley and Mike Mignola's wonderful Hellboy began as an (unsubmitted) entry to the New Yorker's annual Tilley contest a few years back. Halloween seems as appropriate a time as any to -um- resurrect him.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Another Mad Men homage profile pic design from last year. It isn't strictly a Halloween toon, but I did dress as Batman several childhood Halloweens in a row. Batman is a trademark of DC Comics.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


"I do not drink....Old Fashioneds."  Have I mentioned how much I enjoy MAD MEN? I whipped this up as an avatar (profile pic, whatever) last Halloween.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Breaking the Walking Mad Bad Dead Men

 I'm a fan of the AMC programs Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead, all three of which have featured extraordinary production design and instantly iconic advertising campaigns. Given the recent speculation that the costs associated with one show's production deal have affected the funds available for those of the other two, the following mashup occurred to me as a possible (if not serious) solution.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wrapped in Old Newspaper-Editorial Cartoons Part 4

Long Island VOICE  March 25, 1999
UPDATE: I replaced the image that had previously occupied the space above with a brighter, high resolution scan and added a little bit about the cartoon's production below. Thank you for your patience!

This accompanied an article likening the behavior of a certain New York sports franchise's contemporary roster to that traditionally associated with professional wrestlers. 

The original was intended to take up a full page in the tabloid-sized Long Island VOICE, but it ended up being flipped and printed at twice its original size for dramatic effect. My joy at getting more space in the paper was tempered by the realization that the flaws, like tiny sketch lines that would have been invisible at the smaller size, were enlarged along with the parts where I had been a little more diligent.

No digital shading for me, back then! All the grays were translucent adhesive shading film, the cutting and application of which to the original art took longer than the manual drawing itself. The film has held up surprisingly well in the intervening years. If you see yourself or anything resembling my favorite comic book characters in the crowd, it's probably your imagination.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wrapped in Old Newspaper-Editorial Cartoons Part 3

Long Island Voice  January 7, 1999

Are you ready for some...sports-related cartoons? Many, if not the majority of my cartoons for the Long Island Voice were spot illustrations for sports articles. This one was one of my favorites.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wrapped in Old Newspaper-Editorial Cartoons Part 2

Bossa Nassau Baby. Copyright 2001 Newsday. Used with permission
This decade-old piece, on the subject of the somewhat historic (locally, anyway) election of Democrat Thomas Suozzi to the office of the Nassau County Executive, was my second editorial cartoon for Newsday  a daily, rather than a free weekly newspaper. It was commissioned by editor (and Elvis fan) Valerie Kellogg, some of whose articles I had illustrated when she had written for the Voice. I came up with the title and the faux-movie soundtrack motif, but the majority of the parody song titles are hers. (I've been told that there was at least one inquiry from a reader who wanted to purchase the nonexistent album.)

It was also the first instance of my using a computer to letter a cartoon, and it shows! (The kerning! THE KERNING!)  Since I didn't have a scanner or even know how to use Photoshop back then, I printed the computer-generated text and graphic elements onto a piece of paper on which I drew the figures in colored pencil. It's a long way from there to the all-digital New Yorker entries I posted a few weeks back.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Wrapped in Old Newspaper-Editorial Cartoons Part 1
While this one appeared on the WCBS New York website rather than in a newspaper, I got the gig because of my prior newspaper work at the short-lived suburban edition of the Voice. It accompanied a 1999 article comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of Hilary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, both of whom were campaigning for one of New York's two seats in the Senate at the time.

Friday, March 4, 2011

It's Ladle Than You Think!

Here's an old allegory that saw print in my One Man Thology mini.

It's Ladle Than You Think  Copyright 2003 Stephen Price. All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dandy Bookends

Some of my entries for the New Yorker's 2011 Eustace Tilley Contest.

If TNY made bookends like this, I would SO buy a set (budget allowing, of course).

Congratulations to all the winners! I wasn't among them this time, but I thought I'd bury that down here.