Friday, July 03, 2015

The Sunday comics have Will Eisner, Garry Trudeau and Bill Waterson. Animation has Walt Disney, Max Fleischer and John Lasseter. Comic books have Jack Kirby and Bill Finger. Puppetry has Jim Henson and Frank Oz.
I'm always amazed how people are surprised to find that circus clowning has its own Babe Ruths, its own Duke Ellingtons.
As with painting, we have our own Rembrandts, Picassos, Duchamps and Rothkos that emerge in a field littered with a lot of Keane and Kincade knockoffs.
It's an art form that stretches back hundreds of years, didn't you think ANYONE ever got REALLY good at it?

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Ronald McDonald is a corporate mascot.

The character no more represents what a clown is than Mickey represents what a mouse is.